Education & Practice Management
*RESPONSE NEEDED BY DECEMBER 15*
The Child Health Improvement Partnership Indiana (CHIP IN for Quality) is excited to offer practices in our state the opportunity to take part in a national adolescent immunization initiative, “National Immunization Partnership with the APA” (NIPA). This multi-state quality improvement (QI) research project, which is funded by a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is a collaboration between the National Improvement Partnership Network (NIPN) and the Academic Pediatric Association (APA) and is led by our colleagues at the Vermont Child Health Improvement Program (VCHIP). Indiana is among the states to enroll in the fourth cohort of NIPA and engage in this project to improve HPV immunization coverage rates in primary care settings.
Benefits of project participation (scheduled to commence January 2018 and conclude September 2018):
- Earn 25 credits towards ABP Maintenance of Certification (MOC), Part 4 or Maintenance of Certification for Family Physicians (MC-FP) from the American Board of Family Medicine, Part IV
- Receive QI coaching and support, including project-specific customized tools and materials
- Receive assistance in assessing your system for HPV vaccine delivery, recognizing barriers, and selecting evidence-based strategies to test with PDSA cycles as well as monthly feedback reports tracking progress
- Increase knowledge and build skills on topics such as delivering a strong provider recommendation for HPV vaccine, reducing Missed Opportunities for vaccination and adolescent-friendly office systems
- Help raise the 2016, series completion rate of 49.5% (girls) and 37.5% (boys), to meet the Healthy People 2020 goal of 80% while increasing the potential to prevent HPV-related cancers
We hope that you will consider joining us for this exciting project.
If you are interested in participating, please contact Rachel Wallace-Brodeur at Rachel.Wallace-Brodeur@med.uvm.edu or 757-484-1856, or you may also contact your CHIP IN for Quality lead for this project, Mary Delaney at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you!
Again, a response is needed by December 15!
HOV4T Resource Library Update
November 28, 2017 - The Highlight on VACCINATIONS 4 TEENS Resource Library was developed to help you and your care teams educate teen patients and their families about the importance of receiving Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)-recommended vaccinations. The materials were just updated to reflect new national teen vaccination statistics. Access the Resource Library – which includes appointment reminders, videos, posters and more – at www.aafpfoundation.org/vaccinations4teens.
Landmark Legislation Alters How Medicare Will Reimburse Physicians
The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) passed by an overwhelming bipartisan majority in Congress and was signed into law by President Barack Obama on April 16, 2015. Visit the AAFP's website for information and resources relating to this legislation, including a 60-second overview; a three part series including a big picture overview, preparation guide and tips on maximizing payments; important dates; acronyms; and a readiness assessment tool!
US Department of Transportation Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners Training ("DOT Training")
On-Demand DOT Training Available Now! May 21, 2014 was the deadline by which physicians who wish to examine commercial drivers must be listed on the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners (National Registry), a new Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) program. Only medical examiners that have completed training and successfully passed a test on FMCSA's physical qualification standards will be listed on the National Registry.
We are working with the Iowa AFP to offer you on-demand online training that will prepare you to take the test. Find out more and register now.
AAFP & ABFM Links
AAFP CME Records & Reporting - AAFP members can view their CME record and report their CME on this interactive section of the AAFP website.
CME Center - Search the AAFP website for live CME courses at a time and location convenient for you. You may search by date and/or location for courses in the next 12 months.
AAFP CME - Prepare for your boards, maintain certification, or enhance your clinical skills with family medicine CME produced by the AAFP.
ABFM Initial Certification - Candidates seeking certification must meet the eligibility criteria specified by the ABFM.
Maintenance of Certification - The ABFM MC-FP service is the means by which the ABFM continually assesses Diplomates.
On July 6, 2015, CMS announced a concession in the transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10. The announcement states that for one year past the October 1, 2015 deadline, CMS will not deny payments to doctors because they didn't use a sufficiently specific ICD-10 code after the new code set is implemented. Additionally, CMS said that providers will be able to apply for advance payment in the event that Medicare Part B contractors aren't able to process claims because of ICD-10 implementation.
CMS also announced the creation of an ICD-10 Ombudsman and various online resources and guidance to aid the medical community in the transition.
The AAFP has ICD-10 resources on its website. CMS’ free help includes the “Road to 10” aimed specifically at smaller physician practices with primers for clinical documentation, clinical scenarios, and other specialty-specific resources to help with implementation. CMS also has more resources available here.
CMS & Road to 10 Resources
POST (Physician Orders for Scope of Treatment)
The Indiana POST Program is an advance care planning tool that helps ensure treatment preferences are honored. It is designed for patients with serious illness. Preferences for life sustaining treatments including resuscitation, medical interventions (e.g., comfort care, hospitalization, intubation, mechanical ventilation), antibiotics, and artificial nutrition are documented as medical orders on the POST form. It must be reviewed and signed by a physician to be activated. This form transfers throughout the health care system and the orders are valid in all settings. Click here to visit the POST website where you can download the form, watch a video presentation, and find out more information.
The Indiana State Department of Health also has resources and forms available at its Advance Directives Resource Center page.
Promoting Smokefree Pregnancies in Indiana Toolkit
The Promoting Smokefree Pregnancies in Indiana Toolkit is now available. This resource, designed for direct service providers and community partners, is the culmination of extensive research about what works to reduce prenatal tobacco smoke exposure. It includes practical ideas that can be implemented in a number of settings by professionals in many different roles. Click here for more information.
Affordable Care Act and Health Insurance Marketplace Resources
- View the AAFP's ACA web page
- View resources to help your patients understand marketplaces at familydoctor.org
- See how ACA is being implemented state by state in an interactive map
Check your member email newsletter, IAFP Today, for ongoing updates, links, and resources.
Reminder About Death Certificate Laws for IAFP Members
The death certificate law passed in 2011 continues to be the subject of questions from members. To be of assistance the IAFP compiled a review of the statutes on death certificates to help remind members of their duties. Click here to read it now.