IAFP News Bites
June 17, 2020
For the next several weeks we will be sending out IAFP News Bites every Wednesday. 

The weekly e-news will increase our ability to provide you COVID-19 updates in one central location.
COVID-19 Resources
With the global spread of COVID-19,  IAFP wishes to provide members with the most accurate information as the Coronavirus situation evolves and wishes to direct members to these trusted resources: 

coronavirus.iowa.gov The state of Iowa has released an updated dashboard that will be updated daily to include comprehensive tracking of COVID-19 in Iowa.
  CDC's Coronavirus Center for Healthcare Professionals:  Updated daily. Direct access to interim guidance on key issues, extensive health resources, etc.

  AAFP's Coronavirus Center: As more is being learned about the coronavirus infection, the AAFP has a team that is monitoring the situation on a daily basis and posting all relevant updates on its  dedicated COVID-19 resource . There is a lot of evolving, and sometimes inaccurate, information about the situation, so members can be confident that this page contains the most recent information they need that is aligned with the CDC and focused squarely on family medicine.

IOWA DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH:  Provides a variety of resources for physicians, patients and the public.

We are also continually  adding links to resources and information to our IAFP COVID-19 website  that we think will benefit our members. 

AAFP Announces Congress of Delegates & FMX are Going Virtual 
 AAFP announced last week that due to health and safety concerns related to COVID-19 the Congress of Delegates & FMX are moving to a virtual format this year. More information can be found HERE.

Due to this announcement  IAFP is discontinuing our call for  
Wellmark Extends Telehealth Reimbursement Fees Through 
February 1, 2021
Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield announced today it has agreed to extend the same reimbursement fee to Iowa providers for virtual visits as is paid for in-person visits until Feb.1, 2021. This applies to all appropriate medical and behavioral health virtual visits with any Wellmark in-network provider in Iowa. Read more HERE.
Jeffrey Quinlan, M.D. Selected as Chair 
of University of Iowa 
Department of  Family Medicine
The Department of Family Medicine at the University of Iowa Department will be under new leadership this fall. U.S. Navy Captain Jeffrey D. Quinlan, MD, FAAFP, has been named the chair and departmental executive officer. He will begin his new role in October 2020. Read more HERE.
AAFP to Hold  COVID-19 
Town Hall  Tonight

Topic: Advocating for Evidence in the Age of COVID-19
Medical misinformation in the age of COVID-19 is rampant. Public health educator, researcher and @DearPandemic contributor Lindsey Leininger, PhD, joins AAFP Pesident Gary LeRoy, MD, and Senior VP Julie Wood, MD, MPH, to discuss the current chaotic environment in which information is being shared, how to critically evaluate what information is valid and reliable in the age of COVID-19 and beyond, and ways to implement communication techniques for discussing and educating patients and communities about misinformation.

During the live session, AAFP leaders field questions and provide up-to-date information on how you and your practice can weather this health care crisis.

Tune in live on Wednesday at 7 p.m. CT.    HERE
2020 End of Session Report 
The 2020 legislative session has adjourned.
Click Here to view the End of Session Report. 
AAFP National Student and Resident Conference Going Virtual
In light of COVID-19 and with respect to the health and safety of all involved, National Conference is going virtual. The AAFP is committed to investing in the students and residents that represent the future of family medicine. Thanks to innovative technology, this can't-miss event will continue to offer attendees educational workshops, inspiring main stage sessions, access to family medicine residency programs, and more. Learn more and register HERE.
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Pam Williams, Executive Vice President, pwilliams@iaafp.org
Katie Cox, Deputy  Executive Vice President , kcox@iaafp.org
Kelly Scallon, Director of Education and Advocacy, kscallon@iaafp.org