Archive for February, 2018

ONC & CMS Public Listening Session on Reducing Clinician Burden

As part of 21st Century Cures Act implementation (Cures), ONC and CMS will hold a public listening session to hear from stakeholders on reducing clinician burden. Seating for the session is extremely limited to 100 on a first-come basis, and a conference line will allow registrants to share their comments and offer potential solutions to ONC and CMS. The listening session will support ONC’s efforts under Cures to document the effects of clinician burden and, with CMS, to establish a goal, with strategy and recommendations to reduce regulatory and administrative burdens related to the use of electronic health records. ONC will update registrants with meeting logistics and a draft agenda.

Date & Time: Thursday, February 22, 2018 from 10am – 4:30pm ET
Location: US Department of Health and Human Services* and phone conference
*In-person seating is limited to 100 people, but attendees on the phone will also have the opportunity to provide input.

Register for the meeting

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 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:

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

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


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 ( 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. (  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

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.