September 23, 2016

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

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Academy News

Javette Re-elected, and Announces for President-elect

We'll start with the ending and congratulate Javette C. Orgain, MD, MPH, FAAFP on her re-election as Speaker of the Congress of Delegates. This will be her second term presiding over the AAFP's policy making body. She also announced her candidacy for the office of AAFP President-elect in 2017. Retiring delegate Kathleen J. Miller, MD of Decatur had the privilege of making the announcement as her final act after six years as one of Illinois' two delegates to the American Academy of Family Physicians Congress of Delegates.

Illinois is also the proud home chapter of the 2016-17 Student member of the AAFP board of directors, as Lauren Abdul-Majeed of University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) College of Medicine was installed at the Congress, giving Illinois (and UIC) two outstanding voices on the AAFP Board of Directors!

Link to other highlights and more infomation here

Registration is open - Annual Meeting: Nov. 11-12 in Naperville

Please see the meeting page for more information, including a schedule of deadlines to submit resolutions for consideration.

The August/September issue of Family Physician - Your Annual Meeting Brochure! 

We have a great CME schedule and also three Knowldge Self Assesments (the new name for Self Assessment Modules), plus the All-Member Assembly and awards banquet.  

Register online here

IAFP Election Closes Oct. 11 - check your email
Online voting for the IAFP board of directors opened on Monday, September 12. Active members received an individual email on 9/12 or 9/13 with information including login and individual passwords to vote. Please check your inbox, spam and junk folders for an email from [email protected]. Members who do not have an email address on file will receive a ballot via U.S. mail. Anyone can view the candidates and their CVs on our website.  A reminder email will be sent one week prior to the election closing.

FQHC Physicians - Please Complete Our Survey

Do you or did you work at an FQHC? More and more primary care physicians are working at FQHC's. What are the issues primary care physicians face at FQHC's. Help us explore this topic by completing this electronic survey.

The FPs in FQHCs Committee is interested in helping more physicians to choose FQHCs as a practice site, and keep those who are already working there. Click here for the survey 

The survey is open until Sun., Oct. 16, 11:59 pm CT.  Please share with colleagues.  The more respondents, the better we are able to understand.  Questions?  Contact Vince Keenan, [email protected]


October 7-9 - Indianapolis

Register today!

View the general schedule and the full list of sessions and presenters is now available

Check out all the Residency and Career Fair exhibitors

Many other organizations are supporting and exhibiting at the conference

Register Online today 

Tar Wars updated curriculum is now available
It's back to school time, so please download the newly revised 2016-2017 Tar Wars Program Guide! It's available free to download (enter your contact info to get the PDF). Also use the new "Information for Parents" handout to send home with students after your presentations. Contact Ginnie Flynn with questions at 630-427-8004. 

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 Dept. of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) just released a new provider notice announcing the ILLINOIS Rx Portal website. With this portal for clients enrolled in Medicaid fee-for-service, the provider can go in and perform the following functions:

  • Submit Prior Authorization (PA) requests and upload any supplemental information needed.
  • View the status of submitted PAs, including reason for denial.
  • Look up participant eligibility, drug history and PA history.
  • Access the HFS drug formulary. 
  • Submit non-Point of Sale (POS) claims and receive a real-time approval or denial notification.

The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services has posted a new provider notice introducing the ILLINOIS Rx Portal Website. 

News You Can Use

ISMIE Mutual Insurance Company's inaugural Risk Management Symposium 
A Physician-First Approach to Patient-Centered Care - is a daylong conference taking place November 10 in Oak Brook, Illinois. The symposium features ten industry thought leaders and innovators in health care who will discuss practical ways physicians can improve their patients' experience by addressing patient safety, quality, health IT, physician burnout, and diagnostic error. Speakers will use case studies, statistics, anecdotes, and scientific research to introduce new concepts and techniques - and attendees can select which breakout sessions to attend, allowing them to personalize the experience so it has the most relevance to themselves and their practice.
ISMIE policyholders may attend at no charge; and ISMS members and employed staff of ISMIE policyholders receive significant registration discounts. However all physicians, clinicians, practice administrators and risk managers are welcome to attend, and an early-bird discount is available before October 1.   Learn more here.


Alzheimer's Association Full-Day Symposium

Tuesday, October 11, 2016 from 8:00am - 3:30pm
Chicago Botanic Garden - Glencoe, IL 

Register online
Learn more here 

CME - The University of Illinois College of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.  The University of Illinois College of Medicine designates this live educational activity for a maximum of 4 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit¿. Physicians should claim only credit commensurate with the extent of their participation.

Home Centered Care Institute Learning Collaborative

Improving the Link Between Home-Based Medical Care & Home and Community-Based Services

The Home Centered Care Institute (HCCI) invites you to attend the next meeting of the Chicago Network & Learning Collaborative where we'll explore these questions and more:

  • Hear about the benefits and challenges of linkage from patients to payors
  • Find out about a collaborative research project between HCCI, West Health Institute, UIC and Northwestern on this subject
  • Share your ideas and network with colleagues

Thursday, September 29, 2016 from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. (Note time change!)
Rush University Medical Center Professional Building
1725 W. Harrison
Searle, Room 542 Brainard
Chicago, Illinois 60612

RSVP to [email protected]

Physician Wellness Retreat - St. Charles

Hosted by the Kane and McHenry County Medical Societies and the American College of Physicians 
Oct. 22 from 8 am to 12:30 pm in St. Charles 
 highlights and more infomation here

Members in the News

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

The Medical Student Education Scholarship Review Committee of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine has selected Hannah Moser, Rush Medical College student as one of 2017 Student Scholars. The scholarship awarded with this honor provides support to attend the 2017 Conference on Medical Student Education that will be held February 9-12, 2017 at the Marriott Anaheim Hotel, Anaheim, CA.