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August 6, 2013

NCHN Reminders

HCAHPS webinars provided by Custom Learning Systems started on June 11th. The next, Cleanliness of Patient Rooms, will be held on August 13th at 1 PM ET. One flat (highly discounted) fee provides access to all 12 webinars in the series for you and your members. Find out more/order here

The 2014 NCHN Annual Conference has been moved to June 2014 and will now be held in St. Louis. More details are below.


Leadership Corner

RWHC Leadership Insights: "Hit Pause"
In weight lifting, it’s recommended you do as many reps-with care and control-as you can, until you can do no more... Research on highly successful athletes reveals a key strategy for success with this very pattern: push yourself as far as you can, then recover. If our work was like that, we would work hard, give it our all, and take breaks throughout... but we’re often not good at the “take breaks” part.

Dave Johnson
Dave Johnson is Director of Member Relations & Business Development with RWHC

Member Q&A with Dave Johnson, Director of Member Relations & Business Development with RWHC

For this feature, we interviewed Dave Johnson, Director of Member Relations and Business Development with Rural Wisconsin Hospital Cooperative (RWHC). RWHC is a NCHN Network Member and Member Business Partner and is well-established as a successful network. Dave Johnson is currently serving his second year on the NCHN Board of Directors and has participated on numerous committees. He is an active member and a great resource. Read on for information from Dave about RWHC's work and methods, as well as the importance of member engagement, network adaptation, and other valuable network initiatives.


Monthly Column: The Incredible, Credible Leader

Wait. That’s a contradiction, isn’t it? After all, to say that someone is “credible” means they are believable, trustworthy and reliable. If they are “incredible,” we’re saying they are unbelievable or not to be trusted, right? Well, yes—and no. Because it can also mean they are extraordinary, as in “Her’s was an incredible story of perseverance and triumph.” In fact, we often use the word “incredible” to describe something that’s really, really good.

So what does it take to be the incredible credible leader of an organization that is committed to improving the health status of its members? It’s really pretty simple—it means you are believable and can be trusted. But once again, simple isn’t always easy.


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

NCHN Calendar

HCAHPS Breakthrough Webinar: Cleanliness of Patient Rooms (CLS)
August 13, 2013 @ 1:00 PM ET

Executive Coaching Team Training Call
August 13 @ 1:00 PM ET

HRSA- Rural Health Network Development Grant Group Coaching Call
August 15 @ 12:00 PM ET

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




2014 NCHN Annual Educational Conference
Date and Location Changed! Please note that the 2014 NCHN Annual Educational Conference will be held in June 2014 in St. Louis, Missouri. More details will about the change will be shared over the next few weeks. Please mark your calendar for the week of June 15-20, 2014. See you in St. Louis!

NCHN Executive Coaching Program
NCHN members represent a body of very experienced leaders in network sustainability. The NCHN Board believes that this leadership approach should also be shared with new Network Leaders as a way for all of us to continually learn from one another and improve. NCHN has developed an Executive Coaching Team and are looking for network leaders that would be interested in sharing their knowledge and expertise with other network leaders through a peer mentoring coaching arrangement. The first training session was offered on July 23 and is available for replay if you are interested in joining the team. Please contact Rebecca for replay details. The second training session will be held on Tuesday, August 13 @ 1:00 PM ET. Any NCHN member interested in serving as a coach to new or beginning network leaders, please let Rebecca know. Thanks to the members that have already joined the team!

Monthly Coffee/Tea Chat Program
The intent of the Coffee/Tea Chat Program is to provide network leaders with the opportunity to connect with their peers. The chats are free and one of NCHN membership benefits. The monthly, one-hour call provides network leaders with the opportunity to discuss whatever their current challenge may be, gather input from peers; share a recent success story; share something fun taking place in their networking life; or just enjoy the coffee or tea and listen to what other network leaders are doing.

On the July Coffee/Tea Chat, Dr. Chess lead a stimulating discussion on the posted topic, The Impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in your Network: Intended and Unintended Consequences. Participants on the chat talked shared the continuing uncertainty within their communities and membership regarding the implementation of the ACA. We even heard from one network leader, who’s state lawmakers had passed a house bill that prevented organizations from implementing the bill; however, the senate adjourned without taking action on the bill, thus ending the stance of non-implementation of the ACA. Another network leader discussed how to share information with the network board and members, especially if the project or activity had not been as successful as anticipated. Haven’t we all been in that situation? This network leader has turned “unsuccessful outcomes” into “learn our lessons” – meaning “let’s learn from this and move forward.”

If you missed the July Chat, please mark your calendars now and save Wednesday, August 21 @ 12:00 PM ET for the next one! If you have never participated on a chat, here’s some comments we received from the recent survey with NCHN members about the program – “ Thank you for holding them. It is nice to have the support and dialogue.” “The sessions with Mary Kay have been great. She has so much personal experience and knowledge to share and is an excellent facilitator!” “Thank you for all your work on providing this forum (Chats). We appreciate it!”

NCHN Membership Benefit Survey Closing Soon
NCHN is your organization and the program and services available through your membership benefits are determined by you and the other members. The Program Development Committee is charged with overseeing the program offerings for the Association. The 2013 Program Development Committee is seeking input from the membership to assist them in developing their Work Plan for 2013-2014. They are seeking feedback on the programs and services NCHN currently provides, as well as suggestions for potential programs or services you would like to see NCHN consider providing in the future. If you have not completed the survey or did not receive a personal email with the link to the survey, please let Rebecca know. We need your input!

Network Member News

RWHC: Eye on Health (August 2013)

Associate Member News

NRHRC to hold webinar, "Shifting to a Value-based Health Care System", on Aug. 6 @ 2:00 PM CT

Partner News

GrantStation: NCHN members and their members can subscribe to GrantStation at a significant discount off the regular price
» find out more


Funding Announcements

Innovative Approaches to Improve Community Health
The goal of this program is to increase the health of vulnerable, low-income, and minority populations by addressing social and environmental determinants of health, as well as health care access.

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

RAC Releases Oral Health Toolkit » READ
New RUPRI Rural Health Value Website Launched » READ
Nominations open for Country Doctor of the Year Award » READ
For surgery, big and famous hospitals aren't always the best » READ
Critical Access Hospitals: What's the Fuss? » READ
$5.4 Million to Fight Chronic Health Diseases in Delta Region » READ
Persistent Poverty Counties » READ
CMS issues FY 2014 inpatient payment rule » READ
Lack Of Trauma Care In Rural Areas Results In More Deaths Than Urban Areas » READ
AHA briefs Congress on need to extend rural Medicare provisions » READ
Together Rx Access Program to End in 2014 » READ

ACA News

ACA Likely to Deliver Bigger Bang in Rural Areas » READ
MU Stage 2 Requirements 'Overly Burdensome,' Say AHA, AMA » READ
Proposed rule addresses hospital-based EPs, meaningful use » READ
What’s the Role of Local Health Departments in Implementing the Affordable Care Act? » READ
Hospitals are quitting a key Obamacare cost-control program » READ

HIT News

HRSA grants to fuel HIT in community health centers » READ
VA building up its telehealth capabilities » READ
Telemedicine clinics make inroads into primary care » READ
Remote doctors, one answer to physician shortage in rural Minnesota » READ
EHR Contracts: Key Contract Terms for Users to Understand » READ (pdf)


Upcoming Events

Free RAC Webinar Featuring the Newly Released Rural Oral Health Toolkit
August 6, 2013 @ 2:00 PM ET

RHC TA Call: Understanding the New Health Insurance Marketplaces and What They Mean for Providers and Patients
August 6, 2013 @ 2:00 PM ET

National Provider Call: Open Payments - Policy Updates on Payments and the Physician Resource Toolkit
August 8, 2013 | 1:30 - 3:00 PM ET

What can HCAHPS do for Rural Hospitals?
August 13, 2013 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM CT

State Strategies to Expand Access to Care Through Safety Net Providers
August 15, 2013 | 1:00 - 2:00 PM ET

Rural Health Works Training
August 15, 2013 | Denver, CO
(Rural Health Works)

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

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