FY 2013 GRHA Board of Directors
Immediate Past President
Laura Bland Gillman
Monty M. Veazey
Robert J. Briscione
Meet our Board of Directors
March for Rural Hospitals
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.
2013 County Health Rankings
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2013 GRHA Annual Conference
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.
9am - 2:30pm
Memorial University Medical Center
The Hoskins Center
4700 Waters Avenue, Savannah GA 31404
Community education materials about the Health Insurance Marketplace are available here
DSH Reductions, Like Mandate, Should be Delayed |
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
By JIM BURRESS
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
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 31901More Information