September 11, 2015

In This Issue...

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

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Member Benefits


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!



Academy News

Important Reminder – vote for IAFP board of directors

Active and Life members are reminded to vote for elections by 11:59PM on September 13. IAFP Active and Life members should have received an email on August 12 September 2 with a link and online voting instructions.  Please check your spam or junk files.  All members are welcome to learn about the candidates on the website.  

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 (Hypertension, Asthma and Cerebrovascular Disease), and five Friday pre-conference collaborative seminars covering an incredible span of currrent issues.  Learn more about the meeting here.

Thank you to our incredible meeting supporters.  Learn more and link to them on the IAFP annual meeting information page

Alzheimer's Association, Greater Illinois Chapter
GSK Vaccines
Lake County Health Department and Community Health Center
MedMal Direct Insurance Company
Midwest Dairy Association
Molina Healthcare

Novo Nordisk
Oak Street Health
Takeda Pharmaceuticals U.S.A., Inc.

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.


Women in Leadership – proposed new IAFP interest group

Join other family physician women leaders in forming a new interest group.  The purpose of Women in Leadership interest group is to support family physician women leaders in Illinois through mentoring and discussion groups, in face-to-face meetings and virtually.  Alvia Siddiqi, MD, IAFP’s 2015-16 president, is organizing the Women in Leadership interest group.  Want to join?  Please send email to Vince Keenan,[email protected].

Government Relations

State Update

General Assembly overrides veto on HB 1 Heroin Crisis Act

On Wednesday the Illinois Senate voted overwhelmingly to override Gov. Bruce Rauner’s amendatory veto of HB 1 the Heroin Crisis Act. The House had also voted to override the veto on September 5, therefore the law will be enacted. The legislation strengthens the Illinois Prescription Monitoring Program (IL PMP) as well as provides access to treatment and law enforcement resources. Link to the bill and the fact sheet on our web site 

Federal Update

Illinois one of 16 states to get federal funds to fight prescription drug overdoses
The CDC's "Prescription Drug Overdose: Prevention for States" program will invest $20 million to help 16 states reduce prescription drug overdoses. States will be able to use the funds to improve prescription drug monitoring programs, implement prevention programs in communities, develop surveillance systems, and help providers, insurers and health systems make more informed decisions on pain medication prescribing.  Learn more in AAFP News Now.
Meanwhile, today's Chicago Tribune included an article about the grant, which includes quotes from IAFP Executive Vice President Vincent. D. Keenan, CAE on how additional resources will help primary care physicians better assist patients that rely on prescription pain medications. 

AAFP urges strong FDA warnings and regulation of e-cigarette packaging
Electronic cigarettes, or e-cigs, continue to dominate the landscape. Sadly, use among America’s youth is on the rise. AAFP submitted a letter to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in response to their request for comments. AAFP strongly supports graphic warnings on all nicotine delivery devices, as well as child-resistant packaging for liquid nicotine and related products.

News You Can Use

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

 If you’re registered for AAFP FMX, watch your email inbox and junk folder for an e-vite to the Illinois Chapter President’s Reception on Wednesday, September 30 and RSVP if you can join us!

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!

ICAHN Practice Management Boot Camp

ICAHN is offering its 2015 Practice Management Boot Camp in two different locations and on two different days for your convenience!
Please share this notice with your practice managers...

September 22nd - Northfield Inn, 3280 Northfield Drive, Springfield, IL
Learn More    

September 24th - Rend Lake College, 468 Ken Gray Parkway Drive, Ina, IL
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IAFP members invited to ICAAP ABC Conference

REGISTER TODAY for the 6th Annual ABC (Autism, Behavior, Complex Medical Needs) Conference, A Trauma Informed, Interprofessional Approach to Caring for Children with Special Needs – November 20, 2015 in Palos Hills, IL.  Register here.  Click here to download a brochure. IAFP members will receive a conference discount if they register by September 30, 2015

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

The SIU Board of Trustees has voted to appoint Jerry Kruse, MD, MSPH, as Dean and Provost for Southern Illinois University School of Medicine. The appointment is effective January 1 and is pending a final contract. Kruse, a professor of family medicine and IAFP member, has been Executive Associate Dean of SIU School of Medicine and Chief Executive Officer of SIU HealthCare since 2013. He first joined the school in 1984.

"Dr. Kruse's knowledge of the medical school, his leadership experience and his commitment to serving the region position him to continue the School of Medicine's positive trajectory," said acting Southern Illinois University Carbondale Chancellor Randy Dunn, who is also the president of the SIU System. "He brings significant expertise in education and patient care as well as strong knowledge in health care policy and the population health needs of our area." Kruse was the IAFP Family Physician of the Year in 1991.


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