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
Some area counties lag state in health insurance
A higher percentage of Georgians lacks health insurance than most other states, and most Athens-area counties are below the state average, according to data released Wednesday by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Only four states have a higher percentage of uninsured adults ages 19-65 than Georgia's 21.9 percent, about one in five, according to 2010 census numbers. Texas has the highest proportion without health insurance at 26.3 percent, according to the bureau's estimates. At 5.2 percent, Massachusetts has the lowest percent among the states thanks to a 2006 state law that requires residents to have health insurance.
From the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
The Georgia Baptist Health Care Ministry Foundation accepts grant applications from September 1 through 15.
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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
Deal's Medicaid decision could put hospitals at risk
By Carrie Teegardin
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Gov. Nathan Deal's decision to reject the expansion of Medicaid prescribed by the Affordable Care Act would leave thousands of the poorest Georgians uninsured and threaten the bottom lines of hospitals that were counting on new income from the changes.
Deal's spokesman noted Wednesday that the governor might agree to expand Medicaid if the federal government gave Georgia a "block grant" of money and the freedom to tailor the program as it saw fit - none of which is currently in the health care law. Without that flexibility, Deal believes the state could not afford the expansion.
"The fix for an unsustainable program is not to make it even more unsustainable," said the spokesman, Brian Robinson.
Word of Deal's decision set off a wave of anxiety among hospital officials and patient advocates in the state, with one saying that the governor is "certainly putting hospitals at risk," and another calling the decision a mistake.
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