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December 16, 2014
Happy Holidays from the NCHN Board and Staff

NCHN Reminders

NCHN address change
Effective January 1, 2015, NCHN's address will be 400 S. Main Street, Hardinsburg, KY 40143

2015 Leadership SummitLast Chance: Make hotel reservations today for the 2015 NCHN Leadership Summit at the Sheraton Sand Key Resort January 19-20, 2015 in Clearwater Beach, Florida. Register, view the agenda, and make reservations


Leadership Corner

Why Capacity Building is Needed
National Council of Nonprofits

Somewhat surprisingly, there is no clear definition of what it means to be "investing in the organizational capacity" of nonprofits, because capacity building can encompass anything from nonprofit board training, to installing a computer network. Capacity building is whatever is needed to bring a nonprofit to the next level of operational, programmatic, financial, or organizational maturity, in order to more effectively and efficiently fulfill its mission.


Tennessee Rural PartnershipFeatured Network Program: Clinical Rotations in Rural Tennessee

Tennessee Rural Partnership (TRP) collaborated with medical schools and other partners to comprehensively address multiple needs in rural Tennessee and not only met, but exceeded, the original goal

In 2010, TRP received a HRSA Network Development grant to provide 48 rotations for medical residents in 14 rural Tennessee counties and concurrently encourage the recruitment of rural physicians by promoting maximum exposure to rural life. The network development activities produced 104 completed rotations. The activities also resulted in additional partnerships, the inclusion of non-physician primary care health providers, and “pipeline” activities involving high school students. Early into the grant activities, it became apparent that exposure needed to be provided for non-physician primary care providers and future providers.


Jay Seifert
Rebecca Davis is the Executive Director of NCHN and lives in Montrose, Colorado

Holiday ChairFrom the Executive Director: Chairs of Network Leadership, Part V

The holidays, including the upcoming New Year, are exciting times! For many of you, it may be the end of the fiscal year for your network. As you prepare for annual reporting to your board and members, I bet you are also thinking about what you want to do differently in 2015. No matter when your reporting period ends, we all make resolutions to do certain things differently, better, or more in the new calendar year.

While thinking about your reporting and resolutions, I hope that you make a resolution to take time to sit a spell, rest a bit during this hectic time of the year, and reflect on 2014.


NCHN Calendar

Leadership Summit Planning Committee Call
December 19 @ 11:00 AM ET

NCHN Offices Closed for the Holidays
December 24 – 26, 2014
December 31, 2014 – January 2, 2015
Christy will be available on December 29th and 30th.
Both offices will reopen on Monday, January 5, 2015

ER for Network Leaders
January 13, 2015 @ 11:00 AM ET

Executive Committee Call
January 13, 2015 @ 3:00 PM ET

2015 NCHN Annual Leadership Summit
January 19-20, 2015
Clearwater Beach, FL



2015 NCHN Leadership Summit: Make hotel reservations today
Brave Leadership: Maximizing Your Network's Potential

January 19-20, 2015
Sheraton Sand Key Resort
Clearwater Beach, FL

The Summit agenda has been updated and features excellent speakers and topics ranging from Board Dynamics to Capacity Building.

NOTE: The deadline to make hotel reservations is December 23rd or when all rooms have sold. Make your reservations today!



NCHN Headquarters are Moving

NCHN’s headquarters will be moving back to their former address in Kentucky. The address is:

400 S. Main Street
Hardinsburg, KY 40143

This address change will be effective January 1, 2015. Please make a note of the address change with your accounting office for future mailing of checks to NCHN. Rebecca’s email address will remain the same, but a new number will be published after the first of year.


Grant Coaching and Review ServiceNew: Grant Coaching & Review Service

NCHN is now offering discounted rates on professional grant review services for your next federal grant proposal.

The Grant Coaching & Review service connects members with an approved grant coach at a pre-negotiated, discounted rate. The grant coach will provide critical review and editing services to NCHN members that are working to submit and win federal grants.

Look for more details in your inbox later this week.

Executive RoundtableJanuary ER for Network Leaders
“Network Stakeholders: Who are they and what are the benefits of engagement?”

Boards and leaders of networks recognize that they require multiple stakeholders for successful and fully engaged collaboration. What is often overlooked in the hectic nature of everyday business is the identification of these stakeholder groups. It is also essential to determine the unique needs of each stakeholder and the benefits they each expect and anticipate. During the January ER call, we'll identify primary and secondary stakeholders in Networks across the country and, consider the specific needs and benefits for three of these stakeholder groups. Join Dr. Mary Kay Chess on January 13, 2015, for our conversation in this third ER session on the business of successfully leading your unique Network through stakeholder engagement.

Call in information was distributed through a Save the Date. If you need details, please contact Rebecca.


Member News

Nevada Rural Hospital Partners is searching for an Administrator/CEO for a small rural hospital

TORCH to celebrate 25th Anniversary in April 2015

Western Healthcare Alliance (CO): December 2014 Newsletter (pdf)

Partner News

EMTS: Request a free expert evaluation of your capital equipment purchasing strategy.


Funding Announcements

Rural Health Network Development Planning Program
The purpose of the Network Planning program is to assist in the development of an integrated healthcare network, if the network participants do not have a history of formal collaborative efforts. Health care networks can be an effective strategy to help smaller rural health care providers and health care service organizations align resources and strategies, achieve economies of scale and efficiency, and address challenges more effectively as a group than as single providers. The Network Planning program promotes the planning and development of healthcare networks in order to: (i) achieve efficiencies; (ii) expand access to, coordinate, and improve the quality of essential health care services; and (iii) strengthen the rural health care system as a whole.
(Deadline: January 9, 2015)

Congress secures 2015 funding for Rural Cooperative Development Grant (RCDG) program

National Headlines

Transforming Rural Health Care: High-Quality, Sustainable Access To Specialty Care » VIEW

USDA Announces Series of Rural Health Grants » READ

Joint Commission Recognizes 1,224 Hospitals for Outstanding Performance on Key Quality Measures » READ

President Signs Jenkins, Moran Rural Health Legislation Into Law » READ

Senate GOP names new health Committee members » READ

Movie Review: ‘Remote Area Medical' tackles rural health care crisis » READ

Program seeks to bring more doctors to rural Iowa » READ

The Daily Yonder: The Geography of Happiness » READ

Community Hospitals Becoming Endangered Species » READ

Vanderbilt Center to Make Quarterly RN Data Available Online » READ

'Mega Boards' Could be Rural Healthcare Disruptor » READ

ACA News

February 15th last day to enroll in 2015 Marketplace coverage » MARKETPLACE DATES & INFORMATION

Reminder to Submit Comments: Adding Marketplace Questions to the ACS » READ

HHS awards $36.3 million in Affordable Care Act funding to reward and expand quality improvement in health centers » READ

Proposed Rule: Shared Savings Program » READ

Medicaid Expansion and Rural Hospital Closures » READ

HIT News

Rural Docs Pull Ahead in Electronic Records » READ

CMS extends 2014 EHR attestation deadline for eligible hospitals, CAHs » READ

New federal health IT strategic plan sets stage for better sharing through interoperability » READ

Taking a long view in solving the staffing conundrum » READ

Video visits blocked despite doctor shortage » READ


Upcoming Events

Preparing for Tax Season: What HRSA Grantees Need to Know About Premium Tax Credits and the Individual Shared Responsibility Payment
December 16, 2014 | 1:30 - 3:30 PM ET

Certifying Patients for the Medicare Home Health Benefit
December 16, 2014 | 1:30 - 3:00 PM ET
(MLN Connects)

ORHP, ACA, and You Office Hours
December 17, 2014 | 3:00 - 4:00 PM ET
Call-In Number : 888-831-8965
Passcode: 5904375
Find the links to past calls are here

Affordable Care Act 101 Webinars for Small Employers, Including Nonprofit Organizations
December 18, 2014 @ 4:00 PM ET

County Health Rankings & Roadmaps 101
January 6, 2015 @ 3:00 PM ET
(County Health Rankings & Roadmaps)

How to Hoast a Health Care Law Outreach and Enrollment Event
January 6, 2015 @ 4:00 PM ET

HIMSS Meaningful Use Regional Event Series: Connecting Providers, Engaging Patients and Transforming Healthcare
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM ET
January 29, 2015 | Orlando, FL
March 5, 2014 | Wichita, KS

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