NCHN e-News: September 1, 2015

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Executive Roundtable


Executive Roundtable Call: Returning in October!

 NCHN Quarterly Informational Call - 
 Monday, September 21 @ 2:00 PM ET 
  Supporting Your Telehealth Needs: Telehealth Resource Centers   and More
  Please join Dr. Kathy Wibberly, Director, Mid-Atlantic Telehealth  Resource Center (MATRC), for a discussion about the    services and resources available through the Telehealth Resource Centers across the nation.  TRCs are federally funded to   assist with telehealth program development and sustainability in order to increase access to quality care for rural and other   underserved populations. Dr. Wibberly is also Assistant Professor of Public Health Sciences at the University of Virginia  (UVA) School of Medicine, faculty member at the Healthy Appalachia Institute and adjunct faculty member in the L. Douglas Wilder School of Government and Public Affairs at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU). Kathy’s public service career reflects over twenty years of experience in public health, public policy, program development, program evaluation and strategic planning.  Kathy received her B.A in Psychology with minors in pre-medicine and youth services from Gordon College in Wenham, MA. She went on to receive her M.S. and Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from VCU in Richmond, VA.  For additional information about the call please contact Tara Long at for participation details. 

Upcoming Events

  • Board of Directors Meeting: September 15, 2015 @ 4:00 PM ET
  • Quarterly Information Call: September 21, 2015 @ 2:00 PM


Associate Member News

Kentucky State Office Of Rural Health - KY
Kentucky’s Rural Hospital Flexibility Program endeavors to stabilize the smallest and most vulnerable rural hospitals, and to improve access to hospital-based care for rural populations. The grant program allows small hospitals the flexibility to reconfigure operations and be licensed as Critical Access Hospitals in order to receive cost (+1%) based reimbursement.


Funding News & Announcements

Health Resources and Services Administration
The Rural Health Care Coordination Network Partnership Program has awarded 8 grantees up to $200,000 each a year, for 3 years, to work with local health care providers and organizations to increase care coordination efforts in rural communities.  Grantees of the Care Coordination Program will focus on activities related to one or more for the following chronic conditions:  1) Type 2 Diabetes; 2) Congestive heart failure (CHF); and 3) Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).  The main goal of this program is to meet patients’ needs and preferences in the delivery of high-quality, high-value health care.  Care coordination in the primary care practice involves deliberately organizing patient care activities and sharing information among all of the participants concerned with a patient’s care to achieve safer and more effective care. For a list of awardees, please visit:

The 2016 National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Students to Service Loan Repayment Program application cycle is now open!  All fourth-year medical students (both allopathic and osteopathic) planning to pursue primary care  are eligible to apply. Students may receive up to $120,000 in tax free loan repayment in return for three years of full-time service at an NHSC-approved site in a Health Professional Shortage Area (HRSA) after residency. The application cycle closes October 22, 2015 at 7:30 PM EST. A technical assistance webinar will be held Thursday, September 17th from 7-8 PM EST to answer questions related to application process, program eligibility and service commitment. To access the webinar, go to this link:, and dial-in number: 1-888-566-6151, using passcode 4221465. 
Training Opportunities

The next Rural Health Clinic (RHC) technical assistance call will take place on Tuesday, September 8th at 2:00 pm ET.  This session will allow you ask leading experts and consultants in the field questions you have related to your RHC facility such as certification, billing, location requirements, etc.  To participate, join the webinar onlineIf you can’t (or don’t want to) participate via the web-based connection, you can still call in at 1-800-475-8432, using conference passcode 3921803.

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National News

On August 27th, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) released its latest Chartbook on Rural Health CareWith rural populations as one of ten priorities for AHRQ research and quality measurement, the chartbook puts a rural lens on more than 250 measures – including access to health care, affordability, and leading causes of morbidity and mortality - found in the agency’s National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report (QDR) released earlier this year.  AHRQ led an interagency effort with a workgroup that included the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation and the National Cancer Institute.  The chartbook data show that, compared to residents of suburbs, residents of rural areas received lower quality of care for more than a quarter of the measures tracked.  In addition, residents of rural areas experienced lower access to care for 40% of measures compared with those living in suburbs.  
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