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October 1, 2013

NCHN Reminders

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

NCHN Leadership Summit
The 2013 Leadership Summit is underway in Austin today and tomorrow. Recap will be posted in the next e-news.


Leadership Corner

Beware Your Leadership Blind Spots
All organizations have relative strengths and weaknesses; nonprofits are no exception. And when a nonprofit’s environment becomes strained, it makes sense to enhance organizational strengths and address glaring weaknesses. The problem is, it’s difficult to address something you cannot see.

Monthly Column: 2013 NCHN Leadership Summit

It’s my fondest expectation that I will see many of you at this year’s Summit, which begins today in Austin. For those of you who aren’t attending, I regret that you won’t be here to enjoy Austin’s many charms and take advantage of the absolutely gorgeous early-fall weather we’re having. And since you won’t be able to attend my presentation, here’s a synopsis of what we’ll be covering.

The official title of the presentation is:
How to Have Fun and Find Success with Leadership And Organizational Health and Become More Popular and Better Looking in the Process


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

2013 NCHN Leadership Summit
October 1 - 2, 2013
Austin, TX

HCAHPS Breakthrough Webinar: Communication with Doctors (CLS)
October 8, 2013 @ 1:00 PM ET

Executive Committee Call
October 15 @ 11:00 AM ET

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




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

Michigan Rural EMS Network has received a Rural Health Network Development Planning grant. To see all grantees, go here and click on "Find Grantees"

IRHA partners with Greenspire Leader Center to provide executive solutions for complex healthcare challenges

Tennessee Rural Partnership (via Facebook): Six Clinicians Receive TRP Stipend in Exchange for Practice Commitment in Rural/Underserved Tennessee Communities

RWHC: "Rural Health Needs the Right Questions" Eye on Health, October 2013

Partner News

LoneStartNow: Maintain, Not Gain Challenge
calls for EHR Extension


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)

Technical Assistance Call
October 10, 2013 @ 2:00 PM EST
Toll-free call in number: 1-888-946-3411
Participant Passcode for call in number: Network
Webinar link


National Headlines

ORHP Announces 18 new Rural Health Network Development Planning Grant awards » READ
House resolution recognizes essential role of rural hospitals » READ
2014 Family Physician of Year Is Small-town Doc With Statewide Impact » READ
Congress urged to extend expiring Medicare rural provisions » READ
Rural Areas More Likely to Lack Insurance » READ
HHS launches Meaningful Consent site » READ
Foundation Funding To Improve Health In Rural Areas » READ
Resource (CMS): ICD-10 Implementation Guide » READ
New HIPAA rule means big changes » READ
Nonmetro Poverty Increased in 2012 » READ
Deadline Extended for Applications for the Rural Veterans Coordination » READ
Minimum wage, overtime protections extended to direct care workers by US Labor Department » READ

ACA News

CMS issues proposed rule for Basic Health Program » READ
Obamacare could be tough sell in rural areas » READ
Understanding State Variation In Heatlh Insurance Dynamics Can Help Tailor Enrollment Strategies For ACA Expansion » READ
How Buying Insurance Will Change Under Obamacare » READ
The Affordable Care Act- What it Means for Rural America » READ
Rural areas gain assistance for enrollment in Health Insurance Marketplaces » READ

HIT News

Over 1000 critical access and small, rural hospitals meet the Meaningful Use challenge! » READ
Saving U.S. Health Care With Skype » READ
USDA Celebrates National Health IT Week » READ
Farzad Mostashari Looks Back as He Steps Down » READ


Upcoming Events

HIV in Rural America
October 1, 2013 @ 1:00 PM CT

National Rural Recruitment and Retention Network (3RNet) System
October 3, 2013 @ 10:00 AM MST
(AZ Center for Rural Health)

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

Aligning Federal and State Approaches to Integrating Primary Care and Community Resources
October 4, 2013 | 1:00 - 2:30 PM ET

Role of mHealth in Rural Areas
October 9, 2013 | 2:00 - 3:00 PM ET

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

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