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GRHA Newsletter  Week of September 21, 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


Denise Kornegay

Immediate Past President

Sallie Barker

President Elect

Ann Addison


Sheila Freeman


Laura Bland Gillman

Board Members

Carla Belcher

Tim Trottier

Mary Mathis

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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Funding And Opportunties

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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

(Lunch Included)

Location: Room #1909,

Nessmith-Lane Conference Center,

Georgia Southern University,

Statesboro, GA

Presenters: Amy M. Stevens, Ed.D.,



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2012 Coding  Certification Bootcamp

October 24-26, 2012

Archbold Memorial Hospital

Williams Auditorium

Thomasville, GA





Thank you for 
a great 
2012 Annual Conference!

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More to come!
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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


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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.

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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.


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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.

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 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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