The Big-City Guide to Small-Town Living

The GMEC blog will be taking a break for the holiday season.  We leave you with this essay from the Daily Yonder:

I watched over the last decade or so as successful big-city professionals retire and move out to the fringes of my rural town. They typically buy farms or ranchettes and imagine themselves living in a sylvan or riverine setting with big horned owls hooting and coyotes howling in the distance after a kill. Some of them learn to fit in and truly find a home. Many others make it about five years and move back to the city or elsewhere, inevitably “to be closer to their grandkids.”

I wondered, what makes for a successful transition to the small-town life that I love so much. The following 10 rules I personally pulled out of a very authoritative hat.

Read the 10 Rules for Small-Town Living.

Speaking of Billing…

One of the great presentations at Head for the Hills 2015 was Curbside Consults, Warm Handoffs, Team Meetings: How to Define and Discuss Billing and Coding Practices

Led by Joel Hornberger, MHA and J. David Bull, PsyD of Cherokee Health Systems, the session focused of the ‘how’ and ‘why’ of integrated care.  It noted:

Integration is a means to an end…

  • Improve the health of a population
  • Reduce healthcare disparities
  • Improve access
  • Focus on wellness and prevention
  • Patient centered care
  • Evidence based clinical and program decision making

The session also reviewed the financial aspect of integrated care, looking at how costs can be balanced with revenue.

So if you want,

“The care that results from a practice team of primary care and behavioral health clinicians, working together with patients and families, using a systematic and cost-effective approach to provide patient-centered care for a defined population”

Look into integrated care today!


Save the Date!

Are you a medical resident?

Are you working in or for rural Southwest Virginia (or surrounding areas)?

Then mark off April 22nd on your calendar and plan to be at the Second Rural Residents Research Symposium!

This is a day for residents to present original research (not case studies) regarding topics of interest to rural primary care docs and their peers.

Slots at the Rural Residents Research Symposium are 30-45 minutes long; anyone interested in presenting must meet the criteria of rural focus and should apply through their residency coordinator.

A limit of two applications per residency program will be accepted with a total of 10 presentations.  The top two presentations will be invited to speak at the 2016 Head for the Hills event in October.

For questions, contact GMEC Director Wendy Welch at

More information coming soon!