August 28, 2015

In This Issue...

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

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IAFP Lunch and Learn schedule. Join IAFP the last Thursday of every month from 12:00-1:00pm CST and earn FREE CME. Next up Thursday, September 24, 2015, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm CST - It Might Just be Fluid? - A Closer Look at Newborn Hearing Screening, Presented by Daniel Morra, MD, Right from the Start Pediatrics, Breese/Shiloh, IL.   Register now!

AAFP Family Medicine Board Review Express Live Course is coming to Chicago in September


Academy News

Early bird deadline is Sept. 1 - Register Today for the annual meeting - October 9-11 in Rosemont

The 2015 annual meeting is a unique opportunity for IAFP members to learn, collaborate and expand their horizons.  The meeting will be co-located and intertwined with the Family Medicine Midwest Conference, uniting 12 states in a Midwest regional effort to attract the next – and larger – generation of family physicians.  The theme truly sums up our specialty:  Celebrating Diversity: Our Patients, Our Communities and Ourselves.  CME programming will be targeted to all learners and delivered by presenters from around the Midwest.  Two incredible plenary speakers will kick off each day:  Wanda Filer, MD, MBA, FAAFP, soon-to-be AAFP President, will open on Saturday and Chicago’s own Fred Richardson, MD, FAAFP will share his story on Sunday morning.  There are three SAMs workshops on the schedule, and five Friday pre-conference collaborative seminars on an incredible span of issues.  Save $50 if you register before September 1Learn more about the meeting here.


The August/September issue of Family Physician magazine has full annual meeting details.  Active members should have received their copy in the mail, along with a brochure for the Family Medidicine Midwest Conference. Click here to view.

Important Reminder – vote for IAFP board of directors

Active and Life members are reminded to vote for elections by September 11. IAFP Active and Life members should have received an email on August 12 with a link and online voting instructions.  A reminder email will be sent next week.  Please check your spam or junk files if you didn’t see that email yet.  All members are welcome to learn about the candidates on the website.  


Government Relations

State Update

Veto of SB661 (mandated Hep C screening) CALL TO ACTION - Governor Rauner issued a total veto of SB 661, which would have required physicians to offer Hepatitis C screening to patients born between 1945-1965. The bill now returns to the Senate, where it is expected the sponsor of the bill (Sen. John Mulroe) will file a motion to override the governor’s veto.  Consideration of the motion to override could occur as early as September 9th when the Illinois Senate is scheduled to return to Springfield. The bill originally passed with 33 senators voting yes, 19 voting no and seven members not voting.  View the April 23 Senate roll call for SB 661 and see how your senator previously voted. If your senator voted no, contact him or her to express your thanks and urge continued opposition. Urge the senators who voted yes to reconsider their votes.  Urge those who are listed as not voting (NV) to consider our arguments against the bill and oppose any motion to override.  Refer to our letter urging the Governor to veto the bill.

JCAR rejects raw milk rules - On Aug. 11th, the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules (JCAR) deliberated proposed rules by the IL Dept. of Public Health regulating the sale of raw milk. IAFP submitted a letter for their consideration. JCAR objected to the proposed rules directing the Department of Public Health to revisit the issue with all stakeholders including local health department, conventional milk producers, as well as raw milk producers to develop more acceptable regulations. The JCAR members were concerned that regulations must be developed as per current state statute, but should be done in a manner that does not unduly impact consumers’ access to raw milk.

Federal Update

AAFP submits comments to CMS on Medicare Fee Schedule
This is the first Medicare Physician Fee Schedule published since the repeal of the Sustainable Growth Rate formula.  The 28-page letter covers topics from RVUs to E/M codes, to chronic care management, transitional care management, advanced care planning and more.  Members are encouraged to read the letter that AAFP submitted to CMS..  


News You Can Use

Pass Your Boards with the AAFP Prepare to pass your ABFM Boards with this comprehensive, evidence-based live course developed by and for family physicians.
AAFP Family Medicine Board Review Express® Live Course in Chicago (Rosemont), IL.  Attend a three-and-a-half day live course with your colleagues to review the evidence-based principles of family medicine and learn effective test-taking strategies. Register today.

As an AAFP Member, you can save big on Board Review resources from the AAFP.

BONUS OPPORTUNITY - Stay for SAM Working Group sessions, Diabetes on September 19 and Preventive Care on September 20.

5-State Virtual Self-Assessment Module (SAM) Party: Depression

Perhaps putting depression and party in the same sentence seems odd, but working on a SAMs in a virtual group setting alongside colleagues in other states makes it a party!

Date:  Sunday September 13, 2015 starting at 5 PM CST Fee:    $275  (does not include ABFM fees)

Work on the Depression SAMs together as a group in the comfort of your own home or office!

REGISTER NOW!  LIMITED TO 15 PARTICIPANTS - only a few slots remain!

The Illinois, Indiana, Maryland, Ohio and Wisconsin chapters of the American Academy of Family Physicians have partnered together on this virtual self-assessment module (SAM) which typically takes four hours for completion.

Register now to attend the AAFP Family Medicine Experience (FMX) in Denver, Colorado.
Get the very latest in family medicine from family medicine experts. Share joys and challenges with more than 5,000 of your peers from across the country. Gain almost a year’s worth of CME in less than five days. Attend FMX (formerly Assembly) in Denver, September 29–October 3. Attendees can earn up to 35 AAFP Prescribed CME credits.

FMX is evidence-based family medicine education with real-world applications. Choose the way you learn best from so many opportunities. Learn best practices for conditions you see every day. Hear thought leaders on patient care in the tech age. Renew your passion for patient care.  Register online

DuPage County Immunization Seminar – Resources and Strategies

September 24 in Addison – FREE event!

DuPage County Health Care Providers and Vaccines for Children providers are welcome to attend this free immunization seminar organized by the DuPage County Health Department, IAFP, and partners. Earn up to 4.00 AMA PRA Category 1 credits at this half-day seminar.

Learn more and register today!

Alzheimer’s Annual Research Symposium

October 23 in Oak Brook

Four (4) continuing education credits/contact/clock hours will be available for health care professionals. Learn more or you can register today.


Members in the News

SIU Carbondale Family Practice center resident physician Charli Smith, MD did a live interview on the WSIL-TV morning show about back pain and how to treat it and when to seek care and advice from your primary physician. 

 William Moran, D.O. was featured in the August 25 Chicago Tribune’s update on the on new requirement of the meningococcal vaccine during back to school season. He reports that it has been going well in his Western Springs community.

Meanwhile resident member Julie Miaczynski, MD provides great healthy school habits in the Daily Herald on August 27, including hygiene, handwashing, nutrition and sleep guidelines. 

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