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    • July 09, 2020
    • 1:00 PM
    • December 01, 2023
    • 2:00 PM

    Digital Therapeutics in Rural Maternal Child Health

    • How to Go from Episodic to Lived Environment Care

      The Science of Remote Integrative Psychosocial and Physical Care  

      Including Underserved and Economically Disadvantaged Communities 

      July 9, 2020

      1:00 - 2:00 p.m. 



    • Bob Gold, Clinical Behavioral Technologist


    Presentation Mission: 

    Being the Health Partner to a consumer throughout their Patient Journey

    The mission of this talk is to change the way you personally and professionally believe your organization should approach Population Health Management and Care Coordination in vulnerable communities. ​How to go from episodic to relationship care.

    Presentation Description: 

    This educational talk uses real-life use cases and outcomes in rural America on applying a behavioral science and remote system of care for pre-natal and post-partum Medicaid moms and families.   The data discussed includes items such as pre-term births, anxiety and depressive disorders, costs of care including ED and inpatient/readmissions, patient activation and satisfaction measures, personal/social challenges, clinical fatigue/joy in practice, and key topics such as adherence to vaccines, wellness appts, safe sleep, crying baby, and others.

    Bob Gold, Behavioral Technologist 

    Bob Gold is one of the world’s leading behavioral technologists with more than 20 years applied research and development in the behavioral and cognitive science of human motivation, activation and resiliency; with a specialty in the human and social factors of precision health and digital therapies leading to increased activation of patients and clinicians in underserved vulnerable communities; both rural and urban.     

    Click here for more information 

    • October 21, 2020
    • 12:00 PM
    • December 31, 2022
    • 1:00 PM

    This webinar will cover a variety of topics including OCR’s Covid-19 telemedicine and other guidance, trends in the breaches reported to OCR, recent enforcement actions, HIPAA best practices, and common compliance challenges, and an overview OCR’s HIPAA compliance resources. 

    October 21, 2020

    12:00 p.m. CST - 1:00 p.m. CST

    Presenter: Sarah West

    Sarah West is an investigator with US Department of Health and Human Services in the Office for Civil Rights in the Southeast Region.  She responds to HIPAA complainants and conducts HIPAA breach investigations and compliance reviews.  She is also responsible for responding to complaints submitted by individuals who feel they have been discriminated against by an individual or entity that receives federal financial assistance from HHS on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability, age, sex and in limited circumstances religion.  She attended law school at Georgia State University’s College of Law, obtained a masters of arts in bioethics from Case Western Reserve University, and completed a bachelor’s in arts at Furman University, in Greenville, South Carolina. 

    • November 17, 2020
    • 9:00 AM
    • December 01, 2023
    • 12:00 PM
    • Virtual
    Registration is closed

    Disasters and public health emergencies can have a significant impact on healthcare personnel and facilities. Plans and mitigation efforts that allow medical facilities and providers to sustain their mission, core essential functions, and services for patients already receiving care, as well as respond to potential surges in patients with space, staffing (including leadership), and equipment/supply issues are required. The goal is to ensure continuity of operations and facilitate operational and financial recovery.

    With a grant from the State Office of Rural Health, this workshop is being offered at no charge for association members!

    CMS Final Rule for Emergency Preparedness [2 hour]

    Core Elements of CMS Emergency Preparedness Final Rule

    1.   Build an emergency plan
    2.   Develop and maintain policies and procedures
    3.   Develop and maintain a communication plan
    4.   Develop and maintain a training and testing program

    Business Continuity and Business Contingency Planning 

    Business Continuity Planning (BCP) is a similar term to Continuity Of Operations Plan (COOP) more often used in the private sector that focuses on both maintaining service delivery and receiving payment for those services provided. BCP in the past often referred to computer systems but now applies to all vulnerable resources.

    Introduction to Continuity Of Operations Plan (COOP) [1 hour]

    1.  Compare and Contrast With Emergency Preparedness Plan

    • January 27, 2021
    • 12:00 PM
    • December 31, 2023

    Webinar: Reviewing the Recent RHC Reimbursement Changes from CMS

    This webinar will feature Brock Slabach, senior vice president for members services of the National Rural Health Association, who will detail the recent changes to rural health clinic reimbursement as part of the COVID-19 relief package passed by Congress in late December.  This bill included major changes regarding CMS reimbursement amounts for both independent and provider-based rural health clinics, and it is important that RHC administrators and pertinent staff attend to fully understand how these changes will affect them and their practice.  This webinar will also discuss the steps being taken to correct the negative elements of this bill in order to benefit all RHC types.


    No cost for members - $25 for non-members

    • February 16, 2021
    • 8:00 AM
    • December 01, 2023
    • 4:30 PM


    This will be a virtual meeting on February 16, 2021 from 8:30 - 4:30 p.m. and February 17, 2021 from 8:30 - 12:30 p.m.

    2 Day Coding and Billing for Critical Access Hospitals (CAH) Course Overview

    Speaker: Jackie King, Director of Critical Access Hospital Education - ArchProCoding 

    This VIRTUAL LIVE Bootcamp series covers what revenue cycle and coding/billing staff in CAHs need to know related to their documentation, professional and facility coding, and medical billing processes. 

    We will describe the vital areas that affect all members of the CAH workforce related to CPT, HCPCS-II,& ICD-10-CM coding and billing; focusing on their impact on revenue, facility mission, population and public health reporting.

    • Coders/billers who have come from "traditional provider offices or hospitals" or are new to the unique nature of billing for the services Critical Access Hospitals will benefit by gaining a better understanding of the CAH designation and PPS/CAH-specific rules for coding/billing.
    • Managers who hire staff, manage people and policies, supervise the coding/billing staff will benefit by gaining a high-level overview of  CAH designation criteria and the systems/processes required to main CAH status with emphasis on coding/billing.
    •  Providers who create clinical documentation (e.g. MD/DO/PA/NP) will benefit by gaining a better understanding the coding/billing nuances that are specific to different hospital service areas.

    Session #1 – February 16, 2021- 8:30 am - 4:30 pm CST (with breaks and lunch)

    • Introduction and Testing Details
    • Overview of CAH Designation and Cost-Based Reimbursement
    • Overview of PPS Reimbursement
    • Introduction/Review of Coding Manuals
    • Swing Bed and Inpatient Coding
    • Outpatient/Ancillary Facility Coding
    • Emergency Department Facility and Professional Fee Coding


    Session #2 – February 17 - 8:30 am - 12:30 pm CST (with breaks)

    • Same Day Surgery and Anesthesia Coding
    • Hospital Professional Fee Coding
    • Billing and reimbursement overview for Swing bed, Inpatient facility, Hospital Outpatient facility, and hospital professional fees
    • Method I, Method II, and CRNA Pass-through payment option
    • Revenue codes and their relationship to CPT codes, Billing, Compliance, and cost reporting
    • Guidance on how improving current billing practices and systems can translate into increased revenues
    • Identification of common issues that impact denials
    • COVID-19   Coding/Billing Updates

    Virtual Live Arch Pro Bootcamps are presented with a multi-screen view, optional webcam access, allowing for seamless Q&A with video. INCLUDED: class slides, optional certification exam, and support.

    CEUs - 11 CEUs Approved by AAPC & ArchProCoding


    CAH Final Exam

    Upon completing the live class authorized attendees will be able to take the Critical Access Hospital Coding and Billing online certification exam.  The exam is 100 questions and is scored immediately if a 70% is achieved.  The certification for Critical Access Hospital Coding & Billing Specialist (CAH-CBS) will be granted by the Association for Rural & Community Health Professional Coding.


    Jackie King -Director of Critical Access Hospital Education-ArchProCoding

    Jackie King, MSHI, CPC, COC, RH-CBS has worked in the health care field for over 30 years in both clinical and administrative positions at small rural and critical access hospitals and physician practices.  Prior roles include: Medical Imaging Technologist, Quality Management/Utilization Analyst, Health Information Management (HIM) Director, and Clinical Informatics Director. 

    She received her Master of Science degree in Health Informatics from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2012, and in 2016 joined the Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network (ICAHN) as HIM Consultant and Compliance and Clinical Informatics Director for the Illinois Rural Community Care Organization (IRCCO) Accountable Care Organization (ACO). Jackie joined ArchProCoding in January 2019, and also serves as Director of Critical Access Hospital Education for that organization. Her primary duties in both roles include providing education, sharing resources, promoting efficiency and best practice, and improving health care services for small rural and critical access hospitals and their rural communities across the country.

    • February 18, 2021
    • 12:00 PM
    • December 01, 2023
    • 1:00 PM
    • Virtual

    A webinar presented by 

    Alliant Purchasing

    February 18, 2020 

    12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

    A group purchasing organization (GPO) helps healthcare providers realize savings and efficiencies by aggregating purchasing volume to negotiate savings with vendors.  Alliant Purchasing is a GPO with the expertise needed in navigating the healthcare industry. ​ As your advisor and partner, Alliant guides you in finding optimal solutions for additional value​ in your supply chain.

    • April 21, 2021
    • 9:00 AM
    • December 01, 2023
    • 12:00 PM
    • Virtual

    The Rural Health Clinic 101 Workshop will educate rural health clinic professionals on both basic and advanced knowledge for operating a rural health clinic.  Taught by Patty Harper, this session is perfect for both new and seasoned RHC professionals.  

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    • May 21, 2021
    • 8:45 AM
    • December 01, 2023
    • 4:30 PM
    • Virtual Conference (online)


    The 8th annual Rural Health Clinic Conference will be held on Friday, May 21, 2021 as a virtual conference.

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

    Click here to view the agenda

    A new low price has been established for this conference to help our RHCs receive the information they need in the easiest and least prohibitive manner possible.  Register today! 

    • June 01, 2021
    • June 01, 2023
    • Online

    The Mississippi Office of Rural Health and Mississippi Rural Health Association are jointly hosted a 60-minute kickoff webinar. Jonathan Pantenburg, Principal at Stroudwater Associates presents on the provider-based RHC ramifications of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 and Gregory Wolf, co-Founder and President of Lilypad provides an overview of the Practice Operations National Database (POND). POND is part of a national initiative to focus on the sustainability of the rural primary care delivery system. 

    They outline the new statewide RHC Performance Improvement Network initiative

    • July 28, 2021
    • 9:00 AM
    • December 01, 2023
    • 12:00 PM
    • Virtual

    A Comprehensive CDI Update 2021: Exploring Changes to the Outpatient and Inpatient CDI Landscape in the COVID-19 Era

    July 28, 2021 | 9 - Noon Central Time


    Outpatient Office E&M changes for 2021: Getting Back to the Basics of Communication of Patient Care.


    Effective Physician Documentation: Working Smarter Not Harder


      Coding for COVID-19: 2021 Codes and Guidelines

      Find objectives for presentations here

      *If you are AHIMA credentialed, you will receive continuing education hours.


      Keith Stokes, M.D. is the Chief Executive Officer and Executive Physician Educator of DocuComp®LLC – a wholly physician owned and managed consulting organization whose extensive expertise is in physician documentation education for ICD-10, CDI Specialist and Case Manager documentation improvement and integrity, clinical coding improvement, medical necessity, and compliance reviews/audits. 

      Dr. Jacob Martin MD, PA-C, CDI-C  is a board certified physician and physician education who has been a practicing provider for over 40 years. Dr. Martin has extensive practice experience in Emergency medicine in Louisiana, Mississippi and Tennessee. He has worked in forensic medicine, including as a deputy coroner, medical examiner as well as a sports medicine director for a human performance lab and insurance medical reviewer. Dr. Martin found his passion in clinical documentation integrity and improvement and has worked as an instructor in CDI for the past 22 years. He is board certified by ABPM and ABQURP.   

      Deborah Gardner-Brown, RHIT, CCS, CDIP, CCDS, CCDI,CI-CDI, CPMA, AHIMA Approved ICD-10 CM/PCS & CDI Trainer. Deborah is a Subject Matter Expert, Speaker, DRG Dispute Resolution Examiner and experienced Auditor for the acute and outpatient care settings. She has authored, developed, and presented educational material on several ICD-10-CM/PCS and CDI topics. She has presented at several AHIMA/ACDIS state component events in the Tri state area. She has decades of experience auditing and teaching inpatient/outpatient coding/clinical documentation in several Level I Shock/Trauma Acute Care Hospitals. Deborah Gardner-Brown is the founder of the UCDCI Learning Library, Sepsis Integrity Review Services, and is Principal Consultant for Reimbursement Review Associates, Inc.

      Glenn Krauss is a well-recognized and respected subject matter expert in the revenue cycle with an emphasis and focus upon collaborating and working closely with physicians in promoting, advocating for educating and achieving sustainable improvement in clinical documentation that accurately reflects and reports the communication of fully informed coordinated patient care. Glenn possesses 25 plus years of progressive practical hands-on experience in clinical coding and documentation improvement, subscribing to the philosophy that quality of medical record documentation strongly correlates with overall quality of care and the overall achievement of a high performing revenue cycle. What sets Glenn apart in the clinical documentation improvement arena is the recognition of clinical documentation effectiveness, accuracy, completeness and contextual consistency as fundamentally integral with all components of the revenue cycle.

        • July 30, 2021
        • December 31, 2023
        • Online

        This webinar will introduce association members to the preferred group purchasing organization (GPO) Alliant as well as a top vendor and manufacturer of healthcare products, Medline.  This session will detail the enrollment process and sample products and services available through group purchasing. The webinar is approximately 30 minutes in length.

        • January 13, 2022
        • 12:00 PM
        • March 01, 2023
        • 1:00 PM

        Webinar | Swing Bed Quality Certification Program

        January 13, 2021 

        12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Central Time 

        Join the Mississippi Rural Health Association as Kate Hill from The Compliance Team presents a webinar on the Swing Bed Quality Certification Program on January 13, 2021 at noon central time. 

        This session will review how a swing bed Quality Certification Program can increase the swing bed census in your CAH. 

        What else you'll learn: 

        • Understanding Swing Bed Quality Certification Program
        • How to Leverage your Swing Beds
        • Why Swing Beds are Important

        We’ll discuss the value of these points and some steps to accomplish it.

        • February 16, 2022
        • 12:00 PM
        • March 01, 2023
        • 1:00 PM

        Breaking Down Silos in Your Clinical Revenue Cycle

        February 16, 2022

        Noon Central 

        Revenue cycle is critical to the success of rural and community hospitals, but this often breaks down with the intentional or unintentional creation of work silos.  An efficient revenue cycle requires the breakdown of these silos into a uniform, streamline process.  Such will result in increased revenue and quality coding, and it will create huge value for the hospital.  This webinar will explain the issue with silo creation and demonstrate opportunities for improvement with use of logistical transformation and software.

        • February 23, 2022
        • 12:00 PM
        • March 01, 2023
        • 1:00 PM
        • Virtual

        Webinar: Cost Savings, Increasing Margins, & Exceeding Industry Benchmarks for Healthcare Organizations: Gallagher Introduction

        February 23, 2022 | 12:00 PM Central Time

        Our partners at Gallagher have developed a series of solutions to tackle savings initiatives and implement innovative strategies in terms of insurance expenditure and proper coverage.  As members of the association, we wish to provide you with an opportunity to learn more about the benefits offered by Gallagher and to see if this is a fit for your organization.

        This one hour webinar will include the following:
        Unique Solutions:  Average reduction of 25% on employer insurance spend through hospital-specific pooling, proprietary dividend eligible Trust's, affordable comprehensive voluntary benefits for your employees, and more. 
        Scope & Mission: Gallagher has helped over 1,000 hospitals across the nation operate with a thicker margin while combing through contracts to make sure physicians, nurses, and additional staff are covered at peak industry benchmarks. 

        • May 18, 2022
        • 12:00 PM
        • May 18, 2023
        • 1:00 PM
        • Virtual

        Register for webinar and find the on-demand recording in your confirmation email!

        Join the Mississippi Rural Health Association for the E & M Guidelines Update webinar on May 18, 2022 from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m. central time. This virtual event will feature a coding audit vs. chart review and the lessons learned through continuous quality improvement.


        2021 E & M guidelines-

        • What Truly Makes These Unique & Beneficial

        Reviewing the medical record for other than coding

        • Gaining a holistic approach to chart review
        • Putting the patient first
        • Trending & tracking physician/provider documentation performance

        Securing Physician/Provider Engagement

        Designing & Implementing Process Improvement

        • Facilitating physician/provider working smarter, not harder
        • Improving patient satisfaction
        • Alleviating unnecessary payer denials

        • May 19, 2022
        • December 31, 2023
        • Virtual

        This is a free training for Mississippi hospitals desiring to foster greater collaboration between C-Suite and board members.  Delivered by nationally recognized rural hospital speaker Dr. Bill Auxier, the training is primarily focused on our rural, community hospitals.  

        The goal of this training is to help facilitate discussions and education for both C-Suite administration as well as the hospital board to improve function, operation, and delegation of duties.  The program will consist of five, 90-minute workshops via Zoom for both administrators and board members.  

        We believe that this will be a particularly impactful training to assist our hospitals, especially during the tumultuous times that we face at the moment.

        • June 29, 2022
        • 12:00 PM
        • June 01, 2023
        • 1:00 PM

        RHC Billing for Independent & Provider-Based Clinics Webinar


        Join the association and Healthcare Revenue Cycle as we explain the differences between provider-based and independent rural health clinics. 

        Key Learning Objectives Include: 

        1. Definitions 
        2. Provider-Based Criteria 
        3. Billing & Reimbursements 
        4. Offsite Locations
        • July 06, 2022
        • 12:00 PM
        • July 06, 2023
        • 1:00 PM
        • Virtual

        COVID-Related Funding: Compliance and Reporting Considerations for Rural Healthcare Facilities

        July 6, 2022 | 12 - 1 p.m. central time

        On-Demand Webinar

        The webinar will cover the various types of COVID-related relief funding distributed to rural healthcare facilities including reporting requirements, compliance requirements, audit requirements, associated timetables, and deadlines.


        • Identify the different types of federal COVID relief funding distributed to rural healthcare facilities, including those that are subject to the Single Audit requirements of 2 CFR 200 Subpart F. Primary funding programs covered will include the Provider Relief Fund (CFDA #93.498), COVID-19 Claims Reimbursement to Health Care Providers and Facilities for Testing, Treatment, and Vaccine Administration for the Uninsured (CFDA #93.461), and the RHC Testing & RHC Testing & Mitigation program(CFDA #93.697).
        • Outline the reporting requirements, timetables, and deadlines for each type of coronavirus-related relief funding.
        • Distinguish allowable uses of each type of federal funding (unreimbursed expenses and/or lost revenues) and effective strategies for the application of funding, including discussion of the interworking’s of the different federal funding programs
        • Define OMB requirements for Single Audit of compliance with federal funding program requirements and Single Audit submission deadlines.

        • July 20, 2022
        • 12:00 PM
        • July 21, 2023
        • 1:00 PM
        • Virtual

        Not Just for Looks: Why Treating Vein Disease Matters

        July 20, 2022 | 12 PM Central Time

        The webinar will cover an overview of vein disease, the health implications of the disease, available treatments, and how hospitals can be involved in treating vein disease in their respective communities.

        Meet the Speakers

        Jacob C. Townsend, MD, FACC

        Dr. Jacob C. Townsend joined Birmingham Heart Clinic in 2012 as an interventional cardiologist.

        A native of Augusta, Georgia, Dr. Townsend graduated from the University of Georgia with degrees in political science and microbiology. He earned his medical degree from the Medical College of Georgia, where he was elected to the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society and received the Department of Medicine Clinical Scholar Award. He studied internal medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham, where he also served as the Chief Medical Resident.

        Dr. Townsend completed his general and interventional cardiology fellowships at the Medical University of South Carolina. During his studies, he received the Outstanding First Year Award, and later the Outstanding Fellow of the Year Award. He has published research in the areas of cardiac imaging, hemostasis and cardiac physiology.