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July 15, 2014

NCHN Reminders

The 2014 Network Leader Salary & Benefit Report will be released next week. Those who completed it will receive a free copy in your Inbox.

2014 NCHN Awards: Full Releases

» Darcy Czarnik Laurin recognized as 2014 Outstanding New and Emerging Health Network Leader
» Cindy Siler recognized as 2014 Outstanding Health Network Leader
» Coastal Carolinas Health Alliance receives 2014 Outstanding Health Network award
» Federal Office of Rural Health Policy Recognized as 2014 Friend of NCHN


Leadership Corner

Financial Cautionary Tales for Nonprofits
The sector is full of stories about how organizations got themselves in a world of financial hurt. Some of these situations are, of course less than perfectly predictable but some are foreseeable because they are so common. One of the most astute financial analysts in the sector joined Ruth McCambridge in an hour long discussion of familiar financial traps, and how best to immunize your organization against financial woes.


RWHCFeatured Program: Wisconsin Collaborative for Rural Graduate Medical Education

The Wisconsin Rural Training Track Collaborative (WRTTC, name later changed to Wisconsin Collaborative for Rural Graduate Medical Education, WCRGME) was formed in early 2012 as a vehicle to promote the development of Rural Training Tracks in Wisconsin. It aims to address the shortage of family physicians in rural counties by relieving some of the administrative and accreditation burdens required of GME training programs.



From the Executive Director: The Dog Days of Network Leadership

Hattie and MillieJuly. Here we are in the middle of summer! Are you stopping to enjoy the season, stopping to smell the flowers, have you been to or plan to visit a state or national park, had a picnic, visited friends, been swimming, hiking, or any other summertime activity that would be great to help you recharge your batteries?

Yesterday, as I was working on my article, I decided to unplug from the Internet. I actually took the computer to the back porch, thinking I could give the “girls” (two of which are pictured here) some extra time in the back yard shade and also get some work done. I have thought about doing this several times, but just never followed through on that thought.


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

NCHN Calendar

Membership Task Force Call
July 8, 2014 @ 11:00 AM ET

July Coffee/Tea Chat with Dr. Chess
July 25, 2014 @ 11:00 AM ET

Membership Task Force Call
August 5, 2014 @ 11:00 AM ET

Executive Committee Call
August 12, 2014 @ 4:00 PM ET

August Coffee/Tea Chat
August 22, 2014 @ 11:00 AM ET

Membership Task Force Call
August 26, 2014 @ 11:00 AM ET

Board of Directors Call
September 9, 2014 @ 4:00 PM ET




July Coffee/Tea Chat

When: Friday, July 25th @ 11:00 AM ET; 10:00 AM CT; 9:00 AM MT; 8:00 AM PT; 7:00 AM AK

Welcome to July and the iced Coffee and Tea Chat with Dr. Chess. We had excellent participation and very intriguing questions that were fielded by network leaders on the June Chat. Looking forth to continuing the interaction and connection of the network leaders across the nation!

The primary focus for our July chat will be: Creating Meaningful Evaluations. How do you know a new business line will succeed? When it comes to evaluation criteria, what are your key stakeholders looking for in monthly or quarterly reports? What are the most effective approaches and tools to use for collecting data? Thank you Lois for suggesting this critical topic. Come prepared to consider the value of evaluations and, other questions that may be top of mind. We look forward to hearing from you all on July 25th.

Call Information was distributed via a Save the Date – if you need the number, please let Rebecca know.

Member News

Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network: July 2014 Newsletter

Rural Health Network of Oklahoma: Dentist opening (FT/PT)

The Hospital Cooperative: Cooperative Connections July 2014

Western Healthcare Alliance: July 2014 Newsletter

Partner News

EMTS signs New Channel Partnership Agreement with MedAssets

EMTS: End of Fiscal Year Questions to Consider When Purchasing Medical Equipment


Funding Announcements

Service Area Competition Funding for Health Center Program (Bureau of Primary Health Care)
The Health Center Program provides grants to health centers that offer comprehensive primary health care services to an underserved area or population. This program targets the nation's neediest populations and geographic regions.


National Headlines

Tell the FCC: "Don't Break the Internet Before Rural Gets It" "Don't Allow Internet Providers to Redline Rural Communities" » READ AND SUBMIT COMMENTS

Rural Assistance Center: New Resources on Finding Rural-Relevant Statistics and Data » READ

Speak Your Piece: A Rural Hospital Crisis » READ

CMS issued final rule to reform burdensome regulations for providers » READ

Rural Health Networks: Adapting to a Changing Health Care Environment (Leticia Manning, 12/2013) » VIEW

MIRROR, MIRROR ON THE WALL How the Performance of the U.S. Health Care System Compares Internationally » READ

Country Doctor 2014 » READ

Medicaid 'Coverage Gap' Worse in Rural » READ

Rural Poverty Highlighted In New Report » READ

Hospitals continue to shut down in rural America » READ

CMS releases CY 2015 OPPS, ASC proposed rule » READ

Rural residents with disabilities less likely to get colon cancer screening » READ

Rural Hospitals’ Service to Poor Challenged by Costs and Policies » READ

Rural Kansas hospital focuses on 'mission-driven' medicine to recruit doctors » READ

Lawmakers consider ways to improve rural health care » READ

HHS announces the availability of $100 million in Affordable Care Act funding to expand access to primary care through new community health centers » READ

Missouri Creates Unique Medical Classification: Assistant Physician » READ

Public Hearing Planned On Rural Health Management (Kentucky) » READ

ACA News

Could the Affordable Care Act Improve the U.S.' Failing Health-Care Grade? » READ

Health care reform implementation update - July 10, 2014 » READ

Will next year’s insurance premiums go up or down? » READ

HIT News

Critical access hospitals still facing EHR adoption challenges » READ

Critical Access Hospitals Report Challenges, Yet Forge Ahead with Advanced Health IT Capabilities » READ

Proposed CMS rule expands telehealth payments, domain » READ

Telemedicine gains ground in treatment of injured workers » READ

HHS launches challenge to improve hypertension through health IT » READ

W.Va. rural health group expands healthcare data portal » READ


Upcoming Events

Population Health Management: Be Proactive For Your Patients
July 16, 2014 | 1:00 - 2:00 PM ET
(Patient Centered Primary Care Collaborative)

Rural Quality and Clinical Conference
July 16-18, 2014 | Atlanta, GA

Reducing Chronic Heart Failure Readmissions Using Telehealth
July 17, 2014 | 1:00 - 2:00 PM ET
(Telehealth Resource Centers)

Improving the Health of High Risk Populations with Mobile Technology
July 17, 2014 | 2:00 PM CT

Building Engagement: Leveraging What Matters Most to Physicians
July 17, 2014 | 3:00 - 4:30 PM CT
(Illinois Hospital Association)

Nonprofit Employers and the Health Care Law Webinars
July 17, 2014 | 2:00 PM ET
August 14, 2014 | 2:00 PM ET
(SBA and CMS)

Engaging People in Services that Support Recovery (Behavioral Health)
July 22, 2014 | 2:00 - 3:00 PM ET
(STAR Center)

Open Payments (the Sunshine Act): Registration, Review, and Dispute
July 22, 2014 | 2:30 - 4:00 PM ET
(MLN Connects)

Strengthening Rural-Urban Connections to Support Competitive Regions
July 24, 2014 | 2:00 - 3:15 PM ET

Building accountability: Multi-sector roles and engagement
July 29, 2014 | 3:00 PM ET
(County Health Rankings & Roadmaps)

Rural Health Works Workshop
August 6, 2014 | Austin, TX
(Rural Health Works)


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