GAFP Membership News

Register Now!! April Webinar – April 18th, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

Through a partnership with the Georgia Department of Public Health, GAFP is offering a webinar on Steps to Transition Planning.

This month’s webinar will be held on April 18th at 12:00 pm and will feature a presentation by Andrea Videlefsky, MD – Medical Director, Adult Disability Medical Healthcare and the ADMH team. Dr. Videlefsky is a family practice physician with the Urban Family Practice Associates, an active member of US Down Syndrome Medical Interest Group and serves as a Family Physician Champion for Health Care Transition. She is dedicated to serving patients through the patient-centered medical home model. She has a special interest and ability in treating teens and adults with Down syndrome and other developmental disabilities. From this webinar, you’ll learn the steps to transition planning. She will be joined by Susanna Miller-Raines, MSW, Adrienne Melnyk, M.Ed. and Janice Nodvin, Clinic Director.

Webinar Objectives:

Medical Transition

  • Background
  • Identifying the ages of transition

Education Transition

  • Assistance with IEP

Planning for life after school and options available

  • Inclusion Post-Secondary Education
  • Vocational Rehabilitation – employment
  • Medicaid Waiver

Emergency planning

Long term goals

  • Guardianship or options
  • Residential
  • Legal


Please click the link to register for the April 18th webinar.

Can’t Listen Live?  Register anyway – and we’ll send you the recording once it’s posted on our website.

Nominations Now Open for 2019 GAFP Awards

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 12, 2019
Keith Ellis Resident Scholarship April 12, 2019
T.A. Sappington, MD Award April 12, 2019
Family Medicine Community and Volunteer Services Award May 3, 2019
Georgia Family Physician of The Year May 3, 2019
Family Medicine Educator of The Year May 3, 2019

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 2019 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  Please complete the nomination form and return it via email to Angela Flanigan at, or by fax (404) 321-7450.

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


Donald L. Fordham, MD, FAAFP

President, Georgia Academy of Family Physicians

Family Physicians Leading in Advocacy

On February 28th over 200 physicians and medical students stormed the State Capitol to bring the Georgia Academy’s legislative priorities to the Georgia General Assembly.  Governor Brian Kemp made welcoming remarks and Medicaid Chief Blake Fulenwider gave the group an update on current state health policy initiatives.

GAFP’s current legislative priorities are listed below:

House Bill 287 (Sponsor Rep. Matt Dubnik – Gainesville)

Workforce – Preceptor Tax Credit – Support tax credits for community-based physician faculty to precept Georgia medical students, physician assistants and advanced practice registered nurses.  (Pending House Ways and Means Committee – as of February 27)

Senate Bill 106 (Sponsor Senator Blake Tillery – Augusta)

Medicaid – Support Medicaid innovations (state waivers) to provide affordable access to health insurance for low income Georgians and stabilize the current insurance market for individuals and small businesses.  (Passed the Senate on February 26!!  Now heads to the House.)

House Bill 63 (Sponsor Rep. Sharon Cooper – Marietta)

Insurance – Step Therapy – Support legislation to require insurance (non-ERISA) and State Health Benefit Plans to have a process for step therapy exception protocols.  (Passed the House and now pending in the Senate Insurance Committee)

House Bill 409 (Sponsor Rep. Alan Powell – Hartwell/Senate Bill 109 (Sponsor Sen. Larry Walker – Perry)

Patient Safety – Oppose legislation that would allow APRN’s to order imaging without supervision of a physician and would also allow physicians to increase supervision from four to eight advance practice nurses at the same time in active practice.  The Georgia Academy has concerns about additional abundance of over-imaging of patients by allowing non-physicians to order screenings.  The GAFP also believes that increasing the number of active APRN’s working concurrently under a physician’s supervision diminishes the ability to provide accurate review of patient care. (Pending in the House Special Committee on Access to Quality Health Care / Passed in Senate Health Committee)

House Bill 416 (Sponsor State Rep. Rick Williams – Milledgeville

Child Safety – Oppose legislation that would create a state vaccine board to allow easing of mandatory childhood vaccines.  This legislation would reduce Georgia’s child immunization rates.  It would also be duplicative of the federal National Vaccine Injury Compensation Program.  Vaccines save lives by preventing disease. (Pending in the House Health & Human Services Committee.)

Thank you GAFP leaders who made the time to support our advocacy by connecting with our legislators.  Save the date for the 2020 Day at the Capitol – Thursday, March 5.

Sponsor of HB 287 (Tax Credit for Preceptor) State Rep Matt Dubnik – Gainesville joins Drs Monica Newton and Amy Bailey

Medical students at Capitol with past presidents’ Drs Mitch Cook and Mitzi Rubin

Georgia Academy Board-chair, Loy “Chip” Cowart, MD and President, Donald L. Fordham, MD pictured with State Representative Terry Bruce

Members in the News

AAFP Board of Directors member, Leonard Reeves, MD, of Rome, GA is featured in the latest AAFP Leader Voices Blog post titled Shift Health System’s Focus from Profit to Prevention. Click the link to view the post.


Throughout Black History Month, WTXL-TV News, in Cairo, GA is honoring the local heroes who change lives every day. GAFP Member Linda Walden, MD, will discuss breaking barriers, and inspiring others. Click Here to view the story on Dr. Linda Walden.

Save the Date – April 23, 2019 – Georgia Medicaid Fair in Savannah

Spring Medicaid Fair

Save the Date

Dear Georgia Medicaid Providers and Stakeholders:

The Department of Community Health (DCH) and DXC Technology encourage you to save the date for our next Medicaid Fair!


Tuesday, April 23, 2019
Savannah Convention Center

1 International Drive

Savannah, Georgia 31421

The Medicaid Fair offers important updates on emergent issues by DCH leadership and more than a dozen break-out sessions covering a variety of topics. In addition, Care Management Organizations will be onsite to answer your questions. DCH and DXC Technology are also bringing back several 30-minute break-out sessions so you can get as much out of your Medicaid Fair day as possible. Please stay tuned for additional details. Registration information will be posted soon.

Want to help shape our agenda?

To ensure our planned break-out sessions (including time for questions and answers) address relevant topics for you, please submit your suggested breakout topics to no later than Friday, March 1, 2019. The agenda will be developed based on your feedback and registration details will be posted soon.

Do you need more information about the Savannah Convention Center?

For location and directions to the Medicaid Fair, please visit the Savannah Convention Center website at:

Thank you for your continued participation in the Georgia Medicaid program. We look forward to seeing you on, Tuesday, April 23, 2019 in Savannah!


Georgia Department of Community Health

DXC Technology