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Thrive – Coding & Reimbursement Practice Improvement Project 2019: Turn Your Practice Around Within Three Months!

Thrive – Coding & Reimbursement Practice Improvement Project 2019

Turn Your Practice Around Within Three Months!

Click here to register online

The Georgia Academy of Family Physicians is launching a new, innovative practice transformation project that focuses on helping family medicine practices increase reimbursements by identifying under-used codes and procedures and counts as an ABFM Self-Directed Performance Improvement Activity where you earn up to 20 points towards your overall 50-point activity requirement.

Thrive is designed to help practices survive and thrive in today’s changing healthcare environment by assisting independent practices by educating the clinical and business team  to ensure their patients are taking advantage of all the benefits that their health plans allow.

The GAFP is seeking up to 16 independent practices to participate in the Thrive pilot (up to 8 practices for each workshop). The workshops will be held in Macon and Gainesville to try and offer this program to more of our members who are based in more rural-settings and might not have the ability to attend city-based CME.

Participants will attend two one-day workshops (held three months apart) on Coding and Documentation  and complete a rapid cycle improvement project related to workshop material. The sessions will be led by Bob Addleton and Adele Cohen, Leadership in Practice consultants, and longtime GAFP partner and coding expert, Steve Adams.  Over the three-month learning cycle, practices will make immediate changes to their practices to improve outreach to their patients and increase the financial well-being of their practices. At least one physician and one staff member with billing responsibilities should attend each session.

Meeting Dates:

  • Gainesville Workshop

            Thursday, July 18, 2019 (10:00 am – 4:00 pm)

            Thursday, September 12, 2019 (10:00 am – 4:00 pm)

  • Macon Workshop

            Thursday, October 3, 2019 (10:00 am – 4:00 pm)

            Thursday, January 9, 2020 (10:00 am – 4:00 pm)

We have found that the most successful practice change activities include:

  • Practice care team members who are vested in making a change within the practice.
  • The opportunity to learn from experts
  • The use of adult learning methods, putting more emphasis on well-constructed group problem solving than lectures

If you’re tired of losing money because you’re not being reimbursed for the work that you and your team do in your practice, and can answer YES to the following questions, please submit the request for participation below.

  • Is your practice independent?
  • Are you tired of leaving money on the table by under-coding your patient interactions?
  • Are you willing to attend both workshops (along with at least another member of your practice) and participate in an interim month one-on-one consultative conference call/webinar?
  • Are you and other family physicians in your practices members of the Georgia Academy?

Registration:  This CME activity will offer your practice hours of individualized practice management advice.  The registration fee of $500 per practice will be reimbursed to you after completion of the Thrive Workshop if your practice attended BOTH workshops and participated in the interim-consultative conference call with the Thrive Team.

If you answered YES to ALL of these questions, please complete the information below and return to GAFP staff at the Registration Desk.

Please note, this is a small pilot project and will be offered to only 5-8 practices. There will be a vetting process that will help us determine the final 5-8 participants. Click here to register online or complete the form below and return to


Name: ________________________________        Practice Name: ______________________

Address: _____________________________________________________________________

City, State, Zip: _______________________________________________________________

Phone: _______________________________          Email: ____________________________

Number of clinical providers in this practice (physicians and mid-levels): ________________

Number of administrative and billing/coding staff in this practice: _____________________

Your electronic health record (EHR) System: _______________________________

Were You a Part of History? More than 200 Attended the 2019 Summer CME Meeting!

Were You a Part of History? More than 200 Attended the 2019 Summer CME Meeting!

June 6-9, 2019 marked the GAFP’s second joint meeting with the Georgia Primary Care Association (GPCA).  This year we hosted more than 200 family physicians, FQHC/CHC members and other health care professionals at Omni Amelia Island Beach Resort.  The Summer meeting offered CME content, leadership workshops, exhibits, family fun activities and numerous opportunities to network with colleagues.

With an expansive number of lectures and workshops, attendees were able to claim as many as 36 AAFP prescribed credits derived from a variety of topics pertinent to the practice needs of our members. Click Here to view all the presentations from the summer meeting! All AAFP CME credits will be posted by July 15th to your AAFP transcript. If you have any questions about the CME submission process, please feel free to contact Felicia Kenan at

In addition to lectures and workshops, the GAFP offered three Knowledge Self-Assessments (KSAs) to attendees, to fulfill the Maintenance of Certification Part II – Self-Assessment and Lifelong Learning.  More than 60 attendees successfully completed the assessments.

Overall, attendees deemed the meeting a success and offered the following comments on their post-meeting evaluations:

“Amelia Island is our favorite location for the summer meeting. This year, the Omni staff were especially friendly, and the resort restaurants and all food events were outstanding. As always, GAFP staff were all wonderful, and provided another great meeting.”

“I really enjoyed the leadership lectures and ABFM updates”

“Great presentations and good arrangements”


“Great job!!! Excellent attendance at meetings”

The meeting’s success was based on the hard work, time, and effort of the Education Committee.  The 2019 Education Committee members are Theresa Jacobs, MD – Chair; Ken Howard, MD – Vice Chair; Dolapo Babalola, MD, Wanda Gumbs, MD,

Ambar Kulshreshtha, MD, Carl McCurdy, MD, Oguchi Nwosu, MD, Kuna Okong, MD,

Monica Parker, MD, Dean Seehusen, MD, Harry Strothers, MD, Susan Thomas, MD, Johnathan Henderson, MD and Loy D. “Chip” Cowart, MD – Executive Committee Liaison.

Thank you to the Education & Research Committee for all the hard work that went into making this meeting a success.

Mark your calendars now with the dates of the 2019 Annual CME Meeting!  This year’s Annual Meeting will be held Thursday, November 14 – Saturday, November 16 at the Marriot Evergreen Conference Resort in Stone Mountain, GA. We look forward to seeing you there!


GHFA Thanks our Donors!

GHFA Thanks our Donors!

Last week at the GAFP’s 2019 summer CME meeting, some of our leaders with the Georgia Healthy Family Alliance took a break from meetings and classes to thank GHFA’s top donors. GHFA hosted a Thank-A-Thon in Amelia Island and personally called on all donors who made a pledge of $5000 or higher to our Your Giving is Great Medicine capital campaign.

With “thank-a-tinis” in hand, our family physician leaders had the opportunity to simply express gratitude to their peers for their support. To date, the Alliance has awarded $280,000 and counting, in community health grant awards, and educated thousands of youth on the harmful effects of smoking and vaping. None of this would be possible without the generosity of our donors and we are so grateful. A huge thank you and shout out to Dr. Patrick “PJ” Lynn, Dr. Loy “Chip” Cowart, Dr. Mitzi Rubin, and Dr. Collyn Steele for joining us at the Thank-A-Thon and making a few calls to fellow family physician members and donors.

If you would like to make a pledge or one time donation supporting our Your Giving is Great Medicine campaign, please contact our Director of Philanthropy, Shan Hayes, at 404-321-7445, or visit the website

GHFA Donor and GAFP Member Dr. Collyn Steele enjoying a Thank-A-Tini while making calls.


Donors Called During Thank-A-Thon



Dr. Chip and Elizabeth Cowart Statesboro

Dr. Patrick “PJ” and Lindsey Lynn Rome



Dr. John Bucholtz Columbus

Dr. Mike and Dianne Busman – Americus

Dr. Samuel “Le” Church – Hiawassee

Dr. Evelyn Lewis & Clark – Newnan

Dr. Lanny and Mica Copeland – Brentwood, TN

Dr. Donald Fordham – Demorest

Fay Fulton – Atlanta

Dr. Gene and Ivy Jackson – Hawkinsville

Dr. Susan Margletta Harmon and Jack Harmon- Roswell

Dr. Dayle Hawthorne – Ft. Oglethorpe

Dr. Thaddeus Lynn – Atlanta

Jim and Patti Lyons – Jasper

Dr. Carl and Melanie McCurdy – Jasper

Dr. Howard and Janet McMahan – Ocilla

Dr. Rolf Meinhold and Caryn Bains – Alpharetta

Dr. T.J. Miller – Claxton

Dr. Adrienne Mims – Atlanta

Drs. Monica and Wylie Newton – Gainesville

Dr. Mitzi and Jeremy Rubin – Atlanta

Dr. Eddie Richardson and Dr. Jameelah Gater – Eatonton

Dr. Michael Satchell – Albany

Dr. George Shannon – Columbus

Dr. Daniel Singleton – Buena Vista

Dr. Collyn and Nick Steele – McDonough

Dr. Harry and Karen Strothers – Macon

Dr. John Vu Griffin

Dr. Rick and Alice Wherry – Dahlonega 



Dr. Susana A. Alfonso

Dr. Karla Booker – Lilburn

Dr. Mitch Cook Athens

Dr. Denise Crawley Rome  

Dr. Elvan Daniels Atlanta

Dr. Daniel Grizzle Athens

Dr. Thomas Fausett Adel

Dr. Jay and Adelene Goberdhan Adel

Dr. Emily J. Herndon Decatur

Dr. Audrey and William Hodge – Union Spring, AL

Dr. Wayne Hoffman and Thomas Torrey Atlanta

Dr. Beulette Hooks Columbus

Dr. Theresa Jacobs Conyers

Dr. Kevin and Connie Johnson Lawrenceville

Dr. Bruce LeClair Augusta

Dr. Sherma Peter Sylvania

Dr. James and Harriet Ray Swainsboro  

Dr. Leonard Reeves and Terri Brown Rome 

Dr. Susan Schayes – Marietta

Dr. Jeff and Holly StoneCanton