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    • 01 Jan 2016
    • 31 Dec 2018
    • Virtual

    • This is a three-year credential, lasting from January 2016 - December 2019.
    • Applicant must have at least 3 years or rural-specific professional experience
    • Applicant must complete a minimum of 75 hours of MRHF continuing education over the three-year period previous to application.
    • Applicant must be an active member of the Mississippi Rural Health Association
    • Applicant must complete a Quality Improvement Project.  

    • 22 Feb 2016
    • 21 Feb 2019
    • Virtual

    • This is a three-year credential, lasting from January 2016 - December 2019.
    • Applicant must complete a minimum of 75 hours of MRHF continuing education over the three-year period previous to application. Educational courses covering topics in rural health may count toward this number.
    • Applicant must be an active member of the Mississippi Rural Health Association
    • Applicant must complete a Quality Improvement Project.  

    • 14 Jun 2016
    • 12:00 PM
    • 30 Jun 2021
    • 12:00 PM
    • Online


    HCAHPS Breakthrough Webinar Series

    Join the Mississippi Rural Health Association for this dynamic, high impact, innovative, practical education series designed to achieve breakthrough sustainable improvements in your HCAHPS patient experience survey scores.


    This series consists of 13 individual, 1 hour webinars held on Tuesdays at noon (CST).  The dates for each webinar in the series is below.

    Each webinar in the series will focus on one HCAHPS domain and is crafted to provide participants with a step by step actionable blueprint to sustainably improve their patient experience scores.


    The content has been designed to provide an engaging, educational, how-to roadmap that will captivate the imagination of attendees to successfully drive positive behavioral change at every level.


    Each webinar includes a downloadable Learning Guide that features priority best practice tools, LEAN friendly SOP checklists, and critical implementation skills.


    Webinar Dates


    #1 The C-Suite Role in HCAHPS Transformation

    Available Tuesday, June 14, 2016, noon (CST)

    #2 Quiet at Night

    Available Tuesday, July 12, 2016, noon (CST)

    #3 Cleanliness Matters

    Available Tuesday, August 9, 2016, noon (CST)

    #4 Communication about Medications

    Available Tuesday, September 13, 2016, noon (CST)

    #5 Skilfull Physician Communication

    Available Tuesday, October 11, 2016, noon (CST)

    #6 Communication with Nurses

    Available Tuesday, November 8, 2016, noon (CST)

    #7 Discharge Satisfaction Guaranteed

    Available Tuesday, December 13, 2016, noon (CST)

    #8 Pain Control

    Available Tuesday, January 10, 2017, noon (CST)

    #9 Revolutionize Staff Responsiveness

    Available Tuesday, February 14, 2017, noon (CST)

    #10 Transition of Care

    Available Tuesday, March 14, 2017, noon (CST)

    #11 High-Performing Overall Hospitals

    Available Tuesday, April 11, 2017, noon (CST)

    #12 The Power of Word-of-Mouth Marketing

    Available Tuesday, May 9, 2017, noon (CST)

    #13 Marucs Engel: Applied Inspiration

    Available Tuesday, June 13, 2017, noon (CST)


    • 01 Jan 2017
    • 31 Mar 2020
    • Online

    On-Demand Webinar:

    Creating Enhanced RHC Quality Care | MACRA and CCM

    CEU: 1 hour MRHF, ACHE


    Education on CMS strategic vision for transitioning from FFS to PFP

    • MACRA The Medicare Access Chip Reauthorization Act
    • CMS center piece towards Medicare beneficiary quality care – Chronic Care Management and the Incentive to deliver

    Presented by:

    Shawntea (Taya) Moheiser, CMPE, CMOM

    Director of Client Services and Health Policy

    H3C LLC Chronic Care Coordination

    How can a Mississippi Rural Health Clinic partner with 3rd Party to achieve the direction described in CMS MACRA policy


    H3C capabilities:  

    • Secure FDA-approved cloud-based communications and data storage through a HIPAA-compliant process, with no on-site data
    • Trained nurses and certified medical assistants, organized in dedicated care teams to provide continuity for patients and practices
    • Care coordination software to manage requirements for CCM and TCM
    • Contact center integration of existing and emerging technologies to manage communication flow and secure data capture
    • State-of-the-art H3C contact center facility in a securely managed environment

    Presented by

    Rik Smith

    Chief Operating Officer

    H3C LLC

    Steps to working with H3C, LLC if interested 

    Herb Krumbein, Business Development H3C


    • 01 Jan 2017
    • 31 Dec 2021
    • Webinar

    Speaker: Chris Cooley, MyHRConcierge

    The primary focus of the webinar is to educate participants on the monetary risks associated with not having good HR strategies, as well as to present strategies for mitigating financial risk.


    The areas discussed are:

    • History on the rise of EEOC claims
    • Penalties associated with not properly performing I-9s
    • The federal government’s increased enforcement of I-9s
    • E-Verify requirements and the penalties for not performing E-Verify
    • Why Employee Handbooks are needed
    • Ways to reduce risk associated with hiring practices
    • How to handle harassment and other types of complaints
    • How to properly handle terminations


    The webinar is approximately 1 hour in length.

    • 14 Mar 2017
    • 12:00 PM
    • 31 Mar 2020
    • 1:00 PM
    • Online

    On Demand Webinar:

    Turning New Supervisors into Powerful Leaders: 

    How to Provide Inexperienced Managers the Skills to Lead Their Teams

    In this 60-minute webinar, productivity coach Bruce Lee maps the strategies you can start using immediately to turn

    even the newest, most inexperienced supervisors into effective leaders. For starters, you'll learn how to help supervisors

    strengthen the five crucial leadership qualities that will enable them to reduce conflicts, stress and morale. You'll also 

    discover practical ways to help supervisors demonstrate management skills and knowledge that will win their team's trust 

    and respect. You will be able to promote employees into new roles with the confidence that they will take charge and drive

    up the results you need with their direct report and their key numbers. The right attitude and an effective motivation skill 

    set will shorten the learning curve that generates the know-how to drive creativity, accountability and productivity. 

    You will learn to:

    • Help new supervisors understand what motivates employees these days 
    • Get new managers to buy in to an attitude of continuous improvement 
    • Work more effectively with Generation-Y managers and employees 
    • Focus new managers on the most important career-building talents and attributes 
    • Empower new supervisors to increase engagement, accountability, productivity and profitability 
    • Teach new supervisors how to develop trust with their direct reports 

    • 13 Apr 2017
    • 31 Dec 2018
    • Webinar

    The Power of Trust for the Healthcare Professional

    Speaker: Bruce Lee of Bruce Lee Retention and Productivity Training 

    Discover the real power behind Trust that accelerates engagement, fosters productivity and supports
    your hospitals community reputation. Trust is everything in the business world today. It is all about
    character and integrity and is the intangible asset that is critical to your short and long term success
    with your workforce and to the patient and their family. This is how to build up and maintain the
    power behind an engaged and empowered workforce. Everyone will receive a complimentary e-book
    copy of Bruce’s book: Why Trust Me? Making Trust Your Competitive Edge.


    You Will Learn:

    -   Identify the most significant reasons employees leave & the impact that has on the rest
    -   Understand the impact that trust or the lack of trust, has on people & the organizations success.
    -   Embrace the three keys ideas to improving productivity, retention and morale known as: S.A.M.
    -   Discover the real power of TRUST that drives profitability

    -   Understand what great managers know that average managers do not when it comes

        to employee development
    -   Identify how to implement the Situational Leadership Model with new employees to
        move them to confidence and empowerment

    -  Utilize the three self-tests that drive up and support trust, retention, and loyalty.


    • 14 Jul 2017
    • 31 Dec 2020
    • Online

    This webinar will discuss the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid’s Emergency Preparedness Rule and what it takes for your organization to become compliant, through planning, training, and exercising. Additionally, we will discuss how your organization can sustain this new regulation going forward after the deadline.


    The window for compliancy is quickly closing and we want to ensure your organization is ready for a more resilient future.

    • 13 Sep 2017
    • 12:00 PM
    • 31 Dec 2020
    • 1:00 PM
    • Online

    The team will provide an overview of the Quality Payment Program (QPP) and offer information on how to best seek assistance regarding successful MIPS participation and reporting.

    • 26 Oct 2017
    • 12:00 PM
    • 31 Dec 2021
    • 1:00 PM
    • Online

    Tiffany Graves, Executive Director of the Mississippi Access to Justice Commission, will discuss how the Commission is working to improve and expand access to civil justice to low-income Mississippians in partnership with the state's nonprofit legal community.  She will also introduce the "medical-legal partnership" concept and explain how the Commission is reaching out to the health care community to more holistically address the needs of legal aid clients.

    • 27 Feb 2018
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Online

    It is becoming more essential that medical and behavioral health providers create integrated systems of care. However, there is no singular path to follow. Over the last 5 years, The Mississippi Integrated Health and Disaster Program (MIHDP) has successfully implemented an integrated health program by introducing social workers into primary care clinics in multiple counties. 

    This webinar will discuss the lessons learned in the development of the program and share with participants some of the key components that helped make the MIHDP program a success.

    Major points:

    • Hiring (goodness of fit)
    • Buy-in
    • PR
    • Sustainability
    • Training BH (meeting workflow needs)
    • Training medical
    • Supporting UDS and PCMH
    • EHR workarounds (Dagger)
    • 14 Mar 2018
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Online

    Sexual harassment, gossip, jealousy, bad attitudes and indifference sabotage organization, destroy reputations, lower moral, kills self-esteem, and reduces teamwork and productivity.  When any form of toxic behavior infects even one person, it can affect the entire team or the department, and it can be tempting to ignore it or give in.  Don’t – as silence about it means consent or approval.  While you may feel powerless in confronting and eliminating persistent in appropriate and dangerous behavior, tolerating them will lead to organizational downfall.

    But how do you rid your team of these bad behaviors, without disrupting employee productivity, collaboration and communication that’s already lacking?

    Join us for a powerful program as we delve into this challenging leadership dilemma that can destroy both your own, as well as your organization’s success.  You’ll discover how to neutralize gossip and put a system in place to ensure it does not re-occur, starting with that of Zero Tolerance and workplace reprimands.  You will also learn the how to reduce and prevent sexual harassment, including the destructive behavior that often causes it. You’ll learn how to keep emotional control, while harnessing this disruptive and destructive behavior.

    Speaker: Bruce Lee of Bruce Lee Retention and Productivity Training 

    You’ll learn:

    • To identify all the forms of harassment and bullying there are that you must control.
    • How managers inadvertently reward negative and destructive behaviors.
    • How to control the unwritten rules of the office that becomes the negative culture you have to discipline.
    • The steps you need to act on in order to keep total control of the situation.
    • How to turn around the gossip, gab and the grapevine to create more empowered employees.
    • How to tell when someone is lying to you and how to confront them on it.
    • When to focus on the behavior you see and not the attitude behind it.
    • How to stop the rumor mill before it gets started with a policy of transparency.
    • Why people want to ‘push your buttons’ by their off-side or inappropriate comments.
    • Great techniques to use when employees blame others or deny responsibility.
    • 05 Apr 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Hilton Jackson


    Joanie Perkins, North Sunflower Medical Center

    Dianne Borque, The Compliance Team

    TBD, Mississippi State Department of Health

    This workshop will cover all aspects of the requirements of Emergency Preparedness in the Rural Health Clinic setting, including manual requirements, guidelines, policies, training and drills, and what to expect during a site visit.

    • 06 Apr 2018
    • 8:30 AM - 4:15 PM
    • Jackson Hilton: 1001 County Line Rd, Jackson, MS 39211


    The 5th annual Rural Health Clinic Conference will be held on Friday, April 6, 2018 at the Jackson Hilton: 1001 County Line Rd, Jackson, MS 39211.

    The Rural Health Clinic Conference is a special meeting designed specifically for the rural health clinic members of the Mississippi Rural Health Association. 

    The plenary topics are geared with our clinics in mind!  Topics are focused on the most common question that our Association receives from our clinics. 

    Anticipated Continuing Education:

    6.0 hours of Nursing 

    6.0 hours of ACHE 

    6.0 hours of Nursing Home Admin. 

    6.0 hours of Accounting 

    6.0 Mississippi Rural Health Fellow (MRHF)

    The Mississippi Rural Health Association is authorized to award 6.0 hours of pre-approved ACHE Qualified Education credit for this program toward advancement, or recertification, in the American College of Healthcare Executives.  Participants in this program wishing to have the continuing education hours applied toward ACHE Qualified Education credit should indicate their attendance when submitting an application to the American College of Healthcare Executives for advancement or recertification. 


    RHC Conference 2018 Agenda pdf


    Hotel information coming soon 

    • 17 May 2018
    • 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Online

    Join us as we discuss the top 3 ways community practices, CAHs and rural hospitals can establish new efficiencies with their EHRs to avoid closures and other challenges common within these settings. The webinar will touch on unlocking financial, care access, and integration potential using EHRs.

    Speaker - Helen Williams, CPC - Director of Practice Management Services

    Helen Williams has more than 25 years of experience in healthcare financial management, billing and coding in practices, clinics and hospitals. She has an extensive background working as a consultant in a variety of specialties, as well as in billing, verification, Medicare and Medicaid, cash management, and more. In her role with Azalea Health, she provides insight and guidance in credentialing and in working with specialty practices and rural health clinics. Williams is a certified ICD-10 coding professional. Williams recently completed the Hometown Health executive leadership program.

    • 11 Jul 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Riley Workforce Development Center Room 171

    Speaker: Julie Quinn, CPA

    V.P. Compliance & Cost Reporting

    Health Services Associates

    Southeast Regional Office

    The following topics will be covered during this workshop: RHC Compliance Overview, Cost Reporting, Emergency Preparedness, and Team Leadership.  

    RHC Compliance Overview

    This session will cover the full understanding of current RHC Compliance including requirements and expectations of state, federal and deeming entities.

    Components to be addressed to assure patient safety:

    · Policy and Procedure Manual

    · Annual Evaluation

    · SDS Sheets

    · Evacuation Plan

    · Preventative Maintenance

    · Exposure Control

    · Follow up on safety issues and application of knowledge

    Participants will:

    • Understand the RHC Federal requirements
    • Be able to prepare the RHC for compliance and/or correct deficiencies
    • Be able to review the RHC for safety issues/concerns
    • Understand the required documents and processes typically reviewed during survey.

    Cost Reporting

    This session will provide a basic overview of the RHC cost report and what data elements are to be maintained for maximum cost report reimbursement.  We will discuss the impact of cost classifications and the resulting overhead allocations.  Commingling regulations will be outlined for attendees.

    Participants will:

    • Understand what information is needed for year-end reporting
    • Understand how required reports/data affect reimbursement
    • Learn the basics of Medicare bad debt reimbursement
    • Learn some of the more common cost report calculations
    • Receive a brief overview of the commingling rules affecting RHCs

    Emergency Preparedness

    This session will provide an overview of the new RHC requirements for Emergency Preparedness

    Participants will:

    • Learn the basic requirements of a compliant Emergency Operations Plan (EOP)
    • Understand the components needed within the EOP
    • Understand how to complete an all-hazards-approach risk assessment
    • Review a sample EOP for a Rural Health Clinic

    Team Leadership

    This session will provide an overview of the new RHC requirements for Emergency Preparedness

    Participants will:

    • Learn the basic requirements of a compliant Emergency Operations Plan (EOP)
    • Understand the components needed within the EOP
    • Understand how to complete an all-hazards-approach risk assessment
    • Review a sample EOP for a Rural Health Clinic
    • 31 Dec 2020
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Online

    Speaker: Bruce Lee of Bruce Lee Retention and Productivity Training 

    Stress is a killer— to you and to employee engagement, empowerment, productivity, morale and a sense of
    accomplishment. When your self-esteem goes down, and your reputation and the work you do is threatened,
    how you handle it can be a serious blow to your career. If you are constantly overwhelmed, you are not as
    productive as you should be. Your performance suffers and the ability to lead people and projects takes a hit.

    As demands on you and your time continue to increase, so does the level of stress, unless you have a plan
    in place to handle it. When you are expected to accomplish more with less, take on increased duties and
    responsibilities, make tough decisions you need confidence – that you can handle it all. Even worse, when
    your stress rubs off on your employees, no one is operating at peak performance, and they will generate a
    toxic environment.

    The sources of stress are endless and it is critical that you learn to recognize, manage and mitigate the
    negative effects of what stresses you. This is being proactive and taking steps to eliminate the stressors
    you can—and dealing with the stress you can’t.

    In this powerful webinar, productivity coach and speaker Bruce Lee is going to show you how to de-stress
    yourself and your environment and grow your career. During this session, he will discuss:

    • Stress: The good, the bad and the downright ugly
    • The issues that are causing you to stress out and stay that way
    • Identifying and managing your biggest stressors at work
    • How to get swagger and grow your reputation
    • Time management tactics to take back control of your day
    • How the right communication at the right time can reduce your stress
    • Creating a stress-less work environment
    • The keys to overcoming stress—and hit your goals
    • And more!
    • 31 Dec 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Online

    Presenter: Anne Merewood, PhD, MPH, IBCLC

    CHAMPS Project Director, Associate Professor of Pediatrics

    Boston Medical Center (Boston, MA) and Betsy Dawson and Dr. Katherine Patterson from South Sunflower County Hospital

    Dr. Merewood directs the CHAMPS initiative. She is an Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Boston University School of Medicine, Associate Professor of Community Health Sciences at the BU School of Public Health, and served as the Baby‐Friendly Hospital Initiative Consultant to the Indian Health Service for four years. She is currently a consultant to the Rocky Mountain Tribal Epidemiology Center and to the Blackfeet tribe. Anne gained her undergraduate and PhD degrees at Cambridge University, England, and her master’s degree in Public Health at the Boston University School of Public Health. She has published over 50 papers in the medical peer‐reviewed literature.


    • 31 Dec 2021
    • 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
    • Online

    Learn more about BH Works from Information and Quality Healthcare.  

    Learn how to take advantage of CMS’s proposal to establish requirements and payments for RHCs and FQHCs providing general behavioral health services.  According to CMS, effective January 1, 2018, RHCs and FQHCs will be paid for behavioral health integration and new Psychiatric Collaborative Care Services in addition to an office visit. 

    • 31 Dec 2021
    • 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
    • Online

    Presenter: Dan Okonak, Director, National Network Development and Contracting

    Molina Healthcare has cared for families, seniors, and people with disabilities for over 35 years. Their company was founded by a physician, C. David Molina, MD, to address the unique needs of the Medicaid population. Today, they fulfill Dr. Molina’s vision by bringing quality health care to low-income members of government-sponsored programs across the nation.

    But now, to continue this mission, they need caring, quality providers like you.


    Molina Healthcare is building a provider network to serve the Mississippi Coordinated Access Network (MississippiCAN) program being administered by the Mississippi Division of Medicaid. They are committed to forming strong partnerships with dedicated, caring, quality providers across Mississippi. Their demonstrated success improving the health of the populations they serve across the country has been made possible by working closely with valued providers such as you. They see their relationships with network providers as an ongoing partnership dedicated to obtaining the best clinical outcomes for the patients we commonly serve.


    Please join us to learn more about Molina, and how to join their MississippiCAN provider network.

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