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GRHA Newsletter  Week of November 1, 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

November Health Observances

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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.
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. 


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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

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)


Hometown Health

14th Annual Conference

November 13-15

The Lodge and Spa at Callaway Gardens



National Rural Health Day
November 21, 2013

Matt Caseman