Leadership 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(cares.linkhealth.com) 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(www.hhs.gov) and the application form(www.hhs.gov) 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(www.hhs.gov) within 90 days.

Thrive Workshop: Now Open to All Members

Are you an employed physician concerned about increasing your bottom line? 

Let the GAFP Thrive – Coding and Reimbursement Practice Improvement Workshop Help!

With the devastating financial impact COVID-19 is having on the economy, there is no better time than now to ensure your practice is reimbursed at the highest rate possible.  There is still time to register for the July 16th Thrive – Coding and Reimbursement Practice Improvement workshop in Atlanta.  Thrive is an innovative practice transformation project that focuses on helping primary care practices increase reimbursements by identifying under-used codes and procedures. It is designed to help practices survive and thrive in today’s changing healthcare environment by educating the care team on ways to find hidden or underutilized coding to help receive the highest possible reimbursement rates.  Thrive will also help the practice ensure their patients are taking advantage of all the benefits that their health plans allow.

As an added incentive, completion of the Thrive program counts as an American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) Self-Directed Performance Improvement Activity where you earn up to 20 points towards your overall 50-point activity requirement.

The July 16 workshop will include education on missed coding opportunities, proper documentation tips and techniques, and rapid-cycle improvement processes. During the second workshop on October 15, 2020, practice teams will have an opportunity to report progress on their individual practice improvement projects and receive additional coaching from the practice transformation consulting team.

If you’re tired of losing money because you’re not being reimbursed for the work that you and your team perform in your practice, please submit an application to attend the July cohort today.

Registration fees are $500 per practice, reimbursable upon completion of the program.  Only active GAFP members and their billing team qualify to attend.

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, https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/23GDV2P and respond by May 20th  if you are interested in applying for the 2021 Board.

Potential vacancies are listed below:

Officers

*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)

GAFP Members in the News

April 13, 2020

The Association of Family Medicine Residency Directors elects GAFP leader, Kevin E. Johnson, MD, to the AFMRD Board of Directors as a Member-at-Large director. Dr. Johnson is the Founding Program Director at Northside-Hospital – Gwinnett Family Medicine Residency Program in Lawrenceville, Georgia. He has been a program director since 2013.

Congratulations Dr. Johnson!

April 23, 2020

GAFP President, Jeff Stone, MD addressed vaccinations & the need for strong physician/pharmacist relationships on the latest edition of the Medical Association of Georgia’s (MAG) ‘Top Docs’ radio show. Click here to listen…

April 24, 2020

GAFP member, Dr. Andrew Reisman was quoted in the Atlanta Business Chronicle article entitled “Atlanta doctors’ business flatlines as guidelines keep patients home” click here to read the full story.

 

Register for the July Thrive Cohort in Atlanta, GA

With the devastating financial impact COVID-19 is having on the economy, there is no better time than now to ensure your practice is reimbursed at the highest rate possible.

There is still time to register for the July 16th Thrive – Coding and Reimbursement Practice Improvement workshop in Atlanta.  Thrive is an innovative practice transformation project that focuses on helping primary care practices increase reimbursements by identifying under-used codes and procedures. It is designed to help practices survive and thrive in today’s changing healthcare environment by educating the care team on ways to find hidden or underutilized coding to help receive the highest possible reimbursement rates.  Thrive will also help the practice ensure their patients are taking advantage of all the benefits that their health plans allow.

As an added incentive, completion of the Thrive program counts as an American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) Self-Directed Performance Improvement Activity where you earn up to 20 points towards your overall 50-point activity requirement.

The July 16 workshop will include education on missed coding opportunities, proper documentation tips and techniques, and rapid-cycle improvement processes. During the second workshop on October 15th, practice teams will have an opportunity to report progress on their individual practice improvement projects and receive additional coaching from the practice transformation consulting team.

If you’re tired of losing money because you’re not being reimbursed for the work that you and your team perform in your practice, please submit an application to attend the July cohort today.

Registration fees are $500 per practice, reimbursable upon completion of the program.  Only active GAFP members and their billing team qualify to attend.