NCHN e-News: October 6, 2015


2015 Rural Health Summit Survey Results Are In! 
Thank you to all those who took the time to complete our conference survey and congratulations to Joan Hall from Nevada Rural Hospital Partners for winning 2 nights free lodging at our 2016 conference.  Joan's name was randomly selected from those who completed the 2015 Rural Health Summit on-line survey and entered the drawing. Congrats Joan!  See you in April!!  (Details on April's conference are still being determined)

And the survey says.....
  • 58% of respondents rated the overall effectiveness of the conference a 5 on a 5 point scale with 31% rating it a 4.
  • 9 of the 14 (64%) participants rated the Pre-Conference workshop as highly effective. 
  • 96% of respondents like the joint conference format (with 3RNet and NOSORH) and recommended it for future events.
  • Consistent with past NCHN conferences attendees reported "networking" as the most beneficial aspect of the summit.

Executive Roundtable


Executive Roundtable Call:  NCHN ER Calls Return! 

Tuesday, October 27 @ 2:00 PM ET; 1:00 PM CT; 12:00 PM MT; 11:00 AM PT; and 10:00 AM AKST

The NCHN ER (Executive Roundtable) calls are your opportunity to connect with your peers across the country. The calls are facilitated by Mary Kay Chess, Ph.D., and provides an hour each month for you to explore opportunities and challenges of managing a successful health network.  We hope you can join us!

Disruptive Board Members or Key Innovators! 
Disruptive Board members can be trouble, and they're often key innovators and highly valuable to your network. In order to meet and exceed your sustainability goals, you need to guide-and even cultivate-disruptive innovation in your Board. What does disruptive innovation mean on your board and, how do you cultivate it in the midst of the continual changes in healthcare?  Where does curiosity fit?  And, failures?  Let's explore your insights into disruption in your board and the qualities of disruption that keep your network alive and viable.
 NCHN Quarterly Informational Call - December 21, 2015  2:00 PM EST

Upcoming Events

  • Executive Committee Call: October 20, 2015 @ 4:00 PM ET
  • Executive Roundtable Call: October 27, 2015 @ 2:00 PM ET
  • Conference Planning Committee Call: November 3, 2015 @ 11:00 AM ET
  • Board of Directors Call:  November 17, 2015 @ 4:00 PM ET
  • Executive Committee Call: December 15, 2015 @ 4:00 PM ET
  • Quarterly Information Call:  December 21, 2015 @ 2:00 PM ET

Member News

Health Care Coalition of Rural Missouri (HCC)- MO
HCC's Health Care Coalition of Lafayette County’s Heath Information Technology Workgroup fully equipped a local emergency department with HIT, launched electronic prescriptions for nearly a dozen Lafayette County providers, and identified acute needs hindering the adoption of electronic health records.  Read about it in the Rural Assistance Center's Models and Innovations,

Funding News & Announcements

HHS awards nearly $500 million in Affordable Care Act funding
Health and Human Services has awarded funding to health centers to expand primary care services.  To read more and view lists of awardees, please click here.

HHS announces $685 million to support clinicians delivering high quality, patient-centered care
Health and Human Services announced $685 million in awards to 39 national and regional health care networks and supporting organizations to help equip more than 140,000 clinicians with the tools and support needed to improve quality of care, increase patients’ access to information, and reduce costs. The Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative is one of the largest federal investments designed to support doctors and other clinicians in all 50 states through collaborative and peer-based learning networks.  To read more and view lists of awardees, please click

National Rural Accountable Care Consortium receives Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative award
The National Rural Accountable Care Consortium will receive up to $31 million to provide technical assistance support to help equip clinicians across rural America with tools, information, and network support needed to improve quality of care, increase patients’ access to information, and spend health care dollars more wisely. More
Training Opportunities

Webinar: How the Affordable Care Act Helps Transgender and Gender Non-Conforming Patients
This webinar on Wednesday, October 14, 2015 10:00 – 11:30 am (PST) will highlight how the Affordable Care Act has improved access to health care for transgender and gender non-conforming patients, best practices for navigating issues with insurance coverage and challenges that still face the community. The target audience is other HRSA grantees, healthcare providers, public health officials, and community advocates wanting to improve their competency in serving the needs of the transgender and gender non-conforming patients in their practices. Free registration in advance is required. For more information, please contact Valerie Gallo at 415-437-8095 or To register use this link:  

ORHP, ACA, and You
To kick-off the 2016 Open Enrollment period, the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy will be starting  its “ORHP, ACA, and You” Office Hours webinar series  October 14! We will be hearing several 2015 Navigator Grantees and other rural stakeholders discuss their plans for 2016  with the objective of providing webinar participants the best strategies and partners to collaborate with during the upcoming enrollment period and also provide an opportunity to ask questions about the 2016 Marketplace. 
“ORHP, ACA, and You: Kick-Off to 2016 Open Enrollment”  Date: October 14  Time: 2-3 PM EST
Dial-In: 800-779-2581  Participant Passcode: 131831  Adobe Connect:

The HHS Partnership Center Webinars
Health and Human Services Partnership Center continues to host a series of webinars for faith and community leaders and provide links to other webinars sponsored by our Department that we hope will be helpful.  All webinars are open to the public. To participate in one of the webinars, please select your preferred topic from the list below and submit the necessary information.

Foundations of Grant Writing Tuesday, October 6; 3:30 pm EDT   
Register for this webinar.
This introductory webinar, for community-based organizations that want to respond to federal funding opportunity announcements, covers the basics -- from how to register in the System for Award Management (SAM) to the key sections in funding announcements to successful strategies for responding.  Once you register, be sure to join early the day of the webinar as space will be limited.

Opening Congregational Doors to Community Needs Wednesday, October 7, 2015; 12:30pm EDT
Register for this webinar
Join us and learn about a network of congregations who have partnered with Bon Secours Health System to regularly host a primary care clinic for the uninsured in their neighborhoods in Richmond, VA.  We'll also hear about resources created by ChangeLab Solutions that highlight faith-based organizations that are embracing “shared use” of their facilities and programs to help create and sustain healthy congregations and communities. 

Best Practices in ACA Outreach and Enrollment  Thursday, October 8; 2:00 pm 3:30 pm EDT
Register for this webinar.
Learn from faith leaders who have conducted successful outreach and enrollment campaigns before and during open enrollment. On October 8, we will hear from Abrar Quader from the Compassionate Care Network (CCN) which helped enroll people who are Muslim, Hindu and Sikh. CCN received a navigator grant from the Illinois state marketplace. 

Why All the Excitement about Logic Models? Tuesday, October 20; 3:30 pm EDT:  
Register for this webinar.
This webinar provides an overview of logic models and when to use them in both applications and evaluations. The webinar includes how to write specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and timely (SMART) objectives and how to access logic model designs. Logic model templates are provided. Once you register, be sure to join early the day of the webinar as space will be limited.

Getting to Know the Federal Government and Funding Opportunities Thursday, November 5; 3:30 pm EDT:
Register for this webinar.
A federal funders panel reveals best practices in responding to federal funding announcements. Opportunities for federal funding are identified. Once you register, be sure to join early the day of the webinar as space will be limited.=============

Take Advantage of Your NCHN Membership!

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Information on the latest HCAHPS series to be provided soon.  Free to current NCHN members with previous subscriptions.  $295 for new orders.
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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
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National News

National Rural Health Day - November 19, 2015
The National Organization of State Offices of Rural (NOSORH) sets aside the third Thursday of every November to celebrate National Rural Health Day. National Rural Health Day is an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the strength of rural America. Watch for further information in future editions of NCHN's enews.  Please visit the
NOSORH's web site for information.

Final Federal Health IT Strategic Plan 2015-2020 Released
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), in collaboration with over 35 federal partners, today released the updated
 Federal Health IT Strategic Plan 2015–2020 (Plan).

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) 
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) is accepting public comments on the draft 2016 Interoperability Standards Advisory (2016 Advisory). The comment period will be open for 45 days and will end at 5 p.m. on Friday, November 6, 2015.  Public comments will be used to update this draft in order to publish a final 2016 Advisory by the end of 2015. The draft 2016 Advisory represents feedback we received from public comment on the 2015 Interoperability Standards Advisory as well as many of the recommendations from the HIT Standards Committee. The Interoperability Standards Advisory process represents the model by which the ONC will coordinate the identification, assessment, and determination of the “best available” interoperability standards and implementation specifications for industry use to fulfill specific clinical health IT interoperability needs. The 2016 Advisory remains focused on clinical health information technology interoperability. We need your input to improve this draft 2016 Advisory.  Please submit your input during this public comment period.  Please note that anything submitted as part of this process can be made public by ONC.

CMS Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act
FORHP strongly encourages attention and response to a recent Request for Information (RFI) from The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) about implementation of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) which, earlier this year, replaced the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) methodology for calculating yearly payment updates.The RFI asks providers to comment on this new formula that ties yearly physician fee schedule (PFS) adjustments to value through the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), identifies eligible professionals (EPs), and encourages their participation in Alternative Payment Models (APMs).  Of particular interest for rural stakeholders, CMS needs input on the way that quality improvement requirements should be applied to professionals in rural areas.  The deadline for comments is 5:00 pm ET on Monday, November 2, 2015. CMS will hold two webinars on MACRA, MIPS, and APMs, on Thursday, October 8 at 3 pm ET and Thursday, October 15 at 2 pm ET.
National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Students to Service Loan Repayment Program (S2S LRP) 
Up to $120,000 is available to medical students (MD and DO) in their final year of school in return for a commitment to provide primary health care full time for at least 3 years or half time for at least 6 years at an approved NHSC site in a Health Professional Shortage Area of greatest need. To learn more and apply click here. Applications accepted until 7:30 PM EST on October 22, 2015.
Rural Assistance Center's Guide to Scholarships, Loans and Loan Repayment
Rural Assistance Center has just published a new guide, Scholarships, Loans, and Loan Repayment for Rural Health Professions that provides an overview of scholarship, loan, and loan repayment programs available for healthcare students who intend to practice in rural areas. It also provides information and successful models for the development of scholarship, loan repayment, and loan forgiveness programs designed to attract health professionals to rural areas
Rural Area Deprivation and Hospitalizations Among Children for Ambulatory Care Sensitive Conditions project
The South Carolina Rural Health Research Center at the Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina is pleased to announce the release of two findings briefs linked to the Rural Area Deprivation and Hospitalizations Among Children for Ambulatory Care Sensitive Conditions project. The briefs are available at their website  as well as on NCHN's Toolkit web page.

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