October 30, 2015

In This Issue...

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

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Academy News

The final 2015 issue of Illinois Family Physician– check it out! 
-2015 Awards honors
-Update from AAFP Congress of Delegates
-Teaching Health Centers update
-Important information on transitions of care
Also NEW on the web siteIAFP's Health is Primary in Illinois highlight video (4 minutes) check it out on our YouTube Channel.


Use AAFP Speak Out to stop MU Stage 3


Time to join forces and help AAFP drive home the message to stop Meaningful Use Stage 3! With only 10% of physicians currently attesting to Meaningful Use Stage 2, and 43% of physicians facing penalties in 2015, more time is clearly needed. Tell Congress to pause Stage 3 implementation, before a well-intentioned program drives away the professionals it seeks to help. Use the Speak Out link to send your letter today! 

Board of Directors Vacancy

**IAFP Board member Regina Kim, MD has resigned effective October 31. Any active IAFP member in good standing who is interested in being considered to fill the unexpired term should emailVincent D. Keenan, CAE, IAFP executive vice president by November 9.  View the job description here. Please provide your CV and a letter of interest, detailing why you are interested in the position and what skills or experiences you have that would be a positive contribution to the mission of the board. The Leadership Development Committee, chaired by Edward A. Blumen, MD will review applicants and submit a recommendation to the IAFP Board of Directors for their December 10 teleconference meeting.

Voluntary Survey – Knowledge of the Illinois Medical Cannabis Program
IAFP members are asked to complete a short online survey from the Medical Cannabis Alliance of Illinois. Results will be shared back with IAFP. MCAI (http://www.mca-il.com/) is the trade association representing Illinois licensed medical cannabis growers and dispensaries. If you already completed the survey, which was included in the October CME Connections newsletter, please do not complete it again. 

Vaccinate Illinois Week is coming
It’s flu shot season – and there may be other vaccinations that your adult patients need. Vaccinate Illinois Week is December 6-12. Make sure every patient you see that week has their flu shot and then check their records for any gaps in immunizations. Remember, when everyone who can get vaccinated, does get vaccinated, we can ensure everyone is protected. View the ACIP Adult Vaccine schedulehere. Need a flu shot finder? IDPH web page has one - scroll down and enter the Zip Code

Are you planning to present Tar Wars in Illinois this school year? 
 Download the new program guide. Check our web site atwww.iafp.com/tarwars for updates and opportunities.

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Government Relations

State Update

IAFP board chair Janet Albers, MD has been named by Governor Bruce Rauner to serve on the Physical and Behavioral Health Integration Workgroup. This Workgroup is part of the Illinois State Innovation Model (SIM) initiative, which is led by the Governor’s Office to improve the health of people in Illinois. In 2015, the federal Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) awarded Illinois an additional $3 million for round two of the SIM design. The purpose of this one-year initiative is to build upon key findings from round one, focusing on recommendations and strategies to improve the integration of physical health and behavioral health services.


News You Can Use

Submit your proposals to 2016 AAFP FMX – Deadline is next week!

Faculty proposals must be submitted online and the deadline to submit proposals is November 5, 2015. The 2016 FMX will be held September 20-24 in Orlando, FL.
Session topics are drawn from the AAFP’s CME Curricular Framework, which defines the core priorities supported by AAFP CME content. The selected sessions are supported by individual needs assessments that outline the gaps in knowledge and provide learning objectives to assist faculty in designing the course to meet the identified needs of family physicians. AAFP is not accepting proposal applications for topics not listed.

Contact Jeana Higginbottom by email or at ext. 6564 with questions.

IOMS annual meeting
The Illinois Osteopathic Medical Society will hold its 2015 Annual Meeting & Winter Scientific Seminar on December 3-6, 2015 at the Westin Hotel in Lombard, Illinois. The theme of this year's conference is Patient-Centered, Quality Care. The program tracks include diabetes care, geriatrics and end of life care, pediatrics, practice management, obstetrics/gynecology, emergency medicine and community health. You are able to earn up to 30.5 AOA Category 1-A CME credits for the entire conference or you can register and earn credits for individual days attended. Click here to register for the meeting and download the meeting brochure. Pre-registration closes on November 30. After that date, only on-site registration will be available.

Travel/hotel reservations: For your convenience, rooms are available at the Westin Hotel in Lombard, IL with special room rates. Visit theIOMS webpage for information on booking your hotel. The special room rate is only available until November 11, 2015.

Addressing Health Conditions with the DASH Eating Plan: Beyond Sodium Restrictions
Join the Midwest Dairy Council for a webinar on Nov. 18, 2015 at 2:30 PM CT.

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Iowa AFP Winter CME Getaway in Dominican Republic
Feb 6-13, 2016 in Punta Cana (All-inclusive)
Need a little CME and a break from brutal Midwest winters?  Iowa AFP has an idea for you!
Illinois members are invited!  Learn more

IAFP members invited to ICAAP ABC Conference

REGISTER TODAY for the 6th Annual ABC (Autism, Behavior, Complex Medical Needs) Conference, A Trauma Informed, Interprofessional Approach to Caring for Children with Special Needs– November 20, 2015 in Palos Hills, IL.  Register here.  Click here to download a brochure. 

Members in the News

One IAFP member, Steven LoBue of Wheaton, shared his tragic story via a letter to the editor in Monday’s Chicago Tribune. LoBue and his wife lost an infant son to meningitis just two weeks before he would have been eligible for a vaccine, according to the guidelines present at that time - 25 years ago. He urged families to protect their children with all recommended vaccines on schedule.

Kameron Mathews, MD is featured in DNAInfo.com and the online publication Colorlines for co-founding a unique program called “Doctors on the Bus” where she takes minority physicians to universities to inspire and encourage minority students to choose careers in medicine by providing positive and credible role models who reflect their communities. The bus is headed out west in Novembers, visiting the University of Washington and Portland State University.

Jerry Kruse, MD, who was recently named the next Dean of Southern Illinois University School of Medicine, spent about 10 minutes live on the air with WUIS-AM (Illinois NPR) radio this week talking about the medical school, the impact of the Affordable Care Act, the need for more primary care physicians, and expansion of SIU services in Decatur.

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