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Informational Newsletter from the National Cooperative of Health Networks
April 18, 2017

2017 NCHN


Our conference is ONE week away!  
 Please visit our Conference Website for details.

Register using our online Registration Form

If you have net yet reserved your room at the
Best Western Gran Tree Inn 
 reserve by calling 406-587-5261.  
Speaker Features

Registrants, have you downloaded the mobile event app yet?  Everything you need to know prior to, during, and after the conference is at your fingertips with the app.  Conference agenda, attendees, exhibitors, dining information, hotel map, transportation and much more!  Invitations have been emailed to all registrants.  If you have not received yours please let Linda know. Don't forget to check your junk/spam folder.

Want a chance to win 1 night's FREE LODGING at our 2018 conference?  Click on the "game" icon on the app to earn points for using and exploring its contents. The top 10 point leaders who are still in attendance on the last day of the conference will have their names entered into the drawing for 1 free night's lodging at next year's conference. Good Luck!

Questions? Please contact Linda K. Weiss at or 217-549-4121.

A couple people who'd plan to go to Yellowstone with us are not able to make the trip so we have  a few seats available on the bus to Yellowstone Friday, April 28th.

To reserve your spot please use this form.  

Contact Linda  (217-549-4121) with any questions.




Critical Access Hospital Network Becomes Northwest Rural Health Network - The new name better reflects their diverse membership and also the changing role of Critical Access Hospitals in their communities.


Reminder- the next webinar is Thursday, May 4, 2017
Topic:  Willingness to Recommend

Executive Roundtable 

NCHN’s April ER  Call 
 Friday, April 21st   
11:00 AM ET; 10:00 AM CT; 9:00 AM MT; 8:00 AM PT

Join NCHN leaders to WorkShop  enhancements for a service you offer.  What is WorkShopping?  Any participant will be able to provide a three minute overview of a current or proposed service or product. In addition, the participant will have a chance to pose one question.  The questions might look like:   Who else might want to purchase this service?  What might alternative pricing look like?  What value-add might we add to this product?  The following 7 minutes are dedicated to WorkShopping the question and the service/product.  There are no wrong answers.  There is unlimited creativity, best practices and boundless innovation.  Join this creative session.  Your board and community members will benefit!

NCHN members will receive Readytalk invitations. If you have not received yours please contact Tara Long

Membership Meetings
All Times are EST !
Conference Planning Committee
April 18th @ 11:00 AM

Executive Roundtable Call
April 21st @ 11:00 AM

Board of Directors Retreat*

April 25th @ 8:30 AM*

2017 Awards Breakfast
April 26th @ 7:45 AM*

2017 NCHN Annual Membership Meeting
April 26th @ 1:00  PM*
*Held in Bozeman, MT @ the Annual Conference & is MST


Funding Finder

Rural Cooperatives Funded: Department of Agriculture-The Rural Cooperative Development Grant program provides support to improve the economic condition of rural areas by assisting in the startup, expansion, or operational improvement of rural cooperatives & other business entities. Deadline 5/26/17. 
Support for Nonprofit/Foundation Collaborations: Fund for Shared Insight: Listen for Good - The Fund for Shared Insight, administered by Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors, is a multi-year collaborative effort among funders that pools financial and other resources to make grants to improve philanthropy. Listen for Good, an initiative of the Fund for Shared Insight, invites nonprofit organizations and funders to join in exploring a systematic and rigorous way of getting feedback from the people who are benefiting from foundation funding. In order to participate in Listen for Good, a nonprofit organization must be nominated by an existing or new funder. Applicants must have a minimum annual budget of $500,000 in the current and previous fiscal years. Deadline is May 26, 2017. 
Educational Endeavors

GrantStation: Creating Time: Keeping the Pipeline Full for 2017  This webinar will be held on Tuesday, April 18, 2017. 

 Technical Assistance for Broadband Funding Wednesday, April 19, 10:30 am to 2:30 pm ET.  The National Telecommunications and Information Administration at the U.S. Department of Commerce will hold a half-day workshop on broadband planning and funding.  Participants will learn how to assess community needs and steps to take for building infrastructure from experts with public and private sector experience. 
Requirements for Emergency PreparednessApril 27 at 2:30 pm ET.  CMS will host a webinar reviewing requirements for providers and suppliers under the Emergency Preparedness RuleAll providers affected by the rule, including Rural Health Clinics, FQHC's & CAH's, are encouraged to learn more about requirements that must be met by November 15, 2017. 
Free CDC Rural Health Series Webinar – May 3, 2017 @ 12 pm ET.   CDC’s report examining factors impacting mental and behavioral health for rural children
National Nuggets

Perspectives on Rural Health.  The April 6th edition of the New England Journal of Medicine takes a deep dive into rural health with four articles, free to all readers
Ideas Requested: Medicare Advantage and Part D PlanApril 24.  CMS has finalized 2018 payment and policy updates for Medicare Advantage & Part D plans. CMS is requesting public input on how these programs can be improved. Provide feedback at & include “2017 Transformation Ideas” in the subject line.
CMS Final Rule:-Uncompensated Care Costs for Disproportionate Share Hospitals
Final Rule: Broadband Funding for Rural Areas.
Miscellaneous Mentions

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