Archive for September, 2015

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:

Are You Ready for Some Football? Join the GAFP for the “Jeans, Jersey, and Jewels” President’s Reception at the College Football Hall of Fame

The GAFP invites you to join us for the “Jeans, Jersey, and Jewels” President’s Reception on Saturday, November 7 at the College Football Hall of Fame in conjunction with the GAFP Annual Scientific Assembly. From 6:30pm to 10:30pm, we will celebrate our incoming President, Dr. Mitzi Rubin, in style with dinner, drinks, and all the football you can handle!

Tickets include your dinner and drinks, as well as your All Access Pass to the College Football Hall of Fame. The College Football Hall of Fame and Chick-fil-A Fan Experience is a 94,256-square-foot attraction located in the heart of Atlanta’s sports, entertainment and tourism district. Adjacent to the Georgia World Congress Center and Centennial Olympic Park, the Hall provides visitors with a highly immersive, interactive and engaging experience using a blend of historic college football artifacts and state-of-the-art, interactive multimedia exhibits. From the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl Skill Zone on a 45-yard replica field, joining Chris Fowler and Desmond Howard at the ESPN College GameDay Desk Built by The Home Depot or calling a legendary play in the Call the Play booth, you will have a personalized experience when you visit the Hall. Additionally, all interactive content will be saved for you to access after your visit by way of your All-Access Pass credential. Explore all the College Football Hall of Fame has to offer at 


On top of all that, if you register for the Annual Scientific Assembly, tickets are discounted to just $95 each. Simply select the number you would like to purchase when you register. You may also select “President’s Reception ONLY for GAFP Members” to register for $150 if you will NOT be attending the Annual Scientific Assembly, but why miss out on all the great CME! Visit the GAFP website for more meeting information including preliminary schedule and the link for registration.

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!

2015 Annual Research Poster Presentation

The Georgia Academy of Family Physicians is seeking submissions for the Annual Research Poster Presentation to be held Saturday, November 7, 2015, during the GAFP’s Annual Scientific Assembly.

Posters presented may be research results, case reports, summer projects, or educational projects.  Posters may address any topic relevant to family medicine.  Submissions must be of original work not yet published or presented at regional or national meetings.  Medical student projects previously presented at medical school or student “Research Days” or Summer Preceptorship programs are acceptable.  Concurrent (2015) submissions to other conferences such as NAPCRG and STFM are considered legitimate and are, in fact, encouraged.

Please visit the GAFP website and access the Poster Competition information by clicking on the Education tab, then selecting the Call for Presentations link.  Complete the entry form and submit it back to Angela Flanigan at by Friday, October 9th with the requested information.

Posters will be judged for awards at the time of presentation at the meeting.  Review will focus on the Significance of findings for practicing family physicians; Quality of presentation of findings; and, Quality of methods used to generate findings.  Each submission will be reviewed by a panel of judges and finalists will be notified via email by Friday, October 23rd.

Awards up to $500 will be awarded to an outstanding pre-med student, medical student, and resident.

Practicing physicians/fellow receive a recognition award.

For more information, please contact Angela Flanigan (800) 392-3841 or

GAFP Supports 2015 Pathway to Med School Program

The Georgia Academy of Family Physicians has again supported the Southwest Georgia Pathway to Medical School program with a grant of $2,500 and the 2015 Pathway to Medical School program had another successful year!

This year was a time of growth for the program with ten students from southwest Georgia participating in over 100 hours of structured clinical shadowing with 33 primary care physicians. Students were exposed to primary care in several practice settings including private practice, community health centers, rural health clinics, and a family medicine residency training clinic.

Along with a larger class size, another area of growth for the 2015 program was the community based research component.  This year, all 10 students participated in the pre-research week prior to the start of the program. Through the research component, students not only strengthened analytical skills but also developed real world skills important for today’s practitioners.

The Pathway students also participated in a number of seminars throughout the program. One of the most beneficial is the Pathway to Med School Admission Luncheon and Forum. Four of the five medical schools in Georgia were represented at this luncheon where students have an opportunity to interact with admission representatives one on one. This year’s Forum had about 100 participants including online viewers. The Pathway program ended with a graduation luncheon on Friday, July 24th.

The Pathway to Med School program has gained significant interest from pre-medical students across the state with 464 applicants.  There have been 97 students who have participated in the program. The shadowing and research experiences have allowed students to further solidify their interest in medicine. Of those who have applied to and heard from medical school, 86% have gained admittance.

Many of the former Pathway students are still completing their medical education.  However, some of the early participants have completed medical school and are moving into their residency training. Of the 30 participants who have completed medical school, 21 are in primary care residency training programs. Out of the 21, 7 are in Family Medicine Residency programs and 7 are in Georgia based primary care residency training programs. One of the exciting outcomes happened this year when one of the Pathway graduates finished Mercer Medical School and matched to the Southwest Georgia Family Medicine Program.  One evening, she met the Pathway students for dinner to encourage them to remain in primary care and consider family medicine as a career path.

The Pathway Committee is extremely grateful for the funding that GAFP provides. Along with subsidizing costs associated with implementing the program, it also will be used to help to pay for the expenses incurred in bringing the Pathway students to Atlanta for the GAFP Scientific Assembly to present the research posters that they prepared for graduation. Some of this funding will also allow the SOWEGA-AHEC staff to visit colleges in Georgia to promote the 2016 Pathway program as well as careers in Family Medicine.  Thank you again for your continuing support of the Pathway to Med School program.