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March 2, 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

Register now - Essential Evidence CME in Springfield


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

CMS study seeks feedback on MIPS 

CMS is looking for physicians to participate in its Burdens Associated with Reporting Quality Measures study so the agency can examine clinical workflows and data collection methods using different submission systems; understand the challenges physicians face when collecting and reporting quality data; and have the insider information it needs to make future recommendations aimed at curbing clinician burden, improving quality data collection and reporting, and enhancing patient care.

Physicians and physician groups who are eligible for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and who participate successfully in the study will receive full credit for the 2018 MIPS improvement activities performance category
The application window is now open but be sure to apply before it closes on March 23. Applicants will be notified of their status via email in the spring. The time period for the study is April 2018 to March 2019.
Read the full story on AAFP News

Proposal for a new Member Interest Group
Access to healthy foods, nutritive value awareness, and meal preparation education are just some of the challenges facing people with complex health problems. Join us as we explore the "Food is Medicine" movement through:

  • support of patients with limited access to healthy foods through clinic-based food pantries
  • education for health care professionals about the role of food in medicine
  • support for ourselves as busy professionals with healthy food choices 

Interested in joining? Contact Vince Keenan, [email protected] by April 10 to add your name to the list. If 10 active members volunteer, the MIG will go to the board on April 21.

Last Call: 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.

Tag Team support for Tobacco21

Thanks to IAFP board chair Donald Lurye, MD for teaming up with Glenbard South high school students to speak before the Glen Ellyn village board in support of a Tobacco 21 ordinance on February 26. 

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.

Check out our Partners in Health 

Did you know IAFP has a Partner in Health Resources page with useful information for you and your patients?

  • Boehringer-Ingleheim - For Your Sweetheart information
  • Rx2Live -IAFP members are invited to a March 3 lunch event to learn more. Sign up here to attend!
  • Healthcare Associates Credit Union
  • ProAssurance
  • Mingle Analytics
  • 3WON
  • Coming soon!  Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis

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

Need help navigating Medicaid managed care? Shriver Center is available to assist providers and their patients with Medicaid eligibility and coverage issues. Please see their  training and  technical assistance flyers and contact Stephanie Altman at [email protected] if you have any questions or want 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


Check out the most recent issue of CME Connections here!

Register now - Essential Evidence CME


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

Choosing Wisely - Primary Care Symposium 

May 23 at Advocate Christ Hospital.  Free registration. 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

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 Board member Elizabeth Salisbury Afshar, MD authored an editorial in the March 1 American Family Physician commenting on various approaches family physicians can take to "take the next step" and effectively treat opioid addicted patients in their communities, while acknowledging the many obstacles in place.  

IAFP member Thomas Huggett, MD of Chicago has been confirmed as Vice Chair of the IDPH Medicaid Advisory Council.

SIU Family and Community Medicine residency program was featured by WAND-TV on Feb. 26 for their upcoming Medication Assisted Treatment Opioid addiction program, which will also include counseling support to help patients. IAFP Board member Careyana Brenham, MD program director for the residency program was featured in the segment.

IAFP's letter to the editor about access to health care for immigrants, signed by IAFP president Asim Jaffer, MD of Peoria, appeared in the Quad City Times on February 19 and the State Journal Register on February 27.

IAFP member David Jeong, MD worked at the 2018 Winter Olympics according to the February 19 State Journal Register. He is director of sports medicine and geriatric musculoskeletal medicine at SIU School of Medicine and graduated from medical school in South Korea.

Jerome Epplin, MD was featured in the February 20 Hillsboro Times for his evolving medical practice to continue serving the needs of the community. After establishing primary care and obstetrics in the small community nearly 40 years ago, he is now providing geriatrics, nursing home care and home visits.