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September 4, 2013

NCHN Reminders

Update from HRSA on the Rural Health Network Development Grant Program
The anticipated release date for the guidance for the HRSA Rural Health Network Development Grant Program is mid-September. As soon as we have the official notice, we will share.

NCHN Leadership Summit
The 2013 Leadership Summit is less than a month away. Reservations are open and the NCHN rate is available for 3 days prior to and following the Summit (pending availability)


Leadership Corner

RWHC Leadership Insights: "Practicing Patience"
Saying “I have no patience” makes it sound like it’s something I could go get but choose not to-and that is really quite accurate. Impatience is a choice and a behavior; therefore, we can choose differently if we want to. Why should a leader think about becoming more patient?

Pat Schou
Pat Schou is Executive Director of Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network

Member Q&A with Pat Schou, Executive Director of Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network

For this feature, we interviewed Pat Schou, Executive Director of Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network (ICAHN). Last month, she received the 2013 Calico Leadership Award at the National Conference of State Flex Programs. The Calico Leadership Award is presented annually by the Technical Assistance and Services Center (TASC), a program of the National Rural Health Resource Center, to an outstanding rural health leader. We caught up with Pat to congratulate her and find out more about what's going on at ICAHN.


Monthly Column: The Collaborative Leader

OK, just what does that mean? Over the past six months, these posts have discussed a number of attributes usually ascribed to an effective leader. Being collaborative hasn’t been one of them. In fact, one of the meanings of the word “collaborator” is “someone who willingly assists an enemy of one’s country.” Not very leader-like.

But here’s something interesting...


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

NCHN Board of Directors Call
September 10 @ 11:00 AM ET

HCAHPS Breakthrough Webinar: Communication about Medicines (CLS)
September 10, 2013 @ 1:00 PM ET

NCHN Quarterly Informational Call
September 16 @ 2:00 PM ET

September Coffee/Tea Chat
September 18, 2013 @ 12:00 PM ET

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




NCHN Leadership Summit
Research indicates that the top critical success factor for a health network is its leadership (O’Sullivan, 2009; NCHN 2011).

NCHN supports network leaders through one of our cornerstone programs, the Annual Leadership Summit that kicks off the Leadership Learning Community each year. This is the Leadership Event of the year for network leaders! In addition to the opportunity to network with your peers and colleagues, you will also have access to federal agency representatives to discuss the Health Insurance Marketplaces, continuing ACA implementation, healthcare delivery to our rural Veterans, and potential funding opportunities for networks. NRHA will providing a session strategies to assist you to utilize your influence as a health network leader and a special treat this year will be a fun and interactive session that will provide you with insight into different motivations, actions, communication approaches!

And who doesn’t want to have fun and find success and become more popular and better-looking! You really can’t afford to miss the 2013 NCHN Leadership Summit!

You can review the agenda (pdf), register and make your room reservation today! Please note that the deadline for room reservations is Tuesday, September 17. See you in Austin!

NCHN Quarterly Informational Call
September 16 @ 2:00 PM ET; 1:00 PM CT; 12:00 PM MT; 11:00 AM PT; 10:00 AM AKST

“Rural Veterans in NCHN Members’ Communities and the VHA (Veterans Health Administration) Office of Rural Health” – Thomas F. Klobucar, Ph.D., Deputy Director for VHA-ORH, Washington, DC will provide NCHN members an overview of the mission and responsibilities of the VA-ORH. During the call, he will be asking for feedback on how your network and/or network members are interacting with rural veterans, veteran focused projects you may be involved in or interested to becoming involved in, and overall how rural health networks can become a collaborative partner with the VA ORH in providing services to rural veterans.

Dr. Klobucar will also be sharing next steps for continued collaboration between NCHN and our members and his office. A retired Air Force Senior Master Sergeant, Tom is published in the fields of rural health, home telehealth, chronic disease management, political science, sociology, and research methods. His current work is focused on providing opportunities for the delivery of virtual health care services into rural Veterans’ homes, the expansion of health care provider virtual consultation services in underserved rural areas, and enhancing care coordination for rural Veterans through electronic health information exchange. Call in details will be delivered to your email box via an invitation to participate in the call.


Network Member News

The Hospital Cooperative: Cooperative Connections (pdf, August 2013)
Jon Smith has moved to a new position and the new network contact for THC is Robert Cuoio

Speak Your Piece: A Health Care Myth by Tim Size, RWHC

Associate Member News

NRHRC: Center Releases HIE Toolkit

Partner News

NRHA makes Modern Healthcare’s list of top influencers


Funding Announcements

Innovative Approaches to Improve Community Health
The goal of this program is to increase the health of vulnerable, low-income, and minority populations by addressing social and environmental determinants of health, as well as health care access.

Exploratory and Developmental Grant to Improve Health Care Quality through Health Information Technology (IT)
Funding to support short-term preparatory, pilot or feasibility studies that will inform larger scale real world health IT implementation and use or the conduct of more comprehensive health IT implementation research.
(Due November 16, 2013)

National Headlines

Rural US hospitals are in a world of pain » READ
How Advocates Can Talk to Rural America » READ
Addressing Population Health in Rural Communities » READ
Small and rural hospitals need more help getting up to speed with EHRs » READ
CAH Status Challenge Must Consider Access » READ
Baldwin leads protest against rural hospital cuts » READ
Wednesday Roundup: Medicaid a Rural Issue » READ
New HIPAA rule means big changes » READ
8 anti-fraud questions to ask now about ICD-10 » READ
Gaps in Health Care Safety Net Identifiable Thanks to Graham Center Mapper Program » READ
Causes and Consequences of Rural Pharmacy Closures: A Multi-Case Study » READ
NOSORH's 2013 issue of The Branch is online » READ

ACA News

Rural America and the Affordable Care Act » READ
Some facts about ACA implementation » READ
FAQ On ACOs: Accountable Care Organizations, Explained » READ
ACOs Can Save Medicare $$$, Study Finds » READ
Analyst Says ACA Will Not Explode Health Care Costs » READ
Medicaid and Presumptive Eligibility in 2014 » READ

HIT News

Telehealth reaches the American frontier » READ
Pilots explore lack of health IT workers, funding for CAHs » READ
Telemedicine clinics make inroads into primary care » READ


Upcoming Events

Prevention of Farm-Related Musculoskeletal Injuries Related to Lifting, Twisting and Turning
September 5, 2013 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM CT

The Health Care Law - Health Insurance Marketplace 101
September 10, 2013 @ 4:00 PM ET
(HHS Partnership Center)

Lessons from Implementing a Range of TeleMedicine Programs at a Rural Facility
September 11, 2013 | 11:00 AM PT
(AZ Telemedicine Program)

Public Health Principles & Health Literacy: Developing a Health Literacy Curriculum for Cancer Care Providers
September 13, 2013 | 12:00 - 1:00 PM CT

National Health IT Week
September 16 - 20, 2013

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