Archive for October, 2015

Member Access to August Board Minutes and Leadership Decisions

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

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Join us on October 28th for a 30 Minute Webinar from the Georgia Clinical Transformation Team!

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

Smoking Cessation and Accurate Coding for Maximum Reimbursement

Registration: Please follow this link to register.

Date & Time: Wednesday, October 28 – 12:30-1pm ET – Smoking Cessation and Accurate Coding for Maximum Reimbursement

Webinar Objectives:

Smoking Cessation and Accurate Coding for Maximum Reimbursement

  • Use the 5 A’s approach to supporting smoking cessation
  • Learn how to document and code cessation counseling
  • Identify available patient education and support resources

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.

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.

CME Information:

AAFP Credit Statement: This Live series activity, Georgia Clinical Transformation Team (GCT2) Webinar Series, from 06/24/2015 – 11/25/2015, has been reviewed and is acceptable for credit by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Approved for .50 AAFP Prescribed credits.

AMA Credit: The Georgia Academy of Family Physicians is accredited by the Medical Association of Georgia to provide continuing medical education for physicians.  The GAFP designates this live educational activity for a maximum of .50 AMA PRA Category 1 credits™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Ready Or Not, ICD-10 is Here

An AAFP blog post from Shawn Martin, AAFP Vice President of Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy on ICD-10 and available resources from AAFP, read it on their website at

The moment of truth is upon us. ICD-10 is here.

On Oct. 1, all physicians and health care providers must convert their billing systems from ICD-9 to ICD-10. This also will mark the day that all payers — Medicare, Medicaid, private insurance — will no longer accept claims for care provided that does not include an ICD-10 code.

I understand that there remains a fading glimmer of hope that Congress will step in and avert the implementation of ICD-10, but as we have stated for much of the past year, Oct. 1 will come and ICD-10 will be implemented. Although I am approaching Oct. 1 with cautious optimism that the conversion will go smoothly, I recognize fully that a conversion of this size will not occur independent of challenges. The AAFP’s top priority is making certain that you have the resources you need to make the transition and deal with any problems that may arise as a result of the conversion.

To this end, I want to call attention to the AAFP’s top ICD-10 resources:

The AAFP will be carefully monitoring this transition and will be communicating all information we receive from family physicians directly to CMS. If you encounter challenges with claims submission or, more importantly, claim rejections please let us know so we can work with you to resolve these issues.  The AAFP has created a direct communication link. (Log in required.) I wish each of you luck.