“The Providers” documentary is back for a special 2020 screening!

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Where the award-winning documentary “The Providers” is concerned, its value is immeasurable!

Set against the backdrop of the physician shortage and opioid epidemic in rural AmericaThe Providers follows three health care providers and their patients, and shows the awe-inspiring courage, commitment, and, tenacity that we know to be the real Power of Rural.

“The Providers” will be available for viewing November 1-21, 2020.

Watch anytime during the viewing period.

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Don’t forget to download the Discussion Guide

MU ECHO Addressing Rapid Changes in Telemedicine

The Missouri Telehealth Network (MTN) at the University of Missouri and Heartland Telehealth Resource Center are offering a Telemedicine ECHO for providers in Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma. The ECHO offers interactive online learning sessions every Tuesday from 9 to 10 a.m. The sessions address recent changes in such areas as reimbursement, operations, regulations, best practices, telebehavioral health and more.

Providers with rural health centers, federally qualified health centers and critical access hospitals are especially encouraged to participate. The Telemedicine ECHO is part of MTN’s comprehensive response to the COVID-19 pandemic, which includes a COVID-19 ECHO, telehealth guides and a variety of additional COVID-19 resources. Register for these services and learn more at https://showmeecho.org/.

Webinar: Scholarly Dissemination to Rural Audiences

Date: June 25, 2020

Time: 12:00 PM Central

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Preceptors in rural practice sometimes find it difficult to precept even one learner. Precepting more than one might seem impossible. But, in fact, some preceptors have found joy in just that! In this professional development webinar Dr. Schmidt will share her experience and lessons learned from precepting 3-6 learners in a teaching half-day in the office.

Following this webinar, participants will be able to:

  1. Increase their own capacity for precepting more than one learner,
  2. Promote the model of “super-precepting” through creatively constructing high cacacity teaching half-days in their own practice or group,
  3. Increase joy in precepting, and;
  4. Join the Rural PREP community of practice in rural primary care health professions education and training.

Webinar: Keep Them Coming Back: Resources for Coaches to Enroll and Retain Participants in Lifestyle Change Programs

Date: June 23, 2020

Time: 1:00 PM Central

Register Here.

This webinar will highlight communication, marketing, and engagement tools for coaches in the National Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) Lifestyle Change Program. CDC experts will demonstrate marketing resources that are tailored to specific audiences, including working adults and older adults who are eligible for the Medicare DPP. The presenters will also share tools (i.e. Personal Success Tool, Champion Toolkit) to help support efforts to recruit and retain participants. (Innovations in Diabetes Behavior Change Webinar Series – #SCWCWD4371).

NARHC News – Spring 2020 Newsletter

  • Congress Introduces Improved Telehealth for Underserved Communities Act

H.R. 6792 Allows RHCs to be Paid AIR for Telehealth Visits


On May 8th, Representative Adrian Smith (R-NE) and Representative Tom O’Halleran (D-AZ) introduced the Improving Telehealth for Underserved Communities Act.

The National Association of Rural Health Clinics (NARHC) strongly endorses this legislation and we sincerely thank Rep. Smith and Rep. O’Halleran for their leadership on this issue. Both members were instrumental in getting the law changed to allow rural health clinics (RHCs) and federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) to bill as distant site providers, and now they are leading the way on improving our deeply problematic telehealth billing methodology.  Read More

  • Financial Programs for RHCs During COVID-19 PandemicThe federal government recognizes that the health care industry is in the midst of both a public health crisis and a financial crisis and while it may or may not be enough, they have appropriated $175 billion thus far to keep our industry afloat. This $175 billion has been split into multiple allocations for different purposes and it comes on top of other programs, such as the Paycheck Protection Program and the Medicare Accelerated Payment Program.

    Thankfully, due to the efforts of the RHC community and NARHC, RHCs have been largely included in these various programs.  Read More

  • NARHC’s Educational OpportunitiesCertified RHC Professional (CRHCP) Training – Fall 2020

    Registration Opens August 1st, 2020

    This extensive ONLINE TRAINING will prepare the learner to successfully run a Rural Health Clinic. The learner will gain full spectrum, in-depth knowledge of basic rules, regulations, and laws regarding RHCs from this course. The roughly 10-15 study hours may be done nights, weekends, or whenever as long as it’s completed before Oct. 26, 2020. Those who complete the coursework & pass the final exam will be awarded the prestigious CRHCP credential.

    * * * *

    Introduction to RHCs Course

    Registration Always Open!

    This brief course is an orientation tool to learn about RHC basics. It’s a high-level overview of managing RHC vs Non-RHC, best practices for RHC managers, understanding the value of being a RHC, the history of the RHC program, and how the NARHC came to be.

    COST: NARHC Member FREE! Non-Member $50 Read More

  • CMS Videos, Webinars & MLN Matters of Note
    • Medicare Coverage & Payment of Virtual Services for Telehealth – Video from CMS
    • Coronavirus Waivers & Flexibilities – The latest information can be found in the MLN Matters Article SE20011

    Lessons from the Front Lines: COVID-19 – Webinar, Friday, May 15, 12:30 PM-2:00 PM Eastern Read More

  • In Case You Missed It…NARHC is Hard At Work

    These are certainly extraordinary times. Dealing with the coronavirus pandemic these past few months has been and continues to be very challenging for everyone, especially those of us in RHCs. Keeping abreast of ever-changing legislation and guidance is more imperative now than ever! Just know that NARHC is here for you, we’ve got your back, and continue to advocate on behalf of all RHCs.

    Check the “News” tab on the narhc.org website frequently for the latest RHC news and like our FB page. Pay attention to dates on the news tab articles–guidance changes frequently. Here are a few from the last month. Read More\

  • Nominations Sought for the Ron Nelson AwardNARHC’S HIGHEST HONOR

    NARHC’s Annual Award recognizes and honors an outstanding leader and promoter of RHCs in the spirit of Ron Nelson. Nominate individuals who have dedicated their time and talent as he did to advancing the health and well-being of others through the RHC program.

    Nominations will be accepted from NARHC members through June 30th. Recipients though do not have to be NARHC members. This sign of our deep appreciation and national distinction will be awarded at the NARHC Annual Meeting in October. Learn more about this outstanding man, his accomplishments & the award, Read More

  • Discover the Online World of NovitasphereNovitas, the Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC) for Jurisdiction H and Jurisdiction L, offers many ways to conduct your day-to-day Medicare business through Novitasphere, our free, secure internet portal. Novitasphere offers a world of timesaving features and easily connects you directly to Novitas Solutions in order receive instant access to:
    • Obtain beneficiary eligibility and obtain the Medicare Beneficiary Identifier (MBI)
    • Submit claims and retrieve electronic claim reports
    • Check claim status
    • Retrieve and print remittance advices
    • Perform claim corrections and report claims as billed in error
    • Submit appeal requests
    • And much more!

    Read More

  • 2020 NARHC Fall InstituteSheraton Phoenix Downtown

    Phoenix, Arizona

    October 26-28, 2020 (M-W noon)

    The conference “for & about” RHCs

    NARHC is closely monitoring the evolution of the Coronavirus and we are hopeful that we will be able to hold the live conference in October. Watch for more details to be posted at a later date. Read More

  • THROW YOUR HAT IN THE RING2021 NARHC Board of Director Candidates Sought

    If you would be interested in running for the 2021 NARHC Board of Directors, we’re looking for a few dynamic leaders!

    There will be 3 openings for the 3-year term that starts Jan. 1, 2021. These positions are voted upon by the NARHC membership at the Annual Meeting held in Phoenix in Oct. & via absentee ballot beforehand.

    You must be affiliated with a current NARHC member RHC or organization in order to run and serve. Application deadline is June 30. Read More

  • Addition of the QW ModifierPROCEDURE CODING SYSTEM (HCPCS) CODE U0002 AND 87635

    This article informs you about the addition of the QW modifier to HCPCS code U0002 (2019-

    nCoV Coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2/2019-nCoV (COVID-19), any technique, multiple types or

    subtypes (includes all targets), non-CDC) and 87635 [Infectious agent detection by nucleic acid

    (DNA or RNA); severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) (Coronavirus

    disease [COVID-19]), amplified probe technique]. Read More

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Email newsletters@narhc.org for more information & include your topic idea!


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Webinar: Growing Challenges of Substance Use, Treatment & Recovery During COVID-19

Date: May 18, 2020

Time: 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Central

Register Here


  • Carlos Blanco
    National Institute on Drug Abuse
  • Gary Mendell
  • Herbert H. Price III
    Arkansas Blue Cross and Blue Shield
While opioids continue to dominate headlines about drug overdose deaths in the US, fatal overdoses from cocaine and methamphetamines are also on the rise. People with substance use disorder (SUD) are at particular risk during COVID-19 due to the effects of opioids and stimulants on respiratory health, and social distancing measures have created barriers to treatment. The agitated behavior of people using stimulants also places added burden on first responders already overwhelmed by the COVID-19 crisis.

This webinar will highlight efforts to address the growing rate of substance use in this country and outline strategies to mitigate the increased burden on individuals, society and the health care system in the time of COVID-19. Speakers will discuss:

  • Evidence-based treatment for stimulant abuse, including access to cognitive-behavioral therapy to improve outcomes in individuals with addictive disorders
  • Emerging efforts to reduce shame and stigma and better direct individuals to appropriate care
  • Strategies to increase access to OUD and SUD treatment during COVID-19, including telehealth and virtual recovery support

A draft agenda is available on our website.

Register now for our Friday webinar with the Alliance for Health Policy and Commonwealth Fund on nursing home care, as well as our Monday webinar on food insecurity.