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GRHA Newsletter  Week of December 13, 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  Individual Member!
Tracey Grace of
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GRHA Corporate Members


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Blue Cross Blue Shield 


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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 Annual Conference
January 13 - 15, 2014
Please join GRHA 
in Savannah!


Keynote Speaker
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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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.  

Below you will find the link to a copy of the Georgia Physician and Physician Assistant Professions Data Book 2010/2011. This document marks the 24th year the Georgia Board for Physician Workforce has examined the supply and distribution of Georgia's physicians. For the first time, this report examines the supply and distribution of Georgia's physician assistant workforce. The data used to prepare this report was provided by the Georgia Composite Medical Board.


Monitoring the supply and distribution of physicians and physician assistants by specialty and geographic location provides beneficial information to: (1) identify areas of need; (2) plan for health services; and (3) monitor and evaluate the number of practicing physicians and physician assistants.






At approximately 2:55 this afternoon, the Senate Finance Committee approved the "Chairman's Mark" of the SGR Repeal and Medicare Beneficiary Access Improvement Act of 2013. NRHA was successful in making sure that a number of rural provisions were included as amendments and adopted by the Committee. NRHA considers the adoption of these amendments a significant victory.


The bill would permanently repeal the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) and permanently extend a number of rural Medicare extenders. NRHA has long fought for a number of Medicare extenders, essential to rural providers, to be extended at current levels in perpetuity.  Additionally, NRHA has sought for regulatory burden reduction that would alleviate the burdens placed on various rural providers. A number of amendments offered at today's mark-up accomplished these purposes.


Among the important actions taken at the hearing, Amendments 117 and 121 were adopted in the Chairman's Mark at the beginning of the hearing and, therefore, did not require a vote.


Read about the amendments

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Healthcare Cost and Survey Results

Rollout of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) has been bumpy, at best. If nothing else, the focus on the ACA has kept healthcare at the fore. The debate surrounding the law continues to be intense, as elected officials, providers, payers and consumers all seek to understand the implementation of this historic legislation. This issue of HealthVoices provides a snapshot of how Georgians view health reform as the new law continues to take hold. 


See the survey results


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On October 1, 2013, open enrollment began for state and federal health insurance marketplaces, giving consumers a new opportunity to shop for and purchase health insurance. In preparation for this significant change in health insurance access, the Georgia Health Policy Center (GHPC) and Communities Joined in Action (CJA) hosted a conference for Georgia safety net providers (community health collaboratives, clinics, and hospitals), focused on strategic thinking and opportunities around health reform and enrollment. Safety net providers are in a unique position to provide marketplace enrollment support to Georgia's under- and uninsured. Marketplace health insurance purchase may not only benefit the patient, but also providers, who may gain a new payer source for services. This resource sheet is designed answer key questions that surfaced from the conference of more than 75 attendees from across the state.

The Rural Lens photo contest has been established as an effort to capture rural health across the nation through photographs. Enter to have your image featured in Rural Roads magazine and future National Rural Health Association and Rural Assistance Center publications and sites. 


Submit your photos today until Jan. 6. 

Mark Your Calendar


Georgia Partnership for Telehealth

Free Webinar: Next Generation Telemedicine in Georgia

Date: Wednesday, December 18, 2013
Time: 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM (EST)
Sponsor:  Georgia Partnership for Telehealth 




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...



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