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GRHA Newsletter  Week of December 14, 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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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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Dear Georgia Rural Health Association members and friends,

On behalf of GRHA, and the Board of Directors, we would like to thank Carole Logue for her service. 
She has been tremendous help to the association and we wish her all the best in retirement.  

Matt Caseman, GRHA Executive Director

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

Charity clinics should be part of serving the uninsured

3:16 pm December 9, 2012, 

By Donna Looper


In the early days of our nation's history, the Founding Fathers wrote a constitution and created a system of government with limited powers. The poor would be cared for by charities or religious organizations - groups established as safety nets for those in need.
It is only with the vast expansion of federal and state governments during the last 50 years that we have seen a crowding out of the role of charities - from good works that nonprofits do from housing and feeding the poor to volunteer physicians and nurses who give medical care to the sick.  


As Americans continue to debate the Affordable Care Act and the expansion of Medicaid in the states, policymakers and citizens should remember there is a partner available to help care for Georgia's poor and uninsured: the state's more than 100 charity care clinics.  


Staffed with volunteer physicians, dentists, pharmacists, nurses and other health care personnel, these charity clinics help these patients manage chronic diseases, including diabetes, hypertension, asthma and other illnesses so patients don't wind up in emergency rooms and cost taxpayers more money.

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Legislative Alert


Many rural provisions have recently expired, or will expire at the end of the year. These programs include:

  • Extension of hospital outpatient hold harmless (Jan. 1)
  • Extension of exceptions process for Medicare therapy caps (Jan. 1)
  • Extension of the work geographic index floor under the Medicare physician fee schedule (Jan. 1)
  • Extension of all current ambulance payment rates (Jan. 1)
  • Medicare Dependent Hospital program (Expired October 1, 2012)
  • Low-Volume Hospital adjustment (Expired October 1, 2012)
  • Direct billing for the technical component of certain physician pathology services (Expired July 1, 2012)
  • Extension of payments for clinical diagnostic lab tests for rural hospital patients (Expired July 1, 2012)
  • Section 508 Hospital program (July 1)
  • Restoration of physician fee schedule incentive for mental health providers (Expired March 1, 2012)
Please contact your U.S. Senator or Representative to support Senate Bill 2620 and  House Bill 5943.

These programs are essential to keeping the doors open at our rural facilities. Review the National Rural Health Association's March for Rural Hospitals Action Kit for additional information.


Not sure how to reach your elected officials? Visit NRHA's Grassroots Action Center.

The National Rural Health Association is proud to introduce the NRHA Insurance Services ("NRHAIS") program and has selected William Gallagher Associates (WGA) to assist in the delivery of world-class solutions to NRHA members.
The NRHAIS will offer a full array of property, casualty and employee benefits insurance products designed to lower the overall cost of risk for NRHA members across the country.

Learn more
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






Matt Caseman