Rural Health Care Summit

June 1, 2017 to June 2, 2017

Salem Convention Center
200 Commercial Street SE
Salem, OR 97301
Croisan Creek Rooms (second floor)

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The Summit will take place June 1 and 2 at the Salem Conference Center in Salem, Oregon. The Summit will be a two-day meeting for small and rural hospital members to come together to discuss current legislative events as well as highlights of our statewide transformation programs currently underway.

Thursday, June 1 will focus on educational content that aligns with the RHRI Rural Road Map, including strategies for effective governing boards and integrating behavioral health into primary care; Friday, June 2 will then center around the Oregon legislative session and Federal policy, including a panel discussion with Oregon legislators.

The OAHHS Rural Health Care Summit is open to all Oregon hospitals CEOs and members of their executive team.


  • Thursday, June 1 from 11:30 a.m. - 5:15 p.m.
    • Reception with Legislators to follow from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
    • NOTE: The session from 11:30 to 1:00 p.m. is targeted toward critical access hospitals participating in the post-acute care program through Allevant.  Other members are welcome to attend.
  • Friday, June 2 from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Highlighted Presentations:

  • Making Governance Matter: Advancing Rural Hospital Governing Health and Wellness - Larry Walker, The Walker Company

Rural hospital CEOs face varied and significant challenges in navigating today’s highly uncertain, complex and ever-transforming health care environment.  While most CEOs agree that a high-performing board is an important asset in hospital success, research consistently shows that hospital governing boards of all types and sizes have significant shortcomings in the quality and consistency of their governing practices and performance.  Rural hospital boards, in particular, are often ill-equipped to provide the policy and strategic leadership needed to help ensure optimal achievement of the hospital’s mission and vision. 

This program will highlight the “governance diseases” that can put boards in the “leadership ICU,” and discuss the underlying causes of these conditions.  Attendees will anonymously answer questions about their own governance using participant polling technology, and receive real-time insights about governance challenges and practices of their colleagues’ boards.  Larry Walker will also present recommended strategies for improving rural hospital governing health and wellness.

  • Integrating Behavioral Health Services into Primary Care- An Accountable Care Strategy with Billable Services - Sue Dietz, Caravan Health

According to CMS, the top 5% most resource intensive patients suffer from comorbidities that include behavioral health conditions.  More than half of those with a diagnosis of depression don’t receive adequate care and most counties in the US lack sufficient behavioral health resources. The session will demonstrate how primary care practices can adopt accountable care strategies that include integrated behavioral health services that can improve access to services, and result in better health outcomes for patients.  These strategies include providing services through the Psychiatric Collaborative Care Model, and billing for services through new billing codes recently approved by CMS.

Objective 1: Participants will understand the definition of integrated behavioral health services and learn how billable services can be provided by primary care providers and clinics to ensure that patients have access to behavioral health services, through a patient centered approach that results in enhanced patient outcomes.

Objective 2:  Participants will learn about the Psychiatric Collaborative Care Model for integrated behavioral health and understand the research supporting the use of the model.

Objective 3:  Participants will gain knowledge of the billing opportunities for different provider types (Rural Health Clinics, Provider based RHCs, and fee for service clinics) to provide integrated behavioral health services including: obesity related behavioral health services; depression screenings; alcohol screening and intervention; and, smoking cessation behavioral health services.


Click here for a full agenda for the Summit.

Contact Information: 

Katie Harris

RHRI Member Resource Library

Small & Rural Hospital members: to access meeting materials, project plans and reports, click here .