November 18, 2016

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

IAFP offices will be closed Nov. 24-25

IAFP Annual Meeting - what you need to know: 

The IAFP's annual meeting gave members a two-day experience with CME, KSAs, Committee work, and an All-Member Assembly to install a new president and board of directors, as well as confer 17 Fellows of the American Academy of Family Physicians (FAAFP). 

-Meet the new Board of Directors

-Resolutions considered and adopted at All-Member Assembly

-17 Fellows were conferred by AAFP Speaker Javette C. Orgain, MD, MPH, FAAFP

Marc P Hilgers, MD, PhD, FAAFP
Edyta Kamila Straczynski, MD, FAAFP
Hiam Hammad Eldewek, DO, FAAFP
Haemi Choi, MD, FAAFP
Dinah Ahomka-Lindsay, MD, FAAFP
Careyana Michelle Brenham, MD, FAAFP
Amy Hagan Buchanan, MD, FAAFP
Susan M Fedinec, DO, FAAFP
Camilla Z Larsen, MD, FAAFP
Angela Louise Martinez, MD, FAAFP
Jessica Carrie Dingman McIntyre, MD, FAAFP
Robert Bret Miller, MD, FAAFP
Rebecca Lynn Pedersen, MD, FAAFP
Lisa Kimberly Richardson, MD, FAAFP
Glenn Skow, MD, MPH, FAAFP
Courtney Kimi Suh, MD, FAAFP
Diana Zamojski-Kamin, DO, FAAFP

Congratulations to our members who received Fellow Convocation at the 2016 AAFP FMX

Kristin D. Drynan, MD, FAAFP
Sachin N. Dixit, MD, FAAFP
Vimarie Rodriguez, MD, FAAFP
Jibran Naseer, MD, FAAFP

-Learn about the IAFP Awards Honorees Family Physician Stephen C. Pilcher, MD, FAAFP of Bloomington and President's Award recipients Javette Orgain, MD, MPH, FAAFP, Eva Bading, MD, FAAFP and the Illinois Chapter of hte American Academy of Pediatrics (ICAAP).  See photos

Foundation Challenge Collected

(Now former) Foundation Executive Director Vincent Keenan and IAFP Vice President of Business Development Desma Rozovics accepted the matching grant funds from Community Memorial Foundation for meeting their Challenge Grant.  The $9,500 from Community Memorial will combine with the $19,000 raised by the Family Health Foundation of Illinois to support our mission and provide even more opportunities in 2017.

Staff note:  Congratulations to Jennifer O'Leary who is the new executive director of the Family Health Foundation of Illinois.  Jennifer is also the Academy's Deputy Executive Vice President for Internal Affairs and has been with IAFP for 24 years.    

Next Lunch and Learn Webinar:  

MACRA: Medicare's Shift to Value-based Delivery & Payment Models - December 7 at noon - Click here to register
Presented by Amy Mullins, MD, CPE, FAAFP - American Academy of Family Physicians

Learning Objectives

  • Define MACRA and the Quality Payment Program
  • Compare the two tracks for payment as established under the law- MIPS and APMs
  • Evaluate the bonuses and penalties associated with MIPS
  • Explain the criteria for eligibility and qualification for APMs


Nobody Quits like Chicagoland November 13-18

Link to the Quitline - http://quityes.org 


November 17 was the Great American Smokeout, presented by the American Cancer Society -  link to a great infographic to share with patients looking for reasons to quit.

AAFP's Ask and Act program is the go-to resource for family physicians in helping patients quit tobacco. 

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]

The Illinois General Assembly returned Nov. 15-17 for the first week of Veto Session and will return November 29-December 1.  However, the House has been called in on November 28.   

Cook County passes tax on Sugar Sweetened Beverages

IAFP past president and current AAFP Speaker Javette C. Orgain, MD, MPH, FAAFP represented the Academy at a Cook County Board of Commissioners meeting on November 10 where she provided testimony in support of the tax to reduce consumption of sugary drinks.  "Economists predict that a penny-per-ounce excise tax on all sweetened beverages in Illinois would reduce consumption of those drinks by 16 percent," said Orgain. "This can be the kick start we need to get beyond talking about the obesity problem, and make visible and measurable improvements in our county's health." Link to her full testimony  She was interviewed by several media outlets.  See Members in the News section for details.

Federal Issues

Link to AAFP's November 9 letter to President-Elect Donald Trump

Promote Community-Based Family Medicine Residencies!

AAFP members need to inform their legislators in the U.S. Congress about the value of the Teaching Health Center Graduate Medical Education (THCGME) Program and urge them to make this important program sustainable. The innovative THCGME Program is a proven success, including Northwestern McGaw Family Medicine Residency in Chicago. With over 500 primary care physicians and dentists trained at 60 different sites, THCGME is instrumental in addressing the shortage in primary care. And given that THC residents are 3 to 4 times more likely to stay in underserved communities, this program is helping to place physicians in the areas that need help the most. While this program is recognized as a success, its funding expires September 30, 2017.

Thankfully, Rep. David Reichert (R-WA-8) and Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-OR-3) have introduced H.Res. 899, which expresses support for a stable and sustainable funding source for the THCGME program.  Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-9) is currently the only Illinois co-sponsor of this resolution.
Use AAFP's Speak Out system to tell your representative to support the THCGME program (H.Res. 899). As we enter this transition period between the old and new Congress, there is great potential for movement in Washington. Send this prewritten letter to your legislator now to help ensure this vital program continues to train physicians where they are needed most.

News You Can Use

Get Covered Illinois enrollment open 

Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, affordable health insurance is now available to millions of Americans. Visit GetCoveredIllinois.gov or call 1-866-311-1119 to learn more and to sign up for a plan. Open enrollment ends January 31st. 

Links to Flyers you can use

Get Covered IL Flyer English

Get Covered IL Flyer Spanish 

Access Chronic Care Management Resources from the AAFP
The CME webcast, Chronic Care Management: Getting Paid for What We Do Best, provides insight on implementing CCM from a physician who is currently successfully managing this program in her practice.

The AAFP's Chronic Care Management Toolkit offers a variety of resources for communicating with patients and implementing a workflow in your practice. Take advantage of CCM tools provided by the AAFP. Get started today.

Members in the News

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

Brian Bockwitz, MD was interviewed by WMBD-TV Peoria on Nov. 4th in recognition of Men's Health month, with a call for men to get in and visit their family doctor.

Life member Bill Gorski, MD authored an Opinion-Editoral for the Nov. 5th Rockford Register Star in honor of "No-Shave November" spotlighting cancer awareness, including his own story as a prostate cancer survivor.

Past president, and current AAFP Speaker of the Congress of Delegates Javette Orgain, MD, MPH, FAAFP provided testimony in support of the Cook County Sugar Sweetened Beverage Tax, which passed on November 10. She also was interviewed by several media outlets and appeared on the NBC5 10pm news, Chicago Tonight and Fox32 News.

IAFP's support for this weeks' Nobody Quits Like Chicagoland campaign was mentioned in a Chicago Defender article on November 13.