NCHN e-News: November 3, 2015


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Executive Roundtable

Executive Roundtable Call:   

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.  

Please join us for the November NCHN Executive Roundtable (ER) call to discuss approaches to effective communication.  We know that connections with key stakeholders are critical and now, there are endless ways to do so.  There are no right or wrong answers, only ongoing and unique experiments all over the country.  During this call, we are asking each participant to come prepared with 1-2 experiments you have engaged in with your constituents.  It may be a kick-starter campaign to launch a new product line.  It might be a collective impact community-wide focus group to talk about preventive care.  And, some of you may have a monthly webinar for specialized peer groups that is wildly successful.  Bring your successes and flat out failures on connectivity! We look forward to hearing how you are leveraging social media, voice, and face-to-face contact in communicating and growing your network

The date and time for this call has not yet been set.  Please watch your email for an invitation once those details are confirmed.  Hope you can join us!
NCHN Quarterly Informational Call - December 21, 2015  2:00 PM EST
Topic to be determined. If you have a suggestion, please email Rebecca at

Upcoming Events

  • Executive Committee Call: November 11, 2015 @ 4:00 PM ET
  • 2016 Conference Planning Committee Call: November 17, 2015 @ 11:00 AM ET
  • Board of Directors Call:  November 17, 2015 @ 4:00 PM ET
  • National Rural Health Day: November 19, 2015
  • Executive Committee Call: December 15, 2015 @ 4:00 PM ET
  • Quarterly Information Call:  December 21, 2015 @ 2:00 PM ET

Member News

Integrating Professionals for Appalachian Children (IPAC) - OH
Integrating Professionals for Appalachian Children, a private, non-profit vertical health network in southeastern Ohio is seeking a full-time Executive Director. The candidate should have strong leadership and supervisory skills, be flexible and able to work in a constantly evolving work environment, be comfortable collaborating with a wide range of stakeholders (local, regional, statewide, and national), have excellent writing and communication skills, and be familiar with rural and Appalachian culture. Qualifications include:
-  Master’s degree and five or more years of management and leadership experience in a non- profit, healthcare, or community organization preferred;
-  Expert proficiency in computer systems including Microsoft Office applications, Quick Books;
-  Knowledge of health and mental health issues for children;
-  Must have driver’s license and transportation; may involve extensive travel. More details at
Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience. Please send cover letter and resumes electronically to Priority consideration to applications received by 11/9/2015. Position open until filled.

Santa Cruz County Adolescent Wellness Network - AZ
Santa Cruz County Adolescent Wellness Network, in conjunction with five other organizations is hosting 2nd Annual “Youth on the Border” Conference
on November 21, 2015 at Santa Cruz County Provisional Community College District Nogales, AZ. Registration: 8:30 a.m. Conference: 9:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Topics to be covered include; Self-Harm, Underage Drinking,Cyberbullying and Teen Dating Violence. For more information or questions contact: Sonia Sanchez 520.313.2803 or 

Northwest Hospital Alliance - ID
The Northwest Hospital Alliance presented the North Idaho College nursing program with a $100,000 grant to help support nursing education in our region. The funds will not only help to educate future area nurses, but will also help those currently in the field maintain competencies and further develop their skill sets

Funding News & Announcements

Health and Human Services
HHS awards $2.2 billion in grants for HIV/AIDS care and medications.  Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell announced on October 21, 2015 that more than $2.2 billion in Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program grants was awarded in fiscal year (FY) 2015 to cities, states and local community-based organizations. This funding supports a coordinated and comprehensive system of care to ensure that more than half a million people living with and affected by HIV in the United States continue to have access to critical HIV health care, support services, and essential medications. Full Announcement
Training Opportunities

HCAHPS Breakthrough Seriesâ„¢ Webinars 
Drive Sustainable Patient Experience Improvement Through The Genius of HCAHPSEducation & Engagementâ„¢
A dynamic teleconference executive briefing about how to leverage the HCAHPS Breakthrough Seriesâ„¢ Webinars to educate and engage leadership; presented by author and speaker Brian Lee, CSP.
WHO SHOULD ATTEND: CEOs, CNOs, and Senior Leadership
MISSION: How to avoid the two fatal mistakes hospitals leaders make, improving HCAHPS scores and patient experience to achieve a sustainable breakthrough.
  • Engage managers and front line staff to own their relationship with your patients and family
  • Gain an accurate snapshot of your leaders’ patient satisfaction survey score literacy, and how to create consistent high ownership and commitment
  • Create a HCAHPS Improvement Strategic Plan for each domain, and achieve universal support and a sense of urgency
  • Develop positive leadership anticipation and enthusiasm towards participating in the HCAHPS Breakthrough Webinar Seriesâ„¢
DATE: November 12, 2015   Time:   1:00 pm MST/ 2:00 pm CST/ 3:00 pm EST   Conference Line #: 855-345-2769                Code: 930245#
Use this link to register for the series following the teleconference:   Sponsor Code:  NCHN
*Please see the "Take Advantage of your NCHN Membership" section of this enews for for information on the HCAHPS series
This webinar is open to all, even if you have not yet purchased the series.  Please share with your hospital members.

The Nonprofit Quarterly and Idealware 
NPQ and Idealware are presenting a complimentary webinar on 
November 5th 1:00 - 2:00 pm EST titled Nonprofit Technology Trends: What Can The Past Teach Us About The Future?  Join Ruth McCambridge as she facilitates a roundtable discussion about the past and future of nonprofit technology. Panelists include nonprofit and tech guru Beth Kanter, Executive Director of Idealist Ami Dar, and Idealware’s Laura Quinn. They’ll look back on all that has changed in the world of nonprofit technology over the past 10 years, what’s stayed the same, and what you can count on over the next five to ten years. The topics we’ll cover include:
    - Dramatic changes in nonprofit technology over the past 10 years.
    - Surprisingly consistent and reliable technology trends.
    - New technology that is likely to catch on in the nonprofit world.
    - Lessons about the pace of change in technology.
    - The future opportunities for nonprofits to succeed using technology.
Do you have questions you'd like the panelists to address?  Please submit those to   Register here

Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS)
TIGER (Technology Informatics Guiding Education Reform) is focused on education reform and inter-professional community development. The spirit of TIGER is to maximize the integration of technology and informatics into seamless practice, education and research resource development. HIMSS has set up a special webinar for Non-Profit Partners to learn about more about TIGER and ask questions. We hope you can join us Thursday, November 19th at 12:00 pm for this 30 minute session. The webinar will also cover the TIGER Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), a one-stop online health IT education portal for academic professionals, students, adult learners, and clinical educators.  Register to Attend  Questions?  Email Jessie Bird or call her at 312-915-9202.
Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
HRSA will host a webinar on Tuesday, November 17th, 2015 titled Health Insurance Coverage and LGBT Families.  The webinar is from 
12:00-01:15 pm EST, 11:00-12:15 pm CST, 10:00-11:15 am MST, 09:00-10:15 am PST
 This webinar will outline how the Affordable Care Act has improved access to health care for LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) individuals. Discussion topics will include eligibility for obtaining health insurance coverage for LGBT families and legal rights in the health care setting. The target audience is HHS and HRSA grantees, healthcare providers, public health officials, and community advocates wanting to improve their competency in serving the needs of the LGBT patients in their practices.  This session is brought to you by the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health, Health Resources and Services Administration, Office for Civil Rights, Administration for Children and Families.
For more information, please contact: Ellen Ingram, (303) 844-3375, or
 Webinar Link: Dial-in: 888-982-4695, Pin: 8535175

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.

Pathfinder - is a new, free, interactive website, offered by where users have access to an extensive list of resources of professional development opportunities. This website is designed to help you develop your career path as a grants professional. Our library provides profiles on top quality resources in the area of grant research, writing, and management, as well as strategic planning.  Please visit us by clicking the pathfinder link above.

Your NCHN membership provides a significant subscription discount to Contact Linda with questions or to place an order.

We are happy to once again offer the benefits of the HCAHPS Breakthrough Webinar Seriesâ„¢  Take advantage of this dynamic leadership education series, beginning November 17, 2015. Each webinar is focused on one HCAHPS domain and is crafted to provide participants with a step by step actionable blueprint to sustainably improve their patient experience scores. Recordings are available for viewing for one year from the date of the webinar. To order please contact Linda.
Here’s how the HCAHPS Breakthroughâ„¢ – Webinar Series works: 
  •  The content has been designed to provide an engaging, educational, how-to roadmap that will captivate the imagination of attendees to successfully drive positive      behavioral change at every level.
  •  Each webinar includes a downloadable Learning Guide that features priority best practice tools, LEAN friendly SOP checklists, and critical implementation skills.
  •  As a value-added bonus, every hospital team will receive a complimentary one hour customized Coaching Call with authors Brian Lee, CSP.
  •  Participants who miss any of the scheduled webinar series, or wish to revisit or share the content with other employees, can access the HCAHPS Breakthroughâ„¢  Library for three months following the final webinar.
  •  A mid-year National Symposium on HCAHPS Sustainability, will take place on February 8-10, 2016, at the Annual HealthCare Service Excellence Conference, at the Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs Resort in Phoenix, AZ. (A conference within a conference.)

Member to Member Business Partner 
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
•    Must have products or services available from the network for NCHN
     members to evaluate and purchase
•    Application must be approved by NCHN Board of Directors 
To download the application please click 
apply here.
For questions please contact Rebecca 

National News

U.S. News and World Report
Hospitals Are Moving (Slowly) to Electronic Medical RecordsBy MICHAEL O. SCHROEDER, Health Editor at U.S. News
Centers like those on the U.S. News Most Connected list are all in, and pressure on the rest is rising.
Full Article

National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services
On Thursday, November 5 at 2:00 pm ET, the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services will hold a webinar to discuss its findings and recommendations to US Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell from two policy briefs issued earlier this year, Telehealth in Rural America and Intimate Partner Violence. The first brief examines telehealth in rural America and the implications of using this technology to help HHS meet the broader goals of value, quality and costs savings inherent in the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The second examines rural intimate partner violence (IPV), an issue that presents unique challenges in rural areas. These briefs were developed during the Committee meeting in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, September 24-26, 2014 which included additional site visits and stakeholder meetings in rural communities in both South Dakota and Minnesota. Registration is free, but space is limited.

The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) 
FORHP is accepting abstracts until 11:59 on December 15th for its  special section on rural health to be featured next year in the
Journal of Healthcare for the Poor and Underserved (JHCPU).  Topics of interest include, but are not limited to, workforce retention and recruitment, hospital closures, health equity, health information technology, care coordination, population health and financing models.  FORHP will review the abstracts to determine which will be submitted as full manuscripts to JHCPU for their standard peer review process.  For full details on the process and requirements, write to the FORHP editorial team at  And for further guidance on submitting manuscripts to peer-reviewed journals, join technical assistance webinar on Monday, November 9th at 1 pm ET.  Call-In #: 888-324-6857 // Participant passcode:  6970981 (You must dial into the conference line to hear the audio)  

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)

On October 29, the (CMS) announced its final rule updating Medicare payment rates for home health agencies (HHAs) for 2016. As authorized by the Affordable Care Act, the rule launches a new Home Health Value-Based Purchasing model to begin January 1, 2016 for all Medicare-certified HHAs in nine states: Massachusetts, Maryland, North Carolina, Florida, Washington, Arizona, Iowa, Nebraska, and Tennessee. Of note for rural HHAs, the rule implements the extension of the 3% rural add-on payment through January 1, 2018 as authorized by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015.

On October 30, CMS
released a final rule updating Medicare payment rates for calendar year 2016 under the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) and the Ambulatory Surgical Center (ASC) Payment System. The rule finalizes several policy changes, including a payment transition for former Medicare Dependent, Small Rural Hospitals (MDH), and changes to the Two-Midnight rule for short inpatient stays.  

Rural Assistance Center
On December 1st, the Rural Assistance Center will be changing its name to the Rural Health Information Hub (RHIhub). The RHIhub will continue to provide resources, information, and opportunities to support healthcare and population health in rural communities. A 1 minute video on the name change is available

The White House Office of Public Engagement 
You are invited to join a conference call with President Barack Obama and Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell to discuss the upcoming open enrollment period for the Health Insurance Marketplaces under the Affordable Care Act. We encourage you to circulate this invitation to all of your members, volunteers, and partners who will engage in enrollment efforts during the open enrollment period from November 1st to January 31st.
 Call Details       
  •          Date: Wednesday, November 4th  
  •          Time: 2:25 PM ET, please join 5-7 minutes early to avoid connection delays
  •          RSVP: To receive the dial-in information, click HERE and enter access code 373038
 This call is off the record and not for press purposes. 

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