November 10, 2017

In This Issue...

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

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The final issue of 2017!


Academy News

There will not be an e-News on Friday, November 24.  The next issue will be Friday, December 1.  

IAFP, ICAAP, Lung Association and EverThrive combine for vaccines and cultural issues presentation
In a live meeting and webinar combination, a panel of providers gave key education on a variety of cultural considerations in discussing vaccines with your patients. The joint sponsored CME presentation offered various considerations and strategies to use in urging patients to stay current on vaccines, from MMR, to HPV to the annual flu vaccine. IAFP member Ayesha Hussain, M.D., MPH provided content on the Muslim community, while IAFP resident member Margaret Russell, MD covered the key issues for the LGBTQ community. 

You can view a video recording of the live meeting on YouTube (43 minutes).

Prescribed to Death campaign launches in Chicago
Illinois Lt. Gov. Evelyn Sanguinetti and Deborah Hersman, President and CEO National Safety Council, headlined the November 9 launch event of a public relations campaign to stop everyday killers. The provocative title, Prescribed to Death, is meant to engage the public to start a conversation with their doctors about opioids (see the "Warn Me" labels) and clear out unused opioid prescriptions and send them to be properly destroyed.

The campaign's call to action for the public are the Opioid: Warn Me labels, for patients to begin the opioid safety conversation with their physicians and medical providers. The National Safety Council will also provide IAFP members with mail-back medication disposal envelopes. For those physicians who would like the free "warn me" labels and/or medication return envelopes to share with patients, you can order at no charge a small supply (25) of each by emailing [email protected].
 Click here for a physician information sheet about the "warn me" labels.

Launch event press release
More information about the Prescribed to Death, #stopeverydaykillers campaign

You can sign up for a committee or join a Member Interest Group for 2018

Learn more and then you'll find a quick and easy link to sign up.  The deadine is December 1. 

Mentors needed! Mentor Connection extended and funded for 2018

Help us provide students with a variety of tangible family medicine exposures, positive mentoring and interaction only possible through the Illinois Academy of Family Physicians. Learn more and then sign up via the secure Mentorship Community Forum on our web site by Dec. 15. 

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

During the second part of Veto Session this week, the Illinois General Assembly sent SB 772 to Governor Rauner for signing. Prescribers will need to check the PMP website when they write the first Schedule 2 script for a patient. There are a couple of exceptions: oncology, palliative care and emergency rooms.

With veto session complete, the 100th General Assembly will re-convene in late January for the second half of their two-year session.

The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services has posted a new item regarding Illinois Health Connect Plan Closing Member Noticeon the Care Coordination website. Learn more:


Federal Update

You must Pick Your Pace in 2017- AAFP can help!
By the end of 2017, you must take action in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) to get paid under Medicare Part B. It's not too late to collect data-submitting as little as one quality measure or one Improvement Activity prevents a negative 4% payment adjustment. Let the AAFP guide you down the MIPS path of MACRA's QPP to help you take action, including the 2017 MIPS Playbook-AAFP's step-by-step guide to taking action in MIPS. It's time to Pick Your Pace in MIPS.

View a 2-and-a-half-minute background video from CMS.  

News You Can Use

Nobody Quits like Chicagoland Week is here!

Go to the IAFP Event Calendar for that week to get details and sign up for events listed below. 
Events on the calendar include
Sunday, Nov. 12 - Smoke-free Faith Day
Monday, Nov. 13 - Smoke-Free Multi-Unit Housing Webinar 12:00-1:00 pm 
Tuesday, Nov. 14 - Smoke-free Social Media Day (look for message from IAFP on Twitter and Facebook that you can echo and share!

Wednesday, Nov. 15

Thursday, Nov. 16 Great American Smokeout:

  • Tobacco Prevention Policy Panel Tobacco 21 policies/implementation (Panel discussion and networking) 9:00 - 11:00 am at Highland Park Hospital, Highland Park
  • AAFP Chat with President Mike Munger, MD - 7pm on Twitter! 

Friday, Nov. 17 - LGBTQ Youth Smoking Conversation Prevention and Cessation at Inspiration Kitchen 3504 W. Lake St, Chicago

It's a great time to use the IAFP e-cigarettes online CME, which is FREE. 

The AAFP offers resources for physicians to use with their patients who are preparing to quit smoking, including an online toolkit and interactive patient quizzes on

Deadline Sunday: Workshop Proposals for AAFP National Conference

Workshop proposals for the 2018 AAFP National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students are being accepted until November 12. The conference will be held August 2-4, 2018 in Kansas City, MO. Learn more

November 14 - Chicago Healthy Adolescents and Teens (CHAT) Conference, including FREE LARC training available

Hosted by the Chicago Department of Public Health at Malcom X Collge. Click here for more information and RSVP instructions

Free Flu Shot Clinics in Chicago

Chicago Dept. of Public Health has a  listing of FREE flu shot clinics. Please share with your Chicago patients, if you are not providing flu shots on site this year.

Midwest Forum on Hospitals, Health Systems and Population Health

Healthcare and population health leaders - the Midwest Forum on Hospitals, Health Systems and Population Health is bringing together stakeholders dedicated to improving health and health equity. Explore multi-sector strategies to solve complex issues to improve the health of communities.  IAFP public health committee member Raj Shah, MD is a presenter.  Register today!

Members in the News

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