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GRHA Newsletter  Week of May 3, 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 


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Magnolia Coastlands AHEC

Serving Those Who Have Served (Veterans Mental Health Event)

Magnolia Coastlands AHEC
May 14, 2013
Porter Center, Oconee Fall Line Technical College
Dublin, GA


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Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month 
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National Arthritis Month

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

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 GRHA thanks Upson Regional Medical Center in Thomaston GA, the Association of Rural Health Professional Coders, and all the participants for another great ICD-10 Workshop!  



Hospital officials muted on Medicaid expansion here

By Andy Miller
April 30, 2013

State hospital associations across the Southeast and the nation are stumping hard in favor of expanding their states' Medicaid program under the Affordable Care Act.


The Georgia Hospital Association is an exception, however.

GHA, in a recent email to Georgia Health News, says it is studying the expansion issue. "We are still in the process of collecting data on the issue,'' said Kevin Bloye, a GHA vice president. "Hopefully, we'll be able to offer more on this in the near future."


A state's decision to reject Medicaid expansion would hurt a local hospital industry financially, experts say. The 2010 health reform law is expected to cost hospitals billions of dollars by reducing Medicare reimbursements and phasing out federal payments that compensate hospitals for providing free care to the indigent.


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It's closer than it seems 
Medscape Modules Available on ICD-10
CMS, through Medscape Education, has released two ICD-10 video lectures andan expert article providing practical guidance for the ICD-10 transition. The video lectures are specifically for physicians, while the article covers more general topics for all health care providers. Continuing medical education (CME) credits
are available to physicians who complete the modules, and anyone who completes them can receive a certificate of completion.
Mark Your Calendar



2013 Annual Conference

May 7-10

Louisville, Ky



The Medical Practice Solutions Group

"The Affordable Care Act and Your Practice" Event

May 7, 2013 
5:30pm - 7:30pm 


 2nd Annual Medical Recruitment Fair

Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals

August 23-25, 2013

Lake Lanier Islands Resort

Buford, Georgia



Matt Caseman