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August 20, 2013


Jessica Faith StoddardIn special Member news, Steve Stoddard and family welcomed their newest addition, the lovely Jessica Faith Stoddard. She was born on Saturday, July 27th and is doing well. Congrats to Steve and his family!


Leadership Corner

Boards as Bridges
Nonprofit leaders have been struggling to develop strategies to find, and successfully secure, the funding necessary to meet the increased need for services that go hand-in-hand with tough times. Here I dissect one of those techniques—using board members as tools to champion nonprofit organizations to external stakeholders that may be able to open purse strings.


Cassalyn David
Cassalyn David is the Network Director of Santa Cruz County Adolescent Wellness Network

Member Q&A with Cassalyn David, Network Director with Santa Cruz County Adolescent Wellness Network

For this feature, we interviewed Cassalyn David, Network Director with Santa Cruz County Adolescent Wellness Network. Cassalyn was recognized as the 2013 New and Emerging Network Leader of the Year. Since joining NCHN, she has participated in the 2012 - 2013 Leadership Learning Community, presented at the 2013 NCHN Conference, and will be serving on the Program Development Committee and Evidence-Based Outcomes Task Force. Read on to find out more about Cassalyn and what's going on over at SCCAWN.


From the Desk of Rebecca Davis, Ph.D.

Here we are in mid-August! For some folks that means the start of a new school year, start of a new college experience, beginning of the empty nest syndrome, and for others new arrivals! Congratulations to Director Stephen Stoddard and his family on the arrival of their new daughter, Jessica Faith.

This month I only want to share one thing – if you have not reacted to the release of the Office of the Inspector General of Health and Human Services (HHS) report on Friday concerning the Critical Access Hospital program, please do so immediately! Read the full report here (pdf).


Jay Seifert
Rebecca Davis is the Executive Director of NCHN and lives in Montrose, Colorado
Chris Hopkins
Jim Ward serves as Telhealth Specialist with Virtual Care Works.

Nursing Expert Presents Virtually at National Conference

Secure video conference enables Margaret Fitzgerald to speak at Symposium in Copper, CO

Renowned speaker Margaret Fitzgerald was able to present at the 2013 National Nurse Practitioner Symposium in Copper Mountain, CO despite being two time zones and thousands of miles away. Attendees were able to listen to and interact with Fitzgerald through a secure videoconference platform provided by Virtual Care Works.


NCHN Calendar

Executive Committee Call
August 20, 2013 @ 11:00 AM ET

Coffee/Tea Chat with Dr. Chess
August 21, 2013 @ 12:00 PM ET

NCHN Board of Directors Call
September 10 @ 11:00 AM ET

NCHN Quarterly Informational Call
September 16 @ 2:00 PM ET




August Coffee/Tea Chat with Mary Kay Chess, Ph.D.
Wednesday, August 21 @ 12:00 PM ET; 11:00 AM CT; 10:00 AM MT; 9:00 AM PT; 8:00 AM AKST

A number of you are facing new changes to your network portfolio of products such as Lean Training or Health Insurance Marketplace Enrollments. These requests to participate in new product lines often mean you have a new customer base. We don't typically think about "network customers" and they probably haven't thought about a "network"! Let's examine these new requests through the lens of a customer! Who are they? What are they asking for and why? What would they consider "value" to look like? We'll also leave time for general questions. Call in details were delivered to your email boxes in the form of an Outlook invitation. Looking forward to the discussion on Wednesday’s Chat!


Member News

RWHC: "A Bit of History re the Development of Critical Access Hospitals" from Tim Size

RWHC: "Review & Commentary on Health Policy Issues for a Rural Perspective" Eye on Health, September 2013

HCC of Rural Missouri: Get Ready for the Health Insurance Marketplace!

Associate Member News

NRHRC: RAC's interview with Terry Hill in the Summier issue of The Rural Monitor

Partner News

LoneStart Wellness: August 2013 issue of Wellness in the Workplace



Funding Announcements

Rural Health IT Workforce Loan Fund
Will provide interest free loans to small healthcare provider offices throughout the Delta region to be used to install and adopt an electronic health records (EHR) system.
(Ongoing Acceptance)

Exploratory and Developmental Grant to Improve Health Care Quality through Health Information Technology (IT)
Funding to support short-term preparatory, pilot or feasibility studies that will inform larger scale real world health IT implementation and use or the conduct of more comprehensive health IT implementation research.
(Due November 16, 2013)

National Headlines

OIG Recommendation 'Would Kill Rural Health' » READ
Most CAHs Would Not Meet the Location Requirements if Required to Re-Enroll in Medicare » READ
The Frontier Extended Stay Clinic Model: A Potential Health Care Delivery Alternative for Small Rural Communities » READ
HHS Watchdog Says Rural Hospital Program Needs A Trim » READ
Broadband Availability: Geography Matters » READ
Rural EMS is in critical condition » READ
HHS Releases Updated List of Health Professional Shortage Areas » READ

ACA News

Obama Delays Implementing Another Part Of Affordable Care Act » READ
State Action Round-Up on Affordable Care Act Implementation » READ
Study: Critical Access & Small Hospitals Falling Behind in Meaningful Use » READ
HHS awards $67 million to Navigators and recognizes more than 100 organizations as Champions for Coverage » READ

HIT News

Pilots explore lack of health IT workers, funding for CAHs » READ
EHR meaningful use, information exchange rising, but digital divide remains » READ
HealthIT is an Opportunity for Job Creation in Rural Communities » READ
In rural ERs, kids get better care with telemedicine » READ


Upcoming Events

The Affordable Care Act: What You Need To Know
August 22, 2013 | 2:00 - 3:00 PM ET

National Provider Call: ICD-10 Basics
August 22, 2013 | 1:30 - 3:00 PM ET

Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP ) Overview Training
August 22, 2013 | 1:00 - 2:00 PM ET

The Future of Rural Health Webinar
August 23, 2013 | 12:00 PM MT
(Colorado Rural Health Center)

Connecting the Two Worlds: States Integrating Primary and Behavioral Health Care
August 29, 2013 | 12:30 - 2:00 PM ET

Training: Rural Health Grant Writing Institute
October 3, 2013 - February 20, 2014 | Denver, CO
(NOSORH | Reg. Fee: $500)

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