Archive for November, 2017

Nominations Now Open for Resident Officer Positions On GAFP and GHFA Boards for 2018

The Georgia Academy of Family Physicians (GAFP) and the Georgia Healthy Family Alliance (GHFA) have four exciting opportunities for Resident members to participate in board leadership activities in 2018.  Details on open positions and nomination forms are listed below.  Nominations must be submitted by November 30, 2017.  Email voting for the Georgia Academy’s open seats will take place from December 1-8, 2017.

Background on Positions:

Georgia Healthy Family Alliance Board of Directors (

1 position for 2018 

The Georgia Healthy Family Alliance (GHFA) has an open position for one new resident board member for a two-year term.

The new Resident Board Member will serve as an Alliance Trustee and act as a liaison for their peers regarding GHFA projects including:

  • The Community Health Grant Program – A program that awards grants annually to member affiliated projects addressing health care needs in communities throughout Georgia.
  • Tar Wars – A tobacco education program presented to more than 3,000 fourth and fifth graders in Georgia each year.
  • The “Your Giving is Great Medicine” Capital Campaign to raise $4 million dollars to support our ongoing projects and expand our community-related activities.

The GHFA Board of Trustees will select one candidate from those that are nominated for this position.  Travel stipends will be given to the resident GHFA Trustee to support a portion of their travel expenses to GHFA Board meetings. The GHFA Board meets four times a year.

2018 GHFA Board Meetings will be held:    

March 4 – Board Meeting, Atlanta

June 7 – Conference Call Board Meeting

August 4 – Board Meeting, Savannah

November 9 – Fall Quarterly Board Meeting, Stone Mountain, held in conjunction with 2018 GAFP Scientific Assembly

GHFA Board Members are encouraged to attend all Board meetings.                                                                                                          

GAFP Board of Directors

For 2018, we have 3 Resident Board of Director openings:  two Resident Alternate positions (one for a 1-year term and one for a 2-year term), and a Resident Director position. Dr. Jessica Brumfield will serve as a Resident Board Director for 2018 as she served as the Alternate Director for 2017.  The candidate with the most votes will become a new resident board director, the candidate in second place will become the resident alternate director serving a two-year term with the second year being a voting director, and finally the candidate with the most votes following will become the alternate board director serving a one year term.

List of 2017 Resident Board Officers:

Resident Director             Sarah Codrea, DO, Phoebe Family Medicine Residency Program

Resident Director             Monique Merritt-Atkins, MD, Morehouse Family Medicine Residency Program

Resident Alt. Director     Jessica Brumfield, DO, Georgia South Family Medicine Residency Program (will serve as a voting director in 2018 – not rotating off in 2017)

Resident Alt. Director     Joshua Koerner, DO, Gwinnett Family Medicine Residency Program

As a board member, your main duties are to be in close contact with your peers and report back to the Board when we meet four times a year, and you will be given first option to participate in the National Conference of Students and Residents next summer.

Additionally, many of your travel expenses will be covered (see below).

We encourage all four of the resident board representatives to attend each meeting.

Board Attendance Policy:

The resident district has 2 voting seats.  As long as at least two resident board members are in attendance, the others can optionally attend or not attend without being charged with an unexcused absence.  It is your duty to be in contact with each other to determine attendance.

If at least two are not in attendance (excluding the approval of an excused absence*), then all will receive an unexcused absence for that meeting.  However, if at least two delegates are in attendance, then no one will receive an unexcused absence for that meeting.

*Excused Absences for Board Meetings

Excused absences include emergency illness/funeral of a close family member or if a Board member must miss a GAFP Board meeting due to a conflict if representing the GAFP or AAFP at another meeting.  Absences and excused absences would be reflected in the minutes.


In addition, the Board of Directors voted to allow each Board member to attend one CME meeting per year for free if registered by the early bird deadline.  You may choose from the Summer CME weekend in June 2018 or the Annual Meeting in November 2018.

2018 Board Meetings:

Sunday, March 4, 2018 – Westin Perimeter, Atlanta

Saturday, June 16, 2018 – Omni Amelia Island Resort, Amelia Island, FL

August 2-4, 2018 – Kansas City, MO- AAFP National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students

The GAFP will pay two scholarships each of $599 to cover expenses for two resident and two student Board members (invitation to participate will be emailed in the spring).

Sunday, August 5, 2018 – Hyatt Regency, Savannah

Thursday, November 8, 2018 – GAFP Fall Board Meeting – Marriott Evergreen Conference Center, Atlanta, GA, at the GAFP Annual Meeting.

Travel stipends available subject to the following:

Comp registration to GAFP Annual Meeting OR Summer CME Weekend (Committee Conclaves have no registration fee), mileage (subject to standard IRS rate, currently $.535), and one night’s accommodation at GAFP hotel block room rate.  Incidentals, including wireless, parking, or meals (other than those served during GAFP functions at no charge) are at your own expense.

If you are interested in being nominated – please fill out the form below and e-mail it to no later than November 30, 2017.  Thank you!

The GHFA Board of Trustees will select the GHFA trustee and the GAFP Board positions will be voted on by the residents immediately thereafter as noted above.

Resident Board Position: Nomination Form for 2018


Position Applying for (circle one or both):  Georgia Healthy Family Alliance or Georgia Academy of Family Physicians

Name: ______________________________________________________________

Program: ____________________________________________________________

E-mail: ______________________________________________________________

Which Year in Program:


List any current leadership activities:


If elected, how many of the meetings can you attend?


Why are you interested in participating on the Alliance Board or GAFP Board in 2018?


Georgia Healthy Family Alliance Kicks Off “Your Giving is Great Medicine” Capital Campaign with Boots & BBQ All Member Party


The Georgia Healthy Family Alliance (GHFA) Kicked Off the public phase of the “Your Giving is Great Medicine” Capital Campaign with a Boots & BBQ All Member Party Friday, October 27th at the Buckhead Westin in conjunction with the GAFP Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting.



Dr. Cowart welcomed special guests including AAFP Board Member Dr. John Bender and his wife Teresa from Colorado and recognized members of our Capital Campaign Leadership Cabinet and the Caduceus Society who have pledged $10,000 or more to the campaign:

Dr. Mike Busman

Dr. Samuel “Le” Church

Dr. Evelyn Lewis & Clark

Dr. Lanny Copeland

Dr. Chip Cowart

Dr. Donald Fordham

Fay Fulton

Dr. “P.J.” Lynn

Dr. Carl McCurdy

Dr. Rolf Meinhold

Dr. Eddie Richardson

Dr. Mitzi Rubin

Dr. George Shannon

Dr. Harry Strothers

Dr. Collyn Steele

Dr. Rick Wherry

GHFA President Dr. Evelyn Lewis & Clark introduced 10 past community health grant recipients in attendance including Dr. Kristen Kettelhut and Dr. Matthew Kahrmann of myTeam Triumph Georgia who brought one of the Axiom ADA approved racing wheelchairs that were purchased using GHFA grant funds this year. 


The “Your Giving is Great Medicine” Capital Campaign seeks to build on the $1 million gift GHFA received from the GAFP last year to raise an additional $3 million to fulfill its mission to enhance the well-being of Georgians through outreach programs that promote healthy practices. Another goal of the campaign is to further the organizational capacity of the Alliance in order to increase the number of community health grants and Tar Wars presentations statewide.

With the public phase of the campaign now underway, Alliance staff will be contacting you in the coming weeks with information on how you can help expand the reach of vital community health initiatives like the Community Health Grant program to find out who in your community we should seek to partner with in the future. Please take a few minutes to respond when GHFA staff outreaches to you in the coming weeks for your feedback and insight regarding this exciting campaign.

To learn more or to make a donation today visit the GHFA website at or email

2017 Annual Scientific Assembly Highly Enjoyed by Attendees

October 25-28, 2017 marked the GAFP’s 69th Annual Scientific Meeting in Atlanta.  Hosting more than 450 family physicians and other health care professionals at the Westin Buckhead Atlanta, the Georgia Academy offered a variety of CME and Industry Partner time to attendees in addition to offering many opportunities to network with colleagues.

Attendees were able to obtain up to 55 AAFP prescribed credits on a wide variety of topics pertinent to the broad range of practice needs of our members.

This year, the Georgia Academy offered a pre-conference QualityImpact Practice Transformation Network Workshop, managed by QualityImpact, the COSEHC Practice Transformation Network.  The interactive workshop provided attendees the opportunity to discuss challenges, best practices, and strategies to help participants thrive in a value-based delivery environment.

In addition, four Knowledge Self-Assessment Modules (KSAs) were offered in an effort to fulfill the Maintenance of Certification, Part II – Self-Assessment and Lifelong Learning using the ABFM’s new point system.  More than 90 attendees successfully completed the Health Behavior, Medical Genomics, Heart Failure, and Well Child Care KSAs.

Throughout the Annual Meeting, attendees had the opportunity to win several prizes by simply interacting with our Industry Partners when visiting the Social and Information Hub. This year, GAFP PAC raffled off the chance to win a gift certificate for a Big Green Egg Grill, valued at $900.  Congratulations to Dr. Rick Wherry on his big green win!  

The most buzzed-about activity during the meeting was the official kickoff of the Georgia Healthy Family Alliance Capital Campaign.  The “Your Giving is Great Medicine” Capital Campaign led by Campaign Chair Dr.  Loy “Chip” Cowart, seeks to build on the $1 million-dollar gift from the Georgia Academy to raise an additional $3 million to fulfill GHFA’s mission to enhance the well-being of Georgians through educational and outreach programs.  The highlight of the evening was the Boots and Barbeque event on Friday night, which featured great food, fellowship, and country karaoke, and highlighted GHFA’s Community Health Grant program that has awarded more than $160,000 in grants to 38 community health projects in Georgia.  A great time was had by all in attendance!

Attendees deemed the meeting a big success and offered the following comments on their post-meeting evaluations:

  • I want thank you all and congratulate you on coordinating one of the best Scientific Assemblies that I have attended in recent memory!
  • Great conference overall! A weekend well spent!
  • All of the sessions were very good!
  • Great meeting!

The meeting’s success was based on the hard work, volunteer time, and efforts of the Education and Research Committee as well as the 2017 Annual Meeting Working Group.

The 2017 Education and Research Committee members were:

Theresa Jacobs, MD – Chair

Ken Howard, MD – Vice Chair

Karla Booker, MD

Mike Busman, MD

Clark Gillett, MD

Alice House, MD

Alison Lauber, MD

Yvonne Maduka, MD

Carl McCurdy, MD

Yuan-Xiang Meng, MD

Monique Merritt-Atkins, MD

Adrienne Mims, MD

Saida Omarova, MD

Blake Rudeseal – student

Harry Strothers, MD

The Annual Meeting Working Group consisted of:

Giselle Blair, MD

Kim Eubanks, MD

Angela Evans, MD

Abdollatif Ghiathi, MD

Shivani Jerath, MD

Theresa Kowalski, MD

Zita Magliore, MD

Sylveria Olatidoye, MD

Shikha Shah, MD

Marilyn Washburn, MD

We would like to thank all of our attendees for their continued support of Georgia Academy educational activities as we strive to offer quality CME to our members and guests.

Mark your calendars now for the 2018 Summer Family Medicine Weekend, which is scheduled June 14-17, 2018 at the Omni Amelia Island in Amelia Island, Florida.  Additional meeting information will be available in early 2018.

Registration is now open for the GCT² Webinar – November 13, 2017 at 12:30 pm

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

November 2017 webinar:

Implementing Diabetes Prevention Program

Registration: Please follow this link to register.

Date & Time: Monday, November 13th – 12:30-1pm ET

Webinar Objectives:

  • Describe Diabetes Prevention Programs (DPP);
  • Gain knowledge on the process of becoming a recognized DPP site;
  • Know how to become trained lifestyle coach; and
  • Understand the importance of providing DPP to the community for reducing the burden of Chronic Disease in Georgia


Allison Smith, MPH, CHES

Chronic Disease Prevention

Diabetes and Vision Program Manager

Georgia Department of Public Health

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 Georgia Academy of Family Physicians, Alliant Quality, Department of Public Health, Georgia HITEC, Morehouse School of Medicine, HomeTown Health, Medical Association of Georgia, Georgia Pharmacy Association, Georgia Chapter of the American College of Physicians, and the Georgia Hospital Association

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.

Can’t Listen Live?  Register anyway – and we’ll send you the link once it’s posted on our website

CME Information:

AMA Credit: This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the accreditation requirements and policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education through the joint providership of the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians and the Georgia Clinical Transformation Team.

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 activity for a maximum of .50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™.  Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

CEU Credit:  CEU credit is pending for this activity

Do you know your Numbers? Join Alliant Quality as we review the Quality Resource Use Report (QRUR) and 2016 PQRS Feedback Reports

For every physician that bills Medicare Part B, CMS has created a performance report called the Quality Resource Use Report (QRUR). This report shows their interpretation of your relative cost of all care compared with your peers for the patients you see and bill Medicare Part B. The most recently available data is the 2016 QRUR. This report was used to calculate the 2018 Value Modifier that will impact your Medicare reimbursements. We are exciting to announce a free web based education opportunity for you on the evening of Wednesday, November 14, 2017 from 7- 8 pm.

This educational session will be a presentation on interpreting your Quality Resource Use Report (QRUR). As the Medicare Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization, we are contacted by CMS to provide this free technical assistance. In preparation for the session, we suggest that you log into the CMS portal and download your report to have on hand during the call. If you have not previously set up the specific EIDM account to access this report you can follow this guide at .

This guide will walk you through how to set up and EIDM account (page 3) and how to download the report. If you do not have an EIDM Account, please allow 2 weeks to go through this process prior to the call. It will be very helpful for you to have your report available when you attend the webinar as we walk you through each of the tables in the report.

Register now!

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