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August 5, 2014

NCHN Reminders

The 2014 Network Leader Salary & Benefit Report was released in late July and was sent to all who completed it. If you have not received the report or if you did not complete it and wish to purchase a copy, please contact Christy.

Success Stories: Submit your network's program/project/story to be published on the Rural Assistance Center website and



Leadership Corner

by Jo Anne Preston, RWHC
When it comes to communicating at turning points, I am a fan of stating the obvious. When something seems obvious, we often decide not to voice our thinking, and sometimes this can be a missed opportunity to make things better. Here are three such communication junctures where leaders can make a big difference in the long run, and some ways to “say it.”


Karen Nichols
Karen Nichols, Executive Director of Upper Midlands Rural Health Network

Meet Karen Nichols, Executive Director of Upper Midlands Rural Health Network

Karen Nichols became the Executive Director for the Upper Midlands Rural Health Network (UMRHN) in June 2014. UMRHN is a 501(c)(3) founded in 2004 with a mission to improve health in Chester and Fairfield counties in South Carolina through a collaboration of a diverse group of agencies focused on access to care, health promotion, and education.


NCHN Calendar

Membership Task Force Call
August 5, 2014 @ 11:00 AM ET

Executive Committee Call
August 12, 2014 @ 4:00 PM ET

August Coffee/Tea Chat
August 22, 2014 @ 11:00 AM ET

Membership Task Force Call
August 26, 2014 @ 11:00 AM ET

Board of Directors Call
September 9, 2014 @ 4:00 PM ET




HCAHPS Breakthrough Webinar Series available at a huge discount
40% - 94% off the HCAHPS Webinar Series for NCHN members

NCHN is pleased to announce that we will be partnering with Custom Learning Systems again this year to provide a huge discount on the HCAHPS Breakthrough™ Webinar Series. This is a dynamic, high impact, innovative, practical education series designed to achieve breakthrough sustainable improvements in your HCAHPS patient experience survey scores.

Webinar/HOPE Plan authors, Brian Lee, CSP, and David Dworski, MA, will personally lead the webinar series, bringing a half century of training experience, enthusiasm, participant engagement know how and a remarkable blend of combined HCAHPS expertise.

NCHN members can purchase access to the series for the low rate of $295 and make it available to all their hospital members! This is a significant savings off Custom Learning Systems’ published price.

» Questions? Contact Christy

New Member: Fort Drum Regional Health Planning Organization (FDRHPO)

NCHN is pleased to welcome Fort Drum Regional Health Planning Organization as a network member. FDRHPO was founded in 2005 and its mission is "to strengthen healthcare for Fort Drum Soldiers, their families, and the surrounding civilian community by analyzing the healthcare system, identifying gaps and leveraging resources to fill those gaps through regional partnerships." Its programs include EMS, Behavioral Health, Technology, and Workforce Development. Find out more at

Denise Young, Executive Director
Ph: 315-755-2022 / Email:

Member News

ICAHN has some excellent upcoming webinars (also see Upcoming Events below)

RWHC: Eye on Health (August 2014)

Partner News

Custom Learning Systems: HCAHPS Breakthrough Webinar Series starts September 9th (Contact Christy to order)


Funding Announcements

White House Rural Council Announces $10 Billion Private Investment Fund to Finance Job-Creating Infrastructure Projects in Rural America
An initial $10 billion has been committed to the fund with greater investment expected to follow. Target investments will include hospitals, schools and other educational facilities, rural water and wastewater systems, energy projects, broadband expansion, local and regional food systems, and other rural infrastructure.


National Headlines

NRACO Seeks Your Input on Reducing ED Utilization » READ

HRSA has issued an interpretive rule, “Implementation of the Exclusion of Orphan Drugs for Certain Covered Entities Under the 340B Program" » READ

FACT SHEET: Increasing Investment in Rural America » VIEW

NOSORH's The Branch (Aug. 2014) is online » READ

Deficiencies in America's Rural Roads causing Fatalities, finds report » READ

Keeping It Real: Preceptorship Exposes Students to Importance of Rural Family Medicine » READ

SNAP Benefits and Rural Households » READ

Medical Groups Clash Over New Class Of Rural Health Provider » READ

40% of Rural Patients Stay at City Hospitals » READ

Sen. Murray unveils bill to boost rural doctors » READ

Rural Means Older and Sicker, Data Confirms » READ

In Rural Regions, More Physicians Just What the Doctor Ordered » READ

CMS launches next phase of new Quality Improvement Program » READ

CMS officially approves The Compliance Team as national Rural Health Clinic accrediting organization » READ

ACA News

Health Reform and Changes in Health Insurance Coverage in 2014 » READ

How the Affordable Care Act Fuels Health Care Market Consolidation » READ

Facilitating the Formation of Accountable Care Organizations in Rural Areas » READ

HIT News

Deadline for ICD-10 allows health care industry ample time to prepare for change » READ

Consultant Develops ICD-10 Resource for Rural, Critical Access Hospitals » READ

Critical Access Hospitals Struggle With EHR Implementations » READ

Commentary: Telemedicine a necessary investment for rural hospitals » READ

Telemedicine Guidelines Leave Plenty Of Questions » READ


Upcoming Events

Rural Health Works Workshop
August 6, 2014 | Austin, TX
(Rural Health Works)

Finding a Health Care Home for the Homeless Under the Affordable Care Act
August 7, 2014 | 1:00 PM ET
(Enroll America)

340B for Critical Access Hospitals: Financial Performance vs. Compliance
August 8, 2014 | 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM CT

Keys to HIT Success: Results from the 2014 Survey on ACOs
August 12, 2014 | 12:30 - 2:00 PM ET
(eHealth Initiative)

Strategies to Support Expanded Roles for Non-Clinicians on Primary Care Teams: Two State Case Studies
August 12, 2014 | 2:30 - 4:00 PM ET

The Survey Process: Certification and Recertification of Rural Health Clinics
August 12, 2014 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM CT

The Road to Evidence-Based Decision Making: Steps for Using Research to Inform State Policy
August 14, 2014 | 2:00 - 3:30 PM ET

Nonprofit Employers and the Health Care Law Webinars
August 14, 2014 | 2:00 PM ET
(SBA and CMS)

Telemedicine in Rural Communities: An Innovative Approach to Delivering Healthcare
August 19, 2014 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM CT
(AMD Global)

Cross-Currents: Art+Agriculture: Powering Rural Economies
September 3-5, 2014 | Greensboro, NC
(National Rural Assembly & Art-Force)

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