I hope you enjoyed some rest and time with your family to help you recharge while honoring our fallen heroes of all services. We look forward to continuing along the Restore Illinois path towards gradual re-opening after the stay at home order expires on Friday May 29.

As you know, the Illinois General Assembly finally reconvened last Wednesday through Saturday (past midnight into Sunday morning) to finish as much of the state’s business as possible, especially adopting the budget for the next fiscal year. While a state budget was passed, efforts to make telehealth programs and parity payments permanent were not included. Supporters will ask Governor Pritzker to extend his current order through December 31, 2020. Link to the testimony that IAFP submitted on telehealth. More details coming up in this Friday’s e-news.

And now to your Weekly Wednesday Update!

Upcoming live events

AAFP weekly Town Hall tonight at 7pm. Please join via Facebook,YouTube or Twitter at 7pm CT. Approved for 1 CME credit. Aledade Founder and CEO Farzad Mostashari, MD and AAFP CEO Designee Shawn Martin discuss how to support, strengthen, and sustain primary care during the COVID-19 pandemic. Learn more here.  

AAFP hosts a weekly series of CME webinars Fridays 7-8 pm CT dedicated to topics from the COVID-19 pandemic. 

We have three special collaborative webinar events in the coming days.

  • IAFP’s Practice Management Thursday - May 28 at 7pm CT - Sustaining Telehealth in Family Medicine: Today and Tomorrow. Register here. Learn more about our Multi-Chapter Practice Management CME Webinar Series
  • COVID-19 Strategies for OB/Neonatal Units Webinar -- Friday, May 29 at 12 noon. Illinois Perinatal Quality Collaborative will share cases and discuss lessons learned caring for pregnant women with COVID-19 and infants exposed to COVID-19. Register here
  • IAFP’s next Clinical Tuesday - June 2 at 7pm CT - COVID-19 Essential Evidence Update Co-hosted by the Michigan AFP. Discuss up to five 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. Register here 

News and Updates

Updated (May 21) Medicaid COVID-19 Fee schedule 

FAQs for Illinois Medicaid Virtual Healthcare Expansion/Telehealth Emergency Rules UPDATED

PPE Purchasing via Amazon
Amazon Business has opened its priority access “COVID-19 Supplies Store” to individual physicians. 

Contact Tracing: IDPH will deliver the names to the local health departments who will hire local personnel. Link to a sign-up form.

Testing: Locations are continuously added as information is provided. 

On Demand Resources

Visit the IAFP’s COVID-19 education resources and our COVID-19 Resources page. 

AAFP resource center for physicians to be proactive in discussions if they are facing new issues contrary to their employment contract. 

AAFP COVID Testing Guide for Physicians

AAFP resource center on Physician Employment Issues

As we emerge from the toughest weeks of this pandemic, stay safe, and continue to be an example for your friends, families, patients, and communities. Let’s also take time to restore our souls as we restore our state.


Monica J. Fudala, MD

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