Board of Directors – The September Board meeting included approval of the NOSORH annual budget, a policy update and a discussion of the President-Elect plans for appointing Board Liaisons.  NOSORH is making plans to post Board minutes in the members section of the website beginning in January.

Communication Committee – The most recent meeting included plans for National Rural Health Day webinars to go beyond “tell what you do” to share information on key rural health efforts by communities, SORH and FORHP.  The committee noted that newsletter readership is above 40%, 28% higher than the national average for similar organizations.

Flex Committee – During the September Flex Committee Stratis Health shared information on their new Cooperative Agreement with FORHP, members discussed challenges for FLEX implementation.  An update on SHIP plans for release of the FOA and a possible webinar on October 8th.  For more information contact Sbrinckman@ruralcenter.org.

Joint Committee on Rural Emergency Care – After hosting a successful learning session in Portland, the JCREC is beginning plans for the Rural EMS conference this coming spring.

Policy Program Monitoring Team – Harvey Licht was thanked for work on impact of hospital readmission penalties and the comments to Secretary Burwell.  The committee will continue a review of network adequacy and coverage and upcoming data to be released by health insurance exchanges.

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