Leadership News

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.

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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: _______________________________

The Georgia Academy Awarded AAFP Chapter Health Equity Planning Grant

The Georgia Academy Awarded AAFP Chapter Health Equity Planning Grant

The Georgia Academy of Family Physicians (GAFP) was selected to receive a $5,000 grant to participate in the AAFP Chapter Health Equity Planning Grants Program. The intent of the Program is to promote collaboration between the AAFP and AAFP chapters in establishing chapter health equity plans. A health equity plan is a set of goals and tactics that describe how the chapter will work to advance health equity. Health equity refers to the elimination of differences in health that are closely linked with social or economic disadvantage among population groups based on race/ethnicity, religion, socioeconomic status, gender, mental health, sexual orientation, or geographic location.

For more information about the AAFP Chapter Health Equity Planning Grants Program please contact Kevin Kovach at (913) 906-6143 or kkovach@aafp.org.

Georgia Academy Leaders attend the 2019 Family Medicine Advocacy Summit

From L to R Recent graduate from the Medical College of Georgia (MCG) Family Medicine Residency program, Christina Anyikwa, MD, Past President, Bruce LeClair, MD, with GAFP President, Donald Fordham, MD, AAFP Board of Directors, Leonard Reeves, MD


May 20, 2019

The Family Medicine Advocacy Summit (FMAS) is held every spring in Washington, DC. During the two-day event, participants learn about the legislative process, current priorities for family medicine, practice advocacy skills, and meet with members of Washington’s Congressional delegation.

Nearly 300 family physicians visited Capitol Hill to advocate for family medicine for #FMAS19. You can help the fight for family medicine by flooding your legislators’ inbox and speaking out for Teaching Health Centers.

Qualified teaching health centers support the expansion of primary care medical residency training in community-based ambulatory settings. These community-based settings include, but are not limited to

  • federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) and FQHC Look-Alikes,
  • community mental health centers, and
  • rural health clinics and health centers operated by the Indian Health Service or an Indian tribe or tribal organization

Show your solidarity and Support Training for the Next Generation of Family Physicians!

Urge policy makers to reauthorize and fully fund the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education (THCGME) program.

Sens. Susan Collins (R-ME), and Reps. Raul Ruiz (D-CA) have introduced similar versions of the Training the Next Generation of Primary Care Doctors Act of 2019 (S. 1191/ HR 2815). Both bills reauthorize the THCGME program for five years and support the creation of new programs with a priority for those in rural and underserved communities. The bills would also increase funding from $126.5 million per year (current law) to $141.5 million/year (S.1191) or $151 million/year (HR 2815).

The THCGME program is vital to addressing the shortage of primary care physicians and the geographic maldistribution of physicians.

  • Sens. Tester (D-MT), Moore Capito (R-WV), Jones (D-AL), Boozman (R-AR), Manchin (D-WV), Harris (D-CA), and Daines (R-MT) are original cosponsors to the Senate bill.
  • Reps. McMorris Rogers (R-WA), Torres Small (D-NM), and Roe (R-TN) are original cosponsors for the House bill.

Tell Congress to support the Training the Next Generation of Primary Care Doctors Act to update the THCGME program immediately.

Georgia Academy Leader Invited to Participate in Congresswoman McBath Health Roundtable

From L to R Past GAFP President, Mitzi Rubin, MD and U.S. Representative Lucy McBath (D-Marietta)

Past GAFP President, Mitzi Rubin, MD of Atlanta was the only physician represented at a recent health care roundtable held by U.S. Representative Lucy McBath (D-Marietta) to discuss issues facing clinicians, patients, and advocates in the Sixth District.

Healthcare is a top legislative priority for McBath, who is a two-time breast cancer survivor. McBath is a co-founder of the Black Maternal Health Caucus, which aims to address the health disparities for mothers of color, and a vice-chair of the Gun Violence Prevention Task Force. She sits on the House Education and Labor and House Judiciary Committees.

Dr. Rubin was able to discuss key areas of federal legislation for the AAFP and GAFP including:

  • Urge Representative McBath to support appropriations for $50 million in FY 2020 for firearm morbidity and mortality prevention research
  • Ask Representative McBath to co-sponsor the HB 2774, the Primary Care Patient Protection Act
  • The bill modifies the Health Savings Account law to include up to two primary care visits in any high deductible health plan with no cost sharing
  • Encourage Representative McBath to join the Congressional Primary Care Caucus