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June 3, 2014
2014 NCHN Annual Educational Conference | June 17-20, 2014

NCHN Reminders

2014 NCHN Annual Educational Conference: Early Bird Registration extended to June 4thRegister by June 4th to save up to $150
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A limited number of exhibit booths are still available at the Conference. Apply Online...



Leadership Corner

What We're Scoring When We're Scoring [Member] Engagement
A tool for tracking and measuring member engagement can be valuable for any association—if you can decide what “engagement” actually means to you, first... Data is knowledge and knowledge is power, so we’ve sought out these stories to help associations navigate the rather complex endeavor of translating member engagement activity into meaningful metrics.


Tom Ralser
Tom Ralser, Prinicpal, Director of Outcomes Lab, with Convergent Nonprofit Solutions

Author and Fundraising Pioneer to Deliver Keynote at NCHN Annual Educational Conference in St. Louis

Asking RightsDuring the opening session of the conference, author and fundraising pioneer Tom Ralser will tackle the fundraising challenges nonprofits face from a fresh perspective -that of the nonprofit funder. As presented his newest book, Asking Rights, this “other side of the desk” point of view demands a new approach to the art of securing funds to support the work of health networks, and distills the experience of hundreds of fundraising campaigns into a concise formula for success. Tom will focus on the unique applications of the Asking Rights formula to healthcare network fundraising, and will draw on his experience of working with hundreds of similar organizations throughout the country.

Attendees of this session will receive a complimentary copy of Tom Ralser's book, Asking Rights: Why Some Nonprofits Get Funded (and some don't)


NCHN Calendar

2014 Awards Committee
June 4, 2014 @ 2:00 PM ET

2014 Conference Planning Committee Call
June 10, 2014 @ 3:00 PM ET

Executive Committee Call
June 10, 2014 @ 4:00 PM ET

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

2014 Program Decelopment Committee Call
June 25, 2014 @ 11:00 AM ET

June Coffee/Tea Chat with Dr. Chess
June 26, 2014 @ 11:00 AM ET

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




NCHN Serves as Collaborator for 2 HIMSS Events

NCHN is proud to serve as a collaborator for the following HIMSS events. NCHN information will be disseminated to over 450 attendees in Ohio and Washington, DC.

Discover what you need to lead
June 13, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm 
Global Center for Health Innovation - Cleveland, OH
Gain advanced knowledge to drive your health IT organization and your career forward at the inaugural HIMSS Leadership Essentials Conference:

  • Explore core competencies required to lead a well-run, effective organization
  • Get leadership advice and wisdom from nationally recognized speakers
  • Network with other mid-level managers and emerging senior leaders


GHIT ConferenceGovernment Health IT Conference & Exhibition
June 17-18, 2014
Ronald Reagan Building & International Trade Center | Washington, DC
Join the nation’s brightest thought leaders, influencers, implementers and public sector health professionals to network, share common challenges, and explore best practices. This is your chance to learn about and influence the policies that shape healthcare. Plus, a Hero’s Welcome to Health IT will provide veterans the opportunity to explore the transition to a civilian health IT career.


Member News

HCC is Celebrating 10 Years of Health Care Advocacy in Rural Missouri

RWHC: The State of Health Care in Wisconsin: Rural Opportunities and Challenges

Western Healthcare Alliance: May 2014 newsletter (pdf)

Partner News

EMTS exhibiting at the 2014 NCHN Annual Educational Conference in St. Louis - look for Larry Cantarano and Andy Hunt


Funding Announcements

Evidence-Based Tele-Emergency Network Grant Program (HRSA-14-138)
The EB TNGP is intended to support implementation and evaluation of broad telehealth networks to deliver 24-hour Emergency Department (ED) consultation services via telehealth to rural providers without emergency care specialists.
(Deadline: June 19, 2014)


USDA Announces Funding for Advanced Communications Technology in Rural Areas » READ

National Headlines

AHRQ: 11th annual National Healthcare Quality Report and National Healthcare Disparities Report released » READ

White Paper: New Models for Rural Post-Acute Care :: CAHs Optimize Patient Outcomes, Value, and Financial Stability » VIEW

Rural physicians more likely than urban to focus on quality, cost » READ

Rural Trust Releases Why Rural Matters 2013-14 » READ

Study suggests rural cancer care is lacking » READ

New Beginnings: A Discussion Guide for Living Well with Diabetes » READ

HHS releases new data and tools to increase transparency on hospital utilization and other trends » READ

Health issues, relationship changes trigger economic spirals for low-income rural families » READ

How to Convince a Stoic Farmer to Get Tested for Colon Cancer » READ

Senate chair: fix 'dysfunctional' Indian health » READ

Court deals setback to hospital 340B drug discounts » READ

Access to health care often limited for rural veterans » READ

Rural Medicine: In Critical Condition (Series) PART I Part II Part III PART IV

Senate bill seeks to bolster rural health care » READ

Rural hospitals a model for cutting healthcare costs » READ

ACA News

Working Paper: Integrated Care Management in Rural Communities » VIEW (rel. May 2014) » POLICY BRIEF

Open Payments Data Collection Moves Forward » READ

Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; Exchange and Insurance Market Standards for 2015 and Beyond (Federal Register) » READ

Senate bill seeks to bolster rural health care » READ

HIT News

Modifications to the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record Incentive Programs for 2014; and Health Information Technology: Revisions to the Certified EHR Technology Definition (Federal Register) » READ

CMS proposes flexibility in meeting meaningful use in 2014 » READ

CMS considering alternatives to 'two-midnight' rule » READ

Many hospitals dissatisfied with EHR systems, survey shows » READ


Upcoming Events

More ICD-10 Coding Basics
June 4, 2014 | 1:30 - 3:00 PM ET
(MLN Connects)

Fundamentals of Establishing a PCMH
June 5, 2014 | 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM CST

The Four Pillars of Population Health (Part II): Care Coordination and Patient Engagement
June 6, 2014 | 1:00 - 2:00 PM ET

HIT Policy Committee
June 10, 2014 | 9:00 AM - 1:15 PM ET

Medicare Shared Savings Program ACO: Application Review
June 10, 2014 | 2:30 - 4:00 PM ET
(MLN Connects)

County Health Rankings & Roadmaps 101 & New Website Tour
June 10, 2014 @ 3:00 PM ET
(County Health Rankings & Roadmaps)

HIMSS Leadership Essentials Conference
June 13, 2014 @ Cleveland, OH

Government Health IT Conference & Exhibition
June 17-18, 2014 | Wasington, DC

The Impact of a Capital Project on Your Health Center
June 18, 2014 | 2:00 - 3:00 PM ET

The Telehealth Implementation Roadmap
June 19, 2014 @ 2:00 PM ET
(Telehealth Resource Centers)

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

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


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