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GRHA Newsletter  Week of May 16, 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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GRHA welcomes new Bronze Corporate Member


GRHA Corporate Members


Platinum Corporate Sponsor PPHS








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Patient Centered Medical Home: The Basics and How it Works



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Rural Quality and Clinical Conference 
July 16-18 in Atlanta
NRHA's 10th annual Rural Quality and Clinical Conference will show you how to advance quality and clinical care from theory to practice July 16-18 in Atlanta. Quality and performance improvement coordinators, researchers, students, hospital administrators, doctors, physician assistants and nurses practicing on the front lines of rural health are encouraged to register today for this interactive event.

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


Georgia Statewide AHEC Network selected to receive the National AHEC Organization (NAO) Eugene S. Mayer Program of Excellence Award 


The Georgia Statewide AHEC has been selected as the 2014 recipient of the Eugene S. Mayer Program of Excellence Award for having the best program nationally. It is given to an entire AHEC Program including its Centers and will be awarded at the NAO Diamond Awards Gala on July 10, 2014 at the NAO Conference, "AHEC: Driving Access to Quality Healthcare through Innovation, Implementation & Impact," to be held at The Westin Charlotte in Charlotte, North Carolina.


The Eugene S. Mayer Program of Excellence Award is given in honor of Dr. Gene Mayer, who provided dedicated leadership to the North Carolina AHEC Program and the national AHEC movement from 1972 until his death in 1994.


Dr. Mayer worked tirelessly on behalf of AHEC, speaking before Congress about AHEC, chairing the Legislative committee of National AHEC Organization of AHEC Program Directors

(NOAPD), and representing AHEC at numerous national meetings. Dr. Mayer provided assistance to many other states involved in developing AHEC programs, and spoke about AHEC

to university and legislative leaders from other states whenever called upon for assistance.


The Eugene S. Mayer Program of Excellence Award is given to an entire AHEC Program, including its Centers, based on the degree to which it exemplifies the best qualities of an AHEC Program as outlined in these criteria:

* Program comprehensiveness

* Community and university partnerships

* Responsiveness to community needs

* The degree to which the program has had a significant impact on improving access to health care for the citizens in its state

* And is limited to only NAO members

Rural hospital may be on the comeback trail

By Andy Miller
Published May 13, 2014

A reopened rural hospital has reached a milestone in its effort to regain its financial footing.


The Georgia Department of Community Health has restored the Medicaid provider number for Lower Oconee Community Hospital, in the South Georgia town of Glenwood, allowing it again to bill the government insurance program.


Clyde Reese, the DCH commissioner, told Georgia Health News recently that pending an upcoming state licensure decision, Lower Oconee could probably have its ability to bill Medicare restored as well.


"We're going to give them a chance to operate,'' Reese said.


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NRHA warns Wall Street Journal readers: It's "crisis mode" for rural health

The Wall Street Journal's Valerie Bauerlein contacted the National Rural Health Association to put the recent increase in rural hospital closings into perspective.


NRHA's Maggie Elehwany told her: "We are in crisis mode. We've got gale-force winds coming from one direction, the tide coming in from another and it's really hitting these small hospitals who operate at tiny margins."


More rural hospitals have closed in the last year than in the past 15 combined.


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Ga. leads Medicaid sign-ups

Not all numbers likely tied to new law, but states will have to deal with costs.



States that have refused a federal offer to expand Medicaid are still seeing significant sign-ups for the safety-net program that serves the poor, and Georgia leads the nation.


In a report released Tuesday that raises political and budget implications, the market analysis firm Avalere Health estimated that at least 550,300 more people had signed up for Medicaid through the end of March in 17 out of 26 states that have not yet expanded eligibility for the program under President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.


Georgia topped the list, with 98,800 new Medicaid beneficiaries. North Carolina followed, with 58,000. In percentage terms, Montana saw the largest increase: just over 10 percent.


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Mark Your Calendar



National Rural Health Association

Rural Quality and Clinical Conference 

July 16-18 in Atlanta

 Doubletree Atlanta - Buckhead

3342 Peachtree Rd NE
Atlanta, GA  30326 


Georgia Alliance of Community Hospitals

3rd Annual Medical Fair 

Location: Wyndham Atlanta Galleria

Date: 09/05/2014- 09/07/2014 


2015 GRHA Annual Conference

January 12-14
Desoto Hilton
Savannah, Georgia 


Matt Caseman