FY 2013 GRHA Board of Directors
Immediate Past President
Laura Bland Gillman
Monty M. Veazey
Robert J. Briscione
Meet our Board of Directors
GRHA welcomes new Organizational Member!
South Central Primary Care Center, Ocilla, GA
2013 County Health Rankings
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New Annual Conference Dates
January 13 - 15, 2014
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ICD-10 Workshop in Cordele
December 2, 2013
South GA Technical College
402 N. Midway Rd.
Cordele, GA 31015
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.
Medicare Bad Debt
Join us for a webinar on Dec 10, 2013 at 1:30 PM CST. (2:30 pm EST)
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.
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.
Georgia's Largest Hospital Advocacy Group Comes Out in Favor of Medicaid Expansion
October 30, 2013
By Johnathan Shapiro
For the first time publicly, the state's largest hospital advocacy group says Georgia needs to expand Medicaid under President Obama's health reform law.
Kevin Bloye of the Georgia Hospital Association, which represents 174 hospitals across Georgia, says state leaders must rethink their opposition.
"We need Medicaid expansion in the state. We need some sort of relief that will help address some of the financial challenges that the health care provider community is facing," said Bloye. "These issues are real. They're not going to go away and we trust leadership that they're going to work with us on this."
Gov. Nathan Deal insists the state can't afford it, but Bloye says financial considerations are the exact reason Georgia needs to expand.
The National Rural Health Association is urging congressional leadership to re-authorize the rural extenders that have traditionally passed along with legislation to patch the Medicare physician payment system. In recent letter, NRHA reminded lawmakers that four rural extenders have been killed in recent years and the loss of those programs weakened rural health care systems. NRHA's letter urges Congress to extend the low-volume hospital adjustment, Medicare-dependent hospital program and other payments and exceptions.
Change in deadline|
Office of Rural Health Policy Funding Opportunity Announcement: Rural Health Network Development Program (HRSA-14-044)
Due to the government shutdown, the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy has made changes to the Rural Health Network Development funding opportunity, pushing back the due date for all applications to December 6, 2013. For more information on this funding announcement please visit
University of Washington
As the aging primary care provider population retires, rural provider shortages will be further exacerbated. Identifying states and counties that are at particularly high risk for primary care physician attrition through retirement can help inform policy and planning decisions in an effort to avoid shortages in these vulnerable locations. This study identified rural locations with high proportions of generalist physicians nearing retirement age using data from the American Medical Association and American Osteopathic Association.
Mark Your Calendar
National Rural Health Association
Rural Multicultural and Multiracial Health Conference
San Antonio, Texas
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)
14th Annual Conference
The Lodge and Spa at Callaway Gardens
National Rural Health Day
November 21, 2013