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GRHA Newsletter  Week of November 15, 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  student member!

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!


Keynote Speakers

Georgia Department of Community Health Commissioner 
Clyde L. Reese III, Esq

James A. Hotz, M.D., M.A.C.P.
Dr. Hotz was an inspiration for the novel (and subsequent movie) Doc Hollywood.

Desoto Hilton, Savannah
January 13-15

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2 ICD-10 Workshops Scheduled
Sign up today!

December 2, 2013
South GA Technical College
402 N. Midway Rd.
Cordele, GA 31015


ICD-10 Bootcamp

January 7-8, 2014
Archbold Memorial Hospital
915 Gordon Ave., Thomasville, GA
Williams Auditorium 


Learn more



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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2 Free Upcoming GRHA Webinars
Please Join US!

"The Rural Health Workforce and Challenges Ahead" 
Nov 25, 2013 at
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (EST)

This program will highlight rural health workforce issues and attendees will gain valuable insights into the current supply and the potential strategies to improve Georgia's current ratios.

"Medicare Bad Debt"
Dec 10, 2013 at 
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM CST (Begins 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. 
Cuts in Hospital Subsidies Threaten Safety-Net Care

Published: November 8, 2013
New York Times

SAVANNAH, Ga. - The uninsured pour into Memorial Health hospital here: the waitress with cancer in her voice box who for two years assumed she just had a sore throat. The unemployed diabetic with a wound stretching the length of her shin. The construction worker who could no longer breathe on his own after weeks of untreated asthma attacks and had to be put on a respirator.


Many of these patients were expected to gain health coverage under the Affordable Care Act through a major expansion of Medicaid, the medical insurance program for the poor. But after the Supreme Court in 2012 gave states the right to opt out, Georgia, like about half the states, almost all of them Republican-led, refused to broaden the program.


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The Aging of Rural Primary Care Physicians



National Rural Health Day is November 21st! What are you doing to celebrate?


2013 NOSORH National Rural Health Day Series


As it has in years past, NOSORH will join forces with representatives of various State Offices of Rural Health and its various National Rural Health Day partners to present a series of FREE webinars highlighting the good work being done across the nation to address rural health concerns.


See what free webinars are available
Mark Your Calendar


National Rural Health Association

Rural Multicultural and Multiracial Health Conference

December 4-5 

San Antonio, Texas

Learn more


The Impact of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) on Healthcare Design and Construction 

Wednesday, Nov 20, 2013
11:30 AM - 01:30 PM Eastern

Crowne Plaza Hotel - Atlanta Perimeter at Ravinia
4355 Ashford Dunwoody Road
Atlanta, GA 30346

Learn more


National Rural Health Day
November 21, 2013

Healthcare Business Specialists
Rural Health Clinic Seminar
December 5, 2013 
Statesboro, Georiga

Matt Caseman