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GRHA Newsletter  Week of March 22, 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.

Hunting Safety Program

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Big Red Oak Plantation Shooting Preserve
8428 Greenville St./
8428 Gay rd.
PO Box 247
Gay, GA 30218

Sponsored by:
Georgia Department of Natural Resources

Georgia Rural Legislative Caucus

Georgia Rural Health Association

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Funding And Opportunties

March Health Observances


Hemophilia Awareness Month                               

National Hemophilia Foundation


National Brain Injury Awareness Month             
Brain Injury Association of America 

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Matt Caseman, GRHA Executive Director, presents to the state Legislature's Rural Caucus at the Georgia Grown Kitchen, Department of Agriculture

Rural health options shrinking

By MAGGIE LEE - [email protected]
March 20, 2013 

ATLANTA -- The tiny Stewart-Webster Hospital in Richland, about 90 miles southwest of Macon, is suspending operations this week. It's the latest chapter in a long story of poor rural access to health care, a story that advocates say is only getting worse.


"Rural Georgians are less healthy than those living in urban areas. They are more likely to be underinsured or uninsured," Matt Caseman, executive director of the Georgia Rural Health Association, said Wednesday in a presentation to the state Legislature's Rural Caucus. There's more diabetes, obesity, heart disease and cancer among rural populations, and country residents are more likely than those living in the city to die in traumatic accidents, he said.


Six of Georgia's 159 counties lack a family physician, according to 2013 state numbers. The picture for specialists is worse: 63 counties lack a pediatrician and 79 lack an OB/GYN.

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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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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

Struggling rural hospital closing doors 


by Andy Miller

March 20, 2013


Another rural hospital in southwest Georgia is closing.

Stewart-Webster Hospital in Richland closed its emergency room Tuesday, and rest of the hospital will suspend operations at noon Friday.


The for-profit, 25-bed "critical access'' hospital is the largest employer in Richland, according to WRBL News.


It follows the February closure of Calhoun Memorial in Arlington, 50 miles south of Richland.


Stewart-Webster's president, Randy Stigleman, cited several factors, including high unemployment and low payments from Medicare and Medicaid, WRBL reported.


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County Health Rankings and Roadmaps released its 2013 County Health Rankings this week

To view Georgia's County by County Rankings click here

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 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