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NCHN Healthcare News Digest

Issue #18 | Monday, January 17, 2011

+ NCHN Reminders & Upcoming Events


Upcoming NCHN Calls

  • Board of Directors Meeting/Call:
    Tuesday, January 25 @ 11:00 AM ET

  • 2011 Annual Conference Planning Committee Call:
    Thursday,  January 27 @ 12:20 PM ET
  • Executive Coaching Team Training Call:
    Wednesday, February 9 @ 11:00 AM ET – 12:30 PM ET
  • 2011 Annual Conference Planning Committee Call:
    Thursday, February 10 @ 12:30 PM ET
  • Program Development Committee Call:
    Tuesday, February 15 @ 1:00 PM ET – 2:30 PM ET
  • Executive Committee Call:
    Monday, February 21 @ 1:00 PM ET
  • 2011 Annual Conference Committee Call:
    Thursday, February 24 @12:30 PM ET

NCHN Orientation Sessions

NCHN has scheduled 2 more Orientation Sessions!

The Orientation Sessions will provide an overview of the programs and services of NCHN and review the benefits of your membership. This will also give you the opportunity to meet other new NCHN members and/or recently hired network directors. (We are using the term “recently” very liberal --as some of the directors may have been in their positions for several months, but not had the opportunity to attend a NCHN conference and/or an orientation call.)

The following items will be discussed: Mission of NCHN; Strategic Plan and Goals for 2010-2013; Membership Benefits; Business Partners Program; Committees.

  • Friday, February 11: 2:00 - 3:30 PM ET
  • Wednesday, February 23: 12:00 - 1:30 PM

Pre-registration is required: To register for one of these sessions, email

Peer-to-Peer Sharing Sessions with HRSA Network Planning Grantees

  • January 19 @ 1:30 PM ET
  • February 16 @ 1:30 PM ET
>> More information on Peer-to-Peer Sharing Sessions...

+ NCHN Members' News

Workplace Wellness Programs Underway!
News from Healthcare Coalition of Lafayette County

The HCC, in conjunction with the Health Care Foundation of Greater KC and Grace Research Group, is providing workplace wellness programs for I-70 Hospital, Missouri Valley Community Action Agency and the Lexington R-V School District. Stay tuned for updates and a WellnessWorks! FACEBOOK page to learn how these companies are taking action to live well and eat well.
>> View HCC's January 2011 issue of Wellness Works

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2011 NCHN Conference+ 17th Annual NCHN Conference

Don't miss your networking opportunity of 2011!

Please join us in Scottsdale, AZ, April 17-20, 2011 for the annual gathering of NCHN members.  This year’s Conference Planning Committee has been working extra hard to plan a conference that promises to make an impact!  With two pre-conference workshop offerings, along with two and half days of educational sessions, all aimed at improving your skills as a network leader, there is something for everyone.  Members of the Conference Planning Committee have strived to provide all conference participants with take home tools that will assist you in boosting the success of your network. 

+ Comments Sought on Potential Stage 2 Meaningful Use Objectives

The Health IT Policy Committee is seeking comments on potential stage 2 objectives from the public on a draft document of preliminary recommendations it has developed. See recommendations and directions for submitting comments [PDF - 188 KB].  The Policy Committee will consider all of these comments in forming the stage 2 meaningful use recommendations it presents this summer to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.

The period for request for comments will be 45 days, beginning late this week. To be assured consideration, comments must be received no later than 5 p.m., EST, on February 25, 2011.

>> Get more information... (Source: ONC - HIT FACA News Update, Jan. 12, 2011)

+ ONC Youtube Channel: EHR Incentive Programs

Check out ONC's latest video of Dr. Blumenthal discussing why eligible health care providers and hospitals should register now for the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record Incentive Programs.

>> You can subscribe to ONC's youtube videos by visiting their Youtube page


(Source: ONC Health IT, email sent Jan. 13, 2011)

EHR Information

+ Surveys show significant proportions of hospitals and doctors already plan to adopt electronic health records and qualify for federal incentive payments

Four-fifths of the nation’s hospitals, and 41 percent of office-based physicians, currently intend to take advantage of federal incentive payments for adoption and meaningful use of certified electronic health records (EHR) technology, according to survey data released today by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC).  The survey information was released as the registration period opened for the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs. 

David Blumenthal, M.D., M.P.P., the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, said the survey numbers represent a reversal of the low interest in EHR adoption in previous years.  He credited leadership from the medical community and the federal government for the improved prospects for adoption and use of health information technology (health IT). 

>> Continue reading... (Source: HHS Home | ASPA | Newsroom, News Release, Jan. 13, 2011)

+ 4th Annual OACHC and 3RNet Webinar Series

Developing Creative Responses to ALL of YOUR Recruitment Issues

Webinars: February - May 2011

OACHC & 3RNet are offering a series of 4 webinars

Are you struggling with recruiting staff? Do you need help solving this
part of the puzzle? This four-part webinar series offers creative ways for
you to recruit new clinical staff – it is a must attend for all recruitment professionals! In addition, where else can you train multiple staff from the comfort of your office with the top leaders in the field for one low price?

>> View the flyer for details... (pdf)

+ From the Medicare Learning Network: “Rural Health Clinics and Federally Qualified Health Centers Billing Guide”

The Medicare Learning Network® has released MLN Matters Special Edition Article #SE1039, “Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) Billing Guide,” to explain how RHCs should bill for certain preventive services under the Affordable Care Act and what information is required to develop and implement a Prospective Payment System (PPS) for Medicare FQHCs. 

>> This article is based on Change Requests #7038 and #7208 and is available here (pdf)

(Source: CMS Medicare FFS Provider e-News, Jan. 14, 2011)

+ HRSA Health Information Technology and Quality Webinar: “Tips on Workflow Analysis during an EHR Implementation”

Friday, January 21, 2011
2:00 - 3:30 pm EST

The successful implementation of an EHR system can result in a clinical transformation that significantly impacts a health center’s operations and how patient care is provided. A key component to this success is a focused and deliberate workflow analysis. This webinar will focus on a variety of important workflow analysis topics specific to health centers and rural hospitals. The presenters are experts in workflow analysis from both rural and urban provider backgrounds within the safety net community. They will discuss how to perform a workflow analysis and key areas that should be addressed during this process. The presentation will also address how a workflow analysis may differ based on the size of the practice, and highlight areas where provider workflow may change as a result of EHR implementation.

Presenters Include:

  • Katie Kerr, MA, Kanabec Hospital, Mora, Minnesota
  • Rudy Irby, MD, Communicare Health Centers, San Antonio, Texas
  • Timothy Roark, CPEHR, CPHIT; Richard W. Turner, FACHE; and Jan Wilkerson, RN, CPHQ, Georgia Association for Primary Health Care, Inc.

Event number: 995 573 861
Event Password: portal

>> Register online... (Source: HRSA Health IT, email sent Jan. 14, 2011)

+ Release of the “Rural Guide to Federal Health Professions Funding”

Rural communities have long struggled with the recruitment and retention of health care clinicians. This challenge can be further exacerbated by limited familiarity with the various Federal programs designed to support the training and placement of health care providers in underserved communities.

>> Get more information... (pdf) (Source: HRSA Weekly announcement, email sent Jan. 14, 2011)

+ HHS Announces Health Center Planning Grant Opportunity

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced up to $10 million in funding for a Health Center Planning Grant (HCPG) opportunity for organizations across the country that would like to become a Community Health Center.  The HCPG opportunity is intended to support organizations in the future development of a health center and will support approximately 125 HCPGs in FY 2011.

>> Get more information... (Source: HRSA Weekly announcement, email sent Jan. 14, 2011)

+ Brain Teaser of the Day


A scientist is experimenting with bacteria that are one micron in diameter and that reproduce by dividing every minute into two bacteria. At 12:00 PM, she puts a single organism in a container. At precisely 1:00 PM, the container is full.

At what time was the container half full?

>> View the answer...

+ MLK Quiz

Today is Martin Luther King Day.

>> Take this quiz to see how many quick facts you know about him... (or, as was the case for some of us, to find out more about MLK!)

On a side note: Last Friday (1/14), NIH released an announcement that the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparitied (NIMHD) has named William G. Coleman, Jr., Ph.D., the first permanenet scientific director and "the first African-American scientific director in the history of the NIH Intramural Research Program." Read the announcement...

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