FY 2013 GRHA Board of Directors
Immediate Past President
Laura Bland Gillman
Monty M. Veazey
Robert J. Briscione
Meet our Board of Directors
Annual Rural Health ConferenceMay 7-10
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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Georgia Rural Health Association in Washington D.C. for the NRHA Policy Institute, Sallie Barker, GRHA Legislative Chair
Sallie Barker, GRHA Legislative Chair and Matt Caseman, GRHA Executive Director, recently visited congressional offices February 5th for the National Rural Health Association's annual Policy Institute. The event offered an opportunity to learn first-hand about the development and implementation of health care policy at the federal level and a chance to meet with Georgia's congressional delegation.
NRHA developed three "asks" or items that advocates took to Capitol Hill. GRHA asked Georgia's senators and representatives to support:
1) Modifying the Medicare sequestration process set to begin in March 2013 to avoid disproportionate harm to the rural health safety net.
2) The continuation and strengthening of rural Medicare programs.
3) Appropriate funding levels for rural health programs for the remainder of fiscal year 2013 and fiscal year 2014.
Documentation and background information for the advocacy effort can be reviewed through NRHA's Policy Institute Action Kit.
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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
Small rural hospital closes doors; more to follow
By Andy Miller
The Friday closing of Calhoun Memorial Hospital in the southwest Georgia town of Arlington reflects the financial squeeze that many rural facilities face.
A handful of other rural hospitals in the state also may be teetering on the brink, with rising levels of uninsured patients and with Medicaid continuing to pay low rates for services.
HomeTown Health, an organization of rural hospitals in Georgia, says a half-dozen facilities could follow Calhoun Memorial's move and shut down in the coming months.
Ironically, news of the nonprofit hospital's closing came just hours after the state House passed a bill to facilitate renewal of the hospital provider fee. Jimmy Lewis of HomeTown Health said that if the bill had failed and the fee had vanished, more than 20 rural hospitals might have had to close.
Many hospitals in rural counties, though they have managed to stay afloat, have already given up obstetrical services because of financial losses and difficulty in recruiting OB/GYNs to deliver babies. (Here's a recent GHN article on the problem.)
Georgia Oral Health Workforce Advancement Loan Repayment Program
Applications due February 28, 2013
The Georgia Oral Health Workforce Advancement Loan Repayment Program is open to licensed dental providers who are employed or seeking employment at approved sites. The program pays up to $25,000, for one year, towards pre-dental and dental education loan debt for new graduates or young practitioners. In return, applicants agree to practice full-time dentistry for a minimum of 12 months, in a Georgia Dental Health Professional Shortage Area or Georgia Division of Public Health dental program.
Applications will be accepted from February 1 through February 28, 2013. For application forms or more information, contact Ketarya Dent at email@example.com or 706.721.2383.
SOWEGA-AHEC Archived CURE Webinars:
Clinical Updates in Suicide Awareness & Prevention
Speaker: Mandy Mercer, MSW, LCSW
Stress Management & Conflict Resolution in Healthcare Settings
Speaker: Lori-Ann P. Landry, MSW, LCSW
Ischemic Heart Disease: Clinical Updates
Michael S. Levy, MD
ARRA: Changes to EMTALA and HIPAA Privacy and
Security Requirements and Its Impact on Healthcare Providers
CMS Value Based Purchasing: Better Care, Better Health,
Lower Costs, Safer More Efficient Care
Richard E. Wild, MD, JD, MBA, FACEP
Health Center Program New Access Point Grants
New Access Points Grants will be awarded to organizations that can provide primary health care services to underserved and vulnerable populations under the Health Center Program.
Applicants must demonstrate a high level of need in their community/population, demonstrate collaborative and coordinated delivery systems for the provision of health care to the underserved, and show that they are ready to rapidly initiate the proposal.
Applicants must propose a new access point that:
- Provides culturally competent, comprehensive primary medical care as its primary purpose
- Provides services, either directly onsite or through established arrangements, without regard to ability to pay
- Ensures access to services for all individuals in the targeted service area/population
- Provides services at one or more permanent service delivery sites
Mark Your Calendar
Rural Health Day at the Capitol
Georgia Rural Health Association
February 20, 2013
Georgia State Capitol
Cover Georgia Day
Georgians for a Healthy Future and Cover Georgia Coalition
Tuesday, February 19th
Central Presbyterian Church and State Capitol
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
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