GRHA Banner 2012

GRHA Newsletter  Week of April 12, 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 


WGA logo





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

For those who want to stay up to date through social networks, please like the Georgia Rural Health Association Facebook page and follow us on Twitter! 

 Find us on Facebook
                    Follow us on Twitter

By joining our social media sites, you have the ability to stay updated on the latest rural health information in Georgia. Please help us spread the word! Thank you for your support and feel free to contact us with any questions.

Join Our Mailing List
GRHA circulates state and national news as an information service only. Inclusion of information is not intended as an endorsement.

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:

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
President's Budget Targets Critical Access Hospitals
by DAVID LEE on APRIL 10, 2013 

At 11:15 this morning, President Obama released his budget outline for Fiscal Year (FY) 2014.  As is in years past, the President included cuts to Critical Access Hospitals.  Specifically, the budget calls for decreasing payments to CAHs from 101% of reasonable costs to 100% of reasonable costs. Furthermore, the President proposes to eliminate CAH status for facilities 10 miles away, or less, from another facility.


NRHA will continue to fight this proposal and fight to protect all Critical Access Hospitals throughout rural America.  All rural health advocates must be prepared to continue their advocacy efforts throughout the year.  NRHA government affairs staff will continue to keep you updated on things you can do to protect Critical Access Hospitals and the rural health care safety delivery system as Congress debates the President's proposal.


A copy of the full budget is available here. 


CMS publication to assist with ICD-10 implementation.
Rural doctors slow to adopt electronic medical records

These days when you go to the doctor, many rely on an electronic health records system. With just a few clicks of a mouse, they can bring up your medical history, prescribe you medication, or chart your test results.


The 2009 Recovery Act actually set aside $20 billion to help health care providers ditch the paper records and go electronic. The idea was to cut soaring health care costs in the U.S. But while physicians backed by large health care groups can afford the system, many rural physicians are struggling to make that transition.


Read 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