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January 7-8, 2014
Archbold Memorial Hospital
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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.
State firs back at critical public health report
By Andy Miller
Published: Dec 17, 2013
A report released Tuesday ranks Georgia at the bottom of states on protecting against infectious disease threats.
The report by the Trust for America's Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation found that three states - Georgia, Nebraska and New Jersey - met just two of 10 key indicators on infectious disease outbreaks.
The top scoring states, including North Carolina, scored seven of 10 indicators. The benchmarks included vaccination rates, public health lab preparedness, funding for public health, and reporting of infections acquired in hospitals.
But Georgia public health officials, responding to the report, said Tuesday that some of the indicators are misleading or erroneous. The authors of the report did not contact the state Department of Public Health to verify their findings, said Dr. Patrick O'Neal, director of health protection for the agency.
"I can tell you that one of the best public health systems in the country is in Georgia,'' O'Neal said.
SGR Repeal Bill Holds Extra Promise for Rural Hospitals
John Commins, for HealthLeaders Media
December 18, 2013
A raft of amendments to the Senate version of the bill to repeal the SGR should make life a lot easier for rural hospitals, says a National Rural Health Association official.
The move in Congress to repeal the much loathed sustainable growth rate funding formula for physicians got most of the attention from the healthcare sector in the past few weeks. That's understandable, especially when we remember that physicians were staring at a 24% cut in Medicare reimbursements on Jan. 1 if the SGR had actually kicked in.
Now it appears that rural healthcare advocates have more to cheer about.
Taking care: Small rural hospitals face uncertain future under Affordable Care Act
The Steuben Courier Advocate
By Cristina Janney
Posted Dec. 11, 2013 @ 3:25 pm
Dec 11, 2013 at 5:39 PM
The rollout of the Affordable Care Act has already set off significant change and uproar around individual insurance plans. As the ACA settles into place in 2014, more change and concerns are coming to small rural hospitals.
Under the ACA, small rural hospitals will see significant reductions in traditional Medicare payments, and some will see new payment requirements for patient care. Rural hospitals rely on Medicare payments - which primarily cover older people - for almost 45 percent of their annual income.
The changes in how Medicare money reaches rural hospitals - and all hospitals around the country - are an attempt by federal lawmakers to improve health care and reduce costs.
Among the goals is to measure and reward quality of care, and reduce expensive uninsured visits to hospital emergency rooms. By having more people covered by insurance, the theory goes, there will be higher numbers of paying patients and less unpaid debt.
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.
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Georgia Budget and Policy Institute
2014 Policy Conference
January 8, 2014
Loudermilk Center, Atlanta, GA
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Georgians for a Healthy Future
Health Care Unscrambled
A look ahead to the 2014 Legislative Session
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Georgia Breast Cancer Genomic Health Consortium
Conference - The First Line of Defense: Application of Breast Cancer Genomic Standards in Primary Care
February 21, 2014
Callaway Gardens Lodge and Spa
Georgia Partnership for Telehealth
5th Annual Spring Conference
March 19-22, 2014
Omni Hotel at CNN Center
100 CNN Center
Atlanta, GA 30303
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