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GRHA Newsletter  Week of May 31, 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 

Community Health Works


Dave Ward, CFO

Medlink Georgia


Louie Freeman


GRHA Corporate Members


Platinum Corporate Sponsor PPHS



Peach State Health Plan 







Blue Cross Blue Shield 


Coca Cola 


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Save the Date

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

More information coming soon!

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Free GRHA archived webinars are available for viewing:

2013 County Health Rankings


Funding And Opportunties

May Health Observances

Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month 
Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America

National Arthritis Month

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Don't miss out on learning 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

Sponsored by:

ICD-10 Workshop in Savannah

Association of Rural Health Professional Coders


July 17

9am - 2:30pm


Memorial University Medical Center

The Hoskins Center

4700 Waters Avenue, Savannah GA 31404  

$169 for GRHA members 
$179 non-GRHA members 
If you have any questions please call 478-552-3620 or email [email protected]
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The Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals,
in association with 


The Georgia Rural Health Association and the 
Georgia Board of Physician Workforce,
 is proud to announce the


2nd Annual Medical Recruitment Fair


Space is limited so register today!


August 23-25, 2013

 Lake Lanier Islands Resort



Learn more

Community health chief takes Capitol job

By Andy Miller
May 30, 2013

David Cook is departing as head of Georgia's largest health agency to become secretary of the state Senate.


Cook has served as commissioner of the Department of Community Health since January 2011. Before then, he had been executive director of the Medical Association of Georgia.


He will be replaced by attorney Clyde Reese, who is currently commissioner of the Department of Human Services. This will be Reese's second time as Community Health commissioner, because he was Cook's predecessor in the office.


In turn, Keith Horton, deputy director of the Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency, will replace Reese at Human Services. Both Horton and Reese will take office July 1, if approved by the agencies' boards, Gov. Nathan Deal announced Thursday.


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Georgia Medicaid 

Rural Health Clinic 

Boot Camp


State Office of Rural Health, Cordele, GA

502 Seventh St. South, Cordele, GA 31015-1443  

Wednesday, June 19, 2013


HP Enterprise Services, Tucker, GA

Wednesday, June 26, 2013


Register now. Seating is limited. Admission is free.

There will be staff onsite at each half day interactive session to provide assistance in the following areas:


Claims - Answer claims questions and address specific claims issues by appointment.


Provider Enrollment - Assist with the online enrollment of eligible professionals affiliated with the RHC to submit their application for the Medicaid incentive program.


Georgia Direct - Introduce the benefits of the Georgia Direct product and assist in securing a Georgia Direct addresses for eligible providers.


Medicaid Incentive Program - Assist with registration for the Medicaid incentive payments in MAPIR, discuss the patient volume calculator and documentation requirements.


Georgia Health Information Technology Extension Center - Help providers navigate registration at the Federal level Medicare & Medicaid EHR Incentive Program Registration & Attestation System and guide them on the path to becoming Meaningful Users of certified EHR technology.



Office of Rural Health Policy is pleased to announce the release of the 2013 Rural Access to External Devices Grant Program to purchase automated external defibrillators (AEDs), provide defibrillator and basic life support training in AED usage and place the AEDs in rural communities with local organizations. The deadline to submit an application is 
June 17.  


Mark Your Calendar


2nd Annual Medical Recruitment Fair

Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals

August 23-25, 2013

Lake Lanier Islands Resort

Buford, Georgia



Free Webinar

Southwest Georgia AHEC

Decision-Making by Men & Their Significant Others in Early Stage Prostate Cancer

Thursday, June 6, 2013 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM (EDT)



Matt Caseman