Archive for April, 2015

Georgia Academy Kicks Off Discounted Medical Liability Insurance Program with MedMal Direct

The MedMal Direct Insurance Company affinity program kicked off in February.  MedMal Direct CEO, Butler Ball, attended the GAFP board meeting in early March.  Mr. Ball was able to explain more about MedMal Direct’s benefits to our members and to the support MedMal Direct is giving to the Georgia Academy’s CME activities.  As of early April, 10 members have submitted an application, 5 signed on to promptly take advantage of savings with MedMal Direct and 3 more have committed to making the move at their renewal date. The average savings has been 35 percent off current premiums per physician!  MedMal Direct is able to provide significant savings due to their direct carrier business model that enables them to deliver unmatched value to their clients while providing superior service.

We are also happy to announce the winners of the Spring Braves Promotion:

Dr. Virander Singh, Duluth, GA

Dr. Zachariah Overby, Hahira, GA

Dr. Richard Rosenberger, Acworth, GA

Dr. Billy Greening, Senoia, GA

Dr. Donald Fordham, Demorest, GA

Dr. Chandra Armstrong, Decatur, GA

The members enjoyed a Braves game on opening weekend, in a box hosted by MedMal Direct Insurance. To obtain a quote for your practice – the process is simple, visit and fill out an application or e-mail your CV and declarations page to Tim DeJoris at He can also address any of your questions over the phone at (855) 663-3625.

The GAFP and Practice Transformation Networks

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.

Georgia Academy of Family Physicians, the Iowa Healthcare Collaborative (IHC), Telligen, 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.

On March 26th, the GAFP sponsored two webinars hosted by our President, Dr. Wayne Hoffman and featured Dr. Tom Evans, President and CEO of the Iowa Healthcare Collaborative as the speaker.  Dr. Evans gave the group insight into the project and explained that the goal is to align and equip healthcare providers with the tools they need to continuously improve.  Additionally, Dr. Evans spoke about promoting responsible reporting of healthcare information and raising the quality standards of healthcare delivery.

From the interaction with the audience, Dr. Evans and his team created a list of FAQs that answers questions posed about the project.  The FAQs and the complete webinar are now available for review on the GAFP website at

You can access the webinar by clicking the link, complete the registration information and enter the passcodeTransform1.

Reminder about New Member Benefit – Resident Employment Contract Review Options

The Georgia Academy of Family Physicians Board of Directors has launched a program which allows all GAFP resident members who plan to practice to have their employment contracts reviewed by an attorney from The Sanders Law Firm, P.C. (  This benefit is especially important for GAFP residents who intend to remain in Georgia upon graduation from their respective residency programs: GAFP will pay for the legal review of the contract!  If the resident has made the (unfortunate) decision to leave Georgia, GAFP has negotiated a reduced rate that the resident can pay directly to The Sanders Law Firm, P.C.

To be eligible:

1.    You must be a current member of the AAFP/GAFP.

2.    You must be enrolled as a PGY3 in training at a Georgia family medicine residency program.

3.    You must contact The Sanders Law Firm P.C. directly (it maintains a list of GAFP Resident members):

Phone: (404) 364-1819

Mr. Sanders has over eighteen years of experience reviewing employment agreements between physicians and their employers.

Richard D. Sanders represents a variety of healthcare providers on a broad range of issues, including business transactions, fraud and abuse compliance (Anti-Kickback Statute and Stark), Certificate of Need (CON) issues, medical staff credentialing, Medicare reimbursement, antitrust policy, and legislative activities. He also assists providers in their relationships with federal and state regulatory agencies.  After graduating from Duke University in 1992 with a double-major in political science and history, Rich earned his Juris Doctor degree from the Emory University School of Law in 1996. In 2013, Rich was rated as a “Top Rated Lawyer in HealthCare Law” and has a AV Preeminent® peer review rating from Martindale-Hubbell™.

Richard D. Sanders, Esq.

The Sanders Law Firm, P.C.
7 Piedmont Center, Suite 300
3525 Piedmont Road
Atlanta, Georgia 30305
(404) 364-1819
(866) 871-2238 Fax

Named to Best Lawyers in America- Healthcare 2010-2015

Public Health Spotlight: DPH Creates Proposed Rulemaking for First Responders as a Part of “Medical Amnesty Law”

During the 2014 session of the Georgia General Assembly, legislation was enacted authorizing the administration of opioid antagonists by medics licensed by the department and first responders as defined in the newly enacted House Bill 965 (O.C.G.A. § 31-11-51.1(b)(1)), and directing the Department of Public Health (DPH) to prescribe content and standards of training needed to administer an opioid antagonist through regulations.

In a February 15th notice, DPH outlined proposed changes to DPH Regulation 511-9-2-.16 regarding training standards for first responders, which are included below.

“Training For Administration of Opioid Antagonists. In order to be authorized to administer opioid antagonists to a person experiencing an opioid related overdose. a first responder shall first undergo a course of training approved by the State EMS medical director and made available on the department’s website. For purpose of this subparagraph,'”first responder” shall mean any person or agency who provides on-site care until the arrival of a duIy Iicensed ambulance service, including but not limited to persons who routinely respond to calls for assistance through an affiliation with law enforcement agencies, fire departments, and rescue agencies.”

GAFP will provide updates as more details regarding the proposed regulation changes become available.

2015 Georgia Academy of Family Physician Awards

Dear GAFP Colleague:

We are all busy.  But I am asking that you take less than 10 minutes to think about honoring a fellow Georgia family physician.  Please help me and the rest of your Georgia family physicians in recognizing our friends for their exemplary service to the profession of family medicine and contributions to our State, by nominating someone for one of following awards:

GAFP Awards

Deadline To Submit Nominations

Family Medicine Community And Volunteer Services Award

May 18, 2015

Georgia Family Physician of The Year

May 18, 2015

Family Medicine Educator of The Year

May 18, 2015

The Membership Committee will nominate a slate to be approved by the Board of Directors, and presentation of the awards will be held during the 2015 GAFP Annual Meeting in November.

Many noteworthy colleagues may not have been considered for an award because they were not nominated.  To download an electronic copy of the awards nomination package go to

The awards nomination package includes the awards and criteria, nomination forms and a list of past winners of each award.

If you have questions or prefer that an awards nomination packet be mailed or faxed to you instead, contact Alesa McArthur of the GAFP at 1-800-392-3841or


Wayne K. Hoffman, MD, FAAFP

2015 GAFP President