Archive for March, 2016

Register for GAFP All Member Town Hall Conference Call/Webinar – Thursday, April 14th – 6:00 – 7:00 pm

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The leadership of the Georgia Academy is bringing you another webinar with key information that is vital to Georgia’s family physicians and your practice.  Please register and plan on participating to hear about how Medicare payment is changing in 2017 as well as key tips for a practice’s guide to reporting malpractice claims.

Note the agenda below:

Welcome and Introduction of Speakers – Wayne Hoffman, MD – Board Chair

MACRA Bytes – What Georgia Family Physicians Need to Know Now on Medicare Payment – Shawn Martin – AAFP Vice President

Medical Practice’s Guide to Reporting Claims – Trisha Bowles, JD – Med Mal Direct Vice President of Risk Management

Questions and Wrap Up – Mitzi Rubin, MD – President

The Board of Directors is encouraging all of our members to learn about MACRA and the upcoming quality changes that will affect your practice and payment.  Don’t be caught unaware and unprepared for these dynamic changes.  AAFP Vice President, Shawn Martin, presented to the Board at a recent board meeting and the more informed you are of the changes, regardless of what type of practice you are currently in, will help you be prepared.

Med Mal Direct (GAFP’s endorsed malpractice insurance provider) will be updating our membership on medical practice’s guide to reporting claims.  This will cover the types of policies, the types of triggers, what to report to your carrier, and when to report.

Don’t miss out – sign up now –

Summer Family Medicine Weekend Registration is now OPEN!

The GAFP invites you to take advantage of the only early registration discount for the Summer Family Medicine Weekend, June 9-12, at the Omni Hilton Head Beachside Resort in Hilton Head, SC.  Early registration is $308 for GAFP and AAFP members and covers 15 CME credits*, networking opportunities, and planned family activities.

Over the course of the three day meeting, there is a robust selection of clinical topics including:  Managing Type 2 Diabetes, Sleep Health in Primary Care, Dementia, and much more!  We also balance the CME sessions with family and beach activities.  The full agenda is available to preview at

Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort boasts an elegant contemporary design throughout the property’s spacious guest rooms, public areas, meeting rooms and the unmatched white sand beaches joining the cool blue Atlantic Ocean. Tropical gardens run throughout the Hilton Head beach resort, providing a serene and tranquil place where you can choose from a variety of activities during your stay. This event sells out every year so make your hotel reservations now!  Room rates at the Omni Hilton Head start at $229 a night. To make your reservations, call 1-800-843-6664 and request the Georgia Academy of Family Physician’s room block or make your reservations online at the Omni Hilton Head website (GAFP room rates automatically applied). The room block closes on May 10, 2016.

To learn more about the agenda and registration, visit and you can always call GAFP offices at 800-392-3841 to register by phone.

If you have any questions about the meeting schedule or registration, feel free to contact Mary Claire Leverett at or 1-800-392-3841.

Register for Summer Family Medicine weekend before April 4th, save money and insure all the CME credits you need!

* Pending AAFP approval.

Show Your GAFP Pride and Order a GAFP Shirt Today!

Attention all GAFP members, just in time for spring, you can order your own GAFP shirt!

Show off that GAFP pride if you are attending an upcoming AAFP meeting, such as the Family Medicine Congressional Conference (FMCC), the Annual Chapter Leader Forum (ACLF) or the National Conference of Constituency Leaders (NCCL).

It’s easy!  Just go to this link:, and select men’s or ladies and you will see the selections.  We are also offering a fleece pullover and vest, which can be ordered with our logo as well.

Just remember to add the logo before you check out and we hope to see you at one of our upcoming events soon in our own GAFP attire.

The Georgia Healthy Family Alliance Awards $7,000 in First Cycle Community Health Grants To Support Good Works of GAFP Members

The Georgia Healthy Family Alliance (GHFA) awarded two Community Health Grant Award applicants $7,000 in first cycle 2016 grants.  Grant awards were made to GAFP member affiliated charitable organizations that support GHFA program priorities including underserved populations and outreach programs that promote healthy practices consistent with the principles of Family Medicine. The application deadline for second cycle 2016 awards is May 14, 2016. Visit  for more information or to download the application. The 2016 first cycle Community Health Grant Recipients are:

Dr. Brian DeLoach – “Referrals:Specialized Lab Tests,”  Hearts & Hands Clinic, Statesboro, GA $3500

Hearts and Hands Clinic has developed a referral program to decrease the ethnic and socio-economic disparity in care that exists between low-income, uninsured adults. As an organization committed to providing free primary health care to Bulloch County’s qualifying residents, Hearts and Hands recognizes that specialized lab tests must be offered to this population. At our weekly medical clinics, a number of patients are referred for specialized services or tests, x-rays, MRIs, and even surgeries. Unfortunately, in most cases, the clinic is limited to how many patient tests it can afford. The result is a continuation of pain and frustration, not only for the patients, but for everyone involved. Without the resources to help patients access these vital services, Hearts and Hands is limited in its ability to care for Bulloch County. Funds will be used to increase the number of patients able to obtain specialized lab tests to meet their needs. Hearts and Hands identifies specialized lab tests as those beyond the basic blood work to monitor Diabetes and High Blood Pressure. Hearts and Hands will provide specialized lab tests and referrals to 60 individuals in our target audience of low-income, uninsured adults. Project activities will include performing five specialized lab tests per month, and providing five specialty referrals per month. Specialized Care and follow-up will be provided as needed through support from Hearts & Hands programs and staff.

Dr. Martha Crenshaw – “Chronic Disease/Diabetes Management Program” Physicians Clinic- Dekalb Cty , $3,500

In 2015, Physicians Care Clinic had 1,696 patients. Most patients are from minority populations including refugees and immigrants who have resettled in Dekalb County.  Of these: 44% had high blood pressure, 20% high cholesterol and 14% were diabetic. This Chronic Disease and Diabetes Management Program is the only organized clinic program in DeKalb County offering on-going prevention and education classes and monitoring supplies. Many of the clinic’s diabetics have a history of not managing the disease effectively.  Financially, they have not had the ability to invest in regular medical treatment due to lack of insurance and the inability to pay out of pocket.  We are requesting funding to maintain and enhance our services for the Chronic Disease and Diabetes Management Program.  Funding from this grant will support the following outcomes: Improved A1C levels compared to baseline; compliance with chronic disease and diabetes –related medical care (eye/vision, foot care, etc.); improved cholesterol and B/P levels; attendance in a diabetes education class.

Last year the clinic had 1,916 patient visits, 2,348 lab tests, 523 imaging tests, 514 referrals to specialists and 2,884 prescriptions filled- all at no cost to clinic patients who cannot have medical insurance or qualify for Medicaid to enroll.

These are only two of the important programs your colleagues are lending their talents and time to statewide. Please consider making a contribution so that the Alliance can continue to support important projects like these. All donations are tax deductible. Make your Alliance contribution easily online at or contact Alliance staff at or calling (800) 392-3841.

Nominate a Worthy Colleague for a 2016 GAFP Award!

To my GAFP Colleagues:

We are all busy.  But I am asking that you take less than 10minutes to think about honoring a fellow Georgia family physician.  Please help me and the rest of your Georgia family physicians in recognizing our friends for their exemplary service to the profession of family medicine and contributions to our State, by nominating someone for one of following awards:

GAFP Awards

Deadline To Submit Nominations

Family Medicine Community And Volunteer Services Award

May 9, 2016

Georgia Family Physician of The Year

May 9, 2016

Family Medicine Educator of The Year

May 9, 2016

The Membership Committee will nominate a slate to be approved by the Board of Directors, and presentation of the awards will be held during the 2016 GAFP Annual Meeting in November.

Many noteworthy colleagues may not have been considered for an award because they were not nominated.  To download an electronic copy of the awards nomination package go to  New this year is that the documents are now in a pdf format that you can type in directly and email back to GAFP, which makes it easier for the Membership Committee to read your nomination.

The awards nomination package includes the awards and criteria, nomination forms and a list of past winners of each award.

If you have questions, please contact Alesa McArthur of the GAFP at1-800-392-3841 or



Mitzi B. Rubin, MD, FAAFP

2016 President

Georgia Academy of Family Physicians