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GRHA Newsletter
Week of May 4, 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

Shelley Spires

Joseph Barrow

Matt Caseman 


Meet our Board of Directors

  GRHA Welcomes

     New Members


Platinum Corporate Sponsor

Summit Funding Group, Inc.


 Organizational Member
McKinney Community Health Center, Inc.

GRHA Corporate Members


Summit Funding Group


Platinum Corporate Sponsor PPHS



Peach State Health Plan 






Blue Cross Blue Shield 


Coca Cola 



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National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health


The Branch - May 2012  

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Community Facilities Funds Available from USDA


USDA, Rural Development Community Facilities Program  

Clinical Updates via Rural E-CME (CURE)
Archived Activities 

Obesity Co-Morbidities: Not Just For Grownups Anymore Stephanie Walsh, MD, FAAPActivity Information and Registration:  


Understanding the Relationship of Cardiovascular Disease and the Onset of Cognitive Impairment and Alzheimer's Disease

 Monica Parker, MDActivity Information and Registration:

May Health Observances

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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


Attendee Registration

Sponsor Registration   



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 

Annual Conference

September 17 -19, 2012

Callaway Gardens, Pine Mountain, GA


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Deadline is June 1, 2012
 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.


Action Kit   

 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" 



Diabetes Mellitus: The Pharmacologic Approach 

 Magnolia Coastlands AHEC







Date: Thursday, May 10, 2012
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (EST)

Sponsor:  Magnolia Coastlands AHEC
Presenter: Camille Crawford, Pharm. D.

Session Description:
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
Atlanta, GA


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

Lodging Reservations at the 1-888-33CANAD (22623). To receive the discounted rate, please request the Dakota Conference room block reservation number 200565. For more hotel options please visit our website.
Register Today!


2012 18th Annual SHIP Directors' Conference
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Jun 4 - 7, 2012 
Marriott Marquis
Atlanta, GA

Website Info

For more information, contact: [email protected]


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