Practice Management News

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.

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.

Thrive 2020 Dates Announced

Continuing in the success of the inaugural Thrive Practice Transformation Project workshops, GAFP is pleased to announce dates for the 2020 cohorts.  Thrive is designed to help practices survive and thrive in today’s changing healthcare environment by assisting independent practices 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.

There will be three cohorts of two-day workshops (held three months apart) on Coding and Documentation. Cohorts will take place in Albany, Statesboro, and in the Atlanta/Metro area.  Each session will be led by Bob Addleton and Adele Cohen, Leadership in Practice consultants, and longtime GAFP partner and coding expert, Steve Adams.  The workshops will include education on missed coding opportunities, proper documentation tips and techniques, and rapid-cycle improvement processes.  Please note, the Atlanta/Metro cohort is open to employed physicians as well as those in private practice. Applications will be accepted for up to 8 practices.

To register for a session in your area, please visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/thrive2020

Registration closes 30 days prior to first workshop!

2020 Cohorts

Albany: February 13 | May 14

Statesboro:  April 1 | July 9

*Atlanta Metro: July 16 | October 15

*open to employed physicians

Recruitment for 2018 Georgia Academy Leadership!

Recruitment for 2018 Georgia Academy Leadership!

(Please reply back no later than November 30, 2017)

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

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

One of the most important roles serving as your President for this upcoming year is appointing the Committee members for 2018.  I am soliciting your interest in participating on one of the Georgia Academy’s committees for next year.

Limited Appointments to Be Made – Please Send in Your Form As Soon as Possible as committees are filling up – but no later than November 30th.  And, make sure to add a second option as your first option may be full.

I ask that you only volunteer to be nominated if you can attend either in person or by phone all 3 meetings in 2018.  Although several committees meet more than 3 times a year, here are the dates for the 2018 Committee Conclaves:

Saturday, March 3 – Atlanta, GA (Westin Atlanta Perimeter)

Thursday, June 14 – Amelia Island, FL (in conjunction with the GAFP Summer CME Meeting at Omni Amelia Island Resort)

Saturday, August 4 – Savannah, GA (Hyatt Regency Savannah)

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

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 2018) 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.

Bylaws Committee (15 members), Chair: Alice House MD, Vice Chair: Howard McMahan MD:  This committee will review governance issues and review any needed bylaws changes.  Bylaws changes must be sent to the general membership for review and approved by the GAFP Congress of Delegates.

Education and Research Committee (15 members), Chair: Theresa Jacobs MD, Vice Chair: Ken Howard MD: 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), Chair: Sharon Rabinovitz MD (Treasurer), Vice Chair: Christina Kelly MD: 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), Co-Chairs: Bruce LeClair MD and Richard Wherry MD: 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), Chair: Michelle Cooke MD, Vice Chair: Ivy Smith MD: 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), Chair: Jay Goberdhan MD, Vice Chair: Michael Satchell MD: 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), Chair: Jay Floyd MD, Vice Chair: Sherma Peter MD: 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 – 6 active/life members, 3 students, 3 residents), Chair: Julie Dahl-Smith MD, Vice Chair: Kevin Johnson MD: 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 2018.

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:_________.

____________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:

Register Now!! GCT2 Monthly Webinar: Healthier Patients, Improved Star Ratings: What Medication Synchronization Can Do for Your Patients and Your Pharmacy Business Wednesday, September 27th

The GAFP serves as a partner of the Georgia Clinical Transformation Team (GCT2), a coalition of organizations who have aligned programs and services dedicated to connecting and collaborating to lead Georgia providers in transforming healthcare using technology and quality improvement processes.

The GAFP coordinates and hosts 30-minute monthly webinars on topics that foster collaboration on practice quality improvement, facilitated efforts around cardiac care, diabetes management, motivational interviewing, behavioral health, and medication adherence. These educational CME webinars offer a streamlined, comprehensive approach to services that are needed and accessible to clinicians.

This month’s webinar, Healthier Patients, Improved Star Ratings: What Medication Synchronization Can Do for Your Patients and Your Pharmacy Business, will be held on September 27th at 12:30 pm with Bri Morris, PharmD, Director, Strategic Initiatives National Community Pharmacists Association.  From this webinar, you’ll learn more about the ‘med sync’ program and how it can help improve patient outcomes; how a ‘med sync’ program can positively affect pharmacy operations; and the staffing/workflow considerations needed to begin a ‘med sync’ program.

Please click the link to register for the September 27th webinar.  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/6353936240793489921