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April 1, 2014

NCHN Reminders

2014 Conference Registration is open
Save up to $150 when you register early

It's time to renew your NCHN membership
And you can do so with great speed here (estimated time to complete: <5 min).

Call for Nominations for NCHN Board of Directors
NCHN is accepting nominations to the Board for a 3 year term beginning May 1, 2014. Details are below.


Leadership Corner

RWHC's Leadership Insights: "S.M.A.R.T.ER Goals"
Most leaders know the difference between a generally stated goal such as, “I want to make things better in my department,” and a S.M.A.R.T. goal, “I will increase our department’s employee satisfaction score from the 60th percentile to the 70th percentile in the next 12 months, by implementing monthly employee rounding with all my employees.” It is S.M.A.R.T. because it is...


2014 Pre-Conference Workshop: How-to for Adding Value to Your Network

Date: June 17, 2014 | 2:00 - 5:30 PM
Workshop Fee: $50 waived when you register by June 2nd (courtesy of the National Rural Health Resource Center)

Rural health networks provide value to their members and contribute to the health and wellness of their communities with effective collaboration. This pre-conference training, discussion, and workshop is designed for rural health network leaders to improve skills, learn from stories, and build capacity for meaningful and impactful collaborations.


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2014 NCHN Annual Educational Conference
June 18-20, 2014 in St.Louis, MO
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NCHN Calendar

Leadership Learning Community Call
April 3, 2014 @ 12:00 PM ET

Evidence-Based Outcome Task Force Call
April 4, 2014 @ 4:00 PM ET

NCHN Board of Directors Call
April 8, 2014 @ 11:00 AM ET

2014 Conference Planning Committee Call
April 8, 2014 @ 3:00 PM ET

Membership Task Force Call
April 11, 2014 @ 2:00 PM ET

April Coffee/Tea Chat
April 17, 2014 @ 11:00 AM ET

Evidence-Based Outcomes Task Force Call
April 17, 2014 @ 4:00 PM ET

20th NCHN Annual Educational Conference
June 18-20, 2014 - St. Louis, MO




Call for Nominations for 2014 NCHN Board of Director Positions

Nominations for individuals interesting in serving as a Director of NCHN is currently open.  As a membership organization, NCHN is governed by a Board of Directors that is elected by the membership. Serving as a Director of NCHN is an excellent opportunity to expand your leadership skills, interact on a regular basis with your peers, and give back to the Association!

An email was distributed to current members that outlined the eligibility requirements for serving as a Director, along with the procedure to submit your interest in the position.  If you have questions or need additional information, please let Rebecca know. Letters of interest must contain the information outlined in the email and must be received by the end of the day on Friday, April 11, 2014. They should be sent to Rebecca.

The term will be for three years, May 1, 2014- April 30, 2017. The current number of Directors is nine (9) and up to three (3) directors will be elected.

Leadership Learning Community Call - “Yes! Influence and Leadership”
Thursday, April 3 Time: 12:00 PM ET
Call-in Info: Distributed through Save the Date Notice

In April, we continue to explore the leadership required in complex times through the lens of influence. Suddenly, we need to create alignments and partnerships with new parties. We may or may not know them well. We may not fully understand their work in communities or within the state. However, for sustainability in the middle of chaos, exploring and considering options and building our ability to lead through influence is essential to our success. We'll check back in on how conflict can assist in creating innovation; we'll re-examine our personal leadership qualities; and then, we'll look at how we will build our leadership muscle around influence. Don't forget the opportunity in front of you for gaining traction around your 30 day (through April 25th) stretch goal!

April Coffee/Tea Chat
Thursday, April 17 @ 11 AM ET
Call-in Info: Distributed through Save the Date Notice

Welcome to our Coffee & Tea Chat in April with Dr. Chess.  There is a reason there is a special designation for fools and laughter this month - laughter really is great medicine in times of stress.  This work of building and sustaining networks is demanding.  Yet, even in the middle of the heavy lifting and the brain strain, there is time for joy and laughter.  So, we'll pose the question: Isn't this fascinating?  This statement allows brave and willing leaders time to share something that is indeed fascinating around this engagement with community, state and national collaboration and change.   

We'll also have room to pose the more serious questions if you have a need for a consultation on a specific topic.  So, come prepared to exercise that other side of your network leadership - the laughter that can come from the unexpected and the entrepreneurial spirit that help networks thrive!

Network Member News

The Hospital Cooperative: Cooperative Connections (March 2014)

HCC of Rural Missouri: Marketplace Enrollment Ends Today!

Partner News

SNHPA (via Twitter): Rural America Needs 340B Drug Discount Program

NRHA: 37th Annual Rural Health Conference is April 22-25 in Las Vegas


Funding Announcements

Grants for Transportation of Veterans in Highly Rural Areas
Purpose: Funding to organizations that assist veterans in rural areas with transportation to VA medical centers and other VA and non-VA facilities for medical care.
(Deadline: May 27, 2014)

Innovative Approaches to Improve Community Health
Purpose: Supports promising new practices that serve vulnerable populations by advancing prevention, improving access, and integrating primary community and clinical care.

National Headlines

ICD-10/Extender Update (from NARHC) » READ
Congress to Pass Bill to Stop Cut to Medicare Docs » READ
New Rural Mental Health and Substance Abuse Toolkit Launched » READ
Rural SC hospitals explore avenues for help » READ
Roundup: Recruiting Rural Students » READ
AHA launches 'My Hospital' digital video campaign » READ
County Health Rankings Show People Living in Least Healthy Counties Twice as Likely to Have Shorter Lives than People Living in Healthiest Counties » READ
House approves 'doc fix' in voice vote » READ
A More and More Metropolitan America » READ

ACA News

Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; Exchange and Insurance Market Standards for 2015 and Beyond » READ
The Affordable Care Act's Medicaid Expansion: Alternative State Approaches » READ
Affordable Care Act Enrollment Figures: A Tale of State Contrasts » READ
Speak Your Piece: The ACA in Rural PA » READ
What Americans Pay for Health Insurance Under the ACA » READ

HIT News

HHS releases tech tool to assess health IT security risks » READ
Expanding Funds for Health IT in Tennessee’s Poorest Rural Counties » READ
CMS to extend EHR attestation for certain Method II EPs » READ
Some States Lag in Using Electronic Health Records » READ


Upcoming Events

County Health Rankings & Roadmaps 101 & New Website Tour
April 1, 2014 | 2:00 - 3:00 PM
(County Health Rankings & Roadmaps)

Realizing Rural Care Coordination: Considerations and Action Steps for State Policymakers
April 2, 2014 | 2:00 - 3:15 PM ET

Road to 10: The Clinical Practice's Route to ICD-10
April 2, 2014 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM CT

Webinar: How can we transform the workforce to meet the needs of a transformed health system?
April 9, 2014 | 2:00 - 3:00 PM ET
(Health Workforce Technical Assistance Center)

How to Register for the PQRS Group Practice Reporting Option in 2014 April 10, 2014 | 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM ET

Selecting and Vetting Specialty Providers for Telemedicine
April 17, 2014 | 1:00 - 2:00 PM CT
(Heartland Telehealth)

NRHA 37th Annual Rural Health Conference
April 22-25, 2014 | Las Vegas, NV

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