Archive for January, 2015

Join the Fun in 2015 – Volunteer for a GAFP Committee

All GAFP members should have received this information previously via email. Note that the deadline was extended slightly, but spots are rapidly being filled! 

The Georgia Academy is looking for your knowledge and expertise to help us advocate for our profession and our patients.  Please nominate yourself by completing the fields below and submitting them by email to no later than January 12th to be considered for an appointment for 2015. 

GAFP President Dr. Wayne Hoffman is seeking members to volunteer for a GAFP committee for a one-year term for 2015. Committee membership will be held to no more than 15 members. For most committees, this will include one slot for a resident and a medical student. The expectation is that each member selected for a committee will have the ability to 1) attend the three committee conclave meetings, 2) respond to emails, and 3) review committee materials and be ready to offer advice and guidance.

The time commitment is the ability to review emails on a frequent basis as well as attend all three committee meetings (either in person or by phone).

In 2015 – these meetings will take place:

Saturday, March 7, 2015 – Jekyll Island Club Hotel
Thursday, June 18, 2015 – Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort (Destin, FL)
Saturday, August 22, 2015 – Chateau Elan (Braselton)

There will also be Working Groups that will be larger groups that meet for a shorter time period to assist in Georgia Academy programs.

Following is a list of the opportunities for service. We encourage your interest and participation as this is certainly an important and pivotal time for family medicine. We are only as strong as the commitment and involvement of our members.

Education and Research Committee (15 members): This committee is responsible for all the educational activities of the Georgia Academy, including the annual and summer meeting, as well as our national GO! Diabetes project and the education for the Patient Centered Medical Home University.

Summer Meeting Working Group (unlimited members): This working group will meet from February – June and the focus will be on the development of the education and programming of the Summer CME meeting which will be held at the Sandestin Resort in Destin, FL (June 18-21). This group will develop the agenda, review all educational content, and volunteer to serve as meeting moderators and hosts.

Annual Meeting Working Group (unlimited members): This working group will meet from April – November and will focus on the development and programming of the Annual CME meeting which will be held in Atlanta from November 6-8. This group will develop the agenda, review all educational content, and volunteer to serve as meeting moderators and hosts.

Finance Committee (15 members): This committee reviews the financials including staff benefits and the budget. It also makes recommendations to the Board on financial policies.

Bylaws Committee (15 members):  This committee will review governance issues and review any needed bylaws changes.  Bylaws changes must be sent to the general membership for review and approved by the GAFP Congress of Delegates.

Legislative Committee (15 members): This committee oversees all advocacy and legislative activities and recommends action to the Board to assure representation of family medicine and our patients.

State Legislative Session Working Group (unlimited members): This working group will meet weekly by phone from January – March to review the policy priorities of the Georgia Academy along with receiving updates on the activities of the Georgia General Assembly. Areas of focus will include the State Budget (Medicaid, Public Health), Tort Reform, Insurance Initiatives, Public Safety, Medical Education, Georgia Board Physician Workforce Funding of Family Medicine Residency Programs and Scope of Practice.

Membership Services Committee(15 members): This committee serves a dual purpose, with the responsibility for membership recruitment and retention, as well as for all local and national award nominations. This committee is also tasked with monitoring the communications to our members.

Practice Management Committee (15 members): The Practice Management Committee monitors insurance policies and issues that affect the business of family medicine. It also works on payment reform for primary care. The committee is continually monitoring new payment models and works to educate our membership on patient centered medical home, accountable care organizations, Medical Advantage plans and other business models.

Medical Home Working Group (unlimited members): This working group will meet by phone and email to help guide staff on assisting our members with practice transformation and help advocate for payment reform.  This group will be under the leadership of the Practice Management Committee and will review activities related to the medical home including the PCMH University and the newly launched PCMH University Graduate Program.

Public Health Committee (15 members): This committee works to improve the health and welfare of our state’s citizens by assisting Georgia’s Department of Public Health in their mission. The Georgia Academy has a contract with the Department of Public Health that is overseen by this committee.

Student and Resident Recruitment(15 members including 7 active/life members, 3 students, 3 residents) This Committee promotes family medicine to our Georgia medical students, pre-medical and high school students as well as looks for areas to support family medicine physicians-in-training.

Committee Membership Application


I am a __________Medical Student ______________Resident ________________Family Physician

______________________________is the Committee I would like to serve on in 2015.

____________I can attend all 3 committee dates (either in person or by phone).

I cannot attend all three committee dates, I can attend _______________of the meetings.

My talents and expertise that will assist the committee are:

If I am not selected for my committee of choice. I would like to be considered for the __________________________________ Committee.

I would also like to volunteer for a Working Group (list the Working Group):_____________________________________

The Georgia Healthy Family Alliance and the GAFP Education and Research Committee Announce the George W. Shannon Family Medicine Leadership Lecture Series

The Georgia Healthy Family Alliance and the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians Education and Research Committee are pleased to announce the George W. Shannon Family Medicine Leadership Lecture Series in honor of GAFP Past President Dr. George Shannon who is retiring from his Columbus based medical practice.

The lecture series will kick off with a keynote CME address from Dr. Shannon at the GAFP 2015 Summer Meeting in Sandestin, FL and will continue at the GAFP Scientific Assembly in November 2015.

The George W. Shannon Family Medicine Leadership Lecture Series is being made possible through generous donations from fellow GAFP colleagues, former residents, students and patients as well as an initial contribution from Horizons Diagnostics, the multi-specialty practice Dr. Shannon co-founded in Columbus, Georgia and colleagues from the Columbus medical community.

Tax deductible donations in honor of Dr. Shannon’s retirement to support the lecture series can be made to the Georgia Healthy Family Alliance. The Alliance will serve as the fiscal administrator of funds raised in honor of Dr. Shannon’s leadership and service over the years.

To make a personal donation to thank Dr. Shannon for his dedication over decades of service to the GAFP as a leader, teacher, mentor and friend simply fill out the donor form below or donate on the GHFA website at For more information contact Kara Sinkule at or call (404) 321-7445.


My contribution to the Dr. George Shannon Family Medicine Leadership Lecture Series*

___$1,000 Legacy

___$500 Patron

___$250 Sponsor

___$100 Benefactor

___$ 50 Friend

___ Other Amount


Payment Method:

____ My Check is enclosed (Payable to Georgia Healthy Family Alliance)

____Please charge my credit card _________________________Card # _____CVN

_______Exp.Date___________________Name on Card _________Zip Code

____ Other: _______________________________________________________

Contact Information:



City/State/Zip Code__________________________________________________



Georgia Healthy Family Alliance

3760 LaVista Road, Suite 100 Tucker, GA30084-5641

404.321.7445 Phone / 800.392.3841 Toll Free/ 404.321.7450 Fax

Make a donation online at

The Georgia Healthy Family Alliance is a 501 (c)(3) tax-exempt organization #58-6212478 and donations are *tax-deductible. Questions?

You Can Still Get Early Bird Pricing on the Upcoming AAFP Family Medicine Board Review Express® Live Course in Atlanta, GA

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AAFP Family Medicine Board Review Express® Live Course in Atlanta, GA – February 26 through March 1, 2015

Attend a three-and-a-half day live course with your colleagues to review the evidence based principles of family medicine and learn effective test-taking strategies. Register by January 16 to save $200.

As an AAFP Member, you can save big on Board Review resources from the AAFP.

Free PQRS Submission Support

If you want to prevent future Medicare PQRS payment decreases or improve your Physician Compare star rating based on your PQRS reporting performance, contact your Quality Improvement Organization – Alliant Quality to enroll in ongoing assistance for reporting and quality improvement.

Contact Tara T McAdoo, MSM, Task Lead – GA Physician Initiatives, at  or 678.527.3673, or complete the online form to receive follow-up information from Alliant Quality.

Periodic Visit vs. Catch-Up Visit vs. Interperiodic Screening of EPSDT

Senior Staff from Medicaid asked the Georgia Academy to share this information to our membership:

On Time EPSDT Periodic Visit Procedure Codes

Georgia Medicaid Early Periodic Screening Diagnostic and Treatment (EPSDT) program follows the AAP/Bright Futures Periodicity schedule.  To provide a well-child exam per the schedule, the child need only be the age of the visit to receive the service.   Please add the 25 modifier to the EPSDT periodic visit code billed when a vaccine is administered during the periodic visit.

For example: the one month visit must occur before the child turns one month old.  However, all children aged 3 years of age and under are allowed to have catch-up visits to get caught up with the schedule.

The EPSDT Periodic visit allows for one well-child exam per age bracket based on the Bright Futures Periodicity schedule.

For example: if the child has a well exam on 9/29/14 and has a birthday on 2/15/15, the child may receive the appropriate well child exam for their age.  They do not need to wait until 9/29/15 to be seen again.

Catch-Up EPSDT Visit Procedure Codes

These catch up visits must include the HA modifier appended to the visit code along with the EP modifier to identify the visit as a catch-up visit.  Please add the 25 modifier to the EPSDT periodic visit code billed when a vaccine is administered during the periodic visit.

For example: In a case where the child was seen for their 4 month visit, is now 7 months but missed their 6 month visit, you would report the preventive health code for the 6 month visit and append the HA modifier to identify this as the catch-up visit.  All components of the catch-up visit that is being performed must be documented in the child’s chart.

The EPSDT Catch-up visit allows for one well-child catch-up exam per age bracket based on the Bright Futures Periodicity schedule for members 3years and younger.

Interperiodic EPSDT Visit Procedure Codes

Interperiodic screening, vision, hearing, and dental services can be performed when it is medically necessary to determine the existence of suspected physical or mental illnesses or conditions. Interperiodic EPSDT visits are used for Medicaideligible and PeachCare for Kids®eligible children who are up to date on their periodic exams, but have been referred because of a suspected problem to a qualified health provider by a health, developmental, or educational professional who comes into contact with the child outside of the formal health care system or a need identified by the provider or parent. These screens are billed with an E&M code and must have the EP modifier with the appropriate diagnosis code.

For example: A 6 year old child receives a well-child exam on schedule on their birthday.  Several months later the child’s teacher suspects a problem with the child’s hearing, however the child is not yet due for a periodic well-child screen.  The child can be referred by the teacher for an interperiodic hearing screen.

Children in state custody (foster care) may require more frequent EPSDT services. Effective March 3, 2014, all children in state custody were transitioned to Medicaid managed care.

Additional information regarding EPSDT visits is available on the DCH web portal ( under the Provider Information TAB – Provider Manuals – Health Check Services.