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
Advocates warn against Public Health budget cuts
By Andy Miller
Medicine for hemophilia. Screenings for breast and cervical cancer. Caring for critically ill pregnant women.
Patient advocates and medical groups urged the state to sustain or boost funding for these programs and many others, as the Department of Public Health's board held a hearing Tuesday seeking public input on possible budget cuts.
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2012 Georgia Rural Health Association
September 17 -19, 2012
Callaway Gardens, Pine Mountain, GA
Rooms are still available in the surrounding areas.
For alternative lodging call 1-800-225-5292 or go to www.callawaygardens.com.
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
Rural hospitals struggle with physician recruitment, but can focus on improved quality scores
August 08, 2012 | Kelsey Brimmer, Associate Editor
Chief financial officer John Cornell at Meadows Regional Medical Center, a 64-bed rural hospital in Vidalia, Ga., spoke recently with Healthcare Finance News Associate Editor Kelsey Brimmer regarding some of the most prominent financial issues that rural hospitals face in the future and have been facing in the last few years.
Q: What are some of the biggest financial challenges for rural hospitals right now?
A: From my perspective, in rural Georgia, our biggest challenge has to do with physician recruitment and retention. It's difficult to be able to hire good quality and trained physicians in the rural areas because we don't offer the amenities that you find in larger, urban markets. That's our biggest challenge - having the cash to hire quality physicians that we want reflected on our staff. We're in a little different situation than most rural hospitals in that we have been profitable pretty consistently; therefore we've had the cash flow to hire some excellent physicians. We've probably recruited a good 50 physicians over the last 10 years to our areas, but haven't been able to retain all of them.
In the state of Georgia, two out of three hospitals operate in the red and there is a large discrepancy between the haves and the have-nots. Metropolitan areas have good anchor hospitals that do well, but predominantly rural hospitals are struggling.
FCC: Broadband pilot for rural providers a success
A $418 million pilot program to extend broadband networks to rural healthcare providers has been deemed a success by the Federal Communications Commission, particularly in fostering broadband-enabled telemedicine programs.
In a staff report issued Monday, the Federal Communications Commission says the Rural Health Care Pilot Program launched in 2006 improved the quality and reduced the cost of delivering healthcare in rural areas through the use of telemedicine, which reduced patient travel time and expense, increased revenue for rural clinics and hospitals, allowed exchange of electronic health records and training of rural medical personnel. Read more
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