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Category Archives: Webinar

Documentation and Coding for Behavioral and Mental Health Services

March 14, 2017

View the webinar on Mental and Behavioral health, it is limited to the first 100 people.​

WPS GHS Medicare eNews

March 9, 2017

In Person Events

All Provider Education
A Day with Medicare

April 25, 2017 – Saint Charles, MO – 8:30 am – 4:30 pm CT
July 11, 2017 – Salina, KS – 8:30 am – 4:30 pm CT
July 13, 2017 – Des Moines, IA – 8:30 am – 4:30 pm CT

Don’t Miss This FREE Full Day Educational Opportunity!WPS GHA is pleased to announce a full day educational event designed for providers and suppliers of all types. The multi-breakout sessions will allow providers to pick topics they are interested in. This exciting program includes both Part A and Part B topics to gain insight into the cause for errors and how to avoid them in the future, including:

  • General session
  • 12 breakout sessions
  • Question and answer session
  • More!

To view the brochure click on the link provided, or use the following URL:


Rural Health Information Hub Webinar: Recording Now Available Online

March 6, 2017

Thank you for participating in the Rural Health Information Hub’s webinar, Rural Mortality and Preventable Deaths – Insights from the CDC MMWR Rural Health Series.

The video recording is now available on the RHIhub website and the transcript will be posted in the next couple of days.

We also ask that you please complete a short survey so that we may continue to enhance our webinars. The survey will take 3-5 minutes of your time, but the feedback that you provide is invaluable to us.

Once again, thank you for your participation.
Rural Health Information Hub

Free Webinar Series Offered from ACU

March 2, 2017

The ACU is offering a series of 4 webinars this spring (see attached flyer).  Webinars are free and open to anyone, you don’t have to be a member of ACU to participate.

Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

February 24, 2017

Rural Mortality and Preventable Deaths – Insights from the CDC MMWR Rural Health Series

Wednesday March 1, 2017 from 11:00 am – 12:30 pm ET.

To Register:

Rural Health Information Hub (RHIHub), in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, will be hosting a webinar to highlight the new CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) Rural Health Series.  The first report released by CDC in the rural health series demonstrates that Americans living in rural areas are more likely to die from five leading causes than their urban counterparts are.

First, we will have the opportunity to hear from two of CDC’s lead authors, Dr. Moy and Dr. Garcia, who will discuss the recently reported mortality data from a national perspective and the rural-urban disparities.  They will also discuss the contributing factors associated with the leading causes of death and ways that these potentially excess deaths may be prevented.

Second, we will have the opportunity to hear from a long-standing FORHP grantee, Dr. McKnight, who will share the story of the Fit for Life program, implemented in rural Ohio over a decade ago.  Fit for Life has been successful in improving the health outcomes of program participants by addressing a number of the risk factors contributing to the leading causes of death as cited by CDC.

We look forward to having you all join us on the webinar to engage in this important discussion!  To register for this event, please visit: .

Featured Speakers:

Tom Morris, MPA, Director of the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (moderator)

Ernest Moy, MD, MPH, Medical Officer in the Office of Analysis and Epidemiology at the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS)

Macarena Garcia, DrPH, Senior Health Scientist at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services (CSELS), Office of the Director

Timothy KcKnight, MD, Board Certified Family Practitioner and Founder of Trinity Hospital Twin City’s Fit for Life Program

Webinar Reminder – CAHs and RACs – Compliant Coding and Billing – March 16

February 24, 2017

CAHs and RHCs: Compliant Coding and Billing

Rural health clinics and critical access hospitals are both special types of Medicare providers. RHCs recently have started using CPT/HCPCS codes for their claims, which, has generated a number of questions surrounding the concept of a visit. For Medicare, RHCs are paid through an all-inclusive rate that is driven by the charges made for a visit.

CAHs also have a special mechanism for gaining additional reimbursement for outpatient physician services, known as the Method II billing process. For CAHs that have provider-based clinics or otherwise have physicians providing outpatient services, there is the possibility of gaining increased reimbursement. Of course, for both RHCs and CAHs, there are a host of compliance concerns surrounding proper coding and billing. This workshop addresses both the RHC use of CPT/HCPCS codes and Method II billing for CAHs. Learn more.

Thursday, March 16, 2017
10 – 11:30 a.m.
Register Now – on or before Monday, March 13

FORHP Announcements – February 14

January 14, 2017

Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

What’s New

Flexibility for Transportation Services.  The Office of the Inspector General for the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services recently issued a final rule that eases the ability to provide free or discounted transportation services for health care.  Under the rule, Federal health care programs arranging service from local transportation providers are granted a “safe harbor” exemption from the anti-kickback statute, which prohibits offering, soliciting or accepting of any type of remuneration for referral to a federal health care program business. Thus, the rule allows for federal health care providers to make financial arrangements with local transportation providers when carrying patients to and from the patient’s home for up to 50 miles in rural areas (air, luxury, or ambulance transportation excluded).

Funding Opportunities

AI/AN Health Equity Initiative – April 3.  Up to seven American Indian and/or Alaska Native organizations will be awarded federal funding of up to $350, 000 for programs that address the negative health impact of violence and substance abuse for AI/AN adolescents.  Studies suggest the incorporation of traditional cultures and engaging youth in Native teachings as an effective public health approach.  Successful applicants will implement promising practices for culturally-appropriate services and build capacity for healthcare professionals serving AI/AN youth.