Archive for September, 2015

GAFP’s Annual Financial Report

Under Internal Revenue Code (IRC) section 6104, tax exempt entities must make their tax returns to the public at the organization’s principal office.  The public is free to review the 2012, 2013 and 2014 tax filings for both the Georgia Academy and the Georgia Healthy Family Alliance during regular business hours – Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Copied versions can be mailed for $10 per filing.  For more information contact the GAFP office at (404) 321-7445 or by e-mail at  Changes to fund balance year ended December 31, 2014, and compared to 2013.

Statement of Activities for the Years Ended December 31, 2014 and 2013

Annual Fin Report 2015

Join us for the September Webinars from the Georgia Clinical Transformation Team!

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

TWO September webinars:

Medication Reconciliation and Medication Adherence


Exploring Pharmacists’ Role in a Changing Healthcare


Registration: Please follow this link to register.

Date & Time: Wednesday, September 23 – 12:30-1pm ET – Medication Reconciliation and Medication Adherence

Wednesday, September 30 – 12:30-1pm ET – Exploring Pharmacists’ Role in a Changing Healthcare Environment

Webinar Objectives:

Medication Reconciliation and Medication Adherence

  • Understand how and when to perform medication reconciliation to keep patients safe
  • Learn factors that impact patient adherence to medication regimens
  • Identify tools and resources to assist patients in managing medications

Exploring Pharmacists’ Role in a Changing Healthcare Environment

  •  Review the premises of PCMH and MTM
  •  Illustrate care and services pharmacists are currently providing
  •  Review the evidence and roles for team-based care specific to cardiovascular outcomes
  • Propose fundamentals to implement collaborative practice focusing on pharmacist-provider teams

These webinars are 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.


Medication Reconciliation and Medication Adherence

Exploring Pharmacists’ Role in a Changing Healthcare Environment

Adrienne Mims, MD MPH FAAFP, AGSF

Vice President, Chief Medical Officer, Medicare Quality Improvement

Alliant Quality

Shana M. Scott, JD, MPH

Health Systems Project Manager

Chronic Disease Prevention Section

Georgia Department of Public Health


Andrea L. McKeever, Pharm.D., BCPS

Associate Professor, Department of Pharmacy Practice

Director, Drug Information Center and Residency Program

School of Pharmacy, South University

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.

ICD-10 Effective October 1, 2015

September 9, 2015

ATLANTA (September 9, 2015) – Clyde L Reese III, Esq., Commissioner of the Georgia Department of Community Health (DCH), various healthcare associations and Georgia Medicaid’s care management organizations are urging Georgia’s healthcare industry to make final preparations for the October 1, 2015 go-live of ICD-10.

“The Georgia Academy of Family Physicians, Georgia Association of American Pediatrics, Georgia Hospital Association, Georgia OBGYN Society, HomeTown Health, Medical Association of Georgia, Amerigroup Community Care, PeachState Health Plan and WellCare have been instrumental in raising awareness of the federal mandate and assisting stakeholders and providers in preparing for the (ICD-10) transition,” said Clyde L. Reese III, DCH Commissioner. “With less than 30 days to golive, it is of vital importance that providers are prepared to fully transition to ICD-10 in order to receive payment.”

The federally mandated transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 pertains to all HIPAA-covered entities including providers, payers, vendors and their business associates. Claims submitted for services rendered on or after the compliance date that do not contain the ICD-10 coding will be pended, denied or rejected. Payments to providers cannot be made without the proper ICD-10 coding.

Vendors should monitor ICD-10 implementation and assist in troubleshooting and promptly resolving post-implementation issues following the transition. Providers should review processes to confirm effectiveness and sustainability regarding clinical documentation changes, coding practices and processes, revenue cycle processes and changes, and any other organizational changes made during the transition.

DCH has been conducting preparedness training for over a year. Stakeholders can access DCH’s ICD-10 materials and repository of recorded webinars by visiting Stakeholders are also encouraged to view materials on the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) website ( and other online resources, such as or

About ICD-10
ICD-10 is a diagnostic coding system implemented by the World Health Organization (WHO) in 1993 to replace ICD-9. The system was developed by WHO in the 1970s and is now used in almost every country in the world. In the United States, ICD-10 usually refers to the U.S. clinical modification of ICD-10: ICD-10-CM. The new ICD-10 code set is scheduled to replace ICD-9, our current U.S. diagnostic code set on October 1, 2015. Another designation, ICD-10-PCS, which stands for procedural coding system, will also be adopted in the U.S. on October 1, 2015. ICD-10- PCS will replace Volume 3 of ICD-9-CM as the inpatient procedural coding system.

About the Georgia Department of Community Health
Through effective planning, purchasing and oversight, the Georgia Department of Community Health (DCH) provides access to affordable, quality health care to millions of Georgians, including some of the state’s uninsured and most vulnerable populations.

DCH is responsible for Medicaid and PeachCare for Kids®, the State Health Benefit Plan, Healthcare Facility Regulation and Health Information Technology in Georgia.

Clyde L. Reese III, Esq., serves as Commissioner for the Georgia Department of Community Health.

To learn more about DCH and its dedication to A Healthy Georgia, visit

Do You Need PQRS Reporting Assistance?

GAFP in cooperation with Alliant Quality is offering FREE PQRS and VBPM assistance to practices that are using one of the following EHR systems:

Vitera Solution                                    Success EHS

AZZLY EHR/PM/PHR                    CureMD

e-MD’s Solution Series                      MediTouch HER

LSS Data Systems                               Practice Studio

Super EMR                                          TOM

Aprima                                                  ASP.MD

Medinformatix                                   Praxis EMR

Spring Charts                                      e-Clinical Works



Reporting to PQRS via an EHR?

Alliant Quality, the QIN-QIO (Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization) for Georgia and North Carolina is offering free support to assist eligible professionals in PQRS (Physician Quality Resource System) EHR based reporting and Value Based Payment Modifier (VBPM) reporting.

Alliant Quality will provide the following free services to eligible professionals:

  • Support with selection of PQRS clinical quality measures based on your specialty
  • Registration assistance for the IACS/EIDM portal
  • Resources on real time PQRS updates from CMS to avoid future negative payment adjustments
  • Network opportunities with other practices participating in PQRS/VBPM
  • Education on the VBPM program and how to obtain upward adjustment in payments

Enrolling for this free support and assistance is easy!

To get started in the enrollment process, please complete a short needs assessment via this link and a team member will follow-up with enrollment forms:


For further questions related to enrollment, contact Deanna Kauten at GAFP at 404.321.7445 or email Alliant Quality task leader at:

2015 Board to Board Challenge A Great Success!

The Georgia Academy of Family Physicians (GAFP) August 22-23 Committee Conclave at Chateau Elan in Braselton, GA capped off a weekend of milestones for the Georgia Healthy Family Alliance (GHFA.)

Following the GHFA Board meeting Saturday where staff reported 100% fundraising participation from GHFA Trustees, Dr. Chip Cowart, President of GHFA, issued a challenge to all GAFP Board Members who had not already made a contribution to the Alliance in 2015 to match the $6,500 in individual contributions made by the ten member Alliance Board. At Dr. Cowart’s urging, more than $6700 was donated by the GAFP Board members in attendance bringing the Alliance closer to achieving its goal of funding additional Community Health grant projects in 2016.

Dr. Mitzi Rubin, Dr. Kevin Johnson, Dr. Susan Schayes, Dr. Thomas J. Miller and Dr. Adrienne Mims each donated $1,000 to the Alliance and are the newest members of the 2015 Legacy Club. Thank you all for your generosity! It is not too late to make a donation to the Board Challenge. Please visit to make a donation at a level meaningful to you.

The August Conclave also proved successful for GHFA Draw Down tickets sales with more than 82 additional Draw Down Tickets sold in just two days, leaving only 100 tickets available for purchase between now and the GAFP Welcome Reception Friday, November 6th at the Westin Buckhead!. Don’t miss your chance to win $10,000! Email to purchase your ticket today!