Coding, Classification and Reimbursement

Rural Health Clinic, Critical Access coding credential

  • 1.  Rural Health Clinic, Critical Access coding credential

    Posted 02-04-2019 14:41

    I was recently asked if I was credentialed in coding for Rural Health or Critical Access and after doing some research of this specific coding credential I have discovered there is one but I have never heard of it prior to this week.  Does anyone know anything about credentialed Rural health and CAH coding credentials?  I have been fairly consistent in requiring AHIMA or AAPC coding credentials in our facility because I believe they have much value, I am leary of credentials outside of those because I believe there are a lot of programs out there that I consider "get rich quick coding schemes" that do not offer much value for your education dollar.  I am just wondering if anyone has this credential and what value if any  you feel it may bring to your facility.  I have a new CFO at our facility who asked about this rural health clinic coding credential and I had never heard of it - just wanting some input here as to the value.
    The only association I could find is 

    Association for Rural & Community Health Professional Coding

    are there any others?

    Joan Zier

  • 2.  RE: Rural Health Clinic, Critical Access coding credential

    Posted 02-05-2019 09:10
    I have never heard of this organization which doesn't mean much.  However, a couple of years ago, we had an applicant with a certificate that no one had heard of.  During the interview it became very obvious that the applicant did not write her resume' nor was her coding knowledge adequate.   I am curious if anyone else has heard of this organization.

    Nelda Laskey RHIT
    Coder/RAC Coordinator
    Kearny County Hospital

  • 3.  RE: Rural Health Clinic, Critical Access coding credential

    Posted 02-05-2019 09:13
    I have never heard of this credential or company before either. After reviewing their website it looks like it is in the South and East US - I am in the Midwest. I like staying with one program for credentials and CEUs as I have friends who have both AHIMA and AAPC and it can be hard keeping everything straight. I think a RHC credential could be beneficial or even some additional training but overall I believe the coding credentials from AHIMA are one of the best.

    Beth Kosman, RHIT, CCS, CCS-P
    HIM Director
    Ringgold County Hospital

  • 4.  RE: Rural Health Clinic, Critical Access coding credential

    Posted 02-05-2019 14:30
    The National Association for Rural Health Clinic's support a Certified Rural Health Clinic Professional Course (CRHCP) [site below].   I do not know of anyone personally that has taken or pursued, but I do know that Rural Health Clinic billing/reporting is unique and has their own nuances.  For example, their definition of modifier 25 and 59 is totally different than the CPT definition.  Therefore, if you have rural health clinics, it would certainly be a credential that I would first look for when recruiting, for this would support a global knowledge and awareness of RHC operations and billing processes.
    The credential certainly isn't required to work in a RHC, but a person with that credential would be highly marketable within RHC settings.
    If you do work in an RHC, the NARHC website has a wealth of information to offer.

    Sheila Goethel
    Coding Services Senior Manager

  • 5.  RE: Rural Health Clinic, Critical Access coding credential

    Posted 02-06-2019 08:56
    We have a Rural Health Clinic and we have been participating in webinars and attended the boot camp this company puts on and find it very informative as the rules are so drastically different for Rural Health Clinics.  Our RHC coder has gone through their certification process and found it very helpful.

    Brenda Jewett
    Coding Supervisor

  • 6.  RE: Rural Health Clinic, Critical Access coding credential

    Posted 04-30-2019 17:51
    ​I work at a facility where the clinic is rural health and the hospital is critical access. I never heard of this company and am now going to check it out!!! Things can definitely get tricky with in billing and coding. Thank you all!!!

    Renata Warner,CCS
    Billing Technician