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VRHA and the Association for Rural Health Professional Coding
Rural Health Coding & Billing Specialist (RH-CBS)
Training and Certification Prep Class
Location: Higher Education Center 
Abingdon, VA

October 18 & 19, 2016

Why attend?

  • With the April 2016 requirement by CMS to require RHCs to provide HCPCS code-level detail (CPT and HCPCS-2) – it has never been more important to make sure you are documenting and coding for 100% of what is done.  Billing is not supposed to change – but if you aren’t documenting and coding correctly, revenue may be left on the table!
  • We will present a detailed review of the AMA’s 2016 CPT Professional Edition from the perspective of rural health focusing on the services typically provided by RHCs and small rural hospitals/emergency rooms.
  • With Information Technology finding its way into more areas of medical facilities the difference between clinical documentation, professional coding, and medical billing have never been more important. 
  • We will focus on the guidelines that appear before and after key coding sections that rarely are accessible to providers and coders/billers in their EHRs and encoder software.
  • We will limit the review of codes that will rarely or never be performed in your facility setting – but will review the CPT cover to cover including guidelines, appendices, and modifiers with focus on level of visits and preventive services.
Who is the class for?
This class is designed for clinical personnel (MD, DO, NP, PA, RN), coders, billers, EHR professionals, facility and financial managers that work in Rural Hospitals and/or Rural Health Clinics.
What is being taught?
The Rural Health Clinical Documentation/Coding portion will be taught live from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. over the course of (Dates TBD) 2016.   The Rural Health Billing portion will be taught via 2 hours of webinar training and must be completed prior to taking the optional exam.  Each webinar session will last 1-1.5 hours and slides will be provided for reference.  There will be live and recorded webinar options available for registered attendees.  Date of the live webinar will be announced soon.
Earning the Rural Health Coding and Billing Certification
Upon completing both sections of class (as verified by registration information maintained by ARHPC) authorized attendees will be able to take a 100 question online examination.  If a score of 75% is achieved, a certification of Rural Health Coding & Billing Specialist (RH-CBS) will be provided by the Association for Rural Health Professional Coding.  Full attendance includes the live training sessions, a one year ARHPC membership, the billing webinars, and the testing fee.
After you pass the optional examination
A certificate suitable for framing will be provided along with annual CEU renewal requirements and membership dues based upon the date of the class they attend.  If the test is not passed the first time a free re-test is available.  The test must be taken within 60 days of the last day of class or a fee of $75 will be charged.  To maintain the certification, CEU requirements must be met along with payment of membership dues payable one year after the date of the class attended.   
To maintain your RH-CBS credential you must earn 12 CEUs each year with at least half coming from ARHPC educational sessions (e.g. webinars, in-person class, eLearning, etc.).

$25/ person - Virginia Rural Health Clinic Coalition members
$150/ person - VRHA members
$175/person - members of other State Rural Health Associations
$350/person - non members

(Includes lunch each day, class slides, 1 year membership, billing webinars, and exam fee for optional RH-CBS credential)
NOTE: These prices will go up on September 19th
All registrations must be received by October 14th
*** Approved for 11 Continuing Education Units by the American Academy for Professional Coders ***

Rural Health Coding & Billing Specialist (RH-CBS)
Day 1 – Training and Hands-on Exercises
9:00 a.m. – Lunch                                        Introduction and Testing Details
                                                                     Coding vs. Billing, Orientation to CPT, HCPCS-2, ICD-10
                                                                     E/M Guidelines & Chart Auditing Principles
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.                                 Lunch - provided
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.                                   Determining E/M Level of Service (cont’d)
                                                                     Review Key E/M categories (e.g. Preventive vs. Sick Visits)
                                                                     Chronic Care Management & Advance Care Planning
2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.                                   Surgical Package Guidelines (CPT vs. CMS)
                                                                     CPT and HCPCS-2 Modifiers
Day 2 – Training and Hands-on Exercises
9:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.                                 CPT and HCPCS-2 Modifiers (cont’d)
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.                               Review of rural health procedural codes
                                                                     Radiology, Pathology, Medicine, HCPCS-2
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.                                 Lunch - provided
1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.                                   ICD-10-CM & Clinical Documentation Exercises
Required Class Materials - available from ARHPC
  • 2016 CPT (AMA’s Professional Edition recommended) 
  • 2016 – HCPCS-2 Code Manual 
  • 2016 – ICD-10-CM 

Click here to register for the event.  Hotel and area information can be found here - note the special hotel rates that are available for you.

The training is being held in conjunction with the VRHA Annual Conference. Click here for more information about that event.


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