Archive for July, 2015

The 2015 Summer Family Medicine Weekend Was Hotter Than Asphalt!

June 18-21, 2015 marked the GAFP’s 2015 Summer Family Medicine Weekend in Miramar Beach, FL.  This year we hosted more than 125 family physicians and other health care professionals at the Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort.  We offered a myriad of CME and exhibits to attendees while offering many opportunities to network with colleagues, and plenty of family fun activities.

With an expansive number of lectures, attendees were able to attain as much as 15 AAFP prescribed credits on a wide variety of topics pertinent to the broad range of practice needs of our members.  Lecture topics included, Achieving Glycemic Control, Medicare Chronic Care Management, New Treatments in Obesity, Sleep Apnea, Concussion Guidelines, and a Lupus Update.

In addition to lectures and workshops, the GAFP offered three Self-Assessment Modules (SAMs) to attendees in an effort to fulfill the Maintenance of Certification, Part II – Self-Assessment and Lifelong Learning.  More than 35 attendees successfully completed the modules.

We also hosted a Health Information Technology (HIT) workshop, which was facilitated by Dr. Adrienne Mims, and included faculty from Alliant GMCF (the State’s QIO), a representative from the Department of Public Health, and GA-HITEC.  The workshop was well received and participants noted that this was a great start to improving their clinical processes.

A special highlight for attendees was the kickoff to the George W. Shannon Family Medicine Leadership Lecture Series, with a special inaugural lecture from Dr. George Shannon.  During his “Lessons Learned” lecture, Dr. Shannon focused on his 44-year journey in family medicine, leadership in the AAFP and GAFP, and the qualities it takes to be a great leader.  In addition to our meeting attendees, we were joined by Dr. Shannon’s former residents as well as his family who all traveled to support him in his final lecture leading into his official retirement. The Academy would like to thank Dr. Shannon for being a great role model for so many family physicians and serving the Academy as an outstanding leader.

Overall, attendees deemed the meeting a success and offered the following comments on their post-meeting evaluations:

  • I enjoyed that the educational sessions were scheduled in such a way that allowed for ample family / fun time.
  • Excellent job!
  • Another great meeting.
  • … especially like the fact that most of the lectures were given by family docs.
  • I think the educational objectives were very practical and useful for the practicing physician

The meeting’s success was based on the hard work, time, and effort of the Education Committee.  The 2015 Education Committee members are Susana Alfonso, MD (Chair); Gurinder Doad, MD (Co-Chair);  Karla Booker, MD; Mike Busman, MD; Angelina Cain, MD; Audra Ford, MD; Wanda Gumbs, MD; Jason Hatcher, DO; Ken Howard, MD; Linu Joseph, MD; Yuan-Xiang Meng, MD; Oguchi Nwosu, MD; Wilhelmina Prinssen, MD; and Harry Strothers, MD.

In addition, this year we convened a Summer Meeting Working Group who offered input on lectures and faculty suggestions as well as served as pre-meeting and on-site volunteers.  The members of the 2015 Summer Meeting Working Group were Michelle Cooke, MD; Wanda Gumbs, MD; Nicole Haynes, MD; Ken Howard, MD; Theresa Jacobs, MD; Linu Joseph, MD; Kara Leverette, MD; Adrienne Mims, MD; Sylveria Olatidoye, MD; and Ramon Parrish, MD.

Thank you to the Education Committee and the Summer Meeting Working Group for all the hard work that went into making this meeting a success.

Mark your calendars now with the dates of the 2015 Annual Scientific Assembly!  This year’s Annual Meeting will be held Friday, November 6 – Sunday, November 8 at the Westin Buckhead in Atlanta, GA. We look forward to seeing you there!

Member Access to June Board Minutes and Leadership Decisions

In an effort to keep GAFP members more informed of Board decisions, members can now access the June Board minutes.

Even though major activities tend to be reported in our newsletter, members may keep track of leadership decisions and adherence to the GAFP mission and strategic plan by reviewing quarterly Board minutes via a simple request to staff.  If you are interested in obtaining a copy of the GAFP Board minutes, please contact the staff by email at  Only GAFP members have the privilege to review the GAFP’s Board of Director’s minutes.

National Award Given to GAFP Member

A hearty congratulations to Dr. Michael Obiekwe, who won the American Academy of Family Physician’s 2015 Humanitarian Award.  Earlier this year, the GAFP nominated Dr. Obiekwe, MD for this prestigious award.  Dr. Obiekwe plans to attend the awards ceremony at the AAFP Congress of Delegates in Denver in September, but, in an ironic twist of fate, will have to cut short a mission trip to Zimbabwe and South Africa in order to attend.

According to Dr. Robert Wergin, AAFP President, “Dr. Obiekwe’s work through his nonprofit organization, Arms of Care International ( which provides free medical services to poor, homeless and displaced people, is an inspiration. In particular, medical missions to countries including Nigeria, Liberia,Zimbabwe, and the Philippines have carried out Arms of Care’s mission of touching lives, one heart at a time.  The (AAFP) Board commends him for his bold and tireless leadership of projects that improve the lives of so many people in need, such as establishing computer literacy programs in two high schools in Zimbabwe and providing access to clean water to an Ati community in the Philippines.”

Dr. Obiekwe, we at the GAFP commend you!

Need to Get Ready for ICD-10? Join us for a 30 Minute Webinar from the Georgia Clinical Transformation Team on July 22!


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

ICD-10 and Accurate Coding for Maximum Reimbursement


Registration: Please follow this link to register.

Date & Time: Wednesday, July22 – 12:30-1pm ET

Webinar Objectives:

  • Update of the requirement to upgrade from ICD-9 to ICD-10
  • Understand compliance dates and the consequences of non-compliance
  • Discuss strategies for managing ICD-10 update projects

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.


Annie Lee Sallee, MBA, RHIT, CPC, CPMA

AHIMA-approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer

HomeTown Health ICD-10 Project Director

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.

Health is Primary Selects 2016 and 2017 City Tour Sites

Health is Primary is traveling around the country to showcase innovation and transformation in primary care delivery. In 2016 the campaign will make stops in California (city TBD), Atlanta, Kansas City (covering Kansas and Missouri), Louisville and Newark. Campaign stops slated for 2017 include Phoenix, Providence (covering Connecticut and Rhode Island), Minneapolis and Jackson. This year the campaign has traveled to Seattle, Raleigh and Chicago and will visit Denver on October 2 during the Family Medicine Experience Meeting (FMX) and Detroit on October 21. View a complete map of the city tour here.

The goal of the Health is Primary Campaign is 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.

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