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GRHA Newsletter  Week of October 26, 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

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Thank you for a great 
Coding Certification Bootcamp! 

Special thank you to Archbold Medical Center for offering their auditorium, as well as their help, and the State Office of Rural Health for their assistance! 

November 15, 2012


Economic Impact of Rural Health Care
by Gerald A. Doeksen, Cheryl F. St. Clair, and Fred C. Eilrich,

National Center for Rural Health Works
The public is well aware of the medical contributions that rural health providers deliver to rural residents but the economic contributions that rural health care provides to the local
community are equally important. It is crucial that rural residents have access to quality health care. It is crucial to generate and retain health care services and health care jobs in rural areas.

This is even more crucial since rural areas typically have higher unemployment than urban areas. National and rural health care impacts are presented in this briefing:

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Who still wants to be a country doctor? There is still need for physicians in rural areas, but interest is declining. One solution: Improve work-life balance to attract and keep doctors.


By VICTORIA STAGG ELLIOTT, amednews staff. Posted Oct. 22, 2012.



J. Matt Byrd, MD, a family physician in Ogallala, Neb., population 5,000, starts his workday with a 15-minute drive to his office. He's usually home by 6 p.m., and after dinner with his family, he might go out to his backyard with his 11-year-old daughter to hunt deer, pheasants, doves and grouse. Or they might go for walks, ride bikes or fish in nearby Lake McConaughy, Nebraska's largest.


"There's a life balance to be had in a rural area," Dr. Byrd said.


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Choosing the Right Leadership Team for EHR Implementation Success


By Ramsey Evans, CEO, Prognosis Health Information Systems


Rural and community hospitals are increasingly adopting electronic health records (EHRs) to quality for meaningful use incentives and long-term improved care management for their patient populations. The leadership teams you establish to evaluate, select and implement an EHR will largely determine whether your initiative succeeds or fails.


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Grant Information from the Brain and Spinal Injury Trust Fund


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Uninsured in Rural America

The percentage of rural Americans without health insurance has been rising since 2005. But the differences from one rural county to another in the rate of uninsured can be enormous.

By 2010, the percentage of people under the age of 65 who lived without any health insurance was higher in rural America than in either the cities or the suburbs. Five years earlier, the rate of those uninsured in rural counties differed little from rates in the cities or the exurbs.

But the rates of uninsured vary wildly across rural and exurban counties - from a low of only 4.7 percent without health insurance in Franklin County, Massachusetts, to 41.4 percent uninsured in Hudspeth County, Texas. 


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

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EmployersLikeMe Sustainable Healthcare Summit

November 16, 2012

Georgia Tech's Historic Academy of Medicine

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