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GRHA Newsletter  Week of October 25, 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

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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. (2:30 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.
Pheobe Putney cutting more jobs
By: Andy Miller
Published: Oct 24, 2013

Phoebe Putney Health System said Thursday that it is cutting 127 jobs as part of an organizational restructuring.


These reductions come on top of the 33 "leadership'' positions eliminated earlier this month by Phoebe Putney, the dominant hospital system in southwest Georgia.


The Albany-based system said the job reduction would lower operating costs by $10 million. Phoebe Putney said in a press release that "some other positions will be transitioned to employment with contracted service providers, giving impacted employees opportunities to fill those jobs."

Hospitals, nursing homes fear provider fee cuts
By: Andy Miller
Published: Oct 22, 2013

Months after a high-profile fight to renew Georgia's provider fee, the hospital industry is again concerned about the fee's fate.


This time, the source of the industry's anxiety is not the state Capitol, but Washington.


As the fiscal standoff intensified last month, the Republican House leadership at one point pushed repealing such Medicaid provider assessments, including those for nursing homes, according to hospital industry officials.


Other speculation has centered on the feds lowering the provider tax rates that a state can use to gain extra dollars for Medicaid.


That's why local hospital and nursing home groups, along with their national associations, have recently sounded alarms over possible federal attempts at changing these assessments. The fees are used in 49 states to boost funding for Medicaid programs.


Engaging The C-Suite In Development: How The Senior Management Team Can Support Fundraising

By T. Christian Rollins, MBA, CFRE


Before we talk about fundraising, let's consider return on investment. What is your ROI in Cardiology? Oncology Services? How about the ED, Orthopedics, or Pediatrics? What is your return on healthcare marketing?


According to the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy's Performance Benchmarks, the national median ROI for hospital fundraising programs in 2011 was $3.64. Cost to raise a dollar? $0.27. Giving USA reported that 2011 giving to healthcare reached $24.75 billion, 8% of the $298.42 billion total.


Successful development programs are making a real impact on their institutions and the communities they serve. In addition to a potentially significant additional source of needed and sustainable revenue, hospital foundation boards and volunteer-based fundraising organizations connect a hospital to its service area, enlisting the time, talent, advocacy, and support of community leaders.

Center for Rural Affairs 
Rural people have less access to health networks and health care providers, greater rates of disability and chronic diseases and higher use rates of all public health care programs. This, along with lower rates of employer-provided benefits, means they are more likely to be underinsured or uninsured for longer periods of time. 
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
More Information

National Rural Health Day
November 21, 2013

Matt Caseman