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Critical Access Hospital and Rural Health Clinic Conference - Minneapolis, MN

10/9/2018 7:30 AM - 10/11/2018 12:00 PM (CT)

Type: In Person Event

Industry: Health Care

Cost: $500

Event Contact:

Name: Sylvia Weise

Phone: 509.232.2735


Event Location:

Crowne Plaza Suites MSP Airport – Mall of America

3 Appletree Square




This conference is intended for provider organizations only. 

You are invited to this annual event to receive quality education, have the opportunity to communicate directly with industry experts, and to network with colleagues at other rural health clinics. Our sessions are intended for all levels of rural health clinic professionals including administrators, CFOs, CEOs, CIOs, directors of finance, finance professionals, reimbursement analysts, and office managers.


Tuesday, September 18, 2018  
7:30 – 8:30 a.m. Registration (Breakfast provided)
8:30 – 10:00 a.m. Legislative Changes That Will Impact Your Facilities
10:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Providing Clarity to Complex Medicare Cost Report Issues
12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Lunch (provided)
1:00 – 2:15 p.m. 101s of Incident Command: How to Run Your Emergency Operations Center
2:30 – 3:30 p.m. Top Tips to Enhance Your Billing Processes
3:30 – 4:30 p.m. How RHC Revenue Can Be Enhanced by Expanding Medicare Services

Wednesday, September 19, 2018  
7:30 – 8:30 a.m. Registration (Breakfast provided)
8:45 – 10:15 a.m. Opening Session: The Federal Landscape of Rural Health
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Concurrent: 501(r) Compliance – Will Your Hospital Survive the IRS Audit Traps?
10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Concurrent: Managed Care Contracting Strategies
12:00 – 12:45 p.m. Lunch (provided)
1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Concurrent: Medicare Critical Access Hospital Reimbursement: Greatest Hits and Biggest Mistakes (Part One)
1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Concurrent: How to Implement an Effective and Sustainable Labor Productivity Improvement and Cost Reduction Initiative at a CAH
2:45 – 4:30 p.m. Concurrent: Medicare Critical Access Hospital Reimbursement: Greatest Hits and Biggest Mistakes (Part Two)
2:45 – 4:30 p.m. Concurrent: You Get What You Pay For: How to Create Effective Incentives Within a Physician Compensation Plan

Thursday, September 20, 2018  
7:30 – 8:30 a.m. Breakfast (provided)
8:30 – 10:00 a.m. Concurrent: Revenue Cycle Management Panel
8:30 – 10:00 a.m. Concurrent: Emergency Preparedness: Leadership’s Role in Emergency Preparedness and Response
10:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. General Session: Legal Update

Click here for a description of each session

Registration Fee

  • $200 per person (RHC only)
  • $400 per person (CAH only)
  • $500 per person (Full Conference)

Registration fees include:

  • Up to 15 CPE credits in accordance with the standards of the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. CPE credits are granted based on a 50-minute hour.
  • Reference materials (PowerPoint presentations and/or additional references) available for download.
  • Breakfast on day one, two and three and lunch on day one and two. 
  • Refreshment breaks.

Hotel Accommodations

Crowne Plaza Suites MSP Airport – Mall of America

3 Appletree Square

Bloomington, MN 55425

Special group rate: $114 per night
Wipfli room block available until September 17, 2018.
Phone Reservations: 952.854.9000
Online Reservations: Visit this link.
Room block code: Wipfli

Casual for a Cause
All attendees are invited to wear jeans for a $1 donation per day. All proceeds will be matched by Wipfli and donated to a nonprofit organization. More information will be available at the conference.
Important Note: Wipfli Has Gone Green
All PowerPoint presentation slides and additional reference materials for this conference will be available online prior to the start of the event. Registered attendees will receive an e-mail when the materials are available online. FREE Internet access and power outlets will be available.
National Registry of CPE Sponsors: Wipfli LLP is registered with the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA) as a sponsor of continuing professional education on the National Registry of CPE Sponsors. State boards of accountancy have final authority on the acceptance of individual courses for CPE credit. Complaints regarding registered sponsors may be submitted to the national Registry of CPE Sponsors through its website:

Instructional Delivery: Group-Live.  For more information regarding administrative policies, such as complaint, cancellation, and refund policies, please contact our offices at 888.876.4992.

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations made after September 8, 2018 will be charged the full registration fee. If you cancel, you may send a substitute from your organization. Participants who register but neither attend nor cancel are charged for their full registration fee. Call 888.876.4992 or email for questions about this policy.

Special Speakers

Nathan Baugh, Director of Government Relations | NARHC
Nathan was hired at Capitol Associates, a government relations firm specializing in Health Care policy, in April of 2015 to work on Rural Health Clinic issues. He was first exposed to health care issues in the summer of 2011 when he worked as an intern for Capitol Associates. Nathan graduated from the College of William and Mary in 2012 with a bachelor of arts in Government and immediately began working for a logistics firm in Norfolk, VA. After a year, he returned to his native California and began working on various political campaigns while interning for Representative Juan Vargas (CA-51). Nathan has penned a number of articles on both the broader trends in health care policy and detailed changes to the Rural Health Clinic Program. He specializes in PQRS, Essential Community Provider, and Chronic Care Management issues as they relate to Rural Health Clinics.

Brock Slabach, Senior Vice President Members Services – NRHA
Brock joined NRHA in 2008. He has administrative responsibility for all areas of member services, including membership, communications, and meetings/exhibitions. Brock was a rural hospital administrator for more than 21 years. He has been on the board of the National Rural Health Association and the regional policy board of the American Hospital Association, as well as many regional and state boards involving rural health.

Lori Wink Esq., Shareholder – Hall, Render, Killian, Heath & Lyman, PSC
Lori is a shareholder with Hall Render, the nation’s largest law firm focused exclusively on matters related to health care organizations. She assists clients in the analysis of general health law matters and regulatory issues, including accreditation, certification, licensure, billing and payment, compliance, Medicare appeals, fraud and abuse, and Stark. She advises a variety of health care clients including health care systems, hospitals, group practices, diagnostic centers, and long-term care facilities. Lori is also a CPA and practiced in public accounting prior to practicing law.


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Event Location:

Crowne Plaza Suites MSP Airport – Mall of America

3 Appletree Square