What is the difference between an independent and provider based Rural Health Clinic (RHC)?

There are two types of RHCs: provider-based and independent. Provider-based clinics are those clinics owned and operated as an "integral part" of a hospital, nursing home or home health agency. Independent RHCs are those facilities owned by an entity other than a "provider" or a clinic owned by a provider that fails to meet the "integral part" criteria. A RHC may be a public or private, for-profit or not-for-profit entity.