Archive for October, 2014

2014 Annual Scientific Assembly – Register Before the Price Goes Up!

Save money and register for the meeting now! After October 20th, the full member registration rate goes up from $378 to $428 and complimentary registration for GAFP Board Members ends, so make sure you visit the Annual Meeting Event Page and register.

Additionally, the GAFP room block at the Westin closes October 16th. Rates at the Westin Buckhead begin at $140. For reservations call 404-365-0065 or 800-253-1397. Request the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians room block. You may also book a room online by clicking here. GAFP room rates are automatically applied.

The GAFP’s 2014 Annual Scientific Assembly will be held Friday November 14th – Sunday, November 16th in Atlanta, Georgia.  Each year we offer a myriad of CME lectures, workshops, re-certification exams, and exhibits to attendees along with the opportunity to network with colleagues.

New this year, the Annual Meeting will be hosted at the trendy Westin Buckhead Hotel in Atlanta, GA. In addition, registration will cut off at 450 attendees, so don’t miss out! With up to 21 CME credit available, this will be your opportunity to fulfill your CME requirements for the year and take advantage of ABFM recertification courses in a group setting.

You can look forward to hearing evidence-based lectures on Transitioning Youth to Adult Care, Managing Wound Care, Osteoporosis, Adult Immunizations, Opioid-Induced Constipation in Individuals with Chronic, Non-Cancer Pain, and Hookahs & E-Cigarettes.  In addition, we will offer a Pain Management and Palliative Care track as well as DOT Training and the ever popular Business Solutions Workshop.  Due to a strong response last year about the group learning session which included student participation, the Education and Research Committee is working to duplicate its success in 2014. The workshop will highlight case studies on clinical topics and encourages audience participation.

The GAFP will again host our PCMH University practices at the Annual Meeting for their final learning session before submitting their applications to become NCQA Recognized Patient Center Medical Homes.  Good luck to the group!

Another highlight of the Annual meeting is the Coding Workshop, led by Steve Adams.  This workshop draws physicians, nurses, and practice managers from around the state to receive not yet released coding information that is very useful in their every day practices.

Registration for the Annual Scientific Assembly will be open online through October 31st. Visit the Annual Meeting Event Page to register online. Please make plans to join us in November for the 2014 Annual Scientific Assembly at the Westin Buckhead Hotel in Atlanta.

2014 Georgia Academy Congress of Delegates Confirmed Delegates and Alternate Delegates

Below is a list of Delegates and Alternates who have agreed to serve on behalf of their Districts for the 2014 GAFP Congress of Delegates.  The Congress of Delegates will receive and act upon the reports of officers and committee chairs, areas of concern for your district and transact all business that is on the agenda.

The first meeting of the Congress of Delegates will be via conference call and webinar and will be held on Thursday, November 6, at 6 pm.  The call in number will be 1-800-791-2345, call in code 14297.  There will also be the ability to view a webinar, and the log in information will be emailed to all members later in October.

All members are invited to attend this call as it is where you are invited to speak to resolutions of particular interest or concern to you.  To see the final resolutions submitted for 2014, please click here.

The second session of the Congress of Delegates will be from 1 until 5:30 pm on Sunday, November 16, at the GAFP Annual Meeting at the Westin Buckhead in Atlanta, GA in Ballroom A.



Speaker: Loy “Chip” Cowart, MD

Vice Speaker: Donald Fordham, MD

District 1 Delegates

Eric Davis MD, JD

Brian M. DeLoach MD

Angela Sellers Gerguis MD

Sherma Peter MD

Thaddeus H. Riley MD


District 2 Delegates

Rhett Calhoun MD

Tracy A. Rosenbaum DO

Michael D. Satchell MD

Michael Sein DO


District 3 Delegates

William Clint Adcox MD

James R. Hagler MD

Nicole Haynes MD, MPH

Beulette Y. Hooks MD

Shabbir Motiwala MD

Shemal Scott MD

Joseph G. Surber DO

Beverley Ann Townsend MD

1st Alternate: Patrick B. Railey MD


District 4 Delegates

Chandra Britt Armstrong MD

William K. Bostock DO

Linda L. Casteel MD

Kim P. Eubanks MD

Theresa Jacobs MD

Harold E. Moore MD

Jada Moore-Ruffin MD

Valens Plummer MD

Carol Pryby MD

Vera Reaves MD

Varinder K. Singh MD

Susan Thomas MD


District 5 Delegates

Susan Collette Schayes, MD

Rajendra F Patel  MD


District 6 Delegates

Fred S. Girton MD

Alice Aumann House MD

Eugene H. Jackson MD

Barbara A. Walker MD

Walter Steven Wilson, MD


District 7 Delegates

John S. Antalis MD

William T. Boyett MD

John Joseph Desmond MD

Leonard Daniel Reeves MD

Robert E. Sullivan MD

Melvin H. Thomas MD

Jose M. Villalon Gomez MD


District 8 Delegates

Jairaj Goberdhan MD

Howard C McMahan MD

William D Nash MD


District 9 Delegates

Samuel L Church MD, MPH

Marti Gibbs MD

David Albert Stone MD

Anne Berry Todd MD

Jacob Varghese MD


District 10 Delegates

Jonathan Mitchell Cook DO

Jacqueline DuBose MD

Paul David Haver MD

Bruce M. LeClair MD, MPH


District 11 Delegates

Thomas E. Bat MD

Dwana Marie Bush MD

David Lee Hall MD

Wayne K. Hoffman MD

Yvonne Mukosolu Maduka MD

Adrienne D. Mims MD

Terence Moraczewski MD

Brian K. Nadolne, MD

Folashade S. Omole MD

George Rust MD

James Anthony Yost MD, MS, MBA


Resident Delegates:

Folasade Ajayi MD, MPH-Morehouse FMRP

Danielle DonDiego DO-Savannah Memorial Health FMRP

Vailoor Jairaj MD-Emory FMRP

Patrick Kindregan DO-Floyd FMRP

Stephanie Stutz DO-Houston Medical Center FMRP

Peaesha Houston DO-Gwinnett Medical Center FMRP


Student Delegate:

Jontu Solomon- Morehouse School of Medicine

Order Your Georgia Healthy Family Alliance Draw Down Tickets for a Chance to Win $10,000

Please join us for the very first Georgia Healthy Family Alliance $10,000 Draw Down on Friday, November 14th from 5:00pm to 7:00pm during the GAFP Annual Scientific Assembly at the Westin Buckhead.

This brand new event is like a raffle in reverse! Purchase your tickets using the form below to be entered into the Draw Down. At the Draw Down on Friday night, we will begin to draw tickets. If you’re ticket is drawn, you are out of the running for the $10,000, but you may still win one of our additional prizes! However, if you purchased a ticket with insurance and yours is one of the first 50 tickets drawn, your ticket goes back in for a second chance. You have the option to split the winnings if you have one of the last 4, 3, or 2 tickets left, or you can go for the $10,000 grand prize!

You can also find the ticket order form on the Georgia Healthy Family Alliance website or you can order your tickets when you register for the 2014 Annual Scientific Assembly.

Draw Down Raffle Ticket Order Form



Cell Phone__________________________ Email:________________________________

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     _____ Draw Down Ticket (s) @$50 each

     _____ Draw Down Ticket(s) w/ *Insurance @ $75 each

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Please check all that apply (even if you plan to attend)

_____If my name is one of the last 4 names remaining and the other 3 remaining names agree, I wish to split the $10,000 four ways winning $2,500.

_____If my name is one of the last 3 names remaining and the other 2 remaining names agree, I wish to split the $10,000 three ways winning $3,333.33.

_____If my name is one of the last 2 names remaining and the other remaining name agrees, I wish to split the $10,000 two ways winning $5,000.

            I do not wish to split at any level.

_____If I win I would like to donate $_____ to the Georgia Healthy Family Alliance

            I am planning to attend.                      I cannot attend.

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Ebola Update: Message from the CDC and Online Resources for Providers

The GAFP is tracking the latest Ebola updates for healthcare providers. Below is a letter from the CDC regarding prevention of the spread of the disease. There are also additional online resources after the letter and on our Notifiable Disease Page that may be helpful for physicians and other healthcare providers.

Dear Colleague,

As a frontline healthcare provider, you play an essential role in protecting the health and well-being of our nation. In light of the recent presentation of an Ebola-positive patient in Texas, we wanted to remind all healthcare professionals that simple steps can be taken to prevent the spread of this disease. You can contribute to our country’s response by being ready to detect a potentially infected patient; protect yourself, your colleagues, and other patients from exposure; and respond with appropriate patient care. Specifically, you should be ready to:

  • Detect: Ask All Patients with Non-Specific Complaints About Recent Travel A travel history should be taken as early as possible in your encounter with all patients. Although the signs and symptoms of Ebola are nonspecific (e.g., fever, headache, muscle pain, weakness, vomiting, diarrhea, etc.), Ebola can be virtually eliminated from your differential by ruling out travel to the affected area.
  • Protect: Use Good Infection Control Practices Consistent and correct use of personal protective equipment (PPE), frequent hand washing, and proper decontamination of surfaces and equipment are key to reducing or eliminating the transmission of Ebola and other communicable diseases (e.g., HIV, influenza, hepatitis, and Enterovirus-D68).
  • Respond: Have a Plan All healthcare workers should know what to do when encountering a suspected Ebola patient.  It is critical to know who to notify and to make that notification immediately.  Remember, Ebola is a nationally notifiable disease and must be reported to local, state, and federal public health authorities.

The CDC website has many important resources for clinicians to learn more about Ebola.

In addition, the CDC Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is always available at 770-488-7100 or

In the last decade, our nation has made great strides in healthcare system and public health emergency preparedness. As a result of our efforts, we are confident in our collective ability to control the spread of Ebola domestically. Thank you for your continued partnership and dedication to national health security.


Best regards,

Nicole Lurie, M.D., M.S.P.H.

RADM, U.S. Public Health Service

Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response


Additional Resources:

The CDC’s Ebola Website

The Latest CDC “Health Alert Network” Notice: Recommendations for Healthcare Personnel and Health Officials

The Georgia Department of Public Health’s Ebola website

The World Health Organization’s (WHO) Ebola Website

Tell AAFP about your experience with narrowing networks

Tell AAFP about your experience with narrowing networks
AAFP is asking members to complete a survey to help them better understand the breadth, depth, and effects of narrowing networks on physicians and patients alike. The Academy will use information collected from the survey in their advocacy efforts by presenting it to federal and state policymakers and insurance regulators. Complete the survey at