Critical Access Hospital and Rural Health Clinic Conference

You are invited to this annual event to receive quality education, have the opportunity to communicate directly with industry experts, and to network with colleagues at other critical access hospitals and rural health clinics. Our sessions are intended for all levels of critical access hospital and rural health clinic professionals including administrators, CFOs, CEOs, CIOs, directors of finance, finance professionals, reimbursement analysts and office managers.

Media Policy: Unless you specifically advise us otherwise in writing, by attending this training you authorize Wipfli LLP to use your name, likeness, image, attributed quotations, or other identifying indicia acquired or received in connection with your participation in the training in the firm’s promotional efforts related to future training sessions or similar or related activities. 

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations made after September 16, 2019, will be charged the full registration fee. If you cancel, you may send a substitute from your organization. Participants who register but neither attend nor cancel are charged for their full registration fee. Call 888.876.4992 or email gfponline@wipfli.com for questions about this policy.

When
10/8/2019 8:30 AM - 10/10/2019 12:00 PM
Where
Radisson Blu Mall of America 2100 Killebrew Drive Bloomington, MN 55425

Program

   

Tuesday, 08 October 2019

 
Do you want your RHC to operate better tomorrow than today? Understanding how the market is changing and where new opportunities exist will help you build strategies that are proactive rather than reactive. This session will focus on national rural policy matters impacting RHCs, as well as current industry trends.
Time
8:45 AM - 10:00 AM
8:45 AM
Your facility cannot capture revenue without effective billing processes. What billing opportunities are you missing? This session will cover important concepts related to Medicare billing in your rural health clinic. Ever get stuck with unique billing items? There will be  ample time set aside for you to ask questions regarding billing challenges at your facility. You will also be able to learn from examples shared by other attendees.
Time
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
10:30 AM
Managing RHC operations has become increasingly complex and challenging. This session will provide you with a structured approach to assessing the effectiveness of RHC operations using key industry metrics, including the RHC Benchmark Report, and data commonly found within its current systems. You will also gain an understanding of how an assessment can lead to improved financial and operational effectiveness. We will review a practice assessment framework – identifying key areas for measuring financial and operational effectiveness.
Time
1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
1:00 PM
It’s so easy to share information on social media … maybe too easy. But what are you sharing? What should you be sharing? During this session, we’ll discuss how to effectively share information on social media and, most importantly, how to share information in a manner that is safe and HIPAA compliant. You’ll leave this session equipped with sample policies and resources that you can implement within your RHC immediately.
Time
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
2:30 PM
Many RHCs are looking for ways to expand the breadth and depth of services provided to the communities they serve. Identifying new services, evaluating options and integrating selected services can be a daunting task. In this session, we will share strategies to identify services that may be needed in the community, as well as how to evaluate, introduce and/or expand new services that meet these needs.
Time
3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
3:30 PM

Wednesday, 09 October 2019

 
Michelle will provide an insightful breakdown of the differences between unrequited outreach and mutual engagement. Through this session, you will explore an honest, holistic and practical approach to tackling the subjects of outmigration and aversion. Michelle will also introduce proven strategies that hospitals use to turn their Community Health Needs Assessments into winning initiatives and concrete population health activism.
Time
8:45 AM - 10:00 AM
8:45 AM
CAHs face pressure on multiple fronts: declining population, shift to outpatient services, changing reimbursement and shortages of staff and medical providers, all of which affect financial performance and ability to afford necessary capital investments. In this panel discussion, Board and Management of Unity Medical Center, a 14 Bed CAH with a RHC in North Dakota, will discuss how they have been addressing these issues and provide perspective on financial monitoring, management of accounts receivable and the importance of Medicare cost-based reimbursement. The discussion will also offer insight and lessons learned as Unity reinvigorated their clinic in coordination with a large facility expansion.
Time
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM
10:30 AM
The Medicare cost report requires great effort to gather information as well as prepare and review the report for accuracy, and there are many pitfalls in this process that can greatly impact the financial performance of a hospital. While we may not be medically trained doctors, or hold Ph.D.s in Medicare reimbursement, we can give you tips and tricks for diagnosing problems in your cost report. During this two-part session, we will teach you what areas to focus on in gathering data, as well as how to review the outcomes of your Medicare cost report. We will walk through key tools that can be used to “diagnose” or evaluate your cost report for potential opportunities.
Time
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
1:00 PM
Though this is not to be used as a “how to” session, we will discuss actual fraudulent activities that have occurred in a variety of settings. The "postmortem" review will include identification of the factors that allowed the frauds to occur, how the frauds were initially identified and the good and bad ways in which organizations responded once the frauds were identified.
Time
1:00 PM - 2:30 PM
1:00 PM
Health care organizations are increasingly at risk of evolving security threats. This evolving threat landscape puts added importance on the safeguards health care providers maintain to securely acquire, use, store and disclose protected health information (PHI) while carrying out their patient care mission. It is clear from Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Civil Rights (OCR) data breach records that health care providers are struggling to keep up. Since 2017, 90% of breached PHI records were attributed to health care providers. In this session, we will review the threat landscape and results of recent OCR breach investigations and audits to better understand the threat landscape. We will review recent HHS publications further defining the threats and practical guidance for implementing safeguards to protect against them. You will come away from this session with a better understanding of evolving security threats and actionable recommendations for addressing them.
Time
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
2:30 PM
The Medicare cost report requires great effort to gather information as well as prepare and review the report for accuracy, and there are many pitfalls in this process that can greatly impact the financial performance of a hospital. While we may not be medically trained doctors, or hold Ph.D.s in Medicare reimbursement, we can give you tips and tricks for diagnosing problems in your cost report. During this two-part session, we will teach you what areas to focus on in gathering data, as well as how to review the outcomes of your Medicare cost report. We will walk through key tools that can be used to “diagnose” or evaluate your cost report for potential opportunities.
Time
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
4:00 PM
Strategic plans are most effective when they align the strengths and resources of an organization with the environment to develop a realistic set of initiatives to drive growth and improve performance. What is often overlooked is the capacity of the organization to embrace the change required to execute on these initiatives. This session will provide you with some of the key knowledge and tools to develop an actionable strategic planning process and better equip you to engage your team. and lead the change that will be critical to successfully implement a strategic plan.
Time
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
4:00 PM
Join your peers and conference speakers for a fun, relaxing networking event with heavy hors d’oeuvres and refreshments.
Time
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
5:30 PM

Thursday, 10 October 2019

 
Use this time to pick the brains of our experts on any of the topics discussed during this conference. Bring your questions, share ideas and collaborate with your peers. Rotate around the subject areas to address your issues. We will have staffed tables for:  - Rural health clinic reimbursement/operational issues/cost reporting/billing - Hospital cost reporting - Strategic planning - Risk, security and fraud
Time
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM
9:00 AM
This session will provide an overview of and update on important legal and compliance issues facing rural providers in CAH, RHC and other provider settings. Topics covered will include CAH Medicare regulatory and payment developments and strategies, provider-based updates, RHC requirements, compliance considerations and other relevant legal developments.
Time
10:30 AM - 12:00 PM
10:30 AM

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