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GRHA Newsletter  Week of January 25, 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 


Meet our Board of Directors

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Medicaid and the Uninsured
Getting into Gear for 2014: 
Findings from a 50-State Survey of Eligibility, Enrollment, Renewal, and 
Cost-Sharing Policies in Medicaid and CHIP, 2012-2013

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GRHA thanks Archbold Medical Center, the Association of Rural Health Professional Coders, and the 85 participants for a great ICD-10 Workshop!  



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State Capitol 


S.M.A.R.T. 2013 GRHA Legislative Agenda


Rural Health Day at the Capitol


Wednesday, February 20, 2013


State Capitol


South Wing


8:00 am - 12:00 pm 


Sponsorship Form 


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Free Webinar:

Successful Rural Healthcare Philanthropy


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Date: Thursday January 31, 2013 

Time: 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM (EST)    

Sponsor: Georgia Rural Health Association and Healthcare Georgia Foundation


Jim Lyons - Senior Partner, Pride Philanthropy

Patti Lyons - Executive Partner, Pride Philanthropy 


Report questions claim of dentist shortage

By Andy Miller
Published January 23, 2013

A new report shows that although Georgia has a low number of dentists per capita, a large majority of them still have room in their practices to accept new patients.


The report on Georgia's dental workforce also found that only about 20 percent of dentists serve Medicaid and PeachCare patients.


The workforce report, produced by the Georgia Health Policy Center, is the most comprehensive look at dentists practicing in Georgia. It was commissioned by the Georgia Dental Association, which says the data show the state does not have a shortage of dentists.


Georgia is ranked No. 49 among states in dentists per capita. But Nelda Greene, associate executive director of the dental association, said that statistic alone "doesn't provide a true picture,'' and that it's misleading if workforce capacity is based on this number.


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Health agencies air their budget concerns

By Andy Miller
Published January 24, 2013

Eliminating a hospital provider fee would create a hole of nearly $500 million in the state's Medicaid budget, state lawmakers were told Thursday.


David Cook, commissioner of the Department of Community Health, outlined the potential fiscal calamity at a budget hearing at the state Capitol. He said that if the Legislature were to reject renewing the fee, the huge deficit would probably have to be made up by cutting compensation to medical providers.


That whole scenario is not likely to happen. A bill to transfer authority over the hospital fee from the Legislature to Community Health is likely to pass quickly, smoothing the way for renewal of the assessment in a non-political setting.



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DCH- i January 2013, Volume 2, Issue 2
Insightsfor a Healthy Georgia

DCH-i is the monthly newsletter from the Georgia Department of Community Health for all matters DCH. It provides timely and important information to you as physicians, dentists, hospitals, third-party payers, vendors, health care advocates, consumers and legislators. Our goal is to help create A Healthy Georgia -- together.  

Efforts to Bolster Rural Primary Care Residencies Fall Short

John Commins
for HealthLeaders Media
January 16, 2013

If the measure of success is intent and outcomes then the federal government's efforts under the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003 to train more physicians in primary care and to practice in rural areas have been a failure.

A study published this month in Health Affairslooked back on the mandate in the legislation to redistribute nearly 3,000 residency slots among the nation's hospitals. The researchers found that only 12 of the 304 hospitals that had received additional positions starting in 2005 were considered rural, and received only 3% of all positions redistributed.

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Funding Opportunity


2013 General Operating Support Grants - Cycle 1


Issued: 1/7/2013


Application Deadline: 2/4/2013 by 12:00 PM EST


Purpose/Goal Statement: Healthcare Georgia Foundation's mission is to advance the health of all Georgians and to expand access to affordable, quality healthcare for underserved individuals and communities. In 2012, the Foundation launched a newly revised grantmaking program specifically for providing general operating support and direct services support for the Georgia non-profit community, in response to the changing needs of both the nonprofit health sector and the growth of the Foundation. In 2012, 27 grants were awarded across Georgia totaling $1,189,000. The funding was allocated across two grant cycles (General Operating Support-Cycle 1 and Direct Services Support-Cycle 2) that were released in January and July.


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Mark Your Calendar


Rural Health Day at the Capitol

Georgia Rural Health Association

February 20, 2013

Georgia State Capitol

Sponsorship form


Family Workplace and Violence Conference

Georgia Southern University

February 1, 2013
8:00 am - 3:15 pm
NESSMITH LANE Conference Center 

Statesboro, GA 



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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