August 10, 2018

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Academy News

IAFP's Cynthia Waickus, MD, PhD to receive AAFP Exemplary Teaching Award

We are proud to announce that AAFP has named Illinois' nominee Cynthia Waickus, MD, PhD from Rush Medical College as their 2018 Exemplary Teaching Award winner. She will be recognized at AAFP Congress of Delegates in New Orleans in October. Link to the press release from the 2017 annual meeting.


AAFP National Conference highlights
Illinois' strong presence was felt throughout AAFP National Conference of Medical Students and Family Medicine Residents August 2-4 in Kansas City. With 25 Family Medicine Residency programs plus OSF Healthcare and SSM Hospitals collaborating in one big Illinois Block Party, students got a glimpse of all the great things going on in Illinois. IAFP's own Kristina Dakis, MD served as the Chair of the Resident Congress, shepherding the resident advocacy and governance from opening gavel to closing actions.

Congratulations to Michelle Byrne, MD, MPH, from Northwestern-McGaw Erie Humboldt Park residency, who was elected as the Resident Member of the AAFP board of directors. She will be installed at the AAFP Congress of Delegates, October 7-10 in New Orleans. 



Annual Meeting October 26 in Elmhurst
Watch for your print issue of Illinois Family Physician coming later in August with more info and stay updated on the Annual Meeting page of the IAFP website.   Online registration is open!

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 - New Orleans!

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). Explore New Orleans, the southern city with soul, charm, and a lot of spice.  Click here for more

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.

Reminder: FPs in FQHCs survey
If you currently - or ever - work in a Federally Qualified Health Center, the IAFP's FPs in FQHCs Member Interest Group needs your experiences and insights. Please take their 10-minute survey by August 31.

Meet our new Partner in Health - VaxCare
You've probably met our friends from VaxCare as they are a steady presence at IAFP annual meeting and other events. They offer vaccine purchasing and inventory management, with solutions ideal for the modern family practice, like yours! Find out more on our Partners in Health Resources page

 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

New law aims to ease liability concerns around providing EpiPens to police

Health care providers won't have to worry about liability when police officers use a prescribed medical device designed to counteract deadly allergic reactions under a new law signed by Gov. Bruce Rauner Tuesday. The law protects prescribing medical professionals from civil or professional liability when police uses epinephrine auto-injectors like EpiPens to counteract anaphylaxis, a severe and sometimes deadly allergic reaction. It also clarifies protections already provided to police officers. (From HealthNews Illinois - August 1, 2018)

 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. 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

CMS releases 2019 Physician Fee Schedule
AAFP provided early insights on the 2019 Physician Fee Schedule released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) last month. You can find the proposed rule (1400+ pages) will be published in the Federal Register.

CMS' press release
CMS' Fact Sheet

AAFP Vice President Shawn Martin focused on this in a recent "In the Trenches" blog: The AAFP has produced a high-level summary (2 page PDF)  of the proposed rule, and will make a more comprehensive summary available in the coming days. Check the Fighting for Family Medicine hub for updates. Members are encouraged to directly submit comments to CMS by Sept. 10th.

REPEAT: 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.


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. 

Free Webinar: HCC -- Hierarchical Condition Codes -- What's the magic behind making it work?


Lucy Zielinski, managing partner, Lumina Health Partners, will share her insights into HCC. Lucy has a long history of assisting IAFP members and their practices in health care transformation and is an expert coder. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

AAFP CME Self-Study Packages - CME for you and Support for IAFP
Earn CME while you support IAFP! Purchase an AAFP self-study package using the source code 4MYCHAPTER during checkout. A portion of the price of each package will go directly to your chapter.
Use AAFP self-study packages to enhance your expertise and expand your knowledge on common family medicine topics.

Featuring recorded audio and video presentations from current AAFP live courses, these interactive packages include:

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  • Post assessment (online)

News You Can Use

DocAssist pediatric screening tools

American Academy of Pediatrics updated their practice guidelines  continuing to recommend universal screening of child ages 12 and up. Illinois DocAssit can help. Visit https://docassistillinois.org/ for resources and consultation.

JUULs resources from AAFP
To ensure that AAFP members stay up-to-date on the concerns swirling around this relative newcomer to the electronic nicotine delivery system (ENDS) market, the AAFP has created resources to help educate family physicians and their patients (familydoctor.org) about the product.  Learn more in AAFP News.

Your input about Health IT in Illinois is critical to determining the extent of health information technology use by providers and hospitals in Illinois. The results will help with current and future support and resources for providers, practices and hospitals in Illinois. 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.

Members in the News

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

IAFP board member Tabatha Wells, MD of Springfield was quoted in a July 29 Springfield State Journal Register story about the devasting effects of Title X funding cuts to Planned Parenthood and the negative impact it will have on women's access to birth control and other family planning services and health care needs. Dr. Wells is also co-chair of the IAFP's Reproductive Health Care Member Interest Group.

Mark Loafman, MD, Chair of Family Medicine at Cook County Health and Hospital Systems co-authored a July 31 Chicago Tribune Letter to the Editor with important insights on the critical need for naloxone access to prevent deaths from drug overdoses and to give people another chance, or more than one more, to get help and treatment.

Sam Grief, MD of Chicago did a live interview with WBEZ public radio "Morning Edition" on August 1st with a wide range of important tips for Lollapalooza fans to stay safe and hydrated at the four-day fest, including hearing protection. 

Jeremy Carrier, MD of Galesburg authored a column in the August 7 Galesburg Register outlining the top three health risks for men: heart disease, prostate cancer and diabetes. 

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