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National Cooperative of Health Networks Association, Inc.'s Newsletter
Informational Newsletter from the National Cooperative of Health Networks
March 7, 2017

Reminder:  The deadline to reserve your spot for our trip to Yellowstone 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.

Room Reservation Reminder
Hotel room reservation deadline is March 24, 2017. 
Please reserve yours today 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 

The Conference is NEXT MONTH!
Please visit our Conference Website for all the details.
Please register using our online Registration Form

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

2016 NCHN Awards
Each year at the NCHN Annual Educational Conference, we recognize network leaders and network organizations. The nomination process for the 2017 Awards is underway.  The Awards will be presented at an Awards Breakfast during our Educational Conference on Wednesday April 26, 2017 in Bozeman, MT.  Please take a few minutes to nominate an individual or network. You can find the categories and criteria in our
 Awards Guidelines   
The nomination deadline is Thrusday, March 23, 2017.  
Nomination Form


Transitions of care is one of the biggest topics in healthcare today. The Navigating Through Care Transitions: Improving Continuity of Care Conference will bring together the multidisciplinary team for a dynamic and interactive event to learn models of care and innovative processes leading to improved outcomes across the continuum of care and appropriate use of healthcare resources.



Reminder- the next webinar is Thursday, April 6, 2017
Topic:  Pain Control

Quarterly Informational Call
NCHN Members please join us for our next Quarterly Informational call at 2:00 PM ET on Monday, March 13th.
We are pleased to have four NCHN members with us on the March  Informational Call discussing their impressions and takeaways from the NRHA Policy Institute held last month in Washington, DC.
 Andrew  Bledsoe, Northeast Kentuck Regional Health Information Organization;  Carolyn Bruce, Western Healthcare Alliance; Beth O'Connor, Virginia  Rural Health Association; and Tim Size, Rural Wisconsin Health  Cooperative will be discussing what and how they reported the  information they heard in DC back to their members. They will also  share any specific topics or issues they are tracking that impacts their networks and members.

 Brock Slabach, NRHA, shared with us NRHA's tracking of legislation and efforts related to health care that affects rural health delivery systems at the end of February. We hope you can be with your peers on  this call as they assist us in bringing a focus to specific concerns network leaders have identified with the looming changes to the healthcare system and discuss what they are monitoring for their organizations.

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

Executive Roundtable 

NCHN’s March ER  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 one by March.10th, please contact Tara Long
Hotel Locating and Negotiating Services
Do you (or does a colleague/friend) plan a meeting with at least 10 rooms on one of the nights?  If so, Bill Kaiser from HPN Global can assist in finding you the perfect hotel in any city, just as he's done for NCHN since 2006!  There's zero cost to your organization, and you’ll save a tremendous amount of time in the search as well as receive the absolute best rates for your attendees, including government rates, if needed.  For more information on his no-cost services and how it all works, contact:
Bill Kaiser
Vice President, Global Accounts
HPN Global
Scottsdale, AZ
Office: (480) 998-9770 x227 - Cell: (602) 796-2469

All Times are EST !
Quarterly Informational Call
March 13th @ 2:00 PM

Conference Planning Committee
March 14th @ 11:00 AM

ER Call
March 17th @ 11:00 AM

Executive Committee Call
March 21st @ 3:30 PM

Conference Planning Committee
March 28th @ 11:00 AM


Funding Finder

Community Facilities Programs offer direct loans, loan guarantees and grants to develop or improve essential public services and facilities in communities across rural America. Public bodies, non-profit organizations and federally recognized American Indian Tribes can use the funds to construct, expand or improve facilities that provide health care, education, public safety, and public services. Projects include fire and rescue stations, village and town halls, health care clinics, hospitals, adult and child care centers, assisted living facilities, rehabilitation centers, public buildings, schools, libraries, and many other community based initiatives. Financing may also cover the costs for land acquisition, professional fees, and purchase of equipment.

Educational Endeavors

GrantStation - Writing Federal Grants The federal government is increasingly interested in funding the important work done by community and faith-based groups throughout the country. Every year the government releases millions of dollars to help nonprofit organizations serve their communities. During this webinar, Alice Ruhnke will talk about how to identify federal grant opportunities, and she'll outline the major elements of grant applications required by most federal agencies. Resources to help your organization through the government grant seeking process will also be discussed. This presentation will be held Thursday, April 6, 2017 and is for intermediate participants. 


The 11-day residential program is held annually each summer at UCLA Anderson School of Management. In 2017, we will offer the Health Care Executive Program from July 10 - 20, 2017
The program is designed for Chief Executive Officers, Executive Directors and others in the leadership team, such as Chief Operating Officer, Chief Medical Officer, and Chief Financial Officer. The program has particular applicability for those who have just, or soon will, assumed major management responsibilities. Organizations are encouraged to send multiple individuals from the leadership team. Organizations are also encouraged to identify other organizations with which they plan to merge, form an alliance or partner with, and then apply jointly

Johnson & Johnson defrays the majority of the program costs (tuition, training materials, lodging and meals) for both participants and co-participants. Participants are responsible for a registration fee of $3,750 (fee does not apply to the co-participant). Participants and co-participants are also responsible for their travel expenses to and from Los Angeles and are housed on or near campus during the program. Upon acceptance, an invoice will be generated and payment is due prior to attending the program.

You may apply to attend the program as an individual participant, a two-person team from the same organization, or as a collaborative entity from related organizations. For each application type, you must still obtain the commitment of a co-participant (Board Chair or other board member) to attend the last 2 ½ days of the program. Only 40 participants will be selected, along with a short wait list. Applications will be released in early February 2017. Please check back periodically.

 National Nuggets
The site provides nonpartisan, unbiased and objective policy information about the scope of practice laws in the 50 states, District of Columbia and territories.

 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report Rural Health Series - From the Center for Disease Control and Prevention 

Miscellaneous Mentions
New Analysis: Trends in Employer Coverage, 2011-2015 - A new analysis from SHADAC uses data from the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey-Insurance Component (MEPS-IC) to highlight the experiences of private sector workers with employer-sponsored insurance (ESI) from 2011 through 2015 at the national level and in the states.

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