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GRHA Newsletter
Week of March 16, 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

Caroline Holley Womack

Paula Guy

Monty M. Veazey

Matt Caseman 


Meet our Board of Directors

  GRHA New Members


Brittany Taylor
Silver Corporate Sponsor Member
Peach State Health Plan

Georgia Rural Health Association Members can access the latest Legislative Reports and Bill Tracking Documents for the 2012 Session of the Georgia General Assembly off of our website. 


From the Advocacy Page, click on "2012 Legislative Tracking", and log in. For assistance please contact our office at 478-552-3620 or



County Health Rankings and Roadmaps Program Releases Call for Proposals

Roadmaps to Health: Community Grants Proposal

  Deadline: May 2, 2012 3:00 PM EDT


Telehealth Network Grant Program


Details and Application


Closing Date for Applications

April 13, 2012

  Community Facilities Funds Available from USDA


U.S. Department of Agriculture invites you to consider community facilities projects and is excited to announce that in FY2012 (Oct. 1, 2011-Sept. 30, 2012) Congress has granted Rural Development Georgia a generous Community Facility Direct Loan allocation to fund eligible projects.  See the attached flyer for more information.

GRHA Corporate Members



Peach State Health Plan 







Blue Cross Blue Shield



Coca Cola




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  Scholarships available

NRHA has scholarship funds available for students and community members with a critical need for financial support with conference expenses. Scholarships will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis to people who meet eligibility criteria specified on the application and who are unable to attend conference without such support. Six students and community members will each receive $1,000 to help offset the cost of attendance. Click here to download the application. Please e-mail/fax applications to [email protected] or 202-639-0559 by March 31 to be considered for a scholarship. 

March Observances

National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month


National Endometriosis Awareness Month


National Nutrition Month


Save Your Vision Month


Trisomy Awarenss Month


Workplace Eye Wellness Month

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St. Patrick's Day! 

March 17, 2012  



Those wanting a hotel room 

for the Rural Health Clinic Conference on May 9th 

at Lake Blackshear Resort & Golf Club

Please call 1-800-459-1230

Give the Group Reservation # 161034



 Rural Health Clinic Conference

May 9, 2012

Lake Blackshear Resort & Golf Club

2459-H Hwy.280 West

Cordele, GA 31015


Don't miss out on this great networking 

and learning opportunity!


Attendee Registration

Sponsor Registration   



Presentations include: ICD-10, RAC auditing documentation, rural provider's guide to meaningful use and EHR incentive programs, Medicaid billing, financial challenges of rural health clinics, CMS update, telehealth, and National Health Service Corp and provider recruitment 


2011 Rural Health Clinic Conference Presentations




 "This is Public Health" student video contest

Congratulations to Mercer Public Health Association, the HealthSTAT and Partner Up! for Public Health "This is Public Health" video contest winner, which was announced on Friday, March 9.


The "This is Public Health: Addressing Issues and Creating Solutions" video will be featured on the Partner Up! website, and the team will receive free admission to the Georgia Public Health Association (GPHA) annual conference in April. All video submissions can be viewed on the Partner Up! YouTube channel, GaPublicHealth



Mercer PHA presents
Mercer PHA presents "This is Public Health: Addressing Issues and Creating Solutions"







Welcome to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) ICD-10 Website. 


Here you will find resources and timelines to help providers, payers, and vendors with the U.S. health care industry's upgrade to Version 5010 and transition to ICD-10.


Georgia Society for Public Health Education welcomes new Executive Director, Jessica Apps

Jessica Apps


Jessica has 10 years of professional experience in public health at both the non-profit and federal levels. She joined GASOPHE on February 1 and is excited to be a part of a professional organization connecting health educators to best practices, continuing education opportunities, and networking opportunities.  For more information, visit

Best places to be a nurse: Rural vs. urban hospitals-by Sean Dent 
When job seeking, whether a new nurse landing their first job, or the seasoned nurse looking for a change, it helps to be aware of some important distinctions and differences between the small rural hospitals and the large, sometimes massive, urban hospitals.
As a general rule rural is non-teaching and urban is a teaching hospital, but keep in mind, these are just general observations.

Healthcare Job Growth Accelerating

  John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media



Job growth in the healthcare sector has been strong in the first two months of 2012, accounting for one in five new jobs in the overall economy, and even surpassing the robust pace of job growth throughout most of 2011, new federal data shows. 


The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the healthcare sector created 49,000 jobs in February, including 28,200 jobs in ambulatory services, and 15,400 jobs in hospitals.

J.D. Kleinke, a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, said the explosion in healthcare job growth "is just more of the same."

"Healthcare is recession-proof. Healthcare costs always go up. There is always going to be growth," Kleinke says. "For all its capital and technology, it is still a labor intensive industry. People want to see their doctors. Nursing is very labor-intensive.  You can't automate healthcare like you can manufacturing."

Read more
 By: Andy Miller


The price of an MRI or a CT scan can range from $350 to $2,000, depending on where you get the medical imaging service done.

That difference hits home if you're one of the many consumers whose health insurance carries potentially high out-of-pocket costs. Finding the right provider can be a major financial decision as well as a medical one.


Georgia's largest health insurer is now offering its members help with this problem, providing information to help them compare the price and quality of medical imaging services in the Atlanta, Savannah, Macon, Augusta, Athens, Rome and Columbus areas.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield, which covers more than 2 million Georgians, will be helping its members "make informed decisions about their health care,'' said Alexandra Leopold, a company regional vice president.


"Source: Georgia Health News, an independent, nonprofit news service".
Mark Your Calendar
Hospitals 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
Kick Butt Day
Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Georgia Public Policy Foundation Leadership Breakfast
Who: Georgia Attorney General Sam Olens and Ron Bachman
What: "Georgia Health Care Update," a Leadership Breakfast
When: 8 a.m., Thursday, March 22, 2012
Where: The Georgian Club, 100 Galleria Parkway, Suite 1700, Atlanta, GA 30339
The deadline to register is Tuesday, March 20. Register online at


Society of Trauma Nurses
STN 15th Annual Conference
April 11-14, 2012
Going Coastal: Reset your Trauma Compass
Hyatt Regency Savannah
Savannah, GA
April 12-13
Crowne Plaza Ravinia, Atlanta
2012 RHC Billing and Cost Reporting Seminar
April 19, 2012
Healthcare Business Specialists
Hyatt Regency
Savannah, GA
For more information, contact:
Mark Lynn- 423.899.0945
2012 43rd Annual ASAM Medical-Scientific Conference
April 19-22, 2012
American Society of Addiction Medicine
Hilton Atlanta Hotel
Atlanta, GA



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