HPV Vaccination Education Program

The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) is partnering with Southwest Virginia Graduate Medical Education to provide education around the importance of HPV vaccine uptake to protect youth from HPV-associated cancers.

If you are:

  1. A RN/MD interested in both or either of the following:
    1. A grand rounds presentation of the CDC’s You Are the Key to Cancer Prevention at Johnston Memorial Hospital with a Q&A discussion and free CE credit. You can facilitate the presentation and/or be a resource throughout the presentation.
    2. Panelist at a free public showing of Someone You Love (SYL) documentary with a discussion/Q & A after the documentary. SYL explores the journey of 5 women and their diagnosis of an HPV-associated cancer. A free CE is available for watching the film.
  2. A faith leader interested in both or either of the following:
    1. Attending a presentation about HPV vaccine by VDH staff and participating in a discussion about the challenges & solutions of HPV vaccine uptake in the faith community.
    2. Panelist at the free SYL showing (see above).

Please email Tira Hanrahan, Adolescent Immunization Coordinator of VDH, at tira.hanrahan@vdh.virignia.gov for more information
or call her at (804) 864 – 8073.



Rural Health Documentation & Coding Bootcamp


Become a Rural Health Coding & Billing Specialist
October 24-25, 2017

This class is designed for clinical personnel (MD, DO, NP, PA, RN), coders, billers, EHR professionals, facility and financial managers that work in Rural Health Clinics and small rural hospitals.

Full attendance includes the live training sessions worth 11 CEUs with class slides, a 90 day ARHPC membership that extends to one year if you pass the exam, the billing webinars, and the testing fee for the optional certification exam.

Upon completing both sections of class (as verified by registration information maintained by VRHA and ARHPC) authorized attendees will be able to take an optional 100 question online certification examination.  If a score of 75% is achieved, a certification of Rural Health Coding & Billing Specialist (RH-CBS) will be provided by the Association for Rural & Community Health Professional Coding.

Why attend?

  • With the April 2016 requirement by CMS to require RHCs to provide HCPCS code-level detail (CPT and HCPCS-2) – it has never been more important to make sure you are documenting and coding for 100% of what is done. Billing is not supposed to change – but if you aren’t documenting and coding correctly, revenue may be left on the table!  Increase revenue and reduce compliance risks.
  • We will present a detailed review of the AMA’s 2017 CPT Professional Edition from the perspective of rural health focusing on the services typically provided by Rural Health Clinics and small rural hospitals. We will focus on the guidelines that appear before and after key coding sections that rarely are accessible to providers and coders/billers in their EHRs and encoder software.
  • With Information Technology finding its way into more areas of medical facilities the difference between clinical documentation, professional coding, and medical billing have never been more important.
  • We will limit the review of codes that will rarely or never be performed in community health – but will review the CPT cover to cover including guidelines, appendices, and modifiers with focus on level of visits and preventive services


Location: Southern Virginia Higher Education Center
Room: Innovation Center
820 Bruce Street
South Boston, VA 24592

$25/ person – Virginia Rural Health Clinic Coalition members
$150/ person – VRHA members
$350/person – non members

(Includes lunch each day, class slides, 90 day ARHPC membership, billing webinars, and exam fee for optional RH-CBS credential)

*These prices will go up on October 5th.  All registrations must be received by October 19th.


Get those HftH Registrations in!

We are excited to be hosting Head for the Hills 2017 in the Breaks Interstate Park and it seems you all are just as eager to attend; we only have lodging for 4 attendees (and family) remaining!

If you have been waiting to sign up, the time to do so is now.  We cannot guarantee housing after our block of rooms is fully reserved (we will still accept attendees for the sessions, but lodging will be your own responsibility). To help you decide if this year’s event is for you, one of our session summaries is below.

Josh Dalton, DO: Common Contributors to Pain in Outpatient Medicine – What are the most common reasons people seek treatment for pain in general practice, and what are some practical ways to treat these without prescription? Learn how to implement exercise, yoga, spirituality, even some good clean fun into diverting patients from what hurts to what heals.


Americorps VISTA Opportunity!

SWVa GMEC is excited to announce that we have been approved for  an Americorps VISTA position starting this September.

Often referred to as the domestic Peace Corps, Americorps VISTAs are appointed for a year long term to help combat contributors to poverty in their local communities. VISTAs receive a stipend and other benefits to assist them with cost of living expenses during their year of service.

GMEC’s VISTA will focus on community outreach, educating the public on healthcare access issues and on what legal requirements local hospitals and clinics must follow. The VISTA would be the community outreach arm, taking information to the public and gathering information on the understanding, perception, and use of existing or proposed resident and clinical outreaches. The VISTA would also work with legislative and community organizations to support the project.

If you are interested in learning more or applying, please visit our position posting. Applications will be accepted through August 31, 2017.

HFTH 2017: Breaking Down Silos: What Narcotic Agents want Doctors to Know

The theme for this year’s Head for the Hills Conference & Retreat is Prescription Addiction.  GMEC has gathered some of the leading experts on prescription drug misuse from around the state and the surrounding Appalachian region, and we are excited to let them share their knowledge with you!

Over the next several weeks, we will be sharing guest blogs and synopses from many of these featured experts as an introduction to their upcoming presentations at HftH 2017. This week’s featured speaker is Phil Hagwood, Senior Special Agent, Virginia State Police.

Breaking Down Silos: What Narcotic Agents want Doctors to Know. 

Enough with the silos! Here’s what law enforcement can do to help Prescribers, and vice versa. Practical approaches to a very public problem: signs doctors should look for, ways information flow can save lives, and simple steps to easy communication with offices and officers on what’s happening in your area.

And if you haven’t gotten around to it yet, don’t forget to reserve your seat!