Being a member of the Louisiana Academy of Family Physicians (LAFP) signifies your decision to identify and associate with the most knowledgeable family physicians and become a part of America's largest specialty society. As the only association that speaks solely for the family physician, your decision to join the LAFP/AAFP helps make the voice of family medicine heard. The LAFP strives to improve member benefits as well as increase them every year. We are constantly finding new partnerships to benefit you and your practice as well as increasing avenues of communication with the community. 
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Financial Services from The Lovell Group of Bank of America, Merrill Lynch New Orleans
We are excited to announce our partnership with The Lovell Group of Bank of America, Merrill Lynch New Orleans. Through this partnership, you and your practice will have access to exceptional benefits, benefits that will reduce your costs, minimize administrative work, help you acquire and retain quality employees, and simplify your life.  
  • Merchant Services (credit card processing) - Bank of America, Merrill Lynch is the #1 rated electronic payment company in the industry designed to protect client card data, reduce PPI compliance burden, and minimize employer liability.

Advantages of Merchant Services: Designated Representatives: There is no 1-800 number. Bank of America, Merrill Lynch’s offers designated representatives to work with members and answer any questions or concerns they may have.

Compliance: Covers annual PPI Compliance, which saves members approximately $200 per year.
Virtual Credit: $100,000 virtual credit if there’s ever a breach or violation.
Access to funds: Access to funds as soon as the next business day!
Cost Savings: Costs per member are approximately 0.0005% - 0.0010% per transaction with a $15.95 monthly fee. There is no settlement/batch fee.  These are significantly lower than the industry average.
Best Pricing: If Bank of America, Merrill Lynch is unable to beat a member’s current pricing, they will pay them $500.00.  

  • Health Savings Account - Health Savings Account Program with a 97% retention rate. 
Advantages of Health Benefit Solutions: Prepare: Bank of America, Merrill Lynch’s Health Savings Account (HSA) helps members prepare for medical costs (covered medical, vision, dental, and prescription costs) now and during retirement. Projected health care costs for couples that retire at age 65 are approximately $400,000! 

Compatibility: Pair with any High Deductible Health Plan. If the member switches insurance providers, the HSA rolls over to the new plan.
Individually Owned: The HSA is individually owned by the participant. It moves with you, the participant.
No Annual Reset: Money in the plan rolls over from year to year.
Triple Tax Savings: Contributions are made tax free, interest earned on invested assets are tax free, and money taken out for eligible expenses are distributed tax free!

  • Practice Solutions Group (lending, practice sales/acquisitions, buy ins/outs) - Bank of America, Merrill Lynch’s Practice Solutions Group is the #1 lender to medical professionals nationwide.  Through this partnership, members will enjoy special financing opportunities to assist with each phase of their practice.

Advantages of Lending through the Practice Solutions Group:

New Office Startups: Get started with up to 100% project financing* (subject to credit approval) including design, construction, equipment, and working capital.
Practice Sales and Purchases: A team of specialists provide the experience and industry knowledge you need for buying and selling a practice.
Business Debt Consolidation: Improve member cash flow.
Office Improvement and Expansion: Remodel, refurbish, or expand.
Owner-Occupied Commercial Real Estate (OOCRE): Choose from a suite of comprehensive real estate loan options to buy, refinance*, or relocate, with 51% owner occupancy required.
Equipment Financing*: Choose from a variety of options and flexible terms tailored to help meet your needs.
Doctor Loan: Special rates and low down payments are available for Physicians who are seeking a mortgage.   *Competitive terms on practice sales and purchases, office improvements and expansion, loans up to $5 million, and flexible repayment options.  

  • Wellness Program - Throughout our financial lives, we will experience new life priorities – some planned, some not.  Bank of America, Merrill Lynch can help members and their employees prepare for those critical times of personal and financial change. 

Advantages of Financial Wellness Programs:

Education: Teaches employees how to manage their finances in every phase of their lives; this program grows with the employees as they grow.
Tools: Employees have online access to educational resources and financial planning tools.
Access: One-on-one conversations with financial advisors to answer questions and aid in financial planning are available.
Presentations: Online presentations as well as in-house presentations are available for employers to offer their employees.
E-communications: Electronic communications are provided to help keep members informed about the ever evolving financial landscape.   *This benefit is offered at no additional cost through our retirement plan benefit.  

  • Financial and Retirement Planning - The Lovell Group has over 35 years of combined experience helping individuals with their financial and retirement planning needs, and they hold several advanced financial designations.  Whatever your financial goals are or if you simply want to know how you’re positioned as you move towards retirement, they are available to help.

Advantages of Financial and Retirement Planning:

Complimentary Advice and Guidance: Financial and retirement planning, estate planning, portfolio reviews, life insurance policy reviews, and other services are available complimentary to members.
Simplification: Learn how you can organize and simplify your financial life.
Helping You Connect to a Better Financial Future: This includes helping you put a plan in place to achieve your financial goals, understand how you are positioned as you move into retirement, take steps to mitigate financial worries that may be keeping you up at night, and plan for the transition of your business with what matters most to you and your family.    

Interested in one of these benefits?
Contact Drew Necaise & Michael Minvielle, CPFA Financial Advisors The Lovell Group / Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Inc. 601 Poydras Street, Suite 2500, New Orleans, LA 70130
Mike:  504.586.7692    
Drew: 504.586.7616     
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Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) Accountable Care Organization (ACO) with Aledade
Aledade has shown significant success in Louisiana helping physicians, in both rural and urban practices, achieve savings checks. In addition, Aledade is committed to helping small primary care practices stay independent. Their understanding of the unique challenges of practicing family medicine is unparalleled. Aledade’s four founding Louisiana practices have achieved more than $1.6M in cash payouts for the ACO in the first one and a half performance years. To date, almost 100 Louisiana physicians from 28 practices have followed their lead and moved into Aledade’s ACO partnerships. There are many benefits of participating in an ACO, including automatic MIPS credits. Aledade’s partner practices see an increase of 66% in patient-centered “good” FFS revenue from Medicare Annual Wellness Visits (AWVs), Chronic Care Management (CCM), and Transitional Care Management (TCM).  This revenue is realized in the first year of participation. Medicare, Medicare Advantage, Medicaid and Commercial payors have all announced goals to shift primary care reimbursement care to incentive-based contracts by 2020, making this the perfect time to act.
Interested in Aledade for your practice? Contact Blaine Lindsey at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   
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Atlantic Health Partners
LAFP has formed a partnership with vaccine purchasing program Atlantic Health Partners to save family physicians money when purchasing vaccines and advocate on behalf of family medicine practices among manufacturers and payers. There is no cost for LAFP members to enroll in the program and enrollment is voluntary.

By working with leading vaccine manufacturers Merck, Sanofi Pasteur, Pfizer, Dynavax and Seqirus, Atlantic Health Partners offers the most favorable pricing, payment, and purchasing terms for a large array of pediatric, adolescent, adult and influenza vaccines. In addition to lowering vaccine costs, practices can better manage their inventory and cash flow as they are not required to make large, multiple product orders.

Atlantic Health Partners program now offers one-stop shopping for Sanofi, Merck and Dynavax vaccines. Atlantic has helped many LAFP members strengthen their immunization performance by taking an active role in providing reimbursement guidance, advocacy, and timely updates. We strongly encourage you to contact Atlantic to determine how they can best support your immunization efforts.

Contact: Cindy or Jeff at 800.741.2044 or at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or visit

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Core Content Review
The Core Content Review of Family Medicine is a unique educational resource for family physicians and other primary care professionals who desire a comprehensive, practical and affordable home-study program for earning continuing medical education (CME) credit or preparing for Board examination. Click here for details!
Staples Business Advantage
Discounted Office Supplies, Furniture, Equipment, Catering and MORE with Staples Business Advantage
The LAFP is pleased to offer our members the opportunity to take advantage of the Staples Business Advantage Program. Practices can now receive exceptional pricing on everything you need to support your office or even your home, at no cost to you.

Some of the purchasing categories you will be able to buy from with price protection and guaranteed lowest prices are:
  • Office Supplies
  • Cleaning Supplies
  • Technology
  • Furniture
  • Medical Equipment
  • No cost dispenser programs- even for your Keurig!
  • Access to specialist in the areas of technology, furniture, chemicals areas, plus a designated account manager.
Interested in setting up your FREE Staples Business Advantage under the LAFP umbrella? Contact Alicia Frisby at (407) 475-4365 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



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