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GRHA Newsletter  Week of April 4, 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

Dr. Mary Mathis


Sheila Freeman


Laura Bland 

Board Members

Carla Belcher

Charles Owens

Chuck Adams

Monty M. Veazey

Joseph Barrow

Robert J. Briscione

Sam Johnson

Sherrie Williams

John Butts

Matt Caseman 


Meet our Board of Directors

GRHA welcomes new Individual Member 

Chris Cook



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Blue Cross Blue Shield 


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Rural Health Workforce and the Challenges Ahead

Patient Centered Medical Home: The Basics and How it Works



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Save the Date 

2014 Medical Fair

Location: Wyndham Atlanta Galleria
Date: 09/05/2014- 09/07/2014
More information coming soon!
Senate passes one year SGR patch

By David Lee
March 31, 2014

Minutes ago the Senate passed a 12 month delay of cuts scheduled to take affect under the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate.  In addition to the delay of these cuts, the bill (H.R. 3402) would extend the Medicare Dependent Hospital Program, Low-Volume Hospital adjustment, current rural and "super-rural" ambulance payment rates, and the rural "work floor" in the geographic practice cost index.  NRHA is appreciative of efforts made to extend these programs permanently in the Senate as well as the one year extension of the programs.
Gov. Deal etches a path toward legalizing medical marijuana
By Greg Bluestein
Atlanta Journal Constitution
March 31, 2014

Infighting between lawmakers scuttled the legislative push to allow the limited use of medical marijuana, but a path ahead is now becoming clearer.


We told you last week how Deal is exploring administrative action to allow families to use a form of cannabis oil to treat debilitating seizures, part of a strategy to take executive action where lawmakers failed. He elaborated on just what he's considering at a campaign stop in Athens over the weekend.

A growing number of primary-care doctors are burning out. How does this affect patients?

By Roni Caryn Rabin and Kaiser Health News, Published: April 1E-mail the writer

Martin Kanovsky, an internist in Chevy Chase, used to see patients every 15 minutes and worry at times about what he might be missing by moving so fast. In December, the 61-year-old doctor reduced his practice to a small pool of people who pay a premium for longer visits and round-the-clock access to him. "There's no such thing as double-booking," he said.


Janis Finer, 57, a primary-care physician in Tulsa, Okla., gave up her busy practice two years ago to care full time for hospitalized patients. The lure? Regular shifts, every other week off and a 10 percent increase in pay.


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Funding available for primary care practices using patient-centered research 

Department of Health and Human Services

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality is seeking applications from primary care practices to receive patient-centered outcomes research findings and implementation support. Applicants must propose a comprehensive approach to improve their capacity to implement new PCOR evidence into the delivery of care and work to utilize PCOR findings to improve the percentage of patients who successfully are managing blood pressure and high blood cholesterol, and receiving advice to take aspirin to prevent heart disease and to quit smoking.
Mark Your Calendar




National Rural Health Association

37th Annual Rural Health Conference 

April 22-25

Las Vegas, Nevada

Learn more



Georgia Charitable Care Network

10th Annual Conference: Harnessing the Power of Change

May 5-6, 2014
Glendalough Manor
Tyrone, GA

For registration information, click here.


Matt Caseman