October 27, 2017

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

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The final issue of 2017!


Academy News

Disaster Relief - Where you can help your fellow members now!

The Santa Rosa family medicine residency building/clinic are severely damaged and several faculty/residents lost homes. Both residency programs are still operating and recruiting/interviewing.  Learn more here. California Academy of Family Physicians Foundation (CAFP-F) is collecting contributions; their President-Elect Lisa Ward, who practices in Santa Rosa, will help coordinate the relief efforts. http://www.familydocs.org/firerelief

The Indiana AFP is spearheading relief efforts to aid (generators, communication and supplies) Puerto Rico AFP members in caring for their devastated communities. Members of the Puerto Rico Academy of Family Physicians will personally accept and deliver supplies, and they will continue to do so as long as they are needed. You can donate via Indiana AFP https://www.in-afp.org/make-a-contribution

The fund has raised over $72,000!

Newly approved Mission Vison and Values 

The IAFP board evaluated and reviewed the IAFP's mission in a project started at the August retreat, and approved at the October 5 board meeting. You can see the new mission, vision and values here.

Reminder: Opening on IAFP Board of Directors
Nominations are due by November 10.

There is an opening in the board class of 2018. The selected member will serve at the following three 2018 board meetings:

  • Thurs., Jan. 18, 8-9 pm, via teleconference/webinar
  • Sat., April 21, 9a-1p, at Elmhurst Hospital, Elmhurst, IL
  • Weds., Aug. 29, 8-9 pm, via teleconference/webinar

The interim board member will be eligible to run for a full three-year term on the board in 2018. Read the full job description. 

Please send an email, photo, CV/resume and answers to the following two questions by Fri., Nov. 10 to [email protected].

  1. Identify areas where you have skills, experience or interest (such as finance, public relations, health information technology, CME, GME, and/or government relations).
  2. Describe how you can help IAFP further its mission. Learn more at www.iafp.com/mission To be the voice of Family Physicians by promoting the value of the specialty of family medicine and improving health for all through advocacy, education and action.

The IAFP's Leadership Development Committee, chaired by past president Alvia Siddiqi, MD will review all applicants and qualify candidates to send to the IAFP board. A final decision will be made by Dec. 15. Questions may be directed to Vince Keenan, IAFP Executive Vice President at [email protected] or call 630-427-8002.

You can sign up for a committee or join a Member Interest Group for 2018

Learn more and then you'll find a quick and easy link to sign up.  The deadine is December 1. 

If you are a Tar Wars presenter or wish to bring that tobacco-prevention program to a fourth or fifth grade classroom in your neighborhood, click here for more information and a link to the updated 2017-18 curriculum guide. Contact Ginnie Flynn for assistance.

Mentors needed! Mentor Connection extended and funded for 2018

Help us provide students with a variety of tangible family medicine exposures, positive mentoring and interaction only possible through the Illinois Academy of Family Physicians. Learn more and then sign up via the secure Mentorship Community Forum on our web site.

Upcoming events!  Act now!

Culture and Vaccine Decisions (FREE Live event and webinar option)
Thursday, November 2 at ICAAP offices in Chicago or join the live webinar. Two of the presenters are IAFP members!
Learn more here - including both registration options
Today is the deadline to RSVP for the live lunch event.

November 8, 2017 from 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Register online

Link to the IAFP Webinars page to see what's on the schedule!

Government Relations

If you have any questions or would like more information, please contact Gordana Krkic, CAE, Deputy Executive Vice President of External Affairs at [email protected]

State Update

The Illinois General Assembly convened for the first part of Veto Session this week.  They will return November 7-9 to complete their business for the current session.

Federal Update

AAFP President meets with CMS
AAFP President Michael Munger, MD delivered family medicine's plea for relief directly to CMS Administrator Seema Verma to ease the outrageous regulatory burdens placed on physicians by public and private payers. Read his remarks here
On Thursday CMS launched an initiative to help it determine what provider regulations it should junk or revamp, citing growing concerns that its regulations are reducing the time providers spend with patients. As part of the Patient over Paperwork initiative, CMS officials will travel the country to gather information on the impact their regulations have, 

News You Can Use

Last chance!  Alzheimer's Association Annual Research Symposium November 2 in Chicago 

IAFP members can SAVE $30 off registration using the code:  IAFP

5 CME Credits available. World-class researchers present the latest and emerging dementia-related research topics including; Innovative Care Practices, Theories and Discoveries with a special focus on translating research into care. Learn more and register here

Nobody Quits like Chicagoland is coming next month

Go to the IAFP Event Calendar for that week to get details and sign up as events are finalized. 
Events on the calendar include
Sunday, Nov. 12 - Smoke-free Faith Day
Monday, Nov. 13 - Smoke-Free Multi-Unit Housing Webinar 12:00-1:00 pm 
Tuesday, Nov. 14 - TBD

Wednesday, Nov. 15

  • Mental Health and Smoking Cessation Symposium at Adler University, 8:00-10:00 am
  • Behavioral Health Event at Jesse Brown VA Medical Center 4-7PM 

Thursday, Nov. 16 Great American SmokeoutPolicies for PreventionTobacco 21 policies/implementation (Panel discussion and networking) 9:00 - 11:00 am at Highland Park Hospital, Highland Park
Friday, Nov. 17 - LGBTQ Event Youth Advisor Training Prevention and Cessation at Inspiration Kitchen 3504 W. Lake St, Chicago

Submit Workshop Proposals for AAFP National Conference

Workshop proposals for the 2018 AAFP National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students are being accepted until November 12. The conference will be held August 2-4, 2018 in Kansas City, MO. Learn more

November 14 - Chicago Healthy Adolescents and Teens (CHAT) Conference, including FREE LARC training available

Hosted by the Chicago Department of Public Health at Malcom X Collge. Click here for more information and RSVP instructions

Curious how your practice can boost influenza immunization uptake in your older patient population?
Watch the AAFP's free webcast "Increasing Influenza Vaccinations for Adults 65 and Older: Evidence-based Strategies in Primary Care for Reducing Barriers to Immunization" today.

Watch the webcast now.Supported through a grant from Sanofi Pasteur.

Free Flu Shot Clinics in Chicago

Chicago Dept. of Public Health has a  listing of FREE flu shot clinics. Please share with your Chicago patients, if you are not providing flu shots on site this year.

Renew your DEA registration

As a prescriber of controlled substances, you must secure a renewal from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) every three years timed to the date of your initial DEA registration. Learn more 

Members in the News

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

IAFP member Ryan Clodaugh, MD was featured in the LaGrange local edition of the Chicago Tribune on October 16 for her Direct Primary Care practice in LaGrange. Did you know that IAFP has a Direct Primary Care Member Interest Group? Learn more

Carolyn Lopez, MD participated in a panel discussion WTTW's "Chicago Tonight" on October 17 about the latest compromise attempt to stabilize the health care insurance landscape with the Senate bi-partisan proposal from Senators Lamar Alexander and Patty Murray and the mixed signals from the White House and how it will impact plan options and insurance enrollment as the open enrollment period approaches.