Hartley Clinic One Of Three In Area To Reclassify

Hartley, Iowa — A clinic in Hartley is one of three more clinics in rural Iowa to be reclassified as “Federally Qualified Health Centers” therefore making them eligible for higher government reimbursement rates when treating Medicare and Medicaid patients.

The Spencer Hospital operates clinics in Hartley, Milford and Sioux Rapids. The hospital’s board of trustees has voted to rebrand the clinics as “Access Health” and convert them to Federally Qualified Health Centers, also known as Community Health Centers, saving the hospital an expected $200,000 annually.

Not only will the three northwest Iowa clinics get higher reimbursement rates for treating patients enrolled in Medicare and Medicaid, there are federal grants available as well. The program, created in 1990, is meant to ensure health care services are available for uninsured and underserved residents in urban and rural areas.

Government records indicate there are 86 Community Health Centers in Iowa. Officials expect to complete the process of converting the clinics in Hartley, Milford and Sioux Rapids to Community Health Centers in August.