Archive for September, 2018

GAFP Members in the News

Georgia Healthy Family Alliance (GHFA) Board President, Dr. Evelyn Lewis & Clark has been selected as a 2018 recipient of the Chicago Medical School (CMS) Distinguished Alumnus Award.  Established in 1962, this honor is bestowed upon alumni who have distinguished themselves in the medical profession and exemplified consistent commitment and dedication to the Chicago Medical School.

“Dr. Lewis & Clark is a fitting example of the school’s mission in action and a remarkable role model for students,” said CMS Alumni Association President Dr. Carey B. Strom.

Dr. Lewis & Clark will receive the award during a ceremony on October 20, 2018 at the Warwick Allerton Hotel in Chicago.

GAFP Past President, John Antalis, MD recently published an article in the Insurance Journal entitled “Medical Errors Cut Liability Claims 66 percent.”  To read the article click here:

Christina Kelly, MD, chair of the Family Medicine for America’s Health Workforce Education & Development Tactic Team, provided participants at the recent 25 x 2030 Student Choice Collaborative with a summary of her team’s three years of work. Among a host of other issues, she says, “We decided increasing student choice and improving workforce diversity should be simultaneous efforts.” To read the full article click here:

Leonard Reeves, MD was featured in the AAFP Leaders Voices Blogs on “Don’t Forget Why You Chose Medicine in the First Place.” To read the full article click here:


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Georgia Academy of Family Physicians Awards State Senator Steve Gooch its 2018 Family Medicine Legislative Champion of the Year Award

TUCKER, GA, September 19th The Georgia Academy of Family Physicians (GAFP) has awarded State Senator Steve Gooch of Dahlonega its 2018 Family Medicine Legislative Champion of the Year Award, for his leadership in advancing legislation to provide reliable and affordable broadband Internet access to Georgia’s rural communities.

“This is a gesture of our appreciation for your efforts to assist family physicians and our patients in Georgia,” said Loy D. “Chip” Cowart, MD President of GAFP, in presenting the award. “Your commitment to supporting the passage of Achieving Connectivity Elsewhere and your dedication helping our members serve their patients elevated you above all others considered for this award. We are sincerely thankful for your service.”

The Achieving Connectivity Everywhere (ACE) Act, formerly known as SB 402, was sponsored by State Senator Gooch this past session of the General Assembly. The bill, passed unanimously in its first reading, authorizes state and local governments to create a rural broadband infrastructure. Funding for this infrastructure will come through public and private sector programs. Governor Nathan Deal signed SB 402 into law with immediate effect on May 7, 2018.

Since his election to the State Senate in 2010, Steve Gooch, a Republican, has represented the 51st District—consisting of Fannin, Union, Gilmer, White, Dawson, his home county Lumpkin, and parts of Pickens and Forsyth counties—in northern Georgia. He was elected Majority Whip in 2014. He also serves as Vice-Chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee and Secretary of the Senate Appropriations Committee. With his duties in the State Senate, Gooch is also the Executive Director of the Development Authority of Lumpkin County. Prior to his election in 2010 he served as the sole Commissioner of Lumpkin County.

Mr. Gooch graduated from North Georgia College and State University, now the University of North Georgia, with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration followed by a Master’s in Public Administration.


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Enroll Now – ABFM Part IV Module on HPV Vaccinations


The Georgia Academy of Family Physicians is collaborating with the National Improvement Partnership Network to recruit participants in an ABFM – approved Part IV module on HPV vaccinations.

Opportunity to Receive ABFM Part IV credit towards your Maintenance of Certification!

The National Improvement Partnership Network and the Academic Pediatric Association are collaborating on a national initiative, NIPA, starting in November 2018, funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to recruit health care practices that serve adolescents to participate in a 9-month, virtual, quality improvement project. Practices that enroll in this multi-state project will receive training in QI methodology and implement evidence-based practice changes to increase immunization rates and reduce missed opportunities for HPV vaccine administration.   Participants can earn credit towards professional certifications for project participation:

  • MC-FP credit for 1 Part IV module or 20 Part IV points, from the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM)
  • Up to 20 Performance Improvement Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits from the AAFP

Through four consecutive cohorts, NIPA has proven an effective model for getting results. Family physicians from prior project cohorts increased HPV series initiation rates from  46 to 58% and increased series completion from rates 13 to 45%.

Enroll by October 15, 2018 at

For more information about project requirements, contact Jennifer Le at or 802-656-9195.


Register Now for the October 3rd Webinar on Georgia’s Preceptor Tax Incentive Program

Host: Healthcare Georgia Foundation

Date:  Wednesday, October 3rd

Time: 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM EST

Speaker: Erin Mundy, MPA, Director of Community Based Training Programs and Cindy Peloquin, PTIP Program Manager

Program Description:

Georgia faces a critical shortage of health care professionals, particularly in primary care. Georgia Area Health Education Centers coordinate community-based training for health professional students in primary care specifically rural/underserved areas. The Preceptor Tax Incentive Program was created to entice physicians who are not compensated to train health professional students.

Learning Objectives:

At the end of the presentation, attendees should be able to:

  • Examine the process Georgia followed in creating the Preceptor Tax Incentive Program including developing a greater understanding of legislative processes in creating the bill and the challenges encountered during the process.
  • Examine the mechanisms utilized to certify the eligible rotations and eligible practitioners for tax purposes.
  • Recognize the critical role of the Georgia Statewide AHEC in collaborating partnerships with legislators, university leaders and state departments in creating a workable framework for reporting, managing, and auditing incentive dollars impacting the state’s revenue

Register Here

AAFP and GAFP Respond: We Are Fighting for a Medicare Fee Schedule that Works for Family Physicians

AAFP and GAFP Respond:  We Are Fighting for a Medicare Fee Schedule that Works for Family Physicians

Both the American Academy and the Georgia Academy have submitted a response to CMS’ proposed 2019 extensive rule change for Medicare payment.  The AAFP emphasized four points to CMS in its response to the proposed 2019 Medicare physician fee schedule: pay family physicians properly and slash their administrative burden, APMs are the best way to support family medicine, family physicians must be free to give patients the best care, and solo and small practices need better support.  To read the entire 80-page response from the AAFP click here:

In its letter, the Georgia Academy said in part:

Re:      CMS’ E&M Proposal Will Disproportionately Harm Small Practices

Support AAFP’s Proposed 15 Percent Increase for E&M Services by Primary Care Physicians

On behalf of the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians, I write in response to the proposed rule titled, “Medicare Program; Revisions to Payment Policies Under the Physician Fee Schedule and Other Revisions to Part B for CY 2019; Medicare Shared Savings Program Requirements; Quality Payment Program; and Medicaid Promoting Interoperability Program” published by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) in the July 27, 2018, Federal Register.

The Georgia Academy commends your continued leadership and commitment to identifying and implementing policies that improve the Medicare program. We share your goals of reducing the administrative burden of modern medical practice and preserving independent physician practices. We support your stated goal of transforming the Medicare program into one that prioritizes the delivery of high-quality, patient-centered, comprehensive and efficient care.

We respectfully offer commentary on three high-level items for your consideration. The three items are:

  1. Priority Proposals in the 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule
  2. Impact on Medicare Beneficiaries
  3. Impact on Solo and Small Physician Practices

To read the entire letter click here:

The AAFP and the GAFP will push out information to our members as soon as a final decision by CMS has been reached.  Also, the renowned coding expert, Steve Adams, will spend four hours (CME credit) at our Annual Meeting on Friday, November 9th breaking down the 2019 Medicare payment changes.  Sign up now to attend the annual meeting (and bring your practice administrator).  Click here to see more information and register for the meeting