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National Cooperative of Health Networks Association, Inc.'s Newsletter
Informational Newsletter from the National Cooperative of Health Networks
February 21, 2017


Would you like to enjoy a guided tour of Yellowstone National Park?  We welcome you to join us Friday, April 28, 2017 on NCHN's post conference day trip to Yellowstone!  

The deadline to reserve your spot for this fun-filled day is 
March 17, 2017. 

The cost of the trip for conference attendees is $175.  Attendees may brings guests for $150/person.

For all of the trip details please read this flyer. 

For your convenience -  Reservation form.

If you have any questions please contact, Linda K. Weiss at or 217-549-4121.

This year's NCHN Annual Educational Conference is just over 2 months away.  We hope you will be able to join us for a fun, information packed learning and networking event! Please visit our Conference Website for all the details. Please register using our online Registration Form

Hotel room reservations must be made by March 24, 2017. Reservations can only be made by calling 406-587-5261. (Reference “NCHN Annual Conference" or the Group Code “HCA42017")  Online reservations are not available.

Hotel: Best Western Gran Tree Inn in Bozeman, MT.
The conference runs from 2:00 PM Tue., April 25th - 12:00 PM Thu., April  27th.  If available, rooms can 
be reserved at the conference rate from Sun., April 23rd - Fri., April 28th.

Rates: Single/Double: $89 + lodging tax (7%)/night + flat TBID* Assessment Fee/Night of $2.00  (*Tourism Business Improvement District)

If you have any questions please contact Linda K. Weiss at or 217-549-4121.


Palmetto Care Connections (PCC) is offering free monthly webinars (web-based seminars)  on the latest telehealth trends and topics in South Carolina. We value your thoughts and we are here to meet your needs.
Register Now for School-Based Health
February 22, 2017 from 11:00 Am - 12:00 PM ET



Reminder- the next webinar is Thursday, March 2, 2017
Topic:  Overall

Special Informational Call:
The Landscape of Rural Health Policy 

Please join us on February 23, 2017 for an update from Brock Slabach, Senior Vice-President for Member Services, NRHA on "The Landscape of Rural Health Policy." As Network Leaders you continue to assume a leadership role in assisting your members to create order out of the circumstances of our environment. This translates into action for the communities you and your members serve. Brock will provide an overview of the current policy change discussions occurring in DC that could impact health networks and your members. The call will be at 2:00 PM ET on Thursday, February 23.

NCHN members have been sent Readytalk invitations. If you have not receive one , please contact Tara Long -

Executive Roundtable 

NCHN’s March ER (Executive Roundtable) Call - Friday, March 17 @ 11:00 AM ET; 10:00 AM CT; 9:00 AM MT; 8:00 AM PT
ER calls provide a monthly opportunity for NCHN members to engage in facilitated dialogue and learn from one another.  If you have a topic you'd like to discuss on an ER Call please contact Rebecca at  Here are a few of the recent topics.
  • Strategic Thinking
  • Healthcare Networks' Ongoing Viability
  • Communication in Networks
  • Art and Science of Communication
The focus of our next call is: Leaders and boards of rural healthcare networks across the country are assessing the services they provide and are asking:
  •  Is this the best way to provide this service?
  • What other models of providing this service exist?
  •  Do we have the demand for continuing these services?
  • What new services should we consider?
During our March ER call, we will consider two examples of network services. We anticipate these examples will serve as models and assist in answering the above questions. We will look specifically at recruiting and group purchasing as the two examples of network services. We'll consider the technology supporting these two key product lines and the impact they have on value-based care. Come with best practices from your network, your curiosity and your willingness to consider new approaches to business lines that have been very successful in the past.
NCHN members will receive Readytalk invitations. If you don't receive yours by March.10th, please contact Tara Long -
Members'  "Magazines"

Membership Meetings
All Times are EST !
Board of Directors Call
February 21st @ 3:30 PM

Special Informational Call
February 23 @ 2:00 PM

Conference Planning Committee
February 28th @ 11:00 AM

Quarterly Informational Call
March 13th @ 2:00 PM

Conference Planning Committee
March 14th @ 11:00 AM

ER Call
March 17th @ 11:00 AM


Funding Finder

 Department of Health and Human Services Funds for Minority Health Improvement
The Partnerships to Achieve Health Equity program supports efforts to improve the healthcare of racial and ethnic minorities and disadvantaged populations, and to increase the diversity of the health workforce. The application deadline is March 31, 2017. 
Rita and Alex Hillman Foundation: Hillman Innovations in Care Program 
The goal of the Hillman Innovations in Care Program, an initiative of the Rita and Alex Hillman Foundation, is to advance leading-edge, nursing-driven models of care that will improve the health and healthcare of vulnerable populations. The Foundation is particularly interested in the areas of maternal and child health, care of older adults, and chronic illness management. Two grants of up to $600,000 are awarded each year to nonprofit organizations, government agencies, and faith-based organizations throughout the country. The application deadline is March 20, 2017; invited full proposals will be due July 10, 2017.

AI/AN Health Equity Initiative Deadline - April 3.  Up to seven American Indian and/or Alaska Native organizations will be awarded federal funding of up to $350, 000 for programs that address the negative health impact of violence and substance abuse for AI/AN adolescents.  Studies suggest the incorporation of traditional cultures and engaging youth in Native teachings as an effective public health approach.  Successful applicants will implement promising practices for culturally-appropriate services and build capacity for healthcare professionals serving AI/AN youth.
Educational Endeavors

GrantStation - The 2017 State of Grantseeking: Trends from the Report (NEW)
This free webinar is Wednesday, February 22, 2017 @ 2 PM ET
In the nonprofit world, benchmarking is the process of comparing one's organization — both processes and performance metrics — to industry bests. This 45-minute webinar offers you a chance to compare your organization to over 3,300 other organizations, and to see trends in the grantseeking arena. In addition, the webinar addresses questions such as:

+Which funder types are most likely to support my organization?
+What is a reasonable level of funding to expect for my organization?
+Does my region, budget, location, or mission focus affect my organization's ability to be awarded grants?
+What are the recent trends in grantseeking and how can I use knowledge of those trends to my organization's advantage?

 National Nuggets
Office of Adolescent Health
OAH has a wealth of national and state facts and stats on adolescent health. If you need data on reproductive health, mental health, substance abuse, physical health & nutrition, or healthy relationships, view their national & state data sheets.
Flexibility for Transportation Services The Office of the Inspector General for the U.S. Dept. or HHS issued a final rule that eases the ability to provide free or discounted transportation for health care. Federal health care programs arranging service from local transportation providers are granted a “safe harbor” exemption from the anti-kickback statute, which prohibits offering, soliciting or accepting of any type of remuneration for referral to a federal health care program business. The rule allows for federal health care providers to make financial arrangements with local transportation providers when carrying patients to and from the patient’s home for up to 50 miles in rural areas (air, luxury, or ambulance transportation excluded).
Miscellaneous Mentions

TSA Won’t Accept Driver’s Licenses from 8 States
The NonProfit Quarterly
Making the Most of Your 990: A Red Flag Guide for Nonprofits
By THE EDITORS, 2/14/17

Trends in Rural Children's Health and Access to Care - The south Carolina Rural Health Research Center at the Arnold School of Public Health, Univ. of South Carolina released a findings brief "Trends in Rural Children’s Health and Access to Care" Both documents are available on their  website or here Brief, Fact Sheet.

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