Rural Health Aligned

ruralMED Health Cooperative’s 2nd Annual Critical Access Hospital Conference Rural Health Aligned LOCATION: Younes Conference Center North, Kearney, NE DATE: April 13th & 14th, 2023

Please join us for the ruralMED Health Cooperative’s 2nd Annual Critical Access Hospital Conference: Rural Health Aligned for a day and a half of interactive forums, engaged education, and networking with other CAHs around the state.


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DATE: April 13-14
LOCATION: Younes Convention Center North, Kearney, NE
REGISTER BY: March 24th, 2023


  • Thursday & Friday (April 13th and 14th) – $300
  • Thursday Only (April 13th) – $225
  • Friday Only (April 14th) – $125


Thursday, April 13th

9:00 – 10:30 a.m. // Keynote Speaker

9:00 – 10:30 a.m. // Keynote Speaker
“Coming Back Better: One Doctor’s Perspective on Innovations in Physician Recruitment and Retainment”

Errin Weisman, D.O., Physician, Life Coach, and Podcaster
Errin Weisman, DO openly speaks on her experience of professional burnout early in her family medicine career so that no woman feels alone and to prove you can have a joy-filled and sustainable career.

Dr. Weisman wholeheartedly believes to be a healer, you must first fill your own cup. She lives and practices life coaching and medicine in rural Southwestern Indiana, loves her roles as farmer’s wife, athlete and mother of three.

Besides being sassy, she enjoys getting mud on her shoes, teaching her children to catch tadpoles and reading a great fantasy novel.

She is interested in using her medical knowledge beyond the standard outpatient clinical realm through innovative technologies, public speaking, writing and social media as well as utilizing her business skills in organization, team leadership and creative problem solving.



11:00 – 12:00 p.m. // “Healthcare Advocacy in Your Community and Regulatory Hot Topics”

11:00 – 12:00 p.m.
“Healthcare Advocacy in Your Community and Regulatory Hot Topics”


John Kuehn, Sand Creek Strategy
Dr. John Kuehn, DVM specializes in Government Affairs, Public Affairs, and Communications. With deep roots in agriculture, energy, and healthcare, John is a trusted policy and campaign advisor to many of Nebraska’s top political leaders.

For more than a decade, John has worked with clients in the energy, technology, agribusiness, education, animal health, and public health sectors. A former Nebraska State Senator representing District 38 in South Central Nebraska, John is a member of the Nebraska Economic Forecasting Advisory Board and the Nebraska Board of Health, appointed by Governor Pete Ricketts. Prior to his time in the Legislature, John served on the board of Southern Public Power.

John received his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Kansas State University in 2000, and has a career including private practice, government, and academia. John resides on a ranch in central Nebraska.

1:00 - 2:00 p.m. // Forums – Roundtable Discussions and Education Sessions

  • Rural Health Advocacy Work Session – John Kuehn (Coop Members Only)
  • Coding Engagement: Productivity, Benchmarks, & Standards
  • Rebuilding Teams After COVID
  • Foundation / Marketing: Reaching & Maintaining Your Audience
  • Revenue Cycle: Hot Topics (Discussion Ideas: Healthy Blue / Molina Transition, NSA, Medicare Advantage, Prior Auths, Point of Service Collections, Workers’ Comp Issues)
  • Therapy Roundtable: Hot Topics
  • Quality Roundtable: Hot Topics
  • IT Roundtable : Hot Topics

2:20 - 3:20 p.m. // Forums – Roundtable Discussions and Education Sessions

  • Burnout: Doctor Me First – Dr. Weisman
  • Chargemaster (C-Suite)
  • Crucial Conversations: How to Have Them
  • Cybersecurity: Concerns & Being Prepared
  • Foundation / Marketing: Running a Successful Campaign
  • Somebody’s Watching Me: CERT, RAC, OIG
  • Revenue Cycle: Hot Topics (Payor Policies & Updates)
  • Cerner Users Focus Group

3:40 - 4:40 p.m. // Forums – Roundtable Discussions and Education Sessions

  • 2023 Coding Updates: Tips to Overcome the Challenges
  • Chargemaster (PFS/HIM)
  • Financial Reporting: Turning Your Financials into a Story
  • Revenue Cycle KPI’s
  • RHC & CAH Billing Tips & Tricks
  • Compliance Roundtable: Hot Topics
  • Clinical Roundtable: EVS, Infection Prevention, Nursing
  • Foundation / MKT Roundtable: Hot Topics

Friday, April 14th

8:30 - 9:30 a.m. // Forums – Roundtable Discussions and Education Sessions

  • 340B Drug Pricing Program
  • Are You Ready for Remote?: Lessons Learned & Success Stories (Panel)
  • Claims Management Best Practices
  • Peer to Leader
  • Quiet Quitting/Firing: What is it & How to Overcome it
  • HIM Roundtable: Hot Topics

9:50 - 10:50 a.m. // Forums – Roundtable Discussions and Education Sessions

  • Burnout: Doctor Me First – Dr. Weisman
  • Best Practices in Reducing AR Days
  • Cost Reporting 101
  • Creating a Just Culture
  • How to Bulletproof Your Organization From Payor Audits
  • Nebraska Office of Rural Health / Telehealth Updates
    – Margaret Brockman, NE State Office of Rural Health
    – Mary Devany, gpTRAC

11:00 - 12:00 p.m. // Forums – Roundtable Discussions and Education Sessions

  • Negotiating Effective Payer Contracts
  • What’s Keeping You Up at Night?: Revenue Cycle
  • Coding Roundtable: Hot Topics
  • Construction Roundtable: Hard Hat Zone
  • EHR User Group: Cerner
  • EHR User Group: Meditech
  • HR Roundtable: Hot Topics


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Hotel Reservations:

There are several hotels close to the Younes Conference Center North:

Crowne Plaza Kearney, an IHG Hotel
707 W Talmadge Rd, Kearney, NE 68845

Hampton Inn Kearney
507 Talmadge St, Kearney, NE 68845

Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott – Kearney
510 W Talmadge Rd, Kearney, NE 68845

Candlewood Suites Kearney, an IHG Hotel
210 4th Ave, Kearney, NE 68845

La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Kearney
108 3rd Ave, Kearney, NE 68845

Comfort Inn Kearney I-80
118 3rd Ave, Kearney, NE 68847

Holiday Inn Kearney, an IHG Hotel
110 2nd Ave, Kearney, NE 68847



Please contact Rebekah Mussman with any questions: // 308-217-4212