NCHN e-News: March 1, 2016


Renaissance Oklahoma City Convention Center Hotel
10 N Broadway Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK 73102

 April 18 - 21, 2016 

On Wednesday, April 20, 2016 NCHN will be sponsoring

Disney Institute
Disney's Approach to Business Excellence* 

Click here to view the learning objectives and agenda for
Disney's Approach to Business Excellence 

For more details including registration and hotel reservations please click here.

*Continuing Education Credits - Disney's Approach to Business Excellence is accredited with the American College for Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and the National Association of State Boards of Accountancy (NASBA). Other professional organizations may also accept Disney Institute programs for continuing education credit but it is the participant’s responsibility to confirm that these credits are accepted within their organization and it is the participant’s responsibility to apply for credit with their respective groups. NCHN will provide Disney Institute with the participant’s name and email address to create the certificate needed, either NASBA or ACHE, and will email it to the individual participant. Check with NCHN for more information if interested in continuing education credit.
Call for 2016 NCHN Board of Directors!
NCHN is a membership organization and thus is governed by a Board of Directors that is elected by the membership. Serving as a Director of NCHN is an excellent opportunity to expand your leadership skills, interact on a regular basis with your peers, and give back to your Association! In preparation for the 2016 elections, we are seeking nominations and recommendations of persons interested in serving as a Director. Please watch your inbox this week for the official call for nominations. If you have any questions about serving as a Director of NCHN,
please let us know

Executive Roundtable

Executive Roundtable Call:   Health Care Trends

NCHN ER Call – Tuesday, March 22 @ 12:00 PM ET; 11:00 AM CT; 10:00 AM MT; 9:00 AM PT; 8:00 AM AKST
Welcome to the March ER call with your colleagues.  Each of you are leading unique collaborative efforts in rural areas across the United States with very diverse stakeholders.  We are going to focus on healthcare trends during this call. We realize that the communities you serve each have different needs yet, there are no doubt common themes impacting care. In preparation for this call, listen to this quick overview of trends for 2015. It should spark your imagination. Lets build our own trends in rural healthcare during our conversation. This process will support future efforts in continuing to look at promising practices for continuing success.  And, this call prepares you for even more interesting conversations at the upcoming NCHN conference, April 18-21 in Oklahoma City.

You should be receiving a ReadyTalk invitation to register.  If you do not get one, please contact Tara Long at t

If you have a suggestions for future ER calls please email Rebecca

Upcoming Events

  • 2016 Conference Planning Committee Call: March 1, 2016 @ 11:00 AM ET
  • 2016 Conference Planning Committee Call: March 15, 2016 @ 11:00 AM ET
  • Executive Committee Call: March 15, 2016 @ 4:00 PM
  • NCHN Quarterly Informational Call: March 21, 2016 @ 2:00 PM  ET
  • Executive Roundtable (ER) Call: March 22, 2016 @ 12:00 PM ET

Member News

Tennessee Rural Partnership (TRP) - TN
TRP’s Legacy Continues as It Celebrates 10 Years of Service
The Tennessee Rural Partnership (TRP) moves into 2016 with gratitude and optimism. Our mission of maximizing access to primary care in rural and underserved areas of Tennessee drives our daily work. To date we have placed 112 clinicians in rural and underserved communities across the state. Click the link above to read this article.

Funding News & Announcements

Support for Programs for Children Affected by Domestic Violence
Weyerhaeuser Family Foundation Children's Initiative
The Weyerhaeuser Family Foundation’s Children's Initiative provides support to direct service programs throughout the United States that create and promote stability, resilience, and healing for children who have witnessed domestic violence. Eligible programs must directly serve children up to 17 years of age who have been exposed to domestic violence, be centered on evidence-based strategies or an innovative measurable approach, include a plan for an outcome-based assessment of the program activities, and be a new program (within the first year of development). Grants range from $15,000 to $40,000. The deadline for letters of inquiry is April 1, 2016; invited proposals are due August 1, 2016. Visit the Foundation’s website to review the funding guidelines and to submit an online letter of inquiry.

Health Initiatives Serving People in Illinois Supported
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois Community Involvement Program
The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) Community Involvement Program primarily supports nonprofit organizations in Illinois that are committed to improving the health and lives of people in Illinois. In the 2016 funding cycle, BCBSIL will provide grants ranging from $20,000 to $100,000 through two separate funding streams: Healthy Kids, Healthy Families grants focus on promoting the health and wellness of families by supporting programs that successfully engage people in adopting healthy behaviors. Community Partners Grants support innovative direct service programs dedicated to improving health system objectives in underserved communities in Illinois. The deadline for letters of intent is March 4, 2016; invited proposals are due May 6, 2016. Visit the BCBSIL website to learn more about the application process

Support for Programs Aiding Minnesotan Families and Youth

Minnesota Vikings Children's Fund
The Minnesota Vikings Children's Fund is dedicated to addressing children's health and education throughout the Upper Midwest. The Fund works closely with the University of Minnesota Department of Pediatrics in support of pediatric research and children’s health programs. The Fund also supports nonprofit organizations in Minnesota that provide programs in the following areas: The Family Services category focuses on organizations that offer family support, family rehabilitation, child protection, shelters for homeless families with children, and shelters during intervention for family crises. The Education and Youth Services category supports organizations involved with drug and alcohol abuse treatment/rehabilitation and education, child abuse prevention education, at-risk youth, and mentor programs. The application deadline is April 8, 2016. Visit the Minnesota Viking’s website to access the Fund’s grant guidelines.
Training Opportunities

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. Is your organization ready to learn more? In this fast-paced webinar, Jean Block, a nonprofit trainer who has guided nearly 100 nonprofits from idea to business plan, will explain what social enterprise is - and isn't - and explore the critical steps required to develop a business plan for social enterprise. Writing a business plan for a social enterprise isn't difficult when it is based on thorough market research and feasibility studies. It's not brain surgery and it's not rocket science! Follow the necessary steps and your organization, too, can find sustainable funding. This webinar will be held Wednesday, March 9, 2016 at 2:00 PM ET. Please click the link above to register.

Rural Health Reimbursement Opportunities & UB-04 Billing Changes for 2016
Rural providers now have additional reimbursement opportunities-and additional reporting requirements. Join BKD for this look at how your organization can capture additional revenue by billing for Chronic Care Management (CCM) and Advanced Care Planning (ACP) services. You'll also learn about the new detailed UB-04 billing requirements, criteria for rural health clinic (RHC) "qualifying visits" and the potential effects on cost reports.  This free webinar is taking place on March 9, 2016 at 11:00 AM ET. Register here.

Understanding Clinical Telemedicine for  Rural Applications
As telemedicine continues to revolutionize the practice of medicine, one of the most heartfelt ways telemedicine is making a difference is affecting rural populations. An ever increasing number of healthcare providers are setting up telehealth clinics in places their patients frequent, such as local retail stores. Attend this webinar to find out how MercyCare Community Physicians has adopted telemedicine technology to deliver clinical telemedicine encounters. This webinar is aimed to help rural healthcare providers that want to get a clearer depiction of:
  • what a typical clinical telemedicine encounter looks like
  • specific use case examples of telemedicine encounters
  • how MercyCare Community Physicians has adopted telemedicine technology in a retail setting
  • best practices for launching a telehealth clinic and lessons learned to properly deliver care
Who should attend:  Chief Medical Officers, Chief Nursing Officers, Directors of Nursing, Clinicians, and Medical Group Managers working at Rural Health Clinics, Federally Qualified Health Clinics or Clinical Service Providers.

This free webinar is taking place on March 9, 2016 at 3:00 PM ET.  Register here.

Take Advantage of Your NCHN Membership!

Executive Roundtable (ER) Calls  
The ER (Executive Roundtable) focuses on improving the performance of both new and experienced rural health network leaders. Non-competing network executives will come together on a regular basis to learn from and innovate with each other.  Each ER will be limited to approximately 25 Network Executives. 

The ER Program is delivered through monthly conference calls. The calls are customized engagements designed to support the leadership demands of network executives. Specific discussion topics for each ER session will be preannounced. Dr. Mary Kay Chess will provide a short presentation on the topic and then facilitate a discussion with participants. Summary notes of the discussion are distributed to participants. Members of the ER are expected to commit their time to improving their own leadership skills, developing peer executive relationships, and to supporting one another in the creative challenges facing leaders of networks.  
Call-in details for the ER calls will be distributed to members via email, as a ReadyTalk invitation.  The next call is scheduled for March 22nd at noon Eastern Time. 

Contact NCHN's Director of Member Services, Linda K. Weiss if you have questions.  217-549-4121 or  

National News and Other Information

CMS rural Open Door Forum (ODF)
The ODF is being held on Thursday, March 3, 2016 from 3:30 to 4:30 pm ET.  Please dial-in 15 minutes early by calling 1-800-837-1935 & Reference Conference ID: 38296329.

The prepared agenda is as follows:

I. Opening Remarks
II.  Chair- Carol Blackford, (CM)
     Co-Chair – John Hammarlund, Regional Administrator, Seattle Regional Office
     Moderator – Jill Darling, Office of Communications
III. Announcements & Updates
      • RHC HCPCS Coding Update
      • Critical Access Hospital Necessary Provider Designation Documentation
IV. Open Q&A

Nonprofit Quarterly
Can Rural Clinic Consolidation Aims to Provide Healthcare Access in Underserved Communities? By: Stacey Burton Alcocer. February 23, 2016.

With rural healthcare routinely in crisis, clinics in Kansas hope to battle back and provide much needed care for those in need through the merging of two clinics. NPQ has previously reported on the dire state of rural healthcare, noting 11 hospitals a year are closing on average. The closures have a particularly devastating impact on women. Late last year, rural Mercy Hospital in Independence, Kansas, a community of nearly 10,000, became the 56th hospital in the U.S. to close since 2010. The closing of Mercy means Independence and the surrounding farm communities are left with no emergency services. The merger of The Washington Clinic and Family Medicine of Washington County in north central Kansas is a welcome sign—it means a community with few resources will still have access to basic care.  Read the full article here.

Rural Health Value
Physician Engagement - A Primer for Healthcare Leaders: For successful rural hospital volume to value transformation, engaging physicians (and other providers) will be essential. Physician engagement is proactive physician involvement and meaningful physician influence that move a healthcare organization toward a shared vision and a successful future. Physician Engagement – A Primer for Healthcare Leaders highlights the importance of physician engagement and describes strategies to build effective physician relationships and trust. The primer also includes links to additional physician engagement information including: an interview with physician leader Dr. Paul Kleeberg, an Excel-based Physician Engagement Assessment tool, prioritization and action planning guides, and a list of additional physician engagement resources.  Other Rural Health Value resources can be found at

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