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October 15, 2013

NCHN Reminders

ORHP Funding Announcment: Rural Health Network Development Grant Program
ORHP announced the release of the FY2014 Rural Health Network Development Program earlier this month. Details below »



Leadership Corner

RWHC Leadership Insights: "What's Your Problem?"
This is a legitimate question (no tone of voice intended). Have you ever thought you solved a problem only to discover that your solution made a mess of things? Recalling our past problem solving blunders can remind us how important it is to take a few steps to understand what the real problem is before trying to solve it.

NCHN Calendar

Executive Committee Call
October 15 @ 11:00 AM ET

October Coffee/Tea Chat
October 16, 2013 @ 12:00 PM ET




Still Time to Submit: Survey of Services for Rural Veterans within your Network Membership

NCHN has been exploring potential collaboration and partnership opportunities with the Veterans Health Administration - Office of Rural Health. On Monday, September 16, our Quarterly Informational Call was with Dr. Nancy Mahner, Analyst for VHA-ORHP. Dr. Mahner provided an overview of the ORH and asked for input from those network leaders on the call regarding partnerships and collaborations with rural veterans. If you would like to listen to the recording of the call - please contact Christy.

Our next step is to collect information form networks about services or partnerships you may already be providing or have in place for rural veterans. In partnership with VHA-ORH, NCHN is surveying our membership, along with the current HRSA Rural Health Network Development Grantees. The purpose of the survey is to gather information about what types of interactions and healthcare services networks may have with rural veterans.

As the network leader, please complete the survey at this link.

Also, we need direct input from your network members who may be providing healthcare services to veterans, so we are asking you to please distribute this link to your network members that are healthcare providers and ask them to complete the short survey. Please distribute this link to your provider members.

Thanks in advance for your collaboration!

All responses are confidential and will be reported in aggregate form only. The VHA - ORH is looking for real-time input of what is occurring in rural areas in relation to healthcare services and coordination for rural veterans.

Network Member News

RWHC: "Review & Commentary on Health Policy Issues for a Rural Perspective" Eye on Health, September 2013

Associate Member News

National Rural Health Resource Center Releases Blueprint for Critical Access Hospital Performance Excellence

Partner News

LoneStartNow: Maintain, Not Gain Challenge starting Oct. 28
Conference keynote encourages 500+ attendees to create healthy rural economies


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.
(Closing Date: November 22, 2013)


National Headlines

Daily Ronder's Monday Roundup: The Cost of Closure » READ
An Update on the White House Rural Council » READ
Critical Access Hospital closures would affect Wisconsin, Tennessee » READ
Editorial by NRHA's Brock Slabach: Washington fiddles while rural burns » READ
Keeping Healthcare Local: Why Some Providers Choose Non-Ownership Collaborations Over Mergers » READ
Cancer survivors in rural areas often skip care due to costs » READ
How One Rural Hospital Prevents Patient Falls » READ
Researchers Ask First-year Medical Students: 'What's Important?' » READ
Healthier diets possible in low-income, rural communities in America » READ
Join the "Rural is Cool" Movement » READ

ACA News

Challenges, Hope for Small Practices and PCMH » READ
Health Insurance Marketplace Opens, Offers Millions of Americans Quality, Affordable Health Care Coverage » READ
What to Watch as Health Law Takes Effect » READ
Resources available for the Health Insurance Marketplaces » READ
Provider Marketplace Toolkit » READ

HIT News

How the Government Shutdown Limits Health IT’s Impact » READ
Over 1000 critical access and small, rural hospitals meet the Meaningful Use challenge! » READ
ONC blazes past meaningful use goal for rural providers » READ


Upcoming Events

Integrating Telemedicine and the EHR
October 17, 2013 @ 2:00 PM ET
(TexLa Telehealth Resource Center)

HRSA Office of Rural Health Policy Funding Opportunity Webinar (RHND Program)
October 21, 2013 | 1:00 - 2:00 PM MT
(AZ Center for Rural Health)

Hearing All Voices: Race, Ethnicity, Language and the Patient Experience
October 22, 2013 | 3:00 - 4:00 PM ET

Training: Rural Health Grant Writing Institute
October 3, 2013 - February 20, 2014 | Denver, CO
(NOSORH | Reg. Fee: $500)

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