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The Association for Rural & Community Health Professional Coding offers the nation's only training and optional certification that tailors the content to the services performed in America's Rural and Community Health Clinics. 

We offer live 2 day bootcamps or online self-study options.


  • With the April 2016 requirement by CMS to require RHCs to provide HCPCS code-level detail (CPT and HCPCS-II) – 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!  FQHCs had a similar change last year and still need quality education!
  • We will present a detailed review of the AMA’s CPT Professional Edition from the perspective of rural health focusing on the services typically provided by RHCs and small rural hospitals/emergency rooms.
  • 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 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.
  • We will limit the review of codes that will rarely or never be performed in your facility setting – but will review the CPT cover to cover including guidelines, appendices, and modifiers with focus on level of visits and preventive services.


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 or related Rural facilities + Community Health Centers and Federally Qualified Health Centers.

Team-based training works best!  We sometimes have an Early Bird Special for the first couple weeks of a class that is Buy 2 Get 1 Free so you can bring your clinical colleagues for free!


what is being taught?

The Rural or Community Health Clinical Documentation/Coding portion will be taught live from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. over the course of 2 days.   The Rural or Community Health Billing portion will be taught via 2-3 hours of webinar training and must be completed before taking the optional exam.


earning the rural or community health coding and billing certification

Upon completing both sections of class authorized attendees will be able to take a 100 question online examination.  If a score of 70% is achieved, a certification of Rural Health Coding & Billing Specialist (RH-CBS) or Community Health Coding & Billing Specialist (RH-CBS or CH-CBS) will be provided by the Association for Rural Health Professional Coding.  Full attendance includes the live training sessions, a one year ARHPC membership, the billing webinars, and the testing fee.


after you pass the optional exam

A certificate suitable for framing will be provided along with annual CEU renewal requirements and membership dues based upon the date of the class they attend.  If the test is not passed the first time a free re-test is available.  The test must be taken within 60 days of the last day of class or a fee of $75 will be charged.  To maintain the certification, CEU requirements must be met along with payment of membership dues payable one year after the date of the class attended.  

To maintain your RH-CBS or CH-CBS credential you must earn 14 CEUs each year with at 6 coming from ARHPC educational sessions (e.g. webinars, in-person class, eLearning, etc.).


cost= $399 per person (Prices may vary depending on State)

Some state rural health and/or primary care associations pay for the class for you!  If you have a contact at your state office -- have them contact us about this option.

Other certifications make you study procedures and services you will never perform (anesthesia, major surgeries, radiation oncology, interventional radiology, etc) -- we only focus on services that you perform in rural and community health and we charge almost $1000 less!

required class materials

Though you likely use encoder software and EHRs to assign codes -- they do not contain the coding guidelines from the AMA in the CPT, CMS documentation guidelines, nor the clinical documentation requirements from the ICD-10 Cooperating Parties that are in the actual manual.

·       2019 – CPT (AMA’s Professional Edition recommended) available from ARHPC's Online Bookstore

·       2019 – HCPCS II Code Manualavailable from ARHPC's Online Bookstore

·       2019 – ICD-10-CMavailable for from ARHPC's Online Bookstore


We also have an e/m chart auditing bootcamp and online options available

CLICK HERE to see our live bootcamps or CLICK HERE to see our online training

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