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A Message From

Melissa Van Dyne

Executive Director, MRHA


The Missouri Rural Health Association, Missouri Hospital Association, Missouri Primary Care Association, and Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services (Office of Rural Health and Primary Care), as collaborating partners, invite you to showcase your business at our joint 2021 Conference. Don't miss this opportunity to showcase your organization or business and begin making connections in your community.

We are also looking for presenters. Share your expertise and support our mission to safeguard and improve the health of rural Missourians. Check out conference details.

Exhibitor Registration
Attendee Registration

When: August 17-19, 2021

Where: The Lodge

678 Old Kinderhook Drive, Camdenton, MO



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Call 573.317.4314 with questions.

Who: Hospitals, clinicians, physicians, health departments, frontline workers, community & social agencies, FQHC's, health law attorneys, among others

Price: Varies per attendee/vendor.

Extra fees for guest tickets and/or meals may apply.

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What to Expect

Conference Agenda & Presenters

Tuesday, August 17 - Day 1

7:30 a.m. - Registration Opens

8 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Pre-Conference Sessions

10 a.m. - 12 p.m. - Grand Ballroom A

Pre-Conference 1 - Keep Calm and Compliance On - Compliance Basics and Beyond: Brooke Bennett Aziere & Amanda Wilwert, Foulston Siefkin LLP

With the government's stepped-up enforcement initiatives, there is no better time to make sure your compliance program is up to snuff. This presentation will start with the basics by providing a review of the Office of Inspector General's (OIG) seven elements to operating an effective compliance program elements with a focus on key risk areas, including auditing, documentation, compliance reporting structures, outsourced providers, laboratory billing arrangements, social media, background checks, and training. Finally, this presentation will address issues and resources that organizations should have on their compliance radar and be monitoring on a regular basis to create a robust compliance program.

1 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Grand Ballroom B

Pre-Conference 2 - FLEX Program - Annual Meeting

Limited to: CEOs, Finance & Quality team members in FLEX Program, Participating Critical Access Hospitals

1 p.m. - 4 p.m. - Creek View (separate building)

Pre-Conference 3 - RCORP - Rural Opioid Response Communities Meeting

5 p.m.

Conference Adjourns for Day


5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.

MRHA Board Retreat and Mobility Manager's Reception

Wednesday, August 18 - Day 2

7 a.m. - 8 a.m. - Trophy Room (separate building)

Breakfast Buffet

7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Hotel Lobby

Registration Open

8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. - Hearth Room

Exhibit Expo Open

9 a.m. - 5 p.m. - Pre-Conference Sessions

9 a.m. - 11 a.m. - Grand Ballroom A


9 a.m. - 11 a.m. - Grand Ballroom B

What's Next? Information Blocking Compliance

Brooke Bennett Aziere, Amanda Wilwert, Foulston Siefkin LLP

On May 1, 2020, the Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) simultaneously published their final rules implementing the 21st Century Cures Act. On April 24, 2020, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) released its Proposed Rule on Civil Monetary Penalties (CMPs) to be imposed against actors who engage in prohibited "Information Blocking." These new rules and standards may change certain policies and procedures adopted by covered entities and business associates in accordance with HIPAA and permitted business practices. This presentation will provide a review of the 21st Century Cures Act and its prohibition against Information Blocking, as well as patient access requirements. This presentation will take a deeper dive into how the ONC & CMS final rules affect an organizations' HIPAA policies governing uses and disclosures of protected health information and patient access to electronic health information and include recommended updates to those policies to ensure the organization maintains compliance with these new 21st Century Cures Act rules.

9 a.m. - 11 a.m. - Creek View

HealthTran Staff Presentations - Volunteer Drivers Program

Sandra Morris & Reagan Alewine

some information pending

11 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. - Hearth Room

Break - Exhibit Expo/Refreshments

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. - Trophy Room (separate building)


12:30 p.m. - 2 p.m. - Grand Ballroom A/B


Patty Miller, President & Melissa Van Dyne, Executive Director - Missouri Rural Health Association


Keynote - The Landscape of Rural Health

Brock Slabach, MPH, FACHE, Chief Operations Officer for Member Services, National Rural Health Association

Rural providers of care have seen major changes over the last decade in the landscape of healthcare delivery in America, made especially more difficult during the COVID-19 pandemic. These changes present challenges and opportunities. This session will focus on the potential impact of federal policy on rural providers of care and their communities with emphasis on value-based purchasing and population health.

2 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. - Hearth Room

Break - Exhibit Expo/Refreshments

2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. - Breakout Sessions

Breakout Session 1 - Grand Ballroom A

Gun Violence Prevention

Jessi LaRose MPH, Senior Strategist-Initiatives, Missouri Foundation for Health & Katie Ellison MA, Project Director for the Safer Homes Collaborative, Missouri Institute of Mental Health

Gun violence in Missouri is recognized as a public health issue that affects people of all demographics, in both rural and urban communities, across our state. Gun violence is not exclusively an urban public health issue. Gun violence is both an urban and rural public health crisis, which includes homicides, accidental shootings, and suicide. Missouri Foundation for Health is fostering gun violence prevention strategies that focus on strengthening interdisciplinary networks that are working to address the impacts of gun violence on Missouri communities. One of the strategies the Foundation has leveraged is the Safer Homes Collaborative at the Missouri Institute of Mental Health. The Safer Homes Collaborative has found common ground between suicide prevention and gun-owning communities, in an effort to reduce gun suicides through non-political, evidence-based, lethal means reduction strategies.

Breakout Session 2 - Grand Ballroom B

Accepting the Challenge to Improve the Health & Wellbeing of Missourians at Every Stage of Life

Kathleen Quinn, Ph.D. & Chiquita Chanay, MPH, MCHES, University of Missouri Extension - Community Health Engagement & Outreach

MU Extension's land grant mission is to improve lives, communities, and economics by producing relevant, reliable, and responsive educational strategies throughout Missouri. Extension faculty and staff collaborate with researchers and community leaders to develop and deliver programs addressing Missourian's needs including educational attainment, environmental concerns, and community, economic, business, and workforce development. There are 800 employees statewide working in Agriculture & Environment, Youth and Family, Business & Community, and Health and Safety. Put simply, MU Extension has taken the challenge of improving the lives of Missourians by addressing three grand challenges: health, education, and economy. These three pillars are inextricably connected and impact each other. In 2019, this led to the creation of Community Health as a new program area. MU Extension is present in every county. This strategic presence uniquely positions the Community Health Program area to improve the health and wellbeing of every Missourian, at every stage of life through key partnerships and community engagement.

Breakout Session 3 - Cypress

Access TeleDentistry - Tiffany Grant, BS, RDH, Chief Operating Officer

Breakout Session 4 - Creek View

Transportation and the Social Determinants of Health/Networking

West Central: Kelly Ast & Kenny Hutchison

Moderator: Sandra Morris

3:30 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. - Hearth Room

Break - Exhibit Expo/Refreshments

3:45 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. - Breakout Sessions

Breakout Session 1 - Grand Ballroom A

Mental Health (TBD)

Breakout Session 2 - Grand Ballroom B

Rural Medical Education, Innovative Collaborations, and Community Outreach

Kathleen Quinn, PhD, Associate Dean for Rural Health & Allison Fuemmeler, MSL, Program Coordinator - University of Missouri School of Medicine, Rural Track Program

As the state's leading educator of physicians practicing in Missouri, the MU School of Medicine is in a key position to improve the supply and distribution of physicians in rural Missouri. Through innovative projects, unique programs, and strategic partnerships, the Rural Track Pipeline Program continues to grow and offer students valuable experiences in rural medicine.

Breakout Session 3 - Cypress

Mobile Integrated Health Model - Justin P. Duncan BS, NRP, CCEMT-P, FP-C Administrator/Chief of EMS, Washington County Ambulance District

Mobile Integrated Healthcare brings healthcare to the patient's home. Not all patients qualify for home healthcare. MIH fills in the gaps. This course will discuss the Emergency Medical Services/Community Paramedic/FQHC partnership model for MIH services. We will discuss how the system of care in Washington County, Missouri came to fruition, lessons learned, our success, and how it may be implemented in other communities.

Breakout Session 4 - Creek View

National Centers for Mobility Management

Judy Shanley, Community Asset Builders, LLC-Funding-Transportation & Doris Boeckman, Co-Founder and Principal Partner

Moderator: Doris Boeckman (previously Mary Gordon)

4:45 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. - Hearth Room

Exhibit Expo/Refreshments


5:15 p.m. - 5:45 p.m. - Grand Ballroom B

Missouri Rural Health Association Members Annual Meeting

5:15 p.m. - 9 p.m. - Vendors dismantle and pack up

6 p.m. - 8 p.m. - Social Dinner & Networking Event

This event is subject to cancellation without a sponsor.

Thursday, August 19 - Day 3

7 a.m. - 8 a.m. - Trophy Room (separate building)

Breakfast Buffet

8 a.m. - 9 a.m. - Breakout Sessions

Breakout Session 1 - Grand Ballroom A

Mental Health (TBD)

Breakout Session 2 - Grand Ballroom B

Leads Impact on the Developing Brain and Life of Your Child

Cathy Wood & Sharon Odom - Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services

This presentation provides information about how children and families can better avoid lead exposure with an awareness of the sources and an understanding of the harmful effects on a child's body. Guidance will be provided for providers, nurses, and healthcare providers that will describe recommended follow-up assessments, services, and interventions for lead-poisoned children.

Breakout Session 3 - Hearth Room

Telehealth (TBD)

Breakout Session 4 - Creek View (separate building, refreshments in room)


James A. McGee, RN, HealthTran, Presentation of Medical Van (arranged)

Facilitator: Mary Gordon

9 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. - Grand Ballroom Foyer

Break - Refreshments

9:15 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. - Breakout Sessions

Breakout Session 1 - Grand Ballroom A

Mental Health (TBD)

Breakout Session 2 - Grand Ballroom B

School-Based Health Program Planning 101

Molly Ticknor, MA, ATR, LPC, MOSBHA Executive Director & Michelle Neilson, M. Ed., MOSBHA Program Manager

Now more than ever, our schools are facing significant challenges in addressing the increasing healthcare needs of their students and their staff. The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the health inequities across our communities. A silver lining of the pandemic has been healthcare organizations and schools working together to address these needs through school-based health programs. In this session, participants will learn about the impact of school-based health (SBH) programs on students' health, wellbeing, and academic success, and the key steps in planning and implementing quality SBH programs. This session will also cover key dos and don'ts for developing SBH program partnerships, assessing and meeting student health and wellness needs, and identifying sponsorships and funding opportunities.

Breakout Session 3 - Hearth Room

Telehealth (TBD)

Breakout Session 4 - Creek View (separate building, refreshments in room)

MU Curriculum - Office of Health Outreach, Policy and Education; Sherry McDonald, Ed. D., Administrative Consultant II

Moderator: Sandra Morris

10:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. - Grand Ballroom Foyer

Break - Refreshments

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m. - General Session - Grand Ballroom A/B

"Where It Hurts"

Sara Jane Tribble, Kaiser Health Network

Conference Adjourns

Thank you for your support and presence. Safe travels!

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5 Reasons to Attend Get Link'd Conference

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The Get Link'd Conference connects community leaders improving rural health across the country. Participating in the conference grants you access to the latest news, developments, and programs impacting rural health. By attending the conference, your organization has the opportunity to:

1. Share your successful programs addressing health disparities

2. Share best practices and innovative pilots addressing access to health care

3. Be identified as an industry expert

4. Connect with other community leaders to collaborate on regional and national levels

5. Gain insight to other perspectives and potential concerns within your own community

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