Archive for May, 2015

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.

Behind Every Family Physician is a Bigger Mission. We Invite You to Become a Part of Ours Today!

Founded in 1987 by the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians (GAFP), The Georgia Healthy Family Alliance is the non-profit arm of the GAFP. The Alliance is the only charitable organization in Georgia whose objective is to improve access to quality health care through initiatives and programs lead and supported by the care and generosity of family medicine specialists.

The Alliance relies upon the leadership, support and generosity of family physicians and community partners to fulfill our mission. With your support and generosity, the Alliance will:

  • Award $45,000 in Community Health Grants to GAFP members and the nonprofit organizations to which they volunteer their time in communities throughout Georgia
  • Provide health education to 3,000 Georgia children participating in Tar Wars – a tobacco education and prevention program offered by the Alliance at no cost to Georgia schools
  • Support, recognize and celebrate the volunteerism and community engagement efforts of 2,000+ GAFP members – in turn acting as a catalyst for family physicians and volunteerism

A gift at any level will have a powerful impact on the lives of thousands of Georgia citizens, enabling the Alliance to bolster our community health programs. All donations to the annual campaign are recognized in the GAFP newsletter, on the Alliance website and at the Annual Scientific Assembly:

·        The Legacy Club ($1,000 +)

The Legacy Club encompasses a select group of leaders, deeply committed to strengthening their communities and leading the way for community health. Members are invited to an exclusive luncheon during the Annual Scientific Assembly.

·        Patron ($500)

·        Benefactor ($250)

·        Sponsor ($100)

·        Friend ($50)


The Georgia Healthy Family Alliance is a 501 (c) (3) tax-exempt organization and all donations are tax-deductible.

My 2015 Pledge to The Georgia Healthy Family Alliance is:


___ $1,000 Legacy Club

___$500 Patron

___$250 Benefactor

___$100 Sponsor

___$50 Friend


I would like to honor this pledge with (Please check one):

___A one-time payment of the entire pledge to be received on ____(date)

___A bi-annual payment to be received on __________ and ___________ (dates)

___Monthly donations deducted from my credit card beginning__________(date)


____ 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:

Name _____________________________________________________________

Address ___________________________________________________________

City/State/Zip Code__________________________________________________

Telephone ________________________Email_____________________________

Signature __________________________________________________________

For questions, or to submit your pledge, please contact:

Georgia Healthy Family Alliance

3760 LaVista Road, Suite 100 Tucker, GA 30084-5641

404.321.7445 Phone / 800.392.3841 Toll Free/ 404.321.7450 Fax


To make a donation online, visit us at

GAFP Raises Concerns with National Payers on Telemedicine

By:   Wayne K. Hoffman, MD, FAAFP – President

Loy D. “Chip” Cowart, III, MD, FAAFP – GAFP Speaker, Congress of Delegates

At the 2014 Congress of Delegates, several members raised concerns with incorrect diagnosis and treatment of patients using national telehealth programs.  The Georgia Academy of Family Physicians learned that Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia and United Healthcare offer telehealth services through LiveHealth Online and Teledoc respectively.

In April, we met with senior staff at BCBSGA and LiveHealth Online to discuss policies and procedures associated with LiveHealth Online’s telehealth program.  The briefing revealed shortcomings in care coordination and physical review of medical diagnosis that we believe lowers the quality of these services for our Georgia patients.  We noted LiveHealth Online’ s services lack any direct linkage to the patient’s primary care physician, placing the onus on the patient to share information with other physicians.  We also noted the absence of physical exam prior to medical diagnosis, which increases our concerns for overutilization and incorrect prescribing of antibiotics.  Since the meeting, we have formally requested for BCBS of Georgia to address these concerns with LiveHealth Online and provide us with a response.

While we have engaged to address these concerns locally, we feel these issues warrant national awareness.  We have asked the AAFP Board of Directors and senior staff to explore these concerns with national payers in effort to shape the potential benefits of these outreach tools.  We strongly believe the potential for telemedicine as a tool to enhance access and patient-centered care is intact, but it is not adequately utilized.  GAFP will continue discussions on local and national levels to ensure that our Georgia family physicians and patients receive services that meet our standards for safety and quality.