Archive for April, 2016

Now You Can Earn up to 16 CME Credits at the GAFP Summer Family Medicine Weekend!

The Georgia Academy of Family Physicians (GAFP) would like to invite you to the Summer Family Medicine CME Weekend, scheduled for June 9-12, 2016 at the Omni Hilton Head in Hilton Head, SC.  Come earn up to 16 CME credits while basking in sun and sand!

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 through a partnership with the Sleep Foundation, Dementia, and much more!  The full agenda is available to preview at www.gafp.org/cme-event/2016-summer-family-medicine-weekend/

We also balance the CME sessions with family and beach activities. Join us on Friday, June 10th from 6:30pm – 8:30pm for Brownies at the Beach! Before or after you head to dinner, come to our outdoor event for dessert. Members will have an opportunity to meet with up to four Industry Partners. Through your involvement, the participating Industry Partners will make a donation to the Georgia Healthy Family Alliance, so join us and show your support!

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 http://www.omnihotels.com/hotels/hilton-head/meetings/gafp-2016-summer-cme-weekend (GAFP room rates automatically applied). The room block closes on May 10, 2016.

Click here to register! Additionally, you can always call GAFP offices at 1-800-392-3841 to register by phone.

Free Assistance To Help Transform Practice/Get Ready for MACRA

Dear Georgia Academy of Family Physician Members,

It’s my pleasure to share that Georgia Academy of Family Physicians is partnering with the Consortium for Southeastern Hypertension Control (COSEHC) and the American Board of Family Medicine, both recipients of the CMS Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative (TCPI) grant. QualityImpact, the COSEHC Practice Transformation Network (PTN) along with the ABFM’s PRIME Support and Alignment Network (SAN), will serve providers in the Southeastern U.S. over the next four years in preparing them for new payment models and MACRA.

Practices that enroll in the QualityImpact PTN will receive a comprehensive, transformation “package” at no cost that includes:

·MDinsight – A sophisticated, interoperable population health management platform

·Care Delivery Consulting – Process improvement facilitation enabling improved efficiency, quality, and proactive patient management

·Clinical Quality Improvement – Expert-led guidance tailored to care gaps/opportunities

To this package, the ABFM PRIME SAN is adding, at no cost to PTN enrollees:

·PRIME Registry free for 3 years to 6,000 ABFM board-certified Family Physicians-the first family medicine specialty registry, also open to your primary care colleagues. PRIME is a qualified clinical data registry (QCDR) allowing you to submit for PQRS and MACRA/MIPS and APMs to come, qualifies for Meaningful Use Objective 10, and currently supports more than 90 EHRs and 42 electronic clinical quality measures

·Maintenance of Certification-FP Part IV credit for each year you are enrolled in a PTN

·Collaborative CME learning sessions at the annual Family Medicine Experience (FMX) conference highlighting TCPI learnings and best practices

PHEW – That’s a lot of accronyms related to how this project will work.

Bottom line – we want you to consider enrolling in the COSEHC practice transformation network AND the American Board of Family Medicine’s Support and Alignment Network.  The GAFP leadership believes strongly – that this will provide you and your practice with a tremendous amount of practice management and clinical support.

CMS’s message is clear: value-based reimbursement is coming, whether we’re ready or not. As an organization, we recognize the significant challenges our colleagues will face in this transition. QualityImpact and ABFM PRIME, through the Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative, present a tremendous opportunity to receive support and resources to enable your success.

The PTN is onboarding providers on a first-come, first-serve basis. I encourage you to visit qualityimpact.org or contact Debra Simmons, the PTN Program Director (dwirth@wakehealth.edu, (336) 716-1130) to learn more. I also encourage you to visit https://www.theabfm.org/primeregistry/primesan.aspxor contact Dr. Elizabeth Bishop, the PRIME SAN Program Manager (ebishop@theabfm.org) to learn more about their additional benefits.

Both of these groups will be at our Summer CME meeting in Hilton Head – June 10th and 11th.  We believe this is a “two-for-one” opportunity that you and your practice colleagues need to join before the recruitment spots are filled.

Thank you,

Mitzi B. Rubin, MD, FAAFP

GAFP Chapter President

Family Physicians-Advocating for Our Practice and our Patients

Please click here to make a donation now: https://www.gafp.org/pac/

My name is Mitzi Rubin, MD and I’m a mom with two young boys, a wife to a great husband, a growing family medicine practice in Marietta and a diehard Georgia Bulldog!  I’m also the president of the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians and a supporter of the Georgia Academy’s Political Action Campaign (PAC).

You might not think of me as the typical supporter of political campaigns – but I know how important it is for the Georgia Academy to have legislators who understand the importance of a strong workforce of family physicians in our state.   I was a typical physician and assumed that other people, those out in practice longer than me or with less medical education debt- were always giving. But I was wrong, only 4% of our active membership donated to our PAC last year. Now I realize just how important giving to our PAC is!

Let’s help increase that percentage this year. A $100 donation is equal to about 27 Cents a day! The best quarter a day I have ever spent!   I would appreciate your taking time to consider making a contribution to our PAC.

A few facts about our PAC that you might be unaware of:

  • 100 percent of your donation will go to support candidates who are friendly to family medicine.  None of the PAC money collected go to offset GAFP’s advocacy activities.
  • If all of our active members donated $100, our PAC would outpace the lawyers, chiropractors and most other state political committees.
  • Our GAFP PAC is our voluntary family medicine PAC provides Georgia family physicians a strong voice in the Georgia state legislature and helps the Academy in its efforts to impact both health policy and the overall practice environment.
  • Our PAC is non-partisan and gives to candidates who are knowledgeable about family medicine and interested in the needs of our patients.

Please click here to make a donation now: https://www.gafp.org/pac/

 

Your PAC Dollars at Work –

·         Increase Medicaid reimbursement.

·         Prohibit further expansion of other providers and disciplines into primary care’s scope of practice.

·         Thwart regulations that add to administrative overload and impede patient access to quality care.

 

Thanks for your help and support.

Sincerely,

Mitzi B. Rubin, MD, FAAFP

Chapter President

 

Georgia DPH Seeks Public Comment on Statewide Health Assessment

ATLANTA – The Georgia Department of Public Health (DPH) is seeking public comment on a statewide health assessment which will provide a foundation for efforts to improve the health of Georgia’s population.

The statewide health assessment provides the general public and policy leaders with information on the health of the population and the broad range of factors that impact health. This information will be instrumental in setting priorities, planning, program development, funding applications, policy changes, coordination of resources, and new ways to collaboratively use state assets to improve the health of the population.

The health assessment is available to review at https://dph.georgia.gov/accreditation and a form to submit comments can be found at dph.georgia.gov/webform/cha-commenters-form. Comments must be received by 5 p.m., Friday, May 13, 2016.

What’s Your Opinion: GAFP Summer CME Meeting?

GAFP leadership would like to know your thoughts as we move forward with planning future CME meetings for the Academy.  We ask that all active members (residents and students excluded) take a moment to complete our survey on the Summer CME Meeting.  We appreciate your feedback and look forward to your input.

If you have already completed the online survey, please do not complete it again — your input has been recorded.

 

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