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January 21, 2014

NCHN Welcomes 3 new Network Members

It's an exciting start of the year for NCHN! Please join the Board and staff in welcoming the newest network members (click the links below to find out more about each network):


Leadership Corner

Did Your Nonprofit Board Make Resolutions?
For those inclined to make New Year’s resolutions, it’s safe to assume that most have probably been made—and a few already broken—by mid-January. But if you are a nonprofit board member or a nonprofit executive looking to improve your board’s effectiveness, it’s certainly not too late to reflect on what might be accomplished in 2014. Author Joseph John offers twelve resolutions for nonprofit boards to consider. He suggests two important steps to take before making any resolutions...


InSRHN's Deena Dodd Named to Lugar Series

The board of the Richard G. Lugar Excellence in Public Services Series, a national leadership development program for women professionals, has named rural health advocate Deena Dodd as a participating member of its 2013-2014 class. Dodd will join 20 other women selected through a rigorous application and interview process.


Deena Dodd

Colorado Telehealth NetworkNew Member Profile: Colorado Telehealth Network

Greenwood Village, Colorado | Ed Bostick, Executive Director

The Colorado Telehealth Network (CTN) was formed in 2008 by the Colorado Hospital Association (CHA) and the Colorado Behavioral Health Council (CBHC) as a result of two Federal Communications Commission (FCC) grants. The FCC goal in making these awards was to improve patient care and safety by providing the core network infrastructure that would:

  • enable rural health care organizations to increase their use of health information technology, such as Electronic Medical Records; and
  • encourage affiliated (but separate) health care organizations to collaborate and integrate in ways not possible without a high-capacity, connected network.


From the Desk of Rebecca Davis, Ph.D.

I wanted to share with you some preliminary results of the phone interviews that Christy and I have been conducting with the membership. We thank the 33 members that gave us a small portion of your busy time to participate in the phone interview. We would love to talk to the 14 members that we have been unable to connect with so far. If you have not been interviewed and have some time this week, please let me know.

So, from the 69% of the membership that we talked with we heard the following about top NCHN services; relevant news and information; and suggestions for new programs.


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

NCHN Calendar

Executive Committee Call
January 21, 2014 @ 11:00 AM ET

HCAHPS Breakthrough Webinar (SECOND SERIES): Cleanliness of Patient Rooms
January 21, 2014 @ 2:00 PM ET

Evidence-Based Outcomes Task Force Call
January 22, 2014 @ 4:00 PM ET

Program Development Committee Call
January 22, 2014 @ 11:00 AM ET

Special Call on National Rural ACO model
January 24, 2014 @ 12:00 PM ET

CANCELLED (to be rescheduled): Leadership Learning Community Call
January 24, 2014 @ 12:00 PM ET

January Coffee/Tea Chat with Dr. Chess
January 31, 2014 @ 11:00 AM ET

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




January Coffee/Tea Chat with Mary Kay Chess, Ph.D.
Friday, January 31 @ 11:00 AM ET; 10:00 AM CT; 9:00 AM MT; 8:00 AM PT

On January 31st, join your NCHN colleagues and welcome in a new year of connections, renewals, expansions, and considerations during the first of the monthly Coffee & Tea chats with Dr. Chess in 2014. Through three questions, we'll explore potential Network innovation in 2014:

  1. As you consider the business lines of other networks across the United States, what one business line intrigues you the most, and why.
  2. As you think about the members in your Network, what one member contributes the most to your organization and, why.
  3. As you think about your Network membership, what new approach might you be willing to consider this year around membership and, why.

The Coffee and Tea chats provide a forum for innovative thinking - without risk! You'll learn from the successes you have each experienced in your unique communities and, who knows what you will create during the year based on this conversation! Looking forward to connecting with you on Friday, January 31st!

Call in details were distributed through a Save the Date from Rebecca. If you did not receive, please let her know.

Member News

Tennessee Rural Partnership featured in NRHA's Rural Roads: Tennessee Rural Partnership connects doctors seeking employment with communities in need

Northern Lakes Health Consortium: Congrats to Sally Trnkam who has joined Western Healthcare Alliance and to Kap Wilkes, who is the new contact for NLHC

RWHC: Review & Commentary on Health Policy Issues for a Rural Perspective – February 2014

Partner News

NCHN has a new contact at MedAssets

Not familiar with the Business Partners?
» See an overview of partners and services here


Funding Announcements

USAC Rural Health Care Telecommunications Program
Health care providers are permitted to apply to receive reduced rates for a variety of telecommunications services under the Rural Health Care Program. Health care providers may seek support for multiple telecommunications services of any bandwidth and for monthly Internet service charges.


Rural Health IT Workforce Loan Fund
The Delta Regional Authority provides interest free loans to small healthcare provider offices throughout the Delta region to be used to install and adopt an electronic health records (EHR) system.


National Headlines

Federal Office Of Rural Health Policy Releases Updated List Of Rural Counties And Census Tracts » READ
Report: The Health Consequences of Smoking—50 Years of Progress: A Report of the Surgeon General, 2014 » READ
Secretary Vilsack Expands StrikeForce Initiative to Address Rural Poverty in Four Additional States » READ
Nonprofit Health Centers Go Into For-Profit Insurance Business » READ
Busting Rural-Subsidy Myth One Last Time » READ
Rural coverage a key to meeting primary care demand » READ
2014 State Rankings Released For Support For Emergency Care » READ
Paul R. Bengtson to Lead AHA's Section for Small or Rural Governing Council » READ

ACA News

Some rural hospitals face cuts under ACA » READ
Many Rural Americans Left in Dust of Medicaid Expansion » READ
Resource: State Profiles: Impact of the ACA in Every State » READ

HIT News

Medicare Expands Definition of “Rural” for Telehealth Services » READ
Resource: How to Identify and Address Unsafe Conditions Associated with Health IT (ONC) » VIEW
AHRQ: AFER Guides help optimize safe use of EHRs » READ
Telemedicine a Win for Stressed-Out Doctors » READ


Upcoming Events

Quality – When you are not the Quality Manager
January 24 & 31, February 7 & 14 | 10:00 - 11:30 AM

State Approaches to Medicaid Expansion
January 27, 2014 | 1:00 - 2:30 PM ET
(State Refor(u)m)

Questions and Answers on the ACA
January 30, 2014 | 3:00 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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