Archive for August, 2019

GAFP Members Set to Become Thriving Independent Practices

On July 18, 2019, a small group of vetted GAFP members gathered in Gainesville, GA set on a course to become a thriving independent practice. Member practices participated in the inaugural session of Thrive, a GAFP transformation project that focuses on helping family medicine practices increase reimbursements by identifying under-used codes and procedures. Family physicians, along with their core billing team, had the opportunity to receive individualized rapid cycle improvement guidance from industry experts. The Thrive team consisted of GAFP partner and coding expert, Steve Adams of InHealth Professional services, who led discussions on hidden codes and documentation. Bob Addleton, EdD and Adele Cohen, MS of Leadership in Practice mentored individual practices on developing rapid cycle improvement plans, which when implemented will transform the practice into a thriving facility. In addition, GAFP Director of Education, Felicia Kenan, MPA, CMP was on-hand to provide direction related to utilizing this project for a self-directed study for ABFM Part IV maintenance of certification.

Aside from unmasking medical codes and documentation procedures that will lead to improved billing practices, participants are eligible to receive up to 10 prescribed credit(s) by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Upon completion of the full improvement plan activity, diplomates may submit the activity to ABFM to qualify for 20 activity points as an approved Part IV- Self-Directed Performance Improvement Activity. Participants will convene again on September 12 to present final improvement plans and to discuss how to sustain and maintain practice changes.

The next cohort of the Thrive initiative is scheduled to commence on October 3 in Macon, GA.  There are still opportunities for member practices to participate.   Interested members may register online by clicking here.

If you missed the opportunity to participate in the pilot Thrive project, be on the lookout for Thrive 2020 information at the 2019 Annual Fall meeting.

Georgia Healthy Family Alliance (GHFA) Seeking GAFP Member to Serve on Alliance Board of Trustee

Looking for a way to be more involved with your Academy?  Want to give back but aren’t sure where to start? The Georgia Healthy Family Alliance (GHFA) is seeking an interested GAFP member to serve on the Alliance Board of Trustees beginning in 2020.

Formerly the Foundation of the GAFP, the Alliance was founded in 1987 and is the philanthropic arm of the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians. The mission of the Alliance is to enhance the well-being of Georgia citizens through educational and community programs that promote healthy practices consistent with the principles of family medicine.


Now, more than ever the Alliance needs family physicians who are excited about our future focusing on our Capital Campaign that is raising up to $4 million dollars.  The campaign will allow the Alliance to expand its educational and community outreach efforts including the Community Health Grant Program and the Tar Wars tobacco and vaping education program.  The campaign will also provide the Alliance with a full-time team dedicated to improving the health and welfare of our local communities in Georgia. There is an expectation that new Trustees will make a contribution to GHFA’s Capital Campaign in an amount that is meaningful to them.

New board members will serve four-year terms (2020-2024) and will help guide and oversee GHFA projects including:

  1. The Community Health Grant Program – This award winning (2015 AAFP Foundation “Program of the Year”) program awards grants to GAFP member affiliated projects addressing health care needs throughout Georgia. Since beginning this program in 2012, the Alliance has awarded over $305,000 to community projects in all corners of the state.
  2. Tar Wars – a tobacco and vaping education program presented to more than 3,000 fourth and fifth graders in Georgia during last school year alone. This year the Alliance will also launch “Tar Wars Strike Force” projects in at least two communities to address the epidemic of youth vaping in Georgia.

Board members are expected to attend each of the three GHFA board meetings (in person) in 2020.

Tentative 2020 GHFA meeting dates (locations in Georgia TBD):

  • Saturday – February 29, 2020 – The Westin Atlanta Perimeter North – Atlanta, GA
  • Saturday – August 1, 2020 – Callaway Resort & Gardens – Pine Mountain, GA
  • Friday- November 13, 2020 – The Hotel at Avalon – Alpharetta, GA

Thank you in advance for considering this leadership role. Interested members should fill out the form below by September 10th and e-mail it to  To learn more visit us on the web at


Position Applying for:  Georgia Healthy Family Alliance Board Seat       





Current Volunteer Activities:



If selected, can you commit to attending all board meetings and responding to GHFA staff on a timely basis?



Why are you interested in participating on the Alliance Board?


Book Your Hotel for GAFP Fall CME Family Medicine Weekend!

The GAFP Fall Family Medicine Weekend will take place on November 14-16, 2019 at the Atlanta Evergreen Marriott Conference Resort in Stone Mountain, Georgia. Join us for premier educational CME at our annual fall meeting.

Hotel Accommodations:

Set amidst the stunning natural beauty of Georgia’s Stone Mountain Park, Atlanta Evergreen Marriott Conference Resort is a AAA Four Diamond hotel with spacious rooms, unique venues and extraordinary service. A leading conference and event hotel, the resort offers more than 64,000 square feet of event space, including sophisticated indoor spaces and charming outdoor venues. The hotel offers a free shuttle to Stone Mountain Park’s family-friendly attractions and natural wonders. The laser light show has become a thrilling tradition.

Rates for the GAFP Annual Meeting at the Atlanta Evergreen Marriott Conference Resort begin at $159. For reservations call 770-879-9900. Request the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians room block-available until October 22, 2019 or until sold out. You may also book a room online by clicking here. GAFP room rates are automatically applied.


Atlanta Evergreen Marriott Conference Resort – Stone Mountain, GA

4021 Lakeview Drive

Stone Mountain, GA  30083

Group Reference:

Georgia Academy of Family Physicians Scientific Assembly

Guest Room Rates:

Guest room, 1 King, Balcony – $159/night

Guest room, 2 Double, Balcony – $159/night

Phone: 1- 888-670-2250

The deadline for reservations is Tuesday, October 22, 2019 and after that reservations will be accepted on a space available basis.

Check in:

Check in time is after 4 pm and check out is before 11 am.

Parking at the Resort: Complimentary self – parking onsite and $8 valet parking

Gate Entry to Park and Hotel:  Gate entry to the park will be complimentary for all attendees who register for the GAFP Fall Family Medicine Weekend. You will receive a parking pass to display in your car’s dashboard upon entry to the park.

To learn more and to register, visit The full brochure will be coming to your mailbox very soon!


Members in the news

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the COSEHC QualityImpact Practice Transformation Network recognizes Jonathan “Mitch” Cook, DO and the Clarke-Oconee Family Practice for their participation in the Transforming Clinical Practices Initiative (TCPi).

CMS recognized the organization as “Exemplary,” having exceeded benchmark targets for quality, cost, and utilization, and given commitment to providing an exceptional patient and family experience.

The Georgia Academy would like congratulate Dr. Cook and his practice on this great achievement.

CALL FOR POSTERS: Submission Deadline September 6, 2019 (NO EXCEPTIONS)

The Georgia Academy of Family Physicians is seeking submissions for the Annual Research Poster Presentation to be held Friday, November 15, 2019, during the GAFP’s Family Medicine Weekend. In addition, GAFP is partnering with the Georgia Primary Care Association seeking submissions for community-based abstracts for the GPCA Annual Meeting, October 11, 2019.

Criteria/Who Can Participate:

Submissions from Pathway to Medical School Pre-med students, and GAFP members who are medical students, residents and practicing physicians/fellows are welcome.

Posters presented may be research results, case reports, summer projects, or educational projects. Posters may address any topic relevant to family medicine. Submissions must be of original work not yet published or presented at regional or national meetings and completed. Concurrent (2019) submissions to other conferences such as the North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG) and Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) are encouraged. Medical student projects previously presented at medical schools or on student “Research Days” are accepted.

How to Submit Proposal:

Application Form:   One application form should be completed for each abstract and poster submission. Please indicate on the entry form the primary presenter (the on-site person) and please indicate if an advisor or coordinator was involved in the completion of the research poster, and the extent of their participation.

Abstract:   One copy of the abstract should be submitted with an electronic copy of your poster. The abstract should be no longer than 250 words.

Poster: A one-page copy of the poster display (e.g., created in PowerPoint, Photoshop, Publisher, or Canva etc. and saved both in its original form and as a PDF).

Submit to GAFP:   Submit application form, abstract, and electronic copy of your poster to Felicia Kenan, at by September 6, 2019.

Presenter Schedule:

October 11, 2019: GPCA Annual Meeting, The Hotel at Avalon, 9000 Avalon Blvd, Alpharetta, GA. 30009 (Research that’s Beneficial to the Community for more information contact Theresa Jacobs, MD

November 15, 2019: GAFP Family Medicine Weekend, Atlanta Evergreen Marriott Conference Resort – Stone Mountain, GA, 4021 Lakeview Drive, Stone Mountain, GA  30083.  In addition to displaying their posters electronically, the top submissions from each category (Pre-med students, medical students, residents and practicing physicians/fellows) will be chosen to do a small presentation on the abstract mainstage during the meeting.


  • September 6, 2019: Abstract submission deadline. Submit applications and abstracts to
  • October 14, 2019: Deadline to Notify Submitters of Acceptance
  • October 21, 2019: Deadline to Notify Oral Presenters
  • October 24, 2019: Deadline for Oral Presentation Acceptance/Response
  • November 7, 2019: Deadline to Submit Electronic Poster to

Download a PDF of the proposal guidelines here