December 5, 2023
NRHA Webinar – Finding Financial Support for Prescription Medications and Understanding the Medicare Reforms to Lower Out-of-Pocket Costs
The inability to pay for essential medical care is not just a significant problem for the uninsured but also for people who have health insurance. Recent polling by the Kaiser Family Foundation finds that 47% of U.S. adults said that it is very or somewhat difficult to afford their healthcare costs, and about 50% said they would be unable to pay a $500 unexpected medical bill without borrowing money. That is where the PAN Foundation comes in—to serve as a critical safety net for hundreds of thousands of underinsured patients each year. As an independent, national organization, PAN helps people across the country get the medications and treatments they need by assisting with their out-of-pocket costs and advocating for improved access, affordability, and equity for all.
Join PAN’s Chief Advocacy and Engagement Officer, Amy Niles, as she explores the important role PAN plays every day in connecting patients with the lifesaving care they need and deserve.
During this webinar, Amy will walk through how healthcare providers and pharmacists can help their eligible patients find and apply for grants through PAN’s easy-to-use application process. Finally, Amy will review Medicare reforms, now law, that will lower costs for people on Medicare.
Attendees will walk away from this webinar with a better understanding about:
- The role of charitable foundation assistance programs and why they are needed
- How to connect patients with assistance through PAN’s disease-specific funds
- The Medicare reforms enacted through the Inflation Reduction Act (August 2022) that will improve access to care for millions of people on Medicare
When: Thursday, January 25, 1:00 – 3:00 pm CST
December 5, 2023
Webinar – Latest CMS Updates and the Most Frequent Findings in Rural Health Care
CMS Certification is not only necessary for Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) and Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) to receive Medicare and Medicaid payments, but also for payment from many private insurers and participation in Federal grants. Preparation for a CMS survey is critically important for CAHs and RHCs, as adverse CMS survey outcomes can result in termination of your CMS Certification. Rural hospitals and rural health clinics, in particular, have unique challenges, such as limited resources.
Set your organization up for a successful survey and join this webinar to hear from a former CMS surveyor about the latest updates affecting rural hospitals and rural health clinics and the most commonly cited CMS CfCs and CoPs.
After the webinar, attendees will be able to:
- Discuss CMS QSP Memos and Notifications affecting rural hospitals
- Most frequent CMS findings in CAHs
- Most frequent CMS findings in RHCs
When: Tuesday, January 16, 2024, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
December 4, 2023
CMS Webinar – Final Rules Overview – Impact for RHCs, Monday, December 11 at 2:00 p.m.
The recently released Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) 2024 final rules contain a significant number of changes for Rural Health Clinics (RHCs).
This year, the rules include details about the implementation of the two additional provider types billable as RHC Medicare providers beginning January 1, 2024, as well as information on the Intensive Outpatient Services Treatment category. According to the National Association of Rural Health Clinics (NARHC), RHCs will now have a way to bill for remote physiologic monitoring and other care management services under an expanded G5011 code.
During this webinar, policy experts will provide an overview of changes to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and the Medicare Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System that will go into effect on January 1, 2024. Among many, these changes include:
- Expanded services covered under the Healthcare Common Procedure Coding System (HCPCS) code G0511 (chronic care management and behavioral health care provided by RHC’s)
- An extension of payment for telehealth services until December 31, 2024
- The addition of marriage and family therapists and mental health counselors as provider types billable for substance use treatment
- The establishment of intensive outpatient programs for substance use treatment
RHCs are encouraged to join this upcoming webinar to hear the discussion about the final rule and receive answer to your questions about the implementation of these various policy proposals.
When: Monday, December 11, 2:00 p.m. ET
Advance registration is required
December 4, 2023
Upcoming Webinar – RHIhub – The Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program in Rural Areas
Don’t miss this RHIhub webinar on Monday, December 11th at 2:00 p.m. Central Time (CT).
The National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services (NACRHHS) and the Health Resources Services Administration’s (HRSA’s) Maternal and Child Health Bureau discuss findings and recommendations from the recent Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program (MIECHV) policy brief.
This webinar is free. High-speed internet is required to participate. A recording will be available on the RHIhub website after the live event. Connection details will be emailed immediately upon registration.
When: Monday, December 11, 12:00 p.m. CT
November 21, 2023
Upcoming Webinar – Navigation Change: Strategies for Critical Access Hospitals in a Rising Rate Environment, January 17
In today’s evolving landscape, Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) face pressing challenges requiring substantial financial investments.
This study delves into the complexities of securing resources for CAHs, factoring in:
- Interest rates
- Project costs
- Cash flow
- Cost-based payments
The analysis reveals that, despite the backdrop of rising interest rates and construction costs, current trends should not deter CAHs from pursuing long-term capital investments.
The reimbursement system acts as a safeguard, softening the impact of market fluctuations on rural healthcare.
Join Brian Haapala, CEO of Stroudwater Capital Partners, to explore project sizing, early investments, and the advantages of the cyclical interest rate cycle for your organization’s benefit. Discover how to address the unique needs of rural healthcare amidst a rapidly changing financial environment.
When: Wednesday, January 17, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. CST
November 21, 2023
Upcoming Webinar – Navigating the Future of EMS: Empowering Through Telemedicine, December 14
Explore the Future of EMS with Telemedicine. In a time when EMS faces declining professionals and department closures, telemedicine emerges as a game-changer. Thanks to a $1.7 million state grant EMS agency ambulances now feature telehealth tablets, offering seamless connectivity with Avel eCare clinical providers. This innovation ensures expertise is on hand during emergencies and transport.
Discover how this approach, showcased in South Dakota, connects EMS with physicians early in the care process, enhancing patient outcomes. Learn how telemedicine is improving EMS efficiency, preventing burnout, and adapting to various regions. Join the National Rural Health Association (NRHA) to explore the transformative potential, especially in mental and behavioral health crisis calls.
OBJECTIVE 1: Upon completion, participants will be able to describe and understand implementation strategies and operations of an EMS telemedicine program
OBJECTIVE 2: Upon completion, participants will be able to illustrate effective partnerships between public and private organizations.
OBJECTIVE 3: Upon completion, participants will be able to list the benefits to the community and EMS person.
When: Thursday, December 14, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. CST
November 21, 2023
Upcoming Webinar – Unlocking the Potential of Rural Emergency Hospitals: Strategies for Success and Positive Change
Join the National Rural Health Association (NRHA) for a comprehensive guide on how your community hospital can become a Rural Emergency Hospital (REH) and unlock the benefits of this new Medicare provider type. With 20% of Americans living in rural areas and facing limited access to healthcare, the need for REHs has never been greater.
This webinar will feature a panel discussion with the CEO of Java Medical Group who will share his personal experience with the conversion process and offer insights into his strategies for success moving forward.
Don’t miss this opportunity to get an in-depth look at the benefits of converting to an REH, the eligibility criteria for conversion, limitations, and the steps involved in the conversion process.
When: Tuesday, December 12, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. CST
November 21, 2023
Upcoming Webinar – Driving Employee Engagement through Tactical Approach of Leader Rounding, December 11
Join the National Rural Health Association (NRHA) for an educational webinar focused on the strategic use of Leader Rounding to transform rural healthcare. Discover how this practice can drive cultural change and improve overall care quality in rural healthcare settings.
In this informative webinar, participants will:
- Explore Leader Rounding in Rural Healthcare
- Understand the significance of Leader Rounding and its impact on rural healthcare.
- Learn Effective Practices
- Discover practical strategies to boost employee engagement and leadership development in rural healthcare organizations.
- Cultural Transformation
- Gain insights into using Leader Rounding as a tool for fostering cultural change within rural healthcare settings.
This webinar will provide real-world examples and actionable strategies to enhance the quality, operational efficiency, and financial performance of your rural healthcare institution.
Don’t miss this opportunity to be part of an enlightening discussion that can empower your rural healthcare organization to excel in the face of unique challenges. Register today and be prepared to lead your organization toward a brighter, more sustainable future in rural healthcare.
When: Monday, December 11, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. CST
November 20, 2023
Upcoming Webinar – What Critical Access Hospitals Should Know About Partnerships, Thursday, December 7
Rural and community hospitals and health systems often encounter a major challenge when crafting and operationalizing partnerships with other organizations: partners don’t understand the unique attributes and value rural affiliates provide. These misconceptions can lead to faulty strategic decisions, so it is critical for rural healthcare organizations to understand and communicate their value proposition to existing and prospective partners.
Join this webinar to learn more.
When: Thursday, December 7, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. CST
November 20, 2023
Upcoming Webinar – Telemedicine: The Long-Term Solution to Physician Shortages and Specialty Coverage, November 28
Headquartered in Newport News, Virginia, Riverside Health System operates four acute care hospitals and four stroke facilities. Factors that led to the consideration of telemedicine included:
- Physician burnout
- Staffing shortages
- The ability to conduct outpatient consultations in a timely manner
Being an Eagle Partner Hospital since 2017, Riverside’s case provides a replicable example of how a telemedicine program can expand over time and grow into a long-term solution, meeting any hospital’s ever-changing goals.
This webinar discussion will outline how telemedicine has improved the hospital’s physician coverage through multiple specialties to strengthen these hospital’s physician coverage through multiple specialties to strengthen these hospitals’ fiscal viability and get patients seen quickly without having to travel long distances or wait months for a specialty consult.
When: Tuesday, November 28, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. CST