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July 16, 2013

NCHN Reminders

The next Coffee/Tea Chat will be held on Wednesday, July 31st at 12:00 PM ET.

We are looking for network leaders to serve on the NCHN Executive Coaching Team. We will be providing training next week, Tuesday, July 23 and again on August 13 for NCHN members interesting in serving their Association in this role. Click here to learn more about the NCHN Executive Coaching Training.


Leadership Corner

More Tips to Involve Your Board and Board Members in Fund Development
This column and the previous column discuss strategories for engaging your Board.


Jon Smith
Jon Smith is Executive Director of The Hospital Cooperative and is Vice President of the NCHN Board of Directors

Member Q&A with Jon Smith, Executive Director of The Hospital Cooperative

Jon Smith is Executive Director of The Hospital Cooperative in Pocatello, Idaho. His network, The Hospital Cooperative, has been a member of NCHN since 2002 and was recognized as Outstanding Health Network of the Year in 2012. Jon currently serves as Vice President of the NCHN Board of Directors and served previous terms as Treasurer. He has been very involved in NCHN through his Board service, as well as participation on various committees. This week, we caught up with Jon to uncover the best kept secrets at THC and to find out exactly how he manages to stay so involved with NCHN while also serving as Executive Director of a successful health network.


From the Desk of Rebecca Davis, Ph.D.

Thanks to Darcy A. Czarnik Laurin, Executive Director, of the Thumb Rural Health Network, MI for sharing this quote from Ralph Marston, “True, effective leaders do not demand or proclaim or intimidate. They encourage, inspire, and lead by example. True leaders become leaders not because of their titles, but because of their work. Real leaders have no need to make promises, because it is already obvious to everyone that they get results. The world can always benefit from more good, effective leaders. You can make the choice to be one. Leadership is difficult and demanding, and often a thankless job. Yet without honest, authentic, effective leadership, the world would devolve into chaos. The job of a real leader is not to tell people what to do. The job of a real leader is to enable each and every person to be his or her absolute best, and to point all those people in a positive direction. You don’t need anyone’s permission to be a leader. All you have to do is to genuinely and respectfully make a positive difference in the lives of others.”


Jay Seifert
Rebecca Davis is the Executive Director of NCHN and lives in Montrose, Colorado
Chris Hopkins
Jim Ward serves as Telhealth Specialist with Virtual Care Works.

Congressional Definition of Telehealth

As reported in the National Law Review, “Representative Doris Matsui (D-CA), a member of the Energy and Commerce Committee, indicated that she intends to introduce legislation that would create a workable federal definition for telehealth services.”1 Representative Matsui’s effort to establish this definition of telehealth will become a step forward in the unfolding implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).


NCHN Calendar

Coffee/Tea Chat with Dr. Chess
July 31, 2013 @ 12:00 PM

HCAHPS Breakthrough Webinar: Cleanliness of Patient Rooms (CLS)
August 13, 2013 @ 1:00 PM ET

Executive Committee Call
August 20, 2013 @ 11:00 AM




NCHN Announces Group Executive Coaching Calls for HRSA Rural Health Network Development Grantees

NCHN members believe that by sharing best practices, all Networks increase their viability. In these NCHN sponsored Group Executive Coaching calls, we'll examine the rapid changes everyone is experiencing; assess our Network strengths; and consider creative solutions. The calls are designed to support leaders of new and emerging networks by leveraging the years of experience of current and former NCHN members. The first two Group Coaching sessions for network leaders will be offered in July and August via conference calls.

Dr. Mary Kay Chess will serve as the facilitator for the Group Coaching sessions. If interested in participating in the NCHN Group Executive Coaching calls please let Rebecca know.  Handouts and participation information will be distributed the week of the call.

The first Group Coaching Call will be on Thursday, July 25rd, 2013 @ 12:00 PM ET; 11:00 AM CT; 10:00 AM MT; 9:00 AM PT; 8:00 AM AKST

  • July Call Topic:  Leadership Coaching to Support Change: Where is your Network Now?
    • During this session, Coachees consider the metrics that determine how their Network is currently performing and how success of the Network is measured over time  The Coachees will learn how to design "mini change actions" supporting a proposed Network change. 

The second Group Coaching Call will be on Thursday, August 15, 2013 @ 12:00 PM ET; 11:00 AM CT; 10:00 AM MT; 9:00 AM PT; 8:00 AM AKST

  • August Call Topic:  Leadership Coaching to Facilitate Change: Can Your Network Embrace Change?
During this session, the Coachees share their "mini change actions" and the outcomes. They ask for specific feedback from their colleagues in order to understand additional approaches/actions to support on-going changes in the Networks.

July Coffee/Tea Chat with Mary Kay Chess, Ph.D.

Welcome to our next series of Coffee and Tea Chats with Mary Kay. Your feedback was very helpful to us as we work on rolling out these monthly opportunities for you to connect with your colleagues and focus on specific challenges and opportunities facing your unique communities and your network. Our next Coffee/Tea Chat is:

The Impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) in your Network:  Intended and Unintended Consequences
Facilitator: Dr. Mary Kay Chess
Wednesday, July 31, 2013 @ 12:00 PM ET; 11:00 AM CT; 10:00 AM MT; 9:00 AM PT; 8:00 AM AKST

Network leaders are very experienced in understanding "change." Each of your board members bring a unique culture and set of issues to the Network Board meetings. You facilitate the diverse needs and opinions around the boardroom table on a regular basis.  This time however, the changes are also coming into each rural community from state and national.  The changes will most likely be very significant and  will roll out fairly rapidly. We'll spend the hour pulling together a proactive assessment of possible outcomes:  intended and unintended consequences.  There is no pre-work needed for this call. You each have been in many meetings where these "changes" have been considered.  As a learning community of network leaders, this is your time to pull your perspectives into focus.  

We look forward to seeing you on July 31st.  And in the meantime, take time for those summer vacation breaks! (The call-in number will be provided the week of the call, so place a hold on the date and time for now – Wednesday, July 31 @12:00 PM ET; 11:00 AM CT; 10:00 AM MT; 9:00 AM PT; 8:00 AM AKST

Member News

RWHC: "Population Health Not New" Eye on Health, August 2013

HCC of Rural Missouri: HCC/Live Well Waverly launches Lafayette County's first ever bilingual web site

Partner News

MedAssets Expands Relationship with Alameda Health System to Support Patient Accounting System Conversion



Funding Announcements

MultiPlan to Award $30,000 in Grants to Rural Hospitals
MultiPlan, Inc., the nation’s oldest and largest independent PPO network, is accepting applications for its 2013 Rural Health Outreach Grant. The program, now in its 18th year, awards hospitals serving rural areas financial grants to help them introduce or expand services, education, screenings and other endeavors aimed at improving the health of people in their communities. (Due July 26, 2013)

AHIMA Foundation Veterans Scholarship
The AHIMA Foundation is proud to support those who have served our country through our Veterans Scholarship Program. We seek to develop the next generation of health information management (HIM) professionals by helping our men and women in uniform move on to a bright new future and career in healthcare. (Due September 6, 2013)
» FLYER (pdf)

National Headlines

NRHA Defends Importance of 340B Drug Program » READ
Nominations Sought for Country Doctor of the Year » READ
10-Point ONC Safety Plan Seeks to Improve EHR Use » READ
Monitoring Medical Home Implementation » READ
Interactive, county-by-county map shows data on obesity, exercise, hypertension, life expectancy » READ
EMS systems must adapt or perish » READ
Rural surgical practice requires new training model, offers great opportunities » READ
HHS grants to bolster disaster preparedness for health care, public health » READ
Rural Health Training through MyVeHU Campus » READ
Farm bill 2013: House narrowly passes pared-back version » READ
Sterilization more common among rural women » READ
Proposed Policy and Payment Changes to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule for Calendar Year 2014 » READ

ACA News

Next Step in Implementation: Finalizing Policies to Ensure Navigators will Help Consumers Enroll in the Health Insurance Marketplace » READ
U.S. community health centers eye Obamacare's newly insured » READ
Dramatic changes on health-care horizon » READ

HIT News

Health Information Technology in the United States 2013 » READ
HHS Expands Health IT Regional Extension Centers' Mission » READ
Final HHS Health IT Safety Plan issued » READ


Upcoming Events

Understanding the Hospital Community Benefit Requirement and the Community Health Needs Assessment
July 16, 2013 | 3:00 PM ET
(County Health Rankings & Roadmaps)

2013 Rural Quality and Clinical Conference
July 17 - 19, 2013 | Chicago, IL

Choose Effective Policies & Programs - Choosing Policy
July 23, 2013 | 3:00 PM ET
(County Health Rankings & Roadmaps)

Beyond Wishful Thinking - Sharing Exchanges Across States
July 24, 2013 | 2:30 - 3:45 PM ET
(National Academy for State Health Policy)

National Provider Call: Stage 1 and Stage 2 of Meaningful Use for the EHR Incentive Programs
July 24, 2013 | 1:30 - 3:00 PM ET

Rural Health Works Training
August 15, 2013 | Denver, CO
(Rural Health Works)

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