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GRHA Newsletter  Week of October 11, 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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GRHA welcomes new Organizational Member!
South Central Primary Care Center, Ocilla, GA
R.B. Tucker

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Blue Cross Blue Shield 


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New Annual Conference Dates
January 13 - 15, 2014
Please join GRHA 
in Savannah!


Desoto Hilton, Savannah
January 13-15

Revised Agenda Coming Soon!

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ICD-10 Workshop in Cordele
December 2, 2013
South GA Technical College
402 N. Midway Rd.
Cordele, GA 31015


Sponsored by:

Association of Rural Health Professional Coders

Georgia State Office of Rural Health



$109  GRHA Members
$119 Non-Members 

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.  

Essential to the Survival


By the American Hospital Association


Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-KS) introduced a House resolution calling access to rural hospitals and other health care providers "essential to the survival and success of communities." More than 46 million people "rely on rural hospitals and other providers as critical access points to health care," House Resolution 356 notes. In addition to providing "vital care" to patients, rural providers "are integral to the local economies and are one of the largest types of employers in rural areas of the United States," the measure states.


In a letter of support for the resolution, AHA Executive Vice President Rick Pollack said, "Because of their small size, modest assets and financial reserves, and higher percentages of Medicare patients, rural hospitals disproportionately rely on government payments; unfortunately, Medicare payment systems often fail to recognize the unique circumstances of small and rural hospitals. The AHA has and will continue to advocate for appropriate payment on behalf of small and rural hospitals and critical access hospitals." The House resolution mirrors Senate Resolution 26, which was introduced by Sens. Jerry Moran (R-KS) and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) in February. logo
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Office of Rural Health Policy Funding Opportunity Announcement: Rural Health Network Development Program (HRSA-14-044)


The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (ORHP) is pleased to announce the release of the FY 2014 Rural Health Network Development Grant Program (announcement number: HRSA-14-044). ORHP's Network Development Program supports rural integrated health care networks that have combined the functions of the entities participating in the network in order to: achieve efficiencies; expand access to, coordinate, and improve the quality of essential health care services; and strengthen the rural health care system as a whole.


The application can be downloaded off of and entering in the announcement number (HRSA-14-044) or by clicking on this link: 


Mark Your Calendar


National Rural Health Association

Rural Multicultural and Multiracial Health Conference

December 4-5 

San Antonio, Texas

Learn more


Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals

30th Annual Conference

October 15-18, 2013

The Ritz-Carlton Lodge, Reynolds Plantation

Lake Oconee Trail

Greensboro, Georgia  30642


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