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NCHN eNews
February 21, 2011
Dear NCHN Members and Friends,

This is the latest issue of the NCHN Weekly Digest, a newsletter we use to share information and news that we think will be useful to health networks. This issue includes member news; a request for your Awards Nominations (please send these in!); a blog post by HHS Sec. Kathleen Sebelius, and NCHN upcoming call dates.

We hope you enjoy it and, as always, if you have information you would like to share, or have any feedback, please email us.








2011 AwardsWho should be recognized in April?

We know we have some outstanding members! We have recognized their hard work in past years. Our members take on daunting tasks, do amazing work, and contribute countless hours to their regions and to NCHN.

Do you know an NCHN member who has significantly impacted their region, other organizations, or your very own leadership? Don't miss this chance to let them know! Submit a 2011 NCHN Award Nomination and tell the Awards Committee why they deserve to be recognized. There are 4 categories and there will be 4 proud recipients at the Awards Luncheon on April 18th! Take a few minutes and make your nomination (doc) today! 


Call for Nominations for NCHN Board of Director Positions

NCHN is a membership organization and thus is governed by a Board of Directors that is elected by the membership.  Serving as a Director of NCHN is an excellent opportunity to expand your leadership skills, interact on a regular basis with your peers, and give back to the Association! 

In preparation for the 2011 NCHN Annual Membership Meeting, which will be held during the 17th Annual Conference in Scottsdale, AZ, April 17-20, 2011, we are seeking nominations and recommendations of persons interested in serving as a Director.  At the Annual Membership Meeting, the membership will be voting on a slate of directors. The term will be for three years, April 2011 - April 2014. The current number of board members is thirteen (13) and four (4) directors will be elected.

» READ THE RELEASE (including eligibility and instructions)

NCHN Announces New Program - Monthly Coffee Chats with Dr. Chess!

NCHN is pleased to announce our new NCHN Coffee Chats Program!  Network leaders are engaged in generating solutions in an ever-changing environment and a struggling economy.  Each network community has unique needs and equally unique resources. Network leaders tend to be isolated in their professional contacts, as usually there are no other network leaders in their immediate service area. Over the years, NCHN members have made connections and built friendships with other Network Leaders through NCHN activities, such as the Annual Conference and Regional Meetings.  We are pleased to announce this new program that will give you a monthly connection with your peers across the nation!

The intent of the NCHN Coffee Chats Program is to provide an informal learning community to share best practices, consider complex challenges, and engage our members’ curiosity around possibilities. 

» CONTINUE READING (information & registration details)

Upcoming Call Dates

Executive Committee Call:
Monday, February 21 @ 1:00 PM ET

NCHN Leadership Summit Committee:
Wednesday, February 23 @ 11:00 AM ET

NCHN Orientation Call:
Wednesday, February 23: 12:00 - 1:30 PM
Pre-registration is required: To register, email

2011 Annual Conference Committee Call:
Thursday, February 24 @12:30 PM ET


From the Forum

There are no new Topics posted this week. Have a question for the members?

Membership Benefits: Does anyone have a membership benefits flyer they would be willing to share?

From -
"Think Six"

What is:

Now repeat saying the number 6 to yourself as fast as you can for 15 seconds.






(Okay, this isn't really a brain teaser, but I wonder if it will work for you all...)


The HCC of Lafayette County



HIT Policy Committee (HITPC) Request for Comment

The request for comment period for the HITPC's potential stage 2 meaningful use objectives will end on Friday, February 25. Please submit your comments. Your comments will inform the HITPC's work in determining a longer-term vision for meaningful use of electronic health records.

Please see the HITPC's Request for Comment posted on the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology's FACA blog for more details.

CMS: National Medicare Training Program (NMTP) monthly audio-conference call

Tuesday, February 15, 2011 ET
Time: 2:30-3:30 p.m. EST

We will be featuring the following topics: An Overview of MyMedicare, Stacey Platte Providing an Update on CMS Plan Finder Enhancements

Dial toll-free: 866-501-5502
Conference ID: 44350498




ERS Releases Atlas of Rural and Small-Town America

Thursday, Feb. 17 - The Atlas of Rural and Small-Town America is a mapping application that provides a spatial interpretation of county-level, economic and social conditions along four broad categories of socioeconomic factors: people (using newly released demographic data from the American Community Survey, including age, race and ethnicity, migration and immigration, education, household size and family composition), jobs (using economic data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and other sources, including information on employment trends, unemployment, industrial composition, and household income), agriculture (using indicators from the 2007 Census of Agriculture, including number and size of farms, operator characteristics, off-farm income, and government payments), and county classifications (using typologies such as the rural-urban continuum, economic dependence, persistent poverty, population loss, and other ERS county codes). Maps are interactive and also provided for download; raw data are provided for download.


Report sees fastest growth at home, as telemed swells to $23B by 2015

Feb. 18, 2011 (Telemedicine and e-Health News Alert) - A report released this week projects growth well into double digits for telemedicine through 2015. says the global telemedicine market will more than double over five years, from $9.8 billion in 2010 to $23 billion in 2015.

More interestingly, “Telemedicine: Opportunities for Medical and Electronic Providers” projects even sharper growth by 2015 in the market for telemedicine carried out at home, versus in hospitals. Home telemed is foreseen to grow from $2.9 billion in 2010 to $7.9 billion in 2015. As a result, the report adds, the share of telemedicine carried out at home will climb from 28.5% to 35%, with the remainder taking place in hospitals and clinics.

“The technology is there. It’s been there for some time,” for telemedicine, from wearable sensors to apps designed for the iPhone and other smartphones, Robert Rosenberg, president of Insight Research Corp. in Mountain Lakes, N.J., tells the News Alert.


HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Blogs about Protecting and Strengthening Women's Health through the ACA

Feb. 18, 2011 (The Huffington Post)

Most people don't know that the Affordable Care Act is the strongest women's health law since Medicare. If you look around the country you can see millions of American women getting more freedom in their health care choices.

It's about time.

Despite all the progress women have made in the workplace, when President Obama took office less than half of us had the option of getting health insurance through our employer. That meant that many of us had to look for coverage in the individual market where the insurance companies had most of the power. If you had a breast cancer diagnosis, they could deny your application. Sometimes, they could even deny you coverage if you had been a victim of domestic violence. If your child had diabetes, they could deny him or her coverage, too.


Announcement of Permanent Certification Program: ONC-AA and NVLAP (HIT LAP)

Requests for ONC-Approved Accreditor (ONC-AA) Status
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has published a notice in the Federal Register stating that ONC will accept requests for ONC-AA status from February 8 through March 10, 2011.  There is no required “application form” for submitting requests for ONC-AA status, but those organizations requesting ONC-AA status are expected to comply with the requirements of 45 CFR 170.503(b).  ONC will accept requests by email and regular or express mail.  For further instructions on submitting a request for ONC-AA status, please review the notice published in the Federal Register (76 FR 6794). 


AHRQ’s Health Care Innovations Exchange Focuses on Personal Health Records

Feb. 18, 2011 (AHRQ Electronic Newsletter, Issue #307)

In this week’s issue, AHRQ’s Health Care Innovations Exchange Web site focuses on the use of personal health records to improve care.  The featured Innovations describe three programs that used personal health record systems to improve care.  In addition, the featured QualityTools provide resources and tools to assist health care consumers in creating their own personal health records.

» READ THIS ISSUE & more on the AHRQ Health Care Innovations Exchange Web site



ONC to provide additional funding to accelerate critical access and rural hospitals’ switch to electronic health records

Feb. 8, 2011 (HHS News Release) - Dr. David Blumenthal, MD, MPP, national coordinator for health information technology in the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) today announced an additional $12 million in new technical support assistance to help critical access hospitals (CAHs) and rural hospitals adopt and become meaningful users of certified health information technology. Today’s funding announcement will come through ONC’s Regional Extension Center (REC) program to provide a wide range of support services  to the 1,777 critical access and rural hospitals in 41 states and the nationwide Indian Country, headquartered in the District of Columbia, to help them qualify for substantial EHR incentive payments from Medicare and Medicaid.  This funding is in addition to the $20 million provided to RECs in September 2010 to provide technical assistance to the CAHs and Rural Hospitals.

“Critical access and rural hospitals are a vital part of our healthcare system.  Health information technology can offer rural health care providers and their patients resources and expertise that may not be currently available in their communities.  We recognize that the transition to electronic health records (EHRs) is a challenge and that rural facilities face even greater challenges to make the transition from paper to electronic records,” Dr. Blumenthal said.  “This additional funding recognizes the need to address these challenges and represents another important milestone in our commitment to critical access and rural hospitals throughout the country as they transition to EHRs.”




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