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Health Disparities/Equity Self-Directed Clinical Activity Instructional Video Now Available

The American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) has created a new Health Disparities/Equity Self-Directed Clinical activity. This activity provides a mechanism for meeting your performance improvement requirement by showing how you have assessed and improved the way that your practice addresses social determinants of health; health equity (broadly defined); and/or systemic ways in which you assure that patient access, experience, and care are equitable.

To help walk you through the application process, the Ohio Academy of Family Physicians (OAFP), with help from Quality Improvement Champion and American Academy of Family Physicians Alternate Delegate Ryan Kauffman, MD, FAAFP, made an instructional video. Watch the following video as Dr. Kauffman takes you step-by-step through the online application!

Program Alert
If you’re unsure of what to implement into practice, join us for the Building Cultural Intelligence to Breakdown Racism virtual program on Wednesday, September 30. The training will provide an abundance of information throughout the afternoon and will end with remarks from Dr. Kauffman on how you can take what was learned and apply it to this quality improvement activity – taking big picture ideas and turning them into action!

If you have any questions regarding your performance Improvement activity requirement for ABFM Family Medicine Certification, please contact Ann Williamson at the ABFM. If you have questions about the video or would like to speak with an OAFP staff member, please contact Kaitlin McGuffie.

You are invited to join the GAFP Virtual Journal Club, a free benefit to all members!

You are invited to join the GAFP Virtual Journal Club, a free benefit to all members!

Join family medicine physicians and residents in discussing recent journal articles in primary care and patient safety.  Each one-hour forum will help participants stay abreast of current findings, exercise their critical thinking skills, and engage in scholarly discussions.  During the session, journal articles vetted by the GAFP’s Education and Research Committee will be critically evaluated, exposing the study’s strengths and weaknesses. Presenters and participants may receive up to 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™ and *1.0 AAFP Prescribed Credits for their participation in each Virtual Journal Club session. GAFP’s Virtual Journal Club to be held at 7:00 pm on Monday evenings during the months of September – December 2020.

The sessions will be moderated by Robert L. Addleton, EdD, Principal, Leadership in Practice and are free to GAFP members.

How to Submit an Abstract
Interested in presenting? The Education and Research Committee is still accepting abstract submissions.  All current resident member or a faculty member from a Georgia family medicine residency program are invited and eligible to submit abstracts to present.  There is no limit to the number of articles that may be submitted, however only 12 articles and presenters will be selected. Abstract submission details may be found by clicking here.

Facilitation of discussion qualifies as part of a Resident’s quarterly research activity.

How to Attend
Please use the registration links below to join the online forums.  Early registration is recommended as registration is limited.

Forum Schedule

September 21, 2020 at 7:00 pm  | Register

  1. Effect of opioid vs nonopioid medications on pain-related function in patients with chronic back pain or hip or knee osteoarthritis pain: The SPACE Randomized Clinical trial
    Presented by Joseph Coppiano, M.D. (Medical College of Georgia)
  2. Indirect Effects of a Cognitive-Behavioral Intervention on Adolescent Weight and Insulin Resistance Through Decreasing Depression in a Randomized Controlled Trial
    Presented by Natalie O. Campbell, MS, DO and John J. Desmond, MD (Floyd Family Medicine Residency Program)

October 19, 2020 at 7:00 pm | Register

  1. Association of Menopausal Hormone Therapy With Breast Cancer Incidence and Mortality During Long-term Follow-up of the Women’s Health Initiative Randomized Clinical Trials
    Presented by Dr. Chin-Hen Chang, MD (WellStar AMC Family Medicine Residency Program)
  2. The Impact of Social and Clinical Complexity on Diabetes Control Measures
    Presented by Nhi-Kieu Nguyen, DO (NGMC Family Medicine Residency Program)

For questions regarding registration or abstract submissions, please contact Felicia Kenan, GAFP Director of Education (

The Virtual Journal Club CME activity is supported by an educational grant from the American Board of Family Medicine.

*Approved for 1.0 Prescribed Credit

Obesity and COVID-19 in the Outpatient Setting: What Clinicians Need to Know

Course Type: Live Webinar
Number of Credits: 1
Credit Type: CME/CE-Certified, MOC-Eligible Credit

Thursday, September 17, 2020
7:00 – 8:00 PM ET
 (6:00 – 7:00 PM CT / 4:00 – 5:00 PM PT)


This activity, “Obesity and COVID-19 in the Outpatient Setting: What Clinicians Need to Know,” will provide information that clinicians require to appropriately advise patients with obesity on how to avoid infection, monitor their patients with obesity who develop COVID-19, and recognize and manage complications as they occur to minimize morbidity and mortality.

Some topics covered:

  • Understanding the Pathophysiology of COVID-19
  • ​Factors that Increase the Risks of COVID-19 for Patients with Obesity
  • Developing Strategies to Manage Patients with Obesity during the COVID-19 Pandemic

GAFP – Urgent – FFCRA – New DOL Definition of Health Care Provider

GAFP – Urgent – FFCRA – New DOL Definition of Health Care Provider

On behalf of Rich Sanders, Esq., please see the below update to GAFP members concerning revised regulations issued by the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) following a federal court’s decision that invalidated a handful of regulatory provisions interpreting the FFCRA.  The revised regulations become effective on Wednesday, September 16, 2020.


GAFP Members,

On Friday, September 11, 2020, the DOL issued revised regulations on who qualifies for emergency paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave under the FFCRA.  The revised regulations were issued in response to a August 3, 2020 federal court decision from New York that struck down several parts of the FFCRA’s final rule, including the definition of an employee who is a “health care provider,” who an employer may exclude from use of FFCRA leave.

The federal court decision did not explicitly address whether it applied nationwide.  However, the DOL acknowledged that it viewed the decision as applying nationwide in its new FAQ #102 (Question: “Where did the District Court’s order vacating certain provisions of the FFCRA paid leave regulations apply?”  Answer:  “Nationwide. Based on the specific circumstances in the case and language of the District Court’s order, the Department considers the invalidated provisions of the FFCRA paid leave regulations vacated nationwide, not just as to the parties in the case.”).

Definition of Health Care Provider

The FFCRA permits employers to exempt “health care providers” from emergency paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave.  In its original regulations, the DOL broadly defined a “health care provider” for purposes of the emergency FMLA and paid sick leave exemptions under the FFCRA to include “anyone employed at any doctor’s office, hospital, health care center, clinic….”

The revised regulations provide an amended, narrower definition of “health care provider” that focuses on employees whose duties or capabilities are directly related to the provision of health care services or are so integrated to provision of such services so as to adversely impact patient care if not provided. Specifically, for purposes of exemption from emergency paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave, the DOL revised definition of “health care provider” includes only employees who:

(1) Meet the definition of that term under the existing FMLA regulations; or

(2) Are “employed to provide diagnostic services, preventive services, treatment services or other services that are integrated with and necessary to the provision of patient care and, if not provided, would adversely impact patient care.”

Existing FMLA Regulations
Existing FMLA regulations define “health care provider” to include Doctor of Medicine and osteopathy and “others capable of providing health care services.” Also included in this definition are podiatrists, dentists, clinical psychologists, optometrists, chiropractors, nurse practitioners, nurse midwives, clinical social workers, and physician assistants.

Newly Revised FFCRA Regulations
The new DOL regulations provides that the definition of “health care provider” includes any employee who is capable of providing health care services, meaning he or she is employed to provide:

  • Diagnostic services (taking or processing samples, performing or assisting in the performance of x-rays or other diagnostic tests or procedures, and interpreting test or procedure results);
  • Preventive services (screenings, check-ups, and counseling to prevent illnesses, disease, or other health problems);
  • Treatment services (performing surgery or other invasive or physical interventions, prescribing medication, providing or administering prescribed medication, physical therapy, and providing or assisting in breathing treatments); or
  • Other services that are integrated with and necessary to the provision of patient care and, if not provided, would adversely impact patient care (bathing, dressing, hand feeding, taking vital signs, setting up medical equipment for procedures, and transporting patients and samples).

The revised DOL regulations identify the following types of employees who may continue to be excluded from taking FFCRA emergency paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave:

(1) Nurses, nurse assistants, medical technicians and others directly providing diagnostic, preventive, treatment, or other integrated services,

(2) Employees providing diagnostic, preventive, treatment, and other services “under the supervision, order, or direction of, or providing direct assistance to” a health care provider; and

(3) Employees who are “otherwise integrated into and necessary to the provision of health care services,” such as laboratory technicians who process test results necessary for diagnostic purposes and treatment.

The DOL further clarified that employees who do not provide health care services as described above are not health care providers even if their services could affect the provision of health care services (e.g., IT professionals, building maintenance staff, human resources personnel, records managers, consultants, and billers).

Are the Revised Regulations Retroactive?

A common question resulting from the DOL’s revised regulations is whether health care employers have to retroactively grant/cover FFCRA emergency paid sick leave and expanded family and medical leave to now-eligible employees that may have requested or used such leave since April 1, 2020.

Violations of the paid leave provisions of the FFCRA are subject to the Fair Labor Standards Act remedies, which provides as follows:

No employer shall be subject to any liability or punishment … if he pleads and proves that the act or omission complained of was in good faith in conformity with and in reliance on any written administrative regulation, order, ruling, approval, or interpretation, of the agency of the United States … such a defense, if established, shall be a bar to the action or proceeding.

The above-identified language provides a defense as to an employer’s actions that precede the effective date of the DOL’s revised regulations.

Applicability to GAFP Members

The DOL’s regulatory revisions have immediate impact on all GAFP Members with 50 or more employees.  GAFP Members with fewer than fifty employees will continue to qualify as a whole organization under the small business exemption to the FFCRA.  For those GAFP Members with more than 50 employees, some employees may no longer be exempt from FFCRA leave and will be entitled to such leave.  GAFP Members should provide emergency paid sick leave or expanded family and medical leave to non-exempt employees in accordance with the FFCRA, while taking advantage of the fully refundable tax credits providing reimbursements for the costs associated with permitting such leave.


Richard D. Sanders, Esq.
Southern Health Lawyers, LLC (a Sanders & Mustari Law Firm)
3 Alliance Center
3550 Lenox Road, Suite 2100
Atlanta, Georgia 30326
(404) 806-5575
(866) 871-2238 Fax


Annual Meeting Update – 2020 Annual CME Meeting Goes Virtual!

Annual Meeting Update – 2020 Annual CME Meeting Goes Virtual!

The Georgia Academy of Family Physicians (GAFP) continues to closely monitor the developments surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic as well as the clinical guidance from state and federal sources. The health and safety of all Annual Meeting attendees and the patients and communities they serve are the GAFP’s highest priorities. Therefore, the GAFP leadership has made the decision not to move forward with an in-person Annual Meeting in November, and instead to present the meeting program during a two-day Virtual Annual Meeting.

The GAFP has partnered with EZ Audio Visual and Certain Digital 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. Throughout the day you will hear from nationally recognized faculty and still interact with colleagues. Please click here for meeting information and to register to attend virtually. A full schedule is available to view on the GAFP website.

We will also continue to offer ABFM Knowledge Self Assessments (KSAs) as a part of the virtual meeting.  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.

Additionally, for those of you who pre-registered for the in-person meeting, GAFP staff will move your registration to the virtual meeting. You will receive a confirmation email once it is complete.

At this time, the hotel cancellation policy is to refund all required deposits for any cancellations or changes received within 24 hours of the scheduled arrival date. It is your responsibility to cancel your hotel room at the Hotel at Avalon by contacting the hotel directly at 678-722-3600.

The GAFP recognizes that family physicians are working tirelessly on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic. By offering our Annual CME Meeting as a virtual meeting, we minimize your time away from your patients while keeping your safety and health at the forefront of our planning. We appreciate your understanding and, we are looking forward to reconnecting with our members at the 2021 Summer Family Medicine Weekend, June 10-13, at the Sonesta Resort Hilton Head Island. Until that time, remember GAFP is Standing Strong Together!

If you have any questions regarding the Annual CME Meeting, please contact Felicia Kenan, Director of Education at or (404) 321-7445.


Jeff Stone, MD, MBA, MHA, FAAFP

President, Georgia Academy of Family Physicians

P.S. An updated leadership schedule will be confirmed next week.

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

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 2021.

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 nearly halfway to raising $4 million dollars.  The campaign will allow the Alliance to expand its educational and community outreach efforts including the Community Health Grant Program, Immediate Needs Grants for COVID-19 assistance 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 (2021-2025) 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 $365,000 to community projects in all corners of the state. In 2020, the Alliance also launched the Immediate Needs Grant program to provide urgent needs assistance in response to the COVID-19 crisis. Since launching in March, $35,000 has been awarded statewide and the program was named the 2020 AAFP Foundation Outstanding Program of the Year.
  1. 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 a Southeast Georgia Tar Wars Strike Force anti-vaping initiative in addition to the two already underway in Rome and Gainesville 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 2021. Tentative 2021 GHFA meeting dates (locations in Georgia TBD):

  • Saturday – March 2021 -TBD
  • Saturday – August 2021 – TBD
  • Friday- November 2021 – TBD

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?


Georgia Academy of Family Physicians Taps Jeff Mullis and Bonnie Rich its 2020 Legislative Champions of the Year

The Georgia Academy of Family Physicians (GAFP) announces Georgia State Senator Jeff Mullis and State Representative Bonnie Rich as the winners of its 2020 Legislative Champion of the Year Award, for their commitment to protect children from the health risks caused by vaping.

During the 2020 Georgia General Assembly session, Senator Mullis introduced, and Representative Rich sponsored in their respective chambers a bill to raise the legal age to purchase tobacco and vaping products to 21, matching pre-existing federal law. The legal age in Georgia was previously 18. The bill bans vaping products on school grounds and increases penalties for possession of these products by minors. The bill was signed into law by Governor Brian Kemp on July 22 and went into effect the same day.

“Senator Mullis’s and Representative Rich’s resolve to make it harder for our children to have access to vaping products, especially around schools, is praiseworthy,” said Dr. Jeff Stone, president of the Georgia Academy. “A generation of Georgia’s youth will be healthier because of the two of them”.

According the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about half a million Americans die each year from tobacco-caused diseases.

Since 2001 Senator Mullis has represented the 53rd Senate district which includes Catoosa, Chattooga, Dade, and Walker counties, in northwest Georgia. He is currently the chairman of the Senate Rules Committee, and a member of the Administrative Affairs, Appropriations, Economic Development & Tourism, and Regulated Industries & Utilities committees.

Outside his duties under the gold dome in Atlanta, Senator Mullis is co-chair of the Georgia Music Hall of Fame and a member of the Fort Oglethorpe Kiwanis Club, the Chickamauga Lions Club, the Georgia Historical Society and First Baptist Church of Chickamauga. He and his wife, Teresa Nichols, have three children and one grandchild.

Representative Rich has represented the 97th House district which includes part of Suwannee in Gwinnett County, in the Atlanta metro area, since 2019. She is currently the chairwoman of the House Legislative & Congressional Reapportionment Committee, and a member of the Judiciary, Retirement, and the Ways & Means committees.

Prior to her service in the House, Representative Rich taught litigation and ethics to law students. She received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Georgia and her Juris Doctorate degree from Georgia State University. She and her husband, Gwinnett County Superior Court Judge Randy Rich, have two children.

GaPQC Health Disparities Learning Series featuring Dr. Uche Blackstock: Recording and Presentation Now Available

GaPQC Health Disparities Learning Series featuring Dr. Uche Blackstock

Recording and Presentation Now Available

Did you miss the GaPQC webinar on health disparities? Dr. Uche Blackstock, founder and CEO of Advancing Health Equity gave a talk about health care equity and the COVID-19 pandemic. The webinar took place on August 11th and you can watch the full recorded webinar by clicking the link below.

Also, Dr. Blackstock will be speaking at this year’s AAFP FMX virtual meeting, which will take place October 13th – 17th.

Here is the link to the recording, and a copy of Dr. Blackstock’s presentation can be found here.

Upcoming Opportunity Gives Members Access to PPE

Collaboration with AAFP and Project N95 Runs August 24-September 2

A new collaboration between the GAFP, AAFP and Project N95 will help family physicians secure personal protective equipment — even in hard-to-find small quantities — during a limited-time opportunity.

The project, which began August 24th offers GAFP members (including students and residents) the opportunity to purchase items such as N95 masks, gowns, and face shields. Orders must be shipped within the United States.

This collaboration with the not-for-profit organization Project N95( is part of the Academy’s ongoing work to empower family physicians to continue their work as the foundation of America’s health care system during the COVID-19 pandemic. Helping family physicians secure PPE has been a crucial part of the AAFP’s government and private-sector advocacy from the beginning of the pandemic.

If you have questions – contact the AAFP member resource center at