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GRHA Newsletter  Week of October 19, 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 


Meet our Board of Directors

GRHA welcomes new Organizational Member!
South Central Primary Care Center, Ocilla, GA
R.B. Tucker

GRHA Corporate Members


Platinum Corporate Sponsor PPHS



Peach State Health Plan 







Blue Cross Blue Shield 


Coca Cola 


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Free GRHA archived webinars are available for viewing:

Patient Centered Medical Home: The Basics and How it Works9/30/2013

2013 County Health Rankings


Funding And Opportunties

October Health Observances

ADHD (Attention Deficit/
Hyperactivity Disorder)
Awareness Month

Dental Hygiene Month

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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.  

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Free Webinar
Medicare Bad Debt 
Join us for a webinar on Dec 10, 2013 at 1:30 PM CST. (12:30 pm EST)
Register now!
This 1 hour session is designed to help clinics understand what should and should not be included on the Medicare bad debt log, when to write off a Medicare bad debt, collection policy - what should and should not be included, and audit documentation. 
Learning Objectives: 
Understand what is included on the Medicare bad debt log 
Know when to write off Medicare bad debts  
Understand the two types of Medicare bad debt and how to           treat each type  
Know what documentation is required for audit, as well as                common pitfalls  
Know what should and should NOT be included in the clinic's collection policy
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.
A change in services and a Medicaid Pay Hike

By Andy Miller

A state health agency board gave initial approval Thursday to offering care coordination services to 450,000 Medicaid beneficiaries who have disabilities or are elderly.


The proposal for the "aged, blind and disabled'' population comes as part of the state's move to improve care and reduce spending. This beneficiary category represents roughly 28 percent of Medicaid enrollees in Georgia, but it accounts for 60 percent of the overall costs of the program.


Clyde Reese, the Department of Community Health commissioner, also announced that Georgia primary care physicians are scheduled to start receiving a pay hike for Medicaid services Nov. 1, as part of a provision in the Affordable Care Act.


For two years, it will pay family physicians, internists and pediatricians the same for Medicaid services as they receive under Medicare. The pay hike for eligible doctors is expected to be retroactive back to Jan. 1.

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Health Insurance Marketplace 

November 21, 2013 
Mark Your Calendar


National Rural Health Association

Rural Multicultural and Multiracial Health Conference

December 4-5 

San Antonio, Texas

Learn more


Magnolia Coastlands AHEC

Reducing Inappropriate Use of Anti psychotics in Nursing Homes 

Distance Learning Opportunity
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
12:00 Noon - 1:00 PM (EST)


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