Enhance Your Practice: NRHA Rural Health Nurse Certification Program

June 3, 2024

Enhance Your Practice: NRHA Rural Health Nurse Certification Program

Are you ready to advance your skills, connect with fellow rural health professionals, and lead change in your community?

The National Rural Health Association (NRHA) rural Health Nurse Certification Program is the first of its kind, explicitly crafted to acknowledge and enhance the broad skill sets of nurses in rural settings.

This program offers a structured, yet flexible learning path designed by rural nurse leaders for rural nurses, ensuring that you gain practical and applicable insights tailored to the realities of rural healthcare.

Program Benefits:

  • Comprehensive Learning: Engage with modules on:
    • Health trends in Rural America
    • INTRA- and INTER-Personal Leadership
    • Quality innovation
    • Population health
    • Clinical inquiry
    • DEI
    • Financial overview
  • Flexible and Engaging format
    • Online, self-guided learning platform complemented by four scheduled Zoom networking sessions
    • Zoom sessions are 1 ½ hours long, once weekly
  • Expert-Led and Peer-Supported
    • Learn from subject matter experts and connect with a network of peers who share your commitment to rural health

Program Details

  • Target Audience – RNs, LPNs/LVNs working in rural healthcare environments
  • When: June 12 – September 18, 5:00 p.m. ET
    • Dates are subject to change
    • The program is approximately 4 months long in entirety
  • Cost: $997

Learn More and Enroll

Apply to Become an NHSC Site – Question and Answer Session for NHSC New Site Program – June 5

May 31, 2024

Apply to Become an NHSC Site – Question and Answer Session for NHSC New Site Program – June 5

The application for new sites interested in becoming NHSC-approved is now open through June 25.

Use BHW’s Health Workforce Data Dashboard to find out if your facility is located in one of the more than 13,000 rural HPSAs and apply by June 25.

See Benefits of Becoming an NHSC Approved Site

Do you still have questions? Please consider joining the June 5 question and answer session in which The Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA’s) Bureau of Workforce (BHW) answers questions for health care providers in designated Health Professional Shortage Areas wishing to become new sites for the National Health Service Corps.

Cost of Webinar: Free

When: Wednesday, June 5, 1:00 p.m. ET

Join Question & Answer Session Here

Apply to Become an NHSC Site

 

CMS Now Accepting Applications for the Medicare Shared Savings Program – Apply by June 17

May 24, 2024

CMS Now Accepting Applications for the Medicare Shared Savings Program – Apply by June 17

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is now accepting applications for Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) to participate in the Medicare Shared Savings Program.

In this program, groups of doctors, hospitals and other health care providers collaborate, with the goal of offering coordinated high-quality care to people with Medicare.

ACOs inexperienced with risk-based payments and who provide care to rural and underserved beneficiaries may be interested in Advance Investment Payments, and those interested in alternative payments for primary care providers may consider the ACO Primary Care Flex Model. Interested ACOs must first apply to the Shared Savings Program.

Email questions to: SharedSavingsProgram@cms.hhs.gov

To learn more about the application process, register for the upcoming June 5 webinar on Completing Phase 1 of the Application and Avoiding Common Deficiencies.

Learn more about Medicare Shared Savings Program

Learn more about Advance Investment Payments

Learn more about the ACO Primary Care Flex Model

Apply Here

Technical Assistance for Hospitals – HRSA Rural Healthcare Provider Transition Project – Apply by August 15

May 24, 2024

Technical Assistance for Hospitals – HRSA Rural Healthcare Provider Transition Project – Apply by August 15

Five small rural hospitals and certified Rural Health Clinics will be selected to receive one year of focused, virtual technical assistance designed to strengthen their organization’s understanding of the key elements of value-based care.

Project focus areas include:

  • Quality
  • Efficiency
  • Patient experience
  • Safety

Eligible applicants include:

  • Small rural hospitals
  • CMS certified rural health clinics

Details on the application process can be found in the 2024-2025 Application Interview and Process Guide.

Selected applicants will be notified in September, and project activities begin in October 2024.

Rural Healthcare Provider Transition Project

On-Line, On-Demand Training w/Option to Certify

March 27, 2024

On-Line, On-Demand Training w/Option to Certify

This is an online, on-demand course, with no scheduled classes to attend during your 3-month access to course materials.

Topics Covered:

  • Introduction to Denials, Appeals and Revenue Cycle Management
  • Clean Claims Lead to Prompt Payments
  • Understanding Medicare’s Claims Review Program
  • Audit before the Appeal
  • Medical Necessity
  • Appealing Medicare Denials
  • Appealing ERISA Denials
  • Appeal Consequences, Investigations & Probes
  • Creating an Appeal Program

This course is recommended for individuals working in:

  • Patient Financial Services Office
  • Revenue Cycle Management
  • Accounts Receivables
  • Medical Billing and Collections

Cost:

  • $750 – AIHC Members
  • $1,259 – Non-Members

Register now through April 1, 2024

AIHC Training Opportunity Capturing and Coding Social Determinants of Health for Physicians and Hospitals

March 15, 2024

AIHC Training Opportunity Capturing and Coding Social Determinants of Health for Physicians and Hospitals

Are you up to date on coverage changes in Medicare? Consider registering for this short course, offered by the American Institute of Healthcare Compliance (AIHC).

Among several important coverage changes, Medicare now covers a Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) Risk Assessment at no cost to the patient, when it’s provided as an optional Annual Wellness Visit (AWV) element as part of the same visit with the same date of service as the AWV.

Computer Requirements and Time Limits:

  • You will need high-speed internet, email and Adobe Reader
  • You will have access to the online AIHC course page for 90 days starting on your enrollment date
  • Course tuition includes access to the training page for 90 days
  • Online quizzes throughout the training
  • Certificate of completion is awarded with a minimum score of 80%

Cost: $45

Learn More

Elevate Your Leadership in 2024 – Apply Today Before Enrollment Closes

March 12, 2024

Elevate Your Leadership in 2024 – Apply Today Before Enrollment Closes

The Crisis: Rural Hospital Closures & CEO turnover

A Proven, Successful Answer You Can Do Now: NRHA’s Rural Hospital CEO Certification Program

Be the next CEO from your state to join the ranks of 150+ CEOs from across the country that are working to keep their rural hospitals open and thriving.

Why You Will Benefit:

  • Comprehensive curriculum made by rural hospital CEOs for rural hospital CEOs
  • Practical strategies and effective tools to grow knowledge base and leadership confidence
  • Exclusive networking opportunities with rural healthcare industry experts and rural hospital leaders like you
  • Rural-specific curriculum:
    • This program was developed by experienced and accomplished rural executives who are dedicated to empowering current and aspiring rural hospital CEOs
  • Practical insights:
    • Learn from experienced professionals who understand the nuances of rural healthcare leadership
  • Invitation-only networking:
    • Connect with a select group of like-minded leaders, subject matter experts and rural industry leaders

Kick off Date: May 21 at 4 p.m. EST

Do you need answers, before applying? Please contact Sydney Grant at sgrant@nrhasc.com.

Apply Today

 

Opportunity for Participation – Safety Program for Telemedicine: Improving Antibiotic Use

March 11, 2024

Opportunity for Participation – Safety Program for Telemedicine: Improving Antibiotic Use

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is accepting applications for participation in the Safety Program for Telemedicine: Improving Antibiotic Use. Learn how to improve patient safety and reduce harm associated with antibiotics in a FREE 18-month AHRQ program that starts in June, 2024.

This program is designed for primary care, urgent care, and direct to consumer practitioners to help improve their antibiotic prescribing practices over telemedicine.

This is an 18-month program starting in June 2024 and enrollment is open now.

There will be one webinar per month, which can be viewed asynchronously if needed.

CME/CEU/MOC points are available for free.

Benefits of Participation:

  • Improve efficiency and patient satisfaction with antibiotic prescribing, using approaches such as scripting for live and patient portal interactions
  • Perform better on antibiotic-related quality measures
  • Receive continuing education credits (CEUs), continuing medical education credits (CMEs), and American Board of Internal Medicine Maintenance of Certification (MOC) points through live and/or self-paced materials

Cost: FREE

Learn More

Join the Program

Online Training Opportunity – Clinical Documentation Improvement 2024

March 11, 2024

Online Training Opportunity – Clinical Documentation Improvement 2024

The American Institute of Healthcare Compliance (AIHC) is offering this online, on-demand training. Work online at your own pace with no scheduled classes to attend. This course is preapproved for 12 continuing education units with AIHC.

Typically, professionals complete the course and certify within 6 – 8 weeks.

Overview of Course Topics:

  • Overview of CDI in the Medical Office
  • Basics of Compliant Documentation
  • Documentation of Medical Necessity
  • Operative Notes & Compliant Documentation
  • E/M Progress Notes and Documentation Improvement
  • E/M Office/Outpatient Visit Documentation Considerations
  • E/M Other Services and Documentation Considerations
  • E/M and Documentation of Time
  • E/M and Documentation of MDM
  • Medications, Supplies and Diagnostic Tests
  • HIPAA, Confidentiality and You, the Clinical Documentation Professional

Who Should Attend This Training:

  • Experienced health information management professionals
  • Office nurses
    • RNs, LPNs
  • Professional coders
  • Professional documentation auditors
  • Anyone tasked with the responsibility of improving documentation standards for Medical Practices

Cost:

  • AIHC Members pay $375
  • Non-members pay $625

Learn More

Register and Pay