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GRHA Newsletter  Week of June 21, 2013    [email protected]    478-552-3620

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Denise Kornegay

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Sallie Barker

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Ann Addison

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Shelly Spires


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Laura Bland Gillman

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Tim Trottier

Mary Mathis

Sue Nieman

Charles Owens

Chris Parker

Chuck Adams

Paula Guy

Monty M. Veazey

Joseph Barrow

Robert J. Briscione

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March for Rural Hospitals
July 31
Washington, DC
Funding for rural hospitals is under attack by Congress and the Administration. Cuts to critical access hospitals are again proposed, and hundreds of millions of dollars to rural PPS hospitals will be lost if Congress does not act by Oct. 1. If these threats become a reality, rural hospital services will be forced to cut services, and rural hospital doors may close. 

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2013 GRHA Annual Conference

Desoto Hilton, Savannah
October 21-23
Conference room rate is $140.00. Please use the group code GRH to make your reservation.

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ICD-10 Workshop in Savannah

Association of Rural Health Professional Coders


July 17

9am - 2:30pm


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The Hoskins Center

4700 Waters Avenue, Savannah GA 31404  

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Health officials says insurance exchange to be ready by Oct. 1 start date

By WALTER C. JONES MORRIS NEWS SERVICE - updated Thursday, June 20, 2013 - 11:40 pm

ATLANTA - The federal government's insurance exchange will begin operating on its scheduled start date of Oct. 1, a senior federal health administrator said this week after the state's top health official predicted it would not.


The conflicting messages came during a half-day conference on health reform hosted by the Georgia Chamber of Commerce. They illustrate the level of uncertainty about implementation of the most sweeping government program in a generation. The exchange is where individuals can shop for coverage from one of six companies and apply for a federal subsidy to pay part of the premiums under the Affordable Care Act that's also called ObamaCare.


"We'll start on time. I'm not worried about starting on time," said Marilyn Tavenner, administrator of the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. "This may not be a perfect plan, but it is the plan that's going forward."

PARTS Act aims to protect access to rural healthcare
Author Name Kyle Murphy, PhD   |   Date June 14, 2013
Telemedicine and remote patient monitoring provide ways for healthcare organizations and providers to stay connected with patients in remote or underserved areas of the country, but they are no replacement for the crucial role that critical access hospitals (CAHs) and rural health centers in ensuring that patients can be seen by qualified professionals nearby. 
Result rulemaking by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), however, has put these practices in danger with the proposed introduction of a direct supervision policy that would require a supervising physician to be physically present when Medicare beneficiaries receive ambulatory therapy services (e.g., drug infusions, cardiac and pulmonary rehabilitation services). After pushback from hospitals and lawmakers, CMS has delayed its enforcement of the policy for CAHs and small rural hospitals until 2014.
Three members of the Senate Rural Health Caucus - Senators John Thune (R-SD), Jon Tester (D-MT), and Jerry Moran (R-KS) - are proposing to remedy the situation with the introduction of S.1144, the Protecting Access to Rural Therapy Services (PARTS) Actrecently referred to the Committee on Finance.

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The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has announced the release of a new rural health information exchange (HIE) toolkit. ONC's National Rural Health Resource Center has made available a set of "practical" HIE resources that ONC officials say they hope will be distributed widely to rural health stakeholders, including rural hospitals and clinics, critical access hospitals (CAHs), rural health networks, and other invested parties.


ICD-10 Fact Sheet
ICD-10 CM/PCS The Next Generation of Coding 
The "ICD-10-CM/PCS The Next Generation of Coding" Fact sheet (ICN 901044) was revised and is now available in downloadable format.This fact sheet is designed to provide education on the International Classification of Diseases, 10th Edition, Clinical Modification/Procedure Coding System (ICD-10-CM/PCS). It includes the following information: ICD-10-CM/PCS compliance date; ICD-10-CM/PCS - an improved classification system; ICD-10-CM/PCS examples; structural differences between International Classification of Diseases, 9th Edition, Clinical Modification and ICD-10-CM/PCS; continued use of Current Procedural Terminology codes; and use of external cause and unspecified codes in ICD-10-CM.


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2nd Annual Medical Recruitment Fair

Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals

August 23-25, 2013

Lake Lanier Islands Resort

Buford, Georgia



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