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GRHA Newsletter  Week of January 4, 2013    [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 2013 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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Legislative Alert




Click here for information from the National Rural Health Association on the rural Medicare provisions included in the fiscal cliff legislation. 
GRHA is a state affiliate of the National Rural Health Association. 


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 members of congress? Visit NRHA's Grassroots Action Center.

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

Battle over provider fee may be 2013's biggest

By Andy Miller

December 21, 2012

After months of internal wrangling, Georgia's hospital industry finally appears united in support of a revised plan for the state's provider fee.


Now the heavy lifting begins.


The hospitals' proposal goes next month to the General Assembly, where it will draw opposition from many anti-tax representatives, who often refer to it as a "bed tax.'' The current provider fee expires in July.


With the Georgia Medicaid program already facing a $400 million shortfall, major payment cuts to hospitals are expected if a fee proposal does not make it through the Legislature.


The provider fee probably will be the most visible and contested health issue during the 2013 General Assembly session.


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Hospital Heats up with Bio Mass Boiler

December 27, 2012

With help from the Energy Department's State Energy Program, an Oregon hospital is saving approximately $100,000 a year after replacing its old, 1950's-era boilers with a new, energy-efficient biomass system.


Blue Mountain District Hospital, in John Day, Oregon, was using two crude oil-fired boilers and one heating oil boiler to provide heat and hot water to its 50,000-square-foot facility. Using money from the Recovery Act, the hospital replaced one of the crude oil boilers with a wood-pellet boiler, finishing the project in the summer of 2011. The second crude oil boiler was converted to burn regular heating oil -- leaving the hospital with two regular heating oil boilers and one wood-pellet boiler -- thus fulfilling the federal and state requirement to have two types of heating available at any time. The payback period for this project is expected to be five years or less.

A look at healthcare M&A and antitrust coverage

By Charles Krauth
The PPACA (Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act) ushered in a new era of mergers and acquisitions activity in the healthcare arena, one which the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has been evaluating with increased scrutiny. As healthcare systems scramble to acquire physician practices and other smaller facilities, the FTC is on the prowl to ensure these transactions do not have a dampening effect on competition in a given market. As an example, the FTC recently threatened to take Reading (Pa.) Health System to court over its planned acquisition of a neighboring outpatient hospital, arguing the transaction would raise prices and lower quality. The threat alone was enough to make Reading back out of the deal. This is just one example of several FTC antitrust actions against healthcare organizations since 2009, a trend which is expected to increase in the foreseeable future. 
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Funding Opportunity 

Telehealth Network Grant Program (TNGP)

The primary objective of the Telehealth Network Grant Program is to demonstrate how telehealth programs and networks can improve access to quality health care services in rural and underserved communities. Applicants are encouraged to develop innovative applications that meet new and emerging needs in a changing health care delivery system with a focus on value and improved health care outcomes.


Grantees should demonstrate how telehealth networks improve healthcare services for medically underserved populations in urban, rural, and frontier communities.


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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