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GRHA Newsletter
Week of January 20, 2012

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Georgia Rural Health Association (GRHA) is the oldest state rural health association in the country. Founded in 1981, this nonprofit network of healthcare providers, educators, and individuals is united in its commitment to improve the health and healthcare services of rural Georgians. Join now!

FY 2012 GRHA Board of Directors


Sallie Barker

Immediate Past President

Nannette Turner

President Elect

Denise Kornegay

Vice President

Ann Addison


Sheila Freeman


Deidre Howell

Board Members

Carla Belcher

Laura Bland Gillman

Sue Nieman

Charles Owens

Chris Parker

Rhett Partin

Caroline Holley Womack

Paula Guy

Monty M. Veazey

Matt Caseman 


Meet our Board of Directors

"This is Public Health"
Video Contest
Deadline to submit video is March 1, 2012

To learn more click here

The Auxiliary at John D. Archbold Memorial Hospital is seeking applicants for scholarships given annually to

deserving students enrolled in a medical-related field of study.


Applications are due February 1, 2012.



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January Observances

Cervical Health Awareness Month


National Glaucoma Awareness Month


Thyroid Awareness Month


National Birth Defects Prevention Month


National Radon Action Month

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Save the Date

State Capitol 


          Georgia Rural Health Association


Rural Health Day at the Capitol


Thursday, February 16, 2012


State Capitol 


South Wing


8:00 am-12:00 pm


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2012 R.U.R.A.L. Legislative Agenda  


Georgia Rural Health Association Members can now go to our website and access the latest Legislative Reports and Bill Tracking Documents for the 2012 Session of the Georgia General Assembly. From the Advocacy Page, click on "2012 Legislative Tracking" and log in. For assistance please contact our office at 478-552-3620 or [email protected] 

National Provider Call:  Medicare FFS Implementation of HIPAA Version 5010 and D.0 Transactions

Wed Jan 25; 2-3:30pm ET


CMS will host a special National Provider Call regarding the Medicare FFS implementation of HIPAA Version 5010 and D.0 transaction standards.


Target Audience:  Vendors, clearinghouses, and providers who need to make Medicare FFS-specific changes in compliance with HIPAA Version 5010 requirements.


Agenda (there will be no slide presentation for this call)


HIPAA Version 5010 implementation update 


Question & answer session


If you would like to submit a question related to this topic in advance of, during, or following the call, please email your inquiry to the 5010 FFS Information resource mailbox at [email protected].  Note that this resource box will only accept emails the day before, the day of, and the day after this call; your emailed questions will be answered as soon as possible, and may not be answered during the call.


Registration Information:  In order to receive the call-in information, you must register for the call.  Registration will close at 12pm on the day of the call or when available space has been filled; no exceptions will be made, so please register early.  For more details, including instructions on registering for the call, please visit

Economy Hurting Rural Hospitals
By Joshua Stewart-GPB News

Hospitals in Georgia are suffering under the weight of the sluggish economy, and the financial strain is especially heavy for smaller, rural medical centers.

Nearly half of the state's rural hospitals are operating in the red, according to the latest hospital financial survey by the state Department of Community Health. Accounting just for the costs of patient care and no other revenue streams, it's even worse: 73 percent have negative operating margins.

Hospitals point to more people without jobs and without employer-sponsored health insurance.

"They still have health care needs and they end up in the hospital emergency room, and hospitals in many cases are forced to absorb those costs treating those patients who need that care," said Kevin Bloye with the Georgia Hospitals Association. "It really is creating a huge financial burden in those small communities when you only have a small percentage of those patients who actually have commercial health care insurance."

Bloye said medical centers are also seeing more underinsured and Medicaid patients. He said all of the state's hospitals are feeling this pressure -- a quarter of urban hospitals reported running a deficit in the state survey -- but it is worse in rural areas because those facilities are smaller and have smaller cash reserves.

Even some patients who do have health coverage are struggling.
"If you have a $1,000 deductible but you have health care insurance, people are having a hard time paying those deductibles or those co-pays," Bloye said. "Hospitals are oftentimes left holding the bag with those as well."

Bloye said hospitals typically receive only 10 percent of the charges they bill to uninsured patients.

To read the article click here.
Mark Your Calendar
NRHA 2012 Policy Institute
Jan 30 - Feb 1, 2012
2012 Legislative Breakfast: How Can Georgia Get Back on Top?
February 7, 2012
Program will feature Attorney General Sam Olens and Secretary of State Brian Kemp
7:30-9 am
Blue Room, Georgia Freight Depot, Atlanta, Georgia
Cost: $15, payable at the door
Elected officials admitted at no charge
Please RSVP to [email protected] or call 404-658-5919


Community Health Center Day at the Capitol
Thursday, February 9, 2012


Georgia Rural Health Association
Rural Health Day at the Capitol
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Georgia State Capitol, South Wing
8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Georgia Partnership for TeleHealth
2012 Annual Conference
March 14th-16 Ritz-Carlton, Reynold Plantation
Lake Oconee, GA
Hopitals and Communities Moving Forward with Patient-and Family- Centered Care
March 19- 22, 2012
Institute for Patient and Family-Centered Care
Emory Conference Center Hotel
Atlanta, Ga


Society of Trauma Nurses

STN 15th Annual Conference
April 11-14, 2012
Going Coastal: Reset your Trauma Compass
Hyatt Regency Savannah
Savannah, GA



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