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Registration is NOW OPEN for the 2016 TORCH Annual Conference and Tradeshow!

Registration is now open for the 26th TORCH Annual Conference and Tradeshow. The conference will take place April 26-28, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Dallas, 300 E. Reunion Blvd., Dallas, TX 75207. If you are a hospital member, please click here to register. To obtain the early bird registration fee, please make sure you register by April 10, 2016. A block of rooms is reserved for TORCH conference participants at the Hyatt Regency Dallas. Please call the hotel directly at (888) 421-1442 before April 10, 2016 for reservations or book your reservations online. The special conference rate is $164 (single/double) before the deadline. All programs and facilities are accessible to the handicapped. If you require assistance or have special dietary needs, please contact the conference office at (512) 873-0045 prior to the beginning of the conference.

*Update Hyatt Regency Dallas is now completely sold out, The Overflow Hotel is Aloft Dallas (214) 761-0000 (Located Only 5 Blocks from the Hyatt) 1033 Young St. Dallas, TX 75202 Ask for the “TORCH” Block, The Room rate is $159.

2016 TORCH Annual Conference & Tradeshow Conference Agenda is Now Available

The annual conference agenda is now available. We are excited about the line-up of speakers and presentation topics. Please click here to download a copy of the agenda. We look forward to seeing you in Dallas.

The 2016 TORCH Annual Conference Tradeshow is SOLD OUT!

The 2016 TORCH Annual Conference tradeshow is now sold out. There is still a limited number of sponsorships available. If you are interested in sponsoring, please contact Rose Valenzuela at or via phone at (512) 873-0045. Please click here for an updated diagram of the tradeshow.

Please note: If you have already signed up to exhibit and/or sponsor, and you need to register additional attendees from your company, please click here to register them.

Apply Now for the 2016 TORCH Foundation Scholarships - Deadline March 31, 2016

The TORCH Foundation is pleased to announce that the application process is now open for the 2016 MHA, Continuing Education and Internship Scholarships.

The TORCH Foundation 2016 Continuing Education Stipend will be awarded to a healthcare professional currently working in a TORCH Member healthcare facility who aspires to improve higher job performance by participating in a healthcare related continuing education event/opportunity (i.e. health education conference, course, seminar, workshop, training event, etc.). This individual demonstrates commitment to providing quality healthcare and values continuing education as a tool to achieve performance excellence in his/her occupation. There is a limit of one award per person per year. The stipend award can be used for registration fees and travel expenses up to $1000. You can download the application form here.

The TORCH Foundation 2016 Rural Healthcare Internship Stipend will be awarded to an individual, accepted to or currently participating in an internship program or practicum in a TORCH Member healthcare facility, who is dedicated to providing quality healthcare in rural areas and who aspires to become a healthcare professional in a rural area. Applicants must complete the eligibility requirements, as defined on the application form, including submission of a resume, a signed letter of recommendation by the internship program director or supervisor, and a one page personal statement that demonstrates both commitment to rural healthcare and interest in pursuing a career in the healthcare industry. The Internship Stipend award is $1000. You can download the application form here.

The TORCH Foundation 2016 Texas MHA Student Scholarship will be awarded to a second year student currently enrolled in an accredited Texas Graduate Program of Healthcare Administration who has demonstrated academic excellence in their program and who aspires to work in the healthcare industry, preferably in a rural area. Applicants must be in good standing and complete the eligibility requirements, as defined on the application form, including submission of a current Graduate Program transcript, resume, a signed letter of recommendation by an instructor or advisor in the Graduate Program of Healthcare Administration, and a personal statement that demonstrates both commitment to healthcare administration and interest in pursuing a career in the healthcare industry. The MHA Student Scholarship award is $1000. You can download the application form here.

Anyone interested in applying for these scholarships must complete the scholarship application and provide the supporting documentation to our office by March 31, 2016 to be eligible for consideration. Winners will be announced in early April and will be invited to be recognized at the TORCH Annual Conference awards banquet on April 27. If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact Carrie Ruiz @ (512) 873-0045 or via email at

Donate to the 8th Annual TORCH Foundation Silent Auction

As part of our 2016 TORCH Annual Conference & Tradeshow, we will be hosting the 8th Annual TORCH Foundation Silent Auction and welcome you to participate in this fun event! From the proceeds we received from last year's Silent Auction, we were able to award numerous education scholarships and stipends to dedicated rural health/MHA university students and TORCH Member hospital staff through the TORCH Foundation Scholarship Fund. We hope to continue the growth of this important resource and increase the number of scholarship opportunities in 2016-17. This year's Silent Auction will take place on Wednesday, April 27, 2016, in the Exhibit Hall at the TORCH Annual Conference. Winners will be announced during the Wednesday evening reception.

Donations for this event are a great way you can show your support for this worthy cause and receive recognition at the same time. We welcome everything from electronics to artwork to home goods to gift certificates.

To make a donation, please download the Silent Auction Form and email directly to Carrie Ruiz. Items sent to the TORCH office must be received no later than April 20, 2016. Other items mailed or delivered to the Hyatt Regency Dallas hotel must be received no later than the morning of Tuesday, April 26.

Thank you for your support and we hope you will attend our Silent Auction to bid on our generously donated items!

TORCH Board Approves the Formation of a TORCH Community Care Organization (CCO)

This year we are very excited to be in the midst of a rollout of an important new initiative for TORCH and its members around population health. The Texas Community Care Organization (TxCCO) is a joint venture between TORCH and Rural Solutions, LLC. This business and operating model achieves several key objectives and provides TORCH with access to:

  • A care management platform developed specifically for rural provider organizations encompassing the infrastructure necessary to create a statewide clinically integrated network;
  • A means to diversify business risk and offset start-up capital requirements;
  • Expertise with population health payment models and payer negotiations; and
  • A partner that acknowledges and honors the unique relationships developed by TORCH over the past 25 years.

Upon its formation, the TxCCO will assemble the infrastructure to function as both a statewide rural provider network (a "Clinically Integrated Network", or CIN) charged with developing and implementing a care management platform, quality and cost standards, and analytics capabilities as well as a contracting entity to negotiate and manage performance-based service agreements with third-party payers. The work plan is composed of five phases:

  • Phase 1: Recruitment and Formation
  • Phase 2: Chronic Care and Transitional Care Management
  • Phase 3: Medicare Shared Savings
  • Phase 4: Clinically Integrated Network
  • Phase 5: Value-Based Provider Contracting and Alternative Revenue Sources

The Opportunity:

You have the chance to get in on the ground floor of this effort to move rural hospitals in Texas from a 'Fee-for-Volume' to a 'Fee-for-Value' system. Our hope is that our members will want to become a part of this groundbreaking effort to create a fully-integrated, population-based rural healthcare delivery system in Texas that is TORCH-led and Texas-specific.

The Timing:

Any facility that returns their Letter of Intent and initiation fee between now and December 31, 2015 will become a 'Founding Member' of the TxCCO. Becoming a Founder will ensure that you are involved in the initial decision making and also be included in our Chronic Care Management and Transition Care Management Programs at the earliest possible opportunity. Even if you did not join by December 31, 2015, you can still participate as a member of the TxCCO. Please contact the TORCH office at (512) 873-0045 for more information on how to join and participate in this program.

Want To Know More About the TxCCO?

Continue to be on the lookout for new information from the TxCCO. The TxCCO hosts a monthly membership call on the 3rd Monday of every month. To register for these calls, please click here.
Click here for a brief white paper on the TxCCO.

Texas Rural Hospital Map

Click here to see a map of the rural hospitals throughout the state.



Happy National Rural Health Day from TORCH!
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Texas Rural Hospitals Standing By To Serve Our Veterans
Increasing Value in Health Care from a Rural Perspective
Its Time for DSH Audits in Texas
Small Rural Hospital Improvement Program (SHIP) Grants DUE MARCH 6


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