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September 3, 2014

NCHN Reminders

ORHP has announced additional grantees to receive funding under the Network Development Grant Program. In addition to the 15 awards announced in May, two have been added, including Giles Health Network and City of Clarion (IA). We have heard that there may be additional awards. You can search awards online here. If you have received an award notice, please let Rebecca know.

Last Chance to order the HCAHPS Webinar Series before the webinars start on September 9th: find out more here

Success Stories: Submit your network's program/project/story to be published on the Rural Assistance Center website and



Leadership Corner

RAPID Decision Making: What It Is and How to Get the Most Out of It
(The Bridgespan Group)
Most organizations can benefit from RAPID. The keys are: understanding how the tool works, figuring out what your organization needs from RAPID, and assessing whether the timing is right to introduce it. In the next section of this article, we’ll explore what the side effects and trade-offs of using RAPID can be. Then we’ll use the experiences of Aspire Public Schools, a California-based charter-school developer, to illustrate how the tool works. Finally, we’ll step back and consider how to tell if your organization is ready for RAPID and discuss some of the ideal pre-conditions for getting the most out of it.


MiREMSMiREMS Receives RAED Grant Funding

Michigan Rural EMS Network's MiResCu program, in partnership with UP EMS and Mike Helbock (Seattle/King County, WA), has been awarded a Rural Access to Emergency Devices grant throught HRSA's Office of Rural Health Policy. The award provides for $150,000/year for 3 years. The project start date is September 1, 2014. RAED grant funds will be used to place 120 AEDS (40 per year) in communities in rural Michigan.


NCHN Calendar

Member Orientation Calls
September 11, 2014 @ 2:00 PM ET
October 1, 2014 @ 1:00 PM ET

Board of Directors Call
September 9, 2014 @ 4:00 PM ET

NCHN Quarterly Informational Call
September 15, 2014 @ 2:00 PM ET

Executive Committee Call
October 14, 2014 @ 4:00 PM ET




Member Orientation Calls
NCHN will be holding two Member Orientation Calls (Sept. 11 @ 2:00 PM ET and Oct. 1 @ 1:00 PM ET). The Orientation Sessions will provide an overview of the programs and services of NCHN and review the benefits of your membership. To register and receive call information and materials, please email Christy.

NCHN Quarterly Information Call
September 15, 2014 @ 2:00 PM ET

Heman A. Marshall III is among the most respected attorneys focusing on the ever-changing field of health-care law.  We are happy to announce that Mr. Marshall will be our guest speaker on the September 15, Quarterly Informational Call. He will be discussing health network organizational management and will provide tips on policies and procedures that network organizations should have in place to keep themselves legal, viable, and adaptable to the ever-changing needs of their membership. Heman has been actively involved with NCHN and our members since 2006.   We are always glad when he can share some time with us.  You can view more information about Heman and his career in healthcare law here.

Details will be distributed via email. Please contact Rebeccawith questions.  

New Member: Kreider Services

NCHN is pleased to welcome Kreider Services, Inc. of Dixon, Illinois, as a network member. Kreider was founded in 2012. Its purpose is "to provide supports to children and their families in their local communities to reach their optimal social, emotional, physical and cognitive development through an affordable, accessible, integrated, multi-disciplinary system of care which empowers families and individuals to self advocate." Its programs include early intervention, The Autism Program, behavioral health, physical health, education/training, recreation, family/sibling support groups, resource library, and multi-disciplinary teams. Find out more at

Laura Watters, Network Director

Member News

ICAHN held its 7th Annual Vendor Fair on August 28th

Tennessee Rural Partnership announced its 87th clinician placement in a rural area on August 28th

Partner News

Custom Learning Systems: HCAHPS Breakthrough Webinar Series starts September 9th (Contact Christy to order)


Funding Announcements

FCC Rural Broadband Experiments
On July 11, 2014, the Commission adopted a $100 million budget for the rural broadband experiments and established an objective methodology for selecting projects among formal applications, which will be due 90 days after release of the order (due date: October 14, 2014)

RELATED LINK: Rural Assembly FCC Broadband Webinar Recording

National Headlines

Rural Hospital Mergers and Acquisitions: Who Is Being Acquired and What Happens Afterward? » READ

NRACO's recommendations on 2015 Proposed Physician Fee Schedule » WATCH WEBINAR

Fourth annual National Rural Health Day set to take place on Nov. 20 » READ

U of Oregon grads plot the future of rural health care » READ

Call for Speakers Now Open for 11th Annual 340B Coalition Winter Conference » VIEW

NOSORH's The Branch (Sept. 2014) is online » READ

Is this the future of rural health care: Walmart, walk-in clinics and an ambulance? » READ

N.C. Institute of Medicine issues rural health action plan » READ

40% of Rural Patients Stay at City Hospitals » READ

Why Are There So Few Doctors in Rural America? » READ

Rural health facilities provide quality care » READ

The impact of practice size on readmission rates » READ

Summit to focus on benefits of physician assistants in rural areas » READ

Critical Access Hospitals at a Crossroads » READ

ACA News

As newly insured seek care, rural doctor shortage worsens » READ

New ACA Outreach and Education Projects Listed on RAC » READ

The Affordable Care Act supports patient-centered medical homes in health centers » READ

Health exchanges not working for rural population (TN) » READ

HIT News

National Health IT Week is Sept. 15-19: 10 Ways to Celebrate » READ

Fewer adverse drug events seen with MU, study finds » READ

How did a rural NH hospital achieve Stage 2 Meaningful Use? » READ

Transatlantic ultrasound marks new territory for telehealth » READ

CMS finalizes EHR meaningful-use rule, adds some flexibility » READ


Upcoming Events

Rural Health IT Community Kick-Off Webinar
September 8, 2014 | 1:00 - 2:00 PM ET

Care Coordination under the Medicaid Benefit for Children and Adolescents
September 9, 2014 | 3:00 - 4:00 PM ET
(National Academy for State Health Policy)

The Affordable Care Act (ACA) and rural minority communities
September 9, 2014 | 1:00 - 2:00 PM CDT

ORHP, ACA, and You Office Hours
September 10, 2014 | 3:00 - 4:00 PM ET

Alan Morgan - 2014 Mid-Year Rural Health Policy Roundup
September 17, 2014 | 1:00 - 2:00 PM MT
(Arizona Telemedicine Program)

Successful Telehealth in Rural Communities: Connecting Patients & Providers
September 18, 2014 | 1:00 - 2:00 PM CDT
(Heartland Telehealth Resource Center)

Care Coordination: An Opportunity to Help Drive Change
September 18, 2014 | 2:00 - 3:15 PM ET
(National Association of Counties)

Change in Profitability and Financial Distress of Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) from Loss of Cost-Based Reimbursement
September 19, 2014 | 2:00 - 3:00 PM ET
(Rural Health Research Gateway)

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