ONC & CMS Public Listening Session on Reducing Clinician Burden

As part of 21st Century Cures Act implementation (Cures), ONC and CMS will hold a public listening session to hear from stakeholders on reducing clinician burden. Seating for the session is extremely limited to 100 on a first-come basis, and a conference line will allow registrants to share their comments and offer potential solutions to ONC and CMS. The listening session will support ONC’s efforts under Cures to document the effects of clinician burden and, with CMS, to establish a goal, with strategy and recommendations to reduce regulatory and administrative burdens related to the use of electronic health records. ONC will update registrants with meeting logistics and a draft agenda.

Date & Time: Thursday, February 22, 2018 from 10am – 4:30pm ET
Location: US Department of Health and Human Services* and phone conference
*In-person seating is limited to 100 people, but attendees on the phone will also have the opportunity to provide input.

Register for the meeting

Volunteer Now to Attend AAFP Leadership Development Meeting

Attention GAFP Members: Leadership Development Meeting – Join Us – Travel Stipend Available 

AAFP Leadership Conference – April 26-28, 2017 (preconference April 25) – Kansas City, Missouri Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center

To: GAFP Colleagues

From: Loy D. “Chip” Cowart, MD, FAAFP – President

If you want to get more involved in your state and national academies, being a delegate to the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) Annual Chapter Leadership Forum (ACLF) and the National Conference of Constituency Leaders (NCCL) is the perfect opportunity.

Join your Georgia colleagues and network with over 300 family physician leaders from around the country at this vibrant meeting! April 26-28, 2018 (optional preconference April 25) – Kansas City, Missouri.

Join your colleagues at the Annual Chapter Leader Forum and National Conference of Constituency Leaders. Whether you’re seeking professional development, leadership development, or a voice in policy development, the AAFP Leadership Conference is the place to network, learn, and train with hundreds of current and aspiring leaders in family medicine.

Three-plus days of training. Two dynamic tracks. One focus: LEADERSHIP.

The Annual Chapter Leader Forum (ACLF) is the AAFP’s leadership development program for chapter elected leaders, aspiring leaders, and chapter staff.

  • Discover solutions to chapter challenges.
  • Learn from your colleagues.
  • Strengthen relationships with peers and AAFP leaders.
  • Refine leadership skills.
  • Develop new leaders.

The National Conference of Constituency Leaders (NCCL) is the AAFP’s premier policy and leadership development event for underrepresented constituencies.

  • Create powerful platforms for change and influence AAFP policies.
  • Inspire yourself, your colleagues, and other AAFP members.
  • Lead the way for progress and improvement.
  • Voice your unique perspective and opinion with others who share common interests.
  • Build leadership skills to use in your practice and community.

At NCCL, you will elect national officers, gain and enhance skills to become an articulate policy advocate and an effective leader, and meet others who share similar interests. Chapter delegates participate in all NCCL-specific business functions and have the opportunity to attend a variety of educational breakout sessions each day as well. If you are chosen to be a GAFP representative to ACLF or NCCL, the Georgia Academy will reimburse your travel expenses up to $800 – $1,000*. (with the submission of an expense report and receipts).

*This travel stipend typically does not cover the cost of the entire meeting which is between $1,000 – $1,300. If you are interested as serving as a delegate to ACLF or NCCL please email ffulton@gafp.org and make a brief statement of your interest no later than Friday, February 2nd. All nominees will be notified in mid-February in time to register for the “early bird” AAFP registration discount. If you would like more information or have any questions, please contact Fay Fulton (ffulton@gafp.org) or call 800.392.3841.

Visit the AAFP for more detail: https://www.aafp.org/events/aclf-nccl.html

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Georgia Academy to Host John Bender, MD, FAAFP





AAFP Board Member Visits Georgia

The Georgia Academy of Family Physicians is honored to host AAFP Board Member, John Bender, MD, FAAFP October 25-28 in conjunction with the Georgia Academy’s annual meeting.

During Dr. Bender’s visit, he will participate as a keynote speaker at our GAFP All Member Party as well as our Board of Directors and Congress of Delegates meetings.  He will also spend time in small group meetings with individual Georgia Academy members.  If you are interested in meeting one-on-one with Dr. Bender – please contact Fay Fulton (ffulton@gafp.org / 404-321-7445) to schedule your appointment.

About Dr. Bender:  John L. Bender, MD, MBA, FAAFP, is a family physician in Fort Collins, Colorado, where he is senior partner and chief executive officer at Miramont Family Medicine. Bender is also chairman of the board for Physicians Accountable Care Solutions, LLC, a nationwide accountable care organization, which produced more than $10 million in Medicare savings in 2015. He is also an associate professor of family medicine with a preceptor appointment to the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and a preceptor to Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine.

Who Will Mentor the Next Generation of Family Doctors?

We all have had great teachers in our lives; one of mine lived and worked in rural southern Georgia. Dr. B. was a wise family physician who introduced me to his practice of medicine, which included a busy office and working in the hospital when his patients landed there. He taught me not only about medicine but also about his community. He knew more about his patients, I thought, than I would ever know about mine.
Today, as the associate dean of the Medical College of Georgia, I am constantly looking for preceptors who will engage with students, as well as with patients, and energize both to want to know more.

I’m not alone. The Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) held a summit last summer to address a shortage of high-quality family medicine community preceptors. According to STFM, nearly half of allopathic family medicine clerkship directors report difficulty finding clinical preceptor sites

Finding preceptors is especially tough in this era of transition from fee-for-service to quality metrics and value-based care. We physicians can feel at times that we are in service to our electronic health records and have only limited time for students. After all, teaching takes time, and time is money.

But if we don’t make time for students, where will that leave us? Who will be the next generation’s Dr. B.?

A 2015 survey of fourth-year medical students who were AAFP members revealed that 93 percent of respondents who matched into family medicine residency programs said strong family medicine mentors influenced their specialty choice. Conversely, of those who didn’t match in family medicine, only 60 percent said they had a strong mentor in the specialty.

Other factors play a role in student choice, but clearly, students are less likely to choose family medicine without strong mentoring and role modeling.

We know what’s at stake, but you still might be asking, “What’s in it for the practicing physician?”

Before taking my current position, I was in practice in a small community, and later became faculty with the family medicine residency program in my hometown. The experience was as rewarding for me as seeing patients. Students keep you on your toes, challenge you to stretch your knowledge base and compel you to stay up-to-date. I recall one young man from Germany, for example, who was doing a rotation in the States. I learned as much about health care in another country from him as he did about family medicine from me.

Today, it is my privilege to teach third-year medical students. At our campus, we connect students with patients and have them follow those patients during their third year. What we see are young people getting in touch with the real reason they went to medical school in the first place.

Students have stresses of their own — competition for residency positions and concerns about school loan debt, to name just a couple. It takes a special person to mentor or precept them. Students need to see the best among us, and we need them to see the joy of family medicine.

If you’ve lost that joy, having a student in your office might just help you rediscover it. I have seen this become a new mission in physicians’ lives — giving back to the profession and the field we love.

Think about it, we need to train the next generation of family physicians, family physicians who will one day take care of us. What better way to ensure our future health care than to have helped trained those who come along the path behind us?

Family medicine is about teaching. We teach our patients about the concerns they have about their health, and it naturally follows that we can teach students about our job on a day-to-day basis. But it also is about relationships. The relationship between physician and patient, between physician and community, between physician and student.

For me, family medicine is like visiting with friends every day. I know each patient personally. We talk about their health issues, but also about their families. Establishing those relationships is what makes it worthwhile. As a new physician, I soon came to realize I knew more about my patients than I ever thought I would, just like Dr. B.

Leonard Reeves, M.D., is a member of the AAFP Board of Directors.