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GRHA Newsletter  Week of February 7, 2014    [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 2014 GRHA Board of Directors


Dr. Ann Addison

Immediate Past President

Denise Kornegay

President Elect

Shelly Spires

Vice- President



Sheila Freeman


Laura Bland Gillman

Board Members

Carla Belcher

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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Patient Centered Medical Home: The Basics and How it Works



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February 7, 2014

Dear GRHA members and friends,

Please renew your membership by February 21st for the 2014 dues cycle. For non members, join GRHA today and be a part of the nation's oldest state rural health association which is dedicated to promoting and improving health care in the Georgia's 109 rural counties. We need your help!

To pay renewal dues online or join GRHA click here

Thank you for your support!


Matt Caseman
GRHA Executive Director 

Pictured: Dr. Mary Mathis, Assistant Professor at Mercer University School of Medicine and GRHA Board Member and Matt Caseman, GRHA Executive Director, outside of the Rayburn House Office Building.


Dr. Mary Mathis, Assistant Professor at Mercer University School of Medicine and GRHA Board Member, Matt Caseman, GRHA Executive Director and Kate Hill, GRHA Member and Clinical Director of the Compliance Team, recently visited congressional offices February 5th for the National Rural Health Association's annual Policy Institute. The event offered an opportunity to learn first-hand about the development and implementation of health care policy at the federal level and a chance to meet with Georgia's congressional delegation.


NRHA developed three "asks" or items that advocates took to Capitol Hill. GRHA asked Georgia's senators and representatives to support:


1)  Protecting and strengthening all rural Medicare programs. 


2)  Modifying the Medicare sequestration process to avoid disproportionate harm to the rural health safety net.


3)  Appropriate funding levels for rural health programs for the remainder of fiscal year 2015.


Click here for a document outlining these requests.

To view other valuable documents from the Policy Institute click here.

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Agenda coming soon


State Capitol 


R.A.I.S.E. 2014 GRHA Legislative Agenda


Rural Health Day at the Capitol


Wednesday, March 5, 2014


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8:00 am -12:00 pm


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Legislative Alert

HB 922 was introduced in the Georgia House or Representatives this week by State Representative Ben Harbin (R-Augusta).  The legislation creates a tax credit for community based faculty and is a recommendation from the 2013 Primary Care Summit. Additionally, it is a legislative priority of GRHA.
Please contact your members of the Georgia General Assembly and voice support for HB 922.
To find your state lawmakers click here
From the Georgia Health News Op-ed "Fix the primary care shortage before it's a crisis" published January 23, 2014:
"Research indicates that medical professionals tend to stay within 30 to 60 miles of where they received most of their training. But many Georgia medical school graduates are not choosing to complete their residency training here. In 2011, only 15.8 percent of Georgia's first-year residency slots were filled by Georgia medical school graduates.

The 2013 Primary Care Summit recommendations address challenges in educating our existing medical students by advocating tax credits for primary care community-based faculty members who host 3rd- and 4th-year Georgia medical students, physician assistant students, and nurse practitioner students in their practices for required training.

It is imperative that the training of these students be secured in communities across the state, as these three disciplines form the core primary care workforce. Estimates show such a tax credit would cause a minuscule loss  of revenue to the state, but would have a major impact on the primary care workforce available to our rural citizens."
In rural Georgia, federal health insurance marketplace proves unaffordable to many
By Jordan Rau, Published: February 2


ALBANY, Ga. - If Lee Mullins lived in Pittsburgh, he could buy mid-level health coverage for his family for $940 a month. If he lived in Beverly Hills, he would pay $1,405.


But Mullins, who builds custom swimming pools, lives in southwest Georgia. Here, a similar health plan for his family of four costs $2,654 a month.


This largely agrarian pocket of Georgia, where peanuts and pecans are major crops and hunters bag alligators up to 10 feet long, is one of the most expensive places in the nation to buy health insurance through the new online marketplaces created by the federal health law. The only places with higher premiums are the Colorado mountain resort areas around Aspen and Vail, a high-cost-of-living area unlike Georgia.


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 The Georgia Department of Community Health, State Office of Rural Health is proud to announce the 2014 Rural Health Network Grant opportunity.  


Rural Health Network Grant - FY 14

Mark Your Calendar


Georgia Health Policy Center

Georgia's Marketplace Enrollment: An Update on Safety Net Provider Activity

Location: Anderson Conference Center-Macon, Georgia

Date: Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Time: 10 am - 3 pm

Learn more


Please register by Monday, February 10th 


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

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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




Contemporary Topics in Child & Adolescent Psychopharmacology

02.13.14    12:15pm - 1:15pm

FREE Webinar with CME/GNA/LPCAGA hour

Felissa Goldstein, MD

Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist

Interim Medical Director

Marcus Autism Center

Clinical Assistant Professor

Emory University

Medical Staff

Children's Healthcare of Atlanta




Matt Caseman