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GRHA Newsletter  Week of July 26, 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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Al-GA Rural Health Clinic Conference Free Webinar Series: 
Rural Health Clinic Compliance and Regulations  


Aug 20, 2013 at 10:00 AM CDT and 11:00 AM EDT



Robin M. VeltKamp of Health Services Associates will present information for Rural Health Clinics addressing the following objectives: 

- RHC certification/recertification 
- Clinic survey readiness/J Tags defined 
- Staff involvement during an onsite survey 
- Items not specified in J Tags that you need to be aware of 
- Variables within Georgia and Alabama 
- Local/State guidelines 
- Independent and Provider Based 
- Tools for use in clinic preparedness  

- Follow up after survey  

- Understanding the Plan of Correction  

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Please join us for the 
2013 GRHA Annual Conference 
in Savannah!

Keynote Speakers

Georgia Department of Community Health Commissioner 
Clyde L. Reese III, Esq

James A. Hotz, M.D., M.A.C.P.
Dr. Hotz was an inspiration for the novel (and subsequent movie) Doc Hollywood.

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

23 Georgia hospitals form alliance, including several in midstate


Published: July 23, 2013 

By LINDA S. MORRIS - [email protected]

An alliance of 23 hospitals in south and Middle Georgia, including Central Georgia Health System in Macon,
have formed Stratus Healthcare to share resources, information and manage patient health care.

The announcement was made Tuesday at Reynolds Plantation in Greensboro by leaders from some of the participating hospitals, including Dr. Ninfa Saunders, president and CEO of Central Georgia Health System and The Medical Center of Central Georgia.

The health care alliance, which includes more than 1,500 physicians, bills itself as the largest one in the Southeast.

"I think the key for us is this: The Medical Center, as one of the largest employers and the only teaching hospital in this part of the region, is taking this very seriously and taking the lead in this partnership so we can improve the health of the region, not just the community we are in," Saunders said.

Other midstate partners in the alliance include Houston Healthcare, which has hospitals in Warner Robins and Perry; Oconee Regional Medical Center in Milledgeville; Putnam General Hospital in Eatonton and Taylor Regional Hospital in Hawkinsville. 
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Studies point to savings under Medicaid expansion
By Andy Miller
July 25, 2013

Depending on who's doing the numbers, Georgia's cost to expand its Medicaid program under the health reform law has been projected at between $2 billion and $4.5 billion over 10 years.


But there has not been a publicly available breakdown of potential savings in current state and local spending under an expansion of the government health program.


Those savings would come largely from the federal government paying for at least 90 percent (100 percent the first three years) of the cost of prisoners' hospitalizations; community behavioral health services for many low-income adults; and a Medicaid program for people with high medical costs.


These savings "are flying under the radar'' in the current debate about the costs of expansion, says Tim Sweeney, health care analyst for the Georgia Budget and Policy Institute (GBPI).


The U.S. Supreme Court last year, in its one significant weakening of the Affordable Care Act, made Medicaid expansion more of a choice for states than a requirement. So far, Georgia is among the states that have no plans to pursue expansion.

Primary care shortfall could be worse than predicted

 amednews staff  - Posted July 17, 2013

The U.S. appears to be falling behind in its effort to avert an impending primary care physician shortage, according to a recent study published inAcademic Medicine that tracked the specialty choices of residents and fellows as they entered practice (link).


About a third of physicians who deliver patient care are family doctors, internists or pediatricians, according to the American Medical Association's 2013 Physician Characteristics and Distribution in the U.S. Yet, the Academic Medicine study found that of the new doctors being trained by U.S. physician training programs, only 24% go on to practice primary care.


The Assn. of American Medical Colleges predicts that by 2025 there will be a shortfall of 65,800 primary care doctors to serve the country's health care needs (link).


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What Community Health Centers Mean to Americans and How they Manage Chronic Diseases
Posted: 07/19/2013 4:44 pm

If 75 percent of your income was spent on funding a medical condition that could have been prevented in the first place, that would get your attention, right?


As a nation, most of our health care dollars are allocated to the treatment of chronic diseases. That's more than $1 trillion a year spent on treating preventable and chronic conditions, such as heart disease, diabetes and hypertension. The impact extends beyond dollars spent. More than half of Americans suffer from one or more chronic diseases every year, making them the leading causes of death and disability.


Yet, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "four modifiable health risk behaviors -- lack of physical activity, poor nutrition, tobacco use and excessive alcohol consumption -- are responsible for much of the illness, suffering and early death related to chronic diseases." Considering that 7 out of 10 deaths among Americans each year are from chronic diseases, we commissioned a survey to get a better understanding of why these preventable illnesses continue to compromise America's health and wallet.

Mark Your Calendar




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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