Feb. 2, 2018

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

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Academy News

Action Alert - Illinois Tobacco 21 Bill in Committee on Tuesday

Board member Careyana Brenham, MD of Springfield represented IAFP in the Jan. 30 press conference announcing a new Tobacco 21 bill for Illinois.  Read her statement

Take Action:  Committee hearings are set for Feb 6.  Please complete two witness slips by noon, Tuesday, February 6th as both Tobacco 21 bills will be considered and voted on in committee. If you have any questions or need assistance please contact Ginnie Flynn.

House Bill 4297 witness slip 

Senate Bill 2332 witness slip

Link to an online petition from the American Heart Association
Link to a  fact sheet with more information 

REGISTER NOW - Essential Evidence CME in March
March 2-3 in Chicago at UIC.  Click here to see the schedule
March 8 in Springfield  NOTE:  For providers new to the Medicaid managed care program, the Illinois Association of Medicaid Health Plans will be at this Essential Evidence meeting in Springfield to answer questions and provide resources.

March 9 in Springfield - National Procedures Institute workshop on wound care management and advanced suturing.  Learn more. 


David J. Hagan, MD, CPE, FAAFP of Gibson City has launched his campaign for the AAFP board of directors.  Learn more about him


Spend Valentine's Day working on a KSA on Heart Failure (get it?) 

KSA Group Study at Rush Copley in Aurora on Feb 14. Click here for more info and to register.

Delegates needed for AAFP Special Constituencies conference

If you are interested in attending the National Conference of Constituency Leaders (NCCL) as a delegate to a constituency (Women, New Physician, International Medical Graduate, Minority or LGBT) contact Jennifer O'Leary [email protected] by March 16 and indicate which of the constituencies you qualify to represent.  NCCL is April 25-28, 2018 in Kansas City, MO.

Our Tar Wars page has been updated with poster contest info and new resources on e-cigarettes. 
If you are presenting to schools in your community, encourage them to create a positive poster for our state contest.

IAFP now has six Partners in Health with resources for you and your patients. 

Healthcare Associates Credit Union
Mingle Analytics
Coming soon! Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis 

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].  Click on the links below for full updates. 

State Update

Federal Update

Read the AAFP's statement on the U.S. Dept of Health and Human Services Conscience and Religious Freedom Division.

News You Can Use

For all Controlled Substances Prescribers

Are you an active user of the Illinois Prescription Monitoring Program,  Make sure your account is active so that you meet the requirements of the new state law. If your account is inactive, you may have your Controlled Substance license deactivated.

New Meningococcal immunization requirement for 2018-19 school year.   Read the letter

Advanced Care Planning webinar
Purchase the AAFP's live webinar Advanced Care Planning: Communicating End-of-Life Decisions
March 6 | 12 p.m. CT - $69 for members

Home Centered Care Institute's Essential Elements of Home-Based Primary Care
May 22-23 at Northwestern Univ. Feinberg School of Medicine
Two days of classroom training in a specially designed curriculum focused on clinical and economic factors unique to home-based primary care, followed by a 3-month post-workshop group mentorship.

Members in the News

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

Quotes from Careyana Brenham, MD's comments at the Tobacco 21 press conference on Jan 30 were used by WUIS Illinois Public Radio in their reporting.

Congratulations to Kevin McCune, MD on achieving a Target BP Gold award from American Heart Association for his commitment to lowering blood pressure in his patient population. 

Mark Loafman, MD of Chicago is featured in the Jan. 18 Lawndale Newswith great recommendations on how to stick with your New Year's commitments to better health habits.

Thomas Huggett, MD of Chicago is widely quoted in a Jan. 22 Chicago Tribune article examining the negative effect of the spike in pharmacy closings in poor and underserved communities. These "pharmacy deserts" impact a person's ability to obtain their prescription medications.

The January 25 Southern Illinoisan announced plans for a new state of the art clinic for SIU-Carbondale that will provide a top tier training location for the residency program. The new clinic is a partnership between SIU School of Medicine and Southern Illinois Healthcare Foundation.

Board member Elizabeth Salisbury-Afshar authored an editorial in the January 23 American Family Physician journal about the vital role of family physicians in addressing and improving the opioid addiction and overdose crisis

A January 23 Illinois News Network story on a hearing regarding legalizing marijuana included quotes from testimony given by IAFP member Leslie Mendoza-Temple, MD who served as chair of the state's Medical Cannabis Advisory Task Force before it was disbanded.