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GRHA Newsletter  Week of December 7, 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

Vice- President

Shelly Spires


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

Joseph Barrow

Robert J. Briscione

Matt Caseman 


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GRHA Welcomes New Members




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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December Health Observances 


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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!

Defeat on Provider Fee Could Gut Hospital Finances
By: Andy Miller Published: Dec 6, 2012 


Just weeks before the 2013 General Assembly convenes, the state's provider fee, called a "bed tax'' by some, remains a high-profile wild card - one that could deal Georgia's hospital industry a crippling blow.


If the fee is not renewed - and anti-tax forces will oppose it - the Medicaid system may lose $430 million-plus that the assessment now generates. That loss would swell the state's Medicaid financial shortfall, which is already about $400 million.


Not renewing the fee could mean a  20 percent reimbursement cut to Georgia hospitals. When a related payment add-on is removed as well, the overall cut in Medicaid reimbursements to hospitals could amount to more than 30 percent.


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Rural Health Care and Lame Duck Congress


What will happen regarding rural health care in Washington as the current session of Congress winds down and departing members clean out their desks? 


Some small rural hospitals may find chains hanging on their front doors instead of tinsel, and docs will be watching to see if Senator Santa swaps the coal in their stockings for apples.


Let me explain.


A lot of small rural hospitals are called Critical Access Hospitals, or "CAH's." They have fewer than twenty-five beds. They get paid whatever it costs, plus 1%, to take care of their Medicare patients in the hospital, in their emergency room and in their clinics.  


Most other hospitals only get paid what Medicare thinks it should cost, and lose a little money on each Medicare patient. So there's an advantage in being a CAH.


Funding Opportunity 

2013 Small Healthcare Provider Grants Available


The Office of Rural Health Policy has announced the availability of Small Health Care Provider Quality Improvement Grant Program grants, which will provide support to rural primary care providers for implementation of quality improvement activities around diabetes, cardiovascular disease and obesity. Eligible applicants include rural, non-profit or public entities, and Critical Access Hospitals and rural health clinics, regardless of whether they are non-profit or for-profit.


The program aims to promote the development of an evidence-based culture and delivery of coordinated care in the primary care setting. Additional objectives of the program include improved health outcomes for patients, enhanced chronic disease management, and better engagement of patients and their caregivers. Grantees will be expected to use HIT for collection and reporting of data, and will be permitted to use funds to develop/purchase a module for an existing HIT system or to customize reports to support the collection of data. Grant applicants must contact their State Office of Rural Health (SORH) for a letter of support (per 330a program guidelines). ORHP is hosting a Technical Assistance call to assist grant applicants on December 18, 2012, and ORHP plans to hold a webinar with NOSORH to discuss the program with SORHs. 


For program guidance go to


Application deadline is January 30, 2012. For more information, contact Ann Ferrero at [email protected] or301-443-3999.

                      Funding Opportunity 

The Coca-Cola Foundation partners with nonprofit organizations worldwide that address community needs and priorities in a meaningful way. The Foundation supports programs that focus on one of the following four categories: Water Stewardship promotes access to clean water and sanitation, watershed protection in water-stressed regions, utilization of water, and water conservation. Healthy and Active Lifestyles supports physical activity and nutritional education programs, programs that motivate behavior modification, and programs that encourage lifestyle/behavioral changes. Community Recycling addresses litter abatement efforts, recovery and reuse, community recycling awareness, and research and innovation. Education focuses on scholarships, school drop-out prevention, access to education programs, and other education initiatives. Online applications may be submitted throughout the year.

The Coca- Cola Foundation 
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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