Archive for 2019

Thrive 2020 Dates Announced

Continuing in the success of the inaugural Thrive Practice Transformation Project workshops, GAFP is pleased to announce dates for the 2020 cohorts.  Thrive is designed to help practices survive and thrive in today’s changing healthcare environment by assisting independent practices by educating the care team on ways to find hidden or underutilized coding to help receive the highest possible reimbursement rates.  Thrive will also help the practice ensure their patients are taking advantage of all the benefits that their health plans allow.

There will be three cohorts of two-day workshops (held three months apart) on Coding and Documentation. Cohorts will take place in Albany, Statesboro, and in the Atlanta/Metro area.  Each session will be led by Bob Addleton and Adele Cohen, Leadership in Practice consultants, and longtime GAFP partner and coding expert, Steve Adams.  The workshops will include education on missed coding opportunities, proper documentation tips and techniques, and rapid-cycle improvement processes.  Please note, the Atlanta/Metro cohort is open to employed physicians as well as those in private practice. Applications will be accepted for up to 8 practices.

To register for a session in your area, please visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/thrive2020

Registration closes 30 days prior to first workshop!

2020 Cohorts

Albany: February 13 | May 14

Statesboro:  April 1 | July 9

*Atlanta Metro: July 16 | October 15

*open to employed physicians

Get Involved in Committees! GAFP seeking member participation in its committees

Committee Recruitment 2020

The GAFP is now soliciting new members to our 2020 Committees! We are looking for GAFP members to join various committees in support of the GAFP’s mission to promote the health of the citizens of Georgia by advancing the specialty of Family Medicine through education, advocacy and service to family physicians in the State of Georgia.

The GAFP has implemented several successful initiatives in past years, all because of the dedication and commitment of our volunteer committee members.

All Committee members are appointed by our president, Dr. Jeff Stone.  He will evaluate each person’s volunteer application and make every attempt to have you serve on the Committee of your choice.

Committee membership will be held to no more than 15 members. For most committees, this will include one slot for a resident and a medical student. The expectation is that each member selected for a committee will have the ability to 1) attend the three committee conclave meetings, 2) respond to emails, and 3) review committee materials and be ready to offer advice and guidance.

We ask that you only volunteer to serve on a Committee if you can attend either in person or by phone all three meetings in 2020.  Although several committees meet more than 3 times a year, here are the dates for the 2020 Committee Conclaves:

  • Saturday, February 29                    Atlanta, GA (Le Meridian Atlanta Perimeter)
  • Thursday, June 4                              Sandestin Golf & Beach Resort (Miramar, FL, in conjunction with the GAFP Summer CME Meeting)
  • Saturday, August 1                         Pine Mountain, GA (Callaway Resort & Gardens)

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Following is a list of the opportunities for service. You will find a more detailed list of Committee descriptions and Committee Recruitment Application by clicking here.

  • Bylaws Committee
  • Education and Research Committee
  • Finance Committee
  • Legislative Committee
  • State Legislative Session Working Group (unlimited # of members and has a shorter time commitment):
  • Membership Services Committee
  • Practice Management Committee
  • Public Health Committee
  • Student and Resident Recruitment

We encourage your interest and participation as this is certainly an important and pivotal time for family medicine. We are only as strong as the commitment and involvement of our members.

The EveryONE Project™: Using the Neighborhood Navigator

The EveryONE Project™: Using the Neighborhood Navigator

By Kevin Kovach, DrPH, MSc

The Neighborhood Navigator is one of the successful tools provided through The EveryONE Project™ to help family physicians address social determinants of health (SDOHs) at the point of care.  Neighborhood Navigator is equipped to accommodate more than 100 languages and is integrated with Google Maps to offer users step-by-step directions to community resources. Family physicians and their practice teams can use this interactive tool during patient visits to connect them to social services in their area that can provide help with such needs as food, housing, transportation, employment, and legal or financial issues. Physicians also can refer patients to a patient-facing version of the tool — Neighborhood Navigator tool on familydoctor.org(navigator.familydoctor.org) — to enable them to locate services that meet their social needs on their own.

The EveryONE Project™ offers a series of training videos to walk family physicians and their practice teams through using the Neighborhood Navigator tool. Family physicians can create a practice account (Figure 1) that all staff members can use to connect patients electronically and bidirectionally with a community resource and create resource profiles that can be easily accessed.

Figure 1

In addition, through the “Support” button on the website (Figure 2), users can suggest additions or updates to the database if they are aware of new resources or updates for programs and resources. Patients can also create their own profile on Neighborhood Navigator which can be used to highlight specific programs and resources they would be using more frequently.

Figure 2

Neighborhood Navigator is a valuable resource that can help family physicians and their practice teams extend their care for patients beyond the walls of their practice by providing the next steps in care using additional community-based programs. For more information on the Neighborhood Navigator and other AAFP tools to address social determinants of health and improve health equity, visit The EveryONE Project ( https://www.aafp.org/patient-care/social-determinants-of-health/everyone-project.html).

GAFP Member Volunteers Needed to Score 2020 Community Health Grant Program Applications

Georgia Academy of Family Physician (GAFP) members are needed to score the growing number of applications submitted to the nationally recognized Georgia Healthy Family Alliance (GHFA) Community Health Grant Program.

First cycle 2020 grant applications are due by February 1st and scoring will begin the second week in February, with grant awards announced in early March. The second cycle application deadline is May 14, 2020 and the final application deadline for 2020 grants is July 9th.

Volunteer scorers will be asked to participate in a conference call orientation the first week of February, but all application reviews can be done electronically with no in person meetings required. Scoring Committee members will score a maximum of 5 applications each cycle and are not eligible to apply for grants while scoring.  Please contact Kara Sinkule at ksinkule@gafp.org or (404) 321-7445 if you are interested in scoring 2020 grants.

Over the last seven years, the Community Health Grant Program awarded than $326,000 in grants to GAFP members, residency programs, FMIG groups and their communities.

The program awards up to $5,000 to GAFP member affiliated community organizations that support GHFA program priorities including underserved populations and community programs that promote healthy practices consistent with the principles of Family Medicine. Current GAFP members including medical students, residents and active/ life members are eligible to apply for grants. Visit www.georgiahealthyfamilyalliance.org/grants/  to view a list of previously funded grant projects, download an application to learn more.