NOSORH committees are great focal points for engaging in many NOSORH initiatives. Descriptions of all committees and contact information can be found on the NOSORH website.
Communications- The Communications Committee continued brainstorming National Rural Health Day (NRHD) webinar topics and speakers. Please let the Committee know of any potential topics of interest or NRHD activities being done at the state level. The next meeting will be held on Thursday, September 15 at 2:00 pm ET.
Development- The Development Committee discussed the sponsors for the upcoming Annual Meeting; additionally, they reviewed existing and new revenue generating activities for NOSORH. The next regularly scheduled meeting for the Development Committee will be held on Tuesday, September 13th at 2:00pm ET.
Educational Exchange- The Educational Exchange Committee is continuing their work on resources related to telehealth and beginning to work on Delivery System Reform and Network Grant Application resources. The Travel Scholarship workgroup is reviewing materials and the SORH Proficiencies workgroup will begin their work soon. The next regularly scheduled meeting will be held on September 19th at 4:00 pm ET.
Flex – Jody Ward (ND) will serve as the new Flex Committee co-chair. NOSORH notified the Committee about CMS issuing a final rule on new requirements for CAHs and other hospitals related to Hospital Notification Procedures Applicable to Beneficiaries Receiving Observation Services and shared a brief provided by Harvey Licht. Comments are due to CMS by September 6th. Ronnie Rom (MA) also followed up with Harvey Licht about the Site Neutral Payment for Outpatient Services provision in Section 603 of the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2015 to make sure this did not apply to CAHs, which is the case.
Nominating- Led by Past President Mary Sheridan, the Nominating Committee has released the information on the slate of officers to be voted on at the NOSORH Annual Meeting next week. Thanks to Melissa Van Dyne (MO) who volunteered to run for President-Elect and Corie Kaiser (OK) who once again volunteered to be nominated as Secretary. NOSORH bylaws dictate SORH Directors as the voting members of the organization. All SORH Directors were provided information on the candidates, the election procedures and information to allow for a Proxy to vote if they are unable to attend. If you have any questions, please contact Mary Sheridan.
PPMT – The Policy Program Monitoring Team regular meeting included a report from Harvey Licht on a review of the CMS Hospital Star Ratings. In general, rural hospitals were scored as well or better than urban hospitals. However, there were over 700 hospitals not scored due to factors in the composite score which could not be measured in rural facilities. A state-by-state analysis has been prepared and is available in Dropbox by clicking here.
RHC- The committee reviewed the first draft of the RHC Engagement in Healthcare Delivery and Payment Reform Module. NARHC and FORHP shared information on the Physician Fee Schedule rule that is open for comments due by September 6th. NOSORH’s draft of comments was disseminated earlier this week and can be used as a template for additional SORH comments or to share with other rural health constituents
TruServe Advisory- The TruServe Advisory Committee met and reviewed suggestions for possible activities received in the survey from the recent PIMS/TruServe webinar. A discussion around possible automatic reports for administrative users has begun with the committee and TruServe staff is looking into the feasibility of implementing them. The committee discussed the possibility of moving meetings to alternating months rather than monthly. The next meeting will be October 5th at 3:00 PM ET.