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National Cooperative of Health Networks Association, Inc.'s Newsletter
Informational Newsletter from the National Cooperative of Health Networks
September 20, 2016


Community Care Network of Virginia, Inc.

The Community Care Network of Virginia has been a member of NCHN since 2014.  Their mission is to provide a wide scope of services in order to equip customers across the country for sustainable excellence in a dynamic and competitive health care environment.  To learn more about this network please read this brief article based on an interview with CCNV's Chief Executive Officer and current NCHN board member, Ms. Rene Cabral-Daniels.


Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative - WI
This video highlights how employers and health care providers are working to make Wisconsin a healthier state.



  Executive Roundtable 

NCHN sponsors the Executive Roundtable (ER) sessions as a venue for Rural Network Leaders to meet virtually, once a month, and share topics that are top of mind in this complex healthcare environment. This month's session is a continuation of our July & August conversations. We will take a deeper dive into possible solutions to the issues facing network leaders. We want to know: 
 - What are the significant challenges in your rural network?
 - What solutions have been most significant in addressing    
    these challenges?
 - When you consider the emphasis on sustainability in your
     network, what confounds you?
 - What creative solutions have you discovered to create
    on-going sustainability in your unique network?
 -  Who are your key network stakeholders?
 -  What are the most significant contributions of your advisers
     and board members?

These are just some of the situations we will consider in our Executive Roundtable session in September. You will need to bring your curiosity to the forum and a willingness to listen deeply to your colleagues and respond with practices from your network perspective.  We look forward to hearing you on: Tuesday, September 27th @ 2:00 PM ET; 1:00 PM CT; 12:00 PM MT; 11:00 AM PT.  NCHN members should have received an invitation through Readytalk. If you have not, please contact Tara Long at

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If you missed the first webinar of this series on September 1st you can still order and catch the remaining 11! But don't wait, orders will not be accepted after September 30th. Members can save 50% off the regular price for this webinar training series. To place your order please complete this order form.  Questions?  Please contact Linda at

Membership Meetings
All Times are EST !

Board of Directors 
    September 20th @ 3:30 PM 

Leadership Summit Committee
September 22 @ 4:00 PM

Conference Planning Committee
September 27th @ 11:00 AM

Executive Roundtable (ER) Call
September 27th @ 2:00 PM

Leadership Summit Committee
September 29 @ 4:00 PM

Conference Planning Committee
October 11th @ 11:00 AM

Executive Committee Call
October 11th @  3:30 PM

NCHN Leadership Summit  November 10-11, 2016   Biloxi, MS
IP Casino, Resort & Spa

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$65.99 + 12%fees & tax
     NCHN Annual        Educational Conference  April 25-27, 2017   Bozeman, MT
National Health Information Technology Week
September 26-30

September 26th 

NHIT Week Webinar : Leveraging Telehealth to Advance Healthcare Transformation 

Funding Finder

HRSA-17-054 Service Area Competition The Health Center Program supports patient-directed public and private nonprofit organizations that provide primary and preventive health care services to the Nation’s medically underservedApply at by November 07

Educational Endeavors
The National Center for Rural Health Works (RHW) is sponsoring a RHW workshop in Reno, Nevada on Tuesday, October 18, 2016. If you are interested, information for the workshop is available at:
There will be two workshops during 2017.  RHW is seeking hosts for these workshops. There are no out-of-pocket costs to host a workshop; the greatest advantage to hosting is having the workshop available to participants in your state. If you are interested in hosting a workshop in your state, please contact us.
RHW also can provide webinars on selected topics. Currently, we have the following webinars available:
A. Economic impact of a small rural hospital or a critical access hospital
B. Economic impact of a nurse practitioner/physician assistant
C. Economic impact of a rural nursing home
B. Economic impact of an FQHC or rural health clinic
C. Economic impact of a state Medicaid program
D. Economic impact of a medical school
E. Economic impact of a nursing home
F. Community health needs assessment for rural hospitals
            G. Need for primary care physician and specialty physicians
The National Center for Rural Health Works will present webinars to users at no cost. Anyone wanting to host (or sponsor) a webinar can contact the National Center for Rural Health Works. A webinar host/sponsor can choose a webinar topic and then invite participants who will be interested in learning about the benefits of the tools or how to apply the tools. Typically, these webinars will last one hour. The webinar host/sponsor is responsible for marketing the webinar to their desired audience. There is no cost for these webinars.
Other webinar topics are available. If you are interested in a particular topic that is not listed above, please let us know and we can discuss the possibility of developing a webinar for your audience. 

Ups and Downs: Trends in Rural Children’s Access to Care
Free Webinar October 13, 2016 @ 1:00 PM ET
Dial-in #: 888-942-9541
Passcode: 7614037

Members'  "Magazines"

Montana Health Network 

Tennessee Rural Partnership

Western HealthCare    Alliance -CO

North Country Health Consortium - NH

Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative

Coastal Carolinas Health Alliance

National Nuggets

CMS announced this month that practitioners subject to the Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) may select the level and pace that they will comply with elements of the Quality Payment Program (QPP) that is part of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) passed last year. Since proposed MACRA regulations were released on April 27, 2016, providers of care from small and rural practices were alarmed about the impact these rules will have on their fiscal health. This recent announcement provides flexibility in implementation.

HRSA Awards $16 million to Improve Rural Healthcare-The funding will expand the use of telehealth technology for both veterans and other patients, while helping providers with policy-oriented research to improve understanding the needs and challenges facing rural communities.

HHS awards over $87 million for health centers’ IT enhancements -The funding will support health information technology enhancements to accelerate health centers’ transition to value-based models of care, improve efforts to share and use information to support better decisions, and increase engagement in delivery system transformation.

The National Advisory Committee on Rural Health (NACRHHS) has released two new policy briefs with recommendations to the Secretary of U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. Alternative Models to Preserving Access to Emergency Care and Families in Crisis: The Human Service Implications of Rural Opioid Misuse.  Save the date and watch for details from FORHP about a webinar on Thursday, September 29 at 2:00 pm ET to discuss the Committee’s findings.  The NACRHHS is a Federal advisory committee with 21 members appointed by the HHS Secretary. Each year, the Committee produces a series of briefs on key rural health and human service topics with recommendations for the Secretary. More information about the Committee is available at

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