NCHN e-News: May 5, 2015

 Registration is now open for NCHN's Annual Conference
at the 2015 Rural Health Summit in Portland, Oregon. 

September 1-2, 2015
Registration Fee: $300 NCHN Member/ $400 Non-Member

Payable by check or Paypal
(Processing fee is $12.50 for electronic payment)

Hotel Reservations
Room Rate: $137-$146 + 14.5% tax/night 

Rate available Aug. 30th- Sept. 6th


"Meet" Your 2015 NCHN Board 

President - Stephen Stoddard - New Mexico Rural Hosptial Network, NM
Vice President - Toniann Richard - Health Care Collaborative of Rural Missouri, MO
Secretary - Stacie Pace - Rural Health Network of Oklahoma, OK
Treasurer - Cindy Siler -  Tennessee Rural Partnership, TN
Immediate Past President - Darcy Czarnik Laurin - Thumb Rural Health Network, MI 
Deena Dodd - Indiana Statewide Rural Health Network, IN
Heather Fuller - Sunflower Health Network, KS
Chris Hopkins - Montana Health Network, MT
Dave Johnson - Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative, WI 
Lisa Ladendorff - Northeast Oregon Network, OR 
Pamela Norr - Oregon Rural Healthcare Quality Network, OR


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 by clicking 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.  Questions contact Linda K. Weiss at 

Executive RoundtableExecutive Roundtable Call: Network Leadership & Change

Tuesday, May 19 @ 12:00 PMET; 11:00 AM CT; 10:00 AM MT; 9:00 AM PT; and 8:00 AM AKST

Join your network leader colleagues for our May Executive Roundtable (ER Call for Network Leaders) on the impact of transitions in our Networks. In April, we considered features and tools contributing to a thriving partnership between a Board and the Executive. For Networks just beginning to work collaboratively or for mature networks examining how to retain vitality, it was clear that transitions are part of any equation and all Networks. Join Rebecca Davis and Mary Kay Chess and explore: 

  •  Who should be at the table during transitions?
  •  What is the nature of the transition?
  •  Where is the leader for the transition?
  •  When is it time to begin and end the transition?

We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday, May 19 @ 12:00 PM ET.  You will receive an email with call in details by Friday, May 15 – so save the date and time!  

NCHN Leadership Learning Community Call: Strategic Thinking

Friday, May 29, 2015 @ 12:00 PM ET 

In April, we explored our focus on strategic thinking and the time we allot to this critical activity in the midst of day-to-day challenges. In May, we actually take time to review our leadership development to-date and consider what we want to emphasize as we continue our leadership growth. We'll explore very specific and concrete goals as well as bodacious dreams tied to how you uniquely move through business, community and personal connections.  We have experimented with developing new approaches in very specific areas of development.  You are experiencing results!  We know that some of the aspirations you are holding will take time, sometimes years to fully develop.  Other goals might be accomplished while we chat together for an hour.  This session will again be all about you and your leadership development.  We are often so focused on what is needed for the networks that we forget the critical development required by leaders. Join your Leadership Learning Community colleagues on May 29 and we'll provide time to explore 2-3 goals that support your innovative leadership traction. Note: This call is open to participants of the 2015 NCHN Leadership Summit.  You will receive call in information in your inbox the week of the call.  Please save the date – Friday, May 29 @ 12:00 PM ET for the Community call with Dr. Chess. 

Upcoming Events

  • Conference Planning Committee Call: May 7 @ 3:00 PM ET 
  • Webinar with Nonprofit Quarterly Group: May 19 @ 1:30 PM ET 
  • Executive Roundtable (ER) for Network Leaders: May 19, 2015 @ 12:00 PM ET
  • Conference Planning Committee Call: May 21, 2015 @ 3:00 PM ET
  • NCHN Leadership Learning Community Call: May 29, 2015 @ 12:00 PM ET

Member News

Colorado Telehealth Network: CTN AVEO Platform Feasibility Project
Through an award from the COPIC Medical Foundation, CTN has teamed up with Accesscare Technology, LLC. to conduct a feasibility process to determine if using Accesscare Technology’s video-enabled telehealth platform, AVEO, is a viable modality for conducting post discharge calls (PDC) in four community hospitals across the state of Colorado.

Western Healthcare Alliance: Brandi Payton, HCM Systems & Implementation Manager of Healthcare Management, gave a presentation on “Challenging the Internal Process” which included best practices and collections process improvement at the Annual National Healthcare Collections Association (NHCA) Conference on April 29th in Austin, Texas. Healthcare Management is the Revenue Cycle Solutions company owned by a subset of Western Healthcare Alliance members. NHCA is the national association for medical collection operations education, collaboration and accreditation.

Associate Member News

National Rural Health Resource Center: TASC 90 Webinar: Value-Based Models

Kentucky Office of Rural Health: KORH in collaboration with the University of Kentucky Center of Excellence in Rural Health, is proud to present the first edition of The Bridge: Kentucky's Connection to Rural Health Issues 

Funding News & Announcements

Quality Improvement for KY CAH's
A new funding opportunity is available for rural Networks to focus on Quality Improvement projects, for Networks that are working specifically with Critical Access Hospitals in Kentucky. KORH, in partnership with the Kentucky Hospital Association, will provide seed funding up to $5,000 through a competitive application cycle. Applications are due by June 1, 2015 and are limited to no more than 15 pages including all required attachments. For more information contact Kayla Combs at KORH
Download RFP

Rural Opioid Overdose Reversal Grant Program

FORHP is pleased to announce the release of the Rural Opioid Overdose Reversal Grant Program (ROOR).  The program’s main purposes are to reduce opioid overdose morbidity and mortality in rural areas through the purchase and placement of Naloxone and emergency devices and train licensed health care providers and emergency responders on the use of these devices.  FORHP plans to award one-year funding for up to $100,000 to no more than 18 rural partnerships. The deadline to apply is June 8th. For further information, please contact Michele Gibson at or 301-443-7320 or click here.

Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP), and the State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP)

The Administration for Community Living (ACL) announced the availability of a grant opportunity related to the Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP), and the State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP). The purpose of the grant opportunity is to develop innovations that can be successfully replicated by the SMP and SHIP grantees to expand and integrate program coverage to better serve traditionally hard-to-reach populations through new, efficient, and sustainable approaches for ensuring high quality and culturally competent service delivery. Applicants may select one of the following priority populations for their targeted approach or may submit an application for a different target group if they can provide rationale and data to support the need for that targeted population:
·         Medicare Beneficiaries in Rural Areas
·         American Indian/Alaska Native Medicare Beneficiaries
·         Limited-English Speaking Beneficiaries
·         Medicare Beneficiaries of Racial/Ethnic Minority Communities
·         Medicare Beneficiaries of Other Hard-to-Reach Populations
·         Medicare Beneficiaries under the age of 65
·         Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Medicare Beneficiaries
Funding amounts range from $100,000 to $150,000 and applications are due on June 14th. For more information on this grant opportunity, visit:


Reminder: Grant Coaching & Review

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.

National News

Attention Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs): The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) revised the State Operations Manual effective April 7, 2015. This is the guidance that state survey agencies and accrediting entities use when surveying CAHs for their compliance with the Medicare Conditions of Participation. Interested stakeholders can review both the entire Appendix W and the transmittal detailing the changes online. CAH administrators should be familiar with the SOM because it will be used by surveyors visiting their hospitals. This revision updates the SOM to reflect regulation changes finalized in 2014 and clarifies how survey agencies should assess CAH’s compliance in these areas. To see revisions, click here.
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