IAFP News Bites
May 27, 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. 

Save the Date for  AAFP's Week of Action
June 1 - 5  
Taking the place of the Family Medicine Advocacy Summit (FMAS), which was cancelled due to COVID-19, June 1 - June 5 will be AAFP's Week of Action. "Stabilize. Strengthen. Sustain." will be our message to Congress.

Starting June 1, AAFP will ask members to set up meetings with their members of Congress, submit video messages, send SpeakOuts, tweet, and join us for a town hall. Watch this page for information.
IAFP Call for Resolutions  
Resolutions are the official means by which you as a member have input into the governance and political process of the American Academy of Family Physicians. If you have a topic you are interested in addressing then we encourage you to submit a resolution for consideration by the IAFP Board of Directors. IAFP can help guide you through the process of writing your resolution. Click HERE f or resources and more information. Resolutions are due June 30th. 
AAFP to Hold Weekly  Town Hall 
on COVID-19 on Wednesdays
AAFP will be holding a weekly town hall  every Wednesday night from 7:00- 8:00 pm to provide updates on COVID-19. CME is available for participating. 

Tonight plan on joining Aledade Founder and CEO Farzad Mostashari, MD and AAFP CEO Designee Shawn Martin for this week's Virtual Town Hall to discuss opportunities to rebuild a more integrated health care system as we emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic.

You can join the Town Hall HERE
AAFP to Offer Free COVID-19 Live Webinar Update with CME on Fridays
AAFP has put together a Live CME credit webinar series that will take place each Friday night at  7:00 pm central on the COVID-19 crisis.  

This weekly CME series with course chair, Nina Ahmad, MD, former AAFP Vaccine Science Fellow and CDC Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer, will be joined by special guests each Friday to cover clinical topics and perspectives for COVID-19.
Enhance your patient care today and earn up to 2 additional AAFP Prescribed credits when you complete the Translation to Practice ® (t2p ®) process.

The sessions are  completely free  and involve a presentation with extensive learner driven Q&A with follow-up on the learning community. Each week they will address clinical issues that they hope will help learners tackle this crisis. More information can be found at the link below
Governor Reynolds 5-26-20 Proclamation-Healthcare Review
  A detailed memo from Cornerstone Government Affairs outlining the latest healthcare iteration of the Governor's Emergency Declaration can be found HERE . Many of these provisions have been extended to June 25 th and others to June 15th.  
Iowa's Newborn Screening Program- SMA Pilot
One of the most important tests a newborn infant will have performed is the newborn screen. With one small blood sample over 50 conditions can be detected and this number is growing. Most of these life-altering and life-threatening conditions are completely undetectable at birth without the newborn screen.

One such condition is spinal muscular atrophy (SMA). SMA is an inherited autosomal recessive condition that results in progressive loss of the anterior horn cells (lower motor neurons) in the brainstem and spinal cord. Loss of these motor neurons leads to progressive skeletal muscle weakness. If babies with infantile onset SMA are not treated early in the disease, worsening weakness can quickly lead to failure to thrive and progressive respiratory muscle weakness. Without treatment, the infantile form of SMA typically leads to death in the first two years of life. Untreated later-onset forms of SMA lead to physical disability due to progressive muscle weakness. The incidence of SMA is estimated to be 1 in 6,000 to 1 in 10,000 live births in the United States.

Starting in July of 2020 the state of Iowa will begin a pilot to screen for SMA. The current collection practice for newborn screening won't change. During the pilot phase, the results of SMA screening will not appear on the newborn screening report. However, program staff will be notifying the PCP of any abnormal results and will provide recommendations for next steps.

Dr. Katherine Mathews, Medical Consultant for the Iowa SMA Newborn Screening Program is encouraged by this advancement, "I am looking forward to having Iowa join the other states offering newborn screening for SMA. We are so happy to have specific medications for SMA and know that earlier treatment leads to better outcomes for children with this disorder. Newborn screening has the potential for dramatic impact on the lives of affected babies." To see a presentation by Dr. Mathews discussing SMA, please go to this link: https://youtu.be/ACRlAn2Ha7M

Iowa's Newborn Screening Program is an evolving system which greatly impacts the lives of infants born in our state. With continued efforts all newborns born in the state of Iowa will have the opportunity to live their lives to their full potential.
For more information
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Iowa Immunization Requirements for 2020-2021 School Year 
T he Iowa Immunization Program has issued guidance on licensed child care & school immunization requirements for the 2020-2021 school year. This guidance can be found on the IDPH website.

Questions regarding Iowa immunization requirements may be directed to Shelly Jensen at 1-800-831-6293 ext. 2 or shelly.jensen@idph.iowa.gov The Immunization Program thanks health care providers for their roles in ensuring the health of Iowa's children.
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COVID-19 Facebook Community
The IAFP has created a private Facebook community group for Iowa Academy of Family Physicians members. The purpose of this group is to provide Iowa family physicians a place to connect and share ideas and information regarding COVID-19. 
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