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GRHA Newsletter  Week of March 8, 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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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 
June 4th -5th
Auburn Marriott Opelika
Hotel & Conference Center
3700 Robert Trent Jones Trail
Opelika, AL 36801

Conference Room Rate $109 per night plus tax

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Presented at the conference may be topics such as: Billing 101, Legislative update on the Affordable Care Act, Medicare Claims, Introductions to RHCs, EHR implementation and Lessons Learned, What are Surveyors Looking For, Achieving Patient Centered Medical Home, Alabama and Georgia Medicaid Update, CMS and RHC Program
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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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The Country Doctor Is In
By Jennifer Kahn
March 3, 2013

A day in the life of a vanishing breed-the small-town American physician.

Imagine this: You are a young doctor who has recently graduated from medical school. An excellent student, you could choose to practice almost anywhere-including Atlanta, where your advising professor has connections. Instead, you set up shop in a small southern town, much like the one you grew up in. It's the kind of place where the neighbors all know each other, where families have lived for generations and still attend the same church. It's also a place where a young doctor is unlikely to get rich.

In this town of Ocilla, Ga., there are a host of health challenges: obesity, drug abuse, depression-the usual troubles that doctors have to manage, except you're doing it without the benefit of specialists to advise you. As one of the only doctors for miles around, you are on call every night and need a range of skills that no city doctor would dream of having: Your patients depend on you for everything from putting a cast on a broken bone to performing surgery. Still, you like the idea of knowing your patients, knowing their families.

But two decades pass, and the job has gotten harder. The per capita income around here is roughly $15,300, and unemployment is over 12 percent. Insurance companies have been chipping away at your earnings, and a growing number of your patients are now battling chronic diseases like diabetes and emphysema. Things would be easier if you closed your practice and took a position with the regional medical center 30 miles away. At times, you've been tempted. But then, what would your patients do?


Making the cut on Crossover Day 


By Andy Miller

March 7, 2013



A handful of health-related bills moved forward on Crossover Day at the Georgia General Assembly.


A piece of legislation must pass at least one chamber by the close of the 30th legislative day to have a shot at becoming law during the session. Thursday was this year's deadline.


Bills passed by one chamber before the midnight deadline include one that would create a new home for the dentistry and pharmacy licensing boards, and another that would publicize insurance policy costs related to Obamacare.


Among others that survived Crossover Day are bills that seek to expand use of playgrounds after school, aid prosecutions of elder abuse cases, and give advanced practice nurses the authority to order imaging tests.


They join a range of other health bills that had already passed one chamber this year, including measures that would allow fireworks sales in Georgia; increase boating safety; ease use of epinephrine in schools; and require school athletes with concussions to get medical clearance before returning to play.


None of the above, however, equals the thunder of Senate Bill 24, already signed into law by Gov. Nathan Deal. The high-profile legislation - the first bill to move through both chambers this year - will lead to renewal of the hospital provider fee, filling a more-than-$400 million hole in the Medicaid program's budget.


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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

Learn more


Georgia Partnership for Telehealth

2013 Annual Spring Conference

March 18-20, 2013

Hyatt Regency, Savannah, Georgia



HomeTown Health

13th Annual Spring Conference Sea Palms Resort
St. Simon's Island, GA

April 24-26, 2013 




2013 Annual Conference

May 7-10

Louisville, Ky,








Matt Caseman