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GRHA Newsletter  Week of April 5, 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


North Georgia Family Medicine (Org Level)

Crystal Bailey, MD (Owner)



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

April Health Observances

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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

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

Register Today

Don't Delay!

2013 ICD-10 Workshop


 Association of Rural Health Professional Coders


 2013 Medical Coding Certification Classes  

May 2nd 2013
ICD-10 Workshop
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
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.


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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