NCHN e-News: January 19, 2016

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April 18 - 21, 2016 
This year NCHN will launch the use of an event app where you will be able to access all conference information on your smartphone, tablet or computer. We will provide download information and training as the event gets closer.

More details and website coming soon!

Partnership with the National Rural Accountable Care Consortium (NRACC)
We have partnered with
NRACC to encourage rural providers to apply to participate in the NRACC's Practice Transformation Network. The National Rural Accountable Care Consortium is a non-profit organization that supports rural health care transformation. The primary aim of the NRACC is rural practice transformation to improve care, reduce unnecessary healthcare costs, and improve patient satisfaction, all while also improving the financial performance and sustainability of rural health systems. The program assists with: 
  •     Setting up your on-site billable care coordination program
    • (includes IT/data analytics infrastructure and 24-hour nurse advice line)
  •     Redesigning practice workflows to manage population health
  •     Preparing you to become a Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH)
  •     Increase your revenue through improved primary care and billing 
Rural practices of all types are eligible to participate including CAHs, FQHCs, RHCs, and rural fee-for-service providers. The only requirement for participation is that the practice must designate a care coordinator and actively participate in the program. Practices are not eligible if they are currently participating in a Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) including an ACO or the CPCI program.

We are encouraging NCHN members to provide this information to their physicians and physician practices. Instruct applicants to list your network as referring them to the program, and your network will receive $500.  The applicant must list your network in the "How did you hear about us" box on the application form. This offer ends February 29, 2016. More information and the application form can be found by clicking the link above.  Download the brochure here.
NCHN Board Treasurer Cindy Siler has accepted the CEO position at Mercy Community Healthcare in Franklin, TN and therefore will be leaving the Tennessee Rural Partnership and unfortunately, NCHN at the end of this month.  We will certainly miss Cindy and the expertise, dedication, dependability,attitude and competence she brought to NCHN.  Please help to congratulate and wish her the best in her next career endeavor.

Executive Roundtable

Executive Roundtable Call:   

The next ER call has been scheduled for Friday, February 19th at noon Eastern time.  The topic is unconfirrned at the time of this publication.  
If you have a suggestions for future ER calls please email Rebecca at

Upcoming Events

  • 2016 Conference Planning Committee Call: January 19, 2016 @ 11:00 AM ET
  • 2016 Conference Planning Committee Call: February 2, 2016 @ 11:00 AM ET
  • 2016 Conference Planning Committee Call: February 16, 2016 @ 11:00 AM ET
  • Board of Directors Call: February 16, 2016 @ 4:00 PM ET
  • ER Call: February 19, 2016 @ 12:00 PM ET

Member News

Northeast Oregon Network - OR
Northeast Oregon Network (NEON) is providing Community Health Worker Supervisor Training on January 28 and 29, 2016 from 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM.  The training will be held at Misener Conference Room located at 1001 4th St., La Grande, The 2 day training fee is $230 per person. Please contact Pepper McColgan at NEON to register! Email Pepper at or call 541-398-1720.

The Santa Cruz County Adolescent Wellness Network (AWN) - AZ
AWN is organizing a resource fair to acquaint newly trained community healthcare integrated paramedics from around the county on all the resources they can call on or refer their people to.  This fair also provides a networking opportunity for community agencies.

Funding News & Announcements

Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
Building Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Capacity – applications due March 22, 2016
. Community-based, faith-based and tribal organizations are among those eligible to apply for funding intended to build national capacity for Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) recipients and engage People Living with HIV/AIDS (PLWH) to increase their access to health care.  Funded organizations will work with HRSA, CMS, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to assess and disseminate best practices culturally appropriate methods for improving health outcomes of PLWH.  Interested applicants should attend a technical assistance webinar on Wednesday, January 27 from 3:00 – 4:00 pm ET; go to and enter as Guest. To join the audio, dial 888-603-9810  with participant pass code 1165029.  

Flex Rural Veterans Access Program (RVHAP)
This announcement solicits applications for the Flex Rural Veterans Health Access Program (RVHAP).  A key component of the RVHAP is to facilitate coordination by the Secretary of Health and Human Services with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) as required in Section 1820 (g)(6)(C) of the Social Security Act. RVHAP grant funds are to be used to increase the delivery of mental health services or other health care services for veterans living in rural areas through the use of health information technology.  For the purposes of this FOA, grant funds can be used for two primary focus areas: Telehealth Networks (RVHAP-TH): providing clinical services to rural veterans from more distant clinicians including both direct interactive tele-consultations and store-and-forward applications of telehealth service; and/or; Health Information Exchange Networks (RVHAP-HIE): activities to support the transfer of clinical information for veterans in rural areas to other providers both within VA and its electronic health record system and private providers who are involved in their care with the goal of improving care coordination for the rural veteran.
Training Opportunities

National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services
Are some Rural Areas of the United States seeing a Drop in Life Expectancy and Increased Mortality? The National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services will host a Webinar on January 28, 2016 at 2:00 pm ET on its recent Policy Brief Mortality and Life Expectancy in Rural America. Recent articles in the media have claimed there was declining Life Expectancy in many non-metro counties in the United States. The Committee met in the Appalachian area in Eastern Kentucky to determine if Life Expectancy is on the decline in parts of the USA and, if so, to try to determine why this is happening and to offer recommendations to Sylvia Mathews Burwell, the Secretary of the Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) on the problem. Both published and new data provided to the Committee by Dr. Gopal Singh of the Health Resources and Services Administration clearly showed that there has been a decline in Life Expectancy in parts of the rural USA. The Committee heard from researchers, state officials and people who live in areas affected by increased mortality which is driving the decline in Life Expectancy. The webinar, hosted by Gov. Ronnie Musgrove, Chair of the Committee, will present information on what the Committee found on Mortality and Life Expectancy, as well as the impact this is having on people’s lives and the recommendations the Committee offered the Secretary of HHS.  To read the October 2015 Policy Brief please click here.
Access the webinar:
Conference number: 888-989-0727
Conference Participant passcode:  1557485

Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
Integrating Behavioral Health Training into Primary Care â€“ Tuesday, January 19 at 2:00 pm ET.  Attendees to this presentation from the SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Solutions, will get examples of behavioral health/primary care integration and technical assistance resources for building integration in service delivery and training/education program.

Rural Health Clinics Technical Assistance Webinar â€“ Tuesday, January 19 at 2:00 pm ET.  This session will be on the new Chronic Care Management (CCM) benefit and how RHCs and their patients can benefit from this new service.  Representatives from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will present information on what RHCs will have to provide in the way of CCM services, what you will need to do to get your patients signed up for this service, how to bill for this service and the service delivery requirements. Please note that there MAY be limited webinar capacity for this presentation.  If you can’t participate via the web-based connection, you can still call in at 1-800-779-1416  , using conference passcode 4343459.  The webinar slides for this presentation are now available online.  As with all other technical assistance for rural health clinics, this session will be recorded and can be accessed on FORHP’s RHC TA page.

Small Health Care Provider Quality Improvement Program â€“ Tuesday, January 19 at 2:30 pm ET*.  The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy will hold a Technical Assistance webinar for applicants interested in funding for the Small Health Care Provider Quality Improvement Program for rural primary care providers.  To join, go to; Audio 1-888-603-9222 , passcode: 5381444. For questions and help, contact Ann Ferrero at or 301-443-3999 .  *Our previous announcement for this webinar gave an incorrect start time of 2:00 pm ET

Telepsychiatry Essentials â€“ Thursday, January 21 at 2:00 pm ET.  Telepsychiatry is a well-established, evidence-based tool for increasing access to quality mental health services. This webinar hosted by the Telehealth Resource Centers will explore effective telepsychiatry models, from traditional clinical settings to integration into rural primary care, nursing homes, and beyond.

Introduction to the Rural Health Care Program â€“ Thursday, January 28 at 2:00 pm ET.  In this webinar, the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC), an independent, not-for-profit corporation designated by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), will give an overview of funding available through the Rural Health Care (RHC) Connect Fund. With an annual cap of $400 million per year, the RHC gives health providers reduced rates on telecommunications services and broadband access. During this webinar you’ll learn about the funding available through the RHC Healthcare Connect Fund and Telecom Programs, the differences between the programs,  how to apply and tips for successful participation.

Boutique Conference to Bring Together Luminaries for Conversations Focused on Most Transformative Innovations Shaping Philanthropy Today.
Innovations 2016: A GrantStation Forum on Philanthropy is taking place June 13, 2016 in New York NY at New York University's Kimmel Center. takes great pleasure in announcing its first ever conference:
Innovations 2016: A GrantStation Forum on Philanthropy. The Forum will explore bold approaches to grant making and other social investments, and dynamic ideas to transform your vision, accelerate your timeline and amplify your impact. The Forum also will present case studies about the new philanthropy and help clarify the language that surrounds it. The daylong event will combine thought-provoking conversations and 5-minute Ignite Talks with time for networking with colleagues. All will focus on the most transformative innovations shaping philanthropy today. GrantStation is keeping the event small by design – it is limited to 200 attendees – to enhance opportunities for learning from and collaborating with visionaries from foundation, corporate and nonprofit worlds. Early Registration offers significant savings and is now open. For additional information: Patricia Summers/

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The remaining schedule for the current series, Release 7 is:
#4      Communication about Medicines   March 8, 2016
#5      Communication with Doctors         April 12, 2016
#6      Communication with Nurses          May 10, 2016
#7      Discharge Information                    June 17, 2016
#8      Pain Control                                   July 12, 2016
#9      Responsiveness of Staff               August 9, 2016
#10    Transition of Care                          September 13, 2016
#11    Overall Rating                               October 11, 2016
#12    Willingness to Recommend          November 8, 2016

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National News and Other Information

The National Law Review 
An article you may find interesting.  One author's perspective on ACO's and Telemedicine in 2016. Read the article by
clicking here.

Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
Health Workforce National Advisory Committee Nominations.
 The Health Resources and Services Administration is seeking nominations for five National Advisory Committees that advise the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services on health workforce policy and programs. These committees assess health professions’ education and training standards, workforce trends, and Health Professional Shortage Areas and need expertise and representation from rural areas.  Use the links below for information on the qualifications and nomination process for each committee:
·        Advisory Committee on Interdisciplinary, Community-Based Linkages
·        Advisory Committee on Training in Primary Care Medicine and Dentistry
·        Council on Graduate Medical Education
·        National Advisory Council on Nurse Education and Practice
·        National Advisory Council (NAC) on the National Health Service Corps

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