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Feb. 16, 2018

In This Issue...

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

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Academy News


 ICYMI:  Annual Report e-magazine is here

Active members will see a hard copy in their mailbox soon! Click on the image to see it now.



REPEAT Delegates needed for AAFP Special Constituencies conference

If you are interested in attending the National Conference of Constituency Leaders (NCCL) as a delegate to a constituency (Women, International Medical Graduate, Minority or LGBT) contact Jennifer O'Leary [email protected] by March 16 and indicate which of the constituencies you qualify to represent.  NCCL is April 25-28, 2018 in Kansas City, MO.

Our Tar Wars page has been updated with poster contest info and new resources on e-cigarettes.  Also added, the just launched Stop Profiling Us website that shines a light on how the tobacco industry targets people of color.

Meet our new Partner in Health 

IAFP is pleased to announce our newest Partner in Health - RX2Live. Their system offers a unique approach to maximize revenue for physicians; provide corporations an enhancement of their workplace wellness programs; and assist senior care centers to provide Medicare-covered products and services that also increases revenue to the center. 
One resource is their Chronic Care Management Program  

IAFP members are invited to a March 3 lunch event to learn more. Sign up here to attend! The location is very close to UIC for those attending the Chicago Essential Evidence Update. In the meantime, receive a free practice analysis to see how much additional revenue this system could bring to your practice. 

Government Relations

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Gordana Krkic, CAE, Deputy Executive Vice President of External Affairs at [email protected].  Click on the links below for full updates. 

State Update

Action Alert - Illinois Tobacco 21 

Both Tobacco21 bills have passed committee and can be voted on in the House and Senate. Board member Careyana Brenham, MD of Springfield represented IAFP in the Jan. 30 press conference announcing a new Tobacco 21 bill for Illinois.  Read her statement

Take Action:   If you have any questions or need assistance please contact Ginnie Flynn. Contact both your state lawmakers (find them at www.ilga.gov) and ask them to vote YES 

House Bill 4297 
Senate Bill 2332   

Link to an online petition from the American Heart Association
Link to a  fact sheet with more information 

Medicaid MCO (aka HealthChoice Illinois) Update

You can find clear information from each awarded MCO plan in the newly released manual.
Link to the manual (230 page PDF)
Link to the Illinois Association of Medicaid Health Plans
Link to the IAFP's MCO 2018 update page

Federal Update

AAFP and other leading primary care organizations released a statement today with respect to gun violence as a public health issue.

Budget updates

AAFP and IAFP found reasons to applaud the budget passed by Congress last week. Both the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) and Teaching Health Centers were included. Learn more from the AAFP News update article. 

The budget also included a two-year extension of the Independence at Home Demonstration. Rep. Peter Roskam released a statement praising the extension of IAH. "Programs such as Independence at Home and policies like the ambulance extender are critical to Medicare beneficiaries," said Rep. Roskam. "Representative Roskam has been a steadfast advocate for frail elders and persons with disabilities through his sponsoring of the Independence at Home legislation, which supports medical house calls," says [IAFP member] Dr. Thomas Cornwell, CEO of the Home Centered Care Institute. "House calls provide better patient-centered care, supports caregivers and enables patients to remain at home and avoid hospitals and nursing homes. The resulting cost savings fully fund the program."


Check out the most recent issue of CME Connections here!

Register Now - Feb. 22 Free  CME webinar on  Hepatitis C case management for FQHCs

Register now - Essential Evidence CME in March
March 2-3 in Chicago at UIC.  Click here to see the schedule
March 8 in Springfield  NOTE:  The Illinois Association of Medicaid Health Plans will be at this Essential Evidence meeting in Springfield to answer questions and provide resources.

March 9 in Springfield - National Procedures Institute workshop on wound care management and advanced suturing.  Learn more

News You Can Use

For all Controlled Substances Prescribers Important IL-PMP Update
Having concerns about accessing IL-PMP?  Or haven't signed up yet?  See this FAQ on the status of IL-PMP and how it affects your practice and prescribing of Schedule 2-5 drugs.

Poster Presentations at AAFP Family Medicine Experience
Submit your family medicine research for a possible poster presentation at the 2018 AAFP Family Medicine Experience (FMX) in New Orleans, LA, October 9-13. The deadline for submission is March 16. Apply online today

New Meningococcal immunization requirement for 2018-19 school year.   Read the letter

Advanced Care Planning webinar
Purchase the AAFP's live webinar Advanced Care Planning: Communicating End-of-Life Decisions
March 6  at 12 p.m. CT - $69 for members

Home Centered Care Institute's Essential Elements of Home-Based Primary Care
May 22-23 at Northwestern Univ. Feinberg School of Medicine

Members in the News

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

IAFP Resident board member Kristina Dakis, MD was featured by AAFP in their weekly Member Monday showcase

Loyola medical student Audrey Herenstein Perez authored an AAFP blog post on the devastating impact our immigration policies and border detentions can have on children's health.  

The Home Centered Care Institute and IAFP member Thomas Cornwell, MD are featured in a February AAMC story about the resurgence in home visits as a cost effective and outcomes based model for frail elderly and homebound. 

Tina Bruschke, MD is the new president of DuPage Medical Society.  She is a former member of the IAFP Board of Directors. 

IAFP member Dr. Dianna Grant, previously with Molina Healthcare of Illinois, is now chief medical officer at NextLevel Health, a Medicaid Managed Care plan.

IAFP board member Elizabeth Salisbury-Afshar is a panelist consulted by the New York Times on how she would recommend prioritizing the $100 billion allocated by the president to address opioid addiction priorities.