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March 19, 2013

NCHN Reminders

The deadline to make your hotel reservations will have arrived and passed when the next newsletter comes out in 2 weeks. Here is your final reminder: Make Hotel Reservations by March 25, 2013!

The NCHN Conference is less than a month away. Make sure you register before April 1st to get $75 off of on registration.


Leadership Corner

What’s Driving Your Nonprofit: Opinion or Expertise? There Is a Difference!
You either like or dislike Picasso’s work. That’s your personal view or attitude. But art experts judge Picasso as a seminal artist, a game-changer. You hire a lawyer and pay attention to what she says without wasting too much time offering your ill-informed or uninformed opinions about the law. You hire a doctor and don’t second-guess her surgical methods.

Heather Fuller
Heather Fuller is the Executive Director of Sunflower Health Network and the 2012 - 2013 NCHN President

MEMBER Q&A with Heather Fuller, Executive Director of Sunflower Health Network (KS)

This week, we interviewed NCHN's President, Heather Fuller, Executive Director of the 2011 NCHN Network of the Year, Sunflower Health Network. We asked some questions about her membership with NCHN and experience on the Board, as well as what has made SHN so successful. Heather has been a member of NCHN for over 7 years and has served as President since April 2012.


Monthly Recap: From Rebecca Davis, Ph.D.

Oh my, did you realize there are only 29 days until we meet in New Orleans for the 2013 NCHN Annual Educational Conference, All that Jazz!  If you haven’t registered already and secured your room, I recommend you hop to it!  Thanks to Christy, details are provided elsewhere in the eNews or you can access directly at the NCHN website. Also, if you have not taken a look at the 2013 Conference webpage, please take a minute to do so.  It includes lots of information to assist you in preparing for your journey to New Orleans, along with a listing of our Conference Sponsors, exhibitors, and advertisers. These companies and individuals help make the annual event possible.


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

NCHN Calendar

Quarterly Membership Call: The FCC's New Healthcare Connect Fund
Monday, March 25 @ 2:00 PM ET

Board of Directors Call
Monday, March 25 @ 3:00 PM ET

Conference Planning Committee Call
Tuesday, March 26 @ 2:00 PM ET
Tuesday, April 9 @ 2:00 PM ET

April Coffee/Tea Chat with Dr. Chess
Wednesday, April 3 @ 2:00 PM ET

19th NCHN Annual Educational Conference
April 16 - 19, 2013
New Orleans, Louisiana

Annual Membership Meeting
Wednesday, April 17 @ 8:00 AM
New Orleans, Louisiana

BULLS & Transformers Final Face to Face Meeting
Friday, April 19, 2013 | 7:00 - 8:45 AM
New Orleans, Louisiana




Lodging Scholarship for 1st Time NCHN Conference Attendees
NCHN is pleased to announce a scholarship to assist with lodging at the 2013 NCHN Annual Educational Conference – All that Jazz! The conference will be held April 16-19, 2013 in New Orleans at the Omni Royal Orleans Hotel.  Thanks to the generosity of the hotel, a first-time conference attendee will receive a certificate for two nights lodging and dinner to be used during the conference.  The winner will be announced on Tuesday, April 2.

In order to be considered, you must be the network leader, never attended a NCHN conference before, and be registered to attend the 2013 conference by March 29, 2013. If selected for the scholarship and you are not a current NCHN member, in addition to the lodging scholarship, the conference registration fee will be revised to the membership rate for an additional savings of $100.

APPLY ONLINE (Deadline: Friday, March 29, 2013)



Tennessee Rural Partnership Program launches CHEERS

For a number of years, the Tennessee Primary Care Association (TPCA) was the recipient of a federally funded SEARCH grant (student/resident experiences and rotations in community health) to support rural/underserved rotations for health professions students and medical residents. The SEARCH program was terminated in September 2012. However, due to the successes of the administration of the SEARCH program by TCPA and the Tennessee Rural Partnership’s (TRP) rural rotation program, a consensus was reached by the leadership of these groups that a joint program would be developed to focus on the most efficient and useful strategies and resources of each organization and their partners.


Member News

National Rural Health Resource Center released a HIE Toolkit (March 2013)

Coastal Carolinas Health Alliance: Coastal Connect Health Information Exchange a 2013 Amerinet Member Achievement Award Recipient

RWHC: Eye on Health (April 2013): "Spring Will Follow a Lousy Winter"

Virginia Telehealth Network held its 2013 Mid-Atlantic Telehealth Resource Center Annual Summit

WCORHA has a mobile health van for sale


Funding Announcements

USAC Rural Health Care Telecommunications Program
Health care providers are permitted to apply to receive reduced rates for a variety of telecommunications services under the Rural Health Care Program.

340B Drug Pricing Program
The 340B Drug Pricing Program is a federal program that requires drug manufacturers to provide outpatient drugs to eligible health care centers, clinics, and hospitals (termed "covered entities") at a reduced price. The program offers a way for eligible safety-net organizations to ensure access to medications

all that jazz - it's almost that time!
  • Register online here
    by April 1, 2013 to save $75
  • Make Hotel Reservations here
    by March 26, 2013
  • View the Agenda here
    Session descriptions have been updated
  • See this year's Speakers here
  • Plan Your Trip here

National Headlines

ONC Health IT Releases Resources for Critical Access Hospitals and Small Rural Hospitals » VIEW ONLINE
HHS announces 2013 agenda to bring down costs and improve quality of care through implementation of health information technology » READ
Resource: HRSA’s New Clinical Quality and Performance Measures Toolkit » VIEW ONLINE
Agricultural Health Training for Rural America » READ
Sequestration, Medicaid and Mortality » READ
USDA Could Redefine Rural Areas » READ
Creating Healthier Communities: Who's Doing It, and How? » READ
Medicare Payment Advisory Commission Releases Report on Medicare Payment Policy » READ
CMS: ICD-10 Implementation Timelines » READ
Speak Your Piece: Simplify Rural Definition » READ
Women in Parts of Rural America Face Worsening Mortality Rates » READ
HHS Takes 'Time Out' on Meaningful Use Stage Three Rule-making » READ
Free Vouchers for Health IT Professionals to Take Health IT Professional Exams » READ
1 in 3 counties now dying, with rural and exurban areas hit hard; immigrants help avert losses » READ
Reducing Road Deaths Proves Challenging in Rural States » READ updated "EHR Benefits for Critical Access Hospitals and Other Small Rural Hospitals" » READ


Upcoming Events

National Health Insurance Marketplace Stakeholder Conference Call
March 18, 2013 - Call Recording Available
1-800-585-8367 / ID Number -  16967333

Rural Broadband Availability and Adoption - Evidence, Policy Changes, and Options
March 18, 2013 @ 10:00 AM CT
(Southern Rural Development Center)

Understanding and Preparing for ICD-10-CM/PCS
March 20, 2013 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM CT
(National Rural Health Association)

HRSA Health IT and Quality Webinar: Using Clinical Decision Support in Safety Net Provider Settings
March 22, 2013 @ 2:00 PM EST

Health IT for Primary and Behavioral Healthcare Integration
March 25, 2013 | 2:00 - 3:30 PM ET

Small and Rural Collaboration Promotes Patient Safety Improvement
March 26, 2013 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM CDT
(National Rural Health Association)

Recruiting and Retaining Physicians in America
March 27, 2013 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM CDT
(National Rural Health Association)

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