FY 2012 GRHA Board of Directors
Immediate Past President
Laura Bland Gillman
Monty M. Veazey
Robert J. Briscione
Meet our Board of Directors
Ware County School System
The Appalachian Nurse Practitioner Clinic
American Kidney Fund
Serving those who have served
Educating Community Healthcare Providers Working With Service Members, Veterans and Their Families
Date: Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Time: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Location: Room #1909,
Nessmith-Lane Conference Center,
Georgia Southern University,
Presenters: Amy M. Stevens, Ed.D.,
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2012 Coding Certification Bootcamp
October 24-26, 2012
Archbold Memorial Hospital
Thank you for
2012 Annual Conference!
More to come!
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
Backers planning push for Medicaid expansion
By Andy Miller
Since the Supreme Court ruling on the health reform law, many Georgians involved in health care have been hyper-interested in the state's decision whether to expand Medicaid.
The reform law envisions that the states will expand Medicaid, and it originally limited their flexibility to refuse. But the court, in its June ruling, restored that flexibility. So expansion is a hot issue in Georgia as well as other states.
For those opposing the Affordable Care Act, which they call Obamacare, the November elections are crucial. Republicans have promised that if they win the presidency and full control of Congress, they will repeal the act.
Under that scenario, the Medicaid expansion issue would disappear. There would be nothing to decide.
But if President Barack Obama wins, or if Democrats remain strong enough in Congress to block repeal, expansion is still on the table. And consumer advocates as well as some industry officials are formulating arguments to persuade Georgia's Republican political leadership that adding to the Medicaid rolls would be beneficial.
Medicaid, jointly financed by the state and federal governments, currently covers 1.5 million poor and disabled Georgians.
DCH calling on physicians to complete HIE/HIT survey by October 5
The Georgia Department of Community Health's (DCH) Division of Health Information Technology is encouraging physicians and other health care providers to complete a survey that addresses the health information exchange (HIE) and health information technology (HIT) in the state by Friday, October 5. DCH says, "This assessment is focused on ascertaining HIT and HIE maturity, interoperability and data exchange capability, and conformance with relevant national standards at the provider level." DCH explains that, "By surveying providers on their current capabilities, we will be able to target efforts for future development. The data will not be used to judge providers based on their choices to develop or not develop HIT infrastructure."
Click here to complete HIE/HIT survey
Contact Matt Kilanski at [email protected] or 540.272.6903 with questions or for additional information.
Automatic Budget Cuts Will Reduce Medicare Payments To Doctors, Providers By $11 Billion
By Mary Agnes Carey
KHN Staff Writer
SEP 14, 2012
Medicare providers would see reductions of about $11 billion beginning in January as part of series of automatic spending cuts set to begin next year unless Congress acts to halt them, according to estimates released Friday by the White House Office of Management and Budget.
The numbers came in a report that details how federal agencies would implement roughly $110 billion in mandatory, across-the-board budget cuts agreed to by Congress and President Barack Obama last August as a way to end a bitterly partisan dispute over raising the debt ceiling. Lawmakers in both chambers, as well as Obama, want to avoid the automatic cuts that would trim federal spending by $2.1 trillion over the next 10 years, called sequestration.
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.
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 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