Archive for July, 2015

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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Georgia Healthy Family Alliance Promotes Tar Wars at the Georgia Association of School Nurses Annual Meeting!

Kara Sinkule, Associate Executive Director of the Georgia Healthy Family Alliance, traveled to Savannah July 14 – 15 to attend the Georgia Association of School Nurses’ 23rd Annual Statewide Educational Conference and promote the Tar Wars program, which is designed to teach kids about the short-term, image-based consequences of tobacco use, the cost associated with using tobacco products, and the advertising techniques used by the tobacco industry to market their products to youth. See pictures below!

Clayton County School nurse Angie Spikes stopped by the Tar Wars booth to discuss E-cigarettes

 Rabun Cty school nurse DeeDee Smith discussing smokeless tobacco at the Tar Wars booth