This virtual workshop is for critical access hospitals (CAHs) and rural Prospective Payment System (PPS) hospitals on the latest billing and finance issues, especially related to Medicare and Medicaid. A general session will give all participants an overview of current legislative and reform agendas. Breakout sessions will then focus on more specific issues and ideas for staying ahead of the ever-changing hospital financing landscape. Topics to be reviewed in each session include:

General Session: 8:30-11:30 a.m.       

  • Health care finance and billing policy update
  • Legislative issues that impact health care billing and finance
  • Billing and collections updates
  • MHA data reporting projects
  • Rural health clinic (RHC) billing issues
  • National Government Services (NGS) 2021 updates

Billing Session: 1-3 p.m.                    

  • NGS updates and reminders
  • What’s new for 2021
  • COVID-19 public health emergency updates
  • Rural Health Clinic Modernization Act and billing issues

Finance Session: 1-3 p.m.                  

  • Changes to health professional shortage areas
  • COVID-19 regulation updates
  • Medicare cost reporting update and other reimbursement issues with a focus on:
    • Rural Health Clinic Modernization Act and billing issues
    • RHC rate calculations
    • DSH, bad debts and charity care reporting changes
    • ER availability
    • Medicare outpatient reimbursement
    • COVID-19 updates

The virtual workshop will provide attendees the opportunity to review current Medicare regulations regarding claims billing processes.

Participants are encouraged to bring a list of questions and to bring copies of their current Medicare cost reports and any issues of concern related to Medicare, Medicaid or other common hospital payers.

Who should attend

Chief financial officers, chief operating officers, business office manager, billers and reimbursement officers.


Craig Baarson, senior reimbursement analyst, Minnesota Department of Health Office of Rural Health and Primary Care, has built strong relationships with hospital and health system management throughout the state of Minnesota, identifying solutions on reimbursement issues, RHC certification, survey preparation and billing issues.

Jill Nelson, health care and reimbursement director, RSM US LLP, has 23 years of health care experience, including 12 years at a hospital and 11 years in consulting/audit of health care facilities.

She works with health care clients providing regulatory reimbursement services, operational assistance, third-party cost reporting and reimbursement issues for PPS and CAH providers. Nelson has a Bachelor of Arts in accounting and math from Concordia College in Moorhead.

Joe Schindler, vice president of finance policy and analytics, MHA, has over 30 years of experience providing Minnesota’s hospitals and health systems with financial analysis and support in the areas of reimbursement, financial policy and legislative issues. His expertise includes policy analysis, Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement, hospital financial analysis, wage index and cost comparison projects. He oversees MHA’s key data programs and endorsed business partners program.

Michael Smith, reimbursement senior manager, Eide Bailly, LLP, has more than 38 years of health care reimbursement experience, 31 of those years with a Medicare administrative contractor specializing in Medicare cost reporting, audit and reimbursement. He joined Eide Bailly in March 2014 and currently works in the Fargo office. He earned his Bachelor of Science in accounting and Master of Business Administration at Moorhead State University.

Kim Thomas, CPC, has been a provider outreach and education consultant at NGS since 1996. She has been an NGS employee for 36 years. She is a graduate of the University of Evansville and holds a degree in paralegal studies.


  • $49 per person for MHA member hospitals and health systems
  • $49 per person for HFMA members
  • Contact Christy Hammer to inquire about a 20% discount for groups of five or more

Registration deadline

Please register by 5 p.m. on May 25 to ensure timely delivery of access instructions.

Approximately four business days before the web conference, you will receive an email that contains instructions on how to connect. Advance registration is required to ensure delivery of instructional materials.

If you do not receive an email prior to the virtual workshop with access instructions, please contact Christy Hammer to confirm your registration.


MHA reserves the right to cancel or reschedule due to an insufficient number of registrants or other unforeseen circumstances. Registration will be accepted on a first-received basis. Registration fees, less a $25 cancellation fee, are refundable if notice is received five working days prior to the program date. 

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When and Where
  • 5/26/2021 8:30 AM CDT
  • 5/26/2021 3:00 PM CDT
  • Virtual workshop