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GRHA Newsletter
Week of May 25, 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

Carie Summers

Paula Guy

Monty M. Veazey

Shelley Spires

Joseph Barrow

Robert J. Briscione

Matt Caseman 


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Individual Member

Steve Wall

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CMS eases rules to cut doctors' regulatory burdens


Changes to proposed regulations on Medicare conditions of participation will maintain self-governing medical staff requirements at hospitals and save nearly $1 billion.


The Obama administration removed several duplicative and burdensome regulations from Medicare that will save physicians and hospitals more than $1 billion, officials announced on May 10.


The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services finalized two regulations that eliminated rules deemed to have adversely affected those participating in Medicare. In one regulation, billing privileges for physicians will be protected from unjust revocations. In another rule, CMS increased flexibility on governance boards at hospitals but protected the autonomy of medical staff at each facility.


"These changes cut burdensome red tape for hospitals and providers and give them the flexibility they need to improve patient care while lowering costs," said acting CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner. "These final rules incorporate input from hospitals, other health care providers, accreditation organizations, patient advocates, professional organizations, members of Congress and a host of others who are working to improve patient care."


CMS estimates that annual savings to critical access hospitals and other facilities will be $940 million a year. Other Medicare regulatory reforms would save an additional $200 million during the first year by promoting efficiency.


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By Charles Fiegl, amednews staff.

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  

May Health Observances

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May 28, 2012 

2012 Georgia Rural Health Association 

Annual Conference

September 17 -19, 2012

Callaway Gardens, Pine Mountain, GA

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 Deadline extended to July 1, 2012


 Deadline extended to September 7, 2012


Deadline is August 1, 2012


Callaway Gardens Resort  

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MAY 21,  2012 TO AUG. 23, 2012






Joins general contractor from Georgia Hospital Association


Rhett Partin

Rhett C. Partin, MBA, MHA, FACHE recently joined the West Point office of Batson-Cook as Vice President of Business Development. Mr. Partin will lead Batson-Cook's efforts to earn new business while continuing to serve the company's existing clients in the commercial marketplace. Bringing a successful track record of relationship building within the healthcare industry, Mr. Partin will expand his focus into additional sectors including hospitality, education, specialty, office and more.


"With Mr. Partin's keen understanding of the needs of healthcare clients, Batson-Cook is in the unique position to provide construction services that are tailored to the distinctive requirements of the healthcare industry," states Batson-Cook Senior Vice President and General Manager Joe Appleton. "His elevated business sense makes him a natural to expand our interests in other commercial market segments as well."


Mr. Partin joins Batson-Cook after a six-year tenure as the Vice President and Executive Director of the Center for Rural Health of the Georgia Hospital Association (GHA), where he represented the interests of 120 small rural hospitals and skilled nursing facilities. His role involved regulatory, financial, and operational advisement to member CEOs as well as membership advocacy on legislative and policy matters. He has been instrumental in passing numerous State legislative and policy provisions that improved facilities throughout Georgia. Prior to joining GHA, Mr. Partin was the executive director of the Presbyterian Home & Retirement Community in Quitman, Georgia.

 By: Andy Miller 

Rosalyn carterFormer first lady Rosalynn Carter said Friday that she has concerns about how Georgia's restructuring of its Medicaid program will affect the state's revamped mental health system.


Mrs. Carter also noted that while the state's 2010 agreement with the Department of Justice to improve Georgia's mental health system is ''a good settlement,'' it fails to address the needs of children and adolescents.


A longtime advocate for people with mental illness, Mrs. Carter spoke to journalists at a media briefing at the Carter Center in Atlanta during the annual Rosalynn Carter Georgia Mental Health Forum.


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Emory wins $11 million grant for rural care


Emory University SOM  

Mark Your Calendar



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  

Jun 4 - 7, 2012 

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Marriott Marquis

Atlanta, GA

For more information, contact:

[email protected] 


2012 Annual National Forum on Education Policy  

July 9 - 11, 2012 

Education Commission of the States
InterContinental Buckhead Atlanta Hotel
Atlanta, GA
For more information, contact:

[email protected]

2012 Georgia Rural Health Association Annual Conference

September 17-19, 2012



20th Annual NALBOH Conference

Aug 8 - 10, 2012

National Association of Local Boards of Health

Hyatt Regency Downtown

Atlanta, GA

For more information, contact:

Tracy Schupp

[email protected]


2012 Annual NASCSP Conference

Sep 11 - 14, 2012 

National Association for State Community Services Programs

Grand Hyatt Atlanta

Atlanta, GA 



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