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October 21, 2014

NCHN Reminders

Join NCHN for a Member Orientation Call (valuable for all members) on Thursday, October 23rd @ 1:30 PM ET. RSVP for the call via email.

Celebrate the Power of Rural Health: Submit your network's program/project/story to be shared on National Rural Health Day (November 20th).

2015 Leadership SummitSave the Date: The 2015 NCHN Leadership Summit will be at the Sheraton Sand Key Resort January 19-20, 2015 in Clearwater Beach, Florida. Agenda and registration information will be posted soon. Make your reservations online.


Leadership Corner

Six Things Nonprofits Can Teach Small Business
by Erin Lamb
In an article in Yahoo Small Business Advisor, small businesses are urged to look to the practices of nonprofits. It lists six lessons that appear to us to be very interconnected—most of which flow back to staying attentive to and responsive to stakeholders—but it is certainly worth some attention. In a 2007 study covered in NPQ, nonprofit leaders rated higher than their business counterparts in 360-degree reviews, besting them in 14 out of 17 leadership characteristics. Here is what Jean Lobell and Paul M. Connolly wrote about the differences:


Featured Network Project: Network uses HIT to Connect Ambulances with Receiving Facilities Statewide
ERHIT Network

The Louisiana Rural Ambulance Alliance (LRAA), in partnership with the Louisiana Emergency Response Network (LERN) and the Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum (the state designated Health Information Exchange), established the Electronic-Rural Health Information Technology (E-RHIT) Network. Since its inception, the E-RHIT Network has expanded to include twenty three ambulance services and the Louisiana Traffic Records Coordinating Committee. Participation by LaHIE in the E-RHIT Network also expanded the footprint of the network to over 30 hospitals and 70 healthcare delivery facilities (physician offices, FQHCs, etc).

ERHIT HardwareE-RHIT is a network of ambulance services across Louisiana supporting the implementation and adoption of electronic Patient Care Reporting (ePCR). ePCR is used in these rural ambulances to document care given to patients at the time the care is provided and to record the type of incident. E-RHIT currently supports ePCR for ambulance services many of which are in very rural areas with limited cell phone reception. The software is installed in each ambulance on a ruggedized laptop that can connect to the state database via cellular network. The data collected consists of demographic, scene, and clinical information such as chief complaint and medications. Each service is also able to setup their own template and collect information that is relevant to their service area and local hospitals.


Jay Seifert
Rebecca Davis is the Executive Director of NCHN and lives in Montrose, Colorado

October ChairFrom the Executive Director (October 2014) Chairs of Network Leadership: Part III

Are you sitting too much on the job?

So, I’m standing here at my desk, thinking about what to write for this month’s article, when I realize that no one sent me a network “chair story” since Mary Ann Watson’s response to the first article. This made me start wondering, if maybe a better article would be “Why do we need chairs?” Are we all sitting too much? I have received request from NCHN members asking if I had any recommendations on treadmill workstations, etc. I had looked for such options, but decided that I would never be able to walk on a treadmill and type on the computer at the same time. If any of you have found such a model and it works for you, please share! I’m sure others would be interested.


NCHN Welcomes Union County Network

Please join the NCHN Board in welcoming Union County Network of Clayton, New Mexico. Its mission is to build a strong and sustainable network of healthcare and other organizations that collaborate to improve the health and well-being of Union County, New Mexico residents and communities through improving healthy behaviors, access to and quality of clinical care, social and economic factors, and the physical environment. Organized in 2011, UCHN is an integrated network comprised of 10 members including hospitals, behavioral health providers, community-based organizations, a public health department, school, and local government.

Programs and services include:

  1. Des Moines School-Based Health and Wellness Center
  2. Physician Recruitment and Community Marketing Initiative
  3. Community Greenhouse
  4. Dental Services and Infrastructure, and
  5. Telemedicine

For more information, contact:
Kristen Christy, Executive Director

NCHN Calendar

Membership Task Force Call
October 21 @ 11:00 AM ET

Executive Committee Call
October 21 @ 4:00 PM ET

Member Orientation Call
October 23, 2014 @ 1:00 PM ET

National Rural Health Day
November 20, 2014

2015 NCHN Annual Leadership Summit
January 19-20, 2015
Clearwater Beach, FL




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

ICAHN: October 2014 Newsletter

RWHC: Eye on Health (November 2014)

The Hospital Cooperative: Cooperative Connections (October 2014)

Western Healthcare Alliance: October 2014 Newsletter

Associate Member News

National Rural Health Resource Center: Rural Health Innovations Receives Contract to Provide Onsite Technical Assistance Through the Small Rural Hospital Transition Project

Partner News

GrantStation is offering a free tour of the GrantStation website at 2:00 PM ET on October 21st. Register here. NCHN Members can subscribe to GrantStation for a significantly reduced rate. Contact Christy for more information.


Funding Announcements

Rural Health Care Services Outreach Grant Program
ORHP is pleased to announce a unique three-year funding opportunity for a community-driven program targeted to improve outreach and services delivery in local and regional rural communities. The Rural Health Care Services Outreach grant program is a 3-year grant program through which eligible applicants can request up to $200,000/year for projects that expand health services in order to meet their rural community’s need. ( Deadline: November 14, 2014)


National Headlines

NRHA reacts to HHS report on costs for rural patients » READ

Report: Differences in Case-Mix between Rural and Urban Recipients of Home Health Care » READ

NRHA has Ebola Resources on its Rural Emergency Preparedness and Response page » READ

Motivated by low health rankings, a rural county gets growing » READ

Rural areas battle mental health provider shortage » READ

Bill Gates has a new disease diagnosis machine for poor, rural areas » READ

Many Medicare Outpatients Pay More At Rural Hospitals, Federal Report Says » READ

Rural Healthcare Is Failing -- A Modest Proposal » READ

KU Medical Center approved for $10 million award by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute to study obesity treatment options » READ

CMS Announces Two Medicare Quality Improvement Initiatives » READ

Survey: 9 in 10 Rural/Small Town Seniors have Convenient Access to Preferred Pharmacies in Medicare » READ

Rural Primary Care Challenges Extend Beyond Physician Supply » READ

Senators urge CMS rulemaking to better account for rural care needs » READ

A Benefit For Rural Vets: Getting Health Care Close To Home » READ

ACA News

Report: Rural Implications of the Blueprints for State-Based Health Insurance Marketplaces » READ

CMMI Announces $114 Million Investment to Support Rural ACO's » READ

Round 2 for the Affordable Care Act: The Agenda for Nonprofits » READ

New Awards to Support Rural Enrollment in Health Insurance Marketplaces » READ

National Advisory Committee oN Rural Health and Human Services: Affordable Care Act Plans and Premiums in Rural America » READ

HIT News

Electronic records: The costly, time-consuming process for small, rural hospitals » READ

Statistics show telehealth's value in rural America » READ

School-Based Telemedicine Platform Improves Care, Reduces Labor » READ

$22.1m in Telehealth Grants Expands Care at Rural Hospitals » READ

VA Telehealth Services Served Over 690,000 Veterans In Fiscal Year 2014 » READ


Upcoming Events

County Health Rankings & Roadmaps 101
October 21, 2014 @ 3:00 PM ET
(County Health Rankings & Roadmaps)

ORHP Office Hours
October 22, 2014 | 3:00 - 4:00 PM ET

West Africa Ebola Outbreak
October 22, 2014 | 7:00 - 8:00 PM ET
USA Toll Free: 1-888-790-1894
Verbal Passcode: Community
(The Partnership Center & CDC)

Tools to Integrate Equity into Community Health Needs Assessments (CHNAs)
October 23, 2014 @ 2:30 PM ET
(National Partnership for Action)

HCCI's State Health Policy Grant Program: Leveraging Data to Evaluate State Reforms
October 27, 2014 | 3:00 - 4:00 PM ET
(National Academy for State Health Policy)

NOSORH Annual Meeting
October 28-29, 2014 | Omaha, NE

Getting Ready to Enroll: Health Insurance Marketplace 101
October 29, 2014 | 3:00 - 4:00 PM ET
(The Partnership Center)

National Provider Call: 2014 Certified EHR Technology Flexibility Rule
October 30, 2014 | 2:00 - 3:00 PM ET

Change in Profitability and Financial Distress of Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) from Loss of Cost-Based Reimbursement
October 31, 2014 | 2:00 - 3:00 PM ET
(Rural Health Research Center)

National Rural Health Day
November 20, 2014

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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