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DRCHSD Program Monthly Newsletter - August 2023

DRCHSD - August 2023

Upcoming Events

Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) Coding and Documentation  

Description: The second session of the Clinic Webinar Series turns the focus to coding and documentation in federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) and features a discussion of encounter types, reimbursement mechanisms, and documentation requirements. A better understanding of these topics can help to optimize billing practices and ensure compliance.

Thursday, August 17 from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. CT  

Hierarchical Condition Coding (HCC) Risk Adjustment Update  

Description: The latest advancements in hierarchical condition coding risk adjustment are the topic of the third session in our Clinic Webinar Series. Topics to be addressed include: updated guidelines, best practices, and coding strategies to effectively capture and report patient data.

Thursday, August 24 from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. CT  

Telehealth Insights Post Public Health Emergency (PHE)  

Description: While the COVID-19 public health emergency officially ended in May, many telehealth flexibilities remain in place. This final session in the Clinic Webinar Series will explore the evolving landscape of telehealth: regulatory changes, reimbursement updates, and best practices for providing high-quality virtual care — all of which ensures the successful implantation and utilization of telehealth services in the long term.  

Thursday, August 31 from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. CT  

2023 DRCHSD Annual Summit

Registration for the 2023 DRCHSD Annual Summit is now open and closes Wednesday, September 6, 2023. The two-day, in-person event offers attendees the opportunity to learn more about current health care issues and how to adapt to the rapidly changing health care environment. Summit presenters include consultants, national rural health leaders, and past and current DRCHSD Program participants. 

Wednesday, September 13 from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. CT

Thursday, September 14 from 8:15 a.m. - 3 p.m. CT

Location: Memphis, TN


Arkansas Delta Health Workforce Training Program   

Program Overview: The Arkansas Delta Health Workforce Training Program, a partnership between the University of Arkansas Grantham, ARCare, and the Arkansas Rural Health Partnership (ARHP), seeks to meet critical health workforce infrastructure gaps of participating network members and increase Arkansas Delta residents'  accessibility to affordable certification and degree programs in health administration support careers.

The program offers a pathway for Arkansas Delta residents to enroll in fully online training programs that lead to certificates in electronic health records, medical coding and billing, and medical administrative assistant; associate degrees in healthcare administration, medical billing and coding, and medical administrative assistant; and a bachelor’s degree in health information management.

Program participants include those who live and work in the Arkansas Delta and are already in the workforce, as well as high school graduates who will enter the workforce. Upon completion of a training program, ARHP staff will work with students to place them in internships (as needed) or in jobs across the Arkansas Delta.

Have questions? Contact ARHP Project Director Cecilia Trotter at Celcilia Trotter, Project Director (662) 820-6398


340B Drug Pricing Hospital Guide  

Description: View a guide designed to provide rural hospital leadership with information regarding the 340B Drug Pricing Program. It is also designed to assist State Offices of Rural Health directors and Flex Program coordinators to better understand the process hospitals must follow to participate in the 340B Program.

Author: National Rural Health Resource Center  

Understanding the Purpose, Preparation, and Utilization of the CMS Worksheet S-10  

Description: This updated guide offers rural hospital leaders and other stakeholders (including State Office of Rural Health directors and Flex Program coordinators) an overview of the 340B Drug Pricing Program — including eligibility guidelines, processes for registration and recertification, contract pharmacy arrangements, and the impact of telehealth on the program.

Author: National Rural Health Resource Center  

Revenue Cycle Management Best Practices Guide  

Description: This updated guide provides rural hospital executive and management teams and other stakeholders (including State Office of Rural Health directors and Flex Program coordinators) with best practices in revenue cycle management that can be implemented for performance improvement.

Author: National Rural Health Resource Center

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Building A Culture of Health Action Framework  

Description: Inspired by the ten underlying principles for a Culture of Health, the Action Framework from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) identifies priorities, organized under distinct Action Areas, for driving measurable, sustainable progress, and improving the health and well-being of all people.   

Author: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation 

Webinar Recordings

Rural Health Clinic (RHC) Coding and Documentation   

Description: Streamlined billing is crucial for financial sustainability. This first session of our four-part Clinic Webinar Series offered an overview of billing processes specific to rural health clinics — from Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement guidelines to accurate documentation and coding.


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