The Second Annual Rural Healthcare Symposium is part of an annual effort to bring attention to the national rural healthcare crisis. Key topics to be explored at this year’s daylong conference include: the opioid epidemic and addiction treatments, an overview of current rural healthcare legislation and public policy, the impact of technology on rural healthcare delivery, the economic realities facing rural providers and an inside look at the operations of rural healthcare facilities.
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2017
Friday, April 21st
9:00 AM

Opening Remarks

Bill Boling, Boling & Company
Gary D. Nelson, Healthcare Georgia Foundation
William P. Kanto, Augusta University Center for Rural Health Support and Study
Lisa Carhuff, Georgia State Office of Rural Health
Nita Ham, Georgia State Office of Rural Health

Larry Walker Room, Rusk Hall

9:00 AM - 9:45 AM

9:45 AM

In the Trenches: Rural Healthcare According to Its Executives & Managers

Mel Pyne, Emanuel Medical Center/Dorminy Medical Center\Candler County Hospital
Kurt Stuenkel, Floyd Medical Center/Polk Medical Center
Tammy Mims, Jeff Davis Hospital
John George, Optim Healthcare
Scott Grubman, Chilivis Cochran Larkins & Bever LLP

Larry Walker Room, Rusk Hall

9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

10:45 AM

Morning Plenary Session

James B. Langford, Georgia Prevention Project

Larry Walker Room, Rusk Hall

10:45 AM - 11:15 AM

11:15 AM

The Opioid Epidemic & Addiction Treatment

Macarena Garcia, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
Mark Faul, Centers for Disease Control & Prevention
Brian Kaskie, University of Iowa, College of Public Health
Toni Miles, University of Georgia, College of Public Health
Fazal Khan, University of Georgia School of Law

Larry Walker Room, Rusk Hall

11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

12:15 PM

Lunchtime Legislative Update

Dean Burke, Georgia State Senate
Terry Englan, Georgia State Legislative Assembly

Larry Walker Room, Rusk Hall

12:15 PM - 1:15 PM

1:15 PM

State of Rural Healthcare Legislation & Public Policy

Brock Slabach, National Rural Health Association
Ethan James, Georgia Hospital Association
William Custer, Georgia Health Policy Center
Preston W. Smith, Tyler & Company
Elizabeth Weeks Leonard, University of Georgia School of Law

Larry Walker Room, Rusk Hall

1:15 PM - 2:15 PM

2:15 PM

Afternoon Plenary Session

Bruce Baird Struminger, Project ECHO

Larry Walker Room, Rusk Hall

2:15 PM - 2:45 PM

2:45 PM

Telehealth & the Future of Technology Impacting Rural Health

Erica Baker, Georgia Medicaid
Julia Driessen, University of Pittsburgh, Graduate School of Public Health
Tanya Mack, Women's Telehealth
Steve McGraw, REACH Health
Glenn Pearson, Pearson Health Tech Insights

Larry Walker Room, Rusk Hall

2:45 PM - 3:45 PM

3:45 PM

Distressed Provider Outlook: Restructuring, Bankruptcy & Acquisitions

Kirk Olsen, ER Hospitals
Scott W. Goodspeed, Stroudwater Associates
J. Robert Williamson, Scroggins & Williamson PC
W. Wright Banks, Jr., State of Georgia, Deputy Attorney General
Bill Boling, Boling & Company

Larry Walker Room, Rusk Hall

3:45 PM - 4:30 PM