Archive for May, 2017

Register Now!! GCT2 Monthly Webinar: Care Coordination – The Key to MACRA – MIPS Success

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 GAFP coordinates and hosts 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.

This month’s webinar, Care Coordination – The Key to MACRA – MIPS Success, will be held on May 24th at 12:30 pm with Kathy Whitmire, Vice President of Business Development for Caravan Health.  From this webinar, you’ll learn more about the role of the Care Coordinator, the benefits of Care Coordination to the patients and the practice, Chronic Care Management services and how they comply with new MIPS measures, and how to achieve better scores on QRUR (Quality and Resource Use Report) through Care Coordination.

Please click the link to register for the May 24th webinar.

Can’t join us live? Register for one of our live sessions and we will send you the recording when it’s available!

Georgia Academy of Family Physicians 2017 Resident Awards

This year we recognize:

Mary Keith, MD, the Georgia Academy’s Keith Ellis Award winner for Chief/Co-Chief Resident.  Dr. Keith is from the Memorial Health Family Medicine Residency Program in Savannah.  Her Program Director, Dr. Robert Pallay states that Dr. Keith “embodies all of the qualities that this award is trying to recognize by naming it in his honor.”  In addition, he explains that the quote on leadership below is one that summarizes Mary’s approach to all that she has done as a medical student, developing resident, and now as one of our Chief residents this year.

“A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.” —John Maxwell

Dr. Pallay explained that Dr. Keith was one of the first two medical students accepted into the Family Medicine Accelerated Track at Mercer in Savannah, which required her to commit to family medicine during her first year of medical school and to be an ambassador for the specialty during the rest of her undergraduate medical education.  If you talk with her, she will tell you without hesitation that she has never regretted that decision for a second, and she was the perfect medical student to bring into the Accelerated Track at the very beginning. She helped a program in its infancy become a success because of her academic accomplishments and the high quality of clinical care she provided as a resident once she was done with the program. She role modeled the specialty of family medicine at the highest level possible, and that demonstrated the potential for success for an accelerated curriculum to the medical school, other residency programs, and our hospital system.  The program’s success allowed expansion to other Mercer sites for the Family Medicine Track, and then subsequently, the addition of an Internal Medicine Track because of its success. Specifically, Mary was a key part of that success.

The Keith Ellis award winner receives a free trip to our annual meeting this October along with registration and attendance to the Georgia Academy’s Annual Meeting where she will be recognized.

Congratulations to Chetan Patel, MD, who was voted to be the Georgia Academy Resident of the Year.  Dr. Patel attends the Columbus Family Medicine Residency Program and was recommended by Dr. John Bucholtz, the Program Director.  He served on the Board of Directors of the Georgia Academy as a Resident Alternate Director and as a Resident Director.  He attended the National Congress of Family Medicine Residents and served as an Alternate Delegate, 2016.  In addition, he secured a seat on the AAFP Commission on Education (COE) where he currently serves as a member of the Subcommittee on Resident and Student Issues.  Dr. Patel graduates in July and we wish him much luck in his family medicine endeavors.

The Resident of the Year receives an engraved plaque and will be recognized during the Georgia Academy’s Annual Meeting in October of this year.

Georgia Academy of Family Physicians 2017 Student Awards

Congratulations to the 2017 recipients of the T. A. Sappington Award. This prestigious award is given to student members who have demonstrated their commitment to family medicine by choosing to attend a Georgia Family Medicine Residency Program.  We had a strong year with many of our graduates electing to remain in Georgia for residency.

This year we recognize 5 recipients:

Bailee Blackburn from the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University who plans to attend the Medical Center of Columbus Family Medicine Residency Program in Columbus.

Rodneysha Brown from Morehouse School of Medicine who will attend the Morehouse Family Medicine Residency Program in East Point.

Kristen Kettelhut from the Mercer University School of Medicine, Columbus campus, who is planning to attend the Columbus Regional Medical Center’s Family Medicine Residency Program.

Kristin McDermott from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in Suwanee is planning to attend the Gwinnett Medical Center Family Medicine Residency Program in Lawrenceville.

Leilla Myrick from the Emory School of Medicine who plans to attend the Emory University Family Medicine Residency Program in Atlanta.

Best of luck to the Sappington winners as they transition to residency programs in Georgia!

Georgia Academy Member Seeks to Form an Obstetrics Member Interest Group – But Needs Your Help

The AAFP has multiple member interest groups that meet online and annually at AAFP’s FMX.  GAFP leader, Dr. Zita Magloire, has identified a need for a new interest group and is seeking interested members so she can complete the AAFP application (she needs 50 AAFP members to assist).  The group would be focused on those with a strong interest in OB and are working towards improving opportunities for training and privileging for FPs doing OB. This group differs from the reproductive health interest group, because the issues surrounding OB, and to a greater extent, surgical OB, are unique and members interested in women’s health or reproductive health may not also be interested in OB.

If you are supportive of the formation of the AAFP OB interest group, please email Dr. Magloire ( with your first and last name and AAFP member number.  She needs to show the AAFP that there is an interest among a large group of members (minimum of 50) to trigger the formation of a new group.  She recently attended the AAFP’s National Conference of Constituency Leaders and has collected a variety of members from many other chapters as well.

Current AAFP MIGs

Adolescent Health: Foster collaboration, communication, and support among family physicians engaged in adolescent health.

Community Health: Forum for providers interested in the intersection of primary care and public health.

Direct Primary Care: Increase awareness of the DPC model among family physicians and advocate for members currently practicing in this model or anticipate transitioning to it.

Emergency Medicine/Urgent Care: Promote workforce policies, educational goals, and credentialing standards consistent with the AAFP policy on family physicians in emergency medicine.

Global Health: Facilitate professional development in global health and opportunities for engagement in the broader global health movement.

Hospital Medicine: Serve as a voice for family physicians that practice hospital medicine. Advocate for educational resources specific to hospital medicine.

Independent Solo/Small Group Practice: Represent the interests of members who practice in independent solo and small group practices. Advocate policies that enable independent solo and small group practices to deliver the highest quality of care while remaining financially viable.

Lifestyle Medicine: Increase networking opportunities for members who have a passion to improve health through the focus on healthy lifestyle and foster communication and dialogue on debates in nutrition, fitness and other self-care areas.

Oral Health: Increase awareness of oral health resources for members so that they might serve their patients better and improve their overall wellness.

Point-of-Care Ultrasound: Work to improve access to education and resources to help incorporate Point-of-Care Ultrasound (POCUS) into family physician’s practices and advocate for related education in medical school and family medicine graduate medical education.

Reproductive Health Care: Promote evidence based reproductive health care in family medicine.

Rural Health: Grow connections among members with a distinct interest in rural health, inclusive of rural practice topics and rural medical education issues.

School Doctor: Provide peer support and serve as a resource for family physicians who work with schools.

Single Payer Health Care: Investigate the current outlook on single payer financed health care among members. Educate members on the ability of single payer financed health care to streamline and simplify patient care and improve family physicians’’ professional satisfaction by greatly decreasing administrative complexities and burdens.

Telehealth: Provide education and support for the family medicine community on the many facets of Telehealth with a view toward enriching the practice of medicine and patient care.

Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative: Serve as a resource for members interested in practice enhancement and the activities of the Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative (TCPI).  Establish a collaborative learning and problem-solving environment focused on practice enhancement.

To join a MIG visit review the list of MIGs and click “Visit the Online Community” for those MIGs that interest you.

Upcoming Webinars for you and your staff: Register Today!

The Georgia Academy of Family Physicians is bringing you webinars with key information vital to Georgia’s family physicians and your patient population.  These educational CME webinars offer a streamlined, comprehensive approach to services that are needed and accessible to clinicians.

Please register and plan on participating to hear the latest updates. Can’t join us live? Register for one of our live sessions and we will send you the recording when it’s available!

1. Adult Disability Medical Home (ADMH) – Transitioning from pediatric to adult healthcare – May 24, 1:15 pm- 2:15 pm (1 AMA PRA Category 1 CME credit) Please click the link to register for the May 24th webinar.

2. Spring Cleaning– How Family Physicians Can Ease the Child Dental Crisis in Georgia¬– May 31, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm (1 AMA PRA Category 1 CME credit) Please click the link to register for the May 31st webinar.