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GRHA Newsletter  Week of July 12, 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

July 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.

 ICD-10 Workshop in Savannah July 17 
There is still time to register!
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.



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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DSH Reductions, Like Mandate, Should be Delayed 

Maggie Elehwany, JD On: Wed, Jul 03, 2013 12:03 PM
Yesterday's surprise announcement by the Administration that the mandate provisions in the ACA will be delayed for a one-year period comes at a time when there is great uncertainty in Medicaid expansion. A large swath of states are choosing not to expand Medicaid coverage - - an option granted to these states by the Supreme Court's decision last summer.
Five million rural residents are projected to be impacted by states choosing not to expand. Now, with the delay of the mandate, even fewer rural patients will likely be insured as envisioned in the ACA's initial target date. 

The Administration has recognized that some delays in both Medicare and Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) cuts are warranted, however, clear policy between Congress and the White House is needed. No DSH reductions should be implemented until the kinks in both the mandate and Medicaid expansion are worked out. 

Over 40 percent of rural hospitals operate at a financial loss.With cuts to rural hospitals looming, DSH reductions could be another nail in the coffin. 


Grant to Help Georgia's Community Health Centers Reach Uninsured 


July 10, 2013

 Georgia's cut is about $3.3-million, split between 28 centers across the state.

The money will  go toward outreach and education to those who are uninsured, but now eligible for health coverage under the Affordable Care act.


According to the federal Department of Health and Human Services, that includes more than 100,000 Georgians.


St. Joseph's Mercy Care Services plans to help about 6,400 of those, says Kenneth Prince, who handles grants for the Atlanta community health center.

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



30th Annual Georgia Society of Gastroenterology Nurses and Associates Conference:

September 20-22, 2013
Evergreen Marriott Resort
Stone Mountain, Georgia 30083
4021 Lakeview Drive 

1st Annual Wound Care Conference
River City Wound and Ostomny Group
October 30, 2013
Columbus Regional Conference Center
710 Center Street
Columbus, GA 31901
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Matt Caseman