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GRHA Newsletter  Week of March 29, 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 


Meet our Board of Directors

GRHA Welcomes New Members

Margaret Payne, VP

Dahlonega Pediatrics


Stephen Jarrard, Chief of Surgery, CMO

Mountain Lakes Medical Center


GRHA Corporate Members


Platinum Corporate Sponsor PPHS



Peach State Health Plan 





Blue Cross Blue Shield 


Coca Cola 


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2013 County Health Rankings

Funding Opportunity

Deadline:  4/17/2013

Funding to support projects that apply the principles and frameworks of behavioral economics to persistent and perplexing health and health care problems.


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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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

Sponsored by:

Free Webinar:

Rural Health Clinics: Advantages, Disadvantages, and Strategies for Starting a RHC  


  Learn more


Date: Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Time: 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM EST  

Sponsor: Healthcare Georgia Foundation and Georgia Rural Health Association  


Session Description: Rural Health Clinics are a great tool to improve reimbursement for physician practices in rural areas in the appropriate circumstances. This webinar will discuss why RHCs can be advantageous for providers and in some cases why they are a costly mistake in this reimbursement environment. Healthcare reform has radically changed the reimbursement dynamics for starting RHCs and may affect your decision to become a rural health clinic or not.



Adriane Gainey, AMS Software

Mark Lynn, RHC Consultant for Healthcare Business Specialists

ICD-10 Workshop, Archbold Medical Center, January 31, 2013


Register Today

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
Legislating health: The 2013 results

By Andy Miller
March 28, 2013

Health care providers received good budgetary news Thursday, the final day of this year's Georgia General Assembly.


The agreement between the House and the Senate on fiscal 2014 (July 2013 through June 2014) eliminated cuts in payments for Medicaid services to dentists, nursing homes and other medical providers. Gov. Nathan Deal's original budget proposed a 0.74 percent reduction for providers other than hospitals, hospices, primary care physicians, and some clinics.


"We haven't had a pay increase in more than 12 years,'' said Pat Cota, executive director of the Georgia OBGyn Society, praising the budget outcome. "Not to get a cut is a step in the right direction.''


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Ominous signs for rural Georgia as hospitals shut their doors
By Tom Baxter
March 25, 2013

Jimmy Lewis is a man known for dire predictions.

The CEO of HomeTown Health, which represents more than 50 rural Georgia hospitals, he peppers his regular email messages to his clients with urgent warnings to hoard every penny of cash they can get their hands on, and as a lobbyist his testimony has caused the chair of one committee to complain that he always says the sky is falling.


Ominously, his predictions are starting to come true. Lewis forecast at the beginning of the year that five to six rural hospitals might be forced to close in 2013, and already there have been two. Calhoun Memorial Hospital in Arlington closed in February, and Stewart-Webster Hospital in Richland shut its doors last week.


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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.  

Learn more


Mark Your Calendar



DNR, RLC, QDMA and GRHA, Hunting Safety Program
Saturday, April 27, 2013
Big Red Oak Plantation Shooting Preserve
8428 Greenville St./
8428 Gay rd.
Gay, GA 30218

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

May 2-3, 2013

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