Archive for March, 2020

GAFP Members in the News:

GAFP Member, Zita Magloire, MD from Cairo, GA featured in AAFP News on Delivering Essential, Full-scope Care for Rural Community. Click here to read the full article!

GAFP Resident Member, Ashley Peterson, DO from Atlanta, GA featured in AAFP News on Early Career Start Gives FP More Time to Make a Difference. Click here to read the full article!

Medical College of Georgia Needs You – Recruiting Community Faculty

By David L. Kriegel II, MD – GAFP Member

Professor and Director of Student Education

The Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University is expanding its class size to 300!  It is my hope to be able to recruit Family Physician volunteer faculty who will have an influence on our students much as I was influenced during my clerkship and, I would imagine, you were similarly influenced.

The Department of Family Medicine at the Medical College of Georgia has had one of the longest running distributed teaching networks of volunteer community faculty in the country but we need to keep it vibrant and strong as the school seeks to expand its capacity to serve the medical needs of our communities.  While our community faculty are volunteers there are benefits such as access to library resources, continuing medical education and a Georgia Tax incentive (http://www.augusta.edu/ahec/ptip/) that we would be happy to discuss in more detail with you.

If you are interested in pursuing this further please let Dayna Seymore, Dr. Saucier or me know and we’ll be happy to schedule a time to meet or discuss.  In closing I would like to paraphrase the original Hippocratic Oath: “…and to teach them this art, if they want to learn it, without fee or indenture; to impart precept, oral instruction, and all other instruction…”; this opportunity will permit us to meet our oaths and have great impact on future generations of physicians.

 

Sincerely,

David L. Kriegel II, MD               Ashley Saucier, MD                 Dayna Seymore, BA

Professor                                        Associate Professor                 Program Manager

dkriegel@augusta.edu               asaucier@augusta.edu           dseymore@augusta.edu

Reducing Regulatory Burden – Georgia Academy Supports Congressional Action

Over the past 10 years, insurers have substantially increased the use of prior authorization in an attempt to reduce health care costs. While the Regulatory Relief Coalition understands the importance of such utilization tools, patients are now experiencing significant barriers to medically necessary care due to prior approval requirements for items and services that are eventually and routinely approved.

Representatives Suzan DelBene (D-WA), Mike Kelly (R-PA), Roger Marshall, MD (R-KS), and Ami Bera, MD (D-CA) introduced the Improving Seniors’ Timely Access to Care Act (H.R. 3107) on June 6, 2019. The Improving Seniors’ Timely Access to Care Act would help protect patients from unnecessary delays in care and reduce administrative burden for physicians by streamlining and standardizing prior authorization under the Medicare Advantage program. This bipartisan legislation has more than 180 Congressional cosponsors. The House Ways and Means Committee may mark-up H.R. 3107 in the coming weeks, so it is important to signal to Committee leadership that this legislative proposal has strong support from external stakeholders. AAFP anticipates introduction of a Senate companion bill later in the coming months.  The Georgia Academy has joined the AAFP and other state chapters in endorsing House Resolution 3107 and any additional Congressional action that will reduce our current regulatory burdens.