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GRHA Newsletter  Week of October 19, 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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GRHA Welcomes New Members


First Financial Asset Management Med-Rev Solutions


FFAM provides

comprehensive revenue cycle management services to health providers.  At FFAM Med-Rev Solutions, we provide end to end solutions that address all of the issues which hospitals, physician groups, clinics, home health, and other provider networks face in the billing and collection of patient account receivables.  Managed by a group of senior level experts, whose backgrounds span more than 50 years in healthcare receivable management, FFAM Med-Rev Solutions has created a comprehensive network of dedicated professionals that successfully maximize our clients' cash flow objectives.  We provide EBO Solutions/Management, Funding, Factor Receivables, Bad Debt A/R Purchasing, and Self-Pay Non-Recourse Patient Account Financing. 


Eddie King | Executive Vice President - Business Development & Corporate Acquisitions

Phone :: 800-542-8714 404-523-3280 X1025

Cell:: 850-582-8969, or Donna Boatright, National Marketing Executive, 912-617-2968 (cell). Visit us online at  


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Platinum Corporate Sponsor PPHS



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Blue Cross Blue Shield 


Coca Cola 


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2012 Coding  Certification Bootcamp

October 24-26, 2012

Archbold Memorial Hospital

Williams Auditorium

Thomasville, GA





November 15, 2012



People with Medicare Have More High Quality Choices


Oct 12, 2012


Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced today that people with Medicare have more high quality choices and the performance of Medicare Advantage plans is improving. HHS also released the 2013 quality ratings for Medicare health and drug plans on the web-based Medicare Plan Finder. During Medicare Open Enrollment, people with Medicare can use the star ratings to compare the quality of health and drug plan options and select the plans that are the best value for their needs for 2013.


"In 2013, people with Medicare will have access to a wide range of plan choices, including more four and five star plans than ever before," said Secretary Sebelius.


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Georgia: The past four years
How the state's health care has fared

By Misty Williams

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

The big picture


Much has changed in the world in the past four years, certainly in the area of health care. The most profound changes are products of complex forces, influenced but not controlled by any president. Mitt Romney and Barack Obama argue about how much credit or blame for these shifts should go to the president - a question each voter must ultimately decide. Those changes include:


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New Georgia prompt-pay rule sparks legal fight

By Andy Miller

A legal fight about a Georgia health insurance law pits doctors against insurers in a case that could have reverberations nationwide.


At issue is a 2011 state law that requires insurers to pay doctors promptly for treating patients in self-funded employer health plans.


The new Georgia law states that physicians treating such patients must be paid within 30 calendar days for paper claims submissions and within 15 working days for electronically submitted claims. If the money does not arrive on time, the insurer that administers the self-funded plan must pay 12 percent interest on unpaid claims.


For years, Georgia has had this kind of prompt-pay law for regular insurance plans covering individuals and small businesses. But now that the requirement has been extended to self-funded employer plans - where the majority of Americans get their health coverage - opponents have taken their concerns to court.


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Bottom Line: Family Medicine Workforce is Growing Too Slowly

By Sheri Porter

Posted: 10/13/2012
Authors of a recent article in the October 2012 Family Medicine summed up their opinion of patient access to primary care in America in their opening paragraph: "A crisis in access to first-contact, comprehensive and coordinated medical care is occurring in the United States," wrote the authors. Bottom line, the family medicine workforce is not growing at a rate sufficient to meet the country's needs. 

Mark Your Calendar



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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