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  • It's election day! To that end, Kaiser Health News has posted "Health Policy & The 2012 Election", which includes Obama and Romney's records on health policy. Happy voting to all!
  • Rebecca will present during a NOSORH webinar, The Basics of Rural Health, on November 12th from 3:00 to 4:00 PM ET. This webinar is the first in NOSORH's series of webinars in celebration of National Rural Health Day, which falls on November 15th. You can register here and find all NRHD webinars here (pdf).
  • Hotel Reservations have opened for the 2013 NCHN Conference (April 16-19, 2013 in New Orleans). Reserve your room >
  • New Task Forces are forming. If you are interested in being part of the NCHN Membership Task force or the NCHN Evidence-Based Outcome Measures & Evaluation for Health Networks Task Force, contact Rebecca

Executive Committee Call
Monday, Nov. 12 @ 2:00 PM ET

Program Development Committee Call
Tuesday, Nov. 13 @ 1:00 PM ET

2013 Conference Planning Committee Call
Tuesday, Nov. 13 @ 2:00 PM ET

Coffee/Tea Chat with Mary Kay Chess
Wednesday, Nov. 14 @ 12:00 PM ET



HCC of Rural Missouri Launches Telehealth Diabetes & Depression Program (Nov. 2012)


Web Site Design in Idaho Falls: 2012 Design Trends (Oct. 5, 2012, WebImpakt)

Eastern Connecticut Health Network Selects MedAssets for Sustainable Revenue Cycle Improvement (Oct. 30, 2012,


Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Marks 40 Years; Board Approves Over $400 Million for Improving Health in 2013 (Nov. 1, 2012,
The Board of Trustees of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation RWJF), the nation’s largest philanthropy focused exclusively on improving U.S. health and health care, marked its 40th anniversary this week by announcing that Foundation leaders have approved up to $425 million in grantmaking during 2013.

Primary Care Physicians Get Medicaid Pay Boost; OB/GYNs, ER Physicians Excluded (Nov. 2, 2012, Becker's Hospital Review)
CMS has released a final rule (pdf), within the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, that will increase Medicaid payments for certain primary care physicians to Medicare rates over the next two years beginning Jan. 1, 2013.

Health care law delivers higher payments to primary care physicians (Nov. 1, 2012, HHS News Release)
Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius today announced the final rule implementing the part of the health care law that delivers higher payments to primary care physicians serving Medicaid beneficiaries.

Methodology for Designation of Frontier and Remote Areas (Nov. 5, 2012, Federal Register)
This notice announces a request for public comment on a methodology derived from the Frontier and Remote (FAR) system for designating U.S. frontier areas.

NOSORH's November 2012 issue of The Branch is online (November 2012, NOSORH)
This issue includes information about National Rural Health Day events and resources, highlights of the 2012 NOSORH Annual Meeting, Upcoming Events, and other NOSORH news.

Broadband: Keeping Up with the Jetsons (Oct. 31, 2012, The Daily Yonder)
Internet speed, not just access, is critical if rural areas are to benefit from IT potential in education, business, and health. A new study looks to the tech future of ag, rural medicine, and more.

Biggest obstacles to stage 2 EHR bonuses revealed (Nov. 5, 2012,
CMS data show that physicians who received meaningful use incentives in stage 1 left the toughest work for the next stage of the federal program.

COPD Deaths Highest in Rural, Poor Areas: CDC (Oct. 30, 2012, HSN Health News)
Deaths from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are more common in rural or poor areas, according to new research from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Using Healthy People to Achieve Your Goals - Implementation, Action, and New Tools (Nov. 7, 2012 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM ET, HHS Webinar)

HIT Policy Committee Advisory Meeting (Nov. 7, 2012 | Washington, DC, HHS)

The Road to Population Health: Key Considerations in Making the Transition (Nov. 14, 2012 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM CST, Becker's Hospital Review)

Telehealth Marketing - the Path to Patients, Profits, and PR (Nov. 15, 2012 | 2:00 PM ET, Telehealth Resource Center)

NRHD2012National Rural Health Day (Nov. 15, 2012)
NOSORH will be celebrating all week with free webinars from November 12 - 16, 2012.

  • November 12th, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. EST: The Basics of Rural Health
  • November 13th, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. EST: Cultural Awareness While Serving Rural Veterans
  • November 13th, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. EST: Exploring Rural Health Policy Issues
  • November 14th, 2:30 - 3:15 p.m. EST: HRSA Rural Health Update
  • November 15th, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. EST: HRSA's Office of Rural Health Policy and Rural Assistance Center
  • November 16th, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. EST: Looking Forward to the Future of Rural Health Care

» Register for any of these webinars online.

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