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

NCHN Reminders

2014 NCHN Annual Educational Conference Reminders

2014 NCHN Annual Awards: Nominate a deserving network, network leader, or friend of NCHN (deadline: Thursday, May 29th)

Last call for the 2014 Network Leader Salary & Benefit Survey If you have not yet completed the salary survey, please do so today. The report will be drafted shortly, so the link will close tomorrow. Only those who have completed the survey will receive a free copy of the report. If you need a link to the survey, let Christy know.


Leadership Corner

Resting on our Laurels
by Jo Anne Preston, RWHC
Wreaths of laurel leaves worn as a crown in ancient Greece indicated that victory had been achieved, that a high status had been attained. Today you may see universities using laurels to signify a commencement. It is right and good to acknowledge an achievement! It can be so satisfying-even joyful-to bask a bit in knowing you have done well. But “resting on our laurels” happens when we wear the crown a little too long and complacency can set in. It happens to most of us at one time or another. You may be resting on your laurels if you:


Bill Bolt
Bill Bolt, Ph.D., is Executive Director of Data Services for Healthcare (DaSH)

Meet Bill Bolt from Data Services for Healthcare

Bill Bolt, Ph.D., is the Executive Director of a new network member, Data Services for Healthcare (DaSH), a Colorado network that assists health care providers and facilities in Frontier, Rural, and Urban underserved areas of Colorado with affordable and sustainable use of Health Information Technology.

Dr. Bolt has been the healthcare management field since 1984. He has worked in Corporate healthcare, Critical Access Hospitals and Federally Qualified Health Centers. He is a retired Major from the US Army. He has his Bachelor's degree in Psychology, his Masters degree in Business Administration (MBA) and his Doctorate degree in Management. Dr. Bolt's passion lies in the rural/underserved health care arena. Look for him at the NCHN Conference next month, where he will be presenting Transforming the Rural, Frontier and Underserved Healthcare Delivery System through Better Use of Data.

From the Desk of Rebecca Davis, Ph.D.

May is the month of graduations!  I’m sure most of us have at least one graduation on our schedule this month!  We are fortunate to have two high school graduates this year, a nephew in Illinois and a great niece in Kentucky!  The 2013 Leadership Learning Community held their final community call on Friday and ended their conference call sessions on the topic of “Annoying Conversations & Conversations of Curiosity.”  Community members revisited values they had defined in an earlier session and discussed what they looked like in action, particularly during conversations.  The 2013 Leadership Learning Community will have a final face-to-face meeting on Friday, June 20th in St. Louis, kind of like a graduation for this group of network leaders!   If you are interested in joining a future Leadership Learning Community, please let me know. 


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

NCHN Calendar

Membership Task Force Call
May 20, 2014 @ 11:00 AM ET

Program Development Committee Call
May 21, 2014 @ 11:00 AM ET

May Coffee/Tea Chat
May 22, 2014 @ 11:00 AM ET

Evidence-Based Outcome Task Force Call
May 28, 2014 @ 1:00 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 NCHN Annual Awards: Nominate a deserving network or colleague

Each year at the NCHN Annual Educational Conference, we recognize network leaders and network organizations. Please take a few minutes to review the guidelines for nominations, learn about previous award winners, and submit your nomination today.

The nomination deadline is Thursday, May 29th.

Nomination Form

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

When: May 22, 2014
Time: 11:00 AM ET; 10:00 AM CT; 9:00 AM MT; 8:00 AM PT
Call-in information: distributed through a Save the Date email; if you need it, please contact Rebecca

Join NCHN members and guests at the May Coffee & Tea Chat facilitated by Dr. Chess. Bring your questions and promising practices. If you are a seasoned network, you might be surprised about the innovations emerging from the new networks. If you are a new network, why not build on experiences and pilot new ideas based on successes of the mature networks. And mostly, if you are simply a curious learner, willing to invest an hour of your time learning with your peers, join us.

2014 NCHN Annual Educational Conference
Featured Session:
Gateway Into Return on Investment - Turning Grant Data Into Meaningful Strategic Network Outcomes on a Shoestring

June 19, 2014 | 1:30 - 2:45 PM
with Lisa Ldendorff, LCSW

Many networks have years worth of outcome data collected for grant evaluations that have not been translated into strategic plan outcomes, or communicated to partner, policy maker and public audiences. This session will present several practical and cost effective ways to translate grant outcome data into meaningful strategic outcomes that can be utilized to build network momentum and support.


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2014 NCHN Annual Educational Conference
June 17-20, 2014 in St.Louis, MO
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Member News

RWHC: Eye on Health newsletter – June 2014

Northeast Missouri Rural Health Network hosting chronic disease self-management course

Grand County Rural Health Network's Jen Fanning quoted: Grand County patients bid farewell to several health care professionals

Partner News

GrantStation: FREE Tour of the GrantStation website on Tuesday, May 20th at 2:00 PM ET
Contact Christy to find out how to subscribe to GS at a significant savings


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)


National Headlines

NRHA warns Wall Street Journal readers: It’s “crisis mode” for rural health » READ

"It is time for non-rural health researchers to stop exaggerating their claims on CAHs" (NRHA's Brock Slabach) » READ

ORHP Has Announced the 2014 Rural Health Network Planning Program Awards » VIEW

Chairman Brady Announces Hearing on Current Hospital Issues in the Medicare Program: Submit Comments » READ

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

Honoring Emergency Medical Services during EMS Week » READ

Program matches doctors and rural communities that want each other » READ

Fiscal Year 2015 House Agriculture Appropriations Bill Restores Funding for Rural Cooperative Development Program » READ

RECORD SETTING: Rural hospitals face tough choices on costly computerized records, other technologies » READ

Rural health care: efficient, safe and a lot cheaper » READ

Rural Hospitals’ Service to Poor Challenged by Costs and Policies » READ

Senators Question Secretary-Designate Burwell on Rural Health » READ

Hospitals an ‘economic necessity’ to rural communities » READ

JAMA Surgery Article Looks at Transfer, Post-Acute Care Following Surgery in CAHs » READ

Implementing Health Profession Training Programs in Tribal Communities » READ

CRHC launches Health Awareness for Rural Communities Data Bank » READ

ACA News

Fears of doctor shortages under new health law may have been overblown » READ

Manatt on Medicaid: are health homes here to stay? » READ

Q&A on Impact of Affordable Care Act on Native Americans » READ

What Surge? Nation’s Primary Care System Holding Up Well So Far Under Obamacare » READ

HIT News

Rural hospitals get creative in staffing for IT needs » READ

Telepsychiatry Brings Emergency Mental Health Care To Rural Areas » READ

ONC: EHR adoption skyrockets at safety net health centers » READ

Telemedicine: Connecting Care to Communities » READ

Alaska telehealth bill would allow phone, online prescribing visits » READ


Upcoming Events

Navigating and Preparing a HRSA Application: Responding to a Funding Opportunity Announcement
May 20, 2014 @1:00 PM ET

HIT Standards Committee
May 21, 2014 | 9:30 AM - 12:45 PM ET

Review of the New Medicare PPS for Federally Qualified Health Centers
May 21, 2014 | 12:30 - 1:00 PM ET
(MLN Connect)

Provide Feedback at the Behavioral Health Certification Listening Session
May 22, 2014 | 1:00 - 3:00 PM ET

Understanding OSHA's Ag Exemptions & Standards
May 27, 2014 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM CDT

Funders as Community Partners
May 27, 2014 | 3:00 ET
(County Health Rankings & Roadmaps)

NRHA Grassroots Call
May 28, 2014 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM ET

Stage 2 Meaningful Use Requirements, Reporting Options, and Data Submission Processes for Eligible Professionals
May 29, 2014 @ 1:30 - 3:00 PM ET
(Medical Learning Network)

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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