FY 2013 GRHA Board of Directors
Immediate Past President
Laura Bland Gillman
Monty M. Veazey
Robert J. Briscione
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ICD-10 eLearning Discount
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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.
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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
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.
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
2013 ICD-10 Workshop
Association of Rural Health Professional Coders
2013 Medical Coding Certification Classes
April 3rd 2013
|May 2nd 2013|
Ty Cobb Regional
367 Clear Creek Parkway
Lavonia, GA 30553
801 W Gordon St
Thomaston, GA 30286
$169 for GRHA members
$179 non-GRHA members
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.
County Health Rankings and Roadmaps released its 2013 County Health Rankings this week
To view Georgia's County by County Rankings click here
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.
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
Georgia Public Health Association
84th Annual Meeting and Conference
April 22-23 in Atlanta, Georgia
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
2013 Annual Conference
2nd Annual Medical Recruitment Fair
Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals
August 23-25, 2013
Lake Lanier Islands Resort