Archive for March, 2015

CMS’ Practice Transformation Network (PTN) – Get Involved! Recruitment Webinar for Georgia Clinicians


The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Innovation Center (CMMI) will be funding Practice Transformation Networks (PTNs) to provide on-the-ground technical assistance to help primary and specialty care practices achieve the Triple Aim (better health, better care, at lower cost) and thrive in the pay-for-value environment.

The Iowa Healthcare Collaborative (IHC), Telligen, Georgia Academy of Family Physicians, and five other state-based organizations are working together to become a PTN through this innovative grant. The PTN will work together to offer population-based health management, and educate clinicians’ on value-based contracting versus fee-for-service, with the ultimate goal of improving common HEDIS measures related to chronic disease.

Join Dr. Tom Evans and our President, Dr. Wayne Hoffman on March 26th at 12:00pm or 6:30pm for a webinar to learn more about this exciting opportunity for transforming clinical practice. The webinar will be approximately one hour.

Register using this link -12:00pm:  (or cut and paste into your browser)

Register using this link – 6:30pm:  (or cut and paste into your browser)

Following registration, you will receive login instructions.

*This opportunity excludes clinicians that participate in the following programs: Medicare ACO SSP, Medicare ACO Pioneer, Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative,and Multi-payer Advanced Primary Care Practice.

The Georgia Healthy Family Alliance Awards $12,000 in First Cycle 2015 Community Health Grants To Support Good Works of GAFP Members

The Georgia Healthy Family Alliance (GHFA) awarded three Community Health Grant Award applicants a total of $12,000 in first cycle 2015 grants.  Grant awards were made to GAFP member affiliated charitable organizations that support GHFA program priorities including underserved populations and outreach programs that promote healthy practices consistent with the principles of Family Medicine. The application deadline for second cycle grants is May 1, 2015. Visit  for more information or to download the application. The 2015 first cycle Community Health Grant Recipients are:

Martha Crenshaw, MD, Physicians Care Clinic, Dekalb County $4,000

In 2014, 50% of Physicians Care Clinic patients had high blood pressure, 19% high cholesterol, and 13% of patients were diabetic.  The clinic’s Chronic Disease and Diabetes Management Program is the only organized clinic program in DeKalb County offering on-going prevention and education classes and monitoring supplies. Many of the clinic’s diabetics have a history of not managing the disease effectively.  Financially, they have not had the ability to invest in regular medical treatment due to lack of insurance and the inability to pay out of pocket.  Funding from this grant will support the following outcomes: Improved A1C levels compared to baseline; compliance with chronic disease and diabetes–related medical care (eye/vision, foot care, etc.); improved cholesterol and B/P levels as well as diabetes education classes.

Ambar Kulshreshtha, MD, Emory Department of Family Medicine, Atlanta $4,000

The SIMPACT: Simple 7 and Million Hearts for Improving Cardiovascular Health and Compliance with Targets project hopes to use the Simple 7 and Million Hearts initiative for emphasizing health promotion among young adults and advancing population health with implementation of evidence based care at primary care level. Unhealthy diet, smoking and obesity are also prevalent among Georgia youth and the trends are concerning. CVD related behaviors develop early in life and are related to development of atherosclerotic plaques. Thus, modification of risk factors and health behaviors for CVD among youth must be reinforced and complemented at multiple levels of intervention. The goal of the SIMPACT project is twofold: at the community level,  to improve cardiovascular health education among Georgia youths through physician led lectures at participating colleges; at the clinic level, to conduct a quality improvement intervention for better compliance with evidence based guidelines.

Caleb King, GRU Medical Student, Equality Clinic, Augusta, $4,000

The Equality Clinic project will address the gap in care for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender community in Augusta and surrounding areas. Equality Clinic serves those in the LGBTQ community who are underinsured or uninsured and fall below 200% of the federal poverty level. Wherever patients fall on the complex spectrums of gender identity they can come to Equality Clinic and discuss their specific health needs without fear of judgment or discrimination. Non-reusable supplies are the major source of clinic-to-clinic expenses. Their patients often have complex health conditions that require specific equipment (e.g. glucose strips), which must be kept stocked. Other supplies allow providers to narrow their differential diagnosis and provide the appropriate care (e.g. pregnancy tests). Having funding for these items will allow the Equality Clinic to focus on long-term needs such as more point-of-care testing equipment and community outreach.

These are only a few of the important programs your colleagues are lending their talents and time to statewide! Please consider making a contribution so that the Alliance can continue to support important projects like the six worthy projects we were unable to fund this grant cycle. All donations are tax deductible. Make your Alliance contribution easily online at or contact Alliance staff at or calling (800) 392-3841.

New AAFP Foundation Program: Family Medicine Leads

A new AAFP Foundation program, Family Medicine Leads, was created to ensure the future of the family medicine specialty by supporting efforts to fill the workforce pipeline with the quantity and quality of family physicians needed to improve the health of all people.

Through a year-round program building upon the National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Students, the program will:

  • Increase the number of scholarships to National Conference from 200 to 250. Scholarships focus on rising second- and third-year students to influence their commitment to the specialty.
  • Deliver a competitive leadership development program, Family Medicine Leads Emerging Leader Institute. The program will begin with a post-National Conference event for selected applicants followed by project work over a 12-month period. The project will conclude with award recognition and related special opportunities. The experience is meant to enhance the interest and appeal of family medicine, while supporting the development of future family medicine leaders.

Applications for this program are due April 1.

Visit the AAFP Foundation website ( to learn more about this exciting leadership development opportunity and Family Medicine Leads Scholarships for National Conference for students and residents. Chapters may wish to share this opportunity with students and residents.

Contact Phyllis Naragon at or ext. 4410 with questions.

AAFP Urgent Request – Speak Out to Avoid Medicare 21 Percent Cut

On April 1, family physicians across the country face a dramatic 21% cut in their Medicare payments as a result of the flawed sustainable growth rate (SGR) formula. This failed policy has plagued physicians and has stunted innovation in care delivery for more than a decade. Ridding the Medicare program of this policy has been a top priority for the AAFP for several years.

The AAFP has been working aggressively and it is our understanding that the House of Representatives is very close to introducing SGR repeal and payment reform legislation based on the AAFP supported bipartisan/bicameral agreement reached in the 113th Congress. The current version of this proposal, developed by Speaker John Boehner, Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, has an excellent opportunity to be considered by the full House in the next 15 days. Passage in the House is a critical first step towards achieving our goal of repealing this failed payment formula once and for all.

We have two activities that we are soliciting your assistance with:

  1. Send a letter to your elected officials using Speak Out. Find a draft letter here: Chapter Sign On Letter
  2. Join the AAFP in a virtual lobby day on Thursday, March 19 urging the House of Representatives to pass SGR repeal and physician payment reform legislation.  AAFP is establishing a toll-free phone line that will connect family physicians with their Representatives.  Additional details that includes the toll free number will be pushed out in the next few days.

Limited Number of Stipends Available for Tar Wars Presenters For Remainder of 2014-15 School Year!


The Georgia Healthy Family Alliance (GHFA) needs your help spreading the tobacco-freeTar Wars message to fourth- and fifth-grade students in all corners of Georgia.

A limited number of $200 stipends are available to FMIG and Family Medicine Resident groups who present the program in a school before the end of May 2015. Individual GAFP members are  also eligible for $50 stipends to present the program. Please help us spread the tobacco-free Tar Wars message to youth in your community by volunteering just one hour of your time during the 2014-15 school year.

Presenting Tar Wars is easy – and fun! We’ll mail a Tar Wars Classroom Kit to you with all the materials you will need for the presentation. The kit includes all the activity materials and handouts you’ll need, plus poster board and markers to help the students create posters “advertising” the benefits of  living a tobacco free life. Prior to the presentation, we can also schedule a presenter “training” session to review theTar Wars Program Guide, which contains step-by-step instructions for each Tar Wars classroom activity.

Tar Wars can also be presented to both Boy Scout and Girl Scout Troops as well as youth after school enrichment programs, youth groups, etc. To volunteer or learn more about potential presentations in your area please contact Kara Sinkule at or call (404) 321-7445.

Tar Wars is a tobacco-free education program created by the American Academy of Family Physicians for fourth- and fifth-grade students. The program is designed to teach kids about the short-term, image-based consequences of tobacco use, the cost associated with using tobacco products, and the advertising techniques used by the tobacco industry to market their products to youth. To learn more visit the Tar Wars home page located at