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GRHA Newsletter  Week of May 9, 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 


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Save the Date!
2015 GRHA Annual Conference
January 12-14
Desoto Hilton
Savannah, Georgia 


September 5 - 7, 2014
Atlanta, GA

The Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals in association with The Georgia Board for Physician Workforce & The Georgia Rural Health Association is proud to announce the 3rd Annual Medical Fair September 5th - 7th at the Wyndham Atlanta Galleria. 

Complimentary registrations are available for practicing physicians, residents in GME program and medical students. 

When: September 5-7, 2014
Where: Wyndham Atlanta Galleria
             6345 Powers Ferry Rd NW

             Atlanta, GA 30339 


Click here to register


CMS releases new tool to compare rural provider data

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services 
CMS has released a new search tool that can help stakeholders navigate information on the types of medical services and procedures delivered by physicians and other health care professionals. Rural providers can check their publicly available data, and rural residents can use the tool to begin to compare their provider(s) to others. Users can search for a provider by name, address or national provider identifier making it easier to locate specific types of information. 

CMS issued a final rule that establishes methodology and payment rates for a prospective payment system (PPS) for Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) services under Medicare Part B beginning on October 1, 2014, in compliance with the statutory requirements of the Affordable Care Act. Medicare will pay FQHCs a single encounter-based rate per beneficiary per day, with some adjustments. Payment will be 80 percent of either the PPS rate of $158.85, or the total charges for services furnished, whichever is less. FQHCs will be able to bill for separate visits when a mental health visit occurs on the same day as a medical visit. The FQHC PPS rate will be adjusted for geographic differences in the cost of services by using an adaptation of the Geographic Practice Cost Indices used to adjust payment under the physician fee schedule. In addition, the rate will be increased by 34 percent to account for greater intensity and resource use when an FQHC furnishes care to a patient that is new to the FQHC or to a beneficiary receiving a comprehensive initial Medicare visit or an annual wellness visit. FQHCs will transition into the PPS beginning October 1, 2014, based on their cost reporting periods.

This final rule also:

  • Implements a policy that allows Rural Health Clinics to contract with non-physician practitioners when statutory requirements for employment of Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants are met
  • Amends the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) of 1988 to be in alignment with the Taking Essential Steps for Testing (TEST) Act of 2012, proposing the regulatory changes needed to implement the TEST Act, and outlines the framework for the application of sanctions in proficiency testing (PT) referral cases
Medicare May Raise Pay to Health Clinics by $1.3 Billion 

By Alex Wayne  Apr 30, 2014 10:46 AM GMT+1300

The U.S. Medicare program said it would increase payments to nonprofit community health clinics by as much as $1.3 billion over the next five years under a new reimbursement system ordered by Obamacare.


About 3,830 of the clinics stand to benefit from the change, which may raise their payments from Medicare by about a third, according to a rule published today by the government. The clinics serve mostly low-income patients in communities with few other options for health care and are supported by about $3.6 billion in federal grants.


VA reaching out to rural veterans


Outreach workers are going into communities in rural Alabama to find Veterans and engage them in conversations about enrolling in VA health care. A study shows the approach is paying off.

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Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals

3rd Annual Medical Fair 

Location: Wyndham Atlanta Galleria

Date: 09/05/2014- 09/07/2014 

More information coming soon!




Matt Caseman