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GRHA Newsletter  Week of March 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

Chuck Adams

Paula Guy

Monty M. Veazey

Joseph Barrow

Robert J. Briscione

Matt Caseman 


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ICD-10 eLearning Discount

20% discount on eLearning purchases

The Association of Rural Health Professional Coders (ARHPC) is proud to offer you a 20% discount on our new ICD-10 eLearning website. The content is pre-approved for AAPC, AHIMA, and ARHPC continuing education units.  Use the coupon code 0jZ0RgFD during checkout to get a better price on our already low prices! Promotion valid until March 25, 2013.

The 2nd Annual Medical Recruitment Fair
Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals
August 23-25
Lake Lanier Islands Resort



GRHA Corporate Members


Summit Funding Group


Platinum Corporate Sponsor PPHS



Peach State Health Plan 





Blue Cross Blue Shield 


Coca Cola 


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Funding And Opportunties

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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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Don't Miss Out on this Great Networking and Learning Opportunity!
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

Agenda Coming Soon

Presentations include:

How to Develop a Rural Health Clinic, Impact of Affordable Care Act on RHCs, National Legislative Update for RHCs, Reaching Compliance and Regulatory Standards, Alabama and Georgia Medicaid Update, Coding and Billing, RAC Audits, Cost Reporting, Telehealth Integration with RHCs, What Surveyors are Looking For  


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Don't Delay!

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 
If you have any questions please call 478-552-3620 or email
Sequestration, Medicaid and Mortality

by Brock Slabach 


Much has been reported in recent weeks about the impact of sequestration, the automatic federal spending cuts. The 

Los Angeles Times states that as the Obama Administration implements the mandated sequester, health care will take a huge hit, second only to defense.


This disproportionate impact will affect areas of the health care system "already hobbled by years of retrenchment or underfunding."

Sequestration will push 63 rural hospitals from profitable to unprofitable operating margins while the overall average rural hospital operating margin is already -5.68 (unfortunately, that's a minus). It is estimated that due to sequestration more than 12,000 rural health jobs will be lost nationwide. (

See this report on the impact of Medicare sequestion on rural communities.)


As National Rural Health Association past-president Tim Size, of the Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative, points out in his blog, in rural, we've been here before. Rural providers have survived decades of change and, just like spring follows winter, we will again. 

Health Agencies Await Sequestration


By Andy Miller

March 12, 2013 



The state Department of Public Health said Tuesday that it expects funding reductions from sequestration, but added that it's unclear so far how much money or what programs will be cut.


And the timeline for decisions on federal reductions is also unknown, said Kate Pfirman, chief financial officer of Public Health, at an agency board meeting Tuesday.


Sequestration, or the "sequester,'' is a series of automatic cuts to government agencies, resulting from the federal debt ceiling compromise of 2011.


Areas expected to see large cuts in federal health spending include maternal and children's health, mental health, and community health centers, according to a Stateline article.


State and local agencies that receive federal funding, meanwhile, are facing uncertainty as federal departments figure out the cuts.


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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.


Learn more


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



Georgia Public Health Association

84th Annual Meeting and Conference

April 22-23 in Atlanta, Georgia 



HomeTown Health

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

April 24-26, 2013 



Georgia Charitable Care Network

9th Annual Conference 

Clarence Bird Conference Center

Cartersville, Georgia

More information




2013 Annual Conference

May 7-10

Louisville, Ky,



2nd Annual Medical Recruitment Fair

Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals

August 23-25, 2013

Lake Lanier Islands Resort

Buford, Georgia








Matt Caseman