FY 2013 GRHA Board of Directors
Immediate Past President
Laura Bland Gillman
Monty M. Veazey
Robert J. Briscione
Meet our Board of Directors
GRHA Welcomes New Members
North Georgia Family Medicine (Org Level)
Crystal Bailey, MD (Owner)
Stephen Jarrard, Chief of Surgery, CMO
Mountain Lakes Medical Center
2013 County Health Rankings
Funding to support projects that apply the principles and frameworks of behavioral economics to persistent and perplexing health and health care problems.
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GRHA thanks TyCobb Healthcare System, the Association of Rural Health Professional Coders, and all the participants for another great ICD-10 Workshop!
Instructor Gary Lucas, CPC, CPC-I, AHIMA ICD-10 Ambassador
President, Discover Compliance Resources, Inc.
Adjunct Faculty, Association of Rural Health Professional Coders
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
Rural Health Clinics: Advantages, Disadvantages, and Strategies for Starting a RHC
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
$169 for GRHA members
$179 non-GRHA members
Rural counties ailing as suburban ones thrive
By Andy Miller
April 4, 2013
A Georgia county-by-county ranking that combines health and economic statistics, released this week, shows suburban counties at the top and rural areas at the bottom.
Oconee County, near Athens, placed first for the second straight year in the rankings, generated by Partner Up for Public Health, an advocacy campaign.
Other counties in the top eight are Forsyth and Fayette near Atlanta; Columbia, near Augusta; and Cherokee, Cobb, Gwinnett and Coweta, also near Atlanta.
The bottom 10 counties are all in rural east or south Georgia: Jenkins, Johnson, Randolph, Clinch, Jeff Davis, Ben Hill, Stewart, Taliaferro, and tied for last, Crisp and Wilcox.
Stewart County last month saw its lone hospital close, a move that reflected the negative financial trends that make rural health care more fragile than ever in the state. (Here's a recent GHN story about rural health care.)
The rankings "are proof that economic vitality is directly related to the health status of the county,'' Matt Caseman, executive director of the Georgia Rural Health Association, told GHN on Thursday. "It's vital that we support our rural health infrastructure in these counties.''
Albany doctor to appear in PBS documentary
ALBANY, Ga. -- Dr. James Hotz will soon be able to add a film credit to his resume.
The Albany internist at Albany Area Primary Health Care who was the inspiration for the 1991 Michael J. Fox film "Doc Hollywood" will be one of five physicians to be featured in a documentary that will appear on Georgia Public Broadcasting several times during the month of April.
"Primary Concern" is an hour-long documentary by Renee McKay and Joani Livingston. The film aims to take the audience to the front lines of the looming national health care crisis by more closely examining the lives of primary care practitioners in rural areas of Georgia.
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.
Mark Your Calendar
DNR, RLC, QDMA and GRHA, Hunting Safety Program
Big Red Oak Plantation Shooting Preserve
8428 Greenville St./
8428 Gay rd.
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
May 2-3, 2013
2013 Annual Conference
2nd Annual Medical Recruitment Fair
Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals
August 23-25, 2013
Lake Lanier Islands Resort