NCHN e-News: June 16, 2015

NCHN's Annual Conference September 1st & 2nd
at the 2015 Rural Health Summit in Portland, Oregon. 

Please click the links below to register and reserve your hotel room



Executive RoundtableExecutive Roundtable Call: Network Leadership & Resiliency 

Tuesday, June 16th @ 12:00 PM ET; 11:00 AM CT; 10:00 AM MT; 9:00 AM PT; and 8:00 AM AKST

Join your colleagues for our June Executive Roundtable (ER Call for Network Leaders).  We will examine how to best support resiliency in diverse Networks. In May, we considered features and tools contributing to a thoughtful and engaged movement through the inevitable transition processes confronting Network Leaders and Boards.   Networks with two months or twenty years of traction potentially build greater sustainability and tolerance for successful transitions through building resiliency.  Join Rebecca Davis and Mary Kay Chess and explore: 
•     What are the features of resiliency in networks?
•     What is the nature of resilient network leaders?
•     Where should conversations be held in support of resiliency?
•     When is it time to begin building this experience in the Network?

We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday, June 16 @ 12:00 PM ET.  You should be receiving an email with call in details in your inbox.  

NCHN Leadership Learning Community Call: Change

Friday, June 26, 2015 @ 12:00 PM ET 

There is a great deal of chatter in the workplace around change:  creating sustainable change, leveraging incremental changes and avoiding change at costs.  The truth is, all these goals and challenges are right, for a unique and situation and a particular time.  The last time we met, we explored goal setting and, each of you created 1-2 personal leadership goals for the next 30 days.  We'll take time to explore your progress.  Then, we'll move into a conversation about change.  There is an art and a science to change.  It needs support and often, a project plan might be helpful.  There are stages and pilots to consider.  And, the personal leadership goals you set gain additional traction when you take time to explore your relationship to the art and science of change.
We look forward to seeing you: Friday June 26th.  Rebecca and Mary Kay.
“Nothing diminishes anxiety faster than action.” -Walter Anderson - See more at

Upcoming Events

  • Executive Roundtable (ER) for Network Leaders: June 16, 2015 @ 12:00 PM ET
  • Conference Planning Committee Call: June 18, 2015 @ 4:00 PM ET
  • NCHN Leadership Learning Community Call: June 26, 2015 @ 12:00 PM ET
  • Executive Roundtable (ER) for Network Leaders: July 14, 2015 @ 12:00 PM ET
  • NCHN Board Retreat: July 19-21, 2015

Member News

Northwest Hospital Alliance - ID
A New Look and A New Name for the North Idaho Rural Health Consortium
-Changing times in health care and opportunities to grow and enhance the collaborative work of our members are behind our new name and new look. The Northwest Hospital Alliance serves as a catalyst to develop a collaborative network to assist our members in offering high quality, cost effective health care in our communities. To read our newsletter please click

Rural Wisconsin Hospital Cooperative - WI
Wisconsin Quality Residency Program - Newly hired quality leaders often struggle in their first years because they lack knowledge in foundational skills and requirements essential to the job. In small rural hospitals and Critical Access Hospitals, quality improvement leaders are seen as experts in their field; however, they may feel overwhelmed without proper training, networking, and collaboration resources to draw on. Rural geographical and professional isolation also hinder the success of new quality novices.To address this need, the Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative (RWHC), in partnership with the Wisconsin Hospital Association (WHA), developed the Wisconsin Quality Residency Program. This Program provides foundational training by providing in-person learning modules that address quality improvement methods, leadership & management skills, and networking support. Read the full article on RAC's Rural Models and Innovation Hub* by clicking here.  

*NCHN partners with the Rural Assistance Center (RAC) to share rural health network best practices and successful models from our members on their new Rural Models and Innovation Hub. For more details about this partnership and to submit a model through NCHN please, email Linda.

Associate Member News

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 May 27th issue please click here.

Kentucky Office of Rural Health 
"The Bridge" is a collaborative effort between the University of Kentucky Center of Excellence in Rural Health and the Kentucky Office of Rural Health. This quarterly publication focuses on rural health issues and topics pertaining to the Commonwealth, while spotlighting individuals and programs that exemplify innovation or excellence in Kentucky's rural health landscape. Read the latest issue here.
Member to Member Business Partner News 

Montana Health Network has contracted with Associated Employers to provide NCHN members and affiliates with an affordable, no travel alternative for excellent management training. The Management Excellence Training series will be delivered to registrants via webinar format (Go-to-Meeting, Course is interactive so Camera and Microphone use required).
NCHN Member Fee: $464 for course + $25 for Disc Profile = $489.00. 
Non Member Fee:     $564 for course + $25 for Disc Profile = $589.00.
For more information, including dates, times and registration please click
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 

Funding News & Announcements
Community Facility Loans

Rural Community Assistance Corporation (Western RCAC) Community Facilities Loan Program offers loans to create and improve essential community facilities in the rural West. This program offers short-term loans to meet early acquisition and pre-development needs, interim construction costs and long-term permanent financing. Projects must be located in rural areas with populations of 50,000 or less in Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. Applications are accepted on an on-going basis.  For more information please click here. 

Josiah Macy, Jr. Foundation Grants for Health Professional Education
There are two types of grants available: Board grants, which do not specify an amount, and President's grants which are awarded in amounts up to $35,000.  Grants are made only to tax-exempt institutions or agencies; no grants are made directly to individuals. The Macy Foundation does not consider requests for general undesignated support, endowments, equipment, construction or renovation projects.  Applications are accepted on an on-going basis.  For more information please click

Health Workforce Research Center (HWRC) Program, HHS, HRSA
This announcement solicits applications for the Health Workforce Research Center (HWRC) program.  The HWRC program is designed to support rigorous, policy-oriented data collection, analysis and research projects that can enhance the government's understanding of emerging issues and trends in the health care workforce.  The goal of this funding opportunity is to establish an HWRC that will collect relevant data and information, conduct research, and disseminate findings and information topics related to the behavioral health care workforce in the U.S.  An eligible applicant is either a State, a State workforce investment board, a public health or health professions school, or an appropriate public or private nonprofit entity. Application closing date is June 23, 2015.  To read further details and access the application 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. is an on-line tool used to find funding opportunities offered by government entities, as well as private foundations.  Your NCHN membership provides a significant subscription discount. Click the link above to view the GrantStation website. 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

National News

What are the reimbursement issues for telehealth?  
Today, not all telehealth costs are reimbursed. Medicare, which has to some extent set the standard, reimburses for telehealth services when the originating site (where the patient is) is in a Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) or in a county that is outside of any Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA), defined by HRSA and the Census Bureau, respectively. Read more on this topic from HRSA here.

How Two Hospital Operators Are Bucking the Rural Health Crisis
This article from Healthcare DIVE Describes the experiences of two small rural hospitals that have been able to avert financial distress and possible closure by shifting patient care to outpatient settings when possible. Click here to read.

Rural Health Works Training
This National Center for Rural Health Works (RHW) workshop will be hosted by the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health on Wednesday, July 22, 2015. The training will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn, 1221 East College Avenue, State College, PA 16801; Phone: 814-272-1221. The RHW workshop will provide training in (1) Economic impact analyses, (2) Community health needs assessment toolkit, and (3) Budget studies for new or expanded health care services. The training is designed for professionals from agencies that are or plan to be involved in providing assistance to communities in any of these three areas. Enrollment will be limited to 20 participants and will be on a “First Come, First Serve” basis.  To learn more and register please click here.

Medicare Shared Savings Program
On June 4, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a final rule updating the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP).  This payment system created by the Affordable Care Act is intended to promote greater participation in Accountable Care Organizations, also known as ACOs, to coordinate high quality care for Medicare patients.  Read the final rule in the Federal Register and learn more about rural ACOs  at the Rural Health Research Gateway.

RAC Web-based Resource
The Rural Assistance Center has launched a new topic guide, Social Determinants of Health for Rural People This web-based resource looks at the factors present in everyday life – economic status, education, race/ethnicity, culture, environment, and access to goods and services – that can impact the health of rural residents.
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