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November 19, 2013

NCHN Reminders

National Rural Health Day is on November 21st
NOSORH is hosting webinars from noon EST through 5:00 PM EST on November 21st. Rebecca will present during a webinar at 4:00 PM ET. View the webinar schedule here.


Leadership Corner

A New Kind of Strategy for Nonprofits — Convene, Reflect, and Take Time to Strategize
"We needed time away from our hectic environment to think more clearly, without interruption, and in a supportive environment," says Ann Marie Scalia, attorney-in-charge of the Manhattan Juvenile Rights office. Theirs is not a unique story.


Chris Hopkins
Jim Ward serves as Telhealth Specialist with Virtual Care Works.

Pacific Northwest University Adds VCW’s Telemedicine Technology to the Education Experience

New platform introduced this academic year

Remote students at the Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences will be the first users of a new telemedicine platform that will allow them to meet “face to face” with their main campus despite being spread out across the northwest.


From the Desk of Rebecca Davis, Ph.D.

I heard a story this past week about an art teacher and a little boy. The art assignment was to draw a story on a piece of paper and turn it in to the teacher. So, one little boy turned in a blank sheet of paper. The teacher looked at one side, blank, turned it over and looked at the other side, blank. He asked the little boy, so tell me about this drawing, what is it? The little boy responded that it is a cow eating grass. The teacher’s response, “Oh really, will where is the grass?” The little boy replied, “The cow ate it all up.” “So, I see,” said the teacher, “then where is the cow?” The little boy replied, “she went to look for more grass.”


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

NCHN Calendar

November Coffee/Tea Chat
November 20, 2013 @ 12:00 PM ET

Evidence-Based Outcome Measures Task Force
November 20, 2013 @ 3:00 PM ET

2013 Leadership Learning Community
November 22, 2013 @ 12:00 PM ET

Special TA Call for HRSA Rural Health Network Development Planning Grant Opportunity (NCHN Members only)
November 26, 2013 @ 2:00 PM ET
Members should have received a Save the Date for the event. If you did not, please let Rebecca know.

Thanksgiving Holiday: NCHN Offices closed
November 28-29, 2013

2014 Conference Planning Committee Call
December 10, 2013 @ 3:00 PM ET

Quarterly Informational Call: National Rural ACO (Lynn Barr)
December 16, 2013 @ 2:00 PM ET




Happy Thanksgiving

November Coffee/Tea Chat with Mary Kay Chess, Ph.D.
Wednesday, November 20 @ 12:00 PM ET; 11:00 AM CT; 10:00 AM MT; 9:00 AM PT; 8:00 AM AKST

Welcome to November! We are beginning to wrap up the final quarter of 2013 and look ahead to opportunities in 2014. In the midst of the many changes that face us in creating plausible, sound responses to healthcare mandates, it is often easy to overlook resources that constantly support us. And, it is the Thanksgiving season! In our call, we will have a chance to identify and recognize resources in the unique communities we serve. These resources can be individuals, technology, or a spirit of relentless innovation. Often when we pause to notice "what is really working", we also uncover new approaches and solutions to challenges facing networks. We look forward to your perspectives and insights around "community resources" from networks across the United States! You should have the call in information in a Save the Date reminder for the Chat.

Member News

Coastal Carolinas Health Alliance: Newsletter (Sept. 2013, pdf)

HCC of Rural Missouri: HCC Repositions efforts for Marketplace outreach and enrollment

RWHC: "Column: Protect rural health care" by Tim Size

Partner News

LoneStart: Wellness in the Workplace (November 2013)

NOSORH: The Branch (November 2013)

Virtual Care Works: Superior Virtual Technology Connect Offices and Patients


Funding Announcements

Rural Health Network Development Planning Grant Program (HRSA-14-043)
The purpose of ORHP’s Network Development Planning Program is to assist in the development of an integrated healthcare network. This program brings together key parts of a rural health care delivery system, particularly those entities that may not have collaborated in the past under a formal relationship. By working together, rural health providers and organizations can achieve efficiencies, increase capacity and improve the quality of essential health care services over a given geographic area.
(Deadline: January 16, 2014)

Technical Assistance Call
December 3, 2013 @ 1:00 PM EST
Call in number: 800-475-0512
Participant Passcode: 5732913
Meeting Link


National Headlines

HHS awards Affordable Care Act funds to expand access to care » READ
National Rural Health Day to be Celebrated November 21 » READ
Methodology: How Value Based Purchasing Payments Are Calculated » READ
Report: Critical Access Hospital Year 8 Hospital Compare Participation and Quality Measure Results » READ (pdf)
CMS clarifies physician certification requirements for CAHs » READ
'Rural America at a Glance': Tough News » READ
Improving Patient Safety in Rural Settings with Limited Resources » READ
Refer a doctor to rural Iowa and earn $10,000 » READ
Doctor shortage may not be as bad as feared, study says » READ
Study looks at CAHs and cost shifting » READ
New AHRQ Infographic and Animated Video Essay on Multiple Chronic Conditions » READ

ACA News

Grants Help States Combat High-Cost, Low-Quality Health Care » READ
How Do Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) Payments Change Under the ACA? » READ
Questions and Answers about the Administration’s Transition Plan to Address Health Insurance Policy Cancellations » READ
Community Health Centers: On the Front Lines of Obamacare » READ
Hospitals May Be Disappearing In The Era Of Health Care Reform » READ

HIT News

EHR Adoption A Struggle For Rural Hospitals » READ
Telemedicine Transforms Rural Care » READ
Robots let doctors 'beam' into remote hospitals » READ
How Mobile Apps Could Transform Rural Health Care » READ


Upcoming Events

National Rural Health Day
November 21, 2013
5 Webinars: 12 EST - 5 EST

Practice Guidelines for Telemedicine
November 21, 2013 | 2:00 PM EST
(Telehealth Resource Center)

Skilled Nursing Facilities/Long-Term Care Open Door Forum
November 21, 2013 | 1:00 - 2:30 PM ET

TA Call for Rural Health Network Development Planning Grant Program
December 3, 2013 | 1:00 PM ET
Call in number: 800-475-0512
Participant Passcode: 5732913
Meeting Link

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