NCHN e-News: February 2, 2016

Make Your Room Reservations for

 Oklahoma City, OK

April 18 - 21, 2016 

Click here to
reserve online  or you can call 1-800-859-6877 (mention the group code "NCHNCHA" in order to get the conference rate)
Rates (available April 17- April 24, 2016)
Single/Double: $149 + tax (13.9%)/night
Reservation Deadline: March 28, 2016

Renaissance Oklahoma City Convention Center Hotel
10 N Broadway Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK 73102
Conference website and agenda to be published 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.

Executive Roundtable

Executive Roundtable Call:   Change: Network Leaders Leading, Managing, and Flowing with Change

NCHN ER Call – Friday, February 19 @ 12:00 PM ET; 11:00 AM CT; 10:00 AM MT; 9:00 AM PT; 8:00 AM AKST

 Network leaders face numerous opportunities to adapt to changes. We talk about the fact that leaders of networks must be flexible and adaptable and yet sometimes, change simply needs to be managed. In our February meeting, we'll consider five different changes that you might face in 2016 and together; we'll create and describe effective approaches and tools for thriving in a bit of change chaos.  

If you have a suggestions for future ER calls please email Rebecca

Upcoming Events

  • 2016 Conference Planning Committee Call: February 9, 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
  • 2016 Conference Planning Committee Call: February 23, 2016 @ 11:00 AM ET
  • 2016 Conference Planning Committee Call: March 1, 2016 @ 11:00 AM ET
  • 2016 Conference Planning Committee Call: March 15, 2016 @ 11:00 AM ET
  • Executive Committee Call Call: March 15, 2016 @ 4:00 PM
  • NCHN Quarterly Informational Call: March 21, 2016 @ 2:00 PM  ET

Member News

Greater Delta Alliance for Health - AR
The Greater Delta Alliance for Health (GDAH) was recently awarded a grant for $127,632 from the Blue & You Foundation for a Healthier Arkansas.  The grant will provide the GDAH’s Arkansas Delta Health Education for Local Providers (HELP) project with funds to expand its on-site simulation training for rural health hospital teams for OB emergency situations and will also offer Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) certification training to hospital delivery teams, pre-hospital providers, inter-facility transport providers, and emergency department staff in the Arkansas Delta.  To read more please click

Funding News & Announcements

Grants Address Health Issues in Iowa, Illinois, and Oklahoma
Telligen Community Initiative 
The mission of the Telligen Community Initiative (TCI) is to support innovative and forward looking health-related projects aimed at improving health, social well-being, and educational attainment. Grants are provided to nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and government agencies serving communities in Iowa, Illinois, and Oklahoma. TCI's funding priorities include the following: Health Innovation, Health for the Under served, and Healthcare Workforce Development. The deadline for applicants in Iowa is February 17, 2016; the deadline for Oklahoma applicants is May 11, 2016; and the Illinois application deadline is September 7, 2016. Visit the TCI website to learn more about the funding priorities and application procedure

Training Opportunities

The NonProfit Quarterly
A complimentary webinar titled Models and Components of Great Nonprofit Dashboards is being held February 17, 2016 2:00 - 3:30pm EST.
A well designed dashboard is like a good sheep dog. It helps to keep conversations with boards, staff and funders on point and attentive to the right organizational indicators, but many organizations struggle with how a good dashboard is developed and constructed. How is it related to your specific enterprise model? What should be measured? How should it be portrayed? The speaker, Hilda H. Polanco is the Founder and CEO of Fiscal Management Associates (FMA). Hilda is a nationally recognized and sought after leader in the field,

Take Advantage of Your NCHN Membership!


NCHN has partnered with GrantStation to offer NCHN members an additional tool to find and acquire funding. NCHN Members and their members can subscribe to GrantStation at a significantly reduced rate of $65/year ($634 less than the regular rate of $699/year)

GrantStation offers nonprofit organizations, educational institutions, and government agencies the opportunity to identify potential funding sources for their programs or projects as well as resources to mentor these organizations through the grant seeking process. GrantStation provides access to a searchable database of private grant makers that accept inquiries and proposals from a variety of organizations; federal deadlines, which are updated daily; links to state agency grant announcements; and a growing database of international grant makers.  Membership to GrantStation provides complete access to the Search, Write, Learn, and Read areas of the GrantStation website.

To learn more about this member benefit and to access the subscription form please click
Contact NCHN's Director of Member Services, Linda K. Weiss if you have further questions.  217-549-4121 or

National News and Other Information

National Institute of Health (NIH)
A National Institute of Health (NIH )funded study shows simple intervention improves attention, reduces behavior problems.  A program that helps lower-income parents interact more effectively with their infants and toddlers through reading and play improves children’s attention and decreases rates of problem behaviors by age 3 years, according to a study funded in part by the National Institutes of Health.  Please click to read more

National Institute of Health (NIH)
Team-based Treatment for First Episode Psychosis Found to be High Value A NIH-funded study shows early intervention is more cost-effective than typical care. New analysis from a mental health care study shows that “coordinated specialty care” (CSC) for young people with first episode psychosis is more cost-effective than typical community care. Cost-effectiveness analysis in health care is a way to compare the costs and benefits of two or more treatment options.  Interested in reading more.  Read the February 1, 2016 news release.
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