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GRHA Newsletter  Week of November 2, 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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Free Educational Webinar:

A Rural Health Approach to the ICD-10 Project  


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Date: Wednesday, November 14, 2012    

Time: 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM (EST)    

Sponsor: Georgia Rural Health Assocation and Healthare Georgia Foundation

Gary W. Lucas, CPC, CPC-I, AHIMA ICD-10 Ambassador
Director of Health IT & ICD-10
TracePoint Consulting  


ICD-10 Coding Workshop
January 25, 2013
Archbold Memorial Hospital
915 Gordon Ave., Thomasville, GA
Williams Auditorium


November 15, 2012



New Requirement: Submit SAMHSA Grant Applications Electronically

Oct 29, 2012


New Requirement: Submit SAMHSA Grant Applications Electronically


SAMHSA will not accept paper applications except when a waiver of this requirement is approved by SAMHSA.


Beginning in fiscal year (FY) 2013, SAMHSA discretionary grant applications, including new and continuation, must be submitted electronically through SAMHSA strongly encourages any organization intending to apply to a SAMHSA program to register now with Registration is a one-time process, which is required before representatives of an organization can submit grant application packages electronically through

Georgia's Tobacco Tax: Unusually low and tough to change


By: Robyn Abree

Oct 31, 2012



After smoking on and off for more than 12 years, Atlanta native Katie Moore may have finally kicked the habit for good.


How did she do it? By moving 880 miles away, to New York, where the state tobacco tax is the highest in the country - $4.35 a pack, nearly $3 more than the national average of $1.46. In New York City, where Moore now lives, smokers pay an additional $3.10 tax on top of the state tax. In some parts of New York, a single pack of cigarettes can cost as much as $14.50.


Because of high cigarette prices, Moore said, smoking ceased to be an option when she moved to the Big Apple for her job. In fact, the 30-year-old associate financial representative admitted that the high price of cigarettes was the only reason she ditched her three-pack-a-week habit.


"If I still lived in Atlanta, I probably would have never stopped," she said. "Cigarettes were so cheap, so the incentive to quit just wasn't there."

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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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