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July 2, 2013

NCHN Reminders

HCAHPS webinars provided by Custom Learning Systems started on June 11th. The next, Quiet at Night, will be held on July 9th at 1 PM ET. One flat (highly discounted) fee provides access to all 12 webinars in the series for you and your members. Find out more/order here


Leadership Corner

RWHC Leadership Insights: "F.A.Q"
The most Frequently Asked Question (F.A.Q.) I hear in leadership workshops is, “How do I help the employee who comes to me with a problem that they are having with a co-worker and expects me to solve it? I feel like I am stuck in the middle, especially when they refuse to talk to that co-worker about it.”

Chris Hopkins
Jim Ward serves as Telhealth Specialist with Virtual Care Works.

How Can Telemedicine Fit Into Pediatric Practices?

Virtual Care Works has been working with a Denver-based pediatrics practice since October, 2012. The practice cares for patients from birth to college age and has experienced a large increase in behavioral issues, especially within the adolescent age group.


Monthly Column: Leadership and Organizational Health: Why Wellness Doesn't Work

Way back around 1980, employee healthcare costs were consuming around 7 percent of corporate profits and trending upwards. “Corporate America” responded to this issue in a way that was utterly logical—they outsourced the issue to the “experts.” Large employers began contracting with places like Johns Hopkins and the Mayo Clinic to develop strategies to reverse this trend—and the “workplace wellness” movement was born.


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

Committees are currently forming. The Committee call schedules will be sent by email and will be included here when available.

HCAHPS Breakthrough Webinar: Quiet at Night (CLS)
July 9, 2013 @ 1:00 PM ET

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




NCHN Surveys: Your Chance to Help Direct Your Association

Coffee/Tea Chats
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Membership Benefits
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NCHN Committee Sign-Ups: Last Chance

Committee sign-ups are still open, but soon they will not be. We need you! So please take a few minutes to sign up for a committee and become involved with NCHN and your peers through committee work. You can sign up and view all commitee descriptions at the link below.


Member News

RWHC: Eye on Health (July 2013)

Partner News

Virtual Care Works: Secure Medical Texting

Lonestart Wellness: Wellness in the Workplace (July 2013)


Funding Announcements

USDA Distance Learning and Telemedicine Loan and Grant Program
The DLT program is designed specifically to meet the educational and health care needs of rural America.

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)

National Headlines

HHS: Welcome to the new » READ
Sebelius Asks for Help Reaching Rural » READ
Speak Your Piece: Distracting Definitions » READ
National Rural Assembly was held June 23 - 26 » READ
New funding to improve care coordination for Medicare-Medicaid enrollees » READ
Rural Broadband At A Glance, 2013 Edition » READ
Doctor shortage in coming years will hit rural areas most » READ
Population Health is Not a New Concept » READ
In Search of the Health IT Experts » READ
Is GME Snubbing Rural America? » READ
CMS Issues Health Insurance Exchange Proposed Rules » READ
Speak Your Piece: 'Obamacare' and Rural » READ
113 Counties Switch to Metro Status » READ
Missouri law may boost health-care access in rural areas » READ
When States Reject Medicaid Expansion, Safety-Net Hospitals In A Bind » READ
CMS proposes 1.1% payment cut for hospital-based home health agencies » READ


Upcoming Events

Community-Oriented Connectivity Broadband Grant Program
July 2, 2013 | 1:00 - 3:00 PM ET

The Affordable Care Act
July 11, 2013 @ 2:00 PM ET

HRSA HIT and Quality Webinar: Free Continuing Education Resources for Safety Net Health Professionals from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
July 12, 2013 | 2:00 - 3:00 PM ET

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


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