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Federal Changes and DHCS Proposed Changes Affecting Rural Health Clinics Webinar

Originally recorded September 24, 2020



Are you aware of the changes that have been made by CMS and proposed changes by the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) that will affect every single rural health clinic? While some of these changes are final during the COVID-19 period, and others being proposed by DHCS are subject to CMS approval, you will still want to be aware of the financial impact they may have on your rural health clinic.

This webinar will focus on all the state COVID-19 changes that will affect scope of service rate change requests, initial PPS rate setting and PPS reconciliations. It will also cover the CMS waivers pertaining specifically to rural health clinics that may provide some opportunities for performing services for your patients, as well as clarifying the reimbursement impacts. Productivity standard exceptions requests will also be discussed.


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Katie Jo Raebel

Katie Jo Raebel is a partner with Wipfli, a CPA and health care consulting firm. Ms. Raebel has more than 19 years of experience in audit and accounting services, focused exclusively on health care industry clients. She specializes in assisting freestanding and provider-based clinics navigate through the rural health clinic (RHC) certification process and is a proven thought leader with vast experience in the RHC arena. Katie Jo helps to calculate RHCs’ Medicare and Medicaid rates, provide education regarding changes in billing because of certification, and consults on all areas specific to RHCs. In addition, she helps organizations determine the best certification options to experience the most beneficial gain from Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement.

Steven Rousso, MBA, MPA

Steven Rousso is a principal with Wipfli, a CPA and health care consulting firm. With nearly 37 years of experience in the health care industry, he has particular expertise with rural hospitals and community clinics, as he has demonstrated on various engagements for over 150 providers throughout the country. An accomplished presenter, Steven has spoken more than 50 times on a myriad of health care topics for numerous state and federal associations. In addition, he has published many health care articles. Steven also acted as a consultant for the California Hospital Association, the California Primary Care Association, and several Federally Qualified Health Center consortiums in California.