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National Cooperative of Health Networks Association, Inc.'s Newsletter
Informational Newsletter from the National Cooperative of Health Networks
January 17, 2017


Yellowstone National Park
Day Trip

This year's Educational Conference will be held April 25-27, 2017 at  the Best Western Gran Tree Inn in Bozeman, MT.  Please visit our conference website for all the details on the conference, hotel and the day trip to Yellowstone National Park. From the website you can register for both the conference and the trip to Yellowstone.

Conference Registration Fees.  
NCHN Member: $595    Non-Members: $745 *
*Network staff wanting to save $150 and attend at the member price, please contact Linda for information on NCHN membership.

Room Reservations can be made by calling 406-587-5261 (Reference “NCHN Annual Conference" or the Group Code “HCA42017")

Rates: Single/Double: $89 + lodging tax (7%)/night + flat TBID* Assessment Fee/Night of $2.00  (*Tourism Business Improvement District)
If available, rooms can be reserved at the conference rate from Sunday, April 23rd - Friday, April 28th.

Yellowstone National Park Day Trip: Following the conference, NCHN will be offering a day trip to Yellowstone National Park on Friday, April 28th.  The trip requires an additional fee of $175.  To secure this tour we must have 20 paid participants by Friday, March 17, 2017.  To learn more and register for the Yellowstone trip please open this flyer.

If you have any questions about the conference or Yellowstone trip please contact Linda K. Weiss at or 217-549-4121.

Featured Speaker: Mr. Tim Size
Tim Size has been the Executive Director of the Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative since its founding in 1979 after working at the University of Wisconsin Hospital & Clinics for five years and as the administrator of Hospital Metodista in La Paz, Bolivia. RWHC is owned and operated by forty, rural acute, general medical-surgical hospitals. The Cooperative's emphasis on developing a collaborative network among both freestanding and system affiliated rural hospitals distinguishes it from alternative approaches. Tim has a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering from Duke University, an MBA from the University of Chicago and an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities, from the Medical College of Wisconsin. He has served twice on the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services. He is a past president of the National Rural Health Association, current co-chair of its Foundation and was a member of the Institute of Medicine Committee that wrote Quality Through Collaboration: The Future of Rural Health.

Mr. Size's Presentation - The Art of Networking - will be held Wednesday, the 26th from 8:30-9:45 AM.
Understanding and implementing collaborative enterprises has been for this presenter a forty+ year love affair and learning cycle. There is obviously much science to both health care and collaboration and notwithstanding degrees in biomedical engineering and business, he believes that the “art of networking” is both the harder and neglected part of the equation.
Learning Objectives:
At the heart of networking is the ability to development and maintain relationships. The objective for this presentation is to improve participants’ understanding and ability to act in three ways:
  1. How in a time of systemic change and uncertainty do we retain our core values? Following one cliché with another: we get “Volume to Value” but “Don’t throw the baby out     with the bath water” needs more emphasis.
  2. How do the “Politics of Resentment” at the rural/urban divide, as evidenced in the last national election, inform our work? 
  3. What principles and behaviors are at the heart of managing a partnership? 


Registration will open in February for the Telehealth Summit on March 28-30, 2017


Reminder- the next webinar is Thursday, February 2, 2017
Topic:  Discharge Information


 Executive Roundtable 

The NCHN team looks forward to working with each of you in 2017.  Let's start off this new year with a conversation around strategic thinking as the focus for our first Executive Roundtable (ER Calls) of the new year.  Often, we rush to engage in a creating a thoughtful strategic plan and to measuring and reporting our success in meeting goals and objectives.  What we are going to focus on in this conversation is an on-going initiative required for building sustainable networks:  strategic thinking.  Here are some of the questions we will consider:
  • When does strategic thinking take place?  
  • How do we build muscle for this?
  • Is it necessary and where will we find the time?  
  • What are approaches that support strategic thinking?
We look forward to hearing your voices and your perspectives on January 20, 2017 at 11:00 AM ET; 10:00 AM CT; 9:00 AM MT; 8:00 AM PT.
NCHN members will be receiving invitations through Readytalk. If have not receive one, please contact Tara Long at
Members'  "Magazines"

Membership Meetings

All Times are EST !

ER Call
January 20th @ 11:00 AM

Conference Planning Committee
January 24th @ 11:00 AM

Executive Committee
January 31st @ 3:30 AM

Conference Planning Committee
February 15th @ 11:00 AM

ER Call
February 19th @ 11:00 AM

Board of Directors Call
February 21st @ 3:30 PM



Funding Finder

Pain Medication Management Initiatives Funded
Cardinal Health Foundation: Generation Rx Program
 Applications will be accepted from nonprofit organizations throughout the U.S., and are encouraged from CHC's; FQHC's; hospitals or other healthcare institution.. Applications due 2/27/17.

Educational Endeavors

 Leveraging Social Media and Events to Engage Millennials        
  1/18/17 2:00 PM ET

$69.00/person, $149.00/site

 National Nuggets

by Andy Carter, President & CEO, The Hospital & Healthsystem Assoc. of Pa. (Originally ran on on 12/19/16)

I just finished serving 15 months on a national hospital task force charged with studying vulnerable rural and urban communities and their health care needs. We found big differences between them, of course, but also surprising overlaps in health problems, needs, and possible solutions.The task force findings are interesting in light of the presidential election and its stark red/blue, rural/urban voting patterns. Here are my most important takeaways, as well as a few surprises, about this divide and its implications for health and health care.
CDC: Rural Americans at Higher Risk of Death.  On Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a study on the five leading causes of death in rural America, the first in a series of reports on the disparities that create “a striking gap in health between rural and urban Americans, ” according to CDC Director Tom Frieden.

Miscellaneous Mentions
You are invited to participate in the 3rd annual U.S. Telemedicine Industry Benchmark Survey.  We are collaborating with REACH Health, who created the survey, to see how telemedicine programs in Mid-Atlantic compare to the rest of the nation. Completing the survey should require no more than 10-15 minutes of your time. 
In exchange for your participation in the survey, REACH Health will provide to MATRC and to you:
  • A complimentary copy of the full report, including all summarized data and analysis.
  • A complimentary supplemental report, containing a subset of the data, just for the Mid-Atlantic States
  • A framework and statistics for benchmarking your telemedicine program.  Upon request, you can also receive a confidential, custom summary of your responses for benchmarking your program with the aggregated results.

NCHN Member Benefits Survey Results

What is the primary reason your network is a member of NCHN?
73.3%  Networking opportunities with your peers  

13.3%  Relevant news and updates about health networks

10.0%  Educational Programming      

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