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November 4, 2014

NCHN Reminders

ORHP has released the Rural Health Network Development Planning Program FOA. There will be a call for NCHN members on November 17th (see details below under NCHN News). Applications are due January 9, 2015.

Save the Date: The 2015 NCHN Leadership Summit will be January 19-20, 2015 in Clearwater Beach, Florida. The agenda will be posted shortly. Discounted hotel reservations are available, but make reservations as soon as possible to ensure that rooms are still available under the discounted rate.



Leadership Corner

Who We Don't See
by Jo Anne Preston, RWHC
Years ago while I was facilitating a discussion among elementary school students on the topic of substance abuse, the teacher pulled me aside and reminded me to allow some girls to speak up. Apparently the boys raised their hands quicker and higher (research supports this), and I had been calling on them 100% of the time. I felt terrible. I didn’t even notice I was doing this. At a recent meeting of nursing leaders, sharing our top ten leadership books, someone pointed out that they were all written by white men. My response to this was, “Well, that just &*%^$es me off.” Don’t get me wrong, I’m not angry at white men for writing great books. I am irritated that again I didn’t notice.

2015 NCHN Leadership Summit

2015 NCHN Leadership Summit
Save the Date & Make your hotel reservations today

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.

Hotel Reservations
NCHN Rate: $155 + tax (single or double)*
Room rate is available from January 17 - 22, 2015, pending availability. Once all rooms in the reserved block have sold, the discounted rate will no longer be available, so reserve your room asap.
» Reserve online 

NCHN Calendar

2015 Leadership Summit Committee Call
November 6, 2014 @ 2:00 PM ET

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

Rural Health Network Planning Program Call w/ ORHP
November 17, 2014 @ 2:00 PM ET

NCHN Board of Directors Call
November 18, 2014 @ 4:00 PM ET

HRSA Rural Health Network Planning Grantees Special Interest Call
November 19, 2014 @ 2:30 PM ET

National Rural Health Day
November 20, 2014
NCHN will be presenting a webinar on NCHN member projects (Submit your project here)

Membership Task Force Call
November 24, 2014 @ 11:00 AM ET

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

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

2015 NCHN Annual Leadership Summit
January 19-20, 2015
Clearwater Beach, FL
Make reservations as soon as possible to ensure that you get NCHN's special rate




Member Call: Rural Health Network Development Planning Grant Program
Monday, November 17, 2014 @ 2:00 PM ET

The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy is pleased to announce a one-year funding opportunity for a community-driven program targeted to assist in the planning and development of an integrated health care network. The Rural Health Network Development Planning grant program supports one year of planning with the primary goal of helping networks create a foundation for their infrastructure and focusing network member efforts to address important regional and local community health needs.

Please join the webinar to learn more about applying for the FY15 Rural Health Network Development Planning grant program and the eligibility criteria.

Call-in details will be sent via email this week.

National Rural Health Day: Celebrate the Power of Rural - Share your network's story
NCHN will be Celebrating the Power of Rural Health Networks on National Rural Health Day, November 20, 2014.

Please join us in celebrating the power of rural by submitting your network's story. You can submit any story that tells of the work your network is doing to improve rural health. This may be a best practice model, success story, or lesson learned (aka triumphant effort with abysmal results). The important thing is telling the story of the work you and your members are doing every day to strengthen rural health.

Stories will be shared on November 20, 2014, and featured in the NCHN e-News,, and in's Rural Health Models and Innovations.

Find out more and start planning at

Member News

RWHC's Tim Size: “A Rural Vision for a Healthier Wisconsin: Place Based & Individual Centered” Conversations for Change, Healthier Wisconsin Partnership Program, 11/11/14

Texas Organization of Rural & Community Hospitals (TORCH) hosting 10th Annual Rural Hospital Information Technology Conference & Exhibition

Associate Member News

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

Partner News

VCOM: Congressional leaders & medical experts meet to find cures in Blacksburg

Partners and SORHs Gearing Up For National Rural Health Day

NOSORH has posted photos from the 2014 Annual Meeting


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)

ORHP will be hosting a webinar on this opportunity for NCHN members on Monday, November 17th at 2:00 PM ET. Details will be sent via email.

USDA Announces Funding for Rural Broadband and Telecommunications Infrastructure
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced $190.5 million in grants and loans to make broadband and other advanced communications infrastructure improvements in rural areas.

National Headlines

Easter Seals, NRHA create free guide for rural transportation planning » READ

Rural Health Voices: Is rural America prepared for Ebola? » VIEW

Fourth annual National Rural Health Day set to take place on Nov. 20 » READ

Rural Medicare Patients Get Hit on Cost and Quality » READ

Rural Hospitals Support Orphan Drug Enforcement Action » READ

More critical-access hospital closings likely » READ

A Rural Practice Fights to Stay Solvent (NC) » READ

Struggling To Bring Health Care To Rural Washington » READ

Rural gap exists in behavioral health care » READ

Investing in rural America » READ

CMS releases home health final rule » READ

Promoting Rural Opportunity by Expanding Access to Broadband » READ

ACA News

Who Would Have Health Insurance if Medicaid Expansion Weren't Optional » READ

New CMS Resource (Marketplace): Shared responsibility payment & exemptions information » READ

New Affordable Care Act initiative to support care coordination nationwide » READ

Getting the Payment Rates Right in Medicare's Fee Schedule for Physicians, Nurses, and Allied Health Professionals » READ

As 'Obamacare' enrollment window reopens, many uninsured unaware of subsidies » READ

Rural Hospitals' Success Under ACA Marred by Delays, Supreme Court Ruling » READ

Missouri Sees Urban, Rural Divide In Obamacare Signups » READ

HIT News

Meaningful Use Hardship Exception Application Deadline Extended (November 30, 2014) » READ

Who Makes Your Health IT Decisions? » READ

36 Positive Signs of Health IT Adoption Progress » READ

AMA worried about ONC 'gap' » READ

Dr. Karen DeSalvo leaves ONC to join Ebola response team » READ


Upcoming Events

Health Insurance Marketplace 101
November 4, 2014 @ 3:00 PM ET

Connecting Your CAH with Your Community
November 5, 2014 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM CT
(NRHA Partnership Services)

HHI Case Studies for Critical Access Hospitals and Small and Rural Hospitals
November 5, 2014 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM CT (Illinois Hospital Association)

Assessing the Rural Community
November 6, 2014 | 10:30 - 11:00 AM CT
(Rural Matters: An Online Data Event)

FQHC Provider Enrollment Using the 855A
November 6, 2014 | 1:00 - 2:00 PM ET
(MI Primary Care Association)

Meeting of the National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality
November 7, 2014 | 8:30 - 3:00 PM ET

RHC Webinar Series: National Legislative Update
November 11, 2014 | 10:00 - 11:00 AM
(WI Office of Rural Health)

Enhancing Your Funding Proposals
November 12, 2014 | 1:00 - 1:30 PM CT
(Rural Matters: An Online Data Event)

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

National Rural Health Day
November 20, 2014

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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