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GRHA Newsletter  Week of March 1, 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

Chuck Adams

Paula Guy

Monty M. Veazey

Joseph Barrow

Robert J. Briscione

Matt Caseman 


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How much can a rural doctor do? Ask Neil Nelson, MD

By CHRISTINE S. MOYER, amednews staff. Posted Feb. 25, 2013.

Down an otherwise empty road lined with fields stands the wood-frame house of Neil Nelson, MD, the only hometown general internist and pediatrician for the 3,407 people living in Gibson City, Ill.


Many of the people in the largely agricultural town know "Doc Nelson," who still lives on the 320-acre corn and soybean farm where he was raised. As the primary care physician to many residents, he's always on call. He positions his car in the gravel driveway so he can respond quickly to medical emergencies, and he always keeps his cell phone nearby to answer patients' calls and text messages. He often sees patients on his days off.


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March Health Observances


Hemophilia Awareness Month                               

National Hemophilia Foundation


National Brain Injury Awareness Month             
Brain Injury Association of America 


Kick Butts Day - March 20 




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Rural Health Clinic Conference 
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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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Sequestration would trigger about $1.2 trillion in spending cuts over the next nine years. Sixty-three more rural hospitals are likely to be sent into negative profit margins, and 12,000 rural health jobs could be lost if facilities are forced to cut services or close due to sequestration cuts. NRHA's Maggie Elehwany elaborated on this rural threat during a recent Agritalk Radio show broadcast nationally.

Georgia's unhealthy regions are whole state's responsibility



By: Charles Hayslett
Published: Feb 26, 2013


The recent closing of Calhoun Memorial Hospital in tiny Arlington, Ga., comes not just as another body blow to health and health care in impoverished areas of rural Georgia - but as a dagger to the heart of hopes for any kind of economic development or improvement. It also adds more weight to an anchor that already holds down the entire state's economy.


As it happens, news of the Calhoun Memorial closing came as the Partner Up! for Public Health campaign was finalizing research and analysis on health and economic disparities in Georgia - research that had documented that Calhoun County was part of a cluster of counties in southwest Georgia that constitutes the least healthy region of the state.


Of 156 Georgia counties ranked by the University of Wisconsin in its annual County Health Rankings (three are too small to rank), Calhoun County ranked 154th for Health Outcomes. Its neighboring counties fared little better: Randolph ranked 147th, Quitman 149th, Early 150th, Stewart 153rd, and Terrell 155th. Only Clay County escaped the Bottom Ten, coming in at 100th.


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Funding Opportunity 

The Office of Rural Health Policy (ORHP) is pleased to announce the release of the FY 2013 Rural Health Information Technology (HIT) Workforce Program (Announcement number: HRSA-13-251).  The purpose of this one-time funding opportunity is to support formal rural health networks that focus on activities relating to the recruitment, education, training, and retention of HIT specialists.  


Applicants may propose funding for up to 3-years starting from September 1, 2013 to August 31, 2016.  Applicants may apply for a ceiling amount of up to $300,000 per year.  Further information regarding the funding amounts is in the announcement.  ORHP expects to fund between 10-15 grantees.


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Mark Your Calendar


Georgia Chapter American College of Physicians

Maintenance of Certification SEP Module

Saturday April 20, 2013 Registration 8:00 am

Internal Medicine Updates 2013 8:30 - 11:00 am 

IM Hospital Based 2013 Update 11:30 am - 2:00 pm

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Georgia Partnership for Telehealth

2013 Annual Spring Conference

March 18-20, 2013

Hyatt Regency, Savannah, Georgia




2013 Annual Conference

May 7-10

Louisville, Ky,








Matt Caseman