Tuesday, May 13, 2014
The Women’s Wellness Center at Northeastern Vermont Regional Hospital(NVRH) was recently certified by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid as a Rural Health Clinic. Rural Health Clinics were created to address the inadequate supply of physicians serving rural areas in the US. To qualify as a Rural Health Clinic a practice must be located in a rural medically underserved area and employ physicians, as well as a nurse practitioner, physician assistant, or certified nurse midwife at least 50 percent of the time.
The purpose of the Rural Health Clinics program is to encourage and stabilize the provision of outpatient primary care in underserved rural areas by more fairly reimbursing these clinics for their services. A Rural Health Clinic is certified to receive special Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement as a strategy to increase rural Medicare and Medicaid patients' access to health care. “We are fortunate to have a service dedicated solely to the health and wellness of women in our community, and this recognition highlights the level of excellence they exhibit every day,” said Lory Grimes, Director of Physician Practices at NVRH.
The Women’s Wellness Center also had to meet a rigorous set of medical, patient safety, and administrative standards. “This is a welcome result of great teamwork by a group of outstanding professionals. The reviewer stated that the Women’s Wellness Center is one of the best clinics she has ever reviewed,” said Paul Bengtson, CEO of NVRH.
There are about 4,000 Rural Health Clinics in the United States. Women’s Wellness Center joins 15 others in Vermont, including Corner Medical in Lyndon, and Kingdom Internal Medicine and St. Johnsbury Pediatrics in St. Johnsbury.