FY 2013 GRHA Board of Directors
Immediate Past President
Laura Bland Gillman
Monty M. Veazey
Robert J. Briscione
Meet our Board of Directors
for the January Branch 2013
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Cost-Sharing Policies in Medicaid and CHIP, 2012-2013
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S.M.A.R.T. 2013 GRHA Legislative Agenda
Rural Health Day at the Capitol
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
8:00 am - 12:00 pm
Successful Rural Healthcare Philanthropy
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.
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
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 Affairs
looked 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.
2013 General Operating Support Grants - Cycle 1
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.
Mark Your Calendar
Rural Health Day at the Capitol
Georgia Rural Health Association
February 20, 2013
Georgia State Capitol
Family Workplace and Violence Conference
Georgia Southern University
February 1, 2013
8:00 am - 3:15 pm
NESSMITH LANE Conference Center
A Prescription for Better Health
16th Annual Georgia Organics Conference
February 22-23, 2013
Georgia International Convention Center
Georgia Partnership for Telehealth
2013 Annual Spring Conference
March 18-20, 2013
Hyatt Regency, Savannah, Georgia