Archive for October, 2020

Recruitment for 2021 Georgia Academy Leadership

Recruitment for 2021 Georgia Academy Leadership

To:          GAFP Colleague (Active, Life, Resident, Medical Student)

From:    Thomas D. Fausett, Jr. MD, FAAFP – President – 2020-2021

One of the most important roles serving as your President for this upcoming year is appointing the Committee members for 2021. I am soliciting your interest in participating on one of the Georgia Academy’s committees for next year.

I ask that you only volunteer to be nominated if you can attend either in person or by phone all 3 meetings in 2021. Although several committees meet more than 3 times a year, here are the dates for the expected 2021 Committee dates. Note that we do not expect to have any in-person meetings until June 2021:

  • February – March 2021                               Virtual Meetings (after work hours or weekends)
  • Thursday, June 10 Hilton Head, SC (Sonesta Resort Hilton Head)
  • Saturday, July 31                                             Savannah, GA (Kimpton Brice Hotel)

I appreciate your consideration of service with your colleagues on a committee. We are only strong with many voices of family medicine working together.

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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.

There will also be a Legislative Session Working Group that meets weekly, but for a shorter time period (January-April 2021) to assist in Georgia Academy programs.

Following is a list of the opportunities for service. 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.

Education and Research Committee (15 members): This committee is responsible for all the educational activities of the Georgia Academy, including the annual and summer meeting, as well as our regional CME such as THRIVE and online offerings.

Finance Committee (15 members): This committee reviews the financials including our annual audit, staff benefits and the budget. It also makes recommendations to the Board on financial policies.

Legislative Committee (15 members): This committee oversees all advocacy and legislative activities and recommends action to the Board to assure representation of family medicine and our patients.

State Legislative Session Working Group (unlimited members): This working group will meet weekly by phone from January – April to review the policy priorities of the Georgia Academy along with receiving updates on the activities of the Georgia General Assembly. Areas of focus will include the State Budget (Medicaid, Public Health), Tort Reform, Insurance Initiatives, Public Safety, Medical Education, Funding of Family Medicine Residency Programs and Scope of Practice.

Membership Services Committee (15 members): This committee has the responsibility for membership recruitment and retention, overview of leadership development, as well as, for all local and national award nominations. This committee is also tasked with monitoring the communications to our members.

Practice Management Committee (15 members): The Practice Management Committee monitors insurance policies and issues that affect the business of family medicine. It also works on practice transformation and educating our members on business practices. The committee is continually monitoring new payment models and easing administrative burdens.

Public Health Committee (15 members): This committee works to improve the health and welfare of our state’s citizens by assisting Georgia’s Department of Public Health in their mission. The Georgia Academy has an ongoing contractual relationship with the Department of Public Health that is overseen by this committee.

Student and Resident Recruitment (15 members – 9 active/life members, 3 students, 3 residents) This Committee promotes family medicine to our Georgia medical students, pre-medical and high school students as well as looks for areas to support family medicine physicians-in-training.

Committee Membership Application:

Name_____________________________________________________________________________

I am a __________Medical Student ______________Resident ________________Family Physician

______________________________is the Committee I would like to serve on in 2021.

____________I can attend all 3 committee dates (either in person or by phone).

I cannot attend all three committee dates, I can attend _______________of the meetings.

My talents and expertise that will assist the committee are:

If I am not selected for my committee of choice. I would like to be considered for the _______________ Committee.

I would also like to volunteer for the Legislative Session Working Group:________________________________

 

 

Georgia Academy of Family Physicians

Fax to 404-321-7450

or email Angela Flanigan at aflanigan@gafp.org

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ALL MEMBER NOTICE!! You’re Invited! Congress of Delegates First Session Webinar/Conference Call

ALL MEMBER NOTICE!!  You’re Invited!

Congress of Delegates First Session Webinar/Conference Call

October 29th – 6:00pm

GAFP Members – Join the Discussion

The first meeting of the Congress of Delegates will be via conference call / webinar on Thursday, October 29, at 6 pm. All members are invited and encouraged to attend. Please register for the 1st session of the Congress of Delegates by clicking this link Congress of Delegates: 1st Session.

Members are invited to speak to resolutions of interest or concern to you. Final 2020 resolutions will be available Friday, October 23 on the GAFP website.

The second session of the Congress of Delegates is virtual and will take place on Sunday, November 15th from 2:30pm until 5:30pm via Zoom.  The second session is where final discussion and voting occurs. COD delegates can speak and vote for your district during the second session.  Click here —Congress of Delegates 2nd Session to register for the Congress of Delegates Zoom Meeting.  Below is the current list of delegates.

2020 District Delegates as of 10/1/20

Speaker: Carl McCurdy, MD, FAAFP

Vice Speaker: Monica Newton, DO, FAAFP

District 1 Delegates

Angela Gerguis, MD

Russell Lake, MD

Jamal Lawrence, MD

Mary Mier, DO

Peter Rives, MD

District 2 Delegates

Mike Busman, MD

Zita Magloire, MD

Michael Satchell, MD

District 3 Delegates

Joy Adegbile, MD

Mah-Fri Fomukong, MD

Shawnte Hall-Kraft, MD

Tamara Lewis, MD

Evelyn Lewis&Clark, MD

Curtis Sorensen, MD

District 3 Alternates:

Avril Campbell, MD

Curtis Clark, DO

James Hagler, MD

Beulette Hooks, MD

Alice House, MD

Daniel Singleton, MD

District 4 Delegates

William Bostock, MD

Kris Manlove-Simmons, MD

John Shih, MD

District 5 Delegates

Shameka Hunt-McElhaney, MD

Allison Key, MD

Susan Schayes, MD

Kele Sewell, MD

Jeff Stone, MD

District 6 Delegates

Tameka Byrd, MD

Hubert Pare, MD

Cyrenah Stokley, DO

Harry Strothers, MD

Brandan Wormsbacher, MD

District 7 Delegates

John Desmond, MD

Pamela Obi, MD

Leonard Reeves, MD

Stephanie Stutz, DO

Katherine Taylor, MD

District 7 Alternate Delegates

Emma Atherton-Staples, MD

Brian Cheever, MD

Christina Douglass, MD

District 8 Delegates

Jason Cox, MD

Jay Goberdhan, MD

Eugene Jackson, MD

District 8 Alternate:

Donny Nash, MD

District 9 Delegates

Amy Bailey, MD

Samuel “Le” Church, MD

Kathryn Neely, MD

Morris Pulliam, MD

Anne Todd, MD

Jake Varghese, MD

District 10 Delegates

Temitope Afon, MD

Edward Agabin, MD

Mitch Cook, DO

Julie Dahl-Smith, DO

Bruce LeClair, MD

District 11 Delegates

Derrell Anglyn, MD

Thomas Bat, MD

Michelle Cooke, MD

Daniel Feckoury, MD

Kennard Hood, MD

Marissa Lapedis, MD

Zazi Nylander, MD

Michael Obiekewe, MD

Sylveria Olatidoye, MD

Priya Shah, MD

Angeline Ti, MD

Resident Delegates:

Anthony Daniels, MD

Augusta University

Ajibola Babatunde, MD

Houston Healthcare

Osara Malalasekara, MD

Wellstar Atlanta Medical

Macy McNair, MD

Morehouse Family Medicine Residency Program

Philomise Moncion, MD

Medical Center of Central Georgia

Student Delegates:

Caitlin  Balno – Mercer Savannah

Naomi Coles – Morehouse School of Medicine

Sydney Koenig – Mercer School of Medicine    

Georgia Academy Comments to CMS on Proposed New Affordable Care Act Exchange                        

CMS has confirmed that Georgia’s Section 1332 state innovation waiver, which changes the Affordable Care Act exchange model, is complete. The waiver will now move into a public comment period.  As it currently stands, the state innovation waiver would shift Georgia’s individual health insurance marketplace from HealthCare.gov to its Georgia Access Model. It would also pursue a reinsurance program through tiered coinsurance.

The state expects the reinsurance program to stabilize the market, reducing premiums by over ten percent.   The proposal projected that the Georgia Access Model would increase individual health insurance market enrollment by 25,000 and, as a result, bring down premiums by 3.5 percent. The cost to fund this project would be $144 million for its starting year 2022.

The Georgia Academy sent comments to Governor Kemp when the proposal was first up for review, and again has submitted comments to CMS.  A summary of those comments is below:

While we appreciate that this proposal will not interrupt coverage with patients with pre-existing conditions, we are concerned about allowing non-ACA compliant plans into Georgia.  Furthermore, removing Georgia from the healthcare.gov platform would penalize Georgians looking for a one-stop marketplace to compare and select insurance plans, forcing them to rely on scattershot network of web-brokers and other actors that may take into account Georgians’ financial or health needs. Under this arrangement, Georgia would be the only state nationwide to remove itself from this marketplace.

The current proposal to allow Georgians to buy extended, short-term health insurance (non-ACA compliant) is a step back to the days when companies sold low-value insurance policies that subjected our patients to catastrophic medical bills and medical bankruptcy.

The current proposal would allow exempt these non-compliant plans from Affordable Care Act consumer protections such as covering essential benefits, which include prescriptions, laboratory tests, hospitalization, and maternity care. It would allow plans to establish caps once again on annual benefits. Limiting benefits can expose patients to extraordinarily high out-of-pocket costs, particularly for people who have chronic or life-threatening conditions that require costly treatment, close monitoring and ongoing medication.

Equally troublesome, these plans further destabilize the individual market by drawing young, healthy people away from meaningful, comprehensive coverage that meets ACA standards. Allowing the healthy to gamble with low-quality insurance will also raise ACA-compliant plans’ premiums, putting better coverage beyond the reach of millions of the sickest Americans.

The Georgia Academy has stood with the American Academy of Family Physicians in steadfastly calling for policies that ensure all Americans have access to affordable, meaningful health insurance. Georgia policies should support patient-centered insurance reforms that prohibit insurers from selling plans that fail to provide meaningful coverage.

Any plan allowed to be sold to Georgians in our state should have these minimum essential health benefits:

Benefits

At a minimum, these would include items and services in the following benefit categories:

  • Ambulatory patient services
  • Emergency services
  • Hospitalization
  • Maternity and newborn care
  • Mental health and substance use disorder services, including behavioral health treatment
  • Prescription drugs
  • Rehabilitative and habilitative services and devices
  • Laboratory services
  • Preventive and wellness services and chronic disease management
  • Pediatric services, including oral and vision care

In addition to requiring coverage for essential health benefits, all proposals or options will ensure that primary care is provided through the patient’s primary care medical home. To foster a longitudinal relationship with a primary care physician, all proposals or options will provide the following services independent of financial barriers (i.e., deductibles and co-pays) if the services are provided by the patient’s designated primary care physician:

  1. Evaluation & management services
    b.     Evidence-based preventive services
    c.      Population-based management
    d.     Well-childcare
    e.     Immunizations
    f.       Basic mental health care

The leadership will continue to monitor the progress of this CMS waiver and inform the membership when news develops.

Time is Running Out: Register Today | GAFP Virtual Annual Fall CME Meeting

Mark your calendars and register for the GAFP Virtual Annual Fall CME Meeting, November 13th – November 14th, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

The GAFP has partnered with EZ Audio Visual to power the 2020 Annual CME meeting which will be live streamed on November 13th – November 14th offering up to 13 AAFP Prescribed Credits with an opportunity to earn an additional 24 AAFP Prescribed Credits by participating in the offered KSAs. The virtual conference agenda includes clinical education on such topics as Social Determinants of Health, Diabetes, Lupus Erythematosus, Heart Failure, and Cancer updates. Please click here for meeting information and to register to attend virtually. A full schedule is available to view on the GAFP website.

Great news! We have opened more slots for the GAFP Virtual Knowledge Self-Assessment Study Groups. We will be using a robust web-based system that will allow family physician to complete the KSA while engaging their peers and an expert content leader from a location of their choosing. The Education and Research Committee has scheduled the virtual KSAs for the following dates:

  • Pain Management – Saturday, October 17, 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
  • Diabetes – Saturday, October 24, 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm
  • Care of Children – Saturday, November 7, 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Please note that you can register for the virtual KSAs on the Annual Meeting registration page. KSAs are open to all GAFP members and will carry a separate fee for participants.

New this year! The Georgia Academy of Family Physicians will offer the virtual coding workshop on Wednesday, December 2, 2020. You will not want to miss education on the latest information you need for your physician’s practice. For $95, your registration includes the popular Coding Workshop with Steve Adams, CPC.

Objectives:

Review and discuss CY 2021 CPT code updates and the upcoming 2022 EM Coding Changes that will drastically change the entire EM system moving forward

  • See new CPT codes for primary care
  • Find out if any new ICD-10 codes will impact your practice in 2021
  • Get a firsthand look at the EM changes coming in 2022
  • 2022 based on documentation of history, exam, and MDM
  • 2022 based on time – both face-to-face and non-face-to-face

To register, select Virtual Coding Workshop and then checkout.

For meeting information and registration, visit the GAFP’s website at www.gafp.org. If you have any questions, call the GAFP office at 1-800-392-3841.

*Application for CME credit has been filed with the American Academy of Family Physicians. Determination of credit is approved. 

 

GHFA Immediate Needs Grants Still Available to Support Patients and Communities Impacted by the COVID-19 Outbreak

The COVID-19 pandemic presented many challenges to the healthcare community and the patients they serve in Georgia. In response, the Alliance paused the second cycle of our Community Health Grant program to launch the Immediate Needs Grants program in March to help address some of the unique challenges Georgia’s communities faced due to the Coronavirus outbreak.

With the knowledge that family physicians are on the front lines of public health issues affecting our communities, GHFA designed the Immediate Needs Grant program to provide GAFP members and their affiliated community organizations up to $1,000 to support critical health needs for our most fragile citizens and patients. Since late March, we have awarded $36,000 to projects including prescription assistance for homebound senior citizens, lunch delivery for vulnerable children who no longer have access to school meals, PPE for charitable care clinics, childcare services for first responders and sanitizer distribution for Atlanta’s large homeless community to name a few.

In late May, GHFA received word from the AAFP Foundation that the Immediate Needs Grant Program was selected as the AAFP Foundation Outstanding Program of the Year! The GHFA Board is humbled to be recognized for our collective effort to help our patients and communities maintain health and hope during these uncertain times.

To continue providing this critical support to our communities, we need your help! GHFA has established a COVID-19 relief fund, and we have already awarded $36,000 in funds to support patients all over the state. We created a social media campaign using the Fundly platform and set a goal of $10,000 to allow us to award more Immediate Needs Grants. Any amount you can give towards our COVID-19 relief fund is of course appreciated and will make an immediate impact on the lives of the people in our communities, no amount is too small. You can follow this link to give directly to our online campaign: https://fundly.com/ghfa-covid-19-immediate-needs-grants-fund. All gifts will have an immediate impact on our mission as we work to meet the healthcare needs of our community during these unprecedented times.

Immediate Needs Grant Applications are still available online at  www.georgiahealthyfamilyalliance.org and will be accepted as long as funds are available.

Please reach out to Kara Sinkule at ksinkule@gafp.org or by calling (404) 321-7445 with questions or for more information.