Resource Box

Topics are regularly updated according to timeliness and need.  Some information should not be considered as an endorsement by the Georgia Academy of Family Physicians (GAFP), but as a resource tool for your practice or patients.

Current Topics

ABFM Certification/Recertification Exam

American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) Certification/Recertification   The ABFM has instituted the Maintenance of Certification Program for Family Physicians (MC-FP) to enhance the clinical excellence of its diplomats. To maintain certification with the ABFM, diplomats are required to successfully complete the four components of MC-FP (Professionalism, Self-Assessment and Lifelong Learning, Cognitive Expertise, and Performance in Practice) prior to certificate expiration.   For more information, call 888.995.5700 or email   2014 Candidate Booklets
Healthcare Information Technology
GeorgiaDirect  A free, secure e-mail and easy-to-use messaging service offered by the Georgia Health Information Network Inc. (GaHIN) developed to automate health care referrals between patients, physicians, hospitals, laboratories and other authorized health care stakeholders.  Spearheaded by the Health Information Technology (Health IT) Division of the Georgia Department of Community Health (DCH) and the GaHIN in a public/private partnership.
ICD-10 ICD-10 will go into effect on October 1, 2015.   For questions about ICD-10 and Georgia Medicaid’s role in this transition, e-mail the Georgia Department of Community Health –
Medical Conditions
Atrial Fibrillation Educational tools designed for healthcare professionals caring for patients needing anticoagulation therapy for atrial fibrillation.
Colorectal Cancer New information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about colorectal screening.  (February 2014)
Patient Education Tool by Topic   English
Patient-friendly tool for diseases and conditions, prevention and wellness and other health resources from the American Academy of Family Physicians.
Georgia Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) The prescriber tool helps weed out drug abuse, drug misuse and identify patients who don’t fill their prescriptions.  Available since July 2013, practitioners licensed by the Georgia Composite Medical Board who have authority to prescribe or order controlled substances can register to access the PDMP. Georgia prescribers can use the PDMP to determine which pharmacies patients filled their controlled substance prescriptions and if patients have obtained controlled substance prescriptions from other physicians and, if so, where those prescriptions were filled.  Other PDMP functions include a listing of how many controlled substance prescriptions have been filled written in the name of the prescriber and with the prescriber’s Drug Enforcement Agency permit number.