Legislative News

AAFP FamMed PAC Supports Senator Johnny Isakson’s Re-Election Campaign

Newly inducted GAFP President Mitzi Rubin, MD and her husband Jeremy recently attended a fundraiser to support Senator Johnny Isakson’s re-election campaign.  Funding support was provided by the AAFP’s Federal Political Action Campaign (Fam MED PAC).  For further information, click here http://www.aafp.org/advocacy/donate/fammedpac.html.  Note that the family dog, Lyra, wihile a political junkie, does not vote.

GAFP Launching 2015 Advocacy Meetings – Columbus, Albany and Savannah

The Georgia Academy of Family Physicians is inviting state representatives and senators to join members for dinner to discuss issues about health care and advocacy.  The upcoming events are listed below:

  • Columbus – Tuesday, August 18 – Chattahoochee River Club
  • Albany – Wednesday, September 16 – Merry Acres Event Center
  • Savannah – October TBD

The Georgia Academy is trying to expand its advocacy initiatives and believes the first step is connecting local family physicians with their legislators.  The intent is to break bread with our hard working legislators for some vibrant group discussions on health care in Georgia and how we can be a resource to them throughout the year.

As all politics is ‘local’ so is healthcare.  In the coming legislative session, the legislature will be called to debate many issues that will impact the citizens of Georgia who are their constituents as well as our patients. This program is continuing our previous successful advocacy dinners that we have held in Duluth, Valdosta, Macon, Rome and Gainesville.  For more information, contact Fay Fulton (ffulton@gafp.org).

GAFP Leader Delegation Meets with Georgia Delegation

Several leaders flew to Washington, DC to meet with many members of our Congressional delegation including Congressmen Tom Price, John Lewis and Rick Allen (see photo). These meetings were in conjunction with the AAFP’s Family Medicine Congressional Conference and our members focused their discussions on graduate medical education reform and Medicare payment (post-SGR). Thanks to our leaders who attended the meeting

 

(left to right – Samuel “Le” Church, MD; Beulette Hooks, MD; Brian Nadolne, MD; Congressman Rick Allen;  Bruce LeClair, MD; Mitch Cook, DO; Wayne Hoffman, MD) (Not pictured: Chetan Patel, MD).

Georgia Academy Supports Advancement of Physician’s Order for Life Sustaining Legislation

GAFP leader, Dr. Adrienne Mims, represented the Academy at the May 6th signing of SB109/POLST legislation into law.  The Georgia Academy, along with the Georgia Alzheimer’s Association initiated successful POLST legislation three years ago.  This bill will further advance end of life care for Georgia’s patients.  Key legislators that assisted with this legislation included Senators Nan Orrock, Renee Unterman and Representative Sharon Cooper.

Preceptor Tax Incentive Program (PTIP) – LIVE website

The Georgia Statewide AHEC Network Program is pleased to announce that the registration website for the Preceptor Tax Incentive Program (PTIP) is now LIVE. The PTIP website address is http://www.gru.edu/ahec/ptip, and also contains eligibility requirements, FAQs, training opportunities, program guidelines, and news/ updates.

WHAT IS PTIP?

Governor Nathan Deal signed into law April 15, 2014 legislation that creates tax deductions of up to $10,000 for uncompensated community based faculty physicians who provide training to medical, osteopathic, physician assistant and nurse practitioner students matriculating at Georgia public or private educational institutions.

Under Senate Bill 391, Georgia physicians who provide clinical training to health professions students for a minimum of three (to a maximum of 10) rotations, and who are NOT compensated through any other source, can claim a tax deduction of $1,000 for every 160 hours of training provided.

The tax deduction is intended to assist Georgia programs (MD, DO, NP and PA) with providing the community based educational resources needed to graduate students in primary care.

The Statewide Area Health Education Centers (AHEC) Program Office at Georgia Regents University shall administer the program and certify rotations. ONLY the AHEC Program Office can certify eligible rotations. Individual academic programs will report completed qualifying hours to the AHEC Program Office.

The deduction will be certified by the Georgia Statewide AHEC Network Program Office and a tax letter issued by January 30 of each calendar year.