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May 21, 2013

NCHN Reminders

Dues assessments were due on May 15th. If you haven't completed yours, please submit it online soon.

NCHN Members can take advantage of great savings on Custom Learning Systems' HCAHPS Breakthrough™ webinars. Find out more here.


Leadership Corner

Coaching as a Capacity-Building Tool: An Interview with Bill Ryan
Bill Ryan, well-known coauthor of Governance as Leadership: Reframing the Work of Nonprofit Boards (Wiley, 2005) turned his attention two years ago to a study of coaching...

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Carolyn Bruce
Carolyn Witherspoon is the Executive Director of Colation of Health Services in Texas and is the recipient of the Outstanding Network Leader of 2013 award.

Featured Member: Carolyn Witherspoon, Executive Director of Coalition of Health Services

For this feature, we interviewed Carolyn Witherspoon, Executive Director of Coalition of Health Services in Amarillo, Texas. Carolyn has served on the NCHN Board for seven years and served as President from 2011 through 2012. This year, Carolyn was recognized as NCHN's Outstanding Network Leader of the Year. Carolyn answers questions about her network programs and how she manages to cover such an enormous geography. And she also has a special message for her fellow members.


Monthly Recap: From Rebecca Davis, Ph.D.

New fiscal year, new beginnings, that’s the cycle NCHN just entered! In 2011 we changed our fiscal year to May – April, so this is the first month of our new fiscal year for 2013-2014. The beginning of a new year brings lots of activity – new Directors and Officers, dues assessments, reformation of committees, new work plans, and new partners. We are very excited about our new partnership with Custom Learning Systems, which is providing the HCAHPS Breakthrough Webinar series to NCHN members at a huge discount. I'm anxious to hear from you about that! The announcement went out last week and there is still time to sign up for the program. 


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

NCHN Calendar

Executive Committee Call
May 21, 2013 @ 11:00 AM

Quarterly Informational Call
June 10, 2013 @ 2:00 PM ET

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




NCHN partners with Custom Learning Systems

Last week, we announced an exciting new partnership between NCHN and Custom Learning Systems. NCHN members can receive a huge discount on registration for CLS' HCAHPS Breakthrough™ webinar series, a dynamic, high impact, innovative, practical education series designed to achieve breakthrough sustainable improvements in your HCAHPS patient experience survey scores.


Member News

The Hospital Cooperative: May 2013 Newsletter

HCC of Rural Missouri: HCC Assumes Ownership of Waverly, Concordia Rural Health Clinics

RWHC: lots of news - follow RWHC on Facebook

Partner News

LoneStart Wellness: The Conscious Lifestyle



Funding Announcements

Rural Access Emergency Devices (RAED) Funding Now Available from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy
Applicants may propose funding for up to three (3) years from September 1, 2013 to August 31, 2016. (Due June 17, 2013)

MultiPlan to Award $30,000 in Grants to Rural Hospitals
MultiPlan, Inc., the nation’s oldest and largest independent PPO network, is accepting applications for its 2013 Rural Health Outreach Grant. The program, now in its 18th year, awards hospitals serving rural areas financial grants to help them introduce or expand services, education, screenings and other endeavors aimed at improving the health of people in their communities. (Due July 26, 2013)

National Headlines

EHR Adoption in a Critical Access Hospital: Lessons Learned » READ
CMS updates EHR program guidance for CAH physicians » READ
Rural Healthcare Can Entice the Best and Brightest » READ
CMS Proposes Reduced Hospital DSH Cuts » READ
Rural Communities Might Need Different CPR Recommendations Than Urban Settings » READ
Administration Offers Consumers an Unprecedented Look at Hospital Charges » READ
Putting Aside Preconceptions—Time for Dialogue Among Primary Care Clinicians » READ
Obama Calls for Delay in Medicaid Cuts to Hospitals » READ
Comparing Rural and Urban Medicare Part D Enrollment Patterns and Prescription Drug Coverage Rates » READ
Doctors Transform How They Practice Medicine » READ
Updated: National Healthcare Quality & Disparities Reports » READ
Feds Make It Easier For States To Enroll Poor Under Health Law » READ
Preliminary Evidence on the Impact of Patient-Centered Medical Home Implementation » READ
The Evolving Role of Emergency Departments in the United States » READ
Sen. Franken Pushes to Bring High-Speed Internet Access to Rural Communities and Businesses » READ
Nonmetro Population Declines for First Time » READ
Nonmetro Counties: Gains and Losses » READ
HHS announces first nationwide safety standards for child care » READ
Hospitals, Testing Companies Face Questions About Value Of Community Screenings » READ
Father of telemedicine: Take the exam room to patients » READ
Study: Meditation and Exercise Could Save Billions » READ
Updated: Sole Community Hospital Fact Sheet » READ
The Rural Monitor (Spring 2013 Issue) » READ


Upcoming Events

What does it take to run a successful telemedicine program
May 21, 2013 @ 2:00 PM ET
(Telehealth Resource Centers)

Opportunities and Obstacles in Rural Telehealth Webinar
May 22, 2013 @ 2:00 PM ET
(National Conference of State Legislature)

Free Telebehavioral Health Training and Technical Assistance Series
May 22 - Aug. 28, 2013: Wednesdays at 12:00 PM ET
(SAMHSA-HRSA teleconference series)

Recruiting and Retaining Oral Health Providers in Rural Communities: Successes from Idaho & Iowa
May 23, 2013 | 2:00 - 3:00 PM ET

Take Action - Assess Needs and Resources In-Depth
May 28, 2013 | 2:00 - 3:00 PM CT
(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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