October 19, 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- Register TODAY

You'll be amazed at how much you'll get in one day with IAFP!  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!) and we'll finish the day with a reception and "Battle of the FMRs" game show. Learn more here.   Online Registration deadline is Oct. 21. 

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Online Registration Deadline is October 31!

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 by October 31! Full conference and one-day registration options available to fit your schedule.

AAFP Congress of Delegates Report

IAFP leaders represented you at AAFP Congress of Delegates in New Orleans October 7-10.  Here are some highlights:
-Our resolutions (AAFP Login required).  IAFP submitted Resolution 411 - FDA and Low Nicotine Products and a late resolution asking AAFP to develop a Knowledge Self-Assessment (KSA) on Health Equity. Our FDA resolution was adopted by the Congress after we successfully argued against referral to the board.  The ABFM Health Equity KSA resolution was referred to the board.
-Michelle Byrne, MD (Northwestern McGaw Family Medicine Residency at Humboldt Park) joined the AAFP board of directors as the Resident board member.  You can see her speech here - click on the link for "Second Session."

-Although the Congress did not choose David Hagan, MD, of Gibson City, to join the AAFP board of directors, class of 2021, IAFP salutes Dr. Hagan for a wonderful campaign.  In his concession speech, Dr. Hagan inspired others to run for AAFP board of directors.

ABFM to pilot longitudinal option
The American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) announced a pilot program to begin in January 2019 that will assess the value and feasibility of a longitudinal assessment option to the 10-year secure examination. Jerry Kruse, MD, Chair of the ABFM Board of Directors, and IAFP member, announced this news at the 2018 AAFP Congress of Delegates. Physicians who are current with continuous certification and are due to take the examination in 2019 would be eligible to participate in the pilot. Dr. Kruse stated, "based on the popular Continuous Knowledge Self-Assessment (CKSA) platform, the longitudinal assessment pathway will deliver 25 questions online each quarter to those Diplomates who choose this new option. This approach is more aligned with the ongoing changes in medicine and draws upon adult learning principles, combined with modern technology, to promote learning, retention and transfer of information. Over time, we will be able to assess the core clinical knowledge of board-certified family physicians and recognize the vast majority who work to keep up to date to take care of their patients." Learn more from AAFP.

From our Partner in Health -December 5 Loan Repayment Webinar

Join us for a FREE webinar on loan repayment and financial planning Wednesday, December 5 at 7pm with Todd Woodlee, Vice President of iGrad.  You can register for this free webinar at www.iafp.com/partners-in-health.  

IAFP earns grant for pneumococcal vaccination improvement

IAFP is one of only three chapters to receive the Pfizer Independent Grants for Learning and Change (IGLC) "Increasing Adult Pneumococcal Immunization Rates Through AAFP State Chapters." These 18-month quality improvement initiatives will develop effective tools and strategies to increase pneumococcal vaccination rates in adults, with a specific focus on adults 65 years and older and those populations in underserved areas. Look for findings to be presented at FMX in 2019, as well as chapter annual meetings in 2019 and 2020.

We need to hear from you: Vaccine Reimbursement
IAFP and ICAAP are working with the Chicago Dept of Public Health on advocacy related to reimbursement issues with Title XXI/Title XIX/State-funded vaccines. We are working to make one more push with the Illinois Dept. of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) to draw their attention to our concerns with vaccine reimbursement.  We are specifically looking for:

  • money lost for non-reimbursed CHIP vaccine that was privately purchased
  • outstanding claims from Title XXI
  • if and when you stopped providing CHIP vaccines and why
  • what impact it has had on families in your practice

Please email Gordana Krkic, CAE at [email protected] with your input as soon as possible.

 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

The Illinois General Assembly will reconvene for Veto Session November 13-15 and 27-29.  Watch for action alerts on overriding the governor's veto of SB 2332 so we can make Illinois a Tobacco 21 state.
Get out and VOTE! Election Day is November 6. View the Cook Witter, Inc. Election Guide for more information.

Federal Update

Check the AAFP Fighting for Family Medicine hub for updates.


Stay up to date on IAFP Education Activities at CME Connections

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

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News You Can Use

Submit Workshop Proposals for AAFP National Conference
Inspire students and residents to explore all that a future in family medicine has to offer. Workshop proposals for the 2019 AAFP National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students are being accepted until November 11. The conference will be held July 25-27 in Kansas City, MO.

AAFP TIPS, Transformation in Practice Series, can help family physicians and their teams improve patient care and tackle operational challenges. The TIPS library launched with two topics: empanelment and quality improvement. Now three new topics are available: clinical data registries, continuity of care, and team documentation. Through 10/31, all topics are 25% off. Members may access team documentation at no charge, courtesy of the Physician Health First initiative. Learn more.

Free Webinar on Reducing Adolescent Substance Abuse

IL DocAssist, housed at UIC, is a free statewide phone consultation program providing child, adolescent, and perinatal mental health, behavioral, and substance misuse assistance to HFS enrolled providers and allied health professionals. They support providers who care for non-emergent Medicaid-eligible youth with complex behavioral health and pharmaceutical needs. Join Dr. Diane Misch, Director of the Illinois DocAssist program, for a webinar focused on reducing adolescent substance abuse through using motivational interviewing.
November 14, 2018 from 12-1 pmRegister here. For more information, contact Dana Lohr at [email protected]. To learn more about the Illinois DocAssist program, visit https://docassistillinois.org/.

Training opportunity Dec. 5: Integrating cross-sector partnerships into complex care practices (Register by 11/19)

Registration is now open for "Addressing Social Determinants through Medical-Legal Partnership: Fundamentals of Implementation in the Complex Care Setting," on December 5, which will examine screening practices, data collection, training, and funding for these cross-sector partnerships. Hosted by the National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership, the meeting is intended for clinicians, nurses, allied practitioners, social workers, care coordinators, and health care administrators. It is a pre-conference to the National Center for Complex Health and Social Needs' annual meeting. Participants can attend both, or can register for the pre-meeting alone. Click here for more information and to register by the November 19 deadline.

Members in the News

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

Tony Hampton, MD was honored with the exemplary Partner for all Advocate-Aurora Medical Groups at an event Wednesday night.  Dr. Hampton practices at the Advocate Medical Group - Beverly location. He is especially passionate about removing barriers to health and equipping patients with the education and resources they need to take charge of their own health. As medical director of the Advocate Operating System, he collaborates with clinicians and staff on programs to address social determinants of health among at-risk patient populations. Dr. Hampton serves on AMG's Governing Council, Health Outcomes Committee, and Advocate's Executive Diversity Council.

Public Relations Task Force Chair Kristin Drynan, MD of Aurora was live on Illinois Public Radio's "Morning Shift" on October 12 discussion the importance of the flu vaccine and encouraging all listeners to get vaccinated, while also dispelling myths and taking questions on the air.

Two Direct Primary Care Member Interest Group members were featured on NBC 5 Chicago on October 16th 10 p.m. news. The DPC practices of Clodagh Ryan, MD of LaGrange and Alvaro Encinas, MD of Chicago's northwest side were featured in this special report on the DPC model to provide high-quality primary care with direct access to your personal family physician.  Learn more about the DPC MIG.

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