July 27, 2018

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  2. Government Relations
  3. Education
  4. News You Can Use
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Academy News

 12th Annual Foundation Fundraiser at the White Sox game
IAFP baseball fans and friends celebrated family medicine and a White Sox 9-6 win under warm skies with lots of action on the field.  The event raised over $2,100 for the Foundation.  Big thanks to our "Heavy Hitter" and "Long Distance Fan" Sharon Smaga, MD who drove up from Carbondale and brought a group of 15 people to the game.  Check out this fun 45-second video with the highlights!
Link to the video

Online Registration is open 

Block off the dates on your calendar and join us over the border in Madison, Wisconsin November 9-11 for the 7th annual Family Medicine Midwest Conference - "Advocacy for Health." Online registration is open, the schedule of presentations is posted, the plenary presentations are in place and the Welcome Workshops will provide a great place to start your FMM weekend. Learn more and register today! Full conference and one-day registration options available to fit your schedule.

AAFP FMX early registration deadline is TODAY July 27- Save $200

Expand your knowledge through evidence-based, family medicine specific CME and earn up to 28 Live credits on site, plus 25 Prescribed credits with FMX On Demand¬-a digital library of FMX courses-all included with your registration. Get inspired at three main stage sessions featuring influencers in the medical community (our own Elizabeth Salisbury-Afshar, MD is a main-stage session moderator on October 11). Access the latest technologies and patient care tools in the Expo Hall. Connect with your family medicine peers through networking events. Explore New Orleans, the southern city with soul, charm, and a lot of spice.  Click here for more

Last Call: Board of directors nominations
Active members in good standing may self-nominate for the positions of board member (three-year term), second vice president, first vice president, or president-elect. Any active member who is less than seven years out of residency may run for the New Physician board member position, which is a two-year term. Nominations are due by August 3 via email to Vincent D. Keenan, IAFP Executive Vice President.  Please include your CV and an email stating your interest in that board position and the primary strengths you would bring to address at least one of the IAFP Values. Position descriptions are on the IAFP board web site. http://www.iafp.com/board

Would you be interviewed about learning and change?
The California Academy of Family Physicians, Interstate Postgraduate Medical Association and Healthcare Performance Consulting are conducting an educational needs assessment related to physician learning and change.  As part of this research, Healthcare Performance Consulting (HPC) is conducting telephone interviews with family physicians.

These interviews:

  • Last approximately 60 minutes
  • Require NO preparation on your part
  • Can be scheduled at your convenience
  • Honorarium:  $200

The data from these interviews will be used only to develop high-quality Continuing Medical Education (CME) and practice improvement.  We will collect personal information for payment purposes and to comply with the CMS Open Payment reporting requirements. Please use this link to begin the interview process.

 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].  

State Update

Do you have Medicaid stories to share?

A group of Illinois healthcare advocates in partnership with Protect Our Care Illinois is launching a campaign called #IamMedicaidIL. This campaign, modeled after the successful I am Medicaid campaign in Alabama, is an effort to educate Illinoisans about what Medicaid means for our state and our residents. The campaign will host a central website where community members can share their experience with Medicaid and highlight what this program has done for them. Individuals can share their experiences by leaving video, photos, and blurbs on this site. How Can You Help? If you have any patients that may be willing to do a short 30 second video of what Medicaid means to them, please let them know! Link to this #IamMedicaid sign with instructions for videos.

IAFP signs joint letter to the governor to sign SB 2332 Tobacco 21 

SB 2332, which would make 21 the legal age for purchasing all tobacco and nicotine products, arrived on Governor Rauner's desk on June 28 and he has until Aug. 27 to sign it.  IAFP co-signed a joint letter from health advocates encouraging him to sign it.  Members are encouraged to Tweet @GovRauner or contact his office by phone or email.

Medicaid MCO Webinar slides and recording available

IAFP co-hosted an update webinar with ISMS and ICAAP.  The recording is available here (please note you will need to enter your name and email address to view the recording).  You can   download the slides here

Federal Update

Teaching Health Center gets a visit from Congressional Leaders
Northwestern McGaw Family Medicine Residency at Humboldt Park in Chicago welcomed two leaders from the U.S. House of Representatives, Illinois Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D-9) and House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Maryland) spent a day at Erie Family Health Center.

On the AAFP's Radar

Link to AAFP's letter to U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services in response to their "Blueprint to Lower Drug Prices and Reduce Out-of-Pocket Costs" regarding drug prices

Tell your story to Congress about Opioid Crisis

In late June, the House of Representatives advanced a large, comprehensive bill, the SUPPORT for Patients and Communities Act (HR 6). The U.S. Senate will move its own proposals soon. Legislators need to better understand that family physicians play an important role in addressing the opioids crisis. To facilitate this, the AAFP has launched a storytelling project to learn about the challenges physicians face and hear recommendations for addressing the opioid crisis in their communities. The storytelling project will run through the end of August.
Contact Shelby King by email with questions.


IAFP Immunizations Campaign has launched

Keep an eye on your U.S. mail and your radio tuned in for our Positive Messaging on Vaccines campaign. Elements include immunization update e-newsletters to members tailored to specific vaccines, CME and patient education information, plus radio public service announcements running statewide that will hopefully motivate your patients to come talk to you about their immunizations needs for their families. Visit https://www.iafp.com/immunizations for more information on our immunizations campaign. Check out cme.iafp.com for education on immunizations. The radio campaign began this week with HPV and Meningococcal vaccine messages.  You can find the list of stations running the PSAs at https://iafp.memberclicks.net/psas

IAFP webinar on Teaming and Leadership Development in DPC, solo/small group practices

August 2 at 12:15 PM CDT 
Click here to register

Molly Hillig Rodriguez, RN, BSN, of Empower Yourself Coaching and Lucy Zielinski of Lumina Health Partners will present best practices for solo/small group practices on teaming and leadership development.

Free Webinar:  Top 10 practical things that family physicians can do for weight loss patients
Aug 23 at 12:15 PM CT
Click here to register

The Obesity workgroup of the IAFP Public Health Committee is pleased to have Timothy Fignar, MD, owner of Fignar Family Practice in Connecticut to present his best practices for weight loss. 

News You Can Use

Your input about Health IT in Illinois is critical to determining the extent of health information technology use by providers and hospitals in Illinois. Survey topics include EHR adoption, utilization and functionality, as well as Health Information Exchange participation. The results will help with current and future support and resources for providers, practices and hospitals in Illinois. The Centers for Medicare/Medicaid (CMS), the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS), and the Illinois (ILHITREC)  and Chicago (CHITREC) Health IT Regional Extension Centers will use this information.
Please complete the 2018 Illinois Health IT Survey by August 31 to help inform the health information technology environment in Illinois

Join the Illinois Influenza Surveillance Program

To sign up for the ILINet provider program, please contact the IDPH Influenza Surveillance program by phone at 217-782-2016 or by email at [email protected].  You may also fax the sign-up form to us at 217-524-0962. If you are a medical provider located within the city of Chicago, please contact the Chicago Department of Public Health's Influenza Coordinator, Enrique Ramirez at 312-746-5911 or [email protected] to register.   View the provider notice.

Adolescent Health fact sheets in English and Spanish.  
Put these fact sheets in your toolbox from Health is Primary for back to school and sports physicals season ahead.  Go to the Health is Primary page

Illinois Public Health Association Purchasing Consortium  View a flyer with more information.

Members in the News

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

We love to share good news about our members!  Keep us posted in case we missed anything!