The Branch
A monthly update for NOSORH members and partners
April 2021
The National Rural EMS & Care Conference is This Month - Register for New Perks!
The National Rural EMS & Care Conference's newest sponsor, the American Ambulance Association (AAA), is offering every attendee a FREE one-year membership to the AAA! This membership includes free webinars on ambulance operations and advocacy, free publications including the 2021 Medicare Reference Manual and HR Manual, a subscription to the Daily Digest, and more. Your $300 registration cost will give you access to over $2000 worth of resources. We hope you will take advantage of this opportunity and register for the conference today!

The virtual conference will take place April 20-22 from 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm EST each day. Click here for more information about the conference, including the agenda and how to register.
Need Help Reporting on RHC COVID-19 Testing Funds? We’re Here to Help!
Know a CMS Certified Rural Health Clinic (RHC) that received COVID-19 Testing Funds and needs help reporting? Need help understanding allowable use of the funds? Have no fear, the Connections for Community Care Team (C3) is here!

Supported by a national network of State Offices of Rural Health (SORH), the C3 Team has made over 2,000 contacts to help guide RHCs and their Tax Identification Number (TIN) organizations through reporting (RHCcovidreporting.com), understanding the terms and conditions, allowable use of funds, as well as other topics related to this program. Each eligible RHC was funded nearly $50,000 to their TIN organization. Required reporting and maintaining appropriate financial documentation to support fund allocation are outlined in the program terms and conditions and FAQ.

“We’d love the chance to share program experiences as well as provide needed assistance. We appreciate the opportunity to provide capacity building and support for this effort!” said Tammy Norville, NOSORH Technical Assistance Director and C3 Team leader.

This work is done through the fifty SORH to all RHCs and their TIN organizations as they work every day to make the communities they serve more well. Please reach out to Lynette Dickson (ldickson@nosorh.org) with questions or further assistance.
National Association of Rural Health Clinics 2021 Spring Institute
Join the National Association of Rural Health Clinics (NARHC) virtually as they cover the topics you want and need to know about! The NARHC conferences are attended by RHC professionals at every level. Whether you are a CEO, CFO, Provider, Clinic Manager, Biller, or Coder, there is something for you! Sessions will be Tuesday & Thursday afternoons, April 13-27. Busy schedule? Session recordings will be made available on demand to watch when you are ready.

Some of the topics being covered include:
  • Staying Compliant During COVID-19
  • RHC COVID-19 Reporting Data & Vaccine Updates
  • Washington Update
  • Practice Manager Survival Guide Amid COVID-19
  • Update to RHC Telehealth Services
  • RHC Cost Reporting
  • Understanding the 2021 Changes to E&M Coding
  • Human Resources in the RHC
  • RHC COVID-19 Reimbursement Impact Considerations

To register or for more information including the agenda with learning objectives, visit NARCH'S events page at narhc.org.
Rural Health Policy Update
Appropriations Update: The White House is expected to release a skinny budget on April 2, with the full budget request being submitted to Congress later in the month. The House Appropriations Committee has extended its deadlines for submissions by members for the Labor-HHS spending bill to April 28. For the first time since 2010, the House will allow members to request dedicated-funding projects, also known as “earmarks” for the FY 2022 appropriations process. NOSORH has been asking Congress to increase funding for the State Offices of Rural Health grant program to $15 million for FY 2022. Read More
Wipfli Focus on Rural Healthcare in 2021 – 9 Rural Healthcare Issues Leading the Agenda
Earlier this year, Wipfli, a NOSORH investing partner, convened a virtual panel discussion on business issues facing rural healthcare executives. Wipfli’s healthcare group provides consulting and strategic advisory to rural hospitals. Panel members were comprised of state and national association leaders. Here is a recap of top themes rural healthcare leaders are focused on for 2021, including telehealth and retail competition. Read More
Featured Community Star
Each month, NOSORH features the work of an innovative SORH or community leader who inspires collaboration, communication, education and/or innovation. The model efforts provided in these stories may be helpful to your rural community.
Tim J. Perkins

Tim J. Perkins was selected in 2020 as Virginia’s Community Star! Perkins leads the Division of Community Health and Technical Resources within the Virginia Office of Emergency Medical Services. According to his nominator, the Virginia State Office of Rural Health (VA SORH), Perkins is an influential collaborator and his devotion to rural EMS is unmatched.

Tim shared, “The VA SORH is the most important partner my division has and we hope to serve as an example to other offices within our agency how offices with similar missions can work together, expanding the reach of both offices. The Office of EMS has given the VA SORH seats on our advisory committees, including MIH-CP and education, and the VA SORH invites EMS to their stakeholder meetings.”

April
26
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April
28
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TruServe Monthly Training

April
20-22
National Rural EMS & Care Virtual Conference

Make plans now to attend this year's virtual event!
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