GAFP Membership News

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.

Member Benefit:  COVID19 Testing to Clinic Staff and Patients

To:         Georgia Academy of Family Physicians Members (Active and Life)

Bako Diagnostics is a laboratory in Alpharetta with the capacity to offer COVID19 testing to clinic staff and patients.  COVID19 testing presents an opportunity for Georgia family physicians to deliver much needed testing to their staff, patients and broader community.  Family Practice is at the forefront of health in the US and Georgia.  This testing program can support getting a family medicine practice up and running again while performing an important healthcare delivery need.  The program will be piloted with ten (10) family physician practices with plans to expand to other GAFP practices within the following three (3) weeks.

Potential COVID19 Test Offerings:

–          Screen your staff members before allowing them to treat patients and on some recurring basis to constantly assess infection occurrence

–          Screen existing patients prior to regular appointment/office visits.  Example: Patient screened on Monday; if negative, can be scheduled for regular appointment on Wednesday with appropriate precautions on exposure to others in society.

–          Offer existing patients access to COVID testing, allowing family practice physicians to be in the vanguard of caring for their patients

–          Market your practice to broader community with pre-set COVID test day / curbside testing, creating an opportunity to build your practice and deliver a much needed community healthcare service

COVID19 testing is available through Bako Diagnostics under FDA’s Emergency Use Authorization.  Bako Diagnostics is a leader in clinical, molecular, and anatomic pathology, located in Alpharetta GA. The BakoDx real-time COVID19 PCR test provides results in 24hrs from receipt to the lab.

Program Details:

–          Contact Fay Fulton ( or Angela Flanigan ( for inclusion in the pilot.

–          Collection supplies will be provided by Bako Diagnostics.

–          If within the Bako courier network, a minimum of 10 samples per pickup are required. Logistics will be covered by the lab.

–          If outside the Bako courier network, a minimum of 20 samples required for shipping (if less than 20, logistics costs to be handled by healthcare provider).

–          Billing can be setup as client bill or patient/insurance bill.  Bako’s experience and understanding is that all third party payers cover the test when ordered by a family physician. The price of the test is at the federal rate.  For patients without insurance, the price of the test is $100.

–          Detailed information on testing is available at

Contact your current lab or reach out to Bako Diagnostics to start offering COVID19 testing in your community.

Note that the GAFP is not accepting liability in the event the test does not perform.  This is an additional member benefit that we are offering to our members but given the national demand for testing we expect Bako’s capacity to be fully placed in short order so please message promptly with you interest.

Call for Nominations: 2021 GAFP Board of Directors

To:       All Active and Life GAFP Members in All Districts

From:   Jeff Stone, MD, MBA, MHA, FAAFP – Chair, Nominating Committee

The Nominating Committee is working to compile a slate of candidates for the 2021 GAFP Board of Directors.  GAFP leadership has a history of excelling at both the state and national levels and far outpaces other physician groups in innovative and new initiatives.

The Congress of Delegates will vote on the slate for the 2021 Board in late summer.  (Residents and Medical Students will hold their own elections in the fall.)

If you are interested in becoming more active in the Georgia Academy, please consider applying.  Your time commitment is 4 meetings a year (typically March, June, August and November) and being available to GAFP leaders, staff, and your district colleagues should issues emerge that require your leadership input and participation.

All Board members receive one free registration per year for either our Summer CME or Annual Meeting as a token of our appreciation for your hard work.

Board members are asked to be the eyes and ears of your community and bring to the leadership issues important to family physicians from your hometown.  Please click this link, and respond by May 20th  if you are interested in applying for the 2021 Board.

Potential vacancies are listed below:


*President-Elect (automatically becomes President in November 2020 and Board Chair in November 2021)

*Vice President (1-year term)

*Treasurer (3-year term)

*COD Speaker (1-year term)

COD Vice Speaker (1-year term)

*Member of the Executive Committee and must be available for monthly conference calls and four face-to-face meetings in addition to attending the GAFP Board of Directors meetings.

AAFP Delegates- (must be eligible to attend AAFP Congress of Delegates)

AAFP Delegate (2-year term)

AAFP Alternate Delegate (2-year term)

District Director and Alternate Director Available Positions

Director – District 1 (3-year term) – (Counties: Baldwin; Bryan; Bulloch; Burke; Chatham; Effingham; Evans;  Glascock;  Greene;  Hancock;  Jefferson;  Jenkins;  Johnson;  Liberty;  Long;  McDuffie;  McIntosh; Screven; Taliaferro; Warren; Washington and Wilkinson)

Director – District 6 (3-year term) – (Counties: Bibb; Butts; Crawford; Houston; Jasper; Jones; Lamar; Macon; Monroe; Peach; Pike; Pulaski; Putnam; Spalding; Twiggs and Upson)

Director – District 7 (3-year term) – (Counties: Bartow; Catoosa; Chattooga; Dade; Floyd; Gordon; Polk; Walker and Whitfield)

Alternate Director – District 6 (3-year term) – (Counties: Bibb; Butts; Crawford; Houston; Jasper; Jones; Lamar; Macon; Monroe; Peach; Pike; Pulaski; Putnam; Spalding; Twiggs and Upson)

Deadline Extended: Call for GAFP Award Nominations

To My Colleagues:

It’s award nomination season and we’d like you to think about honoring a fellow Georgia family physician, or a deserving student or resident in your program. Please help me and the rest of your Georgia family physicians in recognizing exemplary service to the profession of family medicine and contributions to our State, by nominating someone for one of the following awards:

Awards Deadline To Submit Nominations
Family Medicine Resident of the Year April 20, 2020 April 27, 2020
Keith Ellis Resident Scholarship April 20, 2020 April 27, 2020
T.A. Sappington, MD Award April 20, 2020 April 27, 2020
Family Medicine Community and Volunteer Services Award May 11, 2020
Georgia Family Physician of The Year May11, 2020
Family Medicine Educator of The Year May 11, 2020

The Membership Committee will nominate a slate to be approved by the Board of Directors, and presentation of the awards will be held during the 2020 GAFP Annual Meeting in November.

Many noteworthy colleagues may not have been considered for an award because they were not nominated.  To download an electronic copy of the awards nomination package go to  New this year is that the documents are now in a pdf format that you can fill out and email back to GAFP, which makes it easier for the Membership Committee to read your nomination.

The awards nomination package includes the awards and criteria, nomination forms and a list of past winners of each award.

If you have questions, please contact Angela Flanigan at 1-800-392-3841 or


Jeff Stone, MD, MBA, MHA, FAAFP

President, Georgia Academy of Family Physicians


GAFP Members in the News

March 20, 2020

Dr. Andrew Reisman and Dr. Jeff Stone were appointed to Governor Brian Kemp’s Coronavirus Task Force, Primary Care Provider Committee. The Task Force and each appointed committee will address the specific impact that COVID-19 will have on communities, industry sectors, our healthcare system, and emergency preparedness…click here to read the announcement.

March 25, 2020

GAFP leader, Samuel L. Church, MD discussed conducting parking lot visits in the AAFP FMP Journal Blog, click here to read the full editorial.

March 31, 2020

President-Elect – Dr. Tom Fausett was quoted in a Georgia Health News article on “Long-Term Care Facilities in Georgia” click here to read the news article.

April 9, 2020

GAFP Leaders, Dr. Donald Fordham and Dr. Dan Singleton were quoted in the Georgia Health News article entitled “Pandemic brings financial trouble for many doctors” click here to read the full story.