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April 2, 2013

NCHN Reminders

The NCHN Conference starts in just 2 weeks! If you plan to attend, register as soon as possible. A lodging scholarship for a first-time attendee is announced below!

If you missed the NCHN Informational Call on the FCC Health Connect Program and NRHA Update, it is available for reply until April 25, 2013. The access # is 866-455-0584.

The April Coffee/Tea Chat with Dr. Chess has been cancelled. Details for the next chats will be sent out via email and included in the newsletter.


Leadership Corner

RWHC's Leadership Insights: "Culture Rules"
The best leaders confirm that culture matters, and many even say it trumps strategy. But how do you get your arms around making an impact as an individual on this vague thing called culture?

Leaders Who Turn Risk into Results
Dr. Gilfillan envisioned a new kind of health care, enrolled others to help him, and engaged them to make his vision of better care, better health, and lower costs a reality.

Carolyn Bruce
Carolyn Bruce is Executive Director of Western Healthcare Alliance

MEMBER Q&A with Carolyn Bruce, Western Healthcare Alliance

For this feature, we interviewed Carolyn Bruce, Executive Director of Western Healthcare Alliance in Grand Junction, Colorado. In 2011, Carolyn was recognized as NCHN's Outstanding Network Leader of the Year. Under her leadership, WHA has grown to become a profitable, multi-million dollar network with four separate limited liability companies and a staff of over 75 employees. WHA is comprised of 26 full members and 39 affiliate members. WHA is a founding member of NCHN and an excellent model of a successful network.


Monthly Column: Wellness Tips from Jay Seifert

Walking the Talk: What’s A Leader to do?

Today’s leaders are aware of the impact the declining health status of their members is having on their organizations.  Most leaders understand that a well-conceived initiative to improve the health of their members will deliver multiple organizational benefits that go far beyond cost savings.  Yet, for many organizations, implementing such an initiative remains a “back burner” issue.

The reasons most often given for not addressing the health status of an organization include:


Jay Seifert
Jay Seifer is co-founder of LoneStart Wellness. He will be a monthly wellness guest columnist for the NCHN e-News and blog.

NCHN Calendar

April Coffee/Tea Chat with Dr. Chess

Conference Planning Committee Call
Tuesday, April 9 @ 2:00 PM ET

19th NCHN Annual Educational Conference
April 16 - 19, 2013
New Orleans, Louisiana

Annual Membership Meeting
Wednesday, April 17 @ 8:00 AM
New Orleans, Louisiana

BULLS & Transformers Final Face to Face Meeting
Friday, April 19, 2013 | 7:00 - 8:45 AM
New Orleans, Louisiana




2013 - 2014 Dues Assessments

Renewals for 2013-2014 NCHN Membership may be submitted at this time. As a reminder, the NCHN Board voted a 10% increase in dues for the upcoming year and revised the definition on how dues are to be assessed. If you have questions about your 2013-2014 dues, please contact Rebecca. 



Notice of Annual Membership Meeting

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Annual Meeting of Voting Members of the National Cooperative of Health Networks Association (NCHN) will take place at 8:00 a.m. local time on April 17, 2013, at the Omni Royal Orleans Hotel in the Promenade Room in conjunction with the Association’s 19th Annual Educational Conference – “All that Jazz!,” in New Orleans, Louisiana. Voting Members, as defined in Article III of the Company’s Bylaws, shall be entitled to cast one vote each, in person or by proxy, on all matters properly coming before the meeting. Only Voting Members of record at the close of business on April 1, 2013, are entitled to vote at the Annual Meeting and any adjournment thereof. All eligible members will receive a proxy to exercise their voting rights by email. The purpose of the meeting shall be: 

To elect directors, pursuant to action of the Board of Directors on March 25, 2013 to continue the number of directors for 2013-2014 at nine (9) with the election of four  (4) directors in Class C to serve until the 2016 Annual Meeting of Voting Members; and to transact such other business as may properly come before the meeting and any adjournments thereof. 

Meet the Candidates:

Deena Dodd
Deena Dodd, Indiana Statewide Rural Health Network, IN
Heather Fuller
Heather Fuller, Sunflower Health Network, KS
Stacie Pace
Stacie Pace, Southeast Oklahoma Rural Health Network, Inc., OK
Steve Stoddard
Steve Stoddard, Southwest Idaho Community Health Network, ID


2013 NCHN Conference Lodging Scholarship: Winner Announced
Thanks to the generosity of the Omni Royal Orleans hotel, a first-time conference attendee is receiving a certificate for two nights lodging and dinner to be used during the conference. Cassalyn David, Director of Santa Cruz County Adolescent Wellness Network, has been selected as the winner of the scholarship.

In her own words:

"This is an exciting and crucial point in my network's development. SCCAWN is approaching its critical last year of HRSA Network Development Grant funding and our sustainability planning process is well under way. The 2013 NCHN Annual Educational Conference will be an opportunity for me to gain more in-depth knowledge and skills around evaluation, sustainability, communications, board engagement, and more. I value the connections I made at the September Leadership Summit, including participation in the BULLS program, and know it is essential at this point in my career and my network's development that I continue to forge meaningful connections with my colleagues."

"I look forward to sharing my research and experience with participants and learning from their input in my presentation on Crafting Value Propositions for Vertical Networks. This is an important piece of sustainability and I value the expertise of other vertical network leaders. In the coming year I plan to enhance my network's communications, outreach, board development, and sustainability, and the support, information, and skills I gain from the NCHN Conference will be essential in these and other initiatives."

Member News

Heartland Health Alliance: Raising the Bar on Quality & Safety in Rural Hospitals

HCC of Rural Missouri: HCC Bord Member Suzanne Gladney Featured on KCPT's "Makers"

Health Future LLC has launched a new website

West Central Ohio Regional Alliance: Wellness Blog

Associate Member News

NRHRC held its RHITND Grantee Meeting: Agrenda & Presentations


Funding Announcements

Roadmaps to Health Prize
The Roadmaps to Health Prize honors outstanding community efforts and partnerships that are helping people live healthier lives. The prize honors whole communities, so community members are strongly encouraged to collaborate with one another on the application. (Due May 23, 2013)

Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA) for Delta Health Care Services Grants
The Delta Health Care Services Grant Program is designed to provide financial assistance to address the continued unmet health need in the Delta Region through cooperation among health care professionals, institutions of higher education, research institutions, and other entities in the Delta Region. (Due May 28, 2013)

all that jazz - it's almost that time!
  • Register online here
  • Make Hotel Reservations here
  • View the Agenda here
    Session descriptions have been updated
  • See this year's Speakers here
  • Plan Your Trip here

National Headlines

Not-for-Profit Hospitals Tighten Oversight as Revenues Fall » READ
10 Technologies Hospital Leaders Should be Watching » READ
State Health Insurance Exchanges: Assessing Rural Implications of Statutes » READ
Telemedicine: A (Partial) Solution To Healthcare Problems » READ
Resource: SCRHRC Releases Dental Sealant Utilization Among Rural and Urban Children Report » READ
Petition: Create a Caregiver Corps that would include debt forgiveness for college graduates to care for our elders » READ
County Health Rankings Show Healthiest and Least Healthy Counties in Every State » READ
Moran backs bill promoting rural docs » READ
Economic changes hurt the bottom line for rural hospitals » READ
Deaths and Births in Rural Counties » READ
RAC Seeks Project Examples Addressing Rural Mental Health & Substance Abuse » READ
CMS finalizes rule on Medicaid expansion payments » READ
If the Phone Doesn't Ring, It's Rural America » READ
Rural cancer care may be closer than you think » READ New HIT Success Stories Posted » READ
ICD-10 Implementation Guide for Small and Medium Practices » READ
Physician Compliance Change for RHCs, CAHs, and FQHCs » READ
CMS publishes Stage 2 Meaningful Use, 2014 CQM toolkit » READ


Upcoming Events

State & Federal Young Adult Dependent Coverage Expansion Policies: Further Analysis and New Questions
April 2, 2013 | 1:30 - 2:30 PM ET
(SHARE webinar)

Potential Impacts of the Affordable Care on Safety Net Providers in 2014
April 3, 2013 @ 12:00 PM EDT

Medicare Shared Savings Program Application Process National Provider Call: Preparing to Apply
April 9, 2013 | 2:30 - 4:00 PM EDT

Rural Health Update and 340b Issues
April 11, 2013 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM CDT

Midwest Rural Healthcare Study: Changing Behaviors, Building Revenue
April 18, 2013 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM CDT
(Legato Healthcare Marketing)

ASHP Live Webinar: Pharmacist Relevance in Small and Rural Hospitals Under Healthcare Reform: An Executive Overview
April 18, 2013 | 2:00 - 3:00 PM EDT
(National Rural Health Association)

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