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TORCH Annual Conference and Tradeshow April 9-11, 2014

Registration is now open for the 2014 TORCH Annual Conference and Tradeshow. This conference is known nationally as a premier source of quality education and networking opportunities for rural health care leaders and decision-makers. As always, we invite TORCH-Members and all other rural health stakeholders to come and be part of one of the largest education conferences in the country dedicated solely to the needs and issues facing rural and community hospital CEOs, executives, trustees and staff.

Our theme for this year is "Taking Rural Healthcare in a New Direction." The evolving landscape of rural health care is becoming increasingly difficult to navigate. It requires knowledge, data, vigilance and collaboration. As hospitals continue to deal with pressing issues related to reimbursement, workforce, technology and quality, we must work together to find the best route to future viability. The TORCH Annual Conference & Trade Show will explore many of these new directions in order to help guide rural hospital executives, trustees and other stakeholders toward financial and operational success. Please click here to see the program agenda.


The TORCH Annual Conference will be held at the beautiful Omni Hotel Dallas, 555 S. Lamar, Dallas, TX 75202. Rooms are available for $169/night. You must reserve your room by March 24, 2014 to secure this rate. You can register for your room online by clicking here.


Now Accepting Gordon Russell Award Nominations!

The Gordon Russell Award of Merit is given annually by the TORCH Board of Directors to recognize an outstanding rural hospital administrator. You are now invited and encouraged to nominate a fellow rural hospital administrator who you believe should be recognized for their accomplishments, leadership, and demonstrated ability to sustain and/or elevate the need for and value of rural and community hospitals in Texas. Please click here for the nomination form.


Now accepting job applications for EDUCATION AND MEMBER SERVICES COORDINATOR

The Education and Member Services Coordinator will work closely with the executive team to support the organization's priorities and to provide coordination for the planning, development and execution of educational programs and other services that meet member needs. This position will work with the executive team to plan, develop and execute the various onsite education conferences as well as the online education webinars and educational workshops. This position is also responsible for the overall growth, development and management of the member services, including, coordinating activities to enhance the value and benefits of memberships, improving member participation and increasing the utilization of services. This position will assist the executive team to plan, develop, and implement high-impact educational programs and member services that deliver value. Click here for more information.


Medicaid 1115 Waiver - Texas Health Care Transformation and Quality Improvement Program

HHSC has received federal approval of a waiver that allows the state to expand Medicaid managed care while preserving hospital funding, provides incentive payments for health care improvements and directs more funding to hospitals that serve large numbers of uninsured patients.

Waiver Overview
The Texas Healthcare Transformation and Quality Improvement Program (the transformation waiver) allows the state to expand Medicaid managed care while preserving federal hospital funding historically received as Upper Payment Limit (UPL) payments—supplemental payments to make up the difference between what Medicaid pays for a service and what Medicare would pay for the same service. Replacing the UPL payment methodology are two funding pools – the Uncompensated Care and Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) pools. [READ MORE]



Increasing Value in Health Care from a Rural Perspective
Randy Bacus Named the 2014 Gordon Russell Merit Award Recipient
Duck Dynasty Cast to Make Appearance at the TORCH Annual Conference!
Itís Time for DSH Audits in Texas
Small Rural Hospital Improvement Program (SHIP) Grants DUE MARCH 6
Healthcare Access San Antonio Partners with Holon Solutions and TORCH
Register Now for the 2014 TORCH Annual Conference & Trade Show
TORCH Now Accepting Gordon Russell Award Nominations


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