FY 2012 GRHA Board of Directors
Immediate Past President
Laura Bland Gillman
Caroline Holley Womack
Monty M. Veazey
Meet our Board of Directors
Platinum Corporate Sponsor
Summit Funding Group, Inc.
McKinney Community Health Center, Inc.
National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health
The Branch - May 2012
Clinical Updates via Rural E-CME (CURE)
Obesity Co-Morbidities: Not Just For Grownups Anymore Stephanie Walsh, MD, FAAPActivity Information and Registration:http://sowega-aheccure21a.eventbrite.com
Understanding the Relationship of Cardiovascular Disease and the Onset of Cognitive Impairment and Alzheimer's Disease
Monica Parker, MDActivity Information and Registration:http://sowega-ahec-cure20a.eventbrite.com
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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!
Last Day to Register is May 7th
Presentations include: ICD-10 essentials, RAC auditing documentation, rural provider's guide to meaningful use and EHR incentive programs, Medicaid billing, financial challenges of rural health clinics, telehealth, and National Health Service Corp and provider recruitment
2011 Rural Health Clinic Conference Presentations
Lake Blackshear is now booked for May 8th. There are several nice hotels around the interstate.
2012 Georgia Rural Health Association
September 17 -19, 2012
Callaway Gardens, Pine Mountain, GA
Rural Hospitals Provide Better Value
KANSAS CITY, MO, April 30, 2012 - According to data released by the National Rural Health Association (NRHA), rural hospitals nationally have equal or better quality outcomes, and cost less per Medicare beneficiary than their urban counterparts. The intersection between cost and quality defines the value proposition that rural systems of care provide to the Medicare program.
As part of deficit reduction efforts at the federal level, some proposals have centered on reducing or eliminating "special payments" to rural providers. This groundbreaking information, using the latest CMS Shared Savings Program data, reveals that Medicare spending is 3.7% less per Medicare beneficiary in rural markets than in urban markets, even though this spending includes "special payments" provided to rural hospitals and practitioners. This new data on quality and costs, combined with known higher patient satisfaction scores, makesmall rural hospitals high value providers for rural communities. The study reveals that care can be provided in rural areas with similar outcomes to urban settings even with the challenges of the rural health care environment with targeted payment alternatives that recognize the realities of the rural health care delivery system.
Full Press Release
Protect Rural Hospitals Action Kit
Join NRHA's fight to protect the Medicare Dependent Hospital designation and the Low-Volume Hospital Adjuster. These vital programs will expire on October 1st if congressional action is not taken. NRHA has developed these tools to help you fight for the rural health care delivery system.
Hospital Financing Articles Available for Reprint
There are three finance articles that you may be interested in reading from the April-May edition of The Capital Issue:
Guest authors from Plante Moran provide insight into ACOs and the future in The Territory Ahead: Accountable-Care Organizations Under Health-Care Reform.
Medicaid and Medicare reimbursements are constantly on the chopping block. How can hospitals mitigate the risk of decreased revenues and still plan for future capital projects? Read Reimbursement Cuts: Preparing for the Uncertain.
It's the responsibility of hospital's investment committee to protect its portfolio against inflation. Do committee members know what type of investments provide the best hedges? Guard Against Inflation:Preserving the Purchasing Power of Your Assets will get them up to speed.
These articles are available free for reprint online and in print publications. We do request that any reprints include the author's name, title and place of work. Also, if room permits, we would appreciate the following credit line: "Reprinted with permission from The Capital Issue at www.lancasterpollard.com."
Diabetes Mellitus: The Pharmacologic Approach
Date: Thursday, May 10, 2012Sponsor: Magnolia Coastlands AHEC
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (EST)
Presenter: Camille Crawford, Pharm. D.
Healthcare professionals diagnose Diabetes Mellitus at an alarmingly increasing rate throughout the United States. Participants in this HealthTecdl presentation will learn about the epidemiologic impact of the increased rate of DM diagnoses, learn about the latest pharmacologic treatment options, and best practice therapy goals for patients with DM. Presenter Camille Crawford, Pharm.D., is the Assistant Director of Pharmacy at Houston Medical Center, in Warner Robins, GA.
Pre-registration is required to attend this event via the internet.
Mark Your Calendar
Rural Health Clinic Conference
May 9, 2012
Lake Blackshear, Cordele, GA
2012 NAIS and NIVS Summit
May 15 - 17, 2012
American Medical Association
National Vaccine Program Office
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
J.W. Marriott Atlanta Buckhead
Early Bird Registration Fees for the 2012 Dakota Conference on Rural and Public Health!
Early Bird Registration ends April 29 (payment and registration must be received by this date).
2012 Dakota Conference on Rural and Public Health
Working Together for a Healthier North Dakota
May 30 - June 1, 2012
Alerus Conference Center, Grand Forks, ND