Julie Stephens, RH-CBS
Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH)
Rural Health – Coding and Billing
Opioids, Pain Management and Medical Assisted Treatment (MAT) Project ECHO
Hometown: Morehead, KY
Julie Stephens has been with the Kentucky Rural Healthcare Information Organization since May 2015. In her role as Project Director, she leads a formal network of FQHC’s, RHC’s, Primary Care Clinics and hospital systems to implement PCMH principals for increased quality outcomes. Her specialized training in Patient Centered Medical Home for both the 2014 and 2017 standards have allowed her to provide a high level of technical assistance ensuring maximized quality care for patients in rural Kentucky. She also leads a formal network of FQHC’s, RHC’s, Primary Care Clinics and hospital systems in “Project ECHO” with Opioid, Pain Management and Medical Assisted Treatment bi-weekly didactics and case presentations to assist providers with education and multi-disciplinary suggestions for difficult cases providing opioid dependent patients quality care. Julie brings to KRHIO over 14 years of health care experience working previously with medical students and all types of healthcare professionals.
Why did you want to get involved in rural healthcare?
Since my grandparents lived in a rural area, I have always had a soft spot for rural communities and the healthcare services they provide. Opportunities with medical students opened my eyes to the shortage of healthcare providers in rural areas. My passion is developing programs that center around improving the quality of life to those living in rural communities.