Finding and Choosing a Rural Health Clinic

What is a Rural Health Clinic?

A Rural Health Clinic is a clinic that is located in a rural area with a shortage of health care professionals. Services offered are similar to those received in a doctor's office and are often provided by a nurse practitioner or a physician assistant.

Regulation Information

Rural Health Clinics are regulated under Part 491 of the Code of Federal Regulations 42 CFR Part 491.

Learn more about the Department's role in regulating Rural Health Clinics.

Looking for a Health or Residential Care Provider in Wisconsin?

Provider Search: Locate a health or residential care provider and obtain compliance history information.

Statewide Rural Health Clinic Directories

Complaints Regarding Wisconsin Health and Residential Care Providers

The Department of Health Services Division of Quality Assurance is responsible for assuring the health, safety, and welfare of the citizens of Wisconsin. If any individual believes that a caregiver, agency, or DHS-regulated facility has violated state or federal laws pertaining to regulated entities, that individual has the right to file a complaint.

Client Rights

Wisconsin Client Rights: Anyone who is receiving services for mental illness, a developmental disability, or substance abuse in the state of Wisconsin has specific rights under Wis. Stat. §§ 51.30 and 51.61.

Advance Directives: An advance directive describes, in writing, your choices about the treatments you want or do not want or about how health care decisions should be made for you if you become incapacitated and cannot express your wishes.

Additional Information

Quality Check, from The Joint Commission, provides information that can help you select a home health care organization or hospice in your area.

Caring Info provides people with information and support when they are planning ahead, caring for a loved one, living with an illness or grieving a loss.

Last Revised: June 21, 2021