April 14, 2023

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  1. Academy News
  2. Government Relations
  3. Education
  4. News You Can Use
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Opioid Safety Licensing CME


Academy News 

Essential Evidence Update VIRTUAL Conference
Friday, April 28 from 8 am – 5 pm - REGISTER TODAY!
This live virtual event provides rapid-fire, 30-minute “blasts” directly from the medical literature presented by highly-rated speakers family physicians, including IAFP First Vice President Kate Rowland, MD. Earn 7.5 CME Credits!
View the Full Schedule

Registration Fees:
IAFP & AAFP Active Members - $150
IAFP & AAFP Life Members - $75
Non-Members - $200
IAFP & AAFP Resident Members - $75
Medical students - Free
IAFP New Physicians (less than 7 years post-residency) get a 25% discount using code NPM25 at checkout.

To register a group or for other registration questions, please contact Ginnie Flynn.

Together in 2023 - IAFP and AAFP!
Doctors Day Discount for 30 days 

Doctors Day was March 30th, but AAFP is giving you the gift of 30 days to use their Doctors Day $100 Discount! After COVID-19 derailed AAFP FMX scheduled for Chicago in 2020, this is our chance to reunite, regroup and regain all the opportunities of Family Medicine’s biggest annual event.

Register by April 30th to get the lowest registration rate possible!
  $100 saving when you register before the July 1 Early Discount Deadline
+$100 in Doctors Day Savings – expires April 30th
=$200 in total savings! New Physicians (less than 7 Years post-residency training) receive additional discounts, too!

McCormick Place provides the beautiful lakefront location – accessible to all Chicago area members who prefer to return home each night to their families. Take the Metra or the CTA – avoid the traffic and parking delays! Or “staycation” at any of the affiliated conference hotels connected or close by McCormick Place.
Registration includes up to 90 CME credits.
25 Live CME
40 E-Posters Enduring CME
25 On-Demand CME
Check out the highlights and our IAFP Annual Meeting plans during FMX

IAFP will celebrate our Annual Awards and board installation in conjunction with FMX on Friday October 27. 
Now this the time to nominate your favorite family physicians for the IAFP Awards! 
Learn more and submit the online forms here for the Family Physician of the Year, Teachers of the Year and the Vince Keenan Award for Servant Leadership!  Deadline is July 4.

Family Medicine Midwest
Calling All Abstract Submissions!

Students, Residents, Fellows, and Physicians are invited to submit proposals for the Family Medicine Midwest Conference, September 29 - October 1 at the NIU Conference Center in Naperville!
All presentation submissions are due by May 8, 2023. Poster submissions are due by June 1, 2023. 
Visit our website for more information and important instructions! Questions about the abstract submission process? Contact Sara Ortega.

Support Students at FMM - Donate to the Student Support Fund

Family Medicine Midwest provides vital funding support for students. For most of our student attendees, these scholarships make it possible for them to attend the live event. You can donate now to support students to attend FMM 2023 in Naperville. University of Illinois and SIU students will need extra help with travel and hotel costs. Questions about student funding? Contact Ginnie Flynn at [email protected] or visit the website for more information.

Baseball is back! Get your tickets for the White Sox Game Foundation Fundraiser
Friday, June 23 at 7:10 PM vs. Boston Red Sox!
Get your tickets online here
Each ticket provides a $10 donation to the Family Health Foundation of Illinois which supports student and resident activities, Tar Wars and patient education programs like Healthy Lifestyles and Illinois Vaccinates against COVID-19.

 Government Relations

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Gordana Krkic, CAE, at [email protected]. 

State Update

Medicaid Renewals begin as Public Health Emergency ends 
The first Medicaid renewal notices will begin to arrive in early May for people whose renewal is due by June 1. Renewals for all Medicaid customers will be requested on a rolling basis over a full year. Customers who do not respond lose their Medicaid coverage a month after their due date. Anyone who is no longer eligible for Medicaid coverage will be notified and will receive information about how to enroll in alternative coverage. 

The most important thing your Medicaid patients can do right now is ensure their current address is on file with the Illinois Medicaid program. They can renew through the Application for Benefits Eligibility (ABE) website by visiting abe.illinois.gov and clicking on "Manage My Case" to set up their online account and verify their mailing address is correct to make sure they get mail from HFS and complete their renewal right away when they are due.
Customers can also call 1-800-843-6154 for help with their renewal.
View the Illinois Medicaid full messaging toolkit with resources in various languages or a shorter list of resources and links on our website here

Federal Update

Support legislation for positive annual Medicare payments
Medicare’s current payment system undermines your ability to provide high quality, comprehensive care, and finally Congress is taking meaningful action. A bipartisan group of physician-members of Congress recently introduced the Strengthening Medicare for Patients and Providers Act (H.R. 2474), which would help modernize Medicare physician payment by enacting a positive annual update to the conversation factor to account for rising practice costs. The AAFP applauds the introduction of H.R. 2474, and it’s crucial that your representative hears from you!  Use AAFP's link to 
Speak Out today! 

Urge Congress to support Kids’ Access to Primary Act (H.R. 925) 
This bipartisan bill would raise Medicaid payment rates to at least Medicare levels. On average, Medicaid payment is only 66% of the Medicare rate for primary care services. These inadequate payment rates are exacerbating the financial distress that primary care practices face every day and make it challenging for family physicians to accept more Medicaid patients. Medicaid payment parity is necessary to address the substantial barriers to accessing care that historically lower reimbursement rates have created. Use the AAFP's Speak Out and ask your Representative to co-sponsor H.R 952!

REPEAT WITH UPDATE: New Training Requirement for DEA Registered-Practitioners

The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2023 enacted a new one-time, eight-hour training requirement for all Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)-registered practitioners on the treatment and management of patients with opioid or other substance use disorders. According to the AAFP, the DEA and SAMHSA recently issued clarifying guidance about the new one-time, 8-hour training requirement, also known as the MATE (Medication Access and Training Expansion) Act. 

AAFP has a new FAQ page regarding this DEA requirements

  • Many previous trainings on safe prescribing and substance use disorder screening, brief counseling, and treatment, including training required to obtain an x-waiver, count towards, and may completely satisfy the new training requirement,
  • Currently, the DEA will ask physicians to attest to completing the training without requiring additional documentation, per the AAFP’s advice.
  • The new training requirement takes effect June 27, 2023, but physicians have until their DEA license renewal date to complete any additional trainings. For example, a physician with a DEA license that expires on January 1, 2025, does not need to complete the 8-hour training requirement until they go to renew their license.
  • Anyone who completed residency within the past five years of June 27, 2023, does not need to complete additional training.

This is separate from the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation State Mandated Requirements for Opioid Safety. Any completed training for the IL State Mandated requirement will count towards the DEA requirement IF the organization providing the training is an ACCME or CCEPR provider (like IAFP and AAFP!)  Access our training here


IAFP online CME library is here for you 24/7. Visit our convenient FAQ page for details. Did you miss our recent webinars? Events are recorded and available On Demand on IAFP's Education website.  

Now Online: Implicit Bias Webinar Recording  
Meets the new State of Illinois Licensing Requirement
Health (Equity) in ALL Policies 
Live Webinar recorded on March 15, 2023. 
IAFP past president and past Speaker of the AAFP Congress of Delegates Javette C. Orgain, MD, MPH, FAAFP is your guide through the history of racism in our nation’s health care story, as well as the impact of implicit bias on patients and health care professionals. All members have free access to this first module on the IAFP Education Center.  

Practical Child and Adolescent Psychiatry for Family Medicine Physicians- Register today!
Live Online Course
Meets Wednesdays, May 3 - June 7 via ZOOM from 6 - 8pm CT

Learning Objectives:

  1. Demonstrate an increased percentage of patients seen in their primary care practice with common behavioral health disorders who otherwise would be referred out to subspecialty waitlists.
  2. Adopt regular use of diagnostic/screening rating-scales f or common psychiatric disorders.
  3. Increase the appropriate use of common psychiatric medications when indicated.

Faculty: Dr. James Mackenzie, a fellowship trained Board Certified (ABPN) Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist practicing in the Chicagoland area for the past 15 years.

Learn more and register todayDiscounted registration for Life members, New Physicians and Resident members. You will receive CME credit at the end of the seven weeks for the sessions you participate in. Sessions will not be recorded to protect the confidentiality of our attendees and the questions asked.  Make-up sessions can be arranged with the speaker if needed.  

This project is funded by a grant from the Illinois Department of Public Health and offers education and resources for primary care.  Access all the tools and resources on the Brain Trust website

 Early Detection and Treatment of Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia webinar is now available with free access for all.  This program meets the 2023 Illinois state requirement for dementia education. Go to the Online Education Center.  

New this week!  Episode 7: Early Detection in African American Population with Dr. Raj Shah and guest Scott Levin, MD - Program Director, Family Medicine Residency Program and Medical Staff President at West Suburban Medical Center serving the West Side of Chicago. 

 Listen Now!

Updated Sexual Harassment in Health Care webinar is now online

Recorded by Marian R. Sassetti, MD, FAAFP – Lake Street Family Physicians, Oak Park.
Meets Illinois Licensing requirement  
Free for IAFP members. 

Access it now at the Online Education Center.

Other Organizations' CME 

ECHO Series on Chronic Kidney Disease
In partnership with the National Kidney Foundation, Telligen invites you to an ECHO series on Chronic Kidney Disease, beginning April 25th. The ECHO is a 60-minute case-based learning series with a goal of increasing clinicians’ confidence levels in early testing, diagnosis, management, and patient support. Sessions will take place every other Tuesday at 12pm CST or Thursday at 1pm CST.   Submit interest form here.

Free and Accredited:  The entire healthcare team can obtain free 1.0 CME/CEU’s per session for participating. 

News You Can Use

Beyond the Needle Podcasts Season 2 
Beyond the Needle is Back! IAFP Board members Dr. Corinne Kohler, Dr. Christina Wells connect with 2020 IAFP Family Physician of the Year Dr. Marian Sassetti to start up season two.  They reflect on the evolution of pandemic in the past year and engage in discussion about how we as a community can move forward, collectively. What can we do to rebuild the trust of our patients? How does the medical community heal from their own trauma? They'll identify ways you can address misinformation, changes in public perception, and COVID fatigue to boost Covid vaccinations among all your eligible patients.

This new season of the podcast series begins here with Part 1 of a two-part Podcast Physicians’ Reflections & Moving Forward After the Pandemic

New COVID patient resources from the NMA
The National Medical Association (NMA) had released a series of patient education handouts and office posters to help educate patients about COVID-19 treatment.  IAFP past president Javette C. Orgain, MD, MPH, FAAFP contributed to the development of these resources.  You can find them all on our COVID-19 Resource Center under National Resources

Talking points for clinicians
Handouts:  Get CareFAQs and Treatments for Patients
Posters:  Know Your RiskPrevent Getting SickTiming for TreatmentWhen to Get Care

 Members in the News

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

Nicholas Skyba, II, MD continued his update on the war in Ukraine which sadly includes several deaths among his relatives, in an April 5 editorial contribution to the Northwest Herald.  

Joanna Turner Bisgrove, MD provided insights and her own personal experience with norovirus on the April 14 Online AMA Newswire series What Doctors Wish Patients Knew article about norovirus. You can read or listen here

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