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Michigan Center for Rural Health Michigan State University



The venue is located at the Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort 6800 Soaring Eagle Blvd., Mt. Pleasant, MI 48858



You may also register via paper version. CLICK HERE for paper registration form and paper PAYMENT FORM to the MCRH office via email, fax, or mail. 


Thank you for your interest in exhibiting at the 2016 Michigan Rural Health conference. Exhibitor space has reached capacity.  Sponsorship opportunities are still available and include registration for one conference representatives. Additional conference representatives may be registered at a cost of $100/person. Please take a look at the available sponsorship opportunities by CLICK HERE ONLINE FOR EXHIBITOR PROSPECTUS or CLICK HERE for paper verison of the exhibior prosectus.  If your organization is interested in hosting a game during the Rural County Fair, please take a few moments to fill out the GAME PROPOSAL.  This is a fun way to showcase your organization and visit with attendees. 

CLICK HERE for conference and exhibit shipment information to Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort. 

  • All Participants and Exhibitors are to make their own hotel arrangements.
  • Room rates are $110 per room per night.
  • Register online to receive the reduced room rate at with group code-INDPAY041816 or call 1-877-2EAGLE2 and ask to reserve a room under the RURAL HEALTH CONFERENCE block.
  • Accommodatiomns are held at this rate until March 28, 2016.

Our website will be updated with conference information as it becomes available. Check back often for updates. 

Thursday, April 21, 2016
7:00-8:15am Registration and Continental Breakfast with Exhibitors - Sponsored by Video Guidance 
8:15-9:30am Federal Update on Rural Health Issues
Brock Slabach, MPH, FACHE, Senior Vice President for Member Services, National Rural Health Association 
9:30-10:30am Challenges and Opportunities- Managing Rural Population Health
Lynn Barr, MPH, Chief Transformation Officer, National Rural ACO
Care-Connected Communities in Rural Healthcare
Doug Dietzman, Executive Director, Great Lakes Health Connect 
10:30-11:00am  Break & Visit with the Exhibitors
11:00-11:45am Practical Approach to the National Quality Strategy Triple Aim
Ed Gamache, Owner Fouth Aim Consulting, LLC. 
Improving Access to Care Using Telemedicine
David Friar, MD, SFHM, President, iNDIGO Health Partner and Susan Willis, PhD., PA-C, FHM, Vice President of Clinical Program Development, iNDIGO Health Partners 
12:00-1:00pm Lunch and Awards - Sponsored by Hall Render Killian Heath and Lyman
1:15-2:15pm RHC Survey Process, Common Deficiencies 
Kate Hill, RN, Vice President of Clinical Services, The Compliance Team, Inc. and Robic Veltkamp, Vice President Medical Compliance and Consulting Services, Health Services Associates, Inc. 
Dietitians- Don't Overlook this Critical Component of you Multidisciplinary Team
Meghan Sheridan, RD, CDE, Consultant/MiPCT Project Manager, CareBridge, Medical Advantage Group, Jon Broek, RD, Dietitian Care Manager, Medical Advantage Group

Pharmacists- the Unsung Heroes of a Multidisciplinary Team
Meghan Sheridan, RD, CDE, Consultant/ MiPCT Project Manager, CareBridge, Medical Advantage Group, Thanh D. Ta, PharmD, Senior Care Manager, Medical Advantage Group
2:15-2:45pm Show Me the Money- Making Billing Count!
Candace L. Lewis, MBA, CPC, Director, Revenue Cycle Management, Medical Advantage Group
PBM+MedNow: An Integrated Model for Behavioral Healthcare
Kiran Taylor, MD, Division Chief of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, Spectrum Health and Shirley Burrows, MedNow Coordinator, Spectrum Health, Lindsay Seppala, BSW, Operations Specialist - Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, Spectrum Health Medical Group, Suma Cherukuri DO, Adult Psychiatrist - Telepsychiatry, Spectrum Health
2:45-3:15pm  Break & Visit with the Exhibitors - Sponsored by The Compliance Team
3:15-4:15pm  Lessons Learned in Care Management
Meghan Sheridan, RD, CDE, Consultant/MiPCT Project Manager, Medical Advantage Group

PCMH-Neighborhood: Beyond the Practice!
Alissa Folger, Practice Transformation Coach, Medical Advantage Group
MACRA Compliance Implications for Medicare Providers and What to Expect with APM and MIPS
Thomas Wolff, JD, Vice President of Client Services, Medical Advantage Group
4:15-5:00pm Care Coordination between the Rural Health Clinics and the Hospital
Liz Monk, RN, BSN, Director of Care Coordination, Munson Healthcare Grayling Hospital and Mike Johnson, MBA, Director of Practice Operations and Surgical Services, Munson Healthcare Grayling Community Physician Network
Revitalize the Health & Vitality of your Community
Patrick Sustrich, Vice President of Health and Wellness/ Executive Director, Hayes Green Beach Memorial Hospital/ AL!VE
5:15-6:60pm Rural County Fair and Reception - Drink Tickets Sponsored by Net Revenue Associates
Friday, April 22, 2016
7:00-8:00am Continental Breakfast & Visit with Exhibitors -Sponsored by CG Financial/One American and MCN Healthcare
8:00-9:00am Essential Skills for Healthcare Leaders: How to Manage and Influence Performance
Chris Calderone, Lean Healthcare Consultant, Altarum Institute
CMU Breakfast and Panel Discussion
Hedy Luke, Provider Recruitment Coordinator/Practice Manager- East End, MidMichigan Health, Jessica J. Garden Rose, M. Ed., PA, Associate Program Director and Director of Assessment, Assistant Professor, Central Michigan University

(CMU PA Students Only)
9:00-10:00am Subutex Program in Rural Upper Pennisula (Opiate Presentation)
Mindy Flanigan, LMSW, CAADC, Clinical Supervisor BHS, UP Health Systems Marquette
Telehealth in a Value Based Purchasing Healthcare Delivery World
Becky Sanders, Program Director, Upper Midwest Telehealth Resource Center
10:00-10:30am Break & Visit with the Exhibitors 
10:30-11:45am Health Law Update 
Brian Bauer, Esq., Hall Render Killian Heath and Lyman 
11:45am Adjourn



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