FY 2012 GRHA Board of Directors
Immediate Past President
Laura Bland Gillman
Monty M. Veazey
Robert J. Briscione
Meet our Board of Directors
Keystone Mercy Health Plan
Tift Regional Medical Center
Prognosis Health Information Systems
River Valley Commission - AAA
FREE MEMBERSHIP FOR ONE YEAR!
Non-members who register for the 2012 GRHA Annual Conference will receive a one year free membership with the Georgia Rural Health Association!
Some Membership Benefits Include:
Discounted membership rates at all GRHA events
Timely legislative tracking reports throughtout the General Assembly session, guided with the issues members say are important
Up to date state and national public policy and advocacy e-mail alerts guided by GRHA Legislative Affairs Committee and the NRHA
Grant information available only to members
This offer will end August 23, 2012
2012 Rural Health Clinic Conference Recorded Webinars
Southwest GA AHEC Distance Learning
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
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2012 Georgia Rural Health Association
September 17 -19, 2012
Callaway Gardens, Pine Mountain, GA
GRHA Conference Agenda
David Cook, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Community Health (DCH) and;
Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH)
Confirmed Keynote Speakers
Deadline extended to September 7, 2012
Deadline is August 1, 2012
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NEW THIS YEAR!
Time to Nominate Your Colleagues for 2012 GRHA Awards of Excellence
The nominations are now open for the 2012 GRHA Awards of Excellence. Click here for more details and to make a nomination. Deadline is August 1!
You can nominate people or organizations for the following awards:
Legislator of the Year
Outstanding Rural Health Practice or Practitioner .
Outstanding Rural Health Program
James Alley Award for Outstanding Lifetime Achievement in Rural Health Care
Future Professionals in Rural Health
Awards will be presented at the GRHA Annual Conference in Pine Mountain, Georgia on October 17.
The Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals
in association with the Georgia Rural Health Association announce the
1st Annual Medical Fair
New this year!
October 12-13, 2012
Medical Fair Home Page
Free webinar, part 2 in a series: Psychosocial impact of Multiple Sclerosis.
CME, GNA, NASW and CEU credit available. Registration is required.
Thursday, July 26, 2012
12:00 Noon - 1:00 PM (EST)
State defers plan to restructure Medicaid
The state Department of Community Health, citing the uncertainty about Medicaid's future in the wake of a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling, said Friday that it "would not be prudent at this time'' to pursue a wholesale restructuring of the government insurance program.
The decision means that a major recommendation in a consulting firm's report will not, at least for the foreseeable future, be implemented. The state-commissioned Navigant report in January had recommended putting Medicaid beneficiaries in nursing homes, as well as those with disabilities, into managed-care plans.
The redesign process has drawn intense interest from the medical and insurance communities, as well as patient advocacy organizations.
DCH Commissioner David Cook pointed to the many unanswered questions in the wake of the June court ruling on the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known the health reform law. The court, by invalidating a federal enforcement clause in the ACA, increased states' flexibility to choose not to expand their Medicaid programs.
Full Story by Andy Miller, GeorgiaNews
How to Conduct an ICD-10 Impact Assessment
Although the final rule on the proposed ICD-10 deadline change has yet to be published, it is important to continue planning for the transition to ICD-10. The switch to the new code set will affect every aspect of how your organization provides care, from registration and referrals; to software/hardware upgrades and clinical documentation.
A critical step in planning for the transition is to conduct an impact assessment of how the new code sets will affect your organization. Your impact assessment should include:
Documentation Changes: You will need to consider the increased specificity of ICD-10 codes compared to ICD-9 codes, and ensure that patient encounters are documented with appropriately comprehensive clinical descriptions. You should:
Train staff to accommodate the substantial increase and specificity in code sets
Consider physician workflow and patient volume changes
Revise forms, documents, and encounter forms to reflect ICD-10 codes
Evaluate processes for ordering and reporting lab/diagnostic services to health plans
Reimbursement Structures: You should coordinate with payers on contract negotiations and new policies that reflect the expanded code sets, since they can affect reimbursement schedules.
Systems and Vendor Contracts: Ensure your vendors can accommodate your ICD-10 needs. Find out how and when your vendor plans to update your existing systems. You will need to review existing and new vendor contracts and to evaluate vendor offerings and capabilities against your organization's expectations. Work with your vendors to draft a schedule for needed tasks.
Business Practices: Once you have implemented ICD-10, you will need to determine how the new codes affect your processes for referrals, authorizations/pre-certifications, patient intake, physician orders, and patient encounters.
Testing: Work with your vendors to determine the amount of time needed for testing and schedule accordingly.
ICD-10 will affect nearly all areas of your practice, but with a thorough impact assessment, you can keep your day-to-day activities running smoothly while you transition to ICD-10.Keep Up to Date on ICD-10.
Please visit the ICD-10 website for the latest news and resources to help you prepare!
Study: PTSD Treatment For Soldiers Improving, But There's Still Work To Be Done
When it comes to diagnosing and treating posttraumatic stress disorder among soldiers returning from service in Afghanistan, Iraq and other modern battle theaters, the Veterans Administration and the Department of Defense still have a long way to go to meet the needs of armed service members, according to a new Institute of Medicine study.
By Matthew Fleming, Kaiser Health News
Mark Your Calendar
Cardio-Metabolic Syndrome: Downstream Economic & Patient Impact
Friday, August 10, 2012
12:15 PM - 1:15 PM (EST)
Presenter: Omar M. Lattouf, MD, PhD, FACC, FACS
Professor of Surgery, Division of Thoracic Surgery
Emory University School of Medicine
Georgia Oral Health Summit
Monday, August 13, 2012
Registration and Agenda coming soon!
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
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
GAFP's 2012 Annual Meeting & Scientific Assembly
November 8-10, 2012
Cobb Galleria- Atlanta, GA
For more information: http://www.gafp.org/meeting_registration.asp
Dec 14, 2012
American Medical Association
Hyatt Regency Atlanta
Details and Registration
For more information, contact: Desiree Evans