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Association for Rural Health Professional Coding (ARHPC)
Virginia Rural Clinic Coalition (VRHCC)
Rural Health Documentation & Coding Bootcamp
(includes billing webinars)
October 24-25, 2017
Become a Rural Health Coding & Billing Specialist
Location: Southern Virginia Higher Education Center
Room: Conference Center (1st Floor)
605 Seymour Drive
 South Boston, VA 24592 

Click the links for REGISTRATION and HOTEL 

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!  Increase revenue and reduce compliance risks.

  • We will present a detailed review of the AMA’s 2017 CPT Professional Edition from the perspective of rural health focusing on the services typically provided by Rural Health Clinics and small rural hospitals. 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.

  • 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 limit the review of codes that will rarely or never be performed in community health – 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 Health Clinics and small rural hospitals.   Attendees must bring their current year’s CPT (AMA Professional Edition strongly recommended), HCPCS-2, and ICD-10-CM manuals that be shared if necessary between 2-3 people.  EHRs and encoder software c simply does not provide the level of detail needed to be compliant with Clinical Documentation guidelines.

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 10/24 & 10/25.   The Rural Health Billing portion will be taught via 3 hours of webinar training accessible within 2-3 days after the in-person class on the ARHPC eLearning and Testing Center. 

Earning the Rural Health Coding and Billing Certification
Upon completing both sections of class (as verified by registration information maintained by VRHA and ARHPC) authorized attendees will be able to take an optional 100 question online certification 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 & Community Health Professional Coding.   

Full attendance includes the live training sessions worth 11 CEUs with class slides, a 90 day ARHPC membership that extends to one year if you pass the exam, the billing webinars, and the testing fee for the optional certification exam.

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 within the original deadline.  The test must be taken within 60 days of when the test enrollment information is sent out or a fee of $75 will be charged.

To maintain your RH-CBS credential you must earn 14 CEUs each year and pay the $110 annual fee with at least half coming from ARHPC educational sessions (e.g. webinars, in-person class, eLearning, etc.). ARHPC has many free and low cost CEUs options (free~$45 per CEU) on the ARHPC eLearning and Testing Center located at .

$50/ person - Virginia Rural Health Clinic Coalition members
$175/ person - VRHA members
$350/person - non members

(Includes lunch each day, class slides, 90 day ARHPC membership, billing webinars, and exam fee for optional RH-CBS credential) 

All registrations must be received by October 19th.

Rural Health Coding & Billing Specialist (RH-CBS)

Day 1 – Training and Hands-on Exercises  

9:00 a.m. –12:00 p.m.

Creating Documentation vs. Coding vs. Billing
E/M Guidelines & Chart Auditing Principles

12:00 p.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Lunch (provided)

12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Determining E/M Level of Service (cont’d)
Review Key E/M categories (e.g. Preventive vs. Sick Visits)
How to report Preventive Medicine to Medicare/Medicaid
Chronic Care Management & Advance Care Planning

1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Procedural Coding (CPT vs. CMS) of probable RHC codes
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
Key Rural Health HCPCS-2 Coding

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Lunch & VRHA Awards Ceremony (provided)

1:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

ICD-10-CM & Clinical Documentation Exercises


Required Class Materials – you can optionally purchase books at the ARHPC Online Store at

  • 2017 CPT (AMA’s Professional Edition strongly recommended) available for $95 from ARHPC
  • 2017 – HCPCS-2 Code Manualavailable for $70 from ARHPC
  • 2017 – ICD-10-CMavailable for $75  from ARHPC

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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