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June 4, 2013

NCHN Reminders

HCAHPS webinars provided by Custom Learning Systems are starting June 11th. One flat (highly discounted) fee provides access to all 12 webinars in the series for you and your members. More details are below.

NCHN's Quarterly Informational Call with Maggie Elehwany, NRHA, and David Pearson with TORCH, will be held on June 17, 2013. Look for details in your inbox later this week.


Leadership Corner

RWHC Leadership Insights: "Coordination"
I just got a call from a colleague asking why a posting she had made to our website was now posted twice. After a brief discussion, we figured out that one person had asked...

Chris Hopkins
Chris Hopkins is Vice President of Strategy and Business Development with Montana Health Network

Featured Member: Chris Hopkins, Montana Health Network

For this feature, we interviewed Chris Hopkins, NCHN President and Vice President of Strategy and Business Development with Montana Health Network in Miles City, Montana. In 2010, Montana Health Network was recognized as the Outstanding Health Network of the Year. In addition to his role as VP of Strategy and Business Development within his network, Chris is an active NCHN member, serving as an officer on the NCHN Board, as well as participating in numerous NCHN activities and committees. From 2012 - 2013, Chris served as the Chair of the 2013 Conference Planning Committee. Read on for more about his work with MHN, and his thoughts on NCHN.


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

Does this sound familiar?

“Every year we do Health Risk Assessments, offer on-line coaching and support and have a health fair. And every year we have health insurance premium increases because our high-risk employees aren’t changing their behavior and every year there are more of them.”

Unfortunately this sad refrain is something we hear more and more often when talking with leaders about their efforts to contain their employee healthcare costs. The fact is that the vast majority of wellness programs fail to do what they’re intended to do: reduce healthcare costs.


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

Board of Directors Call
June 11, 2013 @ 11:00 AM

Quarterly Informational Call
June 17, 2013 @ 2:00 PM ET

HCAHPS Breakthrough Webinar: The C-Suite Role in HCAHPS Transformation (CLS)
June 11, 2013 @ 1:00 PMET




HCAHPS Breakthrough Series starting June 11th

We have received a lot of questions about this! Yes, your network's payment of $295 covers the full registration for the entire HCAHPS Breakthrough series of webinars for your member hospitals, community facilities, and staff. So, if you order the webinar series for your network, you can send the registration code to all of your members, hospitals, facilities, and staff. Their registration for all 12 sessions is covered under your one-time payment of $295. Webinars are recorded for later viewing, so if you miss one, you can view it online later.


Member News

Indiana Statewide Rural Health Network: Dodd Joins National Health Network Board

Partner News

NRHA: Become a Rural Health Fellow

RWHC: Hosting Webinar on Rural Health Networks (June 5, 2013 @ 12:00 PM CDT)


Funding Announcements

Health Care Innovation Awards
The Health Care Innovation Awards will provide funding to test new payment and service delivery models that will deliver better care and lower costs for Medicare, Medicaid, and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) enrollees. (LOI due June 28, 2013)

340B Peer-to-Peer Program
The purpose of the 340B Peer-to-Peer Network is to connect 340B entities and stakeholders with high performing sites, called leading practice sites, that have exemplary 340B pharmacy service offerings. (Due June 30, 2013)

National Headlines

HRSA Seeks To Collect Information for Rural Health IT Grant Program » READ
Bill takes aim at reform law's rural-floor provision » READ
Rural Scholars Program Grooms Primary Care Docs in AL » READ
Hospital Calculates The ROI Of An iPad At 9 Days » READ
HHS seeks input on regulatory strategy for health IT » READ
Doctors and hospitals’ use of health IT more than doubles since 2012 » READ
Administration Announces $1 Billion Initiative to Launch Health Care Innovation Awards » READ
Secure health data helping patients, doctors improve care and health » READ
The New Site That Could Change Hospital Billing Forever » READ has Rresources for Transitioning to ICD-10 » READ
Population Patterns: Rural Trends Changing » READ
Q&A: Rural Health Practitioner of the Year, Larry Rhodes, MD » READ
For Ailing Vets In Rural Areas, Telemedicine Can Be The Cure » READ
Speak Your Piece: Rural Teen Pregnancy » READ
Broader Competition For USDA's 'Rural' Dollars » READ
'It is getting a lot harder to do this': Doctor shortage strains practices » READ
Workplace Wellness Programs Study » READ


Upcoming Events

Rural Health Networks: A Case for Collaboration
June 5, 2013 | 12:-00 - 1:00 PM CDT

Questions and Answers on the Health Care Law
June 5, 2013 | 1:00 - 2:00 PM ET

Public Health's Special Role in Building Partnerships
June 11, 2013 @ 3:00 PM ET
(County Health Rankings & Roadmaps)

MCHB Webcast: The Multiple Roles of Oral Health Providers: Screening and Connection to Care
June 12, 2013 | 1:30 - 3:00 PM ET


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