NCHN e-News: March 17, 2015
Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network (ICAHN) and IDPH release research on impact of Illinois' CAH program
RWHC's Tim Size in The Daily Yonder: Speak Your Piece: Passion, Cooperation
Pick a rural issue and get busy – there’s plenty to do. 


RDAVISFrom the Executive Director: March 2015

I think most of us will be happy to see the arrival of Spring on Friday, March 20!  I know I will be.  After last month’s column when I was discussing Kentucky’s weather, we were hit with a second major snow storm on March 4-5. The Governor issued a state of emergency that lasted two days. Snow accumulation records were broken and if you happened to be watching the Weather Channel or national news, you probably heard about the hundreds of folks stranded on the interstates across the Commonwealth.   Here at NCHN headquarters we had approximately 17 inches of snow!  So, yes, so glad to see the longer days and warmer weather. Yesterday it reached 75 degrees. Nice!

I’ve heard the statement, from several parts of the country, “If you don’t like the weather (fill in the blank), just wait a day or two and it will change!” Managing a network is sometimes like dealing with changing weather. However, through your NCHN membership you have access to a number of tools and strategies to support you as you manage the challenges and changes facing your network. 

For those of you that participated on the Informational Calls yesterday, you heard about two new programs available to help you support the healthcare delivery efforts of your members.  


NCHN Welcomes 2 New Network Members

Please join the NCHN Board and Staff in welcoming Shenandoah Mental Health Network and Lac qui Parle Health Network.

Shenandoah Mental Health Network is based in New Market, Virginia, and serves Shenandoah County. Its mission is to address gaps in mental health services using community engagement and peer-to-peer approaches. Organized in 2014, SMHN is an integrated network comprised of 7 members, including 2 large hospitals, 1 free clinic, 1 behavioral health provider, 2 community-based organizations, and United Way. For more information, contact Nicky Fadley, Network Director, or visit SMHN online at

Lac qui Parle Health Network was organized in 1998 and serves Madison, Appleton, and Dawson, Minnesota. Its mission is to assist its members in maintaining and improving local access to primary and secondary healthcare services. The LqPHN is an integrated network and provides a vehicle of collaboration for addressing the ever changing mandates and standards of care in the modern healthcare delivery system. For more information, contact Bernice Robinson, Executive Director, or visit LqPHN online at

Membership Renewal: It's that time again

The membership year ends April 30, 2015, so it is time again to renew your network or associate membership. Membership rates for 2015 (May 1, 2015 - April 30, 2016) are the same this year. Network members can renew here and Associate members here


Executive RoundtableExecutive Roundtable Call: Network Leadership & Change

Tuesday, March 17 @ 12:00 PMET; 11:00 AM CT; 10:00 AM MT; 9:00 AM PT; and 8:00 AM AKST

You have each experienced change in your unique network.  It could be the change connected with evaluating a long-standing board governance document or the change required in seeking agreement for a new business line. What we know is that change is constant.  As we meet together for an hour on March 17th, we'll consider how change can actually be healthy in building collaboration and seeking consensus on priorities.  Join Rebecca Davis and Mary Kay Chess on March 17th to consider how to effectively leverage this critical leadership tool.  

Upcoming Events

  • Executive Roundtable (ER) for Network Leaders: March 17, 2015 @ 12:00 PM ET
  • NCHN’s TA Calls with RHI (Rural Health Innovations) and the HRSA Network Development Planning Grantees: March 19, 2015
  • TA Workshop with HRSA Network Development Grantees: March 24-25, 2015 (Duluth, MN)
  • 2015 Conference Planning Committee Call: March 26, 2015 @ 3:00 PM ET
  • NCHN Leadership Learning Community Call: Change & Stability: March 27, 2015 @ 12:00 PM ET
  • Deadline for Nominations for NCHN 2015 Board of Directors’ Election: March 27, 2015 @ 12:00 PM ET
  • 2015 Med-Atlantic Telehealth Resource Center Annual Summit: March 29 - 31, 2015 (Lewisburg, WV)
  • 2015 Conference Planning Committee Call: April 9, 2015 @ 3:00 PM ET
  • NCHN Board Meeting: April 14, 2015 @ 4:00 PM ET
  • 2015 NCHN Annual Educational Conference / Rural Health Summit: September 1-2, 2015 (Portland, OR): Make reservations

Member News

HCC of Rural Missouri: Rural partnerships achieve sustainable outcomes by leveraging federal funds 
by Ann Ferrerro, Marcia Green, and Christina Villalobos (published in Rural Roads, Winter 2014)

RWHC: Eye on Health, Review & Commentary on Health Policy Issues for a Rural Perspective, April, 2015

Associate Member News

Kentucky Office of Rural Health: Weekly Update (March 16, 2015)

Funding News & Announcements

Rural Health Care Coordination Network Partnership Program (FORHP)

Rural Health Care Coordination Network Partnership Program that focus on care coordination activities for diabetes, congestive heart failure, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Applicants must develop creative and innovative approaches to address outcomes in one or more of the three conditions. Applicants may address the prevalence and management of diabetes, CHF, and COPD conditions using innovative or evidence-based care coordination strategies, relevant to their community needs. At a minimum, networks will be asked to report on four outcome measures for each chronic condition. A TA Call was held February 12, 2015: A recording is available here. (Deadline: April 6, 2015)

Reminder: Grant Coaching & Review

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

National News

ORHP, ACA, and You: Webinar March 18 @ 3 PM EST

FORHP will be hosting a supplemental “ORHP, ACA, and You” Office Hours on March 18, discussing pertinent updates related to outreach and enrollment in the 2015 Marketplace. In particular, FORHP will focus on populations still eligible for the Marketplace, giving updates on the new tax-related Special Enrollment Period that opens March 15th as well as a featured  presentation, “Collaboration on Tribal ACA Outreach."

Webinar Information
Date: March 18
Time: 3-4 PM EST
Dial-In: 888-831-8965
Passcode: 5904375
Adobe Connect Log-In:

All previous Office Hour recordings are archived on the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy’s webpage dedicated to the Affordable Care Act:

FORHP Webinar: ACO Investment Model - April 2 @ 2:00 PM ET

The ACO Investment Model (AIM) is a Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (Innovation Center) initiative for accountable care organizations (ACOs) participating in the Medicare Shared Savings Program. One reason the AIM Model was developed was to encourage uptake of ACOs in rural areas with little ACO activity, by offering pre-payment of shared savings and ongoing per beneficiary per month payments. The AIM Model application period for ACOs that will join the Medicare Shared Savings Program in 2016 opens in the summer of 2015. See for further details on the AIM Model initiative.
In light of the summer application deadline for new 2016 participants, FORHP has scheduled a webinar for interested rural providers to provide background about the model, some things to think about when considering joining an ACO, and the perspective of an existing participant.  The webinar will be held on April 2nd, from 2 to 3 PM Eastern.  

CMS: Better Care. Smarter Spending. Healthier People: Paying Providers for Value, Not Volume

HHS recently announced a major new initiative focused on health care delivery system reform.  This initiative, which was launched by HHS Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell on January 26th, includes measurable goals and a timeline to move the Medicare program, and the health care system at large, toward paying providers based on the quality rather than the quantity of care they give patients. To support these activities, HHS is creating a Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network that will involve both public and private sector stakeholders. You can read more about the initiative in this link: FORHP wants to hear from rural providers about the implications of this work by sending us feedback at


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