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– The NOSORH Board reviewed and approved the NOSORH annual A-133 audit. Jim Dedyne of Maner Costerian reported that this audit “is the best report we can give you, no compliance issues and nothing even minor to report”.  Jim also shared that the NOSORH has a great track record of member services – 88% of funds are spent on member services.  The national average for non-profits is approximately 75-80%. The Board also discussed building the capacity of SORH to partner to provide technical assistance to small rural providers.  The Board will review and adopt a strategy for NOSORH work for 2016-18 during their June meeting.

Communications – The Communications Committee continued making plans for National Rural Health Day (NRHD) 2016. The NRHD website will be moving to the NOSORH website in June and a “kickoff webinar” is scheduled for June 21 at 3:00 pm EDT. A Request for Proposals will be distributed soon to identify a public relations or marketing/communications firm to support NOSORH’s work to assess and apply the “Power of Rural” key messages to all internal and external communications. The committee thanks all who helped with the NOSORH booth at the NRHA Conference: Bob Duehmig (OR), Karen Pauley (WV), Karen Madden (NY), Kylie Nissen (ND), Corie Kaiser (OK), Nikki Massman (ND), Tasha Brown (MS), Lisa Davis (PA), Alisa Druzba (NH), Cathleen McElligott (MA) and Ernie Scott (KY).

Development – The Development Committee met in person at the NRHA Conference last month. The Committee reviewed NOSORH revenue generating activities and plans to continue focusing on services that are valuable to SORH, going forward with additional in-depth discussion in the next few months.

Educational Exchange- The Educational Exchange Committee reviewed the proposed Educational activities for FY 16 and began looking at ways to accomplish important tasks, including the new SORH Proficiencies, a re-design of the Mentoring/Travel Scholarship program, and the new staff orientation process. Work groups are being developed from committee members to address the SORH Proficiencies and the re-design of the Mentoring/Travel Scholarship program. Starting in the new fiscal year, the Committee hopes to provide NOSORH membership with quarterly educational calendars. The next regularly scheduled meeting will be held on June 20 at 4:00 pm ET.

Finance- The Finance Committee reviewed audit results in May and will review the NOSORH 990 tax return and operations budget over the next few months.

Flex Committee –FORHP is reviewing Flex applications and will contact states that need corrections. SHIP Notice of Awards have gone out, so you should be getting notice soon. TASC provided a population health webinar recently and the recording can be found on their website.

JCREC- The Joint Committee on Rural Emergency Care will host a SORH and State EMS Official joint learning session in Boston immediately following the NOSORH annual meeting.  The committee is developing a work plan for the coming year and plans to respond to the National Highway Transportation Administration request for information later this month.

PPMT –The PPMT Committee is reviewing opportunities to help SORH become better equipped to understand and provide technical assistance on Alternative Payment Models. This includes preparing for the upcoming MIBPS TA Contracts and how SORHs can engage with other agencies within their states. The committee is also monitoring regulatory changes such as the CMS mandate to states for monitoring of access to their state’s Medicaid managed care services. Varela Consulting provided the committee with two analyses recently completed on the impact of insurance companies pulling out of individual exchanges and on the change in health coverage from 2013 to 2014.  More information will be shared on a county basis on webinars and at the annual meeting.


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