NCHN e-News: August 4, 2015

Less than ONE MONTH away!

 2015 Rural  Health Summit in Portland, Oregon
September 1st & 2nd

*  NCHN Pre-Conference Workshop August 31st  *
"Leadership and Innovations in Rural Networks: Impact of the Affordable Care Act  (ACA)"
 Please click the links below to register and reserve your hotel room!!

* Contact Linda if you want to register for the NCHN Pre-Conference Workshop on Monday August 31st titled 'Leadership and Innovations in Rural Networks: Impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA)" facilitated by Dr. Mary Kay Chess.



Executive Roundtable


Executive Roundtable Call: There is no ER call in August.

NCHN Leadership Learning Community Call: External Fuel

Tuesday, September 1, 2015 @ 3:15 PM ET 
Wrap Up:  The 2015 NCHN Leadership Learning Community
For:  Members of the NCHN Learning Community
By:  Mary Kay Chess, PhD, NCHN Director of Education

What You May Expect:  Members of the 2015 NCHN Leadership Learning Community will wrap up nine months of engagement and the work on the Network Innovation Canvas.  
What We Will Discuss:  We'll consider major shifts and preferences in leadership and innovation approaches and next steps in continuing this critical individual work.  
How To Prepare:  During the conversations for nine months, each of you have viewed your own leadership through the 14 lenses of the Innovation Canvas. You had insights and you shared these with other members of the NCHN LLC.  For this final face-to-face gathering of the Community, you have two pieces of pre-work for your trip to Portland:
     1.  Bring insights from our first meeting together back in Clearwater Beach, FL in January.  And - 
     2.  As you travel, consider how your approach to change, strategic thinking and your preferences in challenging conversations help create your unique leadership style.
What Is the Final Outcome:  When you exit our meeting in Portland, prepare to leave with one or two key milestones you intend to take over the next nine months.  This on-going work will be based on a review the Wheel of Balance and your Personal Vision.

We look forward to continuing the insightful conversations during this wrap-up session of the 2015 NCHN Leadership Learning Community in Portland, OR on Tuesday, September 1, 2015.  

Note: if you haven't already registered for the NCHN Conference, please do so today - click

Upcoming Events

  • Conference Planning Committee: August 13, 2015 @ 4:00 PM ET
  • Executive Committee Call: August 18, 2015 @ 4:00 PM ET
  • Conference Planning Committee: August 27, 2015 @ 4:00 PM ET
  • Pre-Conference Workshop: August 31, 2015 @ 2.30 PM in Portland
  • Annual Conference: September 1-2, 2015 in Portland

Member News

Health Care Collaborative of Rural Missouri- MO
The economic impact of Health Care Collaborative of Rural Missouri was evaluated and in 2014 this network contributed nearly $4.8 million.  To read this economic impact study please click here.

Florissa - IL

The Florissa Center is addressing specialized pediatric needs with more family care coordination thanks to collaborative efforts by Kreider Services, Katherine Shaw Bethea Hospital and Sinnissippi Centers.  To read more about this service improvement please click here.

Northwest Hospital Alliance - ID
Northwest Hospital Alliance Collaborates with Idaho PTech Network, a pilot program funded by the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation. Its mission is to bridge the gap between education and industry by providing students with the credentials and skills needed to secure well-paying jobs in Idaho's high growth industries of healthcare, aerospace and IT while giving businesses access to a qualified pipeline of employees. To read more about this collaboration in addressing workforce gaps please click

Associate Member News

Melody Nall
Please welcome Melody Nall as our newest Associate Member.  Melody was a former NCHN member while working with Purchase AHEC and the Western Kentucky Rural Healthcare Network.  Now the Extension Specialist for Rural Health at the University of Kentucky's Community Economic Development Initiative of KY, she will be working statewide with rural communities that are currently in networks or looking to form networks.  Melody will be in attendance in Portland so in person welcomes can take place then.  Welcome Melody!

National Rural Health Resource Center 
As the national knowledge center on rural electronic health record adoption, The Center offers comprehensive services targeted at rural hospitals, networks, clinics and state and national HIT programs. Please click
here for more information. 

Kentucky Office of Rural Health 
Community Leadership Institute of Kentucky Applications Now Being Accepted
The UK Center of Excellence in Rural Health, the Kentucky Office of Rural Health, and the UK CCTS Community Engagement and Research Program are requesting applications for the Community Leadership Institute of Kentucky (CLIK), a 4-5 week intensive leadership development training program. The CLIK is designed to enhance research and capacity-building competencies in community leaders (e.g., directors, administrators, and other persons who play a key role in using data and decision making). There are 8-12 slots available for the 2015 class In addition, each participant's organization will receive a $2500 grant for their participation in this competitive program and completion of their proposed project over a 12-month period. The participant's organization must have 501c3 status or a designated lead fiscal agency (health agency or non-profit) to receive and manage the grant award. Applications are due by August 17, 2015. For questions or further information, please visit the CCTS website:  or contact Beth Bowling, RN,, (606)-439-3557 ext. 83545  

Funding News & Announcements

HRSA’s Health Center Program has announced $100 million to help approximately 300 existing health centers enhance services for substance use disorder, with a focus on opioid abuse.  Though it’s a growing problem nationally, rural communities are particularly vulnerable to opioid use disorder given limited access to care. Findings from the National Emergency Medicine Service Information System showed that, in 2012, the rate of opioid overdose death was 45 percent higher in rural areas compared with urban areas. As of 2009, 82 percent of rural communities did not have access to a detox center, though opioid abuse was the third most prevalent factor in rural individuals receiving substance abuse treatment (113.7 persons per 100,000 population in 2010). Applications for the FY16 Substance Abuse Service Expansion are due September 28, 2015 at 11:59 EST. A technical assistance call will be held August 6 from 3-4 PM EST. 
Training Opportunities
Center for Deployment Psychology
Understanding the influence of military culture upon health-related behaviors will help the provider appropriately plan treatment to help the Service member or Veteran reach their personal, career, and military mission priorities. This website supports and enhances the Core Competencies for Healthcare Professionals online course, which is available for free and includes detailed training and education about:
Module 1: Self Awareness and Introduction to Military Ethos
Module 2: Military Organization and Roles
Module 3: Military-Specific Stressors and Resources  
Module 4: Treatment Resources, Prevention, and Tools
To learn more about this CE credit on-line training opportunity please click

Policy and Procedure Management for Healthcare
This webinar on Tuesday August 11th, 2015 12pm CT/ 1pm ET will discuss the specific needs, requirements, and features that hospitals and healthcare organizations need to automate the process of managing policies and procedures. It will also cover the typical system implementation process steps and the benefits of policy and procedure workflow automation. For information and to register click

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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

From the NonProfit Quarterly, read how Access to Mental Health Services Could Transform Rural Health Care.

A new partnership in southwest Kansas aims to build mental health services and help strengthen a couple of rural hospitals at the same time.  If interested in reading about this collaboration please click here.

Meaningful Use, the term used to describe standards for the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Records (EHR) Incentive Programs is set to enter Stage 3 in 2016.  This third and final stage on the five-year timeline for EHR adoption was the subject of a hearing held by the Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions  (HELP) Committee on July 23rd.   Health IT experts and industry stakeholders testified about prohibitively large fees that prevent data sharing between different EHR systems.  After the hearing, HELP Committee Chair Sen. Lamar Alexander announced that they would ask HHS to delay Meaningful Use Stage 3, to determine a way to address interoperability and other issues.  The Proposed Rule for Meaningful Use Stage 3 was published on March 30, 2015 and closed for public comment on May 29th. The  target date for the Final Rule is September 30, 2015.
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