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GRHA Newsletter  Week of August 17, 2012    [email protected]    478-552-3620


Georgia Rural Health Association (GRHA) is the oldest state rural health association in the country. Founded in 1981, this nonprofit network of healthcare providers, educators, and individuals is united in its commitment to improve the health and healthcare services of rural Georgians. Join now!

FY 2012 GRHA Board of Directors


Sallie Barker

Immediate Past President

Nannette Turner

President Elect

Denise Kornegay

Vice President

Ann Addison


Sheila Freeman


Deidre Howell

Board Members

Carla Belcher

Laura Bland Gillman

Sue Nieman

Charles Owens

Chris Parker

Carie Summers

Paula Guy

Monty M. Veazey

Shelley Spires

Joseph Barrow

Robert J. Briscione

Matt Caseman 


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Keystone Mercy Health Plan


Tift Regional Medical Center


Prognosis Health Information Systems


River Valley Commission - AAA


Georgia Association of Nurse Anesthetists




Rosie Mangual 

Esther Familia-Cabrera

Dixanne Parker

Carol Smith


Elected Official

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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Community Facilities Funds Available from USDA


USDA, Rural Development Community Facilities Program  

August Health Observances



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2012 Georgia Rural Health Association 

Annual Conference

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  


Callaway Gardens Resort


Attendee Registration

Sponsor Registration


Conference Agenda

Keynote Speakers


David Cook, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Community Health (DCH) and;


Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH)



 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. 


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2012 Coding  Certification Bootcamp

October 24-26, 2012

Archbold Memorial Hospital

Williams Auditorium

Thomasville, GA





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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

 Greensboro, Georgia


Medical Fair Home Page


State Medicaid Program Facing $415 Million Deficit for 2013


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.


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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.
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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.


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Mark Your Calendar


2012 Georgia Rural Health Association Annual Conference

September 17-19, 2012



 2012 Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals 

Annual Conference

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

November 7-9

Callaway Gardens



GAFP's 2012 Annual Meeting & Scientific Assembly

November 8-10, 2012

Cobb Galleria- Atlanta, GA

For more information:


ICD-10-CM Workshop

Dec 14, 2012  

American Medical Association

Hyatt Regency Atlanta

Atlanta, GA

Details and Registration

For more information, contact: Desiree Evans

[email protected]


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