2021 VIRTUAL Spring Institute
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Event Date: 4/13/2021 - 4/27/2021

Event Overview

Registration is Now Open!

The National Association of Rural Health Clinics has been awarded a government grant related to COVID-19 testing. As such we are able to provide Free access to a few of the conference sessions offered. 

Check your Member status prior to registering. Refunds will not be granted if membership is paid after registering. 

On-Line Dates: April 13th - 27th, 2021 (Tues. & Thurs)

NARHC Institutes are put on by the only national association dedicated strictly to Rural Health Clinics (RHCs). A wide range of rural health professionals will be in attendance including CEOs, CFOs, Physicians, PAs, NPs, Clinic Managers, Billers & Coders.

Earn Continuing Education Credits16 CME from AAFP (for MDs, PAs, NPs) and 16 CEUs from AAPC (for coders).

Member RatesSave $100 per person on the registration, by being a NARHC member! If you are interested in becoming a member Click Here for the membership application. Unsure if you're a member? Call us and we'll be happy to check your organization's status for you (866-306-1961 x1).

Virtual Event Platform (VEP): If registered for the conference, prior to the event you will receive an email from NARHC with a guide to using the VEP and how to login. Logging-in in advance and familiarizing yourself with the platform will enhance your experience during the conference. 

Virtual Cancellation Policy: Due to the conference being held virtually no refunds will be available. No transfers to future conferences will be allowed.

Additionally, we are now offering an online course, the Certified Rural Health Clinic Professional (CRHCP), with the final exam online. This course is a separate registration fee.  If you want to attend both the conference and the course, you will be required to pay both registration fees.  For more information on the CRHCP course Click Here.


Thank You Sponsors!




CHPSE, Founder/Owner, HIPAAtrek, St. Charles, MO
Sarah Badahman has spent over a decade in the Healthcare Administration field and particularly, the past ten years mastering the field of HIPAA Compliance and Risk Management. She holds a Bachelor’s in Applied Mathematics and a Masters of Public Health in Epidemiology and Policy, and is the Founder and CEO of HIPAAtrek. As an expert in HIPAA compliance, Sarah has developed and administered HIPAA compliance training programs for numerous health care organizations.



BS, Director of Government Affairs, NARHC, Alexandria, VA
Nathan became the Director of Government Affairs for the National Association of Rural Health Clinics (NARHC) in April of 2015. Nathan works on both regulatory and legislative policy at the federal level. He has been involved in issues such as the Chronic Care Management benefit, COVID-19 allocations for RHCs, and telehealth. He worked closely with the federal government on the RHC COVID-19 Testing program and with Congress on the RHC Payment Modernization policy that passed in late 2020.



AHIMA App CD-10 CM/PCS Trainer, Ambassador, Director of Provider Solutions, SCORH, Lexington, SC
Shannon assists private physician offices who desire to convert to RHC status & provides technical assistance to RHCs in maintaining compliance with the SC Department of Health & Environmental Control guidelines. Shannon also provides technical assistance in billing & coding, EHR implementation, & practice management. for all RHCs. Prior to joining the SC Office of Rural Health, Shannon worked in multiple physician practices. She has experience in Family Practice, Internal Medicine, Orthopedics, Urology, Pediatrics, & many other specialties. Shannon has been a certified professional coder with the AAPC since 2006. She is also a Notary Public for the State of South Carolina since 2001. In 2015, Shannon became an AHIMA approved ICD 10 CM/PCS Trainer. Shannon has been a key player in the creation of NARHC’s RHC Clinic Manager Certification.



RN, BSN, CIC, Founder/CEO, Southern Evals, Alexandria, LA
Taylor is the top infection prevention & control regulatory compliance clinical consultant in the nation. He is the founder of Southern EVALS, a regulatory strategy consulting firm. His unique skillset, combining infection control & regulatory compliance, helps organizations implement best practices in infection control while maximizing their ability to protect their patients & staff. He was recently recognized by the IFAH as One of the Top 100 Healthcare Leaders in the Nation. He is one of 24 Board Certified Infection Preventionists in Louisiana, one of 1,000 in the entire United States, and 1 of just over 5,000 in the entire world. Mr. Cottano has helped countless healthcare providers & organizations successfully obtain licensing, certification & accreditation all while most recently helping his clients navigate the COVID-19 Pandemic. He has a bachelor’s degree in biology & nursing from Louisiana College. Mr. Cottano has previous experience as a front-line nurse specializing in critical care in medical & surgical intensive care settings. His true passion has always been helping others & is obsessed with helping healthcare providers & organizations get crystal clarity on a direction for success in their future.



Executive Director, NARHC, Alexandria, VA
Bill co-founded NARHC and serves as the Executive Director. He is a recognized expert on rural health issues and also acts as a policy consultant for NOSORH. He has worked with HMOs & assisted pharmaceuticals with their legislative & regulatory programs in addition to his work with health care providers and practitioners. Bill has worked in and; with the U.S. Congress/Federal agencies for 30+ years. He began his public policy career in Washington, DC in 1976 as an LBJ Intern for Congressman Bob Edgar (D-PA).  Between 1977 & 1984 he worked for Senators Edward W. Brooke and Roger Jepsen. In 1999 he wrote a book for the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy on managed care.  More recently, Bill co-wrote & edited a publication entitled, “Starting a Rural Health Clinic, a How To Manual”. Mr. Finerfrock is a 1977 graduate of Penn State University.  From 1985 – 1993, he was Director of Federal Affairs for the AAPA.



Principal/Consultant/Coach, inQuiseek Consulting, Shreveport, LA
Jeff has been a leader and innovator for 40+ years. His accomplishments include: working with hospitals and physician practices in urban and rural areas; leading a regional CPA Firm as Managing Partner of a regional for 8 years; providing 10 years of strategic financial leadership as CFO; navigating and heavily negotiating through 12 mergers and acquisitions; and serving as President of 50-million-dollar international corporation for 3 1/2 years and earning INC 5000 for two consecutive years. He presently is a principal of inQuiseek Consulting, a Louisiana-based firm that provides a wide range of consulting services across a variety of healthcare facility types. Jeff is in various hospitals and RHCs every week all over the rural landscape and his diverse experience gives him a unique perspective to address opportunities for improved operational performance and cultural transformation.



RHIA, CHTS-IM, CHTS-PW, CHC, CEO, inQuiseek Consulting, Shreveport, LA
Patty is CEO of inQuiseek Consulting, a healthcare consulting firm servicing critical access hospitals, Rural Health Clinics and other organization across the United States. She has over 22 years of healthcare experience in healthcare finance and reimbursement, health information management, compliance and practice management. She began her healthcare career as a hospital controller and reimbursement analyst. Patty holds a B.S. in Health Information Administration (cum laude) from LA Tech University. She is credentialed through AHIMA as a RHIA, CHTS-IM, & CHTS-PW. Patty successfully completed AHIMA’s ICD-10 Academy and has been recognized as an ICD-10 Trainer. She is Certified in Healthcare Compliance (CHC®) through the Compliance Certification Board. She has held memberships in regional, state and national organizations throughout her healthcare career including NARHC, NRHA, AHIMA, MGMA, and HFMA. Patty currently serves on the NARHC Board and LRHA.



RN, VP of Clinical Services, The Compliance Team, Spring House, PA
Kate Hill, RN, starter her career as an Army Nurse, Kate served in Viet Nam. Kate joined The Compliance Team in early 2012 to direct TCT’s rural health clinic accreditation program and has fallen in love with Rural. As VP of the Clinic Division, she has spearheaded the TCT Rural Health Clinic Accreditation program combining her clinical expertise, business acumen and passion for delivery of the best care possible to every patient.  She presently serves on the Boards of the National Association of Rural Health Clinics and National Rural Health Association. She feels fortunate to have been able to speak at numerous state and national meetings about RHC compliance countrywide which gave her the opportunity to learn firsthand the diverse regional issues clinics are facing. Kate lives in suburban Philadelphia with her husband and near her three granddaughters.


CRHCP, Swainsboro Internal Medicine, Swainsboro, GA
Monique grew up in the healthcare community being the daughter of a physician and is a graduate of Georgia Southern University with a Bachelors’ Degree in Marketing and a Culinary Arts and Food Science Degree from Le Cordon Bleu. Monique has over 20 years of clinic experience with more than 5 years of Rural Health Clinic experience. She is the current Practice Manager of Swainsboro Internal Medicine and Smith Rural Health Clinic



MBA, President & CEO, North American Healthcare Management Services (North Armerican HMS), St. Louis, MO
Charles took the position of President & CEO in 2004 after the loss of the company founder, Charles James, Sr. North American HMS celebrated its 25th year in business in 2017. Charles began his career with James Clinic running the IT department.  As part of North American HMS, Charles has overseen and helped develop all aspects of the company. Today, North American HMS is a proud gold-certified, Aprima EHR/PRM. In addition, he provides Revenue Cycle Management, RHC certification/cost reporting/Annual Evaluations, Provider Enrollment, and Financial Consulting to all types of healthcare entities. Charles is the current President of NARHC.



CPA, MBA, VP Compliance & Cost Reporting, Health Services Associates, Ringgold, GA
Ms. Quinn is a CPA with over 25 years’ experience in governmental compliance and cost reporting, 15 of which she spent in the Medicare Contractor arena. She holds an MBA with a concentration in Healthcare Administration. During her years with Medicare, she managed an audit staff responsible independent RHC cost reports in 15 states and served as Compliance Officer for a Medicare Contractor. In her current role, she assists RHCs with cost reporting, audit resolution, rate setting and various cost issues. Ms. Quinn also works with new and existing RHCs providing mock surveys, policy and procedure manuals, as well as HIPAA and other compliance solutions.



CPA, Partner, Wipfli, LLP, Spokane, WA
Katie Jo Raebel has more than 20 years of experience in audit and accounting services, focused exclusively in healthcare. She specializes in Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement issues. Katie Jo is known nationwide for her knowledge of rural health clinic certification and reimbursement issues. In addition, she helps organizations determine the best certification options to experience the most beneficial gain from Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement.



Manager of Clinic Development & Research, Midwest Health Care, Inc., Cape Girardeau, MO
Scott works as the Manager of Clinic Development at Midwest Health Care Inc. in Cape Girardeau, MO. He has a Bachelors’ Degree from Union University in Jackson, Tennessee. Prior to working for Midwest, he was the Executive Officer and Compliance Director of Sun Financial, Inc. based in Oklahoma for almost twenty years.



RHC Compliance Analyst, Health Services Associates, Fremont, MI
Tressa joined Health Services Associates in May 2015 as a Compliance Analyst. She brings over 10 years of business experience to Health Services Associates, Inc. She received her Bachelors’ Degree in Education and has completed courses in Business Applied Technology. Her key areas of responsibility include Policy and Procedure Manuals, Civil Rights, Emergency Preparedness and facilitation of hazardous training, Research of CMS regulations, education training, on-site compliance mock surveys, and creating forms and tools to assist RHC's across the nation.