March 4, 2016

In This Issue...

  1. Academy News
  2. Government Relations
  3. News You Can Use
  4. Members in the News

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Academy News

IAFP voices the call for Tobacco 21
IAFP provided a strong voice for Chicago's health when our past president and current AAFP Speaker Javette C. Orgain, MD joined advocates from Mercy Medical Center, the African American tobacco leadership council and a south side pastor calling for Chicago to pass the Tobacco 21 and Other Tobacco Product (OTP) tax.Read her full statement here. A vote is scheduled for March 16.

Chicago members will receive an email next week with an action alert to help get this ordinance passed!

Women in Leadership interest group is live!
The IAFP Women in Leadership kicked off with a learning and network session called Boost Your Negotiating Power on Feb. 25. Learn more about this group, join the community forum or contact Gordana Krkic, IAFP deputy executive vice president, for more information.  

IAFP Foundation Fundraiser: White Sox game!
The annual Family Health Foundation Fundraiser is back and celebrating our 10th year of home runs for healthy families on Friday, August 5. Spring Training is underway, so think summer and baseball! The order form is available and due July 1. Our awesome lower box seats are just $40 each. Even better, $11 of each ticket purchased goes directly to the Foundation which supports student and resident scholarships. Learn more and get the order form here!

Family Medicine Midwest 2016 - Call for Abstracts

Abstracts are due May 27, the conference is Oct. 7-9 in Indianapolis. Help make this one the best event yet! Learn more

Contact Sara Ortega with questions


NEW for members: Online community forums

How to join one: Login to at www.iafp.com and then click on Community Forums under Membership Tab. The list of available forums will appear. Click on the forum to view the posts already there, or add a post yourself. 
Also, you can go under VIEW MY PROFILE in the Membership tab and click on Contact Preferences, where you can choose to subscribe to community forums and determine if you wish to receive email notifications when a new topic is posted. If you have a suggestion for a Community Forum, please email Ginnie Flynn, VP of Communications.

Essential Evidence Update Chicago - Register by March 15!

March 17-18 at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Earn 12.75 CME credits with topics across the spectrum of primary care! The new research evidence and meta-analyses that will either change your practice or confirm that your current approaches are supported by solid evidencefrom randomized trials and other high quality studies. Its one stop shopping for primary care excellence and CME.

Learn more here - Online registration is now open!  discounted registration for early career (less than 7 years post residency) and one-day registration option available! 

JUST ADDED:  Springfield Essential Evidence Update June 17-18. Learn more here

AAFP's Direct Primary Care and You - How does it work? Find out in Detroit

Attend the Direct Primary Care Workshop in Detroit, MI, April 2, to get the answers you need. Save $100 when you register by March 11.

Government Relations

State Update

Tobacco 21 introduced in the Illinois General Assembly 
IAFP stood with Sen. John Mulroe (D-10, Chicago) as he introduced SB3011 which would raise the age to purchase all tobacco products to 21. Past President Ronald Johnson, MD and Vice President of Communications Ginnie Flynn represented IAFP in the press conference on Feb. 18 at the Capitol. You can read our statement here.

NEXT STEPS:  If you have a relationship with your state senator, please ask him or her to co-sponsor SB3011- click on the link to view the bill and current co-sponsors. The bill has not yet been assigned to a Senate Committee.

HB 4364 Certified Midwives: Thank you to all our members who contacted their representatives about the bill that would license lay midwives and allow them to provide maternity care and home births unsupervised. The bill's chief sponsor, Rep. Gabel (D-18 Evanston) has indicated she will not call the bill until there is agreement among opposing factions. Learn more about the issue with our  fact sheet.

Don't forget to vote March 15th! Our contract lobbying firm, Cook-Witter, Inc. provides this Primary Election Guide to its clients.

Federal Update

HOUSE COMMITTEE BEGINS WORK ON FY 2017 HHS SPENDING BILL The House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Service and Education met on February 25 to hear from HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell on the President's fiscal year 2017 budget. The AAFP joined more than 660 national, state, and local organizations, insending a letter to the House and Senate Appropriations Committees urging them to allocate as much as possible to support the programs and agencies within the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education. 

News You Can Use

ICARE Immunization Registry Users- Complete a quick survey 

IDPH is collaborating with EverThrive Illinois to conduct a survey to assess ICARE users' satisfaction with a variety of functionalities within the ICARE system.  The survey is 14 questions long and should take less than 10 minutes to complete.  Responses provided on this survey are anonymous and will not be tied back to users completing the survey.  Your feedback will be used to identify future training needs, assess system functionality, and suggest future improvements. Click here for the survey.

2016 Lown Institute Conference
You're invited to the 4th Annual Lown Institute Conference, Friday, April 15 to Sunday, April 17 at the JW Marriott in Chicago. This conference is unlike any other medical conference you've attended and includes a special academic research day, which kicks off the conference on Friday. Open to clinicians, researchers, patient advocates and medical, nursing and public health representatives, the conference offers thought-provoking keynotes. Participate in workshops on adopting right care initiatives, novel med ed approaches and transforming clinical culture. IAFP's own Thomas Cornwell, MD is a panelist speaker on April 16. Come learn and connect with colleagues you know, and meet others. Space is limited. Learn more and register

IAFP Obesity Expert Explains How to Reward Your Practice & Patients

Be the Health Moment is a Jenny Craig program developed with guidance from primary care weight management experts to provide physicians with proactive weight management resources to improve your patients' total health.

Watch leading obesity expert, IAFP member Dr. Goutham Rao, in Why You Should Incorporate Weight Management Into Your Practice Now, a video developed by Be the Health Moment, and learn why now is the time to have the weight management conversation with your patients.



Illinois Chapter, AAP Offers Web-based CME on Building Healthy Habits 

This free CME provides the physicians the flexibility to choose modules for credit on their own schedules. Click here for more information, or contact Ashlee Baeten at [email protected] or 312-733-1026 ext 232. Register here in ICAAPs learning management system.

Illinois Telehealth Law Forum Conference three-event series

Save all three dates: April 6, June 7 and September 13, 2016
Locations: Chicago (Loop), Carbondale, Naperville and Springfield
The Illinois Telehealth Initiative invites you to the inaugural Illinois Telehealth Law Forum, a three-part series examining the telehealth landscape in Illinois and the broader Midwest.  Learn more and register here

Practice Transformation Opportunities  

Great Lakes Practice Transformation Network   

Healthy Hearts in the Heartland H3 is a QI project to improve cardiovascular outcome and prepare for value based payments.   

Members in the News

If you have a news item to share, email it to Ginnie Flynn at[email protected].

IAFP board chair Janet Albers, MD and SIU-Decatur Family Medicine Residency program director Jessie Junker, MD co-authored a letter to theDecatur Herald & Review published on February 21 defining the training and scope of family medicine and welcoming new patients after the unexpected death of a long-time primary care physician in the area.

Past president Ronald Johnson, MD and Vice president of communications Ginnie Flynn were featured in NPR radio coverage by WUIS-FM on February 18 after the press conference introducing Tobacco 21 legislation in the Illinois General Assembly.

IAFP co-authored a statement in response to the Illinois Retail Merchants Association and several Chicago aldermen opposed to the Tobacco 21 and OTP tax. That statement was include in a February 23 Progress Illinois online article.

Janet Albers, MD was also quoted in the February 25 Illinois Times about a new program with SIU School of Medicine and Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance providing free legal help for patients who face issues that are negatively affecting their health.

Oyalonu Fayunja, MD of Chicago authored a guest column in the Chicago Defender on February 27 outlining the health disparities of African Americans, especially black men, and need for more black doctors in the communities. Read it on our website.

Javette Orgain, MD and Tom Cornwell, MD were featured in AAFP's coverage of the Health is Primary End of Life Care campaign this week which was also picked up by Fierce Practice Management. Get the patient education handout here

Charles Edoigiaware, MD was featured in a Medill News Service article on March 2 about the concept of an e-Consult app for helping connect Medicaid and Cook County Care patients to needed services and consultations much faster than the standard referral and appointment system.

In Memoriam: IAFP is saddened by the dealth of Paul Kinsinger MD of Washington passed away recently after a yearlong battle with a brain tumor.