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"Providing advocacy, education, networking & resources to Illinois' rural health community."

Welcome to the
Illinois Rural Health Association

First organized in 1989, the Illinois Rural Health Association (IRHA) is a collaborative association comprised of hospitals, Federally Qualified Health Centers, Rural Health Clinics, public health departments, individual clinicians, educational institutions, students and elected officials, whose mission is to strengthen health systems for rural residents and communities through advocacy, education, networking and leadership.

IRHA Executive Director Margaret Vaughn can be reached at 217-280-0206 or


Illinois Rural Health Happenings

Aug 9-10th, 2023 at the I-Hotel Champaign
IL Rural Health Assn Annual Educational Conference

 Click here for more information

IRHA Spring Webinar Series

Tuesday, May 23rd at 1:00 pm
Meeting RHC Accreditation through Compliance|
resented by Elsie Crawford RN, MST, Quad A Medicare Surveyor

This webinar will cover:

  • Certification process required by Medicare
  • Basic knowledge of what the surveyor looks for
  • Understand the connection between compliance and accreditation
Thursday, June 15th, at 1:00 pm
RHC Billing Overview 2023
Presented by Charles James, North American Healthcare Management Services


This webinar provide a RHC billing overview of the essential components of claim requirements and service reporting.  We will look at providers, locations, bundling incident-to services, Non-RHC Services, patient co-insurance/deductible, and claim examples.  The status of Telehealth after the PHE will be reviewed.  Specialists, Visiting Nurse services, multiple encounters, procedures in the clinic, and global billing periods in the RHC will also be discussed.  We will discuss are variety of changes that have been implemented with Behavioral Health providers, in particular.  

Wednesday, June 21st at 1:00 pm
Rural Health Telemedicine - Challenges & Opportunities Since the 2022 Cures Act

Presented by Doug Rasmussen of Centiblick


This webinar will provide:

  • A historical perspective concerning Electronic Health Records and telehealth care
  • An overview of the 2022 Cures Act and new CPT codes for telehealth reimbursement
  • Point of origin and remote site charges creating high profit incentives while providing high quality care
  • Threats to rural health organizations from large organization competition
  • Competitive advantages for rural health organizations with high function telemedicine health services.



    9211 Waterfall Glen Blvd. | Darien, Illinois 60561 
    Phone: 217-280-0206
    Fax: 630-357-3059

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