Archive for September, 2015

First Annual Primary Care Women’s Health Forum at the 2015 GAFP Annual Scientific Assembly

The Primary Care Women’s Health Forum™ is a regional conference series specifically designed to address and offer a forum to share best practices in women’s health related to the primary care management of chronic diseases that disproportionately affect women.

The 1-day meeting in conjunction with the GAFP Annual Scientific Assembly on Sunday, November 8th will focus on updates to gender-specific disease management and prevention for female patients diagnosed with or at increased risk of diseases such as obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, urinary incontinence, and depression. Sessions will also bring attention to guideline-based care in everyday clinical practice to optimize patient outcomes and improve patient care.

Date: Sunday November 8, 2015

Location: The Westin Buckhead Atlanta, 3391 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, 30326

Time: 9:00am – 4:30pm

Sign up for the meeting at

Please note, if you would like to sign up for the Women’s Health Forum ONLY, select Sunday Only – One Day Registration when you register.

Provided by North American Center for Continuing Medical Education, LLC, an HMP Communications Holdings Company
In conjunction with the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians 2015 Annual Scientific Assembly

DOT Medical Examiner Certification Training To Be Offered at the Annual Meeting

Effective May 21, 2014, all health care professionals who perform physical examinations and issue medical certificates for CMV Drivers are required to complete accredited certification training and pass an examination.

The National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners’ program for Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) REQUIRES all medical examiners (MEs) who wish to perform physical examinations for interstate commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers to be trained and certified in FMCSA physical qualification standards.

Make your plans to participate in the GAFP’s DOT Medical Examiner Certification Training Course on Sunday, November 8th at the Westin Buckhead Atlanta Hotel from 8am – 2:30pm, during the Annual Meeting.

To perform DOT physical exams and maintain your Medical Examiner certification you must:

  • Be licensed, certified, or registered in accordance with applicable State laws and regulations to perform physical examinations
  •  Register on the National Registry System and receive a unique identifier
  • Complete required training
  • Pass the Medical Examiner certification test
  • Report results of driver exams every month via the national registry system
  • Submit to periodic monitoring and audits
  • Maintain certification by completing periodic training every five years and recertify by passing the ME certification exam every 10 years

NOTE: After you complete the Medical Examiner Certification Training Course and receive your certification, you will need to locate a testing center to schedule your exam. Please visit the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Motor Safety Administration National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners at at your earliest convenience to locate your nearest testing location and to learn more. This website is a very helpful resource for other questions you may have regarding the certification process.

Click the link to register for the Annual Meeting and DOT Medical Examiner Certification Training

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