Archive for May, 2015

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)

Payment:

____ 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

Email: ksinkule@gafp.org

To make a donation online, visit us at www.georgiahealthyfamilyalliance.org

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.

Public Health Spotlight: Please Complete this Developmental Screening Survey from DPH

The Georgia Department of Public Health in partnership with the Georgia Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians has developed the following survey to help us better understand  developmental screening practices in the State of Georgia.  We will use this information to develop and provide additional education, training, and support for pediatric primary care physicians and their staff.

You can access the survey at the following link:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/developmentalscreen

The survey will ask about your experiences with the identification and referral of children less than 36 months of age who have or are at risk for developing motor, language, cognitive, social, behavioral or emotional delays in your primary practice setting (i.e., the practice where you spend most of your time).

The questions are for physicians who provide health supervision (i.e., preventive care) to children less than 36 months of age. If you do NOT provide health supervision to children less than 36 months of age, please answer questions 1 through 8.

Please note that some questions are about developmental delays, some about autism, and some about developmental delays including autism. For the purposes of this survey, a screening tool is defined as a short, structured test to identify children at risk for cognitive, motor, communication, or social-emotional developmental delays. The term “EHR” refers to electronic health record, and the term “EMR” refers to the electronic medical record.

Thank you for your participation!

Georgia Academy Embraces AAFP’s Health is Primary Initiative

The Georgia Academy Board of Directors voted to support AAFP’s Health is Primary / Family Medicine for America’s Health initiative.  We encourage you to read more about it and sign up to receive emails to keep you informed of this exciting initiative (http://www.healthisprimary.org/).

What’s the thrust of the Initiative?

The Campaign

For too long, our health care system has been out of balance. Spending on treatment has far exceeded spending on prevention and wellness. As our health care system evolves, it has become clear that a strong primary care system is essential to improving health in America.

Health Is Primary is a three-year communications campaign to advocate for the values of family medicine, demonstrate the benefits of primary care, and engage patients in our health care system. Our aim is to build a primary care system that reflects the values of family medicine, puts patients at the center of their care, and improves the health of all Americans.

The campaign will travel to cities across the country to highlight the individuals, organizations, and communities that are making health primary so we can build on their success to ensure that everyone has access to the benefits of primary care. We will provide specific tools and resources to increase collaboration between patients and doctors on important health issues, including smoking prevention and cessation, nutrition and fitness, immunizations, and chronic disease management.

Family Medicine for America’s Health

Family Medicine for America’s Health, the organization behind Health Is Primary, is a new collaboration between the nation’s eight leading family medicine organizations to drive continued improvement of the U.S. health care system and demonstrate the value of true primary care. We represent: American Academy of Family Physicians; American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation; American Board of Family Medicine; American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians; Association of Departments of Family Medicine; Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors North American Primary Care Research Group; and Society of Teachers of Family Medicine A Strategy for Family Medicine’s Future

We want to transform the family medicine specialty to ensure that we can meet the nation’s health care needs and, ultimately, improve the health of every American. This means: Furthering the evolution of the patient-centered medical home; Advancing the use of technology; Ensuring a strong primary care workforce; and, Shifting the payment system to improve the quality of care and the health of patients.

GAFP Summer Meeting – Here’s Your Chance to Earn Extra Credits from the ABFM

Join the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians for the 2015 Summer Family Medicine Weekend, June 18-21 at the Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort in Sandestin, FL.  We’re excited to expect over 125 attendees from around Georgia and surrounding areas.  We are also excited to offer three ABFM Self- Assessment Modules during our Summer Meeting.  This Summer we will offer Heart Failure, Hypertension, and Childhood Illness SAMs Modules.  That’s three opportunities for you to complete a SAMs Module!

Here are a few more things you need to know about the SAMs Sessions…

  • SAMs sessions will SELL OUT!  Be sure to reserve your seat in one or more of the SAMs sessions to complete all sections of the Part II Module.  This includes the Clinical Simulation!!
  • You will be surrounded by family physician colleagues as you navigate the SAMs session and clinical simulation.
  • You will need to contact the ABFM Support Center at (877) 223-7437 or http://www.theabfm.org to determine which SAMs session you need as a part of your Maintenance of Certification record.
  • Once you’ve decided which SAMs you’d like to take and you’ve registered for the GAFP Summer Meeting, be sure to contact the ABFM Contact Center to pay for your SAMs module.
  • Remember to bring your ABFM login and password the day of the session.
  • You will receive up to 12 CME credits from the ABFM immediately after completing each 60-question module and clinical simulation.

There’s no better way to complete a SAMs module than in a group setting with your colleagues.  Be sure to register early because these sessions will sell out.

Visit the GAFP website, www.gafp.org/cme-event/2015-summer-meeting/ to review the meeting schedule and register for your SAMs session.  We look forward to seeing you in June!