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COVID-19 Physician Education

IAFP webinars
Weekly clinical & practice management education for family physicians and their clinical colleagues. Every Tuesday & Thursday at 8pm CT

Clinical Tuesday

June 2, 2020 at 7pm CT - COVID-19 Essential Evidence Update

Discuss up to 5 of the latest journal articles on COVID-19 as it relates to family physicians.  Topics will include Epidemiology, Prevention and PPE, Diagnosis, Treatment, &  Prognosis. Literature review of recent research studies. Evidence sources include InfoPoems, PubMed and Cochrane systematic reviews.

Presented by
John Hickner, MD, MS is Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Family Practice and Professor Emeritus, Michigan State University College of Human Medicine.
Henry C. Barry, MD, MS is a professor emeritus of Family Medicine in the College of Human Medicine at Michigan State University
Mark H. Ebell MD, MS is a Professor in the College of Public Health at The University of Georgia. Dr. Ebell is Deputy Editor of American Family Physician and Editor-in-Chief of Essential Evidence. He is a graduate of the University of Michigan School of Medicine, a former RWJ Generalist Physician Faculty Scholar, and is former editor of the Journal of Family Practice.
Register for 6/2

June 9, 2020 @ 8pm CT - Exercising Active Advice Amid the COVID-19 Quarantine

Exercising Active Advice Amid the COVID-19 Quarantine, Presented by Ward McCracken, DO, of NorthShore University Health System’s Orthopedic & Spine Institute

SUMMARY: Recent challenges of caring for active patients is just one more way the COVID-19 pandemic has had a profound impact on the medical community. Primary care physicians have been advising patients from a distance on an injury and managing post-operative care using monitoring devices. It has been a new approach for the exercise enthusiast and those enduring rehabilitation. While overall reported orthopedic injuries have been down during the first month of the shutdown, there have been some unusual cases, mainly due to weekend warriors doing new activities at home and hurting themselves in the process.

With exercise being a key element to overall good health, what are the FAQs from patients on staying active amid COVID-19 and what are the best answers? With areas of activity now limited – from the local health club to the park district bike path – how are doctors to encourage their patients to stay active to prevent disease or injury?  The best practices for exercising during COVID-19 will be noted.

1.    Summarize current trends in managing active patients – from telehealth to monitoring devices
2.    Recall Physical Activity Guidelines
3.    List special considerations for active patients at-risk for COVID-19
4.    Cite recommended best practices in exercising during COVID-19

BIO : Ward McCracken, DO, is a primary care sports medicine specialist in the Department of Family Medicine at NorthShore University Health System. He is board certified in Family Medicine, and fellowship trained in Sports Medicine. Part of the NorthShore Orthopaedic & Spine Institute, Dr. McCracken’s expertise includes treating sports injuries, non-operative orthopedics, endurance athletes, concussion, and performing ultrasound guided injections, ABI and PRP.
Register for 6/9

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Practice Management Thursdays

June 4, 2020 @ 8pm CT - Community Health Workers serving as Pandemic Health Workers


Learn about how Southern Illinois University School of Medicine (SIU) developed a Community Health Worker Program 5 years ago and helped to transform that program into a Pandemic Health Worker Program to assist residents of the southern 65 Illinois counties as they face the Covid-19 pandemic.

Dr. Tracey Smith, Executive Director, SIU Medicine’s Office of Community Initiatives and Complex Care, created the community health worker model that helped shape the Pandemic Health Worker program launched in April with the Illinois Department of Public Health and OSF of Peoria. Janet Albers, MD, chair, SIU Department of Family and Community Medicine, joins the conversation.

The Pandemic Health Workers program has the following early statistics:


  • BH: 12%
  • BH/HRM: 13%
  • HRM: 44%
  • SDOH: 31%

Register for 6/4

June 11, 2020 @ 7pm CTDriving Short- and Long-Term Practice Financial Success
Part of Multi-Chapter Practice Management CME Webinar Series

•    Randy Walker, MD, and Angie Walker (office manager), Dr. Randy Walker Family Practice & Allergy Clinic, De Queen, AR
•    Marc Price, DO – family physician, Mechanicville, NY
Moderator: Tom Banning, Chief Executive Officer and Executive Vice President, Texas Academy of Family Physicians

•    Identify opportunities where practices can cut costs and create revenue infusing needed capital into their practice when they need it most – NOW
•    Understand how to build staff capacity so billable events can be streamlined into a financially successful workflow
•    Share untapped revenue strategies that practices can incorporate to diversify their practice’s long-term financial health.
Register for 6/11

June 18, 2020 at 8pm CT - Physician Contract Issues in Light of COVID-19

This webinar is for physicians who are either independent contractors or employees who want to understand their contract rights related to issues that have arisen during the pandemic.  Physicians have been asked to accept less pay, change their hours, or even to accept being furloughed.  Some physicians may have been terminated entirely.  It is important for physicians to understand their rights and options if their contract has been violated.

Presented by Ericka Adler, JD, LLM. Ms. Adler devotes a large part of her practice to advising professionals and practices on their contracts and compensation arrangements, and in assisting her clients in the acquisition and sale of health care entities. She works with providers in matters relating to HIPAA, fraud and abuse, billing audits, government investigations, licensure matters and contract disputes.Ericka Adler, JD, LLM, Roetzler and Andress, www.ralaw.com She her blog at www.physicianspractice.com  LinkedIn profile https://www.linkedin.com/in/ericka-adler-87a2a93/ Our moderator, Lucy Zielinski, Lumina Health Partners, has collaborated with IAFP for over 15 years to provide practice management consulting and project transformation. https://www.luminahp.com/about-lumina-health-partners/

Following this webinar, participants will be able to:
1.    Describe how their contract can be modified and/or terminated.
2.    List at least 3 of the protections to ask for if their contracts are modified.
3.    Outline a strategy for terminating a contract and fighting a wrongful amendment or termination.
Register for 6/18

June 25, 2020 at 7pm CT - The Future of Family Medicine in the Post COVID-19 World

Part of Multi-Chapter Practice Management CME Webinar Series

•    Shawn Martin - Senior Vice President, Advocacy, Practice Advancement and Policy; Incoming Executive Vice President and Chief Executive Officer (effective August 1, 2020), American Academy of Family Physicians
•    Farzad Mostashari, MD - Aledade Co-founder and CEO; former National Coordinator for Health Information Technology at the Department of Health and Human Services; and served as a distinguished expert at the Brookings Institute’s Engelberg Center for Health Care Reform
Moderator: Lisa Folberg, Chief Executive Officer, California Academy of Family Physicians

•    Reflect on how family physicians stepped forward to meet the challenges posed by COVID-19 and how the pandemic magnified critical gaps and spotlighted unique opportunities for improving our health delivery system
•    Learn how prospective, population-based payments for primary care could fundamentally reframe the health care system and bolster the specialty of family medicine
•    Understand what the Primary Care Marshall Plan is and what it could mean if implemented for the future of family medicine in the post COVID-19 world.

Register for 6/25

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IAFP Online Enduring Materials
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Post-Hospitalization of patients with COVID-19
Presented by Lauren Oshman, MD, MPH & Curtis Weiss, MD, MS

Recorded on May 12, 2020

Telemedicine and Business Continuity
Presented by Ellen Brull, MD & Lucy Zielinski
Recorded on May 7, 2020

The Collaborative Care Model: Increasing Access to Behavioral Health
Presented by James G MacKenzie DO, Neha V. Gupta, MD & Shannon Goebel Paul
Recorded on May 5, 2020

Telehealth and Business Continuity
Presented by Gregory E. Smith, MD and moderated by Daniel Marino
Recorded April 30, 2020

Three Effective Coping Strategies in Crisis
Presented by Raymond A. Kane MSW, LCPC and Lucy Zielinski, Lumina Health Partners, is a practice management consultant, specializing in solo/small group practices.  Ms. Zielinski has worked with IAFP for 15+ years to aid practices.
Recorded on April 28, 2020

Home Care & COVID-19
Presented by Thomas Cornwell, MD, Senior Medical Director at Village Medical at Home
Recorded on April 21, 2020

Improving Telehealth in your Practice
Presented by Jim Cunnar, MD & Lucy Zielinski of Lumina Health Partners
Recorded on April 16th2020

Telehealth - How to Start or Improve Services
Farah Turk, MD, a family physician in solo practice teams up with Lucy Zielinski to present how to start or improve telehealth services in their practice, implement coding for telehealth whether by telephone, video or email and help access list of health plans' telehealth rules and advisories.
Recorded on April 9th, 2020

Acute Respiratory Infection with special guest appearance by super-villain SARS-CoV-2
Bruce Barrett, MD, PhD, MS, family physician at University of Wisconsin, will presents the latest research findings on screening, diagnosing, and treating COVID-19.  
Recorded on April 7, 2020

Patient Care in Crisis: How to Launch, Code and Bill Telehealth Services
Presented by IAFP and Lumina
Click here to access the webinar recording and the webinar slide deck.
Recorded on March 26, 2020

Other Education

Special ECHO-Chicago sessions - COVID-19 in Adult Populations with Case Presentations
Wednesday, May 27th, 5:30-6:30 PM CST
Join the The University of Chicago Medicine for a didactic led by infectious disease specialists, Drs. Jennifer Pisano and Stephen Schrantz, and geriatrician Dr. Kate Thompson, followed by case presentations. Participants are invited to present a patient case for discussion with the expert panel.
Registration is required. Please register here.

AAFP COVID-19 CME Webinar Series

AAFP Pandemic Self-Study Package: COVID-19

AAFP Town Hall webinars on demand

Essential Evidence Plus online - Coronavirus SARS-CoV1 infection (SARS) & Coronavirus SARS-CoV2 infection (COVID-19)

Texas Academy of Family Physicians’ Business Continuity Webinars

JAMA Network YouTube - Coronavirus (COVID-19) Q&As series

Pri-Med Coronavirus (COVID-19) CME and Resources

ECHO-Chicago COVID-19 Resources 

COVID-19 OB / Neonatal resources    

Indiana University Project ECHO CME 

National Institutes of Health Coronavirus Center

Stanford University CME Center on COVID-19

The Minnesota Academy of Family Physicians is partnering with CHI St. Gabriel’s Health Project ECHO, the Minnesota Department of Human Services and Stratis Health to host a free weekly virtual education on COVID-19 in Minnesota.  Tuesdays & Thursdays, 12:15-1:30 pm Central