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.

Board of Directors – The August Board of Directors meeting included updates on all strategic priorities of the 2017-18 year. The Board endorsed a recommendation from the Development Committee to increase basic dues by 5% from $1500 to $1575, which will increase NOSORH budget for dues revenue by a total of $3750. The Board agreed to consider a joint meeting with 3RNet in 2019.

Development Committee –The committee reviewed and tested the Directors survey on salary, compensation and breadth of SORH work last month. Results of the survey will be shared with all participating states and provide information on funding sources, staffing, and levels of effort of SORH Directors. The committee also made a recommendation to increase dues by $75 to keep up with higher operating costs. The group also provided feedback on potential NOSORH sponsors.

Educational Exchange- The Educational Exchange committee has developed two new resources on value-based payment programs, the Quality Payment Program and the Medicare Performance-Based Payment Adjustment Programs fact sheets; these fact sheets will launch after the NOSORH Annual Meeting. In the upcoming meetings, the committee will begin reviewing information from the Annual Member Survey and the Rural Health Roundtables at the Annual Meeting for educational resource needs in October. The next regularly scheduled meeting will be held on September 18th at 4:00pm ET.

Executive Committee – The committee has been focusing on preparing for the Board’s strategic planning effort, the election of officers and appointment of Board members. The Executive Committee will conduct the annual NOSORH Membership Business meeting on Thursday, September 7th, in Savannah.

Policy Program Monitoring Team – The committee focused on NOSORH’s draft CMS comments on 340B regulations. All NOSORH members are welcome to join. For more information contact chairs Lynette Dickson or John Barnas.

Communications Committee – The Communications Committee has been planning National Rural Health Day (NRHD) activities, including a series of live, 30-mintue webinars to be held throughout the day on November 16. The Communications Committee meeting scheduled for September 5 has been postponed due to the Annual Meeting.

JCREC – The Joint Committee on Rural Emergency Care will now be co-chaired by Joyce Hospodar (AZ). Joyce will continue the good work of this collaborative group with an eye for the needs of SORH. The JCREC spent time last month reviewing their work plan, doing some initial planning for the Rural EMS conference to be held in Tucson next April, planning for the JCREC session at the NOSORH Annual Meeting and learning about NOSORH and NASEMSO plans to develop A Rural EMS Agenda for the Future.

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