The Practice Improvement Network (PIN) is a two year commitment by IAFP to our members in all practice settings to make improvements and reap the rewards. Members can join the small practice pilot, earn clinical and practice management. CME, or simply follow the journey through regular IAFP member communications from the “Network.”  

PIN Newsletter - PIN Points November Issue

Learn more about the Practice Improvement Network (PIN) Click here


Resource Library

EHR Meaningful Use Attestation resource guide.  New resource offers contact information assistance for your journey to meaningful use attestation.

Illinois Health Connect releases new patient education video about the benefits of your medical home  **Spanish version now available.

PIN Presentations from the 2011 IAFP Annual Meeting 

  • Dr. Donald Lurye, Chief Executive Officer, Elmhurst Clinic LLC provided an overview of the core elements of IAFP Practice Improvement Network and highlighted some of the key learnings from the first year of the PIN initiative. He explained to attendees that transformation is a journey, not a destination, and encouraged every practice to focus on making changes that are meaningful and relevant to their operations and their patients. Click here

  • Dr. Elif Oker, F.A.C.E.P., a medical director at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois discussed opportunities to reduce barriers and gaps in the continuum of care.  Dr. Oker highlighted the impact of technologies to connect providers and enhance existing referral relationships between providers to support continuity in patient care.  Click here 

Medical Homes in the News – IAFP past president Tim Vega talks medical homes in the April 11 issue of the Peoria Journal-Star click here. 

View a slide show presentation by Dr. Jen Brull,  a rural Family Physician in Kansas, shows she works with the HITREC in Kansas.

New resources now available - ACO and Affiliation guides for FPs
IAFP, several other chapters and AAFP combined to produce two documents that should be required reading for independent practice physicians in weighing their options for the future.  Get some answers especially for the family physician!

     AAFP has put together these ACO powerpoint presentations

State based Insurance exchanges

PCMH Projects in other states

Georgia AFP’s version of the PIN – the PCMH University

AAFP News Now featured the Georgia AFP’s PCMH Universi, which is very similar to the IAFP PIN’s Small Practice Pilot.  Read more at

Kansas PCMH project - a Partnership of Kansas AFP, Medical Society, Pediatrics and more.  and click on the PCMH tab

Michigan:  Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM) has launched a certification program emphasizing PCMH and will provide reimbursement of at least 10% for practice evaluation and management of services for certified practices under this new program.  The Michigan AFP has entered into a contract with BCBSM. Learn more at

Resource from IAFP PCMH conference June 25-26 2010 (note no CME will be awarded for these programs online, they are for information only).  

Achieving Meaningful Use Webinar Series

IL-HITREC (Illinois Health Information Technology Regional Extension Center) is offering a series of monthly FREE webinars designed to help physicians and their practices attain the meaningful use of EHRs. Some webinars will offer FREE CME credit.


For more information, please visit,  To register for the current, webinar, please visit, To view previous webinars in this series, please visit the IL-HITREC Achieving Meaningful Use Webinar Archive at

Simple Questions about the Medical Home

Medical Home is not Managed Care – it’s better care!

Link to Medical Home IAFP video  

Introduction to the Patient Centered Medical Home Video

Learn more about the Patient Centered Medical Home in this slide presentation by Ken Bertka, MD, AAFP board member, from the IAFP December 2009 annual meeting.  Click here 

Recognized Medical Home organizations

View Listings of IL Medical Homes

AAFP Road to Recognition, a guide to simplify the NCQA process

NCQA PCMH Materials 

Joint Commissions' Primary Care Home Accreditation  Approved Standards & EPs for The Joint Commission Primary Care Medical Home Option - Ambulatory Care Accreditation Program – Effective July 1, 2011.  

About PCMH

AAFP Special Report on PCMH

Patient Centered Primary Care Collaborative

Clinical Decision Support in the Medical Home

Health IT in the PCMH

IAFP background presentation about the Practice Improvement Network – Feb. 2011

IAFP Member offers her “Top Ten List for Creating a PCMH at Your Practice"


Illinois Medicaid patients are already seeing the benefits of having a “medical home” through the Illinois Health Connect Program.  Over 5,000 primary care practices are designated primary care providers to over 1.9 million Medicaid patients. These practices function as Medicaid patients’ usual source of care and first point of contact.  As a result, participating physicians are seeing increased payments and better outcomes for coordinating care.  

Your Healthcare Plus - CME Site for the Disease Management Program

The disease management component, Your Healthcare Plus, is working to improve outcomes for some of Medicaid’s most complex patients. All Illinois physicians can benefit from the clinical knowledge and the quality improvement tools available from the Your Healthcare Plus CME program, created by IAFP’s education network.   

Both Illinois Health Connect and Your Healthcare Plus are led by family physicians and shaped by constant feedback from IAFP leaders and family physicians.  Link to the IAFP case statement on IHC and YHP 

Illinois Health Connect and Your Healthcare Plus present at PCPCC meeting in Washington, DC – Oct. 21, 2010

Link to Illinois Health Connect video