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November 18, 2014

NCHN Reminders

ORHP has released the Rural Health Network Development Planning Program FOA. Applications are due January 9, 2015.

2015 Leadership SummitRegistration has opened for the 2015 NCHN Leadership Summit at the Sheraton Sand Key Resort January 19-20, 2015 in Clearwater Beach, Florida. Register, view the agenda, and make reservations

Celebrate the Power of Rural Health: Submit your network's program/project/story by the end of the day today (Tuesday, 11/18) to be shared on National Rural Health Day (November 20th).


Leadership Corner

Board Stories Involving Humans
by Ruth McCambridge
Group decision making is as old as tribal councils, used by societies in every century on every continent. Even in ancient times, tribes and clans delegated some decisions to the deliberation and exchange of a leadership group, which (when they work well) can lead to better and more widely accepted decisions. Present-day decision-making groups share many of the goals of the prehistoric wise councils assembled around the campfire and seek to build their own traditions, legitimacy, and experience. But humans being humans, all such groups face the challenges of consensus building, politics, and other hurdles common to the decision-making process.


RWHCFeatured Network Program: RWHC's Wisconsin Quality Residency Program

The Quality Improvement Director position is one of the most challenging leadership positions in a small rural or Critical Access hospital. Besides being the “in-house” expert on all internal and external requirements for quality data reporting and state or accreditation compliance issues, often the QI Director is tasked with other duties like: infection control, risk management, employee and patient safety, and sometimes patient care hours. Even in hospitals that are affiliated with larger systems, the QI Director is often isolated and left to their own way to navigate through prioritizing and successfully meeting these challenges. Newly hired, experienced QI Directors have some career experience to draw on, but novices to the Quality Director position are at high risk for frustration and failure without resources like networking and collaboration. Additionally, novice QI Directors are at a disadvantage, since education to develop quality leadership skills is costly, takes time away from the facility, and novices are unaware that they need additional resources until they are in crisis.

RWHC, along with strategic partners; Wisconsin Hospital Association, Bellin Health, and Qualitas Consulting, have developed and launched the “Wisconsin Quality Residency Program”. The concept was first addressed in a submission for federal grant to create a "pilot program". While the submission did not receive grant funding, the parties developed the training curricula, and set a "go live" date for Spring of 2014.


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

From the Executive Director (November 2014) Chairs of Network Leadership: Part IV

Ball ChairAs we enter the holiday season, we recognize and appreciate how busy everyone is at this time of the year. To encourage you to stop and take care of yourself during over the next hectic weeks, our “Network Leadership Chair” for November is my new exercise ball chair! I ordered it online and it arrived on Friday. After assembling the chair base on Saturday morning, I noticed that the instructions said to inflate the exercise ball only to 80% and wait 24 hours to inflate to 100%. Being anxious to try it out, I didn’t want to wait 24 hours for that 100%, but my husband insisted. Sunday morning he decided that it really wasn’t inflated to 80%, so he added more air and said I had to wait another 24 hours before we took it to 100%. As I typed this article, he inflated it to 100% and finished the assembly, but told me to wait until Tuesday morning before I tried it out!

As Network Leaders, sometimes we think we should immediately be at 100% with new projects, services, or activities.


NCHN Calendar

Board of Directors Call
November 18 @ 4:00 PM ET

NCHN Call with HRSA Rural Health Network Development Planning Grantees
November 19 @ 2:30 PM ET

Leadership Summit Planning Committee Call
November 20 @ 11:00 AM ET

National Rural Health Day
November 20

NCHN will be participating on a national webinar for National Rural Heath Day
November 20 @ 4:00 PM ET

NCHN Call with HRSA Rural Health Network Development Grantees
November 21 @ 2:00 PM ET

Membership Task Force Call
November 24 @ 11:00 AM ET

Executive Roundtable (ER) Call
November 25 @ 11:00 AM ET

NCHN Offices Closed for Thanksgiving Holiday
November 27-28, 2014

ORHP TA Call on the HRSA Rural Health Network Development Planning Grant Guidance
December 3 @ 2:00 PM ET

Executive Committee Call
December 9 @ 4:00 PM ET

NCHN Quarterly Informational Call
December 15, 2014 @ 2:00 PM ET

2015 NCHN Annual Leadership Summit
January 19-20, 2015
Clearwater Beach, FL



2015 NCHN Leadership Summit
Brave Leadership: Maximizing Your Network's Potential
January 19-20, 2015

Sheraton Sand Key Resort
1160 Gulf Blvd.
Clearwater Beach, FL 33767

The 2015 NCHN Leadership Summit is a one and a half day meeting designed to build health network leadership capacity. Network leaders come together to discuss leadership challenges and share leadership best practice models. Through peer learning sessions, network leaders will explore strategies to improve network outcomes.




NCHN Launches Executive Roundtable (ER)

Executive RoundtableOver the past two years, NCHN provided monthly technical assistance calls (Coffee & Tea Chats) for members to discuss sustainability, business modeling, and strategic thinking around revenue sources. These monthly calls also served as a conduit for network leaders to share and seek advice from their peers in a safe environment.

NCHN is adding leadership development to the conversation by launching the NCHN Executive Roundtable (ER) Program this month. The ER (Executive Roundtable) focuses on improving the performance of both new and experienced rural health network leaders. Non-competing network executives will come together on a regular basis to learn from and innovate with each other. Each ER will be limited to approximately 25 Network Executives.

The first call will be on Tuesday, November 25th at 11:00 AM ET.

Call-in details will be distributed via a save the date email.


Member News

HCC of Rural Missouri's Toniann Richard quoted: Rural Americans encouraged to sign up for Affordable Care Act on Saturday

RWHC: Eye on Health (December 2014)

Associate Member News

National Rural Health Resource Center: Rural Health Innovations Receives Contract to Provide Technical Assistance to Network Grantees Nationwide

Partner News

EMTS: Request a free expert evaluation of your capital equipment purchasing strategy.


Funding Announcements

Rural Health Network Development Planning Program
The purpose of the Network Planning program is to assist in the development of an integrated healthcare network, if the network participants do not have a history of formal collaborative efforts. Health care networks can be an effective strategy to help smaller rural health care providers and health care service organizations align resources and strategies, achieve economies of scale and efficiency, and address challenges more effectively as a group than as single providers. The Network Planning program promotes the planning and development of healthcare networks in order to: (i) achieve efficiencies; (ii) expand access to, coordinate, and improve the quality of essential health care services; and (iii) strengthen the rural health care system as a whole.
(Deadline: January 9, 2015)

TA Webinar: December 3, 2014 @ 2:00 PM ET
Conference line (for audio):
800-593-0693, passcode: 15803
(Please enter as a “guest”)


National Headlines

NOSORH has a lineup of webinars to Celebrate the Power of Rural (National Rural Health Day) » VIEW

Rural hospitals in critical condition » READ

OIG Releases Its Workplan for 2015 » READ

Speak Your Piece: Walk It Off, Folks » READ

Joint Commission Recognizes 1,224 Hospitals for Outstanding Performance on Key Quality Measures » READ

Rural remedies » READ

U.S. Medicare sets new hospital, doctor payments for 2015 » READ

CMS Announces Two Medicare Quality Improvement Initiatives » READ

Rural Primary Care Challenges Extend Beyond Physician Supply » READ

Legislatures will consider an interstate compact next year that could make it easier for doctors to get licenses in other states » READ

HRSA awards $51.3 million in Affordable Care Act funding to support mental health and substance abuse treatment » READ

ACA News

CMS: How organizations can become a "Champion for Coverage" » READ

CMMI Announces $114 Million Investment to Support Rural ACO's » READ

Insurance Exchanges Launch With Few Glitches » READ

Continued Funding a Must to Avoid 'Primary Care Cliff,' Say AAFP, Other Groups » READ

Rural Americans encouraged to sign up for Affordable Care Act on Saturday » READ

A Safety-Net Accountable Care Organization For The Expanded Medicaid Population (MN) » READ

HIT News

CMS Adds New ICD-10 Resources » VIEW

HHS Secretary names members for federal Health Information Technology Policy and Standards Committees » READ

ICD-10 Costs Lower Than Previously Reported » READ


Upcoming Events

ORHP Office Hours
November 19, 2014 | 3:00 - 4:00 PM ET
Call-In Number : 888-831-8965
Passcode: 5904375

How Teleneurology Affected Our Hospital
November 20, 2014 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM CT
(NRHA Partnership Services)

National Rural Health Day Webinars
November 20, 2014
Webinar List
@10:00 AM AgriSafe - Protecting the People who Feed America
@11:00 AM ORHP Quality Showcase
@12:00 PM Rural Health 101, States & Communities at Work
@1:00 PM ACA and You
@3:00 PM Rural Policy and Advocacy Issues
@4:00 PM Collaborative Rural Success Stories

Choosing a Telehealth Service Provider
November 20, 2014 @ 2:00 PM ET
(Telehealth Resource Centers)

HIMSS Meaningful Use Regional Event Series: Connecting Providers, Engaging Patients and Transforming Healthcare
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM ET
December 11, 2014 | Cleveland, OH
January 29, 2015 | Orlando, FL
March 5, 2014 | Wichita, KS

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