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Medicaid Postpartum Benefits Extended to 12 Months

Medicaid benefits for postpartum members have now been extended to 12 months of coverage. Effective November 1, 2022, The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services approved two Georgia State Plan Amendments, extending postpartum medical services from six months to 12 months for low-income pregnant individuals enrolled in Medicaid and PeachCare for Kids®, respectively. The approved State Plan Amendments supersede the previously approved “Georgia Postpartum Extension” 1115 demonstration waiver that extended Medicaid postpartum benefits from 60 days to six (6) months.

These two State Plan Amendments represent a change to eligibility only, and there are no revisions to the scope of services covered or billing processes.

Education for Healthy Behaviors Booklet for Mothers

This booklet was created by Georgia Department of Community Health (DCH) to educate mothers in the Planning for Healthy Babies® (P4HB) and Postpartum Extension programs. The education topics are to designed help mothers adopt healthy behaviors to improve their health and the health of their babies.


Georgia Academy Seeking Members to Attend AAFP Leadership Conference

In today’s health care landscape, where regulatory and administrative burdens rule the workplace, it’s clear that everyday leadership is needed. Through collaboration with peers and colleagues, you can make a difference for your patients, practice, and community. With you, everyday leadership is achievable.

If you want to get more involved in your state and national academies, being a delegate to the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) Annual Chapter Leadership Forum (ACLF) and the National Conference of Constituency Leaders (NCCL) is the perfect opportunity. Join your Georgia colleagues and network with over three hundred family physician leaders from around the country at this vibrant meeting in Kansas City, Missouri.

The AAFP Leadership Conference will take place Tuesday, May 9 to Thursday, May 11, 2023 at the Sheraton Kansas City at Crown Center. Events within the conference are as follows…

⎼ Annual Chapter Leader Forum (ACLF) | May 9-10, 2023
⎼ National Conference of Constituency Leaders (NCCL) | May 9-11, 2023
⎼ State Legislative Conference (SLC) | May 11, 2023

Chapter delegates participate in all NCCL-specific business functions and have the opportunity to attend a variety of educational breakout sessions each day as well. If chosen to be a GAFP representative to ACLF or NCCL, the Georgia Academy will reimburse your travel expenses up to $1,000* (with the submission of an expense report and receipts).   

If you are interested in serving as a delegate to ACLF or NCCL please email at and make a brief statement of your interest no later than Thursday, February 9.

All nominees will be notified in mid-February in time to register for the “early bird” AAFP registration discount. If you would like more information or have any questions, please contact Fay Fulton ( or call 800.392.3841. 

*This travel stipend typically does not cover the cost of the entire meeting which is between $1,000 – $1,300.

There’s Still Time To Join a 2023 Committee

GAFP Colleagues (Active, Life, Resident, Medical Student),

One of the most important roles serving as your President this year is appointing the Committee members for 2023. I am soliciting your interest in participating on one of the Georgia Academy’s committees for this year. We anticipate meeting in-person and will continue to have virtual options for most positions as well. We typically meet three times a year.

Here are the dates for the 2023 committees. 

– Saturday, March 11, 2023 – Committee Meetings – Hyatt Regency Atlanta Perimeter at Villa Christina

– Thursday, June 8 – Committee Meetings – Wild Dunes Resort – Isle of Palms, SC

– Saturday, August 12 – Committee Meetings – Brasstown Valley Resort & Spa – Young Harris, GA

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 weekly, but for a shorter time (January-April 2023) which weekly reviews health legislation that is moving through the Georgia General Assembly.

Bylaws Committee (15 members): 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. Beulette Hooks, MD (Chair) and Donald Fordham, MD (Vice Chair). 

Education and Research Committee (15 members): This committee is responsible for all the educational activities of the Georgia Academy, including the annual and summer meeting, as well as our regional and online CME options. Theresa Jacobs, MD (Chair) and Ken Howard, MD (Vice Chair).

Finance Committee (15 members): This committee reviews the financials including our annual audit, staff benefits and the budget. It also makes recommendations to the Board on financial policies. John Vu, MD (Chair) and Brian Pratt, MD (Vice Chair).

Legislative Committee (15 members): This committee oversees all advocacy and legislative activities and recommends action to the Board to assure representation of family medicine and our patients. Chip Cowart, MD (Chair) and Casey Henritz, DO (Vice Chair).

State Legislative Session Working Group (unlimited members): This working group will meet weekly by phone (typically Monday evenings) from January – April to review the policy priorities of the Georgia Academy along with receiving updates on the activities of the Georgia General Assembly. Chip Cowart, MD (Chair) and Casey Henritz, DO (Vice Chair).

Membership Services Committee (15 members): 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. Alice House, MD (Chair) and Christina Kelly, MD (Vice Chair)

Practice Management Committee (15 members): The Practice Management Committee works on keeping members informed on all the moving parts of the business of family medicine.  It monitors insurance policies, new payment models, and seeks to ease administrative burdens. Christina Douglass, MD (Chair) and Sherma Peter, MD (Vice Chair)

Public Health Committee (15 members): 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.  It also seeks to keep our members informed of ways to support our patients with the variety of issues on social determinants of health that they encounter. Angeline Ti, MD (Chair) and Dan Singleton, MD (Vice Chair).

Student and Resident Recruitment Committee (15 members – 9 active/life members, 3 students, 3 residents) This Committee promotes family medicine to our Georgia medical students, pre-medical students as well as looks for areas to support family medicine residents. Plans the annual medical student meeting.  Julie Dahl-Smith, DO (Chair) and Jody Bahnmiller, MD (Vice Chair).

Thank you,

Sharon Rabinovitz, M.D. 

Click to fill out the application and send to…

Georgia Academy of Family Physicians
Fax to 404-321-7450 or email Alesa McArthur


Renew your AAFP Membership Today! Deadline is March 2

It’s time to renew your membership with the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)! Georgia Academy of Family Physicians  is the only association in Georgia that supports and advocates for family physicians and your journey in family medicine.

Being a member of the AAFP & GAFP gives you access to CME at a reduced rate, virtual CME opportunities, advocacy efforts, and other online resources designed just for Family Physicians.

Your academy hosts two CME conferences a year and offers multiple online KSA courses.

If you need to pay your dues, you can easily pay online at You may also view your invoices, get receipts of prior payments, sign up or manage your monthly dues installment payments, and register for auto renewal.

Do you work for a hospital or medical group? Check to see if you can use funds for professional development or continuing medical education.  

Need CME? Members earn CME credit even when they aren’t thinking about it! Did you know that teaching, reading medical journals, and precepting medical students in your practice all count? If you haven’t reported these activities, do so today. And remember to go back and check your records for any CME that you may have already done but forgotten to report, including attending hospital and staff meetings or teaching courses.

AFFP has moved the renewal deadline to March 2, 2023.

Questions? Email Ali Bohannon, or call 404-321-7445.  To speak directly to an AAFP membership resource staff member, call (800)-274-2237.

GHFA Thanks 2022 Donors

As the Georgia Healthy Family Alliance (GHFA) begins 2023, we would like to take a moment to look back and thank those who supported the foundation during 2022. GHFA is grateful for your generous support and passion. Together we are making a difference in Georgia – one patient, one family, and one community at a time. Your Giving truly is Great Medicine.

Thank You 2022 Donors
AEC Trust
Alliant Health Group
American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation
Augusta National Golf Club Employee Giving Program
Aylo Health
Columbus Hospice
Fairview Hospital
Floyd Healthcare Foundation
Floyd Medical Center
Fort Valley Community Foundation Fund
Georgia Academy of Family Physicians
H.E.A.T. Trust Fund
International Paper, Inc.
Jackson EMC
Kroger Corporation
Memorial Health Community Benefit Fund
Navicent Health Foundation
North Georgia Community Foundation
Phoebe Physician Group, Inc.
Profile Extrusions
River City Bank
Rome Noon Optimist Club
Statesboro Urgent Care
Sterling Seacrest Partners of Savannah Fund
SunMark Community Bank
Tisbest Philanthropy
Toles, Temple & Wright, Inc.
Town of Alto
W. G. Raoul Foundation
Wilheit Family Foundation Fund
Dr. Rami Arfoosh
Dr. Jody Marie Bahnmiller-Brasil
Peter A. Bechtel
Dr. Thomas Bevill III
Carol Boers
Dr. Karla L. Booker
T. Joseph Boyd
Dr. Richard Buchanan
Dr. John R. Bucholtz
Debbie G. Buckner
Dr. Mike & Dianne Busman
Bonnie Cassidy
Dr. Bryan D. Cheever
Dave and Peggy Christner
Dr. Samuel L. Church
Dr. Karen Clarke
Dr. Lyndsay Bass Claroni
Dr. Mitch Cook
Dr. Michelle Elizabeth Cooke
Dr. Lanny & Mica Copeland
Dr. Chip & Elizabeth Cowart 
Dr. Kelly Vlass Culbertson
Dr. Julie L Dahl-Smith
Dr. Elvan Catherine Daniels
Dr. Deborah Ann Daniels
Drs. Monique Davis-Smith & Jimmie H. Smith, Jr.
Dr. Loretta Duggan
Dr. Sarah Dupont
Carla Duryee
Ryan Earnest
Monica Ebsary
Dr. Carmen Echols
Susan Edge
Dr. Keith Errett Ellis
Dr. Thomas & Adrienne Fausett
Dr. J. Paul Ferguson
Jolene Fike
Lorie Flacker
George Flowers
Fay Fulton
Drs. John and Angela Gerguis
Dr. Jairaj Goberdhan
Dr. Brandon E. Gray
Dr. Daniel C. Grizzle
Dr. Priya Gulati Shah
Dr. James Raleigh Hagler
Dr. Casey Jane Henritz
Dr. Elizabeth Herman
Dr. Loretta E. Hicks
Dr. Audrey Hodge & William Hodge
Dr. Wayne K. Hoffman
Dr. Fred Kennard Hood
Dr. Beulette Y. Hooks
Tim Hughes
Dr. Landon Irvin
Dr. Eugene H. Jackson
Dr. Theresa Rena Jacobs
Dr. Linu Chandy Joseph
Dr. Christina Marie Kelly
Dr. Kristen Kettelhut Kahrmann
Alexis Dannelly Klima
Dr. Juilett Kostanjevec
Dr. Ambar Kulshreshtha
Dr. Bruce M. LeClair
Dr. Evelyn L. Lewis & Clark
Dr. Patrick “PJ” & Lindsey Lynn
Dr. Thaddeus Kedron Lynn
Jim and Patti Lyons
Dr. Susan Margletta Harmon & Jack Harmon
Alesa G. McArthur
Dr. Howard & Janet McMahan
Dr. Macy McNair
Dr. Lorraine Moira McRae
Dr. Rolf Walter Meinhold
Dr. Michael Lee Miles
Dr. Thomas “TJ” Miller
Dr. Adrienne D. Mims
Dr. Carol Motley
Dr. Robert Nelson Murdock
Dr. Hogai G. Nassery
Drs. Monica & Wylie Newton
Dr. Nhi-Kieu Nguyen
Dr. Folashade S. Omole
Dr. Lindy Parker
Dr. Ralph D. Peeler III
Dr. Sherma Peter
Dr. Aziz A. Pirani
Dr. Alexandria Poitier
Dr. Sharon R. Rabinovitz
Dr. James & Harriet Ray
Dr. Bonzo Kwesi Reddick
Stacey & Sara Reece
Dr. Leonard Reeves & Terri Brown
Dr. Jonathan E. Reimer
Dr. Eddie Richardson
Dr. Michelle Rodriguez
Dr. Mitzi & Jeremy Rubin
Dr. Michael & Deborah Satchell
Dr. Susan Collette Schayes
Dr. Dean A. Seehusen
Dr. Shikha Shah
The Family of Dr. George Shannon
James Shannon
Anita Shannon
Dr. Daniel H Singleton
Kara Jones Sinkule
Shawn Smith
Dr. Collyn Steele & Nick Williams
Dr. Jeffrey C Stone
Dr. Harry S. Strothers
Mary Lou C. Swift
Ashlee Torpy
Dr. Beverley Ann Townsend
Dr. Deborah Ann Travis Honeycutt
Dr. Kaitlyn Nicole Vann
Dr. John Hai Nhu Vu
Katherine Waddell
Dr. Jonathan David Wade
Dr. David Noel Westfall
Dr. Rick & Alice Wherry
Dr. Tom & Jan Whitesell
Dr. Walter Steven Wilson
Dr. Henry W. Young
Terry & Karen Younkin

Congratulations to the 2023 Student and Resident Board Members

The Georgia Academy of Family Physicians (GAFP) wishes to congratulate Katie Lively (Medical College of Georgia, Southwest Clinical Campus), Michael Brackett and Zachary Harrison (both at the Medical College of Georgia – Augusta University Campus) whom our medical student body membership has elected as their 2023 representatives to the Board of Directors, and to Shant Ohanian, Amanda Lilley, and Tucker Hickox (all at the Medical College of Georgia, Athens campus) who were elected as Student Director Alternate Board members.

Katie Lively

Katie Lively

Katie Lively states that, as a budding family physician and lifelong Georgia resident, she is very eager to serve on the GAFP Medical Student Board of Directors and represent student voices while further developing as a leader in family medicine. Through this experience she believes that she will become better familiarized with the inner workings of GAFP and learn how to effectively collaborate with other members and entities to influence advancements in practice, patient care, and health equity.

Michael Brackett

Michael Brackett

Michael Brackett says that he has lived in Georgia his entire life and has personally seen the intense need for primary care. He has also unfortunately seen so many of his classmates gravitate away from primary care for various reasons. As a third-year student, he believes fostering interest in Family Medicine is a topic that their six member positions could really focus on and have direct experience with. He will work hard in this position to continue improving student interest in family medicine.

Zachary Harrison

Zachary Harrison

Zachary Harrison noted that he recently completed his 3rd year clinical rotations and fell in love with Family Medicine, declaring it as his specialty of choice. He is particularly passionate about advocating for our patients at both a personal and system-wide level, ensuring all Georgians have equitable access to high-quality, affordable care. He is interested in participating on the GAFP Board to advocate for Family Medicine in our state and provide a physician-in-training’s perspective on the challenges facing the profession.

Shant Ohanian

Shant Ohanian

Shant Ohanian says that he has been looking for every opportunity to learn and grow as a future family physician. He attended the GAFP annual CME meeting this year and listened in on the Board of Directors meeting and Congress of Delegates. He believes in the power of enthusiastic physician leadership in medicine. He plans to be engaged at the state and National level later in his career and is eager to begin this journey now as a student! He believes he can bring a new and fresh perspective to the GAFP both as a student and newcomer to family medicine.

Amanda Lilley

Amanda Lilley

Amanda Lilley is really interested in advocating for her peers and for the population. A big part of their curriculum is small group learning, which gives students the chance to apply what they are learning to real situations. Through these cases, important conversations are started, such as how they would treat a patient who cannot afford medications or therapy, or how to handle emotional cases such as the death of a patient. They have also discussed in some part health policy, which affects drug costs, mandatory reporting laws for interpersonal violence, Medicaid qualifications, and more.

Tucker Hickox

Tucker Hickox

Tucker Hickox says that as an aspiring family medicine physician from rural north Georgia, he has always intended to return to his mountain town and start a practice one day. He has seen firsthand how a doctor in a small town naturally finds themselves in a leadership position and the outsized positive impact that confers. Serving his community in north Georgia is his foremost intention, and the opportunity to see what physician leadership at the state level looks like would be invaluable to his aspirations.

GAFP also wishes to congratulate the following residents for their newly elected board positions: Shantrice Appleby, M.D. (Morehouse School of Medicine) who was elected to be the new 2023 Resident Voting Director, Teresa Colon-Asumu, M.D. (Emory School of Medicine) elected as the new Alternate Director 2023 and Voting Director 2024 and Sydney Koenig-McRae, M.D. (Memorial Health University Medical Center/Mercer University) elected as the new 2023 Alternate Director 2023.

Nijah Burris, M.D.

Nijah Burris, M.D.

Nijah Burris, M.D. (Morehouse School of Medicine), was elected last year to a two-year term and will return as a Resident Voting Director this year.

Shantrice Appleby, M.D.

Shantrice Appleby, M.D.

Shantrice Appleby, M.D. believes that participating on the GAFP board of directors “is a great way to collaborate with trainees and physician throughout Georgia, learn about strengths present in different regions of the state and weakness as well so that we can work together to improve clinical training, the service we provide to communities and things we advocate for on local and state level.”

Teresa Colon-Asumu, M.D.

Teresa Colon-Asumu, M.D.

Teresa Colon-Asumu, M.D. chose family medicine as a specialty due to the comprehensive approach it allows you to take in order to really serve patients. She has a background in public health and has always believed firmly in the importance of all aspects of health. She strives to understand the social determinants that serve as barriers for our communities to attain overall wellness.

Sydney Koenig-McRae, M.D.

Sydney Koenig-McRae, M.D.

Sydney Koenig-McRae, M.D. stated that, “as family doctors, we know that our patients’ health isimpacted by so much more than just medications and treatments. They struggle against transportation issues, insurance coverage, and even access to safe homes and healthy foods – all things that we can advocate for to our state and nation.” She believes that to “do right by our patients means we are willing to get involved in these law-making processes that regulate not only their health care but their home lives.”

Welcome and congratulations to our students and residents in their new leadership roles!

DPH Flu Vaccine Update

Information Reprinted from December’s Vaccines for Children’s Newsletter

2023-2024 Flu Pre-book

The 2023-2024 Flu Pre-book release date has recently been updated to December 9, 2022 and will remain open for providers until January 17, 2023. Please look for correspondence with the link to the form and plan accordingly for your upcoming 2023-2024 flu season.

FluMist Quadrivalent Replacement Program

If you ordered FluMist Quadrivalent doses from the state this season (2022-2023), we would like to inform you of the FluMist Quadrivalent Replacement Program. The Replacement Program allows for the replacement of unused, expiring FluMist Quadrivalent doses, at no cost, to help you maximize product usage opportunities. AstraZeneca has contracted with McKesson Specialty Health (MSH) for implementation of this Replacement Program.

Eligibility Guidelines:  

⎼ Doses must have been received by the state. Private doses are NOT eligible for the FluMist® Quadrivalent Replacement Program for CDC. 

⎼ Product expiration date must be on or before January 31, 2023. AstraZeneca will replace expired doses of FluMist® Quadrivalent while supplies last.

⎼ ​Requests can be made starting at 7AM CST on 12/1/2022, through 01/31/2023, at 7:00PM CST.

Detailed Instructions: 

1. Contact the FluMist® Quadrivalent Replacement Program for CDC by e-mail ( or phone (1-877-633-7375) and provide the number of doses you need replaced, how many boxes you will need shipped, and your Provider Identification Number (PIN). 

2. Follow all instructions as provided by McKesson Specialty Health (“MSH”) to send the expiring doses to the MSH Distribution Center. 

3. Pack the expired/expiring doses as instructed by MSH and have them ready to ship or be picked up by the carrier the following business day. Expired doses of FluMist® Quadrivalent do not have to be returned cold. 

4. Doses will be replaced in increments of 10. Therefore, the minimum number of doses that can be replaced is 10 doses. Doses from multiple eligible lot #’s can be used to achieve a multiple of 10. Doses received that are less than a multiple of 10 will be rounded down to the nearest 10. 

5. Once the doses arrive at the MSH distribution center they will be validated against your initial request. (a.) If the doses received match the request, replacement doses will ship within 72 business hours. (b.) If the doses received are in excess of the request, only replacements doses that were initially requested will be shipped within 72 business hours. (c.) Additional doses received in excess of the request will not be replaced. (d.) If the doses received are less than requested, only the doses received (rounded down to the nearest multiple of 10) will be replaced. 

6. Requests for replacement of expiring doses may be made no more than 15 days prior to the expiration date stamped on the sprayer. 

7. All expired/expiring doses must be received by McKesson by Wednesday, February 15, 2023. Replacement product will not be shipped until expired/expiring doses are received. Any doses received after February 15, 2023, will not be replaced.


AAFP Selects Georgia Leaders for National Service

The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) Board of Directors recently announced the 2023 leaders for national service. The following Georgia Academy leaders were selected…

⎼ Ambar Kulshreshtha, M.D. – Berkeley Lake ⎼ Commission on Health of the Public and Science

⎼ Evelyn Lewis&Clark, M.D., M.A. – Newnan – Reappointment of the AMA House of Delegates Delegation

⎼ Monica Parker, M.D. – Atlanta – Commission on Continuing Professional Development

⎼ Nkiruka Udejiofor, M.D. – Woodstock – Commission on Quality and Practice

Congratulations to these leaders!

Don’t Miss Out! Renew Your AAFP Membership Today!

The new year is here and it is time to renew your membership with the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)!

Georgia Academy of Family Physicians is the only association in Georgia that supports and advocates for family physicians and your journey in family medicine.   

If you need to pay your dues, you can easily pay online at You may also view your invoices, get receipts of past payments, sign up or manage your monthly dues installment payments, and sign up for Auto Renewal.

Work for a hospital or medical group? Check to see if you can use funds for professional development or continuing medical education.  

Need CME? Members can earn CME credit while teaching, reading medical journals, or precepting medical students in their practice. If you haven’t reported these activities, do so today! And remember to go back and check your records for any CME that you may have already done but forgotten to report including hospital and staff meetings or teaching courses.

Don’t forget that AFFP has moved the renewal deadline to March 2, 2023!

Questions? Email Ali Bohannon, or call 404-321-7445. To speak directly to an AAFP membership resource staff member, call (800)-274-2237.