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
State employees, teachers face big premium hikes
By Andy Miller
Georgia teachers, other school personnel, state employees and retirees will face an average hike in their health insurance premiums of 9.5 percent in January, though some will get an increase of up to 30 percent, state officials said Thursday.
The Department of Community Health also said at an agency board meeting that Medicaid will have budget cuts of $60 million this fiscal year and $100 million in fiscal 2014, but that it is aiming not to reduce payments to medical providers.
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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
State Medicaid Program Facing $415 Million Deficit for 2013
By JONATHAN SHAPIRO
To help close its budget deficit, the board of the Department of Community Health voted to increase premium payments for state employees by 9.5 percent.
For the agency, the measure will likely be the first of many.
In addition to state employee plans, DCH oversees Peachcare for Kids, the state health plan for children, and Medicaid, the program for the needy. Medicaid alone is running a $350 million deficit heading into 2013. Add that to a state-ordered three percent cut and Medicaid will have to find more than $415 million in revenue for next year.
Rural Hospitals Revived
I propose that hospitals try to keep all the people in their communities healthy.
We've known for decades that we should be paying more attention to preventing disease, yet very little has actually been done. If we want to save money on health care we should be keeping people from getting sick, but treating heart disease pays very well. Preventing it doesn't.
ORHP Funding Opportunity
The Office of Rural Health Policy recently announced an opportunity for rural communities to bring together key parts of a rural health care delivery system, particularly those entities that may not have collaborated in the past, to work together to establish or improve local capacity and coordination of care. Applications are due Oct. 15. There will be a technical assistance call at 2 p.m. EDT Sept. 19 to assist in preparing applications.
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
2012 Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals
October 10-12, 2012
The Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation.
2012 GAPHC Annual Conference
October 17 -19
InterContinental Hotel Buckhead in Atlanta, Georgia
2012 Home Town Health Fall Conference
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