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Recruitment for 2019 Georgia Academy Leadership!

Recruitment for 2019 Georgia Academy Leadership!

To:       GAFP Colleague (Active, Life, Resident, Medical Student)

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

One of the most important roles serving as your President for this upcoming year is appointing the Committee members for 2019.  I am soliciting your interest in participating on one of the Georgia Academy’s committees for next year.

I ask that you only volunteer to be nominated if you can attend either in person or by phone all 3 meetings in 2019.  Although several committees meet more than 3 times a year, here are the dates for the 2019 Committee Conclaves:

  • Saturday, March 2 Athens (The Graduate Hotell
  • Thursday, June 6 Amelia Island, FL (in conjunction with the GAFP Summer CME Meeting at Omni Amelia Island Resort)
  • Saturday, August 3 Buford (Lanier Island Legacy Lodge)

I appreciate your consideration of service with your colleagues on a committee.  We are only strong with many voices of family medicine working together.

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Committee membership will be held to no more than 15 members. For most committees, this will include one slot for a resident and a medical student. The expectation is that each member selected for a committee will have the ability to 1) attend the three committee conclave meetings, 2) respond to emails, and 3) review committee materials and be ready to offer advice and guidance.

There will also be a Legislative Session Working Group that meets for a shorter time period (January-March 2019) to assist in Georgia Academy programs.

Following is a list of the opportunities for service. We encourage your interest and participation as this is certainly an important and pivotal time for family medicine. We are only as strong as the commitment and involvement of our members.

Education and Research Committee (15 members): This committee is responsible for all the educational activities of the Georgia Academy, including the annual and summer meeting, as well as our national GO! Diabetes project and the education for the Patient Centered Medical Home University.

Finance Committee (15 members): This committee reviews the financials including staff benefits and the budget. It also makes recommendations to the Board on financial policies.

Legislative Committee (15 members): This committee oversees all advocacy and legislative activities and recommends action to the Board to assure representation of family medicine and our patients.

State Legislative Session Working Group (unlimited members): This working group will meet weekly by phone from January – March to review the policy priorities of the Georgia Academy along with receiving updates on the activities of the Georgia General Assembly. Areas of focus will include the State Budget (Medicaid, Public Health), Tort Reform, Insurance Initiatives, Public Safety, Medical Education, Georgia Board Physician Workforce Funding of Family Medicine Residency Programs and Scope of Practice.

Membership Services Committee (15 members): This committee has the responsibility for membership recruitment and retention, overview of leadership development, as well as, for all local and national award nominations. This committee is also tasked with monitoring the communications to our members.

Practice Management Committee (15 members): The Practice Management Committee monitors insurance policies and issues that affect the business of family medicine. It also works on practice transformation and the patient centered medical home. The committee is continually monitoring new payment models and works to educate our membership on patient centered medical home, accountable care organizations, Medicare Advantage plans and other business models.

Public Health Committee (15 members): This committee works to improve the health and welfare of our state’s citizens by assisting Georgia’s Department of Public Health in their mission. The Georgia Academy has an ongoing contractual relationship with the Department of Public Health that is overseen by this committee.

Student & Resident Recruitment Committee (15 members – 9 active/life members, 3 students, 3 residents) This Committee promotes family medicine to our Georgia medical students, pre-medical and high school students as well as looks for areas to support family medicine physicians-in-training.

Committee Membership Application

Name_____________________________________________________________________________

I am a __________Medical Student ______________Resident ________________Family Physician

______________________________is the Committee I would like to serve on in 2019.

____________I can attend all 3 committee dates (either in person or by phone).

I cannot attend all three committee dates, I can attend _______________of the meetings.

My talents and expertise that will assist the committee are:

 

 

If I am not selected for my committee of choice. I would like to be considered for the _______________ Committee.

I would also like to volunteer for the Legislative Session Working Group:____________________________

Dr. Donald L. Fordham Announced as President of the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians

Donald L. Fordham, MD, FAAFP was installed as President of the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians at the 2018 Annual Scientific Meeting on November 10th.

“Our organization will greatly benefit having Dr. Fordham as its new president,” said Loy D. “Chip” Cowart, MD, FAAFP outgoing president of GAFP. “We have all seen his determination for family physicians across Georgia for many years, and he is a leader both in his community, his patients and the physician community.”

As part of his inaugural comments, Dr. Fordham stated, “I look forward to working with the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians on behalf of all family physicians across the state and will continue to build on the incredible progress Dr. Cowart has achieved during his tenure as President of our academy. His dedication and leadership have been invaluable to the GAFP and inspiring to me personally. We all truly appreciate his service.”

Dr. Fordham is a solo family physician, at Habersham Family Medicine – recognized as an NCQA Patient Centered Medical Home.  He also currently teaches at the Augusta University/University of Georgia Medical Partnership as a Clinical Associate Professor.

Dr. Fordham received his Doctor of Medicine from the University of Alabama School of Medicine and then completed his family medicine residency at the University of Alabama at Birmingham Huntsville Family Medicine. He graduated from the University of Georgia with a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry with honors – summa cum laude.  He is a diplomate of the American Board of Family Medicine.

Dr. Fordham has served as 2017-2018 President-Elect of the GAFP. Prior to this position he served as both Speaker and Vice Speaker of the Georgia Academy’s Congress of Delegates. He is currently a member of the Georgia Physician Leadership Academy.

Following his presidency, Dr. Fordham will serve as Chairman of the Board of the Directors for the 2019-2020 year.

Volunteer to serve on the 2019 Georgia Academy Leadership!

Recruitment for 2019 Georgia Academy Leadership!

To:       GAFP Colleague (Active, Life, Resident, Medical Student)

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

One of the most important roles serving as your President for this upcoming year is appointing the Committee members for 2019.  I am soliciting your interest in participating on one of the Georgia Academy’s committees for next year.

I ask that you only volunteer to be nominated if you can attend either in person or by phone all 3 meetings in 2019.  Although several committees meet more than 3 times a year, here are the dates for the 2019 Committee Conclaves:

  • Saturday, March 2 Athens, GA (The Graduate Hotel)
  • Thursday, June 6 Amelia Island, FL (in conjunction with the GAFP Summer CME Meeting at Omni Amelia Island Resort)
  • Saturday, August 3 Buford, GA (Lanier Island Legacy Lodge)

I appreciate your consideration of service with your colleagues on a committee.  We are only strong with many voices of family medicine working together.

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Committee membership will be held to no more than 15 members. For most committees, this will include one slot for a resident and a medical student. The expectation is that each member selected for a committee will have the ability to 1) attend the three committee conclave meetings, 2) respond to emails, and 3) review committee materials and be ready to offer advice and guidance.

There will also be a Legislative Session Working Group that meets for a shorter time period (January-March 2019) to assist in Georgia Academy programs.

Following is a list of the opportunities for service. We encourage your interest and participation as this is certainly an important and pivotal time for family medicine. We are only as strong as the commitment and involvement of our members.

Education and Research Committee (15 members): This committee is responsible for all the educational activities of the Georgia Academy, including the annual and summer meeting, as well as our national GO! Diabetes project and the education for the Patient Centered Medical Home University.

Finance Committee (15 members): This committee reviews the financials including staff benefits and the budget. It also makes recommendations to the Board on financial policies.

Legislative Committee (15 members): This committee oversees all advocacy and legislative activities and recommends action to the Board to assure representation of family medicine and our patients.

State Legislative Session Working Group (unlimited members): This working group will meet weekly by phone from January – March to review the policy priorities of the Georgia Academy along with receiving updates on the activities of the Georgia General Assembly. Areas of focus will include the State Budget (Medicaid, Public Health), Tort Reform, Insurance Initiatives, Public Safety, Medical Education, Georgia Board Physician Workforce Funding of Family Medicine Residency Programs and Scope of Practice.

Membership Services Committee (15 members): This committee has the responsibility for membership recruitment and retention, overview of leadership development, as well as, for all local and national award nominations. This committee is also tasked with monitoring the communications to our members.

Practice Management Committee (15 members): The Practice Management Committee monitors insurance policies and issues that affect the business of family medicine. It also works on practice transformation and the patient centered medical home. The committee is continually monitoring new payment models and works to educate our membership on patient centered medical home, accountable care organizations, Medical Advantage plans and other business models.

Public Health Committee (15 members): This committee works to improve the health and welfare of our state’s citizens by assisting Georgia’s Department of Public Health in their mission. The Georgia Academy has an ongoing contractual relationship with the Department of Public Health that is overseen by this committee.

Student and Resident Recruitment (15 members – 9 active/life members, 3 students, 3 residents) This Committee promotes family medicine to our Georgia medical students, pre-medical and high school students as well as looks for areas to support family medicine physicians-in-training.

Committee Membership Application

Name_____________________________________________________________________________

I am a __________Medical Student ______________Resident ________________Family Physician

______________________________is the Committee I would like to serve on in 2019.

____________I can attend all 3 committee dates (either in person or by phone).

I cannot attend all three committee dates, I can attend _______________of the meetings.

My talents and expertise that will assist the committee are:

 

If I am not selected for my committee of choice. I would like to be considered for the _______________ Committee.

I would also like to volunteer for the Legislative Session Working Group:_________________________________

Quick Survey: Proposed Consolidated Billing Clearinghouse for Medicaid Patients

To:       Georgia Academy of Family Physicians Active Members

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

The Georgia Academy has been meeting monthly with Medicaid as they work through administrative simplification initiatives.  Dr. Samuel “Le” Church from Hiawassee has been our GAFP lead on this project.  They are asking our membership to respond to a survey seeking interest in a consolidated billing clearinghouse for all four CMO and Medicaid Fee for Service insurance entities.

The purpose of this survey is to gain an understanding of the use of billing clearinghouses by physicians and hospitals and to assist in determining if computer enhancements for billing Medicaid claims are desired and needed.  The GAFP is sending this survey to its members on behalf of the Georgia Department of Community Health.  This survey takes less than three minutes to complete. Thank you for you quick response.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/GD3KQDS

Georgia Academy of Family Physicians Awards Eddie Richardson, Jr., MD, FAAFP its 2018 Family Physician of the Year Award

The Georgia Academy of Family Physicians (GAFP) recently awarded Eddie Richardson, Jr., MD, FAAFP its 2018 Family Physician of the Year Award, for his remarkable service to the organization and the family physicians it supports.

“It goes without saying that you have done incredible work in your hometown of Eatonton and for all Georgians,” said Loy D. “Chip” Cowart, president of GAFP, in presenting the award. “All of us at GAFP cannot thank you enough for your service.”

Dr. Richardson is the Medical Director and CEO of Lake Oconee Urgent & Specialty Care Center in Eatonton. He is also a hospitalist at Putnam General, in Eatonton.

Before becoming a concierge physician, Richardson served in the United States Marine Corps, during which time he fought in the Gulf War, received the Navy Medal of Achievement, and was meritoriously promoted twice.

Dr. Richardson received his Doctor of Medicine from Morehouse School of Medicine in Atlanta and completed his family medicine residency at the Medical Center in Columbus, and fellowship in geriatric and palliative medicine at the Family Medicine Residency Program at the Medical Center of Central Georgia in Macon. He graduated from Valdosta State University with a Bachelor’s in Chemistry, followed by a Master’s in Biochemistry from Clark Atlanta University.

Dr. Richardson serves as the Chair of the 2018 GAFP Board of Directors and is a formal board member of the American Academy of Family Physicians.