Archive for May, 2015

Georgia Academy Pilots ABFM MOC Project

The American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) is embarking on an effort to make MOC easier for board-certified diplomates.  The ABFM has pledged to invest up to $13 million into the first clinical registry for Family Medicine.  The DataAbstraction and Intelligence Quality Engine for Research and Improvement (DAIQUERI), a data extraction tool developed by FIGmd and ABFM, will help physicians extract and report useful data from their Electronic Health Records (EHR) and for your own use in managing your patient panel.

DAIQUERI, will have the capacity to:

  • Extract EHR data
  • Produce patient-level quality measures and disease registries for your use
  • Enable family physicians to send their measures for MOC so that you don’t have to hand-enter data (in 2016 this will also allow PQRS reporting for Medicare payments)

For this important pilot project, the ABFM is partnering with the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians to invite members to take part in the registry pilot. We would like to recruit 100 physicians, particularly those in small practices.

How long is the Pilot Project?

The pilot will run June through November 2015.

What’s in it for me?

  • No Separate Reporting to PQRSYou won’t have to do anything to report your data to PQRS or for Meaningful Use in 2016 and beyond (no payment penalties).
  • Complimentary Tools & DashboardsDAIQUERI will turn your EHR data into information that can help you with patient and panel management.
  • This is a FREE Pilot Initiative!! ­— All you have to do is register for the pilot.

What do I have to do?

ATTEND the GAFP Summer CME Meeting!  Although it’s not a requirement to attend, representatives from the ABFM will be on-hand all weekend to complete enrollment, discuss valuable information via a CME lecture, and  offer face-to-face interaction in the Social & Information Hub.  Simply click the link to register for the Summer CME Meeting, June 18-21 at the Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort.

If you are or are not able to attend the Summer Meeting, we ask that you please complete the short questionnaire below and return it to Angela Flanigan at or fax it to (404) 321-7450 to sign up for this pilot project!  Once you have been successfully registered for the pilot project, a FIGmd representative will contact you to navigate you through the partnership agreement, install the registry, and get you on your way to extracting useful data for your practice.

The GAFP and ABFM see the registry as an important investment in family medicine. For more information on the DAIQUERI project, please contact John Johannides at

YES!  Please register me for the DAQUERI Pilot Project.

Practice Name:_____________________________________________________________________      

Primary Practice Contact (name, title, phone #, email):______________________________________

# of Physicians in Your Practice: _______________________________________________________

Do you have an EHR? ___Yes   ___No          EHR System & Version:_________________________

Sign Up Now for the Nexplanon Clinical Training Program Provided by Merck Prior to the Summer Meeting!

The Georgia Academy of Family Physicians (GAFP) invites you to attend a complimentary Nexplanon Clinical Training Program provided by Merck prior to the GAFP Summer Meeting on Thursday, June 18th in Destin, FL.

Are you engaging in regular and routine contraceptive conversations with your patients?

Would you be interested in offering your patients a long acting, reversible contraceptive (LARC) versus a daily pill?

If you answered YES to these questions, this Training is for YOU!

Date: Thursday, June 18th, 2015
Time: 10:30am – 12:30pm
Location: Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort, LeCiel G
9300 Emerald Coast Pkwy West
Destin, FL 32550

Please Note: Only those clinicians who have completed the training program are eligible to purchase the Nexplanon® product.  You must be a physician or an advanced practice clinician in order to attend.

Deadline for registration —- May 20, 2015

What is Nexplanon®
Nexplanon® a progestogen-only subdermal implant that has now replaced the contraceptive implant, Implanon®. Nexplanon and Implanon are bioequivalent (i.e. they both contain 68 mg etonogestrel and they have the same release rate and 3-year duration of action). The main differences are that Nexplanon is radio-opaque and has a different application device and insertion technique.

We are only able to accommodate 30 providers for the workshop, so please complete following form to register as soon as possible. You may submit online at this link or return by email to or by fax to 404-321-7450.

P.S. Don’t forget to sign up for the GAFP Summer Family Medicine Weekend starting after the Nexplanon Clinical Training Program! Find registration and meeting information on the GAFP website.

Congratulations Floyd Family Medicine Residency on PCMH Level 3!

The Georgia Academy would like to recognize Floyd Family Medicine Residency on successful renewal of their PCMH recognition and achievement of Level 3.   As one of the original practice members from the first cohort of PCMH University in 2010, Floyd Family Medicine Residency embodies the commitment to continued transformation and advancement of Patient-centered care in Georgia.  Initiating PCMH transformation is an arduous task for any practice.  Floyd FMRP has not only completed their initial task, but has also sustained transformation over the past three years and successfully incorporated NCQA’s updated requirements for PCMH 2011 recognition.  We are proud to see our initial PCMH University Graduates continue their transformation journey.  Thank you for your continued commitment to advance patient-centered family medicine in Georgia.

PCMH University Graduates:  Have you recently renewed your PCMH recognition?  WE want to celebrate your success!  Email your recognition status to Samantha Cochran, Director of Practice Enhancement –

Do you need support in sustaining your recognition?  Would you like to share your PCMH Best Practices and hear from others?   Check out our new offering for PCMH University Graduates.

Registration is Now Open for the Georgia Clinical Transformation Team’s May Webinar!


Registration is now open for the Georgia Clinical Transformation Team’s May webinar:

 Excelling in Diabetes and Cardiac Health Through PQRS Reporting


Registration: Please follow this link to register.

Date & Time: Wednesday, May27 – 12:30-1pm ET

Webinar Objectives:

  • Understand reporting requirements and implications of not reporting
  • Identify where to go for help in reporting

This webinar is part of a monthly series of 30-minute webinars focused on quality improvement in your practice brought to you by the Georgia Clinical Transformation Team (GCT2). GCT2 partners include Alliant Quality, DCH Medicaid, GA-HITEC, GAFP, Georgia DPH, GAPHC, Georgia Chapter of ACP, GHA, and MAG.


Tara McAdoo,MSM

Population Health Task Lead

Alliant Quality, the QIN-QIO for Georgia and North Carolina

All interested stakeholders are welcome, so please feel free to share this information. If you have any questions, please contact Angela Flanigan at or 404-321-7445.

Georgia Academy Supports Advancement of Physician’s Order for Life Sustaining Legislation

GAFP leader, Dr. Adrienne Mims, represented the Academy at the May 6th signing of SB109/POLST legislation into law.  The Georgia Academy, along with the Georgia Alzheimer’s Association initiated successful POLST legislation three years ago.  This bill will further advance end of life care for Georgia’s patients.  Key legislators that assisted with this legislation included Senators Nan Orrock, Renee Unterman and Representative Sharon Cooper.