November 13, 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

NOTE:  There will not be an e-news on Nov. 27.  The next issue will be December 4. 

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 20.  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.

IAFP and Northwestern FMR awarded AAFP mini grants
Two out of 10 mini-grants awarded by AAFP for healthy interventions on tobacco use prevention and treatment are headed to Illinois.

Illinois Academy of Family Physicians
Through participation in a quality improvement project, providers will create a system to screen, identify, and counsel at-risk patients and parents of pediatric patients on the dangers of tobacco use, advise them to quit, and refer them to cessation resources. The goal of this project is to increase both screening and counseling for tobacco use during patient visits.

McGraw Northwestern Family Medicine Residency Program (Grayslake)
This project will incorporate e-cigarette questioning into the EHR as part of the definition of meaningful use, enabling residents to identify individuals — namely adolescents — who would benefit from early detection of e-cigarette use and intervention.

Are you planning to present Tar Wars in Illinois this school year? 
 Download the new program guide. Check our web site at www.iafp.com/tarwars for updates and opportunities coming in 2016.

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.

IAFP will be running radio spots in Rockford, Peoria, Bloomington, Springfield and Carbondale markets from Nov. 30-Dec. 9. Tune into these stations to hear them

  • Rockford: WXXQ-FM 98.5 Country
  • Springfield: WMAY-AM 970 News/Talk
  • Peoria: WSWT-FM 106.9 Lite Rock
  • Bloomington: WBWN-FM 104.1 Country
  • Carbondale: WJPF-AM 1020 and WCIL-AM 1340 News/Talk

 Link to the radio PSA on IAFP’s web site.

Remember, when everyone who can get vaccinated, does get vaccinated, we can ensure everyone is protected. View the ACIP Adult Vaccine schedule here. Need a flu shot finder? IDPH web pagehas one - scroll down and enter the Zip Code. 

Government Relations

State Update

The Illinois General Assembly was in session on Tuesday. Among their considered legislation, the Medical Practice Act was passed as Senate Amendment #1 to House Bill 1365. The one year extension on the sunset now goes back to House for concurrence. The Senate has adjourned to the call of the Senate president. With no specifics, it's possible that the Senate will not return until January. The House comes back Mon., Dec. 2.

Update your bookmark for IDHFS

This week, the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services phased out their old website (http://www2.illinois.gov/hfs) and it will no longer be updated. Any new changes will occur only on the new site (http://www.illinois.gov/hfs). The old site will be completely phased out no later than 11/20/2015.

Federal Update

Are you all set with PQRS? Check your status by Nov. 23
CMS has extended the 2014 informal review period for the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) to Nov. 23. Physicians who participate in the Medicare fee-for-service program, the Comprehensive Primary Care Initiative, PQRS group practice reporting option, or an accountable care organization face a negative 2 percent payment adjustment for Medicare services in 2016 if they fail to report 2014 quality measures through the PQRS program.

You may also wish to review CMS’s 2014 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS): Incentive Eligibility & 2016 Negative Payment Adjustment -- Informal Review Made Simple. Finally, you can contact the CMS QualityNet Help Desk at 1-866-288-8912 (TTY 1-877-715-6222) or [email protected] Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Central.

AAFP Speak Out to stop MU Stage 3

Time to join forces and help AAFP drive home the message to stop MU 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!  

News You Can Use

 Medicaid IMPACT webinars from IRHA

The Illinois Rural Health Association is hosting a series of free training webinars presented by the IL Dept of Health and Family Services on IMPACT (IL Medicaid Program Advance Cloud Technology).

Pre-registration required go to www.ilruralhealth.org (main page of Illinois Rural Health Association website)
ALL WEBINARS ARE FROM 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 pm.

  • Nov. 18th – Group - Rendering Service Provider will also provide demo on Rendering Service Provider who works for the group
  • Nov. 19th – Group-Individual Sole Proprietor will also provide a demo on enrolling an Individual Sole Proprietor who works for the group 

Group an entity that does not require a license/certificate to operate and provides clinic, medical, dental, therapy, or optical services and has a Type II/Organizational NPI.
Rendering Service Provider an individual who is employed by other entities such as a Group or a FAO and has a Type 1/Individual NPI.
Individual Sole Proprietor An individual who is self-employed and who MAY also work for other entities such as a Group or a FAO. This individual will have a Type 1/Individual NPI

This training is free to everyone, but if you are not already a member, consider supporting the IRHA mission of improving health systems for rural residents by joining the Illinois Rural Health Association.

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.  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.

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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Register Now!

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

IAFP board member Timothy Ott, DO appeared on WGEM-TV in a short update on Seasonal Affective Disorder, which often can kick into high gear as the weather gets colder and the daylight hours get shorter. The piece aired on on Nov. 8th.

Coalition of hospitals win TCPI grant
Rush Medical Center joins Univeristy of Chicago, UIC, Lurie Children’s, and Northwestern hospitals as grant awardees (subcontractors) within the Great Lakes Practice Transformation Network consortium that is being led by Indiana. The network was awarded a Transforming Clinical Practices Initiative (TCPI) grant from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The GLPTN is one of the largest consortiums awarded at 11,500 clinicians. IAFP board member Michael Hanak, MD is featured in the Rush press release explaining the grant.