The IAFP strongly supports medical education in Idaho and has worked to advance both GME and the medical school programs in the state. At the May board meeting, the board heard from the dean of the proposed ICOM medical school, Dr. Robert Hasty, and were able to ask questions about their plans. After the meeting, the board developed a position statement on the new school. Below the position statement are a few points made by the board to explain the basis for their stance. Please take a few minutes and read through the statement and the rationale behind it. The IAFP Board is here to represent our members so we welcome your comments.
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. As it is currently proposed, the Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine (ICOM) does not do this. Read the full statement and specifics here...
Idaho envisions a statewide healthcare system transformation that changes the standard of practice for healthcare in Idaho. Through this transformation, Idaho will improve the quality and experience of care for all Idahoans, improve health outcomes, and control costs. In December 2014, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (IDHW) received a State Innovation Model (SIM) grant from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI). This grant will fund a four (4) year model test that began on February 1, 2015, to implement SHIP. During the grant period, Idaho will demonstrate that the state’s entire healthcare system can be transformed.
Many of Idaho’s providers are ready to test the model and, at the same time, are working to recruit other providers. An Interest Application was issued in August 2015 to determine primary care practices’ interest in transformation to a PCMH model; this generated 134 responses. By the end of the SIM Model Test period, Idaho will have 165 practices around the State transformed from a traditional primary care practice to a well-integrated, coordinated PCMH model supported by value-based payment models.
Momentum is building to close the gap this legislative session. A new petition has been created to help Idahoans share their support for a complete solution for those in the healthcare coverage gap. Join our efforts and show Idaho's elected officials just how much public support is behind closing the coverage gap! Don’t forget to forward this message on to your networks, colleagues, friends and family. Click here to add your voice to those asking the legislature to close the gap. Review the eight myths about covering the uninsured and an opinionpiece by Rep. Ken Andrus on why he supports a solution to the coverage gap.
July 2016 is the inaugural year of the IAFP Foundation's Annual Campaign where we ask our members to consider making a yearly donation to help pay it forward for the next wave of family physicians in Idaho.
The IAFP Foundation promotes the growth of family medicine through a variety of membership, student and resident programs including CME conferences, the FM Interest Group (FMIG) program, RUOP, Premed Matching Program and Tar Wars. The IAFP Foundation works to support activities which maintain the educational excellence of family physicians. For more foundation information, please visit http://idahofamilyphysicians.org/tar-wars/
Donations can be made by clicking HERE or mailing a check to the IAFP Foundation, 777 N Raymond Street, Ste 100, Boise, ID 83704. Suggested donation of $25, $50, $100 or more are very beneficial to our programs.
The Idaho Academy of Family Physicians (IAFP) named Dr. Robert McFarland from Coeur d’Alene, Idaho as the 2016 Idaho Family Physician of the Year on Saturday, May 14, 2016 at the 68th Annual Conference of the Idaho Academy of Family Physicians in Boise, Idaho. A tribute was made to Dr. McFarland for his generous contributions to his profession, to medical education and his service and dedication to his community and his state at the meeting.
He grew up in Coeur d'Alene and after residency training and a few years of practice in Washington State; he returned to serve his hometown and has remained for more than 30 years. He cares for 3 generations of many families, who identify him as a true hero in their lives. Read more about Dr. McFarland here...
Senator Dan Schmidt, a family physician and state senator from Moscow was recognized along with Director Dick Armstrong from the Department of Health and Welfare for their unwavering dedication to the families and communities of Idaho. On Saturday, May 14, 2016, the Idaho Academy of Family Physicians’ (IAFP) at the 68th Annual Conference of the IAFP in Boise, awarded Dr. Dan Schmidt with the IAFP Award for Legislative Advocacy and Director Dick Armstrong with the IAFP Health Care Policy Award. Because of their efforts, the 78,000 Idahoans who fall into the health care coverage gap are being noticed. IAFP Executive Director, Neva Santos said, “These two gentlemen put themselves on the line for the citizens of Idaho. They are both heros because of their commitment and exceptional leadership on behalf of the health and well-being of all Idahoans.”
I am pleased to report that Tar Wars is still flourishing in the great state of Idaho. What a wonderful way for doctors and other health care providers to connect with their communities. Thank you to all of our dedicated presenters who make it all happen!
Our Community Partners have been especially instrumental in sustaining the program. Congratulations to our partners at St. Luke’s-MSTI-- Vicky Jekich, Melanie Gonzales, and Dawn Callaham who, as a team, were the recipients, earlier this year, of an award given by the Tobacco Free Idaho Alliance for their work with Tar Wars.
I am also happy to have so many Family Medicine Residents participating in the program. FMR of Idaho, FMR-ISU, FMR-Caldwell RTT, and FMR-Kootenai are all on board. In spite of their busy and hectic schedules, the Residents seem to find great value and enjoyment in giving the Tar Wars presentations.
I feel a great responsibility to bring this very important tobacco-free message to as many of Idaho’s youth as possible. I am always looking for additional volunteer presenters to help with this cause. It is much easier to get a school on board with Tar Wars when I have a willing presenter ready to accommodate them.
If you are interested in getting involved with this very worthwhile program or if you have questions about it, please feel free to contact me:
Peggy Drzayich Idaho Tar Wars Coordinator Phone: (208) 939-3373 Email: email@example.com
The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare (IDHW), through the Idaho Statewide Healthcare Innovation Plan (SHIP), is implementing a Community Health Worker (CHW) training program in collaboration with Idaho State University. The training is delivered live online Tuesday evenings from 6:30-9:30 PM MST for 16 weeks beginning August 23. There is no cost to participate in the training for students accepted into the program.
The application and registration period is now open!
CHW student eligibility:
Information and the course application:
Date Time Presenter Registration Link
Wed, Aug 3, 2016 Noon-1pm Pacific Time Dr Cadwallader bit.ly/HPV-Aug3
Thur, Aug 4, 2016 Noon-1pm Mtn Time Dr Cadwallader bit.ly/HPV-Aug4
Thur, Sep 8, 2016 Noon-1pm Mtn Time Dr Berlin bit.ly/HPV-Sep8
Physicians billing Medicare for preventive vaccines covered under Medicare Part D may have had their claims denied and may have resorted to charging patients up front because their billing system does not have pharmacy benefit functionality. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services discourages requiring patients to pay the full charge out of pocket first and be reimbursed by the plan later. One option to help ensure adequate access under Part D to covered vaccines is web-assisted out-of-network billing. TransactRx provides an easy-to-use web-based billing system for physicians, “TransactRx Part D Vaccine Manager,” that is increasingly being used to facilitate billing for Medicare Part D covered vaccines. The service and electronic payments to providers are at no cost; however, if payment is to be made by check, there is a small fee for each check.
Features of TransactRx Part D Vaccine Manager include: • Check of patient eligibility and determination of appropriate Part D plan to bill • Display of amount of co-payment required of patient • Real-time claim adjudication and amount to paid to provider • Reporting to track and manage claims and payments
For more information, see http://www.transactrx.com/physician-vaccine-billing; click on the “Enroll Now” button for links to frequently asked questions and a list of participating providers.
Online AAFP Prescribed Credits and AMA Category 1 Credits are now available online from University of Washington and Virginia Mason specialists. Visit morningcme.com to access over 90 credits annually for $150 annual membership. For the month of August, there is a promotion for IAFP members to receive $50 off a membership; your coupon code is IAFP. Please contact Melissa for any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org or 509-431-0718.Here’s a bit more detail if you’re interested...