2015 Annual Scientific Assembly

Spotlight On: Draw Down Presenting Sponsor CircleLink Health

A Solution to Chronic Care Management & Annual Wellness Visit Program Difficulties

Brian Bibb, CircleLink Health representative to the GAFP

It is with great pleasure that we are introducing CircleLink Health as this year’s presenting sponsor for the Georgia Healthy Family Alliance 2015 Draw Down held during the GAFP Annual Scientific Assembly Welcome Reception November 6th. Many of you have already adopted their services into your practice, but we wanted to take this opportunity to share more about this company and their services  with all GAFP members.

Most of you are already aware that Medicare is now reimbursing for both the Annual Wellness Visit and monthly for Chronic Care Management (CCM) and that combined, these represent a significant reimbursement opportunity for your practices. However, implementing these programs and achieving success with them can prove to be very difficult and yield little results. CircleLink Health and their partners help practices solve this problem and provide an easy solution that allows physicians to take full advantage of these programs.

“We know that many practices are struggling with reimbursement cuts and that many are finding that they have to schedule more patients to keep pace with their reimbursement needs. The Annual Wellness Visit and Chronic Care Management program are two programs, that, with the help of partners can easily be implemented requiring no upfront costs or investments and can be effectively run with very little time or effort,” said Brian Bibb, CircleLink Health representative to the GAFP.  “We show practices how to leverage technology to run a very effective and simple program that yields excellent results for both patient and practice. We make it easy,” he added.

If you are attending the GAFP Scientific Assembly, we encourage you to stop by the CircleLink Health Booth #28 in the Social and Information Hub. The CircleLink Health will be happy to explain how practices are enhancing their patient’s quality of life while increasing their reimbursements by $200,000 – $300,000 annually. In a few short minutes they can demonstrate how the system would work for your practice and answer any questions you may have. If you are not attending the assembly you can learn more at www.CircleLinkHealth.com and by contacting Brian Bibb at (904)-477-8456 or at bbibb@circlelinkhealth.com.


GAFP Room Block Closing This Week! Sign Up and Reserve Your Room Now!

The GAFP room block for the Annual Scientific Assembly at the Westin Buckhead Atlanta closes Wednesday, October 7th! Book your room now and don’t miss your chance to take advantage of the member only registration rate of $448 to earn up to 29 CME* credits!  Join your colleagues at the Annual Scientific Assembly, scheduled for November 5-8, 2015 at the Westin Buckhead Atlanta.

New this year or back by popular demand:

  • ABFM Self-Assessment Modules Mandatory for Board Recertification- SPACE IS LIMITED!! Care of the Elderly and Pain Management have SOLD OUT!
  • The latest updates on clinical topics including: Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias, Asthma, Obesity, Immunizations for Adult Patients, and a Primary Care Women’s Health Forum
  • Work & Fun: Our evening activities will be a blast this year! Join us on Friday evening for the Second Annual Georgia Healthy Family Alliance Draw Down and buy a ticket for your chance to win $10,000! Also, make sure you don’t miss the “Jeans, Jerseys, and Jewels” President’s Reception at the College Football Hall of Fame on Saturday night! Tickets for both events can be purchased when you register for the meeting.
  • Annual Poster Competition: The Poster Competition will be held Saturday, November 7th and the entry form must be submitted to aflanigan@gafp.org by Friday, October 9. You can find more information on the Poster Competition Entry Form.

The Westin is filling up fast, so make your reservations before the GAFP room block closes on October 7th! Room rates at the Westin Buckhead begin at $159. For reservations call 404-365-0065 or 800-253-1397 and request the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians room block. You may also book a room online by clicking here. GAFP room rates are automatically applied.

The complete schedule, with CME lectures and social events, and the registration link are available online at www.gafp.org or call the GAFP offices at 800.392.3841 to register by phone.

If you have any questions about the meeting schedule, registration or other concerns, feel free to contact Mary Claire Leverett at mleverett@gafp.org.

Join us for the First Annual PCMH Best Practices Workshop

This November, GAFP will host the first annual Patient-Centered Medical Home Best Practices Workshop in conjunction with the Annual Scientific Assembly.  This collaborative event will bring together NCQA-recognized Medical Homes from Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama, and South Carolina to share tools and tips for sustaining transformation. PCMH University Graduates will present tools they have developed to maintain their medical home and enhance patient care.  Participants will also hear from local and national experts about changes on the horizon and how it will impact the medical home.  This CME workshop will be held on Thursday, November 5th at the Westin Buckhead in Atlanta, GA.

Registration is open to PCMH University Graduates and NCQA-recognized Patient-Centered Medical Homes.  To register, please visit the conference registration page: https://www.eply.com/2015GAFPAnnualScientificAssembly

First Annual Primary Care Women’s Health Forum at the 2015 GAFP Annual Scientific Assembly

The Primary Care Women’s Health Forum™ is a regional conference series specifically designed to address and offer a forum to share best practices in women’s health related to the primary care management of chronic diseases that disproportionately affect women.

The 1-day meeting in conjunction with the GAFP Annual Scientific Assembly on Sunday, November 8th will focus on updates to gender-specific disease management and prevention for female patients diagnosed with or at increased risk of diseases such as obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, urinary incontinence, and depression. Sessions will also bring attention to guideline-based care in everyday clinical practice to optimize patient outcomes and improve patient care.

Date: Sunday November 8, 2015

Location: The Westin Buckhead Atlanta, 3391 Peachtree Rd NE, Atlanta, 30326

Time: 9:00am – 4:30pm

Sign up for the meeting at www.gafp.org/cme-event/2015-annual-scientific-assembly/

Please note, if you would like to sign up for the Women’s Health Forum ONLY, select Sunday Only – One Day Registration when you register.

Provided by North American Center for Continuing Medical Education, LLC, an HMP Communications Holdings Company
In conjunction with the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians 2015 Annual Scientific Assembly

DOT Medical Examiner Certification Training To Be Offered at the Annual Meeting

Effective May 21, 2014, all health care professionals who perform physical examinations and issue medical certificates for CMV Drivers are required to complete accredited certification training and pass an examination.

The National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners’ program for Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) REQUIRES all medical examiners (MEs) who wish to perform physical examinations for interstate commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers to be trained and certified in FMCSA physical qualification standards.

Make your plans to participate in the GAFP’s DOT Medical Examiner Certification Training Course on Sunday, November 8th at the Westin Buckhead Atlanta Hotel from 8am – 2:30pm, during the Annual Meeting.

To perform DOT physical exams and maintain your Medical Examiner certification you must:

  • Be licensed, certified, or registered in accordance with applicable State laws and regulations to perform physical examinations
  •  Register on the National Registry System and receive a unique identifier
  • Complete required training
  • Pass the Medical Examiner certification test
  • Report results of driver exams every month via the national registry system
  • Submit to periodic monitoring and audits
  • Maintain certification by completing periodic training every five years and recertify by passing the ME certification exam every 10 years

NOTE: After you complete the Medical Examiner Certification Training Course and receive your certification, you will need to locate a testing center to schedule your exam. Please visit the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Motor Safety Administration National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners at https://nationalregistry.fmcsa.dot.gov at your earliest convenience to locate your nearest testing location and to learn more. This website is a very helpful resource for other questions you may have regarding the certification process.

Click the link https://www.gafp.org/cme-event/2015-annual-scientific-assembly/ to register for the Annual Meeting and DOT Medical Examiner Certification Training