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DRCHSD Monthly Newsletter - June 2023

DRCHSD Monthly Newsletter - June 2023

DRCHSD Monthly Newsletter - June 2023

Upcoming Events

 The DRCHSD Team has many educational events in store for program participants in the upcoming months. Be on the lookout for the following events.  

RHC and Small Clinic Application and Eligibility Webinar  

Description: This webinar will introduce the DRCHSD Program to rural health clinics (RHCs) and small clinics interested in participating in the next cohort (beginning in January 2024). State partners are encouraged to join.

Thursday, June 29 from 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. CT

​​​​​AAPC Coding and Billing Certification Prep Course - Last Call! 

The DRCHSD Program is excited to host a virtual Coding Certification Preparation Boot Camp led by Victoria Duffel of Forvis.

The four-session boot camp will prepare facility coders to sit for the AAPC Certified Professional Coder (CPC) exam. Coders will be trained on medical coding proficiencies and proper application of CPT procedure codes, HCPCS Level II supply codes and ICD-10-CM diagnosis codes. Coding certification demonstrates coding proficiency across a range of services, including evaluation and management, anesthesia, surgery, radiology, pathology and medicine.

Attendance at the boot camp is open to up to two representatives from all current DRCHSD Program participants. Attendees must not have previously participated in this training, must be eligible to sit for the Certified Professional Coder exam and must be able to attend all four sessions. Third party billers/coders are not eligible to participate.

CEOs from DRCHSD-participating organizations should send the name, email address and mailing address of your interested representatives to Caleb Lozinski before the end of June — so that course material can arrive in time.  

More Information to Come on Four-Part Clinic Webinar Series

The DRCHSD Program will be hosting several webinars in the near future. Please be on the lookout for more information shortly. 

  • RHC Coding and Documentation
  • FQHC Coding and Documentation
  • HCC Risk Adjustment Update
  • Telehealth Insight Post PHE

For questions regarding any of the above-mentioned educational opportunities please contact Caleb Lozinski.


 Alabama State Initiative Spotlight

The three-year grant is a part of HRSA’s Health Workforce Resiliency Award, a program aiming to establish a culture of wellness and resiliency among the healthcare workforce during the ongoing pandemic. 12 The grant will create the Workforce Engagement for Compassionate Advocacy, Resiliency and Empowerment, or WE CARE, program at UAB Hospital. The program will hire five nursing development specialists who will receive additional training in resilience and psychological first aid, through a program developed by Johns Hopkins University, to assist with selected hospital units. A mental health nurse practitioner will provide counseling support services exclusively to nurses. Additional funds will be allocated to support improvements and expansion efforts of oasis areas, or respite rooms, within the hospital.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

 A Diversity, Equity, and Cultural Competency Assessment Tool for Leaders

This tool helps health care organizations assess their progress to create high-quality, inclusive, equitable, and safe care environments aimed at eliminating health and health care disparities to improve the health and well-being of our neighbors and communities.  

A Diversity, Equity and Cultural Competency Assessment Tool for Leaders has four parts:

  • Assessment Checklist: A tool that hospital and health care leaders can use as a starting point in evaluating the equity, diversity, inclusion and cultural competency of their organization and identifying what activities and practices are in place or need to be implemented.
  • Action Steps: A suggested “to do” list for how to use this tool to raise awareness within your organization.
  • Case Studies: Examples of hospitals and health systems that are implementing leading practices. You will find a description of their activities, as well as information for the key contact within each organization so you can learn more.
  • Bibliography: Resources to help you and others in your organization
Webinar Recordings

 DRCHSD Quality Improvement Webinar Series: Just Culture  

Description: When organizations promote the development of a just culture, they focus on transparency and growth, and promote learning from mistakes rather than penalizing team members or sweeping mistakes under the rug. This presentation introduces health care organizations to the fundamentals of a just culture, the steps for establishing an organizational just culture and the process for responding to breakdowns within a just culture.  

Hospital and FQHC Application and Eligibility Webinar  

Description: This webinar introduced the DRCHSD Program to hospitals and federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) interested in participating in the next cohort (beginning in January 2024). 

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