NCHN e-News: July 21, 2015

It's Getting Closer!  You Know You Want to Attend!

 2015 Rural Health Summit in Portland, Oregon
September 1st & 2nd
Please click the links below to register and reserve your hotel room!!



Executive Roundtable


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

NCHN Leadership Learning Community Call: External Fuel

Friday, July 24, 2015 @ 12:00 PM ET 

Thank you all for your focus on your leadership growth and development.  Since January, you have focused on key milestones in your development, strategic and tactical thinking, balance in your life, and how you prefer learning and communicating. For this final virtual session, we'll focus on how your leadership is fueled by your external interests. Come prepared to share one favorite resource (book, blog, walking trail) and how this resource refuels or influences you. Members of the Leadership Learning Community will receive a ReadyTalk invite to register for the call in a few days.  We hope you can join us for this final call of the 2015 Leadership Learning Community.  The face-to-face meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 1 @ 3:15 PM at the NCHN Annual Educational Conference. This year the conference is in Portland, OR and is a joint meeting with 3RNet and NOSORH . Hotel and registration details can be found on our conference webpage. We hope you can join us in Portland. If attending, please make your hotel reservations immediately! We look forward to seeing you: Friday July 24th. Rebecca and Mary Kay.

Upcoming Events

  • Leadership Learning Community Call: July 24, 2015 @ 12:00 PM ET
  • Conference Planning Committee: July 30, 2015 @ 4:00 PM ET
  • Executive Committee Call: August 18, 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.

Associate Member News

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 
 The Kentucky State Loan Repayment Program to learn about this 50/50 matching program that increases availability of primary health care services through repayment of education loans to eligible health professionals practicing in Health Professional Shortage Areas.

Funding News & Announcements

Click forecast to view potential future funding opportunities posted by HHS.
Training Opportunities

Proven Return on Investment Impact for EMRs/EHRs: Early Findings From the United Kingdom and "How" Examples
This Webinar on Thursday Jul 30, 2015 from 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM EDT will address the following objectives.
•    Describe clinical and organizational benefits gained from good EMR/EHR                      implementations. 
•    Articulate characteristics of most-impactful EMRs/EHRs from user and                          organizational perspectives. 
•    Draw graphic evidence depicting the risks of implementation of EMRs/EHRs that do     not meet the impactful characteristics.
To learn more about this NRHA partnership program webinar click

Take Advantage of Your NCHN Membership!

Would you like additional review and editing assistance before submitting your next federal proposal? Through your NCHN membership, you have access to discounted rates on professional grant review services. To learn more, click here.

Pathfinder - is a new, free, interactive website, offered by where users have access to an extensive list of resources of professional development opportunities. This website is designed to help you develop your career path as a grants professional. Our library provides profiles on top quality resources in the area of grant research, writing, and management, as well as strategic planning.  Please visit us by clicking the pathfinder link above.

Your NCHN membership provides a significant subscription discount to Contact Linda with questions or to place a order.

Each webinar is focused on one HCAHPS domain and is crafted to provide participants with a step by step actionable blueprint to sustainably improve their patient experience scores. Recordings are available for viewing for one year from the date of the webinar.  Questions?  Contact

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 

Montana Health Network has contracted with Associated Employers to provide NCHN members and affiliates with an affordable, no travel alternative for excellent management training. The Management Excellence Training series will be delivered to registrants via webinar format (Go-to-Meeting, Course is interactive so Camera and Microphone use required).
NCHN Member Fee: $464 for course + $25 for Disc Profile = $489.00. 
Non Member Fee:     $564 for course + $25 for Disc Profile = $589.00.
For more information, including dates, times and registration please click 

National News

Journal of Rural Emergency Medicine
Defining “Rural” – What’s in a Name? by SW Rodi, CR Carpenter, SP Hirsch
In June 2014 the first issue of 
the Journal of Rural Emergency Medicine was published. In this article the authors attempt to answer how the journal's editorial board defines â€œrural”, â€œrural provider” and â€œrural ED”. The link above will take you to the June 2015 journal where you can read this article that begins on page 27. 
(This work is licensed under a 
Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License. The work is provided under the terms of this creative commons public license, CCPL or License.  The work is protected by copyright and/or other applicable law.  Any use of the work other than as authorized under this license or copyright law is prohibited.  By exercising any rights to the work provided here you accept and agree to be bound by the the terms of this license to the extent this license may be considered to be a contract.  The licensor grants you the rights contained here in consideration of your acceptance of such terms and conditions).

Why Board Engagement in Advocacy Is Essential
This article in NonProfit Quarterly speaks to this important role of nonprofit boards.To access the article please click

2016 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has placed the 2016 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule
on display for public inspection in the Federal RegisterThis proposed rule makes several policy changes related to Medicare Part B payment. Among changes important to rural providers, the rule seeks to:  
  • Extend payment add-ons for ambulance transportation services in rural areas;
  • Authorize Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) to provide chronic care management services;
  • Require RHCs to report all services using standardized coding systems, such as level I and level II of the HCPCS; and
  • Permit payment from a hospital, FQHC, or RHC to a physician to assist the physician in employing a non-physician practitioner within the same geographic region.
Through this proposed rule, CMS is also seeking input on provisions included in the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) such as  an appropriate low-volume threshold for excluding professionals from the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS). Comments can be submitted starting July 15, 2015 through September 8, 2015.  See for more information. 

Rural Health Providers and ACOs
CMS is
making it easier for rural healthcare providers and small physician groups to participate in Medicare accountable care organizations (ACOs).  The ACO Investment Model (AIM) provides upfront funds to help providers in rural and under-served communities set up the ACO infrastructure they'll need to track and manage population health. A total of $114 million is expected to be awarded to about 75 ACOs to make these upfront investments, with funds paid back through deductions to any shared savings the ACOs achieve.   Recently, the eligibility criteria for AIM funding changed to include ACOs that started in the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) in 2015 in addition to those that will start in 2016, and CMS also removed the 10,000-beneficiary cap.  The AIM application cycle runs from July 1 - 31, 2015.  Send your questions about the ACO Investment Model to

Oral Health/Primary Health Integration
This article published by the National Association of Community Health Centers profiles 5 innovative models of integrating oral health and primary health in community health centers. Access the complete article

Using technology to expand rural behavioral health care
 â€œCoordinating care across providers, particularly through the use of health information technology and sharing of patient information and data is essential to delivery of patient-centered, high quality health care that addresses the ‘whole’ person,” says Sahira Rafiullah, Federal Office of Rural Health Policy deputy associate administrator.  Read this article in Rural Roads published by the National Rural Health Association by clicking

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