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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

Senate Continues Debate on GOP Tax Bill

On Friday, the Senate is scheduled to resume debate and vote on the GOP tax bill. The latest analysis from the Joint Committee on Tax estimates the bill would have a $1 trillion deficit effect. The bill would trigger an automatic 4-percent reduction in Medicare payments to physicians in 2018 and later years, as a consequence of a 2010 law that makes automatic cuts to blunt deficits. The bill would also repeal the individual mandate of the Affordable Care Act which the AAFP has opposed removing because of its impact on affordability and coverage. The bill also threatens an automatic 4-percent reduction in Medicare payments to physicians in 2018, as a consequence of a 2010 law that makes automatic cuts to blunt deficits.

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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