NCHN e-News: April 7, 2015
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NCHN Membership 2015 - 2016

It's amazing that another membership year is already coming to an end on April 30th. It has been an honor to support you all and we hope to continue working with you at the start of the next year May 1st. If you have not yet renewed, you can submit your renewal online. Network members can renew here and associate members here

Thanks to the following members who have already renewed:  Arizona Rural Womens Health Network, Coalition of Health Services Inc., Colorado Telehealth Network, Community Care Network of Virginia, Grand County Rural Health Network, Greater Delta Alliance for Health, Health Future LLC, Heartland Health Alliance, Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network, Indiana Statewide Rural Health Network, Kentucky Office of Rural Health, Kentucky Rural Health Information Technology Network, Lac qui Parle Health Network, Louisiana Rural Ambulance Alliance, Mary Kay Chess, MediSota Inc., Michigan Rural EMS Network, Montana Health Network, National Rural Health Resource Center, Nevada Rural Hospital Partners, New Mexico Rural Hospital Network, North Country Health Consortium, Northeast Kentucky Regional Health Information Organization, Northeast Missouri Rural Health Network, Northeast Oregon Network, Oregon Rural Health Quality Network, Palmetto Care Connections, Partners in Health Network, Pioneer Health Network, Prince of Wales Health Network, Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative, Santa Cruz County Adolescent Wellness Network, Shenandoah Mental Health Network, Spectrum Health Regional Hospital Network, Sunflower Health Network, Thumb Rural Health Network, Upper Midlands Rural Health Network, Upper Peninsula Health Care Network, Washington Rural Health Collaborative, West Central Ohio Regional Healthcare Alliance, and Western Kansas Frontier Information Network.

NCHN Annual Board of Directors Election

The annual election of NCHN Directors is underway. The election closes at 4:00 PM on Friday, April 10th.  All network members should have received an invitation to vote last week. If you did not receive an invitation, please email Christy so that your invitation can be sent to you again.

HCAHPS Webinar Series 6 Starting in May

Custom Learning Systems is offering the HCAHPS Breakthrough Series again! Series 6 webinars will begin in May. Release 6 includes 12 one-hour monthly webinars targeted to management and frontline leaders, with a goal to educate 10% of total personnel. The content has been designed to provide an educational, how-to roadmap that will successfully improve the patient experience. You will be provided a downloadable Learning Guide for each webinar, follow up Implementation Checklists, and attendance reminders for future events. If you have not yet ordered this for your members, you can find out more about offering this to your members at a huge discount here.

If you have already ordered for your network, you do not need to purchase again. We will send you a customized brochure and you may offer the HCAHPS Webinar Series again at no additional cost to your network.

Call for Presentations: 2015 NCHN Annual Educational Conference & Rural Health Summit

NCHN invites NCHN members, Business Partners and guests with an interest in health networks to submit proposals for presentations at our 2015 Annual Educational Conference in Portland, OR. The conference is an opportunity for network leaders to network, learn and share with their peers. This year, NCHN will be participating in the 2015 Rural Health Summit, which is a jointly planned and shared meeting space with our partners, 3RNet (Rural Recruitment and Retention Network) and NOSORH (National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health). This call for presentations is for NCHN specific sessions at the Summit.

Deadline: April 17, 2015 

Executive RoundtableExecutive Roundtable Call: Network Leadership & Change

Tuesday, April 21 @ 12:00 PM ET

Board development and engagement of board members in defining strategic directions and fund raising directives for networks requires a thoughtful framework. Board development is undergoing a well-deserved revitalization. The board and board members need an opportunity to define their roles and specific requirements for serving. Each member requires a job descriptions and term limits. Each board member needs orientation and performance metrics. And the board should, on a regular basis, assess their progress. Join our NCHN Executive Roundtable (ER Call for Network Leaders) discussion for strategies supporting a high performing board.  There is a leadership transition underway and together, let's create creative solutions and perspectives. Join Rebecca Davis and Mary Kay Chess on Tuesday, April 21st for this timely discussion. You should have a save the date and call in details in your inbox the week before the call. 

NCHN Leadership Learning Community Call: Strategic Thinking

Friday, April 24 @ 12:00 PM ET 

Strategic thinking is not limited to discussions around the future of the network you currently lead. Strategic thinking is a key leadership tool and requires a plan for you, the executive. We'll consider the communication preferences you identified last month. If you don't yet have a LinkedIn account or it has been 6 months since you updated it, we'll talk about this strategic tool as well. As the needs of your network change and as you continue to focus on and develop your leadership skills, your personal strategic plan will also change. Let's consider elements of leadership strategic planning!  Bring your Canvas, your creative thinking and a willingness to focus on your growth for an hour this month!

Upcoming Events

  • HCAHPS Webinar Series: Discharge Information: Discharge Satisfaction Guaranteedâ„¢: April 7, 2015 @ 1:00 PM ET
  • Executive Roundtable (ER) for Network Leaders: April 21, 2015 @ 12:00 PM ET
  • NCHN Board of Directors Call: April 21, 2015 @ 4:00 PM ET
  • NCHN’s TA Calls with RHI (Rural Health Innovations) and the HRSA Network Development Planning Grantees: April 23, 2015
  • NCHN Leadership Learning Community Call: April 24, 2015 @ 12:00 PM ET
  • 2015 NCHN Annual Educational Conference / Rural Health Summit: September 1-2, 2015 (Portland, OR): Make reservations

Member News

RWHC's Tim Size discusses the state of rural hospitals with NRHA's Maggie Elehwany: Wisconsin Public Radio re "The State of Rural Hospitals." 

Sunflower Health Network's Healthcare Recruitment Resources updated at

WCORHA network services: Onsite Services, Occupational Health can Support your Business & your EmployeesHow do you ensure a safe and productive workforce? 

Associate Member News

Kentucky Office of Rural Health: Weekly Update (April 6, 2015)

Funding News & Announcements

MultiPlan's Rural Health Outreach Grant Program

MultiPlan's Rural Health Outreach Grant Program awards funding to help rural hospitals develop creative community outreach programs that encourage new services or reach new populations. (Deadline: May 1, 2015)

340B Drug Pricing Program

The 340B Drug Pricing Program is a federal program that requires drug manufacturers to provide outpatient drugs to eligible healthcare centers, clinics, and hospitals (termed "covered entities") at a reduced price. The program offers a way for eligible safety-net organizations to ensure access to medications.

National News

Rural Health Works Workshop

The Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health is hosting the next Rural Health Works Workshop on Wednesday, July 22, 2015, in State College, Pennsylvania! This is an opportunity to learn about the tools and templates available through Rural Health Works. 
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