Illinois Rural Health Association Happenings


Deadline November 20th

  Students currently enrolled in a Medical Billing and Coding, Graduate Program of Social Work/Behavioral Health or Dental School, with a strong intention of working in a rural setting upon graduation in Illinois (preference will be given to those raised in a rural area), are welcome to apply for our Workforce Development Scholarships.  Please go to the links below to apply.  Contact or 217-280-0206 with questions. Winners will be notified in early December.

Medical Billing and Coding -$500.00- Thanks to Gibson Area Hospital for their sponsorship

Social Work/Behavioral Health $1,000.00


Dental - $1,500.00


Tuesday, November 19 – Noon Value-Based Payments


Value-Based Payments is the general term in healthcare for aligning payments with quality measures and patient populations.  This session will review basic principals of value-based payments, and how various payers reimburse them. 

Presented by Charles James, North American Healthcare Management

Thursday, Nov. 21st – Noon Medicare Incentive Payment Programs in 2020


This webinar
will review how Medicare pays for quality.  It will review what the various Medicare Incentives are, some common terminology, which providers are eligible for various payments, and how Rural Health Clinics and Fed Qualified Health Centers fit in. 

Presented by Charles James, North American Healthcare Management


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public health departments and Rural Health Clinics.

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Submission deadline October 21st. 


IRHA's 30th Annual Educational Conference a Success

The Illinois Rural Health Association just wrapped up its 30th Annual Educational Conference in Champaign and it was a great success.  With 40 exhibitors and over 23 education sessions to choose from, attendees had a great opportunity to learn best practices and network with the state’s top rural health leaders. We were fortunate to have nationally acclaimed expert Brian Lee as our keynote speaker and Cancer Center of America CEO/President Pete Govorchin as our special guest. Brock Slabach with the National Rural Health Association provided us with a federal update and our Conference wrapped up with a closing session presented by Dexter Glasgow with the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Management Services.

Pictured above Blue Cross Blue Shield CMO Dr. Derek Robinson, IRHA Board Member Ken Ryan with the IL State Medical Society, Cancer Treatment Centers of American CEO Pete Govorchin and our Keynote Speaker Brian Lee

 Jeff Beichner, Vicki Rhine, Mel Henriksen, Hana Hinkle & Diane Potts enjoy the Networking Dinner.


About the IRHA

First organized in 1989, the Illinois Rural Health Association (IRHA) is a collaborative association whose mission is to strengthen health systems for rural residents and communities through advocacy, education, networking and leadership.

IRHA Executive Director can be reached at 217-280-0206 or


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