December 4, 2015

In This Issue...

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

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Academy News

SAMs workshops near you!

Let IAFP help you get this requirement done, with some group fun!  Our SAM Workshops offer a convenient and high-quality solution for your busy schedule to complete the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) Maintenance of Certification (MoC) Self-Assessment Module (SAM).  This workshop takes you through the 60 core competency questions to determine the correct answers. After the session, IAFP staff will report your answers directly to the ABFM.

Registration fees are only $250 for active members and $75 for resident members.

SAMs on Pain Management
Wednesday, December 16, 2015 from 1 pm - 5 pm
Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center - Chicago

If that date doesn’t work for you – try this one!

SAMs on Pain Management (repeat of December 16)
Wednesday, January 6, 2016 from 1 pm - 5 pm
Presence Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center - Chicago

Need a suburban solution?

SAMs on Hypertension
Wednesday, February 10, 2016 from 8:30 am - 1:00 pm
Rush Copley Medical Center in Aurora

Vaccinate Illinois Week is next week!

Vaccinate Illinois Week is December 6-12. Make sure every patient you see that week has their flu shot and then check their records for any gaps in immunizations. Need an update CME?  Join the Update Webinar on December 8..

Link to the IAFP Vaccinate Illinois Week resource page

JUST ADDED:  Update on Adult Immunizations For Primary Care Providers Webinar

Thursday, December 10, 2015 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CST

Presented by: Corinne Kohler, MD, FAAFP
Frances Nelson Medical Director
Promise Healthcare
Clinical Assistant Professor, College of Medicine
University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, IL

Learning Objectives
* Understand the current ACIP recommendations and immunization schedules for adults.
* Educate adult patients about the importance of immunization.

Register here for Update on Adult Immunizations For Primary Care Providers on Thursday, December 10, 2015 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM CST After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the training.

IAFP will be running radio spots in Rockford, Peoria, Bloomington, Springfield and Carbondale markets from Nov. 30-Dec. 9. Tune into these stations to hear them

  • Rockford: WXXQ-FM 98.5 Country
  • Springfield: WMAY-AM 970 News/Talk
  • Peoria: WSWT-FM 106.9 Lite Rock
  • Bloomington: WBWN-FM 104.1 Country
  • Carbondale: WJPF-AM 1020 and WCIL-AM 1340 News/Talk

 Link to the radio PSA on IAFP’s web site.

View the ACIP Adult Vaccine schedule here. Need a flu shot finder?IDPH web page has one - scroll down and enter the Zip Code. 

Images of Illinois Family Medicine – Call for photos!
Show us your family medicine! IAFP is looking for genuine photos of our members doing what they do best! Each year the IAFP Annual Report features three photos on the cover submitted by our members. Additional great photos find their way onto other pages of the publication, where space permits! Check your files, check with your marketing department and email us your favorite family medicine image of the year. 
What are we looking for?
-Great patient care photos (any age, any aspect of a family medicine visit)
-Providing care in a unique setting (mission trips, sporting events, distance races, mobile units, family medicine is everywhere!
-Teaching – students, residents, other physicians, high school students, boy scouts, anything!
What do we need from you?
-High quality, high-resolution photo
-The name of any IAFP members in the photo – but no patient names, please
-If the photo was taken by a professional photographer, please provide his or her name and the written permission to use the photo in our annual report. 
Send your photos by email to Ginnie Flynn by January 11, 2016.

Government Relations

State Update

ACTION ALERT – ask your state representative to vote NO on certified professional midwives!
House Bill 4341 contains few restrictions on what services are provided by certified professional midwives. In addition, education and licensure requirements are noticeably absent and even if specified would fall well below the standards for nurse midwives. You can link to the bill summary to see if your representative is a co-sponsor. Find contact information for your state representative athttp://www.ilga.gov/house/ Link to the fact sheet with information and talking points.

Medical Practice Act is renewed!
Good news, you’re still licensed to practice medicine in Illinois for another year! The House concurred on the Senate’s extension of the Medical Practice Act on a vote of 109-0. The extension remains a one-year deal. The language is in Senate Amendment 1 to HB 1365.

Update your bookmark for IDHFS
The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services phased out their old website. Please bookmark the new sitehttp://www.illinois.gov/hfs.

Federal Update

AAFP Congressional Briefing on Value Based Payment
As our country moves towards a major overhaul away from fee for service, AAFP and Humana provided information to Congressional staff and the media about the current readiness state of family physicians in a Congressional Briefing this week. While about 1/3 of the members surveyed are already in or pursuing plans for value based payments, a full 1/4 are not sure where they stand. One of the most important factors will be consistency and streamlining as 61 percent of respondents contract with at least seven payers or health care plans. Learn more from the AAFP News coverage.

AAFP Speak Out to stop MU Stage 3

Time to join forces and help AAFP drive home the message to stop MU Stage 3. With only 10% of physicians currently attesting to Meaningful Use Stage 2, and 43% of physicians facing penalties in 2015, more time is clearly needed. Tell Congress to pause Stage 3 implementation, before a well-intentioned program drives away the professionals it seeks to help.  Use the Speak Out link to send your letter today!  

News You Can Use

Doctors Without Borders LIVE recruitment webinar 

Learn more about the webinar

Tuesday, December 15 at 6:00 PM Central Time
Register now for the webinar

This webinar will detail how you can be part of Doctors Without Borders' field work. Human Resources Officers will discuss requirements and the recruitment process. A Doctors Without Borders aid worker will discuss life in the field and participants will have the opportunity to ask questions. Doctors Without Bordersprovides emergency medical care to millions of people caught in crises in 60 countries around the world.

Members in the News

IAFP board member Michael Hanak, MD of Chicago was featured in a November Chicago Medicine article about the employment and recruitment landscape.  Hanak offers insights from his experience to help residents evaluate opportunities and make a successful transition and secure a favorable contract.