Oregon Office of Rural Health

Oregon Rural Health Conference

2021 Oregon Rural Health Conference

38th Annual Oregon Rural Health Conference

October 27-29, 2021

The Oregon Rural Health Conference, planned as an in-person event, is changing to virtual in 2021 in response to the continued COVID-19 surge. We hope you can attend the virtual sessions!

If you have already registered for the conference, you will be automatically registered for the virtual conference.  

If you have not already registered, please register here

Though this is certainly not what any of us had planned, we look forward to seeing everyone virtually this fall. Rural Oregon is nothing if not resourceful, and together we will continue to overcome the challenges we face.

Registration

Registration for the 38th Annual Oregon Rural Health Conference is live! We have a new format for this year, so please read the agenda carefully.

The Mental Health First Aid: Certification Training cohort is SOLD OUT. 
The timeline to be added to a waitlist has also expired.

Registration for the remaining cohorts will close at 5PM, Monday October 25.

Agenda

Area Health Education Center (AHEC) Meeting

Invitation Only
10:00 am – 3:00 pm

Mental Health First Aid Certification Course

Kate Hubbard, Mental Health First Aid Instructor, Oregon Office of Rural Health
9:00 am – 3:30 pm

National Council for Mental Wellbeing has spearheaded the adoption of Mental Health First Aid (MHFA), an innovative public education model that is addressing this pervasive and persistent challenge in communities across the United States. MHFA is an evidence-based training program. Pre-work is required.

Rural Healthcare Workforce: Focus on Workforce Development

Recruitment for Retention: Top Strategies

Michelle Varcho, Director of Operations and Education Outreach, 3RNET
9:30 am to 2:00 pm, with a half hour break for lunch

Recruiting and retaining hard-to-find clinicians is one of the biggest challenges facing the health care industry. It’s vital to use a strategic approach that emphasizes recruiting the right clinicians who will stay for an extended period of time. In this session, we will explore the top strategies including topics such as: planning and preparation, sourcing candidates, screening candidates, and following up and following through toward retention.

Provider Incentive Programs and How They Can Help with Recruitment and Retention

Bill Pfunder, Program Manager, Incentive Programs, ORH
Stacee Reed, Program Manager, Recruitment & Retention, ORH

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm

Provider incentive programs aid in supporting underserved communities in their recruitment and retention of high quality providers. The Office of Rural Health (ORH) partners with the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) and the Health Resources Service Administration (HRSA) to offer a variety of programs, each with its own requirements and benefits. In this session, we will provide information for Oregon practice sites interested in applying for Oregon's provider incentive programs.

2021 RHC Workshop

Exploring New RHC Scheduling Models to Improve Patient Access

Patty Harper, RHIA, CHTS-IM, CHT-PW, CEO, InQuiseek, LLC
8:30 am – 9:30 am

This session will explore advanced access scheduling models which improve access to care while gaining workflow efficiencies and increasing provider productivity.

Intro to Workforce at the Oregon Office of Rural Health

Bill Pfunder, Program Manager, Incentive Programs, ORH
Stacee Reed, Program Manager, Recruitment & Retention, ORH

9:30 am – 10:30 am

This is an opportunity to find out what the ORH Workforce team can offer your RHC. This presentation will cover program education on provider recruitment, retention and incentive programs.

A Prescription for Your Clinic: What’s the Best Option?

Katie Jo Raebel, CPA, Partner-Health Care Practice, Wipfli LLP
10:45 am – 12:00 pm

With new RHC payment rates in effect for free standing, newly certified, and grand-fathered RHCs, does the RHC program still make sense for your organization? What option is best when aiming to expand care in the community that you serve? In this presentation, we will discuss different scenarios and Medicare reimbursement opportunities in a post-RHC Modernization Act era.

Washington Update

Nathan Baugh, Director of Government Affairs for the National Association of Rural Health Clinics (NARHC)
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Get up to speed on a very busy year and a half of federal policy including a breakdown of the various COVID-19 allocations and the RHC Medicare Payment Changes that were signed into law in late 2020. Nathan will discuss the national challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for rural health clinics such as telehealth. Then step back for a higher-level discussion of the future of healthcare policy and how rural health clinics may be affected.

Community Health Workers (CHW): Roles and Partnerships in Rural Healthcare

Liberty Avila, MS, Executive Director, Northeast Oregon Network (NEON)
Shannon Cleveland, CHW, Grande Ronde Hospital
Jim Sheely, MSW, LCSW, Grande Ronde Hospital

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm

A discussion regarding Community Health Workers roles, the definition of Community Health Workers, the benefits of Community Health Workers, an example of a successful community partnership with the NEON Pathways Community Hub and Grande Ronde Hospital, and ideas regarding coding, quality assurance, supervision, resources to start a community health worker program and an example of a potential workflow.

Advanced RHC Billing 2021

Charles James, Jr., President and CEO, North American HMS
3:15 pm – 4:30 pm

In Advanced Billing, we will take an in-depth look at claims that are particularly difficult to navigate. These include preventive services, Welcome to Medicare, and annual wellness exams, immunizations, procedures, and multiple visits on the same day. In addition, definitions and claim detail samples for nursing home, subsequently yearly visits, CCM, TCM, and behavioral health visits, nurse-only visits, SBIRT visits and Tdap. New rules on telehealth for Medicare will also be discussed.

Rural Hospital Quality Workshop

TBD in 2022

2021 RHC Workshop

Understanding the RHC Program Evaluation

Charles James, Jr., President and CEO, North American HMS
8:30 am – 9:30 am

In Advanced Billing, we will take an in-depth look at claims that are particularly difficult to navigate. These include preventive services, Welcome to Medicare, and annual wellness exams, immunizations, procedures, and multiple visits on the same day. In addition, definitions and claim detail samples for nursing home, subsequently yearly visits, CCM, TCM, and behavioral health visits, nurse-only visits, SBIRT visits and Tdap. New rules on telehealth for Medicare will also be discussed.

Is Your RHC Survey Ready?

Janis McDowell, BNS, MA, RN, Patient Safety Surveyor, OHA
9:30 am – 10:30 am

When was the last time your facility’s equipment list was updated? Tell me about your medication refrigerator. How many patients did your RHC serve in 2020? Tell me about the committee that reviews and approves the RHC’s policies and procedures. When was your last fire dill? This workshop will focus on how your facility should be prepared for that day when a surveyor shows up in the clinic’s lobby announcing they are here from OHA to complete a recertification survey. Discussion will include the survey process, common deficiencies cited and dive a bit deeper into the expectations for the clinic’s Emergency Preparedness Plan.

ORH Long-Term Care Facilities (LTCF) Project

Anne Mitchell, Sky High Consulting
Rachel Weinstein, Sky High Consulting

10:45 am – 11:00 am

Anne Mitchell and Rachel Weinstein of Sky High Consulting are working with ORH on a special 18-month project to connect local long term care facilities (LTCF) that need assistance with COVID-19 testing with Rural Health Clinics to support that testing on an “on-call” basis when there is an identified case at a LTCF. ORH is requesting help from RHCs to support this testing.

Oregon Health Authority RHC Billing and Coding

Jennifer Smith, MPA, Safety Net Clinics Program Manager, OHA
11:00 am – 12:00 pm

During this presentation, Jennifer will unravel any confusion with the Medicaid side of RHC billing.  Come prepared with questions for this interactive discussion.

Rural Hospital Quality Workshop

TBD in 2022

See you next year – Sunriver, October 12 – 14, 2022!

Continuing Education

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Accreditation: Oregon Health & Science University School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit: OHSU School of Medicine designates this live activity for a maximum 13.75 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Many professional boards accept AMA PRA Category 1 credits toward their CEU requirements.

By attending the 38th Annual Oregon Rural Health Conference offered by the Oregon Office of Rural Health participants may earn up to 13.75 ACHE Qualified Education Hours toward initial certification or recertification of the Fellow of the American College of Healthcare Executives (FACHE) designation.