June 12, 2015

In This Issue...

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

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May June issue of Illinois Family Physician

Event Calendar

Member Benefits


White Sox Game Tickets Purchase by June 19!  Every ticket is a tax deductible donation to the IAFP's Foundation!

IAFP Lunch and Learn schedule.Join IAFP the last Thursday of every month from 12:00-1:00pm CST and earn FREE CME.

AAFP Live Program on Skin Problems and Diseases July 15-18 in Chicago

AAFP Family Medicine Board Review Express Live Course is coming to Chicago in September


Academy News

Happy Birthday Dr. Bone

IAFP Past president (1971-72) Ernest “Chet” Bone turned 100 earlier this year, but the celebration took place this week in Jacksonville (Illinois, not Florida, he still lives here!) as colleagues, friends and admirers gathered to cheer to 100 years.  Another past-president, Ronald L. Johnson, MD of Pittsfield attended in his current role of ISMS board member.  Our executive vice president, Vince Keenan also attended to toast Dr. Bone.  He was president when the specialty was officially renamed to “family physicians” from “general” and our new organization was born, Illinois Academy of Family Physicians. He was also a founding board member of the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM).

New Member Interest Group - Direct Primary Care

Are you in a Direct Primary Care (DPC)?  Or are you interested in finding out about DPC?  Deborah Chisholm, MD, of LeRoy, IL, has started a DPC practice and would like to connect with other Illinois AFP members who have a DPC practice or are interested in finding out more about DPC.  If you are interested in joining an Illinois AFP interest group, send an email to Jennifer O’Leary, IAFP Deputy EVP at [email protected]   Get more information on the AAFP Member Interest Group on DPC. Learn more about her Dr. Chisolm’s practice at http://www.chisholmcenterforhealth.com/partners/

AAFP has online resources for Direct Primary Care

Dr. Chisolm was on WJBC-AM radio May 18 talking about her new Direct Primary Care model of care, where she will also include house calls.  The eight-minute interview talks about this new model of offering primary care services without the insurance billing hassles. 

Health is Primary May 19 City Tour full recording is now available!

Part 1: Thomas Cornwell, MD (Home Centered Care Institute); Opella Ernest, MD (BlueCross BlueShield of IL) and Javette Orgain, MD (VITAS Hospice Care)

Part 2: Carolyn Lopez, MD (President, Chicago Board of Health); Kohar Jones, MD (University of Chicago); Janet Albers, MD (IAFP President and SIU School of Medicine), Deborah Edberg, MD (Northwestern McGaw Family Medicine Residency) and Loyola Health System Nutritionist NAME

Check out some of the best photos on our Facebook page!

The student and resident evening event Health is Primary and You are the Future featured some of those same panelists along with tremendous discussion moderated by IAFP board members Kristina Dakis, MD and James Valek, MD.  Check out the Facebook photos!

Health is Primary
The Health is Primary Tour made Chicago its third stop in a nationwide tour to bring family medicine to the forefront of better health care through solid primary care and innovations designed to achieve the quadruple aim of better access, better care, lower costs and provider satisfaction. 

  • IAFP Past President Javette C. Orgain, MD – currently the Vice Speaker at AAFP.
  • Past President Carolyn Lopez, MD – current President of the Chicago Board of Health
  • Kohar Jones, MD – University of Chicago Dept. of Family Medicine
  • IAFP President Janet Albers, MD – Chair of SIU School of Medicine Dept. of Family and Community Medicine
  • Thomas Cornwell, MD – President of the American Academy of Home Care Medicine
  • Deborah Edberg, MD – Program director at Northwestern McGaw Family Medicine Residency, a Teaching Health Center based at Erie Family Health Center
  • Opella Ernest, MD – Vice President of Medical Affairs, BlueCrossBlueShield of Illinois 

Learn more on the IAFP’s Health is Primary page where you can order your FREE Health is Primary buttons for your practice.  Spread the word and show your pride in family medicine.  


Government Relations

The General Assembly continues to meet in overtime sessions in budget negotiations with Gov. Bruce Rauner. 

Medicaid Enrollment Changes to come

Illinois Dept. of Healthcare and Family Services is launching the new computer based enrollment program, called IMPACT (Illinois Medicaid Program Advanced Cloud Technology).
Link to the provider notice which has all the information about the deadlines.  It is highly recommended that providers update their current info for those who are already enrolled with HFS through the online webform entry before June 24th as those electronic updates will also be suspended June 24th.

View a snapshot of the Provider Enrollment Timeline for IMPACT.

Federal Update

Independence at Home hearing on Capitol Hill praises Dr. Cornwell
A House Ways and Means Subcommittee hearing on a bill to continue the Independence at Home Act included high praise from two Illinois Congressmen (Republican Peter Roskam and Democrat Danny Davis) about IAFP member Thomas Cornwell, MD, who helped craft the legislation and has become a national leader in physician home care. The bill passed out of committee unanimously.   
You can view the 7-minute video here

Tell the House – don’t weaken FDA oversight of cigars
HR 662 would provide exemptions for cigars, even flavored cigars from FDA oversight.  Don’t be fooled by the bill’s name about small business and job preservation. Learn more in the AAFP News Now article.
Link to a SpeakOut letter

News You Can Use

Reporting Requirement Assistance! The Illinois Academy of Family Physicians joined with Telligen, Illinois' Medicare Quality Innovation Network - Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO), to help you be successful in meeting the ever changing and growing reporting requirements for payment and incentive programs.  Learn more and take advantage of the offer.

Members in the News

Allan Griffith, MD and Jason Cash, MD were quoted in a May 29 Bloomington Pantagraph article on insect bites and stings, and how to treat them at home and when to seek medical care.

James M Daniels, MS from SIU Quincy Family Medicine Residency Program is the editor of the Musculoskeletal Problems Handbook, 2nd edition, 2015. The book is dedicated to Jerry E. Kruse, MD, CEO, SIU Health Care

IAFP President-elect Alvia Siddiqi, MD has been appointed to the Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network Guiding Committee. She was nominated for the committee by AAFP.  Her working group will focus on alternative payment model (APM) that are included in the recently enacted MACRA Act, which eliminated SGR and replaced it with APMs. 

Thomas Huggett, MD, MPH of Chicago has been appointed to the IDHFS Director’s Medicaid Advisory Committee.

Executive vice president Vince Keenan, CAE was appointed to The State Health Improvement Plan (SHIP) Planning Council.  The SHIP is a legislatively mandated document focusing on health priorities and strategies for improvement that the state of Illinois must produce every four years, in order to maintain its accreditation as a state public health agency. The SHIP Planning Council will serve as the body guiding the interpretation of Illinois’ State Health Assessment and the development of the State Health Improvement Plan. The most recent State Health Improvement Plan (2010) can be found here.


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