Request for Proposals for Nursing Staffing Assessment
The Texas Organization of Rural & Community Hospitals (TORCH) is inviting proposals for a highly skilled Respondent to provide a nurse staffing assessment for 12 Texas Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs). Respondent chosen by TORCH must be experienced, with strong references and have an established relationship working with CAHs. Respondent must be able to complete the required scope of services described in this RFP by August 12, 2016. This project is funded by a grant from the Texas State office of Rural Health (SORH), through the Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility (Flex) Program. Please click Here to download a copy of the RFP. Proposals must be addressed to: Attn: Carrie Ruiz, P.O. Box 203878, Austin, TX 78720, or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than 5:00pm CST, June 17, 2016.
And That's A Wrap!
TORCH would like to thank all of our hospital, endorsed vendors and corporate members for attending the 2016 Annual Conference and Tradeshow. This year's conference broke record attendance with over 700 total attendees and 100 individual member hospitals represented. We appreciate everyone taking time out of your busy schedules to attend this educational and networking event. Your participation and engagement is crucial to our success and we thank our hospital members and vendors for joining us. Please save the date for April 18-20, 2017 as we will be back at the Hyatt Regency Dallas next year and hope to see you there.
Patrick L. Wallace, FACHE 2016 Gordon Russell Merit Award Recipient
Each year, the Texas Organization of Rural & Community Hospitals honors a rural hospital administrator who embodies the true spirit of superior service to their local community. In recognition of nearly 40 years of service in health care and to rural hospitals, including executive leadership positions at rural hospitals in Athens, Graham and Palacios, Patrick Wallace has been named the recipient of this year's Gordon Russell Award of Merit.
This award exists to recognize outstanding achievement by rural and community hospital administrators and for their leadership and dedication to the profession. Gordon Russell, the award's namesake, was the administrator of Hi-Plains Hospital for over 40 years and a former mayor of Hale Center, Texas.
Since 1988, Patrick has been the current administrator for ETMC Athens in Athens. Prior to joining ETMC Athens, he spent 10 years as administrator for Graham General Hospital in Graham. He was also the administrator for Wagner General Hospital is Palacios. Prior to Wagner General Hospital, he was an administrative resident at Bexar County Hospital District in San Antonio.
Patrick received his Bachelor of Science degree from Southwestern University in Georgetown and then his Master of Science Degree from Trinity University in San Antonio.
His professional activities include being a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives, American Hospital Association Regional Policy Board 7, Rural or Small Hospitals Constituency Section Governing Council and the Task Force on Ensuring Access in Vulnerable Communities Rural Subcommittee. He is also the Past Chairman of the Texas Hospital Association. Patrick is also on the executive committees of the Texas Center for Rural Health Initiatives, Texas Office of Rural Community Affairs and Texas Department of Rural Affairs (SORH).
TORCH Annual Awards
TORCH is pleased to announce the following award winners at the 2016 TORCH Annual Conference & Tradeshow:
TORCH Founder's Award - Connie Berry
HealthSure TORCH Light Award - Otto Kaiser Memorial Hospital
TMSI Endorsed Partner of the Year - Southwest Medical Associates
20 Year TORCH Corporate Member - Texas Hospital Insurance Exchange
10 Year TORCH Corporate Member - Merritt Hawkins
John F. Boff Memorial Scholarships - Ashley R. Evans and Sarah Tucker
Continuing Education Stipend Awards - Billie Bell, Renee Castillo, Sonia M. Castro, Cary Shane Keys, April M. Monroe, Phillip Smith
MHA Scholarship Award - Rhett D. Fricke
TORCH Outgoing Board Plaques - Bill Barnes, Jack R. Endres, JD, FACHE, John Henderson, Grady Hooper, Chuck Norris
TORCH Conference Presentations
Tuesday, April 26th
Population Management...It Does Take a Village - The Eight Challenges We Face
Federal Advocacy Update from the DC Front Lines
State Legislative/Election Update
Wednesday, April 27th
The Future of Texas' Rural Hospitals: What the Data Tells Us and New Models for Preserving Access to Care
Taking it to the streets: The Intersection Between Public Health and Population Health
New Weapons for Your War on Cost
Drivers for Healthcare Technology Investment
How to Find Your Next Super Star Biller/Collector
Instituting a Highly Effective Physician Compliance Program
How Hospital Districts Can Leverage State Pricing to Adopt Cloud-Based Services
Home Health Roundtable Discussion
The Rural Experience as Seen from Elsewhere
"Beware:Ransomware Attacks Healthcare"
Thursday, April 28th
2016 Legal Issues Update
"True Grit":Paves Way to A Brighter Future
NAIP Stories from Rural TeleHealth Pilot Participants
Registration is now open for the 2016 Texas Critical Access Conference & Tradeshow!
TORCH is pleased to host the Texas Critical Access Hospital Conference & Trade Show on June 28-29 at the Hyatt Lost Pines Resort. This is the only educational and networking event of its kind developed solely for Texas CAHs. With all of the changes occurring both at the state and federal level that impact CAHs, we encourage you to stay informed and prepared by attending this year's event. This program agenda covers a wide range of topic areas of significant interest to CAHs both financially and operationally.
In addition to the educational sessions, this event presents a great networking opportunity with industry experts, health care professionals, policy makers and your peers. In addition, this conference provides the following approved continuing education credits: eight total CE hours for CPAs and eight total hours for pre-approved ACHE Qualified Education credits.
Please don't miss out on this great educational and networking opportunity for CAH administrators, staff and trustees. We hope to see many of you there!
Hospital Registration: Please click here to register.
Please click here to download a copy of the program agenda.
Hotel Information & Reservation Deadline: The conference block room special rate at the Hyatt Lost Pines Resort is $149/night for (single/double). Reserve your room before June 10, 2016 for this special rate.
Click Here to book your room online or call (888) 421-1442.
Interested in Exhibiting or Sponsoring at the 2016 Texas Critical Access Conference & Tradeshow?
There are a limited number of booth spaces and sponsorships still available for the CAH conference. Please click Here to download a copy of the exhibitor prospectus and vendor/sponsorship registration application.
For more information on the program, contact Quang Ngo at email@example.com or Rose Valenzuela at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (512) 873-0045.
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
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.
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.