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December 17, 2013

NCHN Comings and Goings

Cindy Large (former network director of ISRHN and 2010 NCHN Award winner) has returned with a newly formed network, Indiana Rural Health Information Technology Education Network

Eric Buckland has retired from Oregon Health Care Quality Network and will be working as an independent consultant. Pam Norr is the new Executive Director.

Carol Wilson has left North Idaho Rural Health Consortium, Inc. and Gary Moore has stepped into her position as Executive Director.


Leadership Corner

Are You a Revolutionary Leader?
How does new leadership take your business to the next level? How do you lead in times of uncertainty? What skills are required to take your organization to the next level? How do you begin developing a stronger, more agile organization? These questions were at the beginning of a series of projects that took me around the world working with many of my best clients on their leadership development strategies.


Chris Hopkins
Jim Ward serves as Telehealth Specialist with Virtual Care Works.

Access to continuing education for remote professionals

Expanded Learning Management System Now Part of VCW Platform

Providing access through technology is at the heart of the Virtual Care Works mission, and was the key driver for expanding the continuing education capabilities of its platform.


From the Desk of Rebecca Davis, Ph.D.

Can you even believe that it is almost the end of 2013? I can remember my Mom saying quite often when I was a young girl, “The older you get, the faster time seems to go.” Now, I think I totally understand what she was talking about, although back then it sounded kind of silly to me, especially when waiting for Christmas to come each year. So, as we moved into the holiday season our hope, Christy and I, along with the Board of Directors, hope that this holiday season you are surrounded by friends, family and fun times.

And, as we look toward 2014, my challenge to you is to take the time to take care of yourself. We all have very important work to do in the upcoming year...


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

NCHN Calendar

HCAHPS Breakthrough Webinar (SECOND SERIES*): Quiet at Night
December 17, 2013 @ 2:00 PM ET
*series that started November 19th

Program Development Committee Call
December 18, 2013 @ 10:00 AM ET

December Coffee/Tea Chat with Dr. Chess
December 18, 2013 @ 12:00 PM ET

Evidence-Based Outcomes Task Force Call
December 18, 2013 @ 2:00 PM ET

20th NCHN Annual Educational Conference
June 18-20, 2014 - St. Louis, MO




2014 Conference: Call for Proposals
In case you missed it last week, the hunt for great presentations for the 20th NCHN Annual Conference is underway. Your experience and knowledge is welcome!
» Submit a proposal... (Deadline: January 10, 2014)

December Coffee/Tea Chat with Mary Kay Chess, Ph.D.
Wednesday, December 18 – 12:00 PM ET; 11:00 AM CT; 10:00 AM MT; 9:00 AM PT; 8:00 AM AKST

Welcome to the final days of 2013!  We will have our monthly Coffee and Tea chat with Dr. Mary Kay Chess on Wednesday, December 18th.  During this month of December, we take time to consider all the changes we faced in local communities around the United States.  We highlight the successes we supported during this twelve month period.  And, we look forward into 2014 for a few moments during the hour to consider what might emerge during the next year.

This is a time of reflecting on the gifts of resilient communities and equally resilient leaders - each of you!  The time we spend sharing our perspectives and sharing what worked and what might be tweaked in the new year is food for thought for everyone!  We look forward to celebrating with you on Wednesday!

Member News

RWHC: January 2014 issue of Eye on Health (pdf)

NCHN Members Pat Schou (Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network), David Pearson (TORCH), and Sally Buck (National Rural Health Resource Center) are among NRHA's new and future leaders

Partner News

Happy Holidays from MedAssets

NOSORH: The Branch (December 2013)

NRHA: Accepting Nominations for 2014 Rural Health Awards


Funding Announcements

Rural Health Network Development Planning Grant Program (HRSA-14-043)
The purpose of ORHP’s Network Development Planning Program is to assist in the development of an integrated healthcare network. This program brings together key parts of a rural health care delivery system, particularly those entities that may not have collaborated in the past under a formal relationship. By working together, rural health providers and organizations can achieve efficiencies, increase capacity and improve the quality of essential health care services over a given geographic area.
(Deadline: January 16, 2014)


National Headlines

HHS awards Affordable Care Act funds to expand access to care » READ
NRHA Honoree Offers Guidance for CAH Policy Changes » READ
Speak Your Piece: We’re Dying Here » READ
USDA Announces Support for Mental Health Facilities in Rural Areas » READ
Rural hospitals rule on Leapfrog list » READ
'Country Doctor of the Year' Embraces Challenges of Rural Medicine » READ
The Faces of Mental Health Recovery » READ
HHS awards $55.5 million to bolster America’s health care workforce » READ
No farm bill in 2013 » READ
Agreement reached on budget/short-term doc fix » READ

ACA News

Rural hospitals adapt under Affordable Care Act » READ
Federal data show health disparities among states » READ
Will the Affordable Care Act Make Health Care More Affordable? » READ
3 Things Doctors Should Know About Obamacare » READ
HHS announces Affordable Care Act mental health services funding » READ

HIT News

Two Case Studies Focus on Regional HIT Extension Centers Serving Rural Practices » READ
How does Stage 2 Meaningful Use challenge rural providers? » READ
Meaningful Use Deadlines Delayed for 1 Year » READ
Use of telehealth network can boost care, study says » READ
Medicare takes another step toward telehealth » READ
Progress on Adoption of Electronic Health Records » READ


Upcoming Events

Affordable Care Act 101 – The Health Insurance Marketplace
December 17, 2013 | 4:00 PM EST

2014 Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule: Quality Reporting in 2014
December 17, 2013 | 1:30 - 3:00 PM ET
(MLN Connects)

Understanding and Managing the Risks of Cloud-Based Services
December 19, 2013 | 2:00 PM EST
(Telehealth Resource Center)

County Health Rankings & Roadmaps 101
January 14, 2014 | 3:00 - 4:00 PM ET

Rural Health Policy Institute
February 4-6, 2014 | Washington, DC
Scholarships Available

The Diabetes Centers of Excellence Conference
February 26-28, 2014 | Boston, MA

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