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Make Plans for Join MARHC for the Spring Billing Conference

It’s no secret that billing is a major headache for RHCs, especially when policies change. MARHC’s Spring Billing Conference offers an opportunity for clinics to learn from experts about rural health billing rules and procedures. Billers will also be able to ask questions and discuss processes with consultants and other clinics. The conference is scheduled for March 29, 2016 at the Capitol Plaza Hotel in Jefferson City from 8:00 am to 4:15 pm. During the day, experts will cover E&M coding and documentation, chronic care management, and updated RHC billing guidelines going into effect April 1, 2016. After the group presentations, provider-based and independent clinics will break out for round

Need to Know More About Physician Assistants?

This video was created by Missouri Academy of Physician Assistants to explain the role and value of physician assistants in the healthcare community. You can learn more about the Missouri Academy of Physician Assistants here.

Upcoming Mo HealthNet Training Opportunities

Mo HealthNet is offering a series of upcoming trainings for billers involved in Physicians/Clinics, Behavioral Health, Applied Behavioral Analysis, Ambulance, Dental, Home Health, Personal Care, Consumer Directed Services, and Durable Medical Equipment claim filing. These training sessions will cover topics ranging from program updates to common billing errors. You can find a schedule of the educational opportunities here. If you are interested in attending, register by emailing mhd.provtrain@dss.mo.gov. Please include the following information in your registration email: Provider Name/Facility NPI Name, Date, and Time of Session List of Attendees (Participant Names) Telephone Number Email

Telehealth Reform and Budget Bills Advance in the Legislature

Telehealth Reform Approximately 20% of Americans live in rural areas, but only 10% of providers practice in these regions. Through telehealth, technology can be used to better connect patients with the services and specialists they need. By modernizing Missouri’s telehealth regulations, two bills moving through the legislature seek to expand the use of telehealth and broaden patient access to care. Senate Bill 621, sponsored by Gary Romine (R-Farmington), is on the Senate calendar for a final vote before moving to the House. HB 1923, sponsored by Rep. Jay Barnes (R-Jefferson City), was passed by the House Health and Mental Health Policy Committee, and the Select Committee on Social Services

MARHC Membership Spotlight: Vicki Plumlee

Vicki Plumlee is the Director of Clinics for Elk River Health Services, Inc. (ERHS), which includes clinics in Anderson, Goodman, Pineville, and Southwest City. This independent, physician-owned system serves 18,000 to 20,000 patients each year. Elk River opened its first clinic in 1980 and became a rural health clinic in 1994. Vicki has worked with ERHS for 19 years. As the Director of Clinics, Vicki is responsible for all facets of the clinics’ operations, including, “human resources and benefits, marketing, recruiting, training, contracting, financials, clinical and non-clinical staff oversight, HIPAA, OSHA, EMR Meaningful Use, maintenance, negotiation and fun!” Vicki says she “stumbled”

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