Archive for July, 2020

GHFA’s Immediate Needs Grant Program Named 2020 Outstanding Program of the Year by the AAFP Foundation

The Georgia Healthy Family Alliance, the philanthropic arm of the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians (GAFP), has been named the Outstanding Program of the Year by the American Academy of Family Physician (AAFP) Foundation for the Immediate Needs Grants For Our Patients, program which was launched in late March in response to the COVID-19 outbreak in Georgia.

The Immediate Needs Grant program has provided more than $40,000 for micro-grants to GAFP member identified needs among their patients including prescription assistance for home bound senior citizens, lunch delivery for vulnerable children who no longer have access to school meals, PPE for charitable care clinics, and sanitizer distribution for Atlanta’s large homeless community.

“We are humbled to be recognized for our collective effort to help our patients and communities maintain health and hope during these uncertain times,” said GHFA Board President Dr. PJ Lynn. “I commend the GAFP members on the front line of this epidemic for going above and beyond to lift others in the face of this crisis,” he added.

AAFP Foundation President, Dr. Julie Anderson, congratulated GHFA for positively impacting Family Medicine with the Immediate Needs Program for our Patients project during the COVID-19 outbreak. The AAFP Foundation established the Outstanding Program Award to nationally recognize exceptional philanthropic activities of AAFP Chapters and Chapter Foundations. The Award is presented annually at the AAFP Foundation’s Annual Recognition Dinner during Family Medicine Experience (FMX) which was previously scheduled to be held October 15, 2020 in Chicago.

To donate to the Immediate Needs Grant Program or to see a complete list of the grants awarded visit GHFA is also sharing details of each grant through “Good News Stories” published in the GAFP Newsletter.

The Georgia Healthy Family Alliance is the only charitable organization in Georgia whose objective is to improve access to quality health care through initiatives and programs lead and supported by the care and generosity of family medicine specialists. We rely on the leadership, support and generosity of family physicians and corporate donors to fulfill our mission. The Georgia Healthy Family Alliance is a charitable public foundation recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501 (c)(3) tax exempt organization and is thereby eligible to receive grants and tax-deductible gifts and contributions.

GHFA Seeking Applicants for Last Cycle of the 2020 Community Health Grant Awards Program 

Deadline to Apply Extended to July 13th

The Georgia Healthy Family Alliance (GHFA) has opened the application period for the final cycle of the 2020 Community Health Grant Awards program. In March, GHFA paused the program in response to the COVID-19 outbreak and began awarding smaller Immediate Needs Grants to Georgia Academy of Family Physician (GAFP) member identified urgent needs in their communities.

Current GAFP members including medical students, residents and active/ life members are eligible to apply for up to $5,000 to support GAFP member affiliated community organizations that support program priorities including underserved populations and community programs that promote healthy practices consistent with the principles of Family Medicine. The application deadline for the final cycle of 2020 is July 13th.  Grant awards will be announced in August 2020.

Over the last seven years the Community Health Grant Program has awarded more than $366,000 in grants back to GAFP members, residency programs, FMIG groups and their communities. Visit to download the 2020 application or view a list of previously funded grant projects.

Even if you do not have a community project that could benefit from a grant, please consider making a contribution so that the Alliance can continue to support these vital projects. All donations are tax deductible. Alliance contributions can be made easily online at or by contacting Kara Sinkule at or calling (800) 392-3841.

Outreach to GAFP Resident and Student Members for AAFP Commission and National Leadership Positions – July 20th deadline

To:       GAFP Resident and Student Members

From: Jeff Stone, MD, MHA, MBA, FAAFP, President

There are many ways that our Georgia family medicine residents and medical students can serve at a national level.   All of these opportunities requires the permission of your residency director, or school advisor and a nomination letter from the Georgia Chapter.

Only one GAFP resident and student will be nominated for each potential appointment.  Please review the options and positions available to you and submit an email to the GAFP ( no later than July 20th – to be considered for nomination.  Note that priority is given to residents and students who have served at the local/chapter level.

Please answer the following questions:

  1. Name/Year in Residency/Residency Program
  2. Please rank the commission or other appointment that you wish to be considered (up to 3)
  3. Please list the expertise you have to apply for these appointments.
  4. Do you have permission from your program to apply?


Medical Students:

The Executive Committee will make their selection in early August and then you will have several weeks to get your full application, including a letter of support from the GAFP, submitted to the AAFP by the September 8th deadline.  Thank you for your review – we encourage you to apply

Family Medicine Leads provides scholarships for GAFP Students

The winners of the 2020 Family Medicine Leads Scholarships for the AAFP National Conference for Students and Residents have been determined. Congratulations to the scholarship recipients from Georgia:

  • Reem Al-Atassi (student) – Grayson
  • Sarah Clark (student) – Atlanta
  • Claire Edelson (student) – Atlanta
  • Pamela Cuebas (student) – San Juan
  • Morgan Fuller (student) – Lawrenceville
  • Justin Juan (student) – Atlanta
  • Dominique Munroe (student) – Nassau
  • Najeeb Siddiq (student) – Atlanta
  • Kristen Stovall (student) – Savannah

Each winner will receive a $130 scholarship provided by the AAFP Foundation to attend the virtual National Conference, July 30 – August 1, 2020. These scholarships are made possible because of donations from family physicians across the country. Nearly 600 scholarship applications were received, and 250 Family Medicine Leads Scholarships were awarded.

Family Medicine Leads Scholarships for the National Conference are comprised of the following categories: Early Career Student, Student or Resident Primary Care Champion, and Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG) Leaders. Congratulations to all the Georgia recipients. See you virtually in July!

Click here to see the complete list of recipients.

Medicaid Provider – COVID Relief

Targeted Payments to Medicaid and CHIP Providers

HHS announced this week plans to distribute $15 billion from the Provider Relief Fund targeted to eligible providers that participate in state Medicaid and CHIP programs and have not yet received a payment from the Provider Relief Fund General Distribution. This funding will supply relief to Medicaid and CHIP clinicians experiencing lost revenues or increased expenses due to COVID-19. Additional payments will also be made to safety-net hospitals.

To be eligible for this funding, health care clinicians must not have received payments from the $50 billion Provider Relief Fund General Distribution and either have directly billed their state Medicaid/CHIP programs or Medicaid managed-care plans for health-care-related services between January 1, 2018, and May 31, 2020.

The Provider Relief General Distribution directed $50 billion to Medicare facilities and providers affected by COVID-19, based on eligible providers’ 2018 net patient revenue, in April and May. This distribution reached approximately 62% of all providers participating in state Medicaid and CHIP programs. For this reason, many family physicians may not be eligible for the Medicaid targeted payments. This new Medicaid and CHIP Targeted Distribution will make monies from the Provider Relief Fund available to the remaining 38% of providers that participate in state Medicaid and CHIP programs and have not yet received a payment from the Provider Relief Fund General Allocation.

Action Required to Receive Payments

HHS launched the Enhanced Provider Relief Fund Payment Portal( on June 10. To receive a payment, clinicians who participate in state Medicaid and CHIP programs and/or Medicaid and CHIP managed care organizations, and who have not yet received General Distribution funding, should report their annual patient revenue through this portal. The distribution will be equal to at least 2% of reported gross revenues from patient care. The final amount each provider receives will be determined after the data are submitted, including information about the number of Medicaid patients served. The deadline to submit an application for the Medicaid Targeted Distribution is July 20, 2020.

Instructions( and the application form( are provided to assist applicants in applying for funds. Once a payment is received, providers must sign an attestation confirming receipt of the funds and agree to the Terms and Conditions( within 90 days.

Thrive Workshop: Now Open to All Members

Are you an employed physician concerned about increasing your bottom line? 

Let the GAFP Thrive – Coding and Reimbursement Practice Improvement Workshop Help!

With the devastating financial impact COVID-19 is having on the economy, there is no better time than now to ensure your practice is reimbursed at the highest rate possible.  There is still time to register for the July 16th Thrive – Coding and Reimbursement Practice Improvement workshop in Atlanta.  Thrive is an innovative practice transformation project that focuses on helping primary care practices increase reimbursements by identifying under-used codes and procedures. It is designed to help practices survive and thrive in today’s changing healthcare environment 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.

As an added incentive, completion of the Thrive program counts as an American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) Self-Directed Performance Improvement Activity where you earn up to 20 points towards your overall 50-point activity requirement.

The July 16 workshop will include education on missed coding opportunities, proper documentation tips and techniques, and rapid-cycle improvement processes. During the second workshop on October 15, 2020, practice teams will have an opportunity to report progress on their individual practice improvement projects and receive additional coaching from the practice transformation consulting team.

If you’re tired of losing money because you’re not being reimbursed for the work that you and your team perform in your practice, please submit an application to attend the July cohort today.

Registration fees are $500 per practice, reimbursable upon completion of the program.  Only active GAFP members and their billing team qualify to attend.