NCHN e-News: July 7, 2015

NCHN's Annual Conference is Less Than Two Months Away!

 2015 Rural Health Summit in Portland, Oregon
September 1st & 2nd
Please click the links below to register and reserve your hotel room!!



Executive RoundtableExecutive Roundtable Call: Technology: Aggravation or Advantage?

Tuesday, July 14th @ 12:00 PM ET; 11:00 AM CT; 10:00 AM MT; 9:00 AM PT; and 8:00 AM AKST

During one of our recent Executive Roundtable (ER) conversations, interest was expressed in exploring technology:  boon or bust. It turns out that there really is an Information Overload Research Group so this is a terrific topic.Their findings are fairly astounding and yet, not at all surprising. Join us for a conversation around the aggravation and the advantage of technology in rural healthcare networks as we consider: how much time we do spend on communicating through technology, how much time we may waste in this approach to communication and, how much we worry when we can't access from our various forms of technology. Rebecca Davis and Mary Kay Chess welcome you to our July Executive Roundtable!

We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday, July 14th @ 12:00 PM ET.  Details for the call were distributed through a ReadyTalk invitation. If you did not receive one, please contact Tara Long at

NCHN Leadership Learning Community Call: External Fuel

Friday, July 24, 2015 @ 12:00 PM ET 

Thank you all for your focus on your leadership growth and development.  Since January, you have focused on key milestones in your development, strategic and tactical thinking, balance in your life, and how you prefer learning and communicating. For this final virtual session, we'll focus on how your leadership is fueled by your external interests. Come prepared to share one favorite resource (book, blog, walking trail) and how this resource refuels or influences you. Members of the Leadership Learning Community will receive a ReadyTalk invite to register for the call in a few days.  We hope you can join us for this final call of the 2015 Leadership Learning Community.  The face-to-face meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 1 @ 3:15 PM at the NCHN Annual Educational Conference. This year the conference is in Portland, OR and is a joint meeting with 3RNet and NOSORH . Hotel and registration details can be found on our conference webpage. We hope you can also join us in Portland. If planning to do so, please make your hotel reservations immediately!  
We look forward to seeing you: Friday July 24th.  Rebecca and Mary Kay.

Quarterly Information Call:
The Economic Impact of a Rural Health Network
 Monday, July 13 @ 2:00 PM ET
NCHN is pleased to announce that the National Center for Rural Health Works will provide our Quarterly Information call on Monday, July 13 @ 2:00 PM ET. The webinar will be “The Economic Impact of a Rural Health Network.” This program will present an example of an economic impact study and advice on how to use the report with network member organizations in aggregate and locally. The National Center for Rural Health Works, Oklahoma State University is the center for economic impact analysis and provides training and assistance on economic impact, community health needs assessment, and health feasibility studies. Presenters will be Gerald A. Doeksen, PH.D., Director, and Cheryl F. St. Clair, Associate Director, National Center for Rural Health Works. They will also share information about the various economic impact studies they have available for other sectors of the rural health system. Call in details will be distributed later this week.  We hope you can join us! 

Upcoming Events

  • Quarterly Information Call: July 13, 2015 @ 2:00 PM ET
  • Executive Roundtable (ER) for Network Leaders: July 14, 2015 @ 12:00 PM ET
  • Conference Planning Committee: July 16, 2015 @ 4:00 PM ET
  • NCHN Board Retreat: July 19-21, 2015
  • Leadership Learning Community Call: July 24, 2015 @ 12:00 PM ET
  • Conference Planning Committee: July 30, 2015 @ 4:00 PM ET
  • Executive Committee Call: August 18, 2015 @ 4:00 PM ET

Member News

Western Healthcare Alliance - CO
Director of Care Coordination and Quality - WHA is searching for a dynamic individual to fill this position at the Community Care Alliance.  Community Care Alliance is an organization founded by Western Healthcare Alliance to create solutions for our members to prepare for success in a value-based environment.  Interested?  Know someone who might be?  Please click here for required qualifications, brief position description and how to apply.

Lac qui Parle Health Network - MN
Granite Falls Municipal Hospital & Manor Staff complete MENTOR Health IT Program
Cristin DeLong, Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant, at the Granite Falls Municipal Hospital and Manor was presented with Certificate of Completion for the MENTOR Health IT Program.  Presenting the Certificates are Bernice Robinson, Executive Director and Lisa DuFrane, Program Manager from the Lac qui Parle Health Network (LqPHN). Health Information technology has become a critical and required body of knowledge across the entire spectrum of healthcare.  As the technical and reporting demands grow, so does the need for a workforce that has the knowledge and skills to meet these demands in every aspect of healthcare. The Lac qui Parle Health Network (LqPHN) has partnered with experienced health IT trainers at Normandale Community College to create the MENTOR Health IT Program.  Other partners of the project include Medi-Sota Health Care Consortium, Minnesota West Community and Technical College, and Southwest Minnesota Private Industry Council. The MENTOR Health IT Program provides health IT training specifically geared toward rural needs.  Upon completion of the MENTOR Health IT Program this newly trained workforce will be able to support the planning, implementation, usage and optimization of Health Information Technology to support better care, greater access to care and lower costs to the patients, healthcare facilities and providers.The MENTOR Health IT training will be offered again in September of 2015.  For more information please contact Bernice Robinson, LqPHN Executive Director or Lisa DuFrane, LqPHN Program Manager at 320-698-7199.

Associate Member News

Mr. Jack King
Please welcome Jack as a new NCHN Associate Member!  Jack has healthcare network experience having led a rural hospital network (Northcentral Montana Healthcare Alliance) for 12 years and was a member of NCHN those 12 years. Jack served three terms on the board of NCHN. He is a passionate advocate for rural healthcare, hospitals and networks. Welcome back!  Hope to see you in Portland.  Jack's email is

National Rural Health Resource Center 
"Rural Route" is the monthly publication put out by the NRHRC. It contains vast amounts of information from proposed rule changes to research to webinars.  To read the June 18th issue please click here.

Kentucky Office of Rural Health 
Louisville Opens Needle Exchange Program; Rural Communities Expected as Late Adopters
Louisville Metro Public Health & Wellness opened its mobile needle-exchange program Wednesday, June 10, making Louisville the first place in Kentucky to implement such a program.  Click
here to read the full article.

Funding News & Announcements

Telligen Community Initiative 
This Initiative is seeking to fund health projects in Iowa and Illinois. The mission of the Telligen Community Initiative (TCI) is to support innovative and forward looking health-related projects aimed at improving health, social well-being, and educational attainment. Grants are provided to nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and government agencies serving communities in Iowa and Illinois. TCI's funding priorities include the following: Health Innovation, Health for the Underserved, and Healthcare Workforce Development. The deadline for applicants in the states of Iowa and Illinois is August 4, 2015.  Click
here to learn more.

Children's Obesity Fund
This fund provides money and support nonprofit organizations who share the goal of eliminating the epidemic of childhood obesity. If you work for or are connecting to an organization that would like to receive a grant to help childhood obesity, please fill out an application form and we will notify you whether or not you qualify.  To learn more and access the application, please click here.
Training Opportunities

Hospital Emergency Communication: Spreading the Changing News about EbolaJoin for a webinar on Jul 09, 2015 at 12:00 PM CDT.  In this webinar you’ll hear about Ashtabula County Medical Center (ACMC) and its sudden bout with preparing for the Ebola virus hitting near home in Ohio. They were able to overcome the challenge with the help of a quick and effective Emergency Communication System. For more information, including how to register, please click here. 

HRSA OPA 340B Hospital Recertification - The HRSA Office of Pharmacy Affairs (OPA) is required to re-certify all participating hospitals enrolled in the 340B Program annually to ensure all hospitals are appropriately listed on the 340B database and that all hospitals remain compliant with the 340B Program requirements. The re-certification period will be August 5th-September 9th, 2015. To help covered entities with recertification the OPA will hold a webinar on July 8th, 2015 from 12 - 1 PM EST. Conference Number: 888-790-1763. Participant Code: 7334728.
To join the meeting:

HHS Education and Training Resources on Multiple Chronic Conditions for the Healthcare Workforce
New training material to help provide health care professionals with education necessary to care for people living with multiple chronic conditions was released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The HHS Education and Training Resources on Multiple Chronic Conditions (MCC) for the Healthcare Workforce materials –a first of their kind– were created by the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, in collaboration with the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).  To read more please click 

Take Advantage of Your NCHN Membership!

Would you like additional review and editing assistance before submitting your next federal proposal? Through your NCHN membership, you have access to discounted rates on professional grant review services. To learn more, click here.

Pathfinder - is a new, free, interactive website, offered by where users have access to an extensive list of resources of professional development opportunities. This website is designed to help you develop your career path as a grants professional. Our library provides profiles on top quality resources in the area of grant research, writing, and management, as well as strategic planning.  Please visit us by clicking the pathfinder link above.

Your NCHN membership provides a significant subscription discount to Contact Linda with questions or to place a order.

Each webinar is focused on one HCAHPS domain and is crafted to provide participants with a step by step actionable blueprint to sustainably improve their patient experience scores. Recordings are available for viewing for one year from the date of the webinar.  Questions?  Contact

Member to Member Business Partner 
NCHN Member to Member Business Partner Program 
NCHN members interested in marketing products and/or services they have developed may apply for participation in the NCHN Member to Member Business Partner Program (MMBPP). Participation is available to any dues paying NCHN member desiring to share their products or services with other NCHN members. Qualifications to participate in the MMBPP:
•    Must be a NCHN voting member in good standing
•    Must have products or services available from the network for NCHN
     members to evaluate and purchase
•    Application must be approved by NCHN Board of Directors 
To download the application please click 
apply here.
For questions please contact Rebecca 

National News

Sen. Grassley introduces additional rural hospital model bill  
The Rural Emergency Acute Care Hospital Act of 2015 (S.1648) was introduced by Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), to establish a new Medicare payment designation, the Rural Emergency Hospital to sustain emergency services in rural communities. Rural hospitals are critical to the 62 million rural Americans that rely on them to receive necessary local care. Rural hospitals provide care to vulnerable rural Americans as well as serve as an important economic and social anchor for their communities. Read more by clicking here.

The Role of Care and Services in Rural Veterans’ Health and Well-being
This issue of The Rural Connection highlights some of the many efforts underway to increase access to quality care and services that support rural communities—and ultimately the Veterans who reside there. This issue is the third in a four-part series on the impact that the social determinants of health have on Veterans in rural communities.  Click
here to access this quarterly newsletter from the Office of Rural Health. 
Study examines care coordination in rural communities
NRHA member Keith Mueller, PhD, published a study through the Rural Health Research and Policy Centers on care coordination in rural communities. The purpose of this paper is to examine care coordination programs and processes that affect rural people and places to discover what is happening now in rural communities, how different programs and approaches are working, and who benefits, and make policy recommendations that will facilitate care coordination efforts in support of high performance rural health system development.  Access the study here.

Rural Health Research Gateway
Rural Health Research Gateway provides free electronic access to publications and projects funded by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP). Gateway is also funded by the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration FORHP. The primary purpose of Gateway is to provide access to rural health services research and publications with the intent of informing and influencing health policy. Click the link above to access their website.  A link has also been added to NCHN's website under the "News" tab.

ACA and 501(c)(3) Status
The Affordable Care Act brought
new requirements for not-for-profit hospitals to maintain 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status.  The IRS issued final regulations in December 2014 (79 FR 78953), including one requirement that hospitals maintain a list, available to the public, specifying which providers are covered by the hospital’s financial assistance policy and which aren’t.  IRS Notice 2015-46, released July 26th and effective until December 29, 2015, clarifies how hospitals should comply and explains that providers need not be listed individually if it’s clear that financial assistance is offered for that practice group, department or type of service.  Rural hospitals that contract with a physician group for services such as emergency room coverage may find that the group reporting option simplifies tracking and reporting of this required list
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