GAFP Members Set to Become Thriving Independent Practices

On July 18, 2019, a small group of vetted GAFP members gathered in Gainesville, GA set on a course to become a thriving independent practice. Member practices participated in the inaugural session of Thrive, a GAFP transformation project that focuses on helping family medicine practices increase reimbursements by identifying under-used codes and procedures. Family physicians, along with their core billing team, had the opportunity to receive individualized rapid cycle improvement guidance from industry experts. The Thrive team consisted of GAFP partner and coding expert, Steve Adams of InHealth Professional services, who led discussions on hidden codes and documentation. Bob Addleton, EdD and Adele Cohen, MS of Leadership in Practice mentored individual practices on developing rapid cycle improvement plans, which when implemented will transform the practice into a thriving facility. In addition, GAFP Director of Education, Felicia Kenan, MPA, CMP was on-hand to provide direction related to utilizing this project for a self-directed study for ABFM Part IV maintenance of certification.

Aside from unmasking medical codes and documentation procedures that will lead to improved billing practices, participants are eligible to receive up to 10 prescribed credit(s) by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Upon completion of the full improvement plan activity, diplomates may submit the activity to ABFM to qualify for 20 activity points as an approved Part IV- Self-Directed Performance Improvement Activity. Participants will convene again on September 12 to present final improvement plans and to discuss how to sustain and maintain practice changes.

The next cohort of the Thrive initiative is scheduled to commence on October 3 in Macon, GA.  There are still opportunities for member practices to participate.   Interested members may register online by clicking here.

If you missed the opportunity to participate in the pilot Thrive project, be on the lookout for Thrive 2020 information at the 2019 Annual Fall meeting.

Book Your Hotel for GAFP Fall CME Family Medicine Weekend!

The GAFP Fall Family Medicine Weekend will take place on November 14-16, 2019 at the Atlanta Evergreen Marriott Conference Resort in Stone Mountain, Georgia. Join us for premier educational CME at our annual fall meeting.

Hotel Accommodations:

Set amidst the stunning natural beauty of Georgia’s Stone Mountain Park, Atlanta Evergreen Marriott Conference Resort is a AAA Four Diamond hotel with spacious rooms, unique venues and extraordinary service. A leading conference and event hotel, the resort offers more than 64,000 square feet of event space, including sophisticated indoor spaces and charming outdoor venues. The hotel offers a free shuttle to Stone Mountain Park’s family-friendly attractions and natural wonders. The laser light show has become a thrilling tradition.

Rates for the GAFP Annual Meeting at the Atlanta Evergreen Marriott Conference Resort begin at $159. For reservations call 770-879-9900. Request the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians room block-available until October 22, 2019 or until sold out. You may also book a room online by clicking here. GAFP room rates are automatically applied.


Atlanta Evergreen Marriott Conference Resort – Stone Mountain, GA

4021 Lakeview Drive

Stone Mountain, GA  30083

Group Reference:

Georgia Academy of Family Physicians Scientific Assembly

Guest Room Rates:

Guest room, 1 King, Balcony – $159/night

Guest room, 2 Double, Balcony – $159/night

Phone: 1- 888-670-2250

The deadline for reservations is Tuesday, October 22, 2019 and after that reservations will be accepted on a space available basis.

Check in:

Check in time is after 4 pm and check out is before 11 am.

Parking at the Resort: Complimentary self – parking onsite and $8 valet parking

Gate Entry to Park and Hotel:  Gate entry to the park will be complimentary for all attendees who register for the GAFP Fall Family Medicine Weekend. You will receive a parking pass to display in your car’s dashboard upon entry to the park.

To learn more and to register, visit The full brochure will be coming to your mailbox very soon!


Members in the news

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the COSEHC QualityImpact Practice Transformation Network recognizes Jonathan “Mitch” Cook, DO and the Clarke-Oconee Family Practice for their participation in the Transforming Clinical Practices Initiative (TCPi).

CMS recognized the organization as “Exemplary,” having exceeded benchmark targets for quality, cost, and utilization, and given commitment to providing an exceptional patient and family experience.

The Georgia Academy would like congratulate Dr. Cook and his practice on this great achievement.

CALL FOR POSTERS: Submission Deadline September 6, 2019 (NO EXCEPTIONS)

The Georgia Academy of Family Physicians is seeking submissions for the Annual Research Poster Presentation to be held Friday, November 15, 2019, during the GAFP’s Family Medicine Weekend. In addition, GAFP is partnering with the Georgia Primary Care Association seeking submissions for community-based abstracts for the GPCA Annual Meeting, October 11, 2019.

Criteria/Who Can Participate:

Submissions from Pathway to Medical School Pre-med students, and GAFP members who are medical students, residents and practicing physicians/fellows are welcome.

Posters presented may be research results, case reports, summer projects, or educational projects. Posters may address any topic relevant to family medicine. Submissions must be of original work not yet published or presented at regional or national meetings and completed. Concurrent (2019) submissions to other conferences such as the North American Primary Care Research Group (NAPCRG) and Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) are encouraged. Medical student projects previously presented at medical schools or on student “Research Days” are accepted.

How to Submit Proposal:

Application Form:   One application form should be completed for each abstract and poster submission. Please indicate on the entry form the primary presenter (the on-site person) and please indicate if an advisor or coordinator was involved in the completion of the research poster, and the extent of their participation.

Abstract:   One copy of the abstract should be submitted with an electronic copy of your poster. The abstract should be no longer than 250 words.

Poster: A one-page copy of the poster display (e.g., created in PowerPoint, Photoshop, Publisher, or Canva etc. and saved both in its original form and as a PDF).

Submit to GAFP:   Submit application form, abstract, and electronic copy of your poster to Felicia Kenan, at by September 6, 2019.

Presenter Schedule:

October 11, 2019: GPCA Annual Meeting, The Hotel at Avalon, 9000 Avalon Blvd, Alpharetta, GA. 30009 (Research that’s Beneficial to the Community for more information contact Theresa Jacobs, MD

November 15, 2019: GAFP Family Medicine Weekend, Atlanta Evergreen Marriott Conference Resort – Stone Mountain, GA, 4021 Lakeview Drive, Stone Mountain, GA  30083.  In addition to displaying their posters electronically, the top submissions from each category (Pre-med students, medical students, residents and practicing physicians/fellows) will be chosen to do a small presentation on the abstract mainstage during the meeting.


  • September 6, 2019: Abstract submission deadline. Submit applications and abstracts to
  • October 14, 2019: Deadline to Notify Submitters of Acceptance
  • October 21, 2019: Deadline to Notify Oral Presenters
  • October 24, 2019: Deadline for Oral Presentation Acceptance/Response
  • November 7, 2019: Deadline to Submit Electronic Poster to

Download a PDF of the proposal guidelines here

Registration Now Open: GAFP Fall Family Medicine Weekend, November 14-16, 2019

The GAFP invites you to take advantage of an early registration discount for the 2019 GAFP Fall Family Medicine Weekend to be held Thursday, November 14- Saturday, November 16, 2019 at the Atlanta Evergreen Marriott Conference Resort in Stone Mountain!  Early registration is $445 for GAFP and AAFP members and covers up to 46 AAFP Prescribed credits and up to 21 AMA PRA Category 1 credits over three days, with exhibits and networking opportunities. Take advantage of the early bird discount and register before September 19th.

Please note: The lowest price is the early bird registration.

CME Opportunities:

This year’s meeting will cover current topics and workshops that highlight conditions and diseases that affect our communities.  We will provide four Knowledge Self-Assessment Modules (KSAs), on Women’s Health, Care of Vulnerable Elderly, Childhood Illness and Hypertension. In addition to lecture tracks and workshops, there is education on diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, heart failure, child immunizations, cancer updates, and women maternal health. There is something for everyone who attends the meeting.

Networking/Social Opportunities:

Kick off the GAFP Fall Family Medicine Weekend experience at the Welcome Reception, November 14th at 5 pm. Enjoy food and drinks and get exclusive access to the exhibitors you’ve been waiting to meet; while networking with your colleagues from around the state. We will also present two of our members with special awards.

All Member Party: The Magic of Family Medicine:

The All Member Party “The Magic of Family Medicine” will take place Friday, November 15th from 6:30- 10:00 p.m. Network with members and experience the Magic of Family Medicine in a night filled with fun, food and feats of magic. Tickets are $75.00 and are available to purchase online through the regular meeting registration process, or by calling the GAFP office at 800-392-3841.

Discounted Group Lodging Information:

Rates at the Atlanta Evergreen Marriott Conference Resort begin at $159. For reservations call 770-879-9900. Request the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians room block-available until October 22, 2019. You may also book a room online. GAFP room rates are automatically applied.

To learn more and to register, visit and click on the event slide on the homepage. The full brochure will be coming to your mailbox very soon!

If you have any questions about the meeting schedule, registration or other concerns, feel free to contact GAFP staff Ciera Mitchell at 800-392-3841.

Best Regards,


Theresa Jacobs, MD                                   Ken Howard, MD

Chair                                                              Vice Chair

Education & Research Committee          Education & Research Committee

*Application for CME credit has been filed with the American Academy of Family Physicians. Determination of credit is pending.