April 28, 2023

In This Issue...

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

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Career Center


The Brain Trust


Online Education Center

Event Calendar


Partner in Health Resources

Family Physician Magazine

Opioid Safety Licensing CME


Academy News 

IAFP has a Membership App!

Take IAFP on the go:  IAFP members can download and use our new membership app for easy access to our events, online education, Career Center, podcast series and Family Medicine Midwest. Learn more here.  Find “IL AFP” on your App store and then use your IAFP membership email to login and get the access code to get started. Or if you are reading this on a phone or tablet, click on the button below to go directly download on your device.


Last chance to save the most! 
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 - use code NDD23! After COVID-19 derailed AAFP FMX scheduled for Chicago in 2020, this is our chance to reunite and regroup at 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 30thUse code NDD23
=$200 in total savings! New Physicians (less than 7 Years post-residency training) receive additional discounts, too!

Take the Metra or the CTA to 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
Abstract Deadline Extended!

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 30,  and poster submissions are due by June 12 
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.

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. If you can’t attend, play along from home!  Make your pledge here to donate based on the game outcomes.  You can pledge per run, hit, strikeout, whatever you wish and we’ll contact you on June 24 to finalize your donation amount due.  

Member Interest Group Updates

Food is Medicine is now Lifestyle Medicine. This MIG adopted a name change to reflect the broader goals of the group and to reflect the existing AAFP Lifestyle Medicine Member Interest Group. View the MIG resources.      

NEW: Physician Well-being - The objective of this group is to advance well-being among IAFP member physicians by sharing educational resources and building community.  The MIG will share tactics to improve morale and enhance our members’ personal health. All members are invited to their Zoom meeting on May 15 at 8pm for a Book Club to discuss A Doctor's Dozen - Introduction and Lesson 1 (pages 1-26). Members may join the meeting even if you don't have a chance to read these chapters in advance or join in on future meetings as they progress though the lessons. Details on the website MIG page and the meeting link is on our website calendar.

 Government Relations

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

State Update

E-cigarette bill advances in Springfield
HB 1540 passed out of the Senate Executive Committee this week and advances to the Senate for a full vote. The bill already cleared the House so a passing Senate Vote would send the bill to Gov. Pritzker for his signature.  You can view the bill here, to thank your Senators who are co-sponsors or ask your Senator to vote yes on the floor. Here is the fact sheet you can use.

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. 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 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. 952) 
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!  Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky (D-9) is the only Illinois co-sponsor at this time.


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.  

Implicit Bias Webinar Recording  Meets the new State of Illinois Licensing Requirement
Health (Equity) in ALL Policies 
Live Webinar recorded on March 15  
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.  Just login and add the course to your account. Non-members you know may purchase the course for $25 (they will need to create a non-member account for access using this form

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 8: Early Detection in FQHCs with Dr. Raj Shah and guest Emma Daisy, MD IAFP's president-elect who is also a geriatrician at Tapestry360 Health.  They'll discuss ways to integrate dementia screening into practice in this setting. 

 Listen Now!


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 

SAVE THE DATE:  Illinois Summit on Antimicrobial Stewardship
Tuesday June 13 from 8:30am to 5pm

LIVE at the Parke Regency Hotel and Conference Center in Bloomington, a one-day summit to bring you up-to-date on the regulatory and national landscape for antimicrobial stewardship. IAFP is a co-sponsor of this annual event. Registration information to come soon!                     

News You Can Use

Beyond the Needle Podcasts Season 2 
Dr. Corinne Kohler, Dr. Christina Wells and Dr. Marian Sassetti continue the conversation to help you address misinformation, changes in public perception about the vaccines and how we can incorporate all the technology advances from the COVID crisis in an ongoing approach to improve overall health.  

Listen to part 2 of  Physicians’ Reflections & Moving Forward After the Pandemic

Visit the full I-VAC website for tools, resources, and support specific to Illinois from this collaborative effort with ICAAP, ECHO-Chicago and IDPH

COVID patient resources 
You can find even more on our COVID-19 Resource Center   
Check out AAFP's Quick Conversation Guide on COVID Vaccine for Children Age 6 Months and Older

World Immunization Week 2023 is April 24-30
World Immunization Week, celebrated in the last week of April, aims to highlight the collective action needed to protect people from vaccine-preventable diseases. This year is ‘The Big Catch-Up’, to get adults (and everyone) back on track to ensure more people are protected from preventable diseases.

Link to these helpful AAFP resources to help improve vaccine rates among adults in your practice

 Members in the News

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

Brian Chicoine, MD the IAFP 2019 Family Physician of the Year was featured by KFF Health in a story about people with Down Syndrome living longer.  He is the founder the Adult Down Syndrome Center in Park Ridge. Read the article

Resident member Rasmeet Miller, MD (Ascension Saint Mary Family Medicine Residency in Chicago) was included in an AMA News online article with advice for residents adjusting to their first overnight shifts. 

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