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The Essential Learning Series is an affordable online learning experience offering industry-specific training to help health care professionals level up their skill set and achieve career goals.

Each topic features three live, interactive modules, led by subject matter and industry experts, that explore insights and share peer-to-peer best practices. Participants also will review case studies and real-time industry updates to prepare them to develop and execute strategies in their own organizations. The curriculum clearly outlines learning objectives and outcomes required for participants to achieve content mastery and earn professional development credits.

The Essential Learning Series topics will encompass myriad content areas, including, but not limited to:

    • human resources (workforce optimization);
    • safety net financing;
    • telehealth (health care information technology, HIPAA, electronic medical record management); and
    • health care analytics.

Upcoming Series

Safety Net Financing: Beyond the Basics

Dates: March 8, 15, 22 

Time: 2 – 3:15 pm ET


Safety Net Financing and Policy: Beyond the Basics teaches junior staff members the foundation of policies and practices specific to the finances of hospitals with a safety net mission. In three 75-minute live sessions, this online series examines safety net financing through the lens of legislative, regulatory, and operational forces that shape these hospitals’ work. 

  • Module 1: Understanding the Policy Process — Explore in depth the policymaking process from a federal perspective. Learn about how policies form, how a bill becomes a law, and the congressional committees central to health care lawmaking. You’ll also learn about regulatory and subregulatory processes, including timelines, public comment opportunities, and finding and tracking supporting documents and data. 
  • Module 2: Medicaid Policy — Learn about the unique aspects of the federal and state partnership, including program basics, elements of financing the nonfederal share of Medicaid, and state and local financing opportunities. Key topics include the federal medical assistance percentage (FMAP), disproportionate share hospital (DSH) payments, supplemental payments, directed payments, and provider assessments. 
  • Module 3: Other Safety Net Payments and Policies — Gain insight on finance policy topics important to hospitals that fill a safety net role. Key topics include relevant aspects of Medicare, such as cost reports and site-neutral payments, and the 340B Drug Pricing Program, including program history, eligibility, compliance, and outlook. 


Upon completing this learning series, participants will be able to:  

  • Articulate the core principles and fundamentals of safety net funding. 
  • Create strategies that help hospitals and other health care organizations meet current and future funding needs. 
  • Develop effective communication strategies to influence policymakers and advocate hospital financial priorities. 

Join us to engage in peer-to-peer learning and interactive reviews, gain new technical expertise, and explore best practices. Learn current industry insights as context for your organizations’ processes, practices, and funding decisions. 

We will provide a digital binder of pertinent resources.  


  • Member: $149 
  • Nonmember: $249 


Requests for refunds must be received in writing by March 1. No refunds will be granted after March 1. For more information on refund and program cancelation policies, please contact our office at 202.585.0100 or email

This learning series will award American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) continuing education credits. To receive full credit hours, you must be present for all three sessions and register your attendance via digital login and logoff on the Zoom educational platform.  

Who Should Attend:  

  • Revenue cycle managers 
  • Analysts 
  • Billing managers/directors. 
  • Internal auditors. 
  • Compliance and coding professionals. 
  • Programmers and program managers. 
  • Deputy directors. 
  • General accountants. 
  • Reimbursement managers/directors. 
  • Quality Connection professionals.

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Early to Intermediate

Delivery Method: Group Live

Questions? Contact Vashon Coehins, manager of education, at


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