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GRHA Newsletter  Week of November 22, 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 


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Blue Cross Blue Shield 


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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
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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 


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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
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"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. 
Rural healthcare in dire straights
Posted: Nov 22, 2013 11:45 AM SDT
By Diane Dean 


An expert on rural health care says the state's decision to turn down federal money to expand Medicaid could cause more rural hospitals to close. 3 rural hospitals in south Georgia have closed this year and a 4th closed its emergency room care.


The CEO of Primary Care Southwest Georgia and president of the Georgia Rural Health Association says without Medicaid expansions, 15 more rural hospitals are at risk of closing which could cause a crisis. But Dr. Ann Addison says new Federally Qualify Health Centers are opening and that helped Blakely get its first pediatrician.


Dr. Ann Addison says "The number of FQHCs in Georgia has increased. These are agencies that provide quality cost effective care so it creates a medical home for these patients and helps prevent unnecessary hospitalizations and emergency room visits" 


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Medical providers urged legislators to expand Medicaid

By Walter Jones
November 18, 2013

ATLANTA - Legislators should reverse the governor's decision and expand Medicaid after all, according to a dozen representatives of hospitals, nursing homes and physician groups testifying Monday.


Maggie Gill, president of Memorial Health in Savannah, told a temporary committee of lawmakers and gubernatorial appointees that the federal Affordable Care Act known as Obamacare was designed with the expectation that every state would expand Medicaid to cover people with higher incomes. By not expanding it, an estimated 600,000 Georgians will earn too little to buy taxpayer-subsidized insurance through health exchanges but too much to qualify for Medicaid.


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More Rural Hospitals At Risk Of Shutting Down
By Ellen Reinhardt
November 18, 2013
ATLANTA  -   Three rural hospitals have shut down this year in the state, and as many as 15 more may be closing their doors in the coming months. That's according to Hometown Health, a trade association representing 56 rural hospitals in Georgia. The hospitals have been fiscally stressed for years, due to the large number of indigent patients they treat. Many have been operating in the red.   
As part of the Affordable Care Act, hospitals across Georgia will be losing about $400 million in federal subsidies to pay for care for indigent patients over the next four years. Those subsidies are called disproportionate share hospital payments. 
Mark Your Calendar


National Rural Health Association

Rural Multicultural and Multiracial Health Conference

December 4-5 

San Antonio, Texas

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

Matt Caseman