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GRHA Newsletter  Week of February 15, 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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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 


Rural Health Day Agenda 


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2013 ICD-10 Workshop


 Association of Rural Health Professional Coders



2013 Medical Coding Certification Classes  

April 3rd 2013 
ICD-10 Workshop
May 2nd 2013
ICD-10 Workshop
Ty Cobb Regional
Medical Center
367 Clear Creek Parkway
Lavonia, GA 30553   
801 W Gordon St
Thomaston, GA 30286



$169 for GRHA members 
$179 non-GRHA members 
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Study Finds Significant Economic Activity Resulting From Potential Medicaid Expansion in Georgia 

Analysis of Medicaid expansion indicates that additional spending could result in more than 70,000 statewide jobs and annual state and local tax revenues of $276.5 million 

Healthcare Georgia Foundation announced the results of a
study it commissioned on the economic impact of Medicaid expansion in Georgia. The analysis, conducted and reported by William Custer, PhD, J. Mack Robinson College of Business atGeorgia State University, found that expansion of the program could result in significant statewide economic activity.
Dr. Custer utilized the IMPLAN model to produce estimates of economic impact based on data publicly available data, including: 1) the number of new enrollees in the Medicaid Program as a result of expansion; 2) the costs of medical carefor those enrollees; and, 3) the state's share of Medicaid

"As a statewide funder of Georgia's health safety net, the
Foundation's efforts are focused on expanding access to affordable quality healthcare for underserved individuals and communities," said Healthcare Georgia Foundation president, Gary D. Nelson, PhD. "In order to achieve the optimal use of our resources, it is important to understand the health and economic impact of policy decisions on underserved and uninsured populations."

Medicaid expansion not only benefits the health and well being of those enrolled, this analysis suggests it contributes significantly to economic activity that results in the growth of jobs (most notably in the health sector) and much needed state and local tax revenue. Should the state choose to expand, it is estimated
that Georgia would receive an additional $40 billion dollars in Federal funds over the next 10 years.

Charity Care Strains Rural Hospitals
By Joshua Stewart

ATLANTA  -  Rural health advocates say a small hospital that closed in southwest Georgia Feb. 1 may not be the only one to shut its doors in the coming months.
These hospitals are facing a familiar economic storm: more patients are unemployed and have no health coverage. Many of those who have insurance can't afford the higher co-pays and deductibles. Meanwhile, government programs like Medicaid that used to help are shrinking. It all means the amount the hospitals spend on "uncompensated care" is climbing.

Officials at Calhoun Memorial Hospital in Arlington cited that ballooning cost of care for patients who couldn't pay when they closed their doors.

Deal signs hospital 'bed tax' bill, but health care woes persist 


By Greg Bluestein and Misty Williams 


Georgia's faltering Medicaid program received a massive financial bandage Wednesday when Gov. Nathan Deal signed a measure into law to avert a roughly $700 million hole in the state's health care budget.


But the funding generated through the measure - which clears the way for renewal of a fee on hospitals - is not nearly enough to cover the health care needs of Georgia's growing population over the next two years. The state's community health agency and Georgia's Medicaid program are still short hundreds of millions of dollars, and there's no solution in sight. For now, that means growing health care costs will continue to be passed on to consumers as hospitals try to make up for money lost caring for the uninsured by hiking up prices for those patients who can pay.


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Save the Date
2nd Annual Medical Recruitment Fair
August 23-25, 2013
Lake Lanier

Contact Kim Mize (931) 561-5176 or [email protected]
online registration open soon at
registration must be completed by July 15th
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

More Information  


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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