on Part B Claims Payment - click
IL VFC Programs are required
to enroll in I-CARE by DEC 1st
The Illinois VFC program will be
transitioning some VFC operations to a web-based ordering and
accountability module within the Department’s I-CARE registry
system. Providers will be required to enroll into I-CARE in
order to order and account for vaccine use by Dec 1st. It
is required that VFC providers establish the capacity to utilize
I-CARE. If you have not signed up for access to ICARE,
please do so immediately by submitting the “I-CARE User Contract
Agreement” found at http://www.idph.state.il.us/health/vaccine/icare_HL7provider_info.htm
E-mail the completed form to dph.ICARE@illinois.gov
or fax it to I-CARE staff at 217.524.0967. Once received, I-CARE
staff will address additional steps to become and I-CARE user.
Provider Notice: https://www.illinoishealthconnect.com/files/ProviderImportantNotices/VFC_Eligibility_IDPH_Memo_01_10_2012.pdf
IL VFC Program: http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/programs/vfc/index.html
FOR PARENTS: Please print and post or share this flyer
about the recall of crib and playpen “tents” with any parents of
babies and toddlers. The flyer was provided to IAFP by
Attorney General Lisa Madigan. Click here for
of Child Health Examination Form which has been change to
law requires the use of this form for school physicals
and physicals for children enrolled in licensed daycare.
of the 2012 form is to begin imm
physicals: IHSA and IESA have a form available for use but
it is not required. The
Certificate of Child Health Examination form can be accepted
school health exam.
school year 2012-2013, students entering sixth and ninth grades
will be required to provide documentation of receipt of one dose
of Tdap. Please
note that students entering six and ninth grades are also required
to have school physicals.
the Tdap rule change and Parent
can use at your practice
members are invited to participate in a Healthy Populations quality
improvement initiative offered by
IFMC-IL, the Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) for the state of
more click here. NOTE:
You must be a current electronic health records user, or in the
process of acquiring an EHR.
New Illinois law allows
schools to use Epi-Pens in emergencies without fear of liability
11/04/11 IDPH updates
Are U.S. primary care
physicians overpaid? Columbia researchers study in Health
Affairs raises questions and a swift AAFP response
Congratulations to the IAFP
2011 Awards Honorees
Family Physician of
the Year Larry R. Jones, MD of Harrisburg (photos)
Family Medicine Teachers of
-Full time: Mari
Egan, MD from the University of Chicago, Pritzker School of
Gregory K. Milani, MD from Rush-Copley Family Medicine
Residency Program (photos)
Read more about all three in our
2011 IAFP President’s
Awards – read press release
Russell G. Robertson, MD –
Chicago Medical School (photo)
Kate Valentine, IAFP
Education Manager (photo)
Matthew L. Hunsaker, MD of
the University of Illinois at Rockford – photos to come
Improvement Network Newsletter - PIN Points November Issue
Medicaid EHR Incentive Program Updated Information: http://www.hie.illinois.gov/ehrincentives/
can now attest to Medicaid Meaningful Use – this PDF guide can
help you with the process, click
Meaningful Use Webinar Series
(Illinois Health Information Technology Regional Extension Center)
is offering a series of monthly FREE webinars designed to help
physicians and their practices attain the meaningful use of EHRs.
Some webinars will offer FREE CME credit.
more information, please visit, http://ilhitrec.org/ilhitrec/educationtraining/index.shtml.
To view previous webinars in this series, please visit the IL-HITREC Achieving
Meaningful Use Webinar Archive at http://www.ilhitrec-ed.org/
Do you need help navigating
PQRS with your EHR?
The Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) Program is the
largest federal program dedicated to improving health quality at the
community level. IFMC-IL is the QIO for Illinois and a
federally funded, non-profit organization, contracted with CMS to
assist Illinois physicians and other eligible professionals, at
no cost, to report PQRS using their electronic health record.
This offer is limited to 90 practices. To learn more and
apply, click here.
ABFM MC-FP exam moves to April
in 2012. Click here
for details and a schedule of test dates
Illinois' Physicians statement
on Breastfeeding - This statement was developed in an effort to
improve breastfeeding practices in Illinois. Read
the statement Dr. Deborah Edberg's comments on
statement. Read Dr. Edberg's
The National Coordinating Center
for the Regional Genetic and Newborn Screening Services
Collaboratives (NCC) has a new free brochure, Hearing
Loss, Genetics and Your Child, designed both to connect families
with genetics professionals, and to prepare them for a genetics
Downloadable pdf formats with
space for local resources. It is written at a low-literacy level and
is available in both English
Print copies may also be ordered
by contacting Matthew Tranter (firstname.lastname@example.org). The
minimum order for printed copies is 100 brochures for $15.00, plus
shipping and handling.
New resources from IAFP on pain
IAFP Public Health Committee
recommendations for Patient-Physician agreement on pain
Download a template
physician-patient agreement that you can customize for your
practice click here
Illinois has an online
prescription monitoring program allowing licensed prescribers
and dispensers of controlled substances to view a Prescription
Information Library (PIL) for current and prospective patients
only. To have access, a physician must apply at https://www.ilpmp.org
Applications take 1-2 days to be processed.
The AAFP has extensive
guidelines regarding opioids to help members properly treat
patients with chronic nonmalignant pain. (http://www.aafp.org/online/en/home/publications/otherpubs/afpmonographs/opioidschronicpain/opioidguidelines.html)
IAFP CME: Pain
Management with Opioid Drugs in Primary Care Practice is online
IAFP Sox game a home run!
Except for the final score of Twins 6
White Sox 2, the 236 IAFP Sox fans enjoyed a fantastic night
under the stars at U.S. Cellular field last night. The
event raised nearly $5,000 for the Family Health Foundation of
Illinois. Special thanks to ProAssurance Casualty Company for
hosting the pre-game social. Our thanks to our other four
corporate sponsors: Acute Care, Health Directions, Intel and
Phreesia. Click here for pictures
IAFP leaders spend time
talking about Family Medicine needs on Capitol Hill click
here for YouTube video.
Illinois medical school family
medicine match rates dip slightly in 2011 – view data for Illinois
allopathic schools click here.
Illinois Family Medicine
Residency Programs fill 99 percent by March 15 Link
to chart listing by program
IAFP Awards - Press
release for all the Annual Meeting Award winners - photos of
Medicine Teacher of the Year - Faculty - Abbas Hyderi, MD, MPH
Medicine Teacher of the Year -Volunteer Christopher Guerrero,
Physician of the Year Michael Brewer, MD
of Dr. Javette Orgain's candidacy for Vice-Speaker of AAFP - Read
Take Control of Your Health - IAFP is a supporting partner of a
public health education campaign called Take Control of Your Health.
Led by the Midwest Business Group on Health (MBGH) and CBS2-TV in
Chicago, the campaign seeks to educate the community on simple but
important ways they can control and improve their health. Visit
the website at www.tcyh.org
and share it with your patients
out the web site “Physicians”
section to download and print any patient education handouts.
(Illinois Immunization Registry Exhange) and your EMR can have
two-way data exchange. Read update
IAFP releases case study on
Illinois Health Connect and Your Healthcare Plus medical home
programs, showing improved outcomes and cost savings.
Click here PRESS
RELEASE Case Statement Makes a Statement for the Medical Home click
IAFP offers Print
and Post notice for your
practice. Here is an easy way to direct your patients to the
new U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services web site with
information for patients and consumers. Place them in
your waiting room and exam rooms.
FREE Illinois Tobacco Quitline brochures for your practice! Click
here for an order form.
||New AAFP LearningLink Activity-
Practical Aspects of Chronic Pain Management: A Case-based
Approach, Approved for 1 Prescribed Credit.AAFP LearningLink
activities are free. Register
now. (For hard-copy communications: the URL is www.aafplearninglink.org).
2009 Annual Report
Check out the Member Benefits page loaded with discounts for IAFP
about possible controlled substance abuse? Illinois has an online prescription monitoring program
allowing licensed prescribers and dispensers of controlled
substances to view a Prescription Information Library (PIL) for
current and prospective patients only. click
here for more information.
IDPH has guidelines for primary care
providers for managing MRSA. http://www.idph.state.il.us/health/infect/MRSA_Provider.htm
Preteen Vaccine Awareness Campaign. A new Web site, http://www.cdc.gov/vaccines/spec-grps/preteens-adol.htm,
will link you to the Campaign Gallery filled with resources for
parents and providers.
offers Tobacco Cessation resources for patients online
Go to www.askandact.org
for resources you can use to help your patients kick the habit.
Materials include posters, patient education materials,
provider toolkits and information on reimbursement.
NIH offers free articles with patient
education. Read more
Are you looking
for information about Electronic Health Records? The AAFP
has a dedicated service to help you with answers and resources
about every phase of the EHR process. Visit the AAFP's Center
for Health Information Technology
Preparedness - AAFP has a new a new website for disaster
preparedness and humanitarian opportunities.
is offering a new listserv for bioterrism and related issues.
To sign up go to www.aafp.org/members/lyris
and click on the bioterrism list.
- find links to patient information on health topics from A