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GRHA Newsletter  Week of June 7, 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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GRHA Corporate Members


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Peach State Health Plan 







Blue Cross Blue Shield 


Coca Cola 


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

More information coming soon!

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2013 County Health Rankings


Funding And Opportunties

June Health Observances

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Thank you to all those who 

participated in a great 

RHC Conference!


Thank you to our sponsors: National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health, Georgia State Office of Rural Health, PM Group of SC, Inc, The Compliance Team Inc, CSS Health Technologies, PharmBlue LLC, Southeastern Telehealth Resource Ctr, RazorInsights, Information Transport Solutions Inc, Healthland, AMS Software, Azalea Health, PCDA Architecture, Health Services Associates, Progressive Health, SuccessEHS, and Shared Imaging.


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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

Fourteen states would miss out on $8.4 billion in Medicaid dollars: study
June 3, 2013, 5:01 PM
By Russ Britt


Fourteen states would miss out on a collective $8.4 billion in federal subsidies and spend $1 billion more on uncompensated care without participation in Medicaid expansion programs under President Obama's health-care overhaul plan, a new study shows.


In a study published in Health Affairs magazine Monday, Rand Corp. says an additional 3.6 million people will be left uninsured in those states that have opted not to take part in the expansion.


Thirteen of the states aren't participating in Medicaid expansion and include: Alabama, Georgia, Idaho, Louisiana, Maine, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas and Wisconsin. The 14th included in the study, Iowa, is developing an alternative to the Medicaid expansion. All states are eligible to jump in and take part in the Medicaid expansion at a later date.


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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





Matt Caseman