February 19, 2016

In This Issue...

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

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Practice Resources

Event Calendar

Member Benefits


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Academy News

NEW: Zika Virus Resources

AAFP page
AMA Resources 

IDPH Provider call recording from Feb. 16 - The audio file is available here

The next IDPH Zika conference call for general providers is Monday, Feb. 22, 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. If you are interested you need to pre-register, the call is limited to 500 participants. To register now, please click here 
Conference line : 1-888-494-4032
Access Code : 1153134094

NEW for members: Online community forums
What are the Community Forums? A place where IAFP members can connect privately about issues of mutual interest. Find common ground and advice from your fellow family physicians!
How to join one Login to at www.iafp.com and then click on Community Forums under Membership Tab. The list of available forums will appear. Click on the forum to view the posts already there, or add a post yourself. 
Also, you can go under VIEW MY PROFILE in the Membership tab and click on Contact Preferences, where you can choose to subscribe to community forums and determine if you wish to receive email notifications when a new topic is posted. If you have a suggestion for a Community Forum, please email Ginnie Flynn, VP of Communications.

Join an IAFP committee

First, visit the IAFP Committee webpage where you can read descriptions about the wide variety of committee volunteer opportunities.
Next, fill out the online sign-up form and indicate which committee(s) you are interested in joining. The deadline to sign up for the 2016 committees is March 18. Questions? Contact Sara Ortega at [email protected].

Help one task force get started! Take our one-question poll about physician burnout. The results will be helpful to our IAFP Task Force on Physician Burnout

Nominations are open FP of the Year. We have 2700+ active members throughout the state. Do you know the next Illinois Family Physician of the Year? Submit that members name and information to IAFP by June 1using our  easy form on the IAFP website.

Be counted: complete the AAFP member census. The census results help chapters and AAFP better understand and represent the needs of our shared members. 

Essential Evidence Update Chicago - Register today!

March 17-18 at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Earn 12.75 CME credits with topics across the spectrum of primary care! The new research evidence and meta-analyses that will either change your practice or confirm that your current approaches are supported by solid evidence from randomized trials and other high quality studies. Its one stop shopping for primary care excellence and CME.

Learn more here - Online registration is now open!  discounted registration for early career (less than 7 years post residency) and one-day registration option available! 

JUST ADDED:  Springfield Essential Evidence June 17-18. Learn more here

Healthy Hearts in the Heartland H3 Webinar on Blood Pressure:Michael Rakotz, MD, Director of Chronic Disease Prevention at the American Medical Association and a new member of the IAFP board of directors, presents a webinar discussion for providers and office staff on blood pressure (BP) control improvement methods on February 25thfrom 12:30-1pm.  Get a great deal of information in only 30 minutes!

More info and registration 

View all the H3 webinar opportunities

Still seeking GLBT Delegate for AAFP NCCL Conference

IAFP still seeks a delegate to represent the Gay, Lesbian, Bi-sexual and Transgender constituency at the AAFP National Conference of Constituent Leaders May 5-7 in Kansas City. IAFP will cover your registration and travel (limits apply). Please contact Jennifer O'Leary by March 1 at [email protected] if you are interested. 

Direct Primary Care and You - How does it work? Find out in Detroit

Attend the Direct Primary Care Workshop in Detroit, MI, April 2, to get the answers you need. Save $100 when you register by March 11.

Government Relations

State Update

Tobacco 21 introduced in the Illinois General Assembly 
IAFP stood with Sen. John Mulroe (D-10, Chicago) as he introduced SB3011 which would raise the age to purchase all tobacco products to 21. Past President Ronald Johnson, MD and Vice President of Communications Ginnie Flynn represented IAFP in the press conference on Thursday at the Capitol. You can read our statement here.

NEXT STEPS:  If you have a relationship with your state senator, please ask him or her to co-sponsor SB3011- click on the link to view the bill and current co-sponsors. 

State must pay case management services for pregnant women and children 
The judge in the Beeks/Memisovski cases has entered an order that mandates that the State pay Family Case Management Providers who have not been paid since June 2015 for providing Medicaid-funded case management services to pregnant women and young children. The Shriver Center and the Legal Council for Health Justice filed a motion last week to compel the payment of millions of dollars to Family Case Management providers, many of whom are local public health departments and FQHCs. It is hopeful that these payments will allow this critical program to continue during the budget impasse.

Federal Update

Multi-payer core measures agreement announced
An announcement this week from the Core Quality Measures Collaborative -- a group to which the AAFP Is directly involved -- provided significant movement in the right direction to alleviate the significant administrative burden to primary care practices, medical homes and ACOs.
In a joint release from all participating organizations, agreement was announced on core measures sets(www.cms.gov) for select areas of practice. Please see this link for Primary care measures, PCMH and ACO measures 
AAFP News provides more details. 


News You Can Use

A Proven Approach to the Weight Management Conversation

Weight dramatically impacts your patients health, yet your lack of time and resources can be barriers to talking about it. Jenny Craig developed Be the Health Moment, with guidance from primary care weight management experts, to provide physicians with proactive weight management resources to improve your patients total health.

The How To Have The Weight Conversation With Your Patients guide introduces you to the well- established 5As approach to weight management counseling. The 5As approach allows you to raise the issue of weight in a sensitive way, gather important data from your patient, and provide meaningful recommendations to help him or her achieve and maintain a healthy weight.


Illinois Chapter, AAP Offers Web-based CME on Building Healthy Habits 

Nutrition for Obesity Prevention and Treatment is a series of eight 15-minute modules that offer current science and application strategies to improve pediatric providers assessment and counseling skills. Physicians who took this reported feeling prepared to educate and counsel patients and families, ask about barriers to healthy diets, and brainstorm modifications. This free CME provides the physicians the flexibility to choose modules for credit on their own schedules. Click here for more information, or contact Ashlee Baeten at [email protected] or 312-733-1026 ext 232. Register here in ICAAPs learning management system.

In the job hunt? Try the Free Virtutal Career Fair from AAFP

Participate in the free AAFP CareerLink Virtual Career Fair on March 2 from 3 to 5 p.m. CST and connect with employers looking to hire family physicians from the comfort of your home or office. Gain direct access to physician employers looking to hire, broaden your professional network, and explore career opportunities. Register today.

Illinois Telehealth Law Forum Conference three-event series

Save all three dates: April 6, June 7 and September 13, 2016
Locations: Chicago (Loop), Carbondale, Naperville and Springfield
The Illinois Telehealth Initiative invites you to the inaugural Illinois Telehealth Law Forum, a three-part series examining the telehealth landscape in Illinois and the broader Midwest.  Learn more and register here

Practice Transformation Opportunities  

Great Lakes Practice Transformation Network   

Healthy Hearts in the Heartland H3 is a QI project to improve cardiovascular outcome and prepare for value based payments.   

Members in the News

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

Articles about the Tobacco 21 press conference with quotes from Ronald Johnson, MD of Pittsfield appeared in todays Quad City Times, Decatur Herald and Review and Mattoon Journal.  Also a new story aired on WICS-TV in Champaign which featured IAFP Vice President of Communications Ginnie Flynn.

Dennis Yap, MD of Springfield is featured in a Springfield State Journal Register story about the decline in solo practice ownership, how being your own boss is not so easy in medicine.

Eric Kuhns, MD of Sterling is mentioned in the Sauk Valley News on February 16 for his work with the Wellness committee at Challand Middle School, where the Lifting Club is improving the health, grades and behavior of at risk students using a wellness approach.

Mary Kelly, DO of Oak Park penned a thoughtful community spirit letter to the editor to the Oak Park Wednesday Journal thanking the Oak Park leadership in finding a solution to help small businesses like hers with valet parking during major road construction in downtown Oak Park.

An article appeared in the Naperville Sun on Sunday February 7, Making sense of winter wellness featuring IAFP member Jennifer Kurka, MD.