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RICHARD MCLANDRESS - 2017 IDAHO FAMILY PHYSICIAN OF THE YEAR

IAFP POSITION STATEMENT ON IDAHO MEDICAL EDUCATION

The Idaho Academy of Family Physicians (IAFP) Board of Directors supports deliberate and collaborative efforts to increase the training pipeline of quality physicians for Idaho. We feel it is imperative to prioritize the growth of graduate medical education, particularly in primary care specialties like family medicine.  Read the full statement...

WHAT IS IDAHO'S COVERAGE GAP?

Visit the "Close the Gap Idaho" Web page to view information about the gap population, Idaho's solutions, and resources to help you understand the issue that faces Idaho. You can help! http://closethegapidaho.org/   UNDERSTANDING THE COVERAGE GAP - Data on why closing the gap makes sense.

AAFP MIPS PLAYBOOK

Don’t delay. Let the AAFP guide you down the MIPS path of MACRA’s QPP to help you take action, including the 2017 MIPS Playbook—AAFP’s step-by-step guide to taking action in MIPS. Learn how to Pick Your Pace, select and report quality measures, and more. You must submit at least one quality measure or improvement activity in 2017 to avoid a negative payment adjustment in 2019.

U.S. CONGRESS CORNER

On November 3, the full House passed the CHAMPIONING HEALTHY KIDS Act. (HR 3922) to extend the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), Teaching Health Centers Graduate Medical Education (THCGME), National Health Service Corps (NHSC) and other health programs. The vote was 242 to 174. The AAFP had sent a letter to House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) in support of the reauthorization of CHIP, THCGME, Community Health Centers, and the NHSC and looking forward to the identification and enactment of more bipartisan offsets for these critical programs.

STATEWIDE HEALTHCARE INNOVATION PLAN (SHIP)

The SHIP is a comprehensive statewide initiative to improve the health of all Idahoans by reforming our healthcare delivery system to one that values improved health outcomes though a patient-centered focus. Idaho's SHIP will affect you, your family and community by improving healthcare at an affordable cost. Learn more....

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare is currently accepting Statewide Healthcare Innovation Plan (SHIP) Interest Surveys for clinics expressing interest in participating in SHIP Cohort 3.

Please visit http://ship.idaho.gov/PCMH/CohortThreeInterestSurvey/tabid/3912/Default.aspx to complete the survey. The survey will be available through Friday, September 15, 2017, to any primary care clinic that is not currently participating in SHIP.

IDAHO AFP'S TAR WARS PROGRAM CONTINUES FIGHT AGAINST TOBACCO

The Tar Wars program, now in its third decade, provides tobacco-free education to fourth- and fifth-grade students. Since its inception in 1988, the program has reached well more than 10 million children around the world. The Idaho AFP recently revamped its Tar Wars(idahofamilyphysicians.org) presentation tools, and presenters and students seem to be impressed. Peggy Drzayich, coordinator of the Idaho Tar Wars program, told AAFP News the group updated its resources with a new instructional video, PowerPoint presentation and student kit. Read the article at: http://www.aafp.org/news/health-of-the-public/20171107idahotarwars.html

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