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.

Flex- The Flex Committee received an update from RQITA on new MBQIP Data Abstraction resources available. The Idaho SORH shared guidance received from TASC on how to budget for strategic planning in the Flex grant. Montana shared information on their Measures to Outcomes (M2O) Lean project and the Utah SORH gave an update on the National Rural EMS Conference to be held next month in Fargo, ND. The 2018 conference will be held in Arizona and can be included in this year’s Flex grant application.

Educational Exchange-  The Educational Exchange committee is working in tandem with other committees to offer resources on recruitment, value-based care, data analysis and evaluation, and engaging with Network grantees. The Travel Scholarship program is nearly updated and the proficiencies workgroup is preparing to meet again. The next regularly scheduled meeting will be held on April 10th at 4:00pm ET.

PPMT- Harvey Licht of Varela Associates provided an overview of the potential impact of proposed ACHA plans with SORH during a call on March 22.  A recording and detailed state summaries are available here.

Development- The Development Committee reviewed the sponsor prospectus for this year and a first draft of a SORH salary and responsibility survey that will be disseminated later this month to SORH directors.

JCREC- Don Wood, Co-Chair of the JCREC, will be convening a SORH group with interest in strategizing the role of SORH with EMS and how NOSORH can support SORH in this effort. The JCREC effort on a rural EMS agenda is moving forward as are efforts to identify key policy issues.

Board- The NOSORH Board of Directors met earlier this month and provided input on a vision for a SORH Leader/Manager Institute, reviewed projects proposed for this year’s Cooperative Agreement application and learned about plans to work with the Georgia Health Policy Center on education for SORH on the rural health landscape.

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