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Georgia Academy of Family Physicians: 2019 Student Award Winners

Georgia Academy of Family Physicians

2019 Student Award Winners

Congratulations to the 2019 recipients of the T. A. Sappington Award. This prestigious award is given to student members who have demonstrated their commitment to family medicine by choosing to attend a Georgia Family Medicine Residency Program.  We had a strong year with many of our graduates electing to remain in Georgia for residency.

This year we recognize:

Mr. Michael Land, a student from Mercer University School of Medicine (MUSM), Macon Campus, was nominated by Drs. Monique Davis-Smith, Program Director and Department Chair, Harry S. Strothers. He has been accepted and enrolled in Medical Center Navicent Health Family Medicine Residency Program.  Michael is the first student from the MUSM Macon campus to graduate in three years through the Accelerated Track Program and enter into the MCNH Family Medicine Residency. His other student activities include the Diversity in Medicine Interest Group-where he served as Treasurer; President, Genders and Sexuality Alliance, Treasurer of the Family Medicine Interest Group; President of the Kappa Mu Alumni Association (Honorary Society for college band members); and a member of the University of Georgia Alumni Pep Band.

Ms. Macy McNair, a student from Morehouse School of Medicine, was nominated by Dr. Dolapo Babalola.  She has been accepted into the Morehouse School of Medicine Residency Program.  Macy was very active during her medical school career at Morehouse.  She served as the Student Government Association President for the Class of 2019 and was the FMIG 1st and 3rd year liaison as well as an FMIG Ambassador.  She also proudly served as a Student Director of the GAFP’s Board of Directors.  Ms. McNair is known for greeting people with a bright smile and always offering a helping hand to students, administrators and faculty/staff.

Mr. Joseph Coppiano, a student from the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, was nominated by Dr. David Kreigel.  Joseph served as Academic House Senator and was Education and Advocacy chair for the Latinio Medical School Association. He also served as the clinic supplies and lab coordinator for the student run free clinic, Clinica Latina.  His outgoing and friendly personality made it easy to see that Joseph cares about people and enjoyed being helpful to his fellow medical students, faculty, and patients.  He has served on several committees during his medical school tenure of particular note was his work with the tissue and MSK system module and the Augusta University High School Academy.  He has been active in GAFP activities since 2017 and plans to continue his involvement as a resident at the Medical College of Georgia Augusta University Family Medicine Residency Program.

Ms. Jordan Moss, a student from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) Georgia was nominated by Dr. Michael Sampson and has been accepted into the Floyd Family Medicine Residency Program in Rome.  Ms. Moss was very active during her medical school career at PCOM where she served as the President of the American College of Osteopathic Family Physicians chapter.  She is dedicated to practicing primary care in underserved areas with a focus on preventative medicine in adolescents and other at-risk populations.

Potential New Member Benefit – Group 401K Retirement Plan

To:       Georgia Academy of Family Physician Members – Life, Active, Supporting and Residents

From:  Donald L. Fordham, MD, FAAFP – President

Re:  Potential New Member Benefit – Group Retirement Plan

The leadership of the Georgia Academy are constantly seeking ways to support our members with ongoing benefits to enhance your practice, career and support your patients.  We would appreciate your participation in this survey, if you have a retirement plan, would like to participate in a retirement plan – and would like to reduce costs and administrative hassle by joining forces in a multiple employer plan.

The Georgia Academy of Family Physicians is considering establishing a Multiple Employer 401(k) Plan or MEP for its members who are business owners.  The goal of the GAFP MEP would be to allow Academy members to join forces to:

– Simplify plan administration
– Lower record-keeping costs by combining assets with other members plans
– Reduce fiduciary liability by using 3rd party plan level fiduciaries for investment selection and monitoring as well some administrative functions.
– A MEP with a larger asset base would potentially have access to investment options not available to smaller retirement plans

In order to see if a Georgia Academy of Family Physicians Multiple Employer 401(k) Plan would be viable we are collecting some additional information from our members. Please complete the following survey by July 22nd  so our Board will have the information it needs to pursue this further.  If you have already responded – no need to complete the 3 minute survey again.

Click Here to Complete Survey.

Recent Articles About the Need for Retirement Savings for Physicians:

https://www.ama-assn.org/practice-management/career-development/early-retirement-5-factors-physicians-should-evaluate

https://www.physicianleaders.org/news/when-physicians-plan-for-retirement-saving-is-only-one-consideration

https://money.usnews.com/money/retirement/401ks/articles/2018-09-13/5-benefits-of-a-401-k-plan-you-havent-considered

Dr. Natalie Britt Wins Double Award from the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians


Pictured: Dr. Keith Ellis and Dr. Natalie Britt

Dr. Natalie Britt Wins Double Award from the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians

Congratulations to Dr. Natalie Britt, Chief Resident, Savannah Family Medicine Residency Program Memorial Hospital, for being chosen as the 2019 Dr. Keith Ellis Resident Scholarship Award winner as well as the 2019 Resident of the Year Award from the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians.

These prestigious awards recognize the individual efforts of family medicine residents who demonstrate leadership and academic skills, participate in professional affairs, and contribute positively to the community. Dr. Britt exhibits exemplary leadership skills within the residency program, her local community as well as provides dedicated service to the American Academy of Family Physicians as a Resident Delegate and Resident Member of the Commission on Education.

Dr. Britt received notification of her awards at a reception hosted by Dr. Robert Pallay, Program Director, Savannah Family Medicine Residency Program Memorial Medical Center in June. On a special note, Dr. Keith Ellis, for whom the Keith Ellis Resident Scholarship Award was named, was in attendance and helped congratulate Dr. Britt on her awards.

We look forward to many more years of commitment and leadership from Dr. Britt!

GHFA Awards Disaster Relief Grant to GAFP Member Impacted by March 3rd Tornado

GHFA Awards Disaster Relief Grant to GAFP Member Impacted by March 3rd Tornado

The Georgia Healthy Family Alliance (GHFA) Board of Trustees recently awarded a Disaster Relief Grant to GAFP Member Dr. Daniel Kosobucki Jr. after a tornado touched down in Waverly Hall, GA on March 3, 2019. The tornado caused extensive damage to Dr. Kosobucki’s property, and grant funds will be used to mitigate a portion of Dr. Kosobucki’s losses including time away from his practice.

GHFA’s Disaster Relief Fund was established in 2007 to assist two family physicians who lost their practices when a tornado ripped through downtown Americus, GA. If you are aware of another GAFP member who sustained damage during a recent storm, please contact us at (404) 321-7445.  Either Kara Sinkule (ksinkule@gafp.org) or Fay Fulton (ffulton@gafp.org) can assist you with completing the application. For more information visit www.georgiahealthyfamilyalliance.org

Thrive – Coding & Reimbursement Practice Improvement Project 2019: Turn Your Practice Around Within Three Months!

Thrive – Coding & Reimbursement Practice Improvement Project 2019

Turn Your Practice Around Within Three Months!

Click here to register online

The Georgia Academy of Family Physicians is launching a new, innovative practice transformation project that focuses on helping family medicine practices increase reimbursements by identifying under-used codes and procedures and counts as an ABFM Self-Directed Performance Improvement Activity where you earn up to 20 points towards your overall 50-point activity requirement.

Thrive is designed to help practices survive and thrive in today’s changing healthcare environment by assisting independent practices by educating the clinical and business team  to ensure their patients are taking advantage of all the benefits that their health plans allow.

The GAFP is seeking up to 16 independent practices to participate in the Thrive pilot (up to 8 practices for each workshop). The workshops will be held in Macon and Gainesville to try and offer this program to more of our members who are based in more rural-settings and might not have the ability to attend city-based CME.

Participants will attend two one-day workshops (held three months apart) on Coding and Documentation  and complete a rapid cycle improvement project related to workshop material. The sessions will be led by Bob Addleton and Adele Cohen, Leadership in Practice consultants, and longtime GAFP partner and coding expert, Steve Adams.  Over the three-month learning cycle, practices will make immediate changes to their practices to improve outreach to their patients and increase the financial well-being of their practices. At least one physician and one staff member with billing responsibilities should attend each session.

Meeting Dates:

  • Gainesville Workshop

            Thursday, July 18, 2019 (10:00 am – 4:00 pm)

            Thursday, September 12, 2019 (10:00 am – 4:00 pm)

  • Macon Workshop

            Thursday, October 3, 2019 (10:00 am – 4:00 pm)

            Thursday, January 9, 2020 (10:00 am – 4:00 pm)

We have found that the most successful practice change activities include:

  • Practice care team members who are vested in making a change within the practice.
  • The opportunity to learn from experts
  • The use of adult learning methods, putting more emphasis on well-constructed group problem solving than lectures

If you’re tired of losing money because you’re not being reimbursed for the work that you and your team do in your practice, and can answer YES to the following questions, please submit the request for participation below.

  • Is your practice independent?
  • Are you tired of leaving money on the table by under-coding your patient interactions?
  • Are you willing to attend both workshops (along with at least another member of your practice) and participate in an interim month one-on-one consultative conference call/webinar?
  • Are you and other family physicians in your practices members of the Georgia Academy?

Registration:  This CME activity will offer your practice hours of individualized practice management advice.  The registration fee of $500 per practice will be reimbursed to you after completion of the Thrive Workshop if your practice attended BOTH workshops and participated in the interim-consultative conference call with the Thrive Team.

If you answered YES to ALL of these questions, please complete the information below and return to GAFP staff at the Registration Desk.

Please note, this is a small pilot project and will be offered to only 5-8 practices. There will be a vetting process that will help us determine the final 5-8 participants. Click here to register online or complete the form below and return to cmitchell@gafp.org

 

Name: ________________________________        Practice Name: ______________________

Address: _____________________________________________________________________

City, State, Zip: _______________________________________________________________

Phone: _______________________________          Email: ____________________________

Number of clinical providers in this practice (physicians and mid-levels): ________________

Number of administrative and billing/coding staff in this practice: _____________________

Your electronic health record (EHR) System: _______________________________