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March 18, 2014

NCHN Reminders

GrantStation, a NCHN Partner, polls organizations on the status of their grantseeking twice yearly in order to provide the nonprofit sector with a vivid, up-to-date snapshot of grantseeking today. Please take part in the survey. The survey results (which are free) can serve as a benchmark for your organization to compare your own grantseeking efforts with those of your colleagues.


Leadership Corner

Ctrl, Alt, Belief: How to Reboot Your Association
Editorial Note: This article is directed at associations, but we thought the concepts are valuable for networks, as well.

Fear and doubt can be fatal to associations, but rebooting the way you think about problems (they’re actually opportunities) and about trying new things can bring an organization back to life, said leadership consultant Holly Duckworth, CAE, at ASAE’s Great Ideas Conference.


Synernet is a founding member of NCHN.

EMTS is a NCHN Business Partner.

Equipment Cost Savings Case Study: How EMTS helped keep a Point of Care program running and saved thousands in the proces

Synernet, a founding member of NCHN, turned to EMTS for help in finding a company that would allow for the continuation of the Point of Care program utilizing new and updated glucometers for blood glucose levels. The result was thousands of dollars in savings. Read this case study to find out more.


From the Desk of Rebecca Davis, Ph.D.

Yesterday, I read an article my monthly Prevention magazine (January 2014, always running a bit behind on personal reading!) and I thought, how much does this sound like Network Leaders? “You feel like you’re running in 90 directions at once – but never the right one.” How does this sound like you? I certainly related to the comment! This time of year is a busy time for NCHN. We are nearing the end of our fiscal year, so that brings on some additional tasks – like budget development for 2014; updating membership dues assessment form, reviewing our work plan and seeing where we have fallen short of goals and celebrating where we may have exceeded goals.


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

NCHN Calendar

Executive Committee Call
March 18, 2014 @ 11:00 AM ET

Program Development Committee Call
March 26, 2014 @ 11:00 AM ET

Leadership Learning Community Call
March 27, 2014 @ 12:00 PM ET

March Coffee/Tea Chat
March 28, 2014 @ 11:00 AM ET

Leadership Learning Community Call
April 3, 2014 @ 12:00 PM ET

Evidence-Based Outcome Task Force Call
April 4, 2014 @ 4:00 PM ET

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




March Coffee & Tea with Dr. Chess:
Communication and Connections

When: Friday, March 28, 2014
Time: 11:00 AM ET; 10:00 AM CT; 9:00 AM MT; 8:00 AM PT
Call in information was distributed through a Save the Date Notice

Welcome to spring.  It is time to celebrate a new season and, consider celebrating new ways of connecting and communicating.  We know that the healthcare landscape is changing constantly:  players, leaders, regulations and affiliations.  It is hard to stay on top of all the changes and, it is hard to hold the air space you need for Network News.

During the March Coffee and Tea Chat, we'll look at some of the most effective ways of connecting networks with members, affiliates, friends and detractors!  Be ready to comment on the most effective tools you use and how you are measuring success.  What will you add to this list:  Email Alerts, Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Newsletters, Face-to-Face, YouTube and RSS.  

NCHN thanks the following members who have contributed to the 2014 Conference Keynote Speaker Program

  • Arizona Rural Women's Health Network
  • HCC of Rural Missouri
  • Louisiana Rural Ambulance Alliance
  • Montana Health Network
  • Partners in Health Network
  • Santa Cruz County Adolescent Wellness Network
  • South Texas Health System
  • Southwest Idaho Community Health Network
  • Tennessee Rural Partnership
  • Western Healthcare Alliance

Interested in supporting the 2014 Keynote Speaker? Let Rebecca know...

Leadership Learning Community Call
When:  Thursday, March 27, 2014
Time: 12:00 PM ET; 11:00 AM CT; 10:00 AM MT; 9:00 AM PT
Call Information: Distributed through a Save the Date Notice 

The March meeting of the NCHN Leadership Learning Community is almost here.  During our conversation this month, we'll take a bit of time to discuss if you were able to discover innovation in the middle of conflict over the past month. Then, we'll focus on you:  your preferences, your leadership approach and, where you would like to develop professionally over the next nine months.  We'll host an NCHN Leadership Challenge.  You'll have an opportunity to declare one area of personal leadership exploration, determine what your personal challenge will look like and how you would like support.  This support might be interesting articles on the topic, a weekly email or, a 12 minute call once a week!  Up to you.  We'll see you all in Spring and continue our innovation discussion - around you and your growth!

Marketplace Resources

NCHN participated on a conference call last week with the White House Partnership and President Obama spoke to the participants about the importance of enrolling individuals into health insurance plans. The following information was received by NCHN office about resources available to help with this efforts. We know some of our members have been working on this issue and are happy to share these resources with you for your efforts.

  • Information Toolkit: Download a condensed version of our health care law toolkit to use during the final weeks of open enrollment.
  • Sign up for a webinar:  HHS is hosting webinars throughout the month of March.  They will give you the information you need about the healthcare law and how to host an enrollment event in your community. Check out the list below and see which webinar might work for your schedule. 
  • Enrollment Event Guide:  Check out “Four-Step Guide to Planning a Health Care Enrollment Event” for more information and next steps.

Member News

RWHC: Eye on Health newsletter – April 2014

HCC of Rural Missouri: Local Program Impacts Healthier Life Choices

Coastal Carolinas Health Alliance highlights Community Impact at annual meeting

Partner News

NRHA: The Rural Health Impact of the President’s FY 2015 Budget


Funding Announcements

National Rural Health Policy and Community Development Program (HRSA-14-080)
The purpose of the program is to develop and maintain projects that will help support rural communities through a broad range of activities which are to: identify and promote national policy issues and promising practices for rural health care providers focused on: quality of care; economic viability; access; workforce (recruitment and retention); and the changing health care environment as it relates to insurance coverage expansion...
(Deadline: March 31, 2014)


nraco indianaACO Spotlight

Rural Hospitals in Indiana are organizing in Accountable Care Organizations


National Headlines

From NRHA: Please contact your senators regarding the SGR Repeal and Medicare Provider Payment Modernization Act of 2014 » READ

Hospital CEO Turnover at Historic Highs » READ

CMS implements extension of two programs for small, rural hospitals » READ

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Funds New Healthy People 2020 Law and Health Policy Project Through CDC Foundation » READ

Hospital leaders urge Congress to protect hospital payments » READ

'Georgia Rural Health Day' Acknowledges Critical Shortage of Rural Healthcare Resources » READ

Public hospital’s for-profit partnership illustrates rural health care struggles » READ

Supporting Iowa Rural Provider Capacity Through Community Care Coordination Teams » READ

The Evidence for Community Paramedicine in Rural Areas: State and Local Findings and the Role of the State Flex Program » READ

Family Physician Shortage Could End With Targeted Policies that Value Primary Care » READ

President's Budget: Selected Resources and Reactions » READ

ACA News

Health care reform enters phase 2 » READ

Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; HHS Notice of Benefit and Payment Parameters for 2015 » READ

Obama threatens to veto GOP 'doc fix' bill » READ

Summary of Medicare Provisions in the President’s Budget for Fiscal Year 2015 » READ

The Affordable Care Act: What’s in it for American Indians and Alaska Natives? » READ

HIT News

CMS: April 1 deadline for eligible hospitals to avoid EHR payment penalty in 2015 » READ

Practical Playbook Merges Public Health/Primary Care Using Health IT » VIEW

Federal health IT grants bear fruit, report finds » READ

Federal panel scales back MU Stage 3 » READ


Upcoming Events

Road to 10: ICD-10 Training Webinar Series
March 13, 18, 19th | 12:00 - 1:00 PM ET

This Month in Telemedicine
March 18, 2014 | 2:00 - 3:00 PM ET
(American Telemedicine Association)

Convergence of Telehealth and Digital Health
March 19, 2014 | 4:00 - 5:00 PM ET
(American Telemedicine Association)

Building and Using the Rural Community Health Evidence Base
March 20, 2014 | 2:00 - 3:00 PM ET

Telehealth 101: policy and reimbursement update
March 20, 2014 | 1:00 - 2:00 PM CDT
(Heartland Telehealth Resource Center)

Reducing Hospital Readmissions through Telehealth: Vidant Health's Experience
March 20, 2014 | 1:00 - 2:00 PM CST
(Telehealth Resource Center)

Realizing Rural Care Coordination: Considerations and Action Steps for State Policymakers
April 2, 2014 | 2:00 - 3:15 PM ET

NRHA 37th Annual Rural Health Conference
April 22-25, 2014 | Las Vegas, NV

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