Health Education and Learning Program (HELP) Webinars

With the support of the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Office of Rural Health Policy, the National Rural Health Resource Center and Rural Health Innovations provide educational opportunities for the Small Rural Hospital Transition (SRHT) Project.

Upcoming Webinars

Critical Access Hospital Pro Forma for Shared Savings

July 26, 2017
Noon - 1:00 p.m. Central Time


  • Clint MacKinney, MD, MS, Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Health Management and Policy at the College of Public Health, University of Iowa and Deputy Director of the Rural Policy Research Institute (RUPRI) Center for Rural Health Policy and Analysis
  • Jane Jerzak, CPA, RN, Partner, Wipfli LLP

Health care is on a path to value, regardless of health care reform uncertainties. Thus, critical access hospitals need to understand accountable care, especially if considering joining an ACO. This webinar will present a new Excel-based tool developed by the Rural Health Value team and Premier, Inc. The Critical Access Hospital Pro Forma for Shared Savings assesses the financial implications of joining a Medicare Shared Savings Plan Accountable Care Organization. The publicly available, free tool highlights five-year revenue and expense forecasts financial projections that compare current state to Medicare ACO participation and an easy to understand table and chart summary outputs, including hospital and physician financial projections.

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Webinar Playbacks

Previously recorded webinars are available on the HELP Webinar Playbacks page.


Hospitals must be located in a rural (non-metro) persistent poverty county or a rural census tract of a metro persistent poverty county as defined by FORHP and have 49 staffed beds or less as reported on the hospital's most recently filed Medicare Cost Report are SRHT Program eligible to participate in live webinars. Hospitals may be for-profit or not-for-profit. Also, directors and hospital members of the Rural Health Network Development and Small Health Care Provider Quality Program Federal Office of Rural Health Policy grantees may participate in live webinars for free, at no cost to the participant. Small Rural Hospital Improvement Grant Program (SHIP) hospitals located in states of persistent poverty are also eligible to participate in live webinars. 

Live HELP webinars are open to first 100 participants on a first come, first served basis. Once capacity is reached, interested participants may request to be notified when the recording is made available.

ACHE Qualified Education Credits

The National Rural Health Resource Center, is authorized to award one hour of pre-approved ACHE Qualified Education credit (non-ACHE) per webinar 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 application to the American College of Healthcare Executives for advancement or recertification.

Learning Objectives

HELP Webinars will help you gain a better understanding of:

  • Best practices that improve financial performance and quality of care
  • Value-based care and delivery models, as well as alternative payment models (APM)
  • Strategies that assist rural hospitals in transitioning to population health