FY 2012 GRHA Board of Directors
Immediate Past President
Laura Bland Gillman
Monty M. Veazey
Robert J. Briscione
Meet our Board of Directors
|The Physician Advisor Academy Regional Education Series|
The Physician Advisor Academy offers specialized Continuing Medical Education for Physician Advisors. The live, regional education series will provide Physician Advisors helpful insights into building a Physician Advisor program, maintaining medical necessity compliance, ensuring strong physician documentation, achieving length of stay and standard of care excellence, and effectively managing denials.
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New Funding Opportunity
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced available funding of $70 million to improve the health of small communities across the nation. Grants will be awarded to governmental agencies and non-governmental organizations across a variety of sectors, including transportation, housing, education, and public health, in an effort to save lives and control the nation's growing health care costs associated with preventable chronic diseases.
The official funding opportunity announcement for the Community Transformation Grant program Small Communities component can be found by clicking here.
Application closing date: July 31, 2012
Register for Version 5010 Webinar occurring on June 20, 2012
Please join the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Regional Offices for an informative webinar on Version 5010 for health care providers, clearinghouses, vendors and others.
Version 5010 refers to the standards that HIPAA-covered entities must use when electronically conducting certain health care administrative transactions, such as claims, remittance, eligibility, and claims status requests and responses.
Health care organizations that submit transactions electronically are required to upgrade from Version 4010/4010A to Version 5010 transaction standards.
To be compliant, organizations must use Version 5010 to send and receive claims and all other HIPAA-adopted electronic transactions starting January 1, 2012; however, CMS has implemented an enforcement discretionary period, which is in effect through June 30, 2012.
WHAT: CMS Webinar
DATE: June 20, 2012
TIME: 10:00 am - 11:00 am EST
This event will allow you to learn more about:
- Current Conversion Statistics
- Final Preparations for 5010/D.0 Cutover
- Operational Concerns
- Future of EDI Communications
- Resources and Contact Information
To register go to: http://registration.intercall.com/go/cms2
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HAPPY FATHER'S DAY
2012 Georgia Rural Health Association
September 17 -19, 2012
Callaway Gardens, Pine Mountain, GA
CALL FOR SPEAKER SESSIONS
Deadline extended to July 1, 2012
Deadline extended to September 7, 2012
Deadline is August 1, 2012
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REGISTER FOR CONFERENCE NOW AND SAVE 50% ON FIRST YEAR GRHA MEMBERSHIP
MAY 21, 2012 TO AUG. 23, 2012
NEW THIS YEAR!
Apply now to become a Rural Health Fellow
The goal of NRHA's Rural Health Fellows program is to educate, develop and inspire a networked community of rural health leaders who will step forward to serve key positions in the association, affiliated rural health advocacy groups and local and state legislative bodies.
The fellows meet in person three times throughout the year to take part in intensive leadership and advocacy training. Fellows also participate in monthly conference calls to supplement their training, receive updates on legislative and regulatory concerns that impact rural health, and take part in a mentorship program with current members of the NRHA Board of Trustees. Fellows should be committed to advocating on behalf of rural health and should be dedicated to NRHA's mission.
Applications are available here
and the deadline for submission is Aug. 31. Only electronic submissions will be accepted. For more information, contact NRHA's manager of program services Gaby Boscan.
|Interview: Improving Health Care in Rural Communities |
13WMAZ News reports that Community Healthworks CEO Fred Ammons sat down with 13WMAZ to address some issues that Central Georgians face in rural communities, like Macon County.
"Free Heart Disease and Prostate Cancer Resources for Men"
June is Men's Health Month, so GRHA is offering free information about treating heart disease and prostate cancer, which are two leading causes of death among men. Because deciding on treatments can be difficult, easy-to-read brochures are available to help you learn the benefits and risks of different treatment options and understand how each treatment option could affect your lifestyle. Ultimately, they will help you to work with your health care provider to make an informed decision based on your needs and preferences.
These resources, based on unbiased information from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), are available online and in print. Additional resources are also available on other health problems, such as diabetes, mental health, and other conditions that may affect you, your loved ones, or someone you know. Visit www.effectivehealthcare.ahrq.gov/options/info/ to download the brochures. The Web site also features patient stories and other tools you can use to make treatment choices. For free print copies of the brochures, call the AHRQ Publications Clearinghouse at 800-358-9295 and use code C-02 when ordering.
Medicare Drug Discounts At Risk If Court Strikes Health Law
According to a drug industry spokeman, billions of dollars in drug savings for Medicare beneficiaries may come to an end if the Supreme Court overturns the 2010 federal health law.
The law provides "the necessary legal framework" for drug companies to slash brand-name drug prices by half for seniors and people with disabilities when they enter a coverage gap in their Medicare drug plans, said Matthew Bennett, a spokesman for the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America. Eventually the discounts grow so that the gap, known as the doughnut hole, is closed by 2020. But if the law goes, the discounts may go, too.
"Without that legal framework, there are many questions that arise about whether the discount program could continue," he said.
|Registration and Agenda to follow soon.|
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Webinar Series: Improving Children's Health through
Federal CollaborationHealthy Homes
Learn more (PDF)
This webinar is sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency, Region 8, and the Health Resources and Services Administration, Region VIII.
Free Webinar- Sponsored by the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, the Magnolia Coastlands AHEC, and HTDL
What Every Healthcare Professional Needs to Know About Multiple Sclerosi
Thursday, June 21, 2012
12:00 Noon - 1:00 PM (EST)
What: "The Road to Freedom," a Policy Briefing Luncheon
When: Noon, Wednesday, Jun 27, 2011
Where: The Georgian Club, 100 Galleria Parkway, Suite 1700, Atlanta, GA 30339
Register by Monday, June 25, online at http://tinyurl.com/y27h3dk
2012 Annual National Forum on Education Policy
July 9 - 11, 2012
Education Commission of the States
InterContinental Buckhead Atlanta Hotel
For more information, contact:
What's Up, Doc: What You Need to Know About Medical School 2012
Date: Thursday, July 19, 2012
Time: 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM (EST) Sponsor: SOWEGA AHEC
2012Georgia 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
For more information, contact:
2012 National Medicare Region IV Train-the-Trainer Workshop
Aug 21 - 23, 2012
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Information and Registration Link
2012 Annual NASCSP Conference
Sep 11 - 14, 2012
National Association for State Community Services Programs
Grand Hyatt Atlanta
Dec 14, 2012
American Medical Association
Hyatt Regency Atlanta
Details and Registration
For more information, contact: Desiree Evans