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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

 

Register Now!! GCT2 Monthly Webinar: Opioid Safety and the CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain– Wednesday, August 23rd at 12:30

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, Opioid Safety and the CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain, will be held on August 23rd at 12:30 pm with Mike Crooks of Alliant Quality.  From this webinar, you’ll learn how to recognize the 12 recommendations of the CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain; calculate Morphine Milligram Equivalents (MME) to compare potencies of opioid therapies; and describe opioid medication management best practices to reduce the risk of harm.

Can’t attend live? Register anyway and we will send you the link to our website once it’s been posted.

Please click the link to register for the August 23rd webinar.  https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/6353936240793489921

 

 

Want help interpreting your Quality Resource Use Report (QRUR)?

For every physician that bills Medicare Part B, CMS has created a performance report called the Quality Resource Use Report (QRUR).  This report shows their interpretation of your relative cost of all care compared with your peers for the patients you see and bill Medicare Part B.  The most recently available data is the 2015 QRUR.  This report was used to calculate the 2017 Value Modifier that is currently impacting your Medicare reimbursements this year.

We are exciting to announce a free web based education opportunity for you on the evening of Wednesday, August 2, 2017 from 7- 8 pm. This educational session will be a presentation on interpreting your Quality Resource Use Report (QRUR).   As the Medicare Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization, we are contacted by CMS to provide this free technical assistance.

In preparation for the session, we suggest that you log into the CMS portal and download your report to have on hand during the call.  If you have not previously set up the specific EIDM account to access this report you can follow this guide at https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Medicare-Fee-for-Service-Payment/PhysicianFeedbackProgram/Downloads/2015-QRUR-Guide.pdf  This guide will walk you through how to set up and EIDM account (page 3) and how to download the report.  Please allow 2 weeks to go through this process prior to the call.   It will be very helpful for you to have your report with you when you attend the presentation as we walk you through each of the tables in the report.

Click here to register https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6824012648649498113

Donna Cohen, RN, BSN, CCM ~ Task Manager Population Health

Donna.cohen@alliantquality.org O 678.527.3681    C 912-665–0279

 

Understanding Cost in MACRA (aka Quality Payment Program) through your personalized Quality Resource Use Report (QRUR)

For every physician that bills Medicare Part B, CMS has created a performance report called the Quality Resource Use Report (QRUR).  This report shows their interpretation of your relative cost of all care compared with your peers for the patients you see and bill Medicare Part B.  The most recently available data is the 2015 QRUR.  This report assists you in choosing quality measures and improvement activities under MACRA (aka Quality Payment Program).  It was also used to calculate the 2017 Value Modifier that is currently impacting your Medicare reimbursements this year

We are excited to announce a free web based education opportunity for you on the evening of Wednesday, August 2, 2017 from 7- 8 pm. This educational session will be a presentation on interpreting your Quality Resource Use Report (QRUR).   As the Medicare Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization, we are contacted by CMS to provide this free technical assistance.

In preparation for the session, we suggest that you log into the CMS portal and download your report to have on hand during the call.  If you have not previously set up the specific EIDM account to access this report you can follow this guide at https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Medicare-Fee-for-Service-Payment/PhysicianFeedbackProgram/Downloads/2015-QRUR-Guide.pdf  This guide will walk you through how to set up and EIDM account (page 3) and how to download the report.  Please allow 2 weeks to go through this process prior to the call.   It will be very helpful for you to have your report with you when you attend the presentation as we walk you through each of the tables in the report.

Don’t wait.  Start preparing for MACRA (aka Quality Payment Program) now!

Click here to register https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/6824012648649498113