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
Georgia Association of Nurse Anesthetists
Representative Barbara Sims
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!
This offer will end August 23, 2012
Doctors Just say no to new Medicaid Patients
By Sheryl Nance-Nash
Medicaid is supposed to be a safety net. Yet, one in three doctors in the United States doesn't accept new patients who are covered by Medicaid, the federal program that is expected to enroll millions more low-income people as part of health care reform, according to a new government study, reported on by the Wall Street Journal.
Win $400 in Rural Photo Contest
NRHA's Communications Committee has planned the association's first photo contest, Rural Lens, and is accepting photos in three categories - community outreach, people and landscape - through Aug. 15.NRHA Facebook fans will select their favorite photos throughout September. The winner in each category will have their image featured in NRHA's Rural Roads magazine, and the grand prize photographer will receive a $400 American Express gift card from the NRHA Partnership Program.
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2012 Georgia Rural Health Association
September 17 -19, 2012
Callaway Gardens, Pine Mountain, GA
GRHA Room Rate Ends August 11
David Cook, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Community Health (DCH) and;
Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH)
CALL FOR STUDENT POSTER SESSION
Deadline extended to September 7, 2012
SOWEGA-AHEC is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by the Georgia Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation. Application has been submitted for 9.16 contact hours.
2012 Coding Certification Bootcamp
October 24-26, 2012
Archbold Memorial Hospital
The Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals,
in association with the Georgia Rural Health Association, is proud to announce the
1st Annual Medical Fair
New this year!
October 12-13, 2012
Medical Fair Home Page
Health agency budgets facing cuts in coming years
By Andy Miller
This year, Georgia's three main health agencies largely escaped the state budget knife. They may not be so fortunate in 2013.
Gov. Nathan Deal's Office of Planning and Budget (OPB) has ordered state agencies to prepare a budget that will have a 3 percent reduction in spending for both the current fiscal year's amended budget and the fiscal 2014 blueprint. (Funding for schools apparently is exempted from the cuts.)
The OPB also said that the Medicaid program is in line for an additional 2 percent cut in fiscal 2014, for a total of 5 percent.
Budgets can change dramatically before final legislative approval next year, with proposed cuts being lessened or dropped entirely while new ones are implemented.
Georgia Board of Public Health seeks input as it begins planning for future spending
The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) and its Board of Public Health will seek public input as the agency begins to plan for the state fiscal year 2013 amended and 2014 general budgets. In an effort to strengthen community involvement, a public budget hearing will be held on Tuesday, August 14, 2012 from 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm at 2 Peachtree Street, NW, 5th Floor Board Room, Atlanta, Georgia 30303-3142.
Notification of Funding Availability
Direct Services Support Grant Cycle 2
Healthcare Georgia Foundation is pleased to announce the notification of funding availability (NOFA) for Direct Services Support Grants (Cycle 2). This NOFA launches Healthcare Georgia Foundation's second cycle of support available for nonprofit health organizations in 2012. The purpose of the Direct Services Support Grant funding program is to support healthcare services and health promotion programs that assist the Foundation with accomplishing its mission by funding program activities specifically related to: addressing health disparities, expanding access to affordable quality health care, or promoting health and preventing disease.
Apply for a $25,000 Rural Health Award
Do you have an idea for improving health in rural communities?
The Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, based in North Carolina, recently announced the "Innovations in Rural Health Award" and is seeking ideas to address rural health care challenges. Up to three winners will receive a $25,000 New Rural Award for their innovative and inspiring ideas. Any individual or organization from across the U.S. is welcome to apply.
Mark Your Calendar
2012 Georgia Rural Health Association Annual Conference
September 17-19, 2012
Wednesday, August 22, 8-4:30 pm
Houston Health Pavilion
Warner Robbins, GA
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