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GRHA Newsletter  Week of December 6, 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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GRHA welcomes new  Individual Member!
Tracey Grace of
IT Business Experts 

GRHA Corporate Members


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Peach State Health Plan 







Blue Cross Blue Shield 


Coca Cola 


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Free GRHA archived webinars are available for viewing:

Rural Health Workforce and the Challenges Ahead

Patient Centered Medical Home: The Basics and How it Works

2013 County Health Rankings


Funding And Opportunties

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GRHA thanks the Georgia State Office of Rural Health, South Georgia Technical College, the Association of Rural Health Professional Coders, and all the participants for another great ICD-10 Workshop in Cordele, GA on December 2, 2013!

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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ICD-10 Bootcamp
Sign up today!

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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Free GRHA Webinar
"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. 
Southwest Georgia Area Health Education Center growing crop of new physicians in Southwest Georgia
Albany Herald
ALBANY - Now in its 23rd year of operation, the Southwest Georgia Area Health Education Center - or SOWEGA-AHEC - has been working to train, recruit and retain to help maintain access to health care in an area of the state known to be particularly vulnerable to the consequences of physician shortages.


From the looks of it, the organization is only expanding its efforts to keep that mission going.


A non-profit operated by a community board of directors from the 38 counties its serves, SOWEGA-AHEC's ultimate mission is to connect students to health careers.


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Study calculates cost of expansion decision

By: Andy Miller  Published: Dec 5, 2013 


Calculating the cost to taxpayers, a new study released Thursday says Georgia could see a net loss of $2.9 billion in the year 2022 if it continues to reject Medicaid expansion.


That's because Georgia taxpayers would be paying for expansion of Medicaid in other states, while not getting anything in return, said the Commonwealth Fund study. Additional federal funds go to states that expand Medicaid.

The Supreme Court made expansion optional for states.


Only Texas and Florida would have net losses higher than Georgia among 20 states that have opted not to expand Medicaid, said the study, conducted by Sherry Glied and Stephanie Ma of New York University.


Georgia would see a net loss of $2.86 billion in 2022 if it were the only state remaining that did not increase its Medicaid program to cover more low-income adults, said the study, which takes into account the federal taxes paid by state residents for other states' expansions.


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Free Webinar

Magnolia Coastlands AHEC

Methicillin Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA): Infection Control Beyond the Individual Patient 

Date: Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (EST) 
Speaker: Gregory S. Felzien, M.D., AAHIVS  

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Georgia Partnership for Telehealth

5th Annual Spring Conference

March 19-22, 2014

Omni Hotel at CNN Center

100 CNN Center

Atlanta, GA 30303


Event & Sponsorship Registration will open SOON...



Matt Caseman