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Informational Newsletter from the National Cooperative of Health Networks
February 7, 2017

2017 NCHN ANNUAL EDUCATIONAL CONFERENCE 

and
Yellowstone National Park
Day Trip

Don't forget... the deadline to reserve your room for the conference is March 24, 2017.

Room Reservations can only be made by calling 406-587-5261. (Reference “NCHN Annual Conference" or the Group Code “HCA42017")

We will be staying at the Best Western Gran Tree Inn in Bozeman, MT. The conference runs from 2:00 PM Tuesday, April 25th - 12:00 PM Thursday, April  27th.  If available, rooms can be reserved at the conference rate from Sunday, April 23rd - Friday, April 28th.
Rates: Single/Double: $89 + lodging tax (7%)/night + flat TBID* Assessment Fee/Night of $2.00  (*Tourism Business Improvement District)

In order to reserve the tour to Yellowstone National Park on Friday, April 28th, we need 20 paid participants by March 17, 2017. Reservation form
The cost of the trip for conference attendees is $175.  Attendees may brings guests for $150/person. To learn more please open this flyer.

Please visit our conference website for all the details on the conference, hotel and the day trip to Yellowstone National Park. From the website you can register for both the conference and the trip to Yellowstone.

If you have any questions about the conference or Yellowstone trip please contact Linda K. Weiss at lweiss@nchn.org or 217-549-4121.

MEMBER EVENTS & NEWS

NINTH ANNUAL EMS SUMMIT
FEBRUARY 15-16, 2017
Henry Center for Executive Development
Lansing, MI
The healthcare and EMS landscape is changing and advancing more quickly than ever.  In order to evolve in our position as EMS leaders, we much be willing to adapt and transform.  To that end, you are invited to attend EMS Summit, Michigan's foremost learning and networking event for EMS best practices.  EMS Summit 2017 will take place at a new venue , centrally located in Lansing and convenient to many attractions in our State capital. While our roots are in "rural EMS", what we offer affects and benefits anyone charged with navigating the ever-fluctuating terrain in our industry.  Rural and urban intermingle in their respective service areas on a daily basis.  At Summit, you'll have the opportunity to collaborate with your urban and rural colleagues, and gain the skills and concepts to be the best in your field. 
Tim Size, Executive Director of Rural Wisconsin Hospital Cooperative authored an article that was published in The Daily Yonder on 1.27.17.  Read Tim's article here: 
Speak Your Piece: History Repeats Itself With Attacks On Rural Healthcare

MEMBER BENEFITS


 

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


 

 Executive Roundtable 

Across the country, Networks boards and Network leaders are surfacing a wealth of innovative ideas for providing services in their unique communities.  Networks offer a wide variety of community services:  physician recruiting and placement, peer forums to surface best and promising practices, billing services or, clinical education. Services accepted as strategic initiatives require adequate resources to thrive.  It is often challenging to obtain funding for operational needs and network leaders need to be very inventive in exploring ways to implement projects.  During this call, we'll explore how to build virtual and on-the-ground teams to successfully implement Network strategic plans.  

Join your NCHN network colleagues and leaders for a discussion and exploration of team formation and team building in networks.  Mary Kay Chess, our Director of NCHN Education will host this virtual round-table discussion.  We look forward to seeing each of you. 

 
We look forward to hearing your voices and perspectives on February 17, 2017 at 11:00 AM ET; 10:00 AM CT; 9:00 AM MT; 8:00 AM PT.
NCHN members will receive Readytalk invitations. If you don't receive one by Feb.10th, please contact Tara Long -  tlong@nchn.org.

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 did not receive one , please contact Tara Long -  tlong@nchn.org.
NCHN Member Benefits Survey Results
 
What new fee for services/products would you be most interested in NCHN exploring?
   
1. Educational Programming on Value-Based Reimbursement - MACRA and/or MIPS

2. Mentoring Program for Network Leader

3. Board Training Program      
Members'  "Magazines"


Membership Meetings
CALLS
All Times are EST !

2017 Nomination Committee
February 13th @ 11:00 AM

Conference Planning Committee
February 14th @ 11:00 AM

ER Call
February 17th @ 11:00 AM

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

NCHN CALENDAR

Funding Finder

Broadband Service for Rural Communities The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will grant ten rural communities awards ranging from $100,000 to $3 million to fund broadband services for public and private use.  Grant funds may be used to: (1) deploy service at the Broadband Grant Speed to critical community facilities, rural residents, and rural businesses, (2) construct, acquire, or expand a community center, and/or (3) equip a community center that provides free access to service to community residents for at least two years.   USDA’s Community Connect grants are available to private and non-profit organizations, most state and local governments and federally-recognized Tribes. Deadline 3.3.17.


Educational Endeavors

GrantStation
The Anatomy of a Business Plan for Social Enterprise: It's not brain surgery!  
If your nonprofit's traditional funding sources are not as reliable as in the past, it might be time to invest in social enterprise to protect your vital programs and services. Many savvy nonprofits have successfully launched an earned income venture and are generating sustainable funds as a result. . This webinar will be held Wednesday, February 15, 2017 @ 2PM ET.



 National Nuggets
 
“Repeal and Replace” Gives States More Control over Healthcare Market
By Sheela Nimishakavi. Originally ran in The Nonprofit Quarterly on January 26, 2017

Request for MACPAC Nominations  - The Government Accountability Office (GAO) is requesting nominations for new members to the Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission (MACPAC)The U.S. Comptroller General appoints MACPAC’s 17 commissioners, who come from diverse regions across the U.S. & bring broad expertise & a wide range of perspectives on Medicaid & CHIP, review Medicaid & CHIP access payment policies, & make recommendations to Congress. Appointments take effect May 1, 2017.
AHRQ Seeks Information From Healthcare Delivery Organizations – The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is seeking comments from healthcare delivery organizations about current challenges they are facing as well as solutions they are implementing as they strive to become learning healthcare systems.  This is an opportunity for rural accountable care organizations and other rural providers to provide input on their challenges and achievements.  As discussed in this request, a learning healthcare system is as an organization that is designed to generate and apply the best evidence for the collaborative healthcare choices of each patient and provider; to drive the process of discovery as a natural outgrowth of patient care; and to ensure innovation, quality, safety, and value in health care.  Recommendations on ways in which AHRQ can assist healthcare providers in achieving their learning network goals are also being requested.  Deadline: February 28, 2017.
New Federal Poverty Guidelines. HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation (ASPE) recently published the 2017 federal poverty guidelines to be used in determining eligibility in income-based Federal programs, including several that may affect the health and welfare of rural communities such as the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), Head Start, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and Medicare subsidized prescription drug coverageThe Guidelines went into effect January 26, 2017.

Miscellaneous Mentions
The Catalog of Value-Based Initiatives for Rural Providers has been made available online by Rural Health Value. This document catalogs & summarizes rural-relevant, value-based programs recently implemented by the CMS, including the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI). 
A Divided America: How We Die Depends on Where We Live






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