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Georgia Academy of Family Physicians: 2019 Student Award Winners

Georgia Academy of Family Physicians

2019 Student Award Winners

Congratulations to the 2019 recipients of the T. A. Sappington Award. This prestigious award is given to student members who have demonstrated their commitment to family medicine by choosing to attend a Georgia Family Medicine Residency Program.  We had a strong year with many of our graduates electing to remain in Georgia for residency.

This year we recognize:

Mr. Michael Land, a student from Mercer University School of Medicine (MUSM), Macon Campus, was nominated by Drs. Monique Davis-Smith, Program Director and Department Chair, Harry S. Strothers. He has been accepted and enrolled in Medical Center Navicent Health Family Medicine Residency Program.  Michael is the first student from the MUSM Macon campus to graduate in three years through the Accelerated Track Program and enter into the MCNH Family Medicine Residency. His other student activities include the Diversity in Medicine Interest Group-where he served as Treasurer; President, Genders and Sexuality Alliance, Treasurer of the Family Medicine Interest Group; President of the Kappa Mu Alumni Association (Honorary Society for college band members); and a member of the University of Georgia Alumni Pep Band.

Ms. Macy McNair, a student from Morehouse School of Medicine, was nominated by Dr. Dolapo Babalola.  She has been accepted into the Morehouse School of Medicine Residency Program.  Macy was very active during her medical school career at Morehouse.  She served as the Student Government Association President for the Class of 2019 and was the FMIG 1st and 3rd year liaison as well as an FMIG Ambassador.  She also proudly served as a Student Director of the GAFP’s Board of Directors.  Ms. McNair is known for greeting people with a bright smile and always offering a helping hand to students, administrators and faculty/staff.

Mr. Joseph Coppiano, a student from the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, was nominated by Dr. David Kreigel.  Joseph served as Academic House Senator and was Education and Advocacy chair for the Latinio Medical School Association. He also served as the clinic supplies and lab coordinator for the student run free clinic, Clinica Latina.  His outgoing and friendly personality made it easy to see that Joseph cares about people and enjoyed being helpful to his fellow medical students, faculty, and patients.  He has served on several committees during his medical school tenure of particular note was his work with the tissue and MSK system module and the Augusta University High School Academy.  He has been active in GAFP activities since 2017 and plans to continue his involvement as a resident at the Medical College of Georgia Augusta University Family Medicine Residency Program.

Ms. Jordan Moss, a student from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) Georgia was nominated by Dr. Michael Sampson and has been accepted into the Floyd Family Medicine Residency Program in Rome.  Ms. Moss was very active during her medical school career at PCOM where she served as the President of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians chapter.  She is dedicated to practicing primary care in underserved areas with a focus on preventative medicine in adolescents and other at-risk populations.

Potential New Member Benefit – Group 401K Retirement Plan

To:       Georgia Academy of Family Physician Members – Life, Active, Supporting and Residents

From:  Donald L. Fordham, MD, FAAFP – President

Re:  Potential New Member Benefit – Group Retirement Plan

The leadership of the Georgia Academy are constantly seeking ways to support our members with ongoing benefits to enhance your practice, career and support your patients.  We would appreciate your participation in this survey, if you have a retirement plan, would like to participate in a retirement plan – and would like to reduce costs and administrative hassle by joining forces in a multiple employer plan.

The Georgia Academy of Family Physicians is considering establishing a Multiple Employer 401(k) Plan or MEP for its members who are business owners.  The goal of the GAFP MEP would be to allow Academy members to join forces to:

– Simplify plan administration
– Lower record-keeping costs by combining assets with other members plans
– Reduce fiduciary liability by using 3rd party plan level fiduciaries for investment selection and monitoring as well some administrative functions.
– A MEP with a larger asset base would potentially have access to investment options not available to smaller retirement plans

In order to see if a Georgia Academy of Family Physicians Multiple Employer 401(k) Plan would be viable we are collecting some additional information from our members. Please complete the following survey by July 22nd  so our Board will have the information it needs to pursue this further.  If you have already responded – no need to complete the 3 minute survey again.

Click Here to Complete Survey.

Recent Articles About the Need for Retirement Savings for Physicians:

https://www.ama-assn.org/practice-management/career-development/early-retirement-5-factors-physicians-should-evaluate

https://www.physicianleaders.org/news/when-physicians-plan-for-retirement-saving-is-only-one-consideration

https://money.usnews.com/money/retirement/401ks/articles/2018-09-13/5-benefits-of-a-401-k-plan-you-havent-considered

Thrive – Coding & Reimbursement Practice Improvement Project 2019: Turn Your Practice Around Within Three Months!

Thrive – Coding & Reimbursement Practice Improvement Project 2019

Turn Your Practice Around Within Three Months!

Click here to register online

The Georgia Academy of Family Physicians is launching a new, innovative practice transformation project that focuses on helping family medicine practices increase reimbursements by identifying under-used codes and procedures and counts as an ABFM Self-Directed Performance Improvement Activity where you earn up to 20 points towards your overall 50-point activity requirement.

Thrive is designed to help practices survive and thrive in today’s changing healthcare environment by assisting independent practices by educating the clinical and business team  to ensure their patients are taking advantage of all the benefits that their health plans allow.

The GAFP is seeking up to 16 independent practices to participate in the Thrive pilot (up to 8 practices for each workshop). The workshops will be held in Macon and Gainesville to try and offer this program to more of our members who are based in more rural-settings and might not have the ability to attend city-based CME.

Participants will attend two one-day workshops (held three months apart) on Coding and Documentation  and complete a rapid cycle improvement project related to workshop material. The sessions will be led by Bob Addleton and Adele Cohen, Leadership in Practice consultants, and longtime GAFP partner and coding expert, Steve Adams.  Over the three-month learning cycle, practices will make immediate changes to their practices to improve outreach to their patients and increase the financial well-being of their practices. At least one physician and one staff member with billing responsibilities should attend each session.

Meeting Dates:

  • Gainesville Workshop

            Thursday, July 18, 2019 (10:00 am – 4:00 pm)

            Thursday, September 12, 2019 (10:00 am – 4:00 pm)

  • Macon Workshop

            Thursday, October 3, 2019 (10:00 am – 4:00 pm)

            Thursday, January 9, 2020 (10:00 am – 4:00 pm)

We have found that the most successful practice change activities include:

  • Practice care team members who are vested in making a change within the practice.
  • The opportunity to learn from experts
  • The use of adult learning methods, putting more emphasis on well-constructed group problem solving than lectures

If you’re tired of losing money because you’re not being reimbursed for the work that you and your team do in your practice, and can answer YES to the following questions, please submit the request for participation below.

  • Is your practice independent?
  • Are you tired of leaving money on the table by under-coding your patient interactions?
  • Are you willing to attend both workshops (along with at least another member of your practice) and participate in an interim month one-on-one consultative conference call/webinar?
  • Are you and other family physicians in your practices members of the Georgia Academy?

Registration:  This CME activity will offer your practice hours of individualized practice management advice.  The registration fee of $500 per practice will be reimbursed to you after completion of the Thrive Workshop if your practice attended BOTH workshops and participated in the interim-consultative conference call with the Thrive Team.

If you answered YES to ALL of these questions, please complete the information below and return to GAFP staff at the Registration Desk.

Please note, this is a small pilot project and will be offered to only 5-8 practices. There will be a vetting process that will help us determine the final 5-8 participants. Click here to register online or complete the form below and return to cmitchell@gafp.org

 

Name: ________________________________        Practice Name: ______________________

Address: _____________________________________________________________________

City, State, Zip: _______________________________________________________________

Phone: _______________________________          Email: ____________________________

Number of clinical providers in this practice (physicians and mid-levels): ________________

Number of administrative and billing/coding staff in this practice: _____________________

Your electronic health record (EHR) System: _______________________________

Were You a Part of History? More than 200 Attended the 2019 Summer CME Meeting!

Were You a Part of History? More than 200 Attended the 2019 Summer CME Meeting!

June 6-9, 2019 marked the GAFP’s second joint meeting with the Georgia Primary Care Association (GPCA).  This year we hosted more than 200 family physicians, FQHC/CHC members and other health care professionals at Omni Amelia Island Beach Resort.  The Summer meeting offered CME content, leadership workshops, exhibits, family fun activities and numerous opportunities to network with colleagues.

With an expansive number of lectures and workshops, attendees were able to claim as many as 36 AAFP prescribed credits derived from a variety of topics pertinent to the practice needs of our members. Click Here to view all the presentations from the summer meeting! All AAFP CME credits will be posted by July 15th to your AAFP transcript. If you have any questions about the CME submission process, please feel free to contact Felicia Kenan at fkenan@gafp.org.

In addition to lectures and workshops, the GAFP offered three Knowledge Self-Assessments (KSAs) to attendees, to fulfill the Maintenance of Certification Part II – Self-Assessment and Lifelong Learning.  More than 60 attendees successfully completed the assessments.

Overall, attendees deemed the meeting a success and offered the following comments on their post-meeting evaluations:

“Amelia Island is our favorite location for the summer meeting. This year, the Omni staff were especially friendly, and the resort restaurants and all food events were outstanding. As always, GAFP staff were all wonderful, and provided another great meeting.”

“I really enjoyed the leadership lectures and ABFM updates”

“Great presentations and good arrangements”

“WELL ORGANIZED”

“Great job!!! Excellent attendance at meetings”

The meeting’s success was based on the hard work, time, and effort of the Education Committee.  The 2019 Education Committee members are Theresa Jacobs, MD – Chair; Ken Howard, MD – Vice Chair; Dolapo Babalola, MD, Wanda Gumbs, MD,

Ambar Kulshreshtha, MD, Carl McCurdy, MD, Oguchi Nwosu, MD, Kuna Okong, MD,

Monica Parker, MD, Dean Seehusen, MD, Harry Strothers, MD, Susan Thomas, MD, Johnathan Henderson, MD and Loy D. “Chip” Cowart, MD – Executive Committee Liaison.

Thank you to the Education & Research Committee for all the hard work that went into making this meeting a success.

Mark your calendars now with the dates of the 2019 Annual CME Meeting!  This year’s Annual Meeting will be held Thursday, November 14 – Saturday, November 16 at the Marriot Evergreen Conference Resort in Stone Mountain, GA. We look forward to seeing you there!

 

Georgia Leadership Wins Awards at AAFP National Conference

 

The Georgia Academy recently sent 24 leaders and staff to attend AAFP’s annual leadership conferences, National Chapter Constituency Leaders and Annual Chapter Leadership Forum (NCCL and ACLF), held concurrently in Kansas City.  The GAFP was recognized with three awards from AAFP:

  • Full Delegation to the National Chapter Constituency Leaders Program
  • 100 Percent Membership Participation of all Georgia Family Medicine Residents
  • Highest Percentage of AAFP FAM MEDPAC Contributions by a Large-Sized Chapter

A special congratulations goes to Dr. Chetan Patel, who was elected to serve as the IMG Co-Convener for NCCL 2020 and as the Constituency Alternate delegate to the AAFP Congress of Delegates.

The Georgia Chapter also invited the New Mexico and Arizona State Chapters to attend a group dinner for additional leadership discussions.  The Academy thanks the following leaders who attended this meeting:

Omoniyi Adebisi, MD

Susana Alfonso, MD

Mike Busman, MD

Loy “Chip” Cowart, MD – GAFP Board Chair

Ellie Daniels, MD

Loretta Duggan, MD

Donald Fordham, MD – GAFP President

Wanda Gumbs, MD

Casey Heinritz, DO

Beulette Hooks, MD

Catherine James-Peters, MD

Marissa Lapedis, MD

Zita Magloire, MD

Chetan Patel, MD

Leonard Reeves, MD – AAFP Board Member

Jeff Stone, MD – GAFP President – Elect

Angeline Ti, MD

Nkiruka Udejiofor, MD

John Vu, MD

Staff 

Fay Fulton – Executive Vice President

Angela Flanigan –Chief Operating Office

Felicia Kenan – Director of Education