GAFP News

Outreach to GAFP Resident and Student Members for AAFP Commission and National Leadership Positions – July 20th deadline

To:       GAFP Resident and Student Members

From: Jeff Stone, MD, MHA, MBA, FAAFP, President

There are many ways that our Georgia family medicine residents and medical students can serve at a national level.   All of these opportunities requires the permission of your residency director, or school advisor and a nomination letter from the Georgia Chapter.

Only one GAFP resident and student will be nominated for each potential appointment.  Please review the options and positions available to you and submit an email to the GAFP (ffulton@gafp.org) no later than July 20th – to be considered for nomination.  Note that priority is given to residents and students who have served at the local/chapter level.

Please answer the following questions:

  1. Name/Year in Residency/Residency Program
  2. Please rank the commission or other appointment that you wish to be considered (up to 3)
  3. Please list the expertise you have to apply for these appointments.
  4. Do you have permission from your program to apply?

Residents:  https://www.aafp.org/membership/involve/lead/students-residents/resident/aafp-commissions-resident.html

Medical Students:  https://www.aafp.org/membership/involve/lead/students-residents/student/aafp-commissions-student.html

The Executive Committee will make their selection in early August and then you will have several weeks to get your full application, including a letter of support from the GAFP, submitted to the AAFP by the September 8th deadline.  Thank you for your review – we encourage you to apply

Family Medicine Leads provides scholarships for GAFP Students

The winners of the 2020 Family Medicine Leads Scholarships for the AAFP National Conference for Students and Residents have been determined. Congratulations to the scholarship recipients from Georgia:

  • Reem Al-Atassi (student) – Grayson
  • Sarah Clark (student) – Atlanta
  • Claire Edelson (student) – Atlanta
  • Pamela Cuebas (student) – San Juan
  • Morgan Fuller (student) – Lawrenceville
  • Justin Juan (student) – Atlanta
  • Dominique Munroe (student) – Nassau
  • Najeeb Siddiq (student) – Atlanta
  • Kristen Stovall (student) – Savannah

Each winner will receive a $130 scholarship provided by the AAFP Foundation to attend the virtual National Conference, July 30 – August 1, 2020. These scholarships are made possible because of donations from family physicians across the country. Nearly 600 scholarship applications were received, and 250 Family Medicine Leads Scholarships were awarded.

Family Medicine Leads Scholarships for the National Conference are comprised of the following categories: Early Career Student, Student or Resident Primary Care Champion, and Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG) Leaders. Congratulations to all the Georgia recipients. See you virtually in July!

Click here to see the complete list of recipients.

Medicaid Provider – COVID Relief

Targeted Payments to Medicaid and CHIP Providers

HHS announced this week plans to distribute $15 billion from the Provider Relief Fund targeted to eligible providers that participate in state Medicaid and CHIP programs and have not yet received a payment from the Provider Relief Fund General Distribution. This funding will supply relief to Medicaid and CHIP clinicians experiencing lost revenues or increased expenses due to COVID-19. Additional payments will also be made to safety-net hospitals.

To be eligible for this funding, health care clinicians must not have received payments from the $50 billion Provider Relief Fund General Distribution and either have directly billed their state Medicaid/CHIP programs or Medicaid managed-care plans for health-care-related services between January 1, 2018, and May 31, 2020.

The Provider Relief General Distribution directed $50 billion to Medicare facilities and providers affected by COVID-19, based on eligible providers’ 2018 net patient revenue, in April and May. This distribution reached approximately 62% of all providers participating in state Medicaid and CHIP programs. For this reason, many family physicians may not be eligible for the Medicaid targeted payments. This new Medicaid and CHIP Targeted Distribution will make monies from the Provider Relief Fund available to the remaining 38% of providers that participate in state Medicaid and CHIP programs and have not yet received a payment from the Provider Relief Fund General Allocation.

Action Required to Receive Payments

HHS launched the Enhanced Provider Relief Fund Payment Portal(cares.linkhealth.com) on June 10. To receive a payment, clinicians who participate in state Medicaid and CHIP programs and/or Medicaid and CHIP managed care organizations, and who have not yet received General Distribution funding, should report their annual patient revenue through this portal. The distribution will be equal to at least 2% of reported gross revenues from patient care. The final amount each provider receives will be determined after the data are submitted, including information about the number of Medicaid patients served. The deadline to submit an application for the Medicaid Targeted Distribution is July 20, 2020.

Instructions(www.hhs.gov) and the application form(www.hhs.gov) are provided to assist applicants in applying for funds. Once a payment is received, providers must sign an attestation confirming receipt of the funds and agree to the Terms and Conditions(www.hhs.gov) within 90 days.

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.

Providers Must Act by June 3, 2020 to Receive Additional Relief Fund General Distribution Payment

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is reminding eligible providers that they have until June 3, 2020, to accept the Terms and Conditions and submit their revenue information to support receiving an additional payment from the Provider Relief Fund $50 billion General Distribution. All providers who automatically received an additional General Distribution payment prior to 5:00 pm, Friday, April 24th, must provide HHS with an accounting of their annual revenues by submitting tax forms or financial statements. These providers must also agree to the program Terms and Conditions if they wish to keep the funds. Providers who have cases pending before the department for adjudication with regard to eligibility for general distribution funding will not be impacted by this closure. All cases needing individual adjudication will need to be received by HHS no later than June 3, 2020.

For more information visit:
https://www.hhs.gov/about/news/2020/05/20/providers-must-act-june-3-2020-receive-additional-relief-fund-general-distribution-payment.html