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December 3, 2013

NCHN Reminders

Member Phone Survey
As you all have seen in your Inboxes, we're conducting phone surveys to assess services and future resources. We're striving for 100% participation and your feedback is invaluable. If you haven't already, please reply to your email or contact us asap to schedule your phone interview.


Leadership Corner

RWHC's Leadership Insights: Ego
From Donald Trump to the Dalai Lama, the influence of ego is a force we all face...and not just once, but most days, many times a day. Even the most enlightened beings will have a battle with their ego from time to time. Being thought of as arrogant, self-absorbed or ego-maniac is not how most of us want to be described, and it is very difficult feedback to hear-or to give to someone else. Your ego might be rearing its unappealing head if you find yourself:

NEONMembers in the News: Northeast Oregon Network's Lisa Ladendorff to Direct Community Based Project

NEON is a successful recipient of a grant funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration, in which Lisa Ladendorff, NEON’s Executive Director, will evaluate and direct the community based project.

The Wallowa County Patient Activation Project is designed to address specific community health concerns (speculated with NEON’s local Community Health Assessment Data from 2011) by utilizing Continuous Quality Improvement disciplines and interventions by Behaviorists in a primary care setting to reach the following goals:


Monthly Column: I resolve that in 2014 I will . . .

Ready or not, it’s that time of year again.  Out with the old, in with the new.  A new year, a new opportunity to get a fresh start.   For the last four millennia, we humans have been marking the New Year by vowing to get rid of some of our bad habits and generally improve our behavior.  Back in 2000, B.C. the Babylonians vowed to pay off all their debts and return all the stuff they borrowed during the previous year.  This New Year most of us Americans will vow to lose weight, adopt healthier habits, save more money and get more organized.  But, unlike previous years, this time we’re actually going to do it.  Really.  Seriously.  We mean it, this year will be different. 


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

2014 Conference Planning Committee Call
December 10, 2013 @ 3:00 PM ET

Evidence-Based Outcomes Task Force Call
December 11, 2013 @ 4:00 PM ET

Quarterly Informational Call: National Rural ACO (Lynn Barr)
December 16, 2013 @ 2:00 PM ET

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

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




Quarterly Informational Call: National Rural ACO (Lynn Barr)

Please save Monday, December 16, 2013 @ 2:00 PM ET for the NCHN Informational Call.  We are pleased to announce that we will have Lynn Barr, Executive Director, National Rural Accountable Care Organization (NRACO) as the presenter.

As the US Health System transforms from fee-for-service to a fee-for-value model, rural providers have struggled to participate in innovative payment models due to low volumes, lack of infrastructure and programmatic barriers. The National Rural Accountable Care Organization was formed by rural hospitals, physicians and FQHCs to provide a cost-effective vehicle for interested providers to participate in the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP), gain data, knowledge and experience in managing their chronically ill populations and get higher reimbursement for better outcomes, higher quality and patient satisfaction. Ideally suited for regional networks, the NRACO is recruiting participants for the July 2014 MSSP application. This session will describe the MSSP, the barriers and opportunities for rural providers, and the NRACO option for participation in the MSSP.

We invite you to join us via:, access code 5004777
(303) 248-0285 / 5004777#

Network Member News

Speak Your Piece: The Healthy Power of Place by RWHC's Tim Size

RWHC: December 2013 issue of Eye on Health

Prince of Wales Health Network: December 2013 Newsletter (pdf)

Partner News

MedAssets 12th Annual Technology and Innovation Expo Fosters Collaboration and Innovation

LoneStart Wellness Maintain, Not Gain is underway with some fun contributions from a strength coach

NRHA: Call for Presentations for Annual Conference


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)

Technical Assistance Call
December 3, 2013 @ 1:00 PM EST
Call in number: 800-475-0512
Participant Passcode: 5732913
Meeting Link


National Headlines

NRHA Announces 2014 Rural Health Fellows » READ
Kentucky report highlights value of critical access hospitals » READ
Rural Health Network Receives National Recognition » READ
The challenge of recruiting rural health professionals » READ
Without Sufficient Support, Community Health Centers Will Drop 1 Million Patients » READ
Rural and southern regions lack annual training in CPR » READ
Researchers Call for More Resident Training in Safety-Net Settings » READ
Safety-Net Hospitals Lose More Under Medicare’s Quality-Based Payments, Analysis Finds » READ
Bleak Scorecard for Rural America » READ
Small Hospitals Can Lure Transformational Executives » READ
President Obama Sends Greetings to All Those Observing National Rural Health Day » READ
Improvement Research Priorities: USA Survey and Expert Consensus » READ
The Impact of Evidence-Based Practice in Nursing and the Next Big Ideas » READ
AHRQ’s New Evidence-Based Guide Helps Implement Health Assessments in Primary Care Settings » READ

ACA News

Affordable Care Act: A tale of two systems » READ
Are ACOs Really Different from HMOs? » READ
Nebraska FPs Betting on Success With Their Own ACO » READ
10 Things to Know About the Two-Midnight Rule » READ

HIT News

ONC and ORHP: Working to help rural health providers leverage health IT to improve quality and fuel economic development » READ
EHR Adoption A Struggle For Rural Hospitals » READ
Telemedicine consults may reduce errors at rural ERs » READ
Resource:'s Interoperability Training Courses » READ


Upcoming Events

TA Call for Rural Health Network Development Planning Grant Program
December 3, 2013 | 1:00 PM ET
Call in number: 800-475-0512
Participant Passcode: 5732913
Meeting Link

Affordable Care Act 101 – The Health Insurance Marketplace
December 5, 2013 @ 4:00 PM ET

Hospitals Open Door Forum
December 10, 2013 | 2:00 - 3:00 PM ET
Call-in: 1.800.837.1935
Conference ID: 14950750

Working with Physicians to Achieve Compassionate Care
December 13, 2013 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM CT
(Creative Health Care Management)

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

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