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GRHA Newsletter  Week of April 26, 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


Cathy Cason, CFO

Jeff Davis Hospital


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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Learn how to speed up payments, avoid billing errors, and perform stronger!

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

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2013 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



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

More information coming soon!

Several Senators question prudence of CAH cuts

by DAVID LEE on 

APRIL 24, 2013


At a Senate Appropriations Subcommittee hearing on the President's budget currently underway, several Senators expressed concern over proposed cuts to Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs).  The President's budget proposes to alter the CAH program in two ways.  First, facilities designated by their states as "necessary providers" that are located less than ten miles from another facility would lose their status, regardless of community need, the type of facility less than ten miles from them,  or the reason the state's governor designated them as necessary providers.  Second, the budget calls for reducing reimbursement for all CAHs from 101% of "reasonable costs" to 100% of reasonable costs.


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Obama Calls for Delay in Medicaid Cuts to Hospitals




In what's likely a recognition that not every state will expand Medicaid under Obamacare, President Barack Obama proposed in his budget Wednesday to postpone Medicaid cuts to hospitals for one year. The president's budget for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services eliminates a planned cut of roughly $500 million to Medicaid disproportionate share hospital (DSH) payments in FY 2014. Those payments will instead be cut beginning in 2015, with the $500 million in 2014 cuts being spread instead over FY 2016 and FY 2017.


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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!

Mark Your Calendar



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