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GRHA Newsletter  Week of September 6, 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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Blue Cross Blue Shield 


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Al-GA Rural Health Clinic Conference 


Free Webinar Series:

Rural Health Clinic Billing 101




Please join us for a webinar on rural health clinic billing presented October 1, 2013 at 12:30 EDT and 1:30 CDT. This webinar is the second of three being offered as follow up to the joint Alabama-Georgia Rural Health Clinic Conference. All are invited to participate - this webinar is for everyone, regardless of whether or not you attended the joint rural health clinic conference. There is no cost for participation. 


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Free GRHA archived webinars are available for viewing:

2013 County Health Rankings


Funding And Opportunties



Archived CURE Webinars:


Patient-Centered Management of Type 2 Diabetes

Lori Sweeney, MD


Dementia, Delirium & Depression

N. Wilson Holland, MD, FACP


Medical Realities of Obesity & Treatment Options

Scott Lynch, MD, MPH

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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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Free Webinar

"Patient Centered Medical Home: The Basics and How it Works" 

WebinarDate: Monday, September 30, 2013

Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (EDT)

Sponsor:  Georgia Rural Health Association 

Presenter: Harry Strothers, III, MD, MMM 
Session Description: The Patient Centered Medical Home is a team based healthcare delivery approach to providing care and maximizing health outcomes. With goals of raising patient satisfaction, improving overall health, and increasing access to health care, the PCMH model is growing in popularity throughout the country.

This webinar will cover the basics of a PCMH and how it works. Additionally, information will be provided on utilizing health information technology and a trained staff to provide coordinated care through team based models, which is a critical aspect of PCMH. 

Locals worry as rural hospital closes its ER
Andy Miller
September 4, 2013

The closing of a hospital ER will force many rural Macon County residents to drive 20 to 30 miles for emergency care, officials say.


Flint River Hospital, in the south central Georgia town of Montezuma, will continue to operate. But Sunday's closing of its emergency room follows the total shutdown of three rural hospitals in Georgia this year due to financial difficulties, including a Folkston facility late last month. (Here's a recent GHN article on the rural closures.)


The for-profit hospital said Monday in a press release that it will convert its emergency room to a crisis unit for substance abuse and mental health problems.


Philip Eastman, the Flint River Hospital CEO, said in the press release that as the health care delivery system is becoming more specialized, "we felt the need to put the financial and clinical resources in place to support this model.''

Feds give long awaited ok to Medicaid funding

By: Andy Miller Aug 30, 2013

Georgia's hospital industry and state budget officials are breathing easier this week after a federal agency approved renewal of a financing mechanism for the state's Medicaid program.


The wait for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to approve the hospital provider fee had become worrisome for industry officials.


Approval from the feds had been expected in late June.


State officials said Friday that CMS has signed off on the Georgia provider fee for inpatient services, but that the portion for outpatient care has yet to be approved.


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PharmBlue LLC has implemented three systems in an effort to offer world-class client service, productivity, and regulatory compliance.

PharmBlue LLC has deployed DocuTrack, LiveOps, and FrameworkLTC® to improve internal processes and provide efficient customer service for clients. The combination of these three systems will allow PharmBlue to excel in building one-to-one relationships with clients, efficiently handle their needs, and protect their privacy.



The Georgia Department of Community Health is transitioning children in foster care, children receiving adoption assistance and select youth in the juvenile justice system to a single statewide Care Management Organization (CMO) effective January 1, 2014. Amerigroup is the designated statewide CMO responsible for coordinating the care of these children and youth. To help ensure a smooth transition, we would like to share the following "getting started" information regarding key topics of interest.


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Empowering Community Health Outreach

Through the support of the Nancy and John Snyder Foundation, ECHO is able to provide low cost start up consulting for churches and other organizations engaged in creating charitable healthcare clinics. 

Empowering Community Healthcare Outreach  services have  formed an expanded approach that may be of assistance to clinics who are entertaining a potential change in their business model, or have thoughts of expansion,  to fill the new gaps in the safety net that have resulted from health reform.

Marty Hiller is available to discuss their services. He can be reached by email at  [email protected]
Further information can be found on the ECHO website
Mark Your Calendar

Georgia Association for Primary Health Care

2013 Annual Conference

October 2-4

Augusta, Georgia 

Augusta Marriott at the Convention Center



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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