Archive for January, 2017

Regional CME Dinner Meetings On Medicare Payment Shift

The leadership of the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians has come together with Privia Health to offer  primary care physicians local CME dinner meetings to help practices with the new Medicare payment system (MACRA).

Please join us at these pivotal upcoming meetings and feel free to bring a guest.

Note the following dinner meeting dates and locations

Thursday, January 26, Savannah, Vic’s on the River
Thursday, February 9, Columbus, the Chattahoochee River Club
Thursday, March 16, Macon, Tic Toc Room
Thursday, April 20, Gainesville, Chattahoochee Country Club
Thursday, May 4, Rome, Harvest Moon

All of the dinner meetings will begin at 6:30 pm and conclude at 8:30 pm.  1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 credits will be offered to all clinical attendees.

Primary care physicians and a guest are invited to attend.

If you have any questions, please contact Fay Fulton (ffulton@gafp.org).

Please learn more and RSVP today! 

Alliance Grants Applications Now Due

The Georgia Healthy Family Alliance (GHFA) is currently accepting applications for the 2017 Community Health Grant Awards.

Grant awards of up to $5,000 are 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.

Grant application time takes less than 45 minutes to complete.  Consider taking the time to support your local charities with additional funding in 2017.

Current GAFP members including medical students, residents and active/ life members are eligible to apply. The application deadline for first cycle 2017 awards is February 1st.

First cycle grant awards will be announced in March, 2017. The second cycle application deadline is May 14, 2017.

Visit www.georgiahealthyfamilyalliance.org/grants/  to download the 2017 application or view a list of previously funded grant projects.

Over the last four years, the Community Health Grant Program has given more than $100,000 in grants back to GAFP members and their communities.

Board Chair Speaks Out on Importance of Meningitis B Vaccines

Mitzi B. Rubin, MD, FAAFP – Board Chair

Parents: Make sure your students are protected from meningitis B

http://www.georgiahealthnews.com/2016/12/parents-students-protected-meningitis/

As both a family physician and a mom, I know that the to-do list for parents is often a long one. And if you’re the parent of a high school or college student, you might not think about making sure your student is up to date on vaccines. But young adult vaccinations are critical, especially when it comes to meningitis.

Georgia public university students living in on-campus housing must be vaccinated against meningococcal disease, which describes the bacterial form of meningitis, but they likely aren’t fully protected against the disease.

While the traditional meningococcal vaccine protects against four of the common strains of meningitis, it does not protect against meningitis B — a prevalent strain that is responsible for a whopping 40 percent of the 2,600 meningitis cases in the United States.

Two FDA-approved meningitis B vaccines are available, yet they are relatively new to the market, and the CDC has not yet issued a broad recommendation on who should receive them. As a result, parents may think their children are protected when they leave for college, not realizing that the current meningitis vaccine doesn’t cover the B strain.

Parents may need to ask specifically for the meningitis B vaccine in order for their students to receive it.

Protection against all strains of meningitis is especially critical since one-fifth of all meningococcal infections occur in young adults between the ages of 14 and 24. College students are especially at risk because dorms and apartments are ideal environments for spreading the disease.

Bacterial meningitis not only progresses at an incredibly fast pace, but it is also often tragically misdiagnosed. Meningitis is frequently mistaken for the flu, since the symptoms, such as headache, fever, and nausea, are so similar — yet it moves quickly and can be deadly in a matter of hours.

I have seen the devastation of what meningitis can do to both children and families. The CDC estimates that even with prompt treatment, the fatality rate is between 10 percent and 15 percent.

Furthermore, up to 20 percent of survivors suffer permanent complications such as loss of limbs, injury to the nervous system, deafness and brain damage.

While we are waiting for health leaders at the CDC to issue broader recommendations for meningitis B vaccination and for university leaders to explicitly make meningitis B vaccination a requirement for all students, parents do not have to wait. Consider asking your child’s family physician or pediatrician about meningitis B vaccinations.

Vaccines are the most effective tools to prevent disease and save lives. With the power to protect our students from one more life-threatening illness at our fingertips, every life lost or harmed by meningitis B is one too many.

Register Now for 2017 Georgia Clinical Transformation Team (GCT2) Webinars

The GAFP serves as a partner of the Georgia Clinical Transformation Team (GCT2), a coalition of organizations who have aligned programs and services dedicated to connecting and collaborating to lead Georgia providers in transforming healthcare using technology and quality improvement processes.

The Georgia Clinical Transformation Team (GCT2) is comprised of the GAFP, Alliant Quality, Department of Public Health, Georgia HITEC, Morehouse School of Medicine, HomeTown Health, MAG, GA Pharmacy Association, and the Georgia Hospital Association.  One role of the GAFP in the consortium is to coordinate and host 30-minute monthly webinars on topics that foster collaboration on practice quality improvement, facilitated efforts around cardiac care, diabetes management, motivational interviewing, behavioral health, and medication adherence. These educational CME webinars offer a streamlined, comprehensive approach to services that are needed and accessible to clinicians.

Please click this link to register for the any of the following upcoming webinars in 2017:

·        January 18, 2017      2017 Quality Payment Program – MIPS Overview

·        February 22, 2017     Using Antibiotics Wisely for Adult Patients in Primary Care

We will continue to add webinars in 2017 so check back frequently!  You can also access the recordings of past 2016 webinars on the GAFP website.  We hope you’re able to join us in 2017!