Archive for February, 2018

Save the Date: Georgia Medicaid Fair

Dear Georgia Medicaid Providers and Stakeholders:

The Department of Community Health (DCH) and DXC Technology encourage you to save the following date for our next Medicaid Fair!

Wednesday, April 25, 2018
UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center

15 RDC Road

Tifton, Georgia 31794

The Medicaid Fair will open with important updates on emergent issues by DCH Leadership and over a dozen break-out sessions will cover a variety of topics. The Care Management Organizations will be onsite to answer your questions about their new contracts that are effective July 1, 2018. DCH and DXC Technology are also bringing back several 30-minute break-out sessions so you can get as much out of your Medicaid Fair day as possible. Please stay tuned for additional details registration information which will be posted soon.

Do you want to help shape our agenda?

To ensure that our planned break-out sessions (including time for questions and answers) address relevant topics for you, please submit your suggested breakout topics to GeorgiaMedicaidFair@dxc.com no later than Wednesday, February 28, 2018. Based on your feedback the agenda will be developed and posted.

Do you need more information about UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center?

For location and directions to the Medicaid Fair, please visit the UGA Tifton Conference Center website at: http://www.caes.uga.edu/campuses/tifton/conference-center/about/location-and-directions.html

Thank you for your continued participation in the Georgia Medicaid program.

We look forward to seeing you on, Wednesday, April 25, 2018 in Tifton!

Sincerely,

Georgia Department of Community Health

DXC Technology

GAFP seeking Family Physician Who is Exemplary in Supporting Georgia’s Maternal and Health Population

The Georgia Academy, in collaboration with the Department of Public Health, is seeking nominees for members who have supported Georgia’s mothers and children above and beyond the scope of family medicine.  Last year’s awardee was Jonathan Lynch, MD of Cairo, Georgia who is the Medical Director of First Option Care, a comprehensive outreach clinic for mothers with unplanned pregnancies and limited resources.

We are looking for YOU or a colleague to let us know about what you are doing in your community.  Please email Tenesha Wallace (twallace@gafp.org) with the name of your nominee and a few sentences about what makes them unique in their support of healthy mothers and children.  The award will be presented at our Summer CME meeting in June.  Please send your response no later than April 12th.

Attention Residents – Member Benefit: Employment Contract Review for Residents

The Georgia Academy of Family Physicians Board of Directors has established a program which allows all GAFP resident members to have their employment contracts reviewed by an attorney from The Sanders Law Firm, P.C. (http://www.southernhealthlawyers.com/).  The benefit is especially important for GAFP residents who intend to remain in Georgia upon graduation from their respective residency programs: GAFP will pay for the legal review of the contract!  If the resident has made the (unfortunate) decision to leave Georgia, GAFP has negotiated a reduced rate that the resident can pay directly to The Sanders Law Firm, P.C.

To be eligible:

  1. You must be a current member of the AAFP/GAFP.
  1. You must be enrolled as a PGY3 in training at a Georgia family medicine residency program.
  1. You must contact The Sanders Law Firm P.C. directly (it maintains a list of GAFP Resident members):

Phone: (404) 806-5575

rsanders@southernhealthlawyers.com

Mr. Sanders has been working with the Alabama Chapter of the AAFP for many years on a similar project and has over eighteen years of experience reviewing employment agreements between physicians and their employers.

Richard D. Sanders represents a variety of healthcare providers on a broad range of issues, including business transactions, fraud and abuse compliance (Anti-Kickback Statute and Stark), Certificate of Need (CON) issues, medical staff credentialing, Medicare reimbursement, antitrust policy, and legislative activities. He also assists providers in their relationships with federal and state regulatory agencies.  After graduating from Duke University in 1992 with a double-major in political science and history, Rich earned his Juris Doctor degree from the Emory University School of Law in 1996. In 2013, Rich was rated as a “Top Rated Lawyer in HealthCare Law” and has an AV Preeminent® peer review rating from Martindale-Hubbell™.

Rich currently serves on the adjunct faculty at Emory University and teaches courses in business and regulatory law. In 2004, he was awarded Professor of the Year. Rich is a former intelligence officer in the U.S. Navy, where he worked with an Atlanta-based unit supporting the U.S. Sixth Fleet in Naples, Italy.  He and his wife Rebekah live in Buckhead and have three children.

Limited Number of Stipends Available for Tar Wars Presenters for the Remainder of 2017-18 School Year!

The Georgia Healthy Family Alliance (GHFA) needs your help spreading the tobacco-free Tar Wars message to fourth- and fifth-grade students in all corners of Georgia.

A limited number of stipends are available to FMIG, Family Medicine Resident groups and GAFP members who present Tar Wars before the end of May 2018.  By volunteering just one hour of your time you can help us educate Georgia’s youth on the dangers of traditional and E-Cigarettes while spreading the tobacco-free Tar Wars message in your community.

Presenting Tar Wars is easy – and fun! We’ll mail a Tar Wars Classroom Kit to you with all the materials you will need for the presentation. The kit includes all the activity materials and handouts you’ll need, plus poster board and markers to help the students create posters “advertising” the benefits of living a tobacco free life. Prior to the presentation, we can also schedule a presenter “training” session to review the Tar Wars Program Guide, which contains step-by-step instructions for each Tar Wars classroom activity.

Tar Wars can also be presented to both Boy Scout and Girl Scout Troops as well as youth after school enrichment programs, youth groups, etc. To volunteer or learn more about Tar Wars, please contact Kara Sinkule at ksinkule@gafp.org or call toll free (800) 392-3841.

Tar Wars is a tobacco-free education program operated by the American Academy of Family Physicians for fourth- and fifth-grade students. The program is designed to teach kids about the short-term, image-based consequences of tobacco use, the cost associated with using tobacco products, new and emerging products like E-Cigarettes and the advertising techniques used by the tobacco industry to market their products to youth. To learn more, visit the Tar Wars home page located at www.tarwars.org.

*Tar Wars stipends are made possible by a grant from the W.G. Raoul Foundation.