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January 7, 2014

NCHN Reminders

2014 Conference Call for Proposals
The deadline to submit a proposal for the 20th NCHN Annual Conference is quickly approaching. Proposals are due this Friday, January 10th. Submit a proposal online...

ORHP wants your input on ACA related issues
The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (ORHP) is interested in hearing from you on how the Affordable Care Act (ACA) implementation is going in rural communities. READ MORE


Leadership Corner

RWHC's Leadership Insights: Adapt
Searching for a stretch goal in 2014? Adaptability is one of the most sought-after qualities in a leader, and being inflexible, even if you are technically talented, derails more careers than any other issue. Think about the last time things did not go as planned or a change came about that you did not care for. How did you respond? Do you “go to the mat” for things to be done the old way?


Monthly Column: Giving Yourself the Gift of a Good Start

I know there’s been a lot of gifting going on the last couple of weeks and many of us may be more interested in thinking about how to pay for all that gift-giving, rather than thinking about getting yet another gift. Besides, isn’t it better to give than receive? Why not do both?

You can by giving yourself the gift of a good start. It doesn’t cost anything and it truly is the gift that keeps on giving.


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
January 14, 2014@ 3:00 PM ET

HCAHPS Breakthrough Webinar (FIRST SERIES): Pain Control
January 14, 2014 @ 1:00 PM ET

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

Leadership Learning Community Call
January 24, 2014 @ 12:00 PM ET

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




2014 Conference: Call for Proposals
Date: June 18 - 20, 2014
Location: St. Louis, MO

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)
» Download the Call for Proposals (pdf)  

News from ORHP
As some of you know, Letician Manning left ORHP last month to work with the Maternal and Child Health Bureau in the Division for Children with Special Health Care Needs. The new contact at ORHP will be Jayne Berube. She will be joining ORHP as the Program Coordinator/Project Officer for the Rural Health Network Development grant program.

Network Member News

HCC of Rural Missouri: Live Well Clinic Expands Services in 2014!

RWHC: Review & Commentary on Health Policy Issues for a Rural Perspective – January 1, 2014

The Hospital Cooperative Cooperative Connections (Dec. 2013 issue)

Partner News

NOSORH: The Branch (January 2014)

NRHA: It's deadline time (quickly approaching and just past deadlines)


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

Healthcare changes to watch for in 2014 » READ
Providing Health Care Complicated in Rural Areas » READ
Assessing the Impact of Rural Provider Service Mix on the Primary Care Incentive Payment Program » READ
Privately Insured People’s Use of Emergency Departments: Perception of Urgency is Reality for Patients » READ
Are There Enough Doctors For The Newly Insured? » READ
5 top federal issues that will affect physicians in 2014 » READ
RHC Upper Payment Limit for 2014 Announced » READ
While Colorado Expands Dental Health Under Medicaid, Rural Challenges Still Remain » READ
In rural Wisconsin, nurses come to the farm » READ
The Limits of Medical Care » READ
Solving the pediatric obesity problem in rural communities » READ

ACA News

ORHP wants your input on ACA related issues » READ
VHA Office of Rural Health: What you should know about VA Health Care and the ACA » READ
More Partnerships Between Doctors and Hospitals Strengthen Coordinated Care for Medicare Beneficiaries » READ
Rural America and the Medicaid Gap » READ
Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation Request for Information: Evolution of ACO Initiatives at CMS » READ
Obamacare Advocates Struggle To Convince Rural Uninsured » READ
ACOs Poised for Growth » READ

HIT News

Resource: Health IT Rural Implementation Steps » READ
CMS: Industry Talks about Health Care Delivery, Information Exchange and the Future of Electronic Quality Measurement » READ
Congress introduces national telehealth bill » READ
Last-minute extension from HHS lets physicians accept donated EHR systems » READ
A new sunset for EHR safe harbor » READ
The Beacon Communities’ Experience Investing in Health IT and Innovation to Improve Population Health » READ
Telemental Health in Today’s Rural Health System » READ


Upcoming Events

ORHP: ACA and You - Office Hours
Wednesdays | 3:00 - 4:00 PM ET

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

Telehealth Legislation
January 16, 2014 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM CT
(South Central Telehealth Resource Center)

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

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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