September 21, 2018

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

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Academy News

Annual Meeting October 26 in Elmhurst

October will be here before you know it, so register today and stay updated on the Annual Meeting page of the IAFP website. We will host two ABFM Knowledge Self-Assessment (KSA) workshops, commitee and Member Interest Group meetings and an interactive plenary session on Health Equity.  Our IAFP Awards will be presented (you're gonna love them!)  Don't wait -  Online Registration is open! Deadline is Oct. 21. 

Chicago Advocacy Win - Quick efforts on raising the tax on e-cigarette products
Advocates gathered at City Hall on Weds for the press conference with Mayor Rahm Emanuel, including IAFP past President Carolyn Lopez, MD. The press conference ignited both sides with fast-paced efforts to reach out to Aldermen. The City's Finance committee debated the measure Thursday morning and by the afternoon the full Chicago City Council passed the measure.

As a result of this new law, Chicago will increase taxes on both vaping liquid that contains nicotine and on containers. All tobacco displays will be located exclusively behind the sales counter. This will help further drive down tobacco use rates among Chicago's young people and follows other successful efforts that have established Chicago as a national leader in the fight against Big Tobacco. The tax is currently $0.80 per device or container and $0.55 per mL of liquid nicotine, and last year created $772,000 in revenue for school-based health services. The new ordinance increases those taxes to $1.50 per device or container and $1.20 per mL. 


Online Registration is open 

Join us 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.


Tar Wars releases updated guide

Make sure you get the updated curriculum which includes new activities on JUULs, hookah, e-cigarettes and other nicotine products.  Make sure you have the tools you need to inform your local 4th and/or 5th grade students.  Contact Ginnie Flynn or call 630-427-8004 if you need help getting started.

Partner in Health Update

How to get Started with MIPS 2018 Reporting

Thursday September 27th at 11:00 AM Central
There will be time to answer questions with a live Q&A session.

Register now!

Please be sure to let them know IAFP referred you on the registration form

We have partnered with Mingle Analytics as a Partner in Health to provide you with industry leading solutions to succeed with MIPS and the Quality Payment Program. Our partnership not only secures special discount pricing for MIPS Solutions, you'll also work one-on-one with a knowledgeable Consultant to create a plan, select the right measures, and successfully submit data to Medicare. Learn more about their services, plans, pricing and get the IAFP Coupon Codes located here.  Use our customized registration page to enroll.  

 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

IAFP submits comments to 2019 Physician Fee Schedule

You can find the proposed rule (1400+ pages) in the Federal Register.

IAFP submitted our comments to CMS on September 7, which include:

In Illinois, many small and independent practices have contacted the IAFP indicating the harm these changes would cause. The collapsing of E/M payment, in conjunction with the 50% reduction in payment for multiple services through the modifier -25, are perceived to be an economic death knell by these practices. Most have expressed that the implementation of the proposed changes would result in significant financial strains. Family medicine's contributions to the economy in Illinois amount to: $9 billion in direct and indirect economic output; 53,173 jobs (direct and indirect positions); and $4.3 billion in direct and indirect wages and benefits. The IAFP believes we need to protect these independent practices and take steps to ensure their economic viability.

Check the AAFP Fighting for Family Medicine hub for updates.


Stay up to date on IAFP Education Activities at CME Connections

The New Herpes Zoster Vaccine for Adults: What's Good News, What's Challenging?

Thursday, September 27, 2018, 12:15 - 1:15 pm
Learn more and register now

Lead Poisoning in Children

Thursday, October 4, 2018, 12:15 - 1:15 pm
Learn more and register now

9th Annual ABC Conference - Registration is open

The 9th Annual ABC Conference, "You don't have to be a Therapist to be Therapeutic: Building Resilience in Children, Families, Communities, and Ourselves", is Friday, November 16, 2018 at the Moraine Business and Conference Center in Palos Hills, hosted by the Illinois Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics. Early bird discount is available for IAFP members. More information.

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:

  • 20-30 hours of content, with 18-32 lectures between 30 and 60 minutes in length
  • Opportunities to report CME and evaluate after each lecture
  • Interactive quiz interface to briefly halt the presentations and choose an answer
  • 200-plus page full-color PDF of the slides
  • Post assessment (online)

News You Can Use

Changes to IDFPR licensing regarding applicants' mental health and substance use disorders

The Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) regulates many professions in Illinois, including physicians. Applicants seeking a professional license are required to complete a licensing application, which includes a number of questions intended to help IDFPR determine an applicant's fitness and ability to practice in his or her desired profession.
For many years, the IDFPR licensing application asked applicants whether they have ever had a disease or condition that limited their ability to practice in their chosen profession. In 2016, however, IDFPR significantly narrowed the scope of this question and now asks only about current conditions and present limitations.  Learn more from the Illinois Psychiatric Society.  

AAFP Launches new Telemedicine Platform for members

Offer your patients more options with AAFP Virtual Care, a new telemedicine platform designed exclusively for Academy members. AAFP Virtual Care, powered by Zipnosis, allows you to treat patients when and where they need it, via web-based technology. It combines clinical efficiency and convenience with high-quality care.
Soon you'll be saving time, generating more revenue, and streamlining workflows-all with less effort. Visit the AAFP Virtual Care website or visit the Office of the Future exhibit at FMX.

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 Student Board member Emma Richardson from Rush Medical College has been awarded the prestigious Pisacano Scholarship. She follows in the footsteps of our prior student board member Sean McClellan, MD - also from Rush! The scholarships, valued up to $28,000 each, are awarded to students attending U.S. medical schools who demonstrate a strong commitment to the specialty of Family Medicine.  In addition, each applicant must show leadership skills, superior academic achievement, strong communication skills, identifiable character and integrity, and a noteworthy level of community service.  Learn more here

Congratulations to Loyola University - Stritch School of Medicine's Kathryn Rooney- who has been appointed as the student member of the Annals of Family Medicine editorial board.

Joe Ross, MD of Rockford was featured on WIFR-TV in Rockford on the news that by the year 2030, seniors will outnumber children, making up more than 1 in 5 people in the U.S. Thanks to immunizations and other advances, more people are living longer - shifting the demographic.

Public Health Committee member Raj Shah, MD co-authored three major papers in the most recent New England Journal of Medicine, including research that found no benefit of low dose aspirin use in healthy adults.

Congratulations to Midwest Access Project's co-founder and IAFP member Dr. Debra Stulberg, who received the Dr. Garry Gardner Health Care Provider Award from EverThrive at their benefit September 20. Garry Gardner, MD, was one of the founding partners of DuPage Pediatrics in Darien, Illinois, where he practiced for 40 years and was a founding Board member of EverThrive Illinois. Dr. Stulberg is part of the IAFPs Reproductive Health Member Interest Group. Learn more here

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