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November 5, 2013

NCHN Reminders

ORHP's Rural Health Network Development Grant Program Deadline has been extended
The new deadline is December 6, 2013. Details below »

Veteran Services Survey
We're exploring collaborative opportunities with the VHA. Want to help? Complete this survey about your veteran services and/or send this link to your members.


Leadership Corner

What Staff? Keeping Operations and Governance Separate in an Organization with No Staff
I recently conducted a workshop for nonprofit executives and board members in my community. During the workshop, I presented and explained the generally accepted best practices in nonprofit governance. One of these is for boards to stay out of operations and focus instead on the areas of strategic direction, policy, oversight, and evaluation.

Monthly Column: Clara Peller Would Have Been Proud

Who would have been proud?

If the name Clara Peller doesn’t ring a bell, how about this: “Where’s the Beef?” Some of you are going “Oh, that Clara Peller.” But for those of you who don’t know (and haven’t already Googled it), in 1984, Wendy’s Restaurants began a television ad campaign where Ms. Peller, an 81 year-old character actress orders a hamburger from a fictional Wendy’s competitor that turns out to be a whole lot of bun and very little beef, causing her to exclaim: “Where’s the Beef?” This quickly became a catchphrase for any situation lacking substance or content and even became a slogan in that year’s presidential election campaign.

And why would she be proud?


Jay Seifert
Jay Seifert is co-founder of LoneStart Wellness. He is a monthly wellness guest columnist for the NCHN e-News and blog.

NCHN Calendar

Board of Directors Call
November 12 @ 11:00 AM ET

HCAHPS Breakthrough Webinar: Communication with Nurses (CLS)
November 12, 2013 @ 1:00 PM ET

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

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




NCHN Member Phone Surveys are Underway

We are in the process of scheduling and conducting phone interviews to find out what we are doing well and, especially, what we can do to support your network more and better. So please think about that and let us know! Our first phone calls have been very informative and we're looking forward to hearing from everyone.

Some of you have received emails about scheduling the phone interview and some have them coming soon. Please reply to your email and set up a time to talk (if you haven't already). We are your association and we're here to support you!


Network Member News

ICAHN is holding its 13th Annual CAH Conference

RWHC Members Receive $200K Grant from Healthier Wisconsin Partnership Program

See one of the ways that HCC of Rural Missouri is raising funds

Associate Member News

NRHRC's Leadership Transition: Terry Hill has passed the lead to Sally Buck; Joe Wivoda sings original "King of the Rural"

Partner News

NRHA asks leadership to protect important rural provisions


Funding Announcements

Rural Health Network Development Program (HRSA-14-044)
ORHP's Network Development Program supports rural integrated health care networks that have combined the functions of the entities participating in the network in order to: achieve efficiencies; expand access to, coordinate, and improve the quality of essential health care services; and strengthen the rural health care system as a whole.
(Deadline Extended to December 6, 2013 at 11:59 PM ET)

Technical Assistance Call
Held October 31st: Recording available by calling 866-463-4105 (passcode: 5246)


National Headlines

News Roundup: More Docs in the Pipeline » READ
The Aging of Rural Primary Care Physicians » READ
Breast Cancer Diagnosed at Later Stage in Rural Patients: Study » READ
Last act: Final days of a rural hospital » READ
CMS Resource: ICD-10 Basics for Small and Rural Practices » READ
Leapfrog Releases Another Hospital Safety Report Card » READ
SAMHSA releases Behavioral Health, U.S., 2012 report » READ
CMS Issues New Patient Safety Standards for Community Mental Health Centers » READ
Rural hospitals stop Medi-Cal cuts to nursing facilities » READ
Health of rural communities threatened by loss of grocery stores » READ
Twiage (Twitter for triage) aims to save lives by relaying patient info from ambulance to hospital » READ
New Health Information Law Resources Offer Speed and Ease for Need-to-Know Issues » READ

ACA News

Is the Future? We Ask a Health Futurist » READ
Health care reform rollout is rocky but repairable » READ
White House OKs limited waiver on health penalty » READ
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Announces New Funding Opportunities to Support the Primary Care Workforce » READ
Report: 5.2 Million Adults Will Fall Into ACA Coverage Gap Next Year » READ

HIT News

Weigh in on meaningful use electronic clinical quality measures now! » READ
Medicare EHR incentive program attestation system available » READ
Latest Wave of MU Audits Delivers a Fresh Scare » READ


Upcoming Events

Small Business Health Insurance Options: What the ACA Means for Your Practice
November 6, 2013 @ 1:00 PM CST

HIT Policy Committee Advisory Meeting
November 6, 2013 | 3:00 PM ET

Breaking Down the Rankings Model: Improving Access to Health Care
November 14, 2013 | 3:00 PM ET
(County Health Rankings and Roadmaps)

National Rural Health Day
November 21, 2013

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