Archive for March, 2015

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

New GAFP Affinity Partner – MedMal Direct Insurance


We at the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians pride ourselves in helping our fellow physicians practice the best medicine, and the partnerships we build play a critical role in achieving this goal.  I am excited to inform you of a new development as of our last board meeting.  Effective immediately, MedMal Direct Insurance Company is our preferred partner for Medical Professional Liability coverage.

MedMal Direct’s unique business model will provide GAFP and its members with better customer service, better risk management and aggressive defense in a claim or lawsuit while providing our members with savings opportunities of 25 percent or more.  All of this is offered at the most competitive price because they have eliminated the middleman, i.e. independent insurance agencies and brokerages.  MedMal Direct is committed to Georgia Physicians and their retention rate of 98 percent exemplifies their policyholder’s satisfaction.

Regardless of your renewal date, we encourage you to reach out to MedMal Direct’s team and request information and a quote. They are eager to share their value and provide a wonderful customer experience – they can provide a quote to you within 24-48 hours.

Why MedMal Direct?

The Georgia Academy was approached by MedMal Direct and went through the vetting process which included review and analysis by the Practice Management and Executive Committee before the proposal was brought to the full Board of Directors.  Several leaders volunteered to have their practices analyze MedMal Direct’s insurance products and found that there was a large savings to be found by switching insurance products.

MedMal Direct will be supporting the GAFP in our 2015 CME activities and will help offer ongoing educational updates related to business and practice management solutions as well as risk management for you and your team.

MedMal Direct’s customer service and unique business model drove us to create this partnership to assist you in your practice.

Please be on the lookout for a fax from MedMal Direct within the next few days to inform your practice managers of this exciting partnership. They are also spreading some “ring in spring” cheer and offering a chance to win OPENING WEEKEND tickets for the Atlanta Braves for GAFP member applications completed by March 20th! Click here to learn how you can win!

Please let us know if we can answer any questions.  You can contact MedMal Direct by calling 855.663.3625 (toll free).


Warm Regards,

Wayne K. Hoffman, MD, FAAFP

President – Georgia Academy of Family Physicians


Butler Ball

CEO, MedMal Direct Insurance

(855) 663-3625 toll free  | Ask for Tim DeJoris | 245 Riverside Avenue | Suite 550 | Jacksonville, FL 32202


P.S.  No purchase of Tail coverage is required to change to MedMal  Direct.  Prior Acts coverage will be provided from the retroactive date.

Need PQRS Reporting Assistance?

Alliant Quality, the QIN-QIO (Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization) for Georgia and North Carolina is offering free support to assist eligible professionals in PQRS (Physician Quality Resource System and Value Based Payment Modifier (VBPM) reporting.

Alliant Quality will provide the following free services to eligible professionals:

·       Selection of PQRS clinical quality measures and reporting method based on your specialty

·       Registration assistance for PQRS portal

·       Provide resources on real time PQRS updates from CMS to avoid future negative payment adjustments

·       Network with other participants participating in PQRS/VBPM

·       Provide education on the VBPM program and how you can get an upward adjustment in payment

Enrolling for this free support and assistance is easy!

To get started in enrollment process, please complete a short needs assessment via this link and a team member will follow-up with you within a week.

For further questions related to enrollment, please contact:
Tara T. McAdoo, NC and GA Task Lead-Physician Initiatives
Office (678)-527-3673 Cell (678)-524-0106

“Despite the ongoing challenges posed by the PQRS program and its recent changes, I feel confident that we will be successful, in large part due to Alliant Quality’s assistance.”
Julie Cole, EHR Coordinator-University Health Care Physicians 

This material was prepared by GMCF, for Alliant Quality, the Medicare Quality Innovation Network – Quality Improvement Organization for Georgia and North Carolina, under contract with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The contents presented do not necessarily reflect CMS policy. Publication No. 11SOW-GMCFQIN-D1-15-02

AAFP Develops Toolkit for Medicare Chronic Care Management Payment

As of January 1, 2015, Medicare began paying physicians for Chronic Care Management Services under CPT code 99490.  This new payment offers physicians the opportunity to be compensated for non-face-to-face care management with Medicare patients that have multiple chronic conditions.  The CCM payment allowance is approximately $42 per month per patient, subject to customary Medicare beneficiary cost sharing.

In response to the 2015 Medicare rule changes, AAFP released a toolkit designed for physicians to successfully bill and receive payment for Chronic Care Management Services.  The toolkit covers key elements of the new rule, such as patient eligibility, practice standards, scope of services, coding, billing, documentation, and CCM “incident to” rules.  The toolkit also provides downloadable tools designed to assist physicians with implementation of CCM services, such as patient care plans, patient letters and agreements, and service logs for tracking clinical time devoted to care management services.  AAFP’s senior strategist for physician payment, Kent Moore, presented the need-to-know information on how to get started with billing for Chronic Care Management services in “Getting Paid for Chronic Care Management Under Medicare in 2015.”  To read more and view the archived webinar, click here.

The Chronic Care Management Toolkit is available at no cost for AAFP members and can be found here: Please note: Access to the full toolkit requires AAFP member sign in.