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GRHA Newsletter  Week of August 16, 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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2013 County Health Rankings


Funding And Opportunties

August Health Observances

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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.

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The Georgia Rural Health Association is pleased to announce a new partnership with AMS Software to offer valuable services for Georgia's Rural Health Clinics. 
AMS Software, Inc. was established in 1989 to provide Apps & Services for doctors' offices.  AMS Software utilizes 95% of its research and development toward software and services for Rural Health Clinics.  With over 100 years combined rural health experience in RHC split billing and RHC-specific reporting, AMS Software focuses on new start-ups, annual evaluations and inspections, RHC policy procedure manuals, and chart audits. 
To learn more about AMS Software
Wait on provider fee makes industry officials uneasy

By: Andy Miller
Published: Aug 14, 2013

The wait continues for federal approval of the Georgia hospital provider fee - a delay that's increasingly worrisome to some in the hospital industry.


The financing mechanism is designed to fill a nearly $500 million hole in the state's Medicaid program. Legislation to ease the renewal of the current hospital fee sailed through the General Assembly early this year, with a push from Gov. Nathan Deal.


Hospital industry officials expected approval from Washington in late June. Yet it still has not come.


The Department of Community Health has maintained that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has raised no red flags about the Georgia proposal.


Tim Connell, chief financial officer for Community Health, said Wednesday that the agency has answered questions on the hospital provider fee from CMS officials, and communicates with federal officials about the issue on a daily basis.

Deal Says Georgia Won't Be Bullied Into Medicaid Expansion


Gov. Nathan Deal remains opposed to expanding Medicaid under President Obama's health reform law, despite what he characterizes as intimidation by the federal government. 


The law's lead implementer - U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius - has been in Atlanta this week

promoting Georgia's coming health exchange and urging Deal to reconsider expanding the state's Medicaid program.


She says Medicaid expansion would extend coverage to 700,000 low-income Georgians and bring billions in new economic activity.


"The law was passed and signed in 2010, it was upheld by the Supreme Court last year, the president was reelected, we are implementing it, the law is the law," said Sebelius.


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Two 'navigators'' named to help people make insurance choices under Obamacare  
Posted: August 15, 2013 - 11:41pm
By Walter Jones

ATLANTA | Only two organizations will supply people to help an estimated 1.9 million Georgians pick a health plan under the federal Affordable Care Act, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced Thursday.


Florida will be served by eight organizations and South Carolina by three.


At the same time, Attorney General Sam Olens joined his counterparts in 12 states raising alarms that the program, also known as Obamacare, doesn't have adequate privacy safeguards.

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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 

2013 Georgia Chapter Scientific Meeting
American College of Physicians
October 4-6, 2013
Hyatt Regency
Savannah, Georgia

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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