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GRHA Newsletter  Week of November 30, 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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Julie Quinn

Health Service Associates


 Larry Mancini

Healthcare Management Services Inc.


Dustin Clark 

Appalachian Nurse Practitioner Clinic


Melanie Thompson

Prognosis Health Information Systems


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ICD-10 Coding Workshop
January 25, 2013
Archbold Memorial Hospital
915 Gordon Ave., Thomasville, GA
Williams Auditorium
Don't Delay
Space is Running Out!

Report takes new look at Medicaid expansion costs
By: Andy Miller
Published: Nov 26, 2012

A new study has estimated that Georgia's 10-year cost of expanding Medicaid under the health reform law would be $1.8 billion.


Only five states - California, Texas, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida - would face a higher cost, the report said.


The Georgia increase would represent a 4.1 percent hike in Medicaid spending through the year 2022, according to the analysis, conducted by the Urban Institute and released Monday by the Kaiser Family Foundation.


Yet the report also notes that the state will increase its Medicaid rolls by 157,000 people even if it does not opt for expansion. That's because of other provisions of the Affordable Care Act, as the health reform law is officially known.


The report said that overall, 698,000 Georgians could pick up Medicaid if the state expands the program  - a higher number than previously estimated.


A decision to expand would cut in half the number of uninsured people in the state, currently at roughly 1.9 million.


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How to Successfully Advocate at the State Legislature

This two-part series is designed to provide a direct-from-the-trenches perspective on what every advocate needs to know about working with the Georgia General Assembly. Highlights from this brief include the importance of building trusted, truthful relationships, what happens when a bill goes to committee, understanding the "issues" process, and the nuances of the Georgia General Assembly. Part two of this series highlights the state budget, timeline, the legislative process, the committee process, the governor's role, and how to follow the development of the budget through tracking. Both publications can be found at

New Foundation for Rural Health Leadership
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media, November 28, 2012 
Rural healthcare concerns usually don't top planning agendas for politicians and policy wonks at state and federal levels. They're more interested in bang for the buck.

"If you are at the state and national level, the focus is on 'Where can I make the biggest difference most quickly if my goal is related to quality or cost savings?'" says Prof. Keith Mueller, who leads the University of Iowa's Department of Health Management and Policy. "So of course you are going to gravitate towards the biggest population concentrations because 'I can make the biggest splash there first.'" 


Funding Opportunity
Kresge Foundation: Community Health Partnerships
The Kresge Foundation is dedicated to promoting human progress by helping to improve the lives of poor and low-income children and adults, particularly those living in underserved urban and rural areas. Through the Community Health Partnerships initiative, the Foundation seeks to encourage cross-sector collaboration and the integration of community health strategies into health care, especially the primary care safety-net. The focus of the "Innovative Approaches to Improve Community Health" category is on promising new practices that serve vulnerable populations by advancing prevention, improving access, and integrating primary community and clinical care. The Foundation looks for efforts that foster connections between clinical health care and community health by integrating patient care with activity to recognize and "treat" the social and environmental factors that contribute to poor health. Preliminary applications may be submitted at any time. 


Funding Opportunity

E3 Grant Program
The 2013 E3 Grant Program Request for Proposal is now available! Proposals are due on December 7, 2012.

Cardinal Health develops and supports programs that help healthcare providers implement best practices that can truly transform patient care. Between 2008 and 2012, the Cardinal Health Foundation invested more than $12 million, in a wide variety of programs, to improve healthcare efficiency, cost-effectiveness and quality. Again this year, the Cardinal Health Foundation is seeking proposals from healthcare institutions that will impact the efficiency and quality of care. Grants between $15,000 and $35,000 will be awarded to approximately 25 organizations in 2013.

Mark Your Calendar




ICD-10 Coding Workshop

Georgia Rural Health Association

January 25, 2013

Archbold Memorial Hospital, Williams Auditorium



Rural Health Day at the Capitol

Georgia Rural Health Association

February 20, 2013

Georgia State Capitol

More information coming soon!

Georgia Organics 

A Prescription for Better Health

16th Annual Georgia Organics Conference

February 22-23, 2013

Georgia International Convention Center

Atlanta, Georgia



Georgia Partnership for Telehealth

2013 Annual Spring Conference

March 18-20, 2013

Hyatt Regency, Savannah, Georgia






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