April 21, 2017

In This Issue...

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

Quick Links

Awards Nominations - FP of the Year deadline is JUNE 1. 

Annual Report

POLL on Burnout

Health Care Coverage


My IAFP Profile

Practice Resources

Tar Wars Illinois

Event Calendar

Member Benefits


Complete the AAFP membership survey

IAFP staff will get the results from AAFP this summer which will help inform the board and staff on how we can serve you better adn shorten our IL member survey this summer!  Learn more

Support our chapter by using AAFP CME

Improve patient care and bridge your knowledge gaps with AAFP self-study CME when and where its convenient for youand help our chapter earn additional revenue through the AAFP Self-Study CME Revenue Share program.

At checkout, add 4MYCHAPTER in the source code box and a portion of your purchase revenue will be shared back with our chapter.


Academy News

May 1 Deadline:  Join a Member Interest Group

Member Interest Groups (MIG) provide an avenue for IAFP members across all levels (active, life, resident and student) to connect and collaborate on a topic of interest or situation of common ground. IAFP has three current MIGs:  Women in Leadership, FPs in FQHCs and Direct Primary Care.  We have four proposed/developing MIGs looking for members. Learn more and join the one(s) that fit your interests! The deadline to apply for the developing MIGs or propose a new group is May 1. 

Deadline May 1: Spring into Action registration - May 9 or 11 

IAFP provides the education and the training - along with breakfast and lunch!  Then everyone walks over to the Statehouse to meet with their state senator and representative about the issues most important to you. Everyone gets home in time for dinner!  Learn more and register todayMake sure you confirm who your state representative and state senator are before you register, using the link provided on the Spring into Action page.  Register by May 1.  May 10th Spring into Action is completely filled and no more registrations can be made for May 10. 

Member Input to the Board- Deadline May 10

The IAFP Board of Directors meets four times this year. They met February 17 and will meet again on May 17, August 5 and October 5. How can you provide timely input so that the board can respond to member issues in a more proactive way? Learn more on our new process for year-round member input.. The deadline for the next Board Meeting is May 10. 

Call for Abstracts due May 14!

All abstracts must be submitted online.  Be sure to read the instructions carefully.  Click here to continue.


Theme:  Evolution of the #FMRevolution 

Abstract Submissions (for all presentations) Deadline:  May 14, 2017 at 11:59 PM CT and will not be extended!
Student Poster Submission Deadline: June 4, 2017 at 11:59 PM CT

Conference dates: October 6-8 at the Hilton O'Hare Rosemont. 


Dealine May 25: Get your tickets for our White Sox game and support the Foundation
Baseball is back! Mark your calendar and print out your order form for the annual Family Health Foundation of Illinois Home Runs for Healthy Families White Sox game on Friday June 23. Every ticket = a donation to the Family Health Foundation of Illinois.  Learn more here Deadline to order is May 25.


For those members who are teaching Tar Wars in their local schools, make your plans for entering the state poster contest! Deadline is April 30. Details are on our Tar Wars web page.


Welcome to our first Partner in Health

Last week, IAFP welcomed our first Partner in Health.  Members should have received a kickoff letter with more information about Healthcare Associates Credit Union.  Link to more information about their services and special offers for IAFP members.  

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]

Federal Update 

Contact Congress to preserve FDA regulation of e-cigarettes and cigars

Until recently, there had been zero federal regulation of e-cigarettes and cigars. The FDA finally issued an initial set of rules in 2016, including requiring these products to undergo a health and safety review.
The tobacco industry is pressuring Congress to roll back the new rules. Congress is now considering two provisions to do just that. Tobacco lobbyists are working behind closed doors to include them in a spending bill Congress must pass this month.

When Congress returns next week, they'll decide whether to roll back FDA rules that protect kids from candy-flavored e-cigarettes and cigars. Use the Campaign for Tobacco Free Kids' resource to act now. 
Click here to email your members of Congress and ask them not to weaken regulations on kid-friendly e-cigarettes and cigars.

State Update

The General Assembly returns from its Spring Break next week and faces 3rd reading deadlines in both chambers. House bills that pass the House chamber by April 28th will move to the Senate and likewise, Senate bills that pass the Senate will move to the House. 

News You Can Use

Improving Safety in the Opioid Crisis What is the Prescriber's Role?

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 from 11:30 am - 4:30 pm (lunch included)
Intended Audience: Physicians of all specialties, dentists, oral surgeons, podiatrists, advanced practice nurses, physician assistants, pharmacists, nurses, and medical office staff. Click here to register
More info and download brochure

Medicaid MCO updates

Central Illinois members: This notice reminds providers that effective December 1, 2016, mandatory managed care enrollment in the Southern Central Illinois counties was suspended for the Family Health Plan (FHP) Population. It also informs providers that effective May 1, 2017 Molina Healthcare of Illinois (Molina) will no longer be a Medicaid Managed Care health plan option for FHP members in the following Southern Central Illinois counties: Christian, Logan, Macon, Menard, Piatt and Sangamon. 

Members in the News

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

West Suburban hospital family physicians were included in April 4 Chicago Tribune and  Daily Southtown articles on a new Chicago West Side Task Force that meets to discuss community concerns.

Harald Lausen, DO was featured in an April 8 State Journal-Register article updating the Medical Marijuana pilot program. SIU physicians are now able to evaluate patients and certify them for the pilot program if they meet the qualifying conditions.

Brian Chicoine, MD was included in an April 10 Chicago Tribune story on the history of the Adult Down Syndrome Center at Advocate Lutheran General Hospital.

John Miller, MD was quoted in the April 10 Peoria Journal Star story on UnityPoint health care implementing patient surveys and publishing the results for public use.

SIU Quincy family medicine will hit the road with a new high-tech mobile health clinic coming soon. The new wheels were featured in the April 15 Quincy Herald-Whig.

Janet Albers, MD and Harald Lausen, DO were featured in an April 15 State Journal Register story chronicling Benefits of the Affordable Care Act and concerns for patients in the Central Illinois region if the law were repealed.

Dr. Albers appears again in an April 20 Illinois Times article detailing the many new services that SIU Center for Family Medicine offers especially to patients who were previously uninsured, with the additional funds possible through Medicaid expansion and other federal funding sources, such as legal assistance, behavioral health, nutrition counselling and diabetes management.

Illinois Academy of Family Physicians
747 E. Boughton Road, Ste. 253
Bolingbrook, IL 60440