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GRHA Newsletter  Week of June 28, 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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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 County Health Rankings


Funding And Opportunties

June Health Observances

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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.

The ICD-10 Deadline is October 1, 2014


The compliance deadline for ICD-10 is October 1, 2014. CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner has affirmed the ICD-10 deadline and encourages providers, payers, and vendors across the health care industry to prepare to use the new codes for services provided on or after October 1, 2014.

Don't Delay!
Sign up Today!
 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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Free Webinar:

Funding and Services for the 

Golden Years in Georgia




Date: Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Time: 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM EST 


Sponsor: Healthcare Georgia Foundation and Georgia Rural Health Association     


Session Description: The older adult population is the fastest growing segment of Georgia's population. This growth is reshaping communities across the state and having a profound on Georgia's most rural counties. While more and more people are growing older, they are also entering older age with higher prevalence of chronic disease, fewer family members to offer and manage informal support and increased needs for community supports.

This webinar will review the statewide trends and the impacts on local health systems. Participants will learn about aging services across Georgia, how they are structured and funded at the state and local level and potential opportunities for partnering with local aging service providers.


Presenter: Kathryn Lawler, Manager of the Aging and Health Resources Division and Director of the Area Agency on Aging for the Atlanta Regional Commission.

'Obamacare' and Rural



By Steph Larsen - Daily Yonder


If you were to look in my email inbox, one thing is clear - rural Americans, like the rest of the country, are confused about the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare or the ACA. I'm happy people are asking me about the health care law, frankly, because that means they aren't just believing the latest rumor they heard from their mother's hairdresser's cousin.


So here's a place to start - some answers to common questions about what the Affordable Care Act means for rural communities.

Mark Your Calendar



Southwest Georgia AHEC

Pathway to Med School Admissions Forum
July 18, 2013
2:00pm - 4:00pm 
Darton State College B-101
2400 Gillionville Road 
Albany, GA 31707

Albany or Online Webinar 

Registration to Attend in Person 

(Limited to First 75 Registrants)

Registration to Attend Online 


2nd Annual Medical Recruitment Fair

Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals

August 23-25, 2013

Lake Lanier Islands Resort

Buford, Georgia



Matt Caseman