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GRHA Newsletter  Week of April 19, 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


Robert Devrnja, CEO



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 And Opportunties

April Health Observances

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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:

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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
Save the Date

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2013 GRHA Annual Conference
October 21st - 23rd
Savannah, Georgia

More information coming soon!

Important Cahaba GBA Webinar

Part A Providers



Elements of the Medicare Cost Report for Rural Health Clinic (RHC) and Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) Providers - Webinar


Cahaba GBA is hosting a webinar specifically for RHC and FQHC providers to discuss the elements of the Medicare Cost Report (Form CMS-22-92).  Please join us on May 14, 2013 at 1:00 CT; 2:00 ET for the webinar titled, "Elements of the Medicare Cost Report for RHC and FQHC Providers".


Topics for discussion and/or questions may be submitted in advance to [email protected] All topics and questions must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. ET April 19, 2013.


To register, visit  Hurry to register as spaces are limited!

New Funding Opportunity Announcement for Navigators in Federally-facilitated and State Partnership Marketplaces 



CMS has published a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) on the availability of up to $54 million in cooperative agreements to fund Navigators in Federally-facilitated or State Partnership Marketplaces. The Affordable Care Act requires Marketplaces to establish a Navigator program to help consumers understand new coverage options and find the most affordable coverage that meets their health care needs.


Each Marketplace will have at least two types of entities serving as Navigators, and at least one type of entity will be a community and consumer-focused nonprofit organization. Applicants should have expertise in eligibility and enrollment rules and procedures; the range of qualified health plan options and insurance affordability programs; the needs of underserved and vulnerable populations (such as rural populations and individuals with limited English proficiency); and privacy and security standards. Applicants that expect to assist a specific community or population may apply, although awardees must serve all consumers who seek their assistance.  Smaller-sized entities and individuals are encouraged to partner with other entities or individuals to apply as a consortium.


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 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