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Posted on Monday, May 22, 2017

Two pre-conference sessions selected just for YOU!

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Take your pick of two great KAFP Annual Meeting afternoon pre-conference sessions on Wednesday, June 7.

KSA Heart Failure | 1-5 pm | Wichita Marriott: Complete the ABFM KSA Heart Failure module and earn 8 Live CME AAFP credits.

Serious Illness Conversation Workshop (SICW) | 1:30-5 pm  |Wichita Marriott: Conversations about goals of care with seriously ill patients and their families can be difficult. Learn more about how to have this conversation n this participatory workshop and earn 4 Live CME AAFP credits.

Register online with your Annual Meeting registration or separately at KSA Heart Failure or Serious Illness Workshop.

Posted on Monday, May 22, 2017

May 20, 2017 | Bill Tracker

By: Dodie Wellshear, Government Relations Consultant

Legislature in Overtime
This Monday marks the 98th day of the 2017 legislative session, into what most of us would call “overtime.” From the beginning, legislative leaders allowed that this session might take closer to 100 days given the weighty issues before them, but it’s clear that day will be in their rearview mirror before the session wraps up.

The real sticking point is assembling a comprehensive tax package that can pass both legislative chambers, without being vetoed by the governor. The House has shown willingness to pass healthier revenue bills, including one vetoed by the governor earlier in the session. The House voted to override the veto, but the Senate failed to do so by three votes.

Democrats are also slowing down progress on a tax package vote, insisting on passage of a school finance bill before a tax bill. Their rationale is that running a tax package first may artificially hold down the amount invested in school finance for the coming years. They have stated a school finance package should be passed first, so legislators have a clear idea of the revenues needing to be raised.

About that Cigarette Tax
An increase on cigarettes is still in the mix, at least behind the scenes, as legislators grapple with assembling a comprehensive tax package that meets the revenue needs of our state. Most agree that the proposed increase on other tobacco products will likely not be in the mix, however.

While polling shows the cigarette tax to be fairly popular among voters, it is less so among legislators. One key argument against is that it is unfair to pick one segment of the population to bear a tax burden that they did not create. These are policymakers who are also clear that it was the dramatic 2012 income tax decreases that created much of our current fiscal crisis.

Some want to simply repeal the 2012 tax changes, but most legislators and the governor are battling over the exact structure of the personal income tax rates – between a two-tier, favored by the governor, and a three-tier, favored by Democrats and moderate GOP members.

There still has not been a tax package proposed that meets the full budget demands, including a court-ordered school finance fix related to adequate funding. Another key issue, though, is that there are few taxes that will raise the revenue needed in the next fiscal year.

That is where the increase on cigarettes becomes a critical consideration in a tax package. It will start garnering immediate revenue and is a solid performer among Kansas’ various taxes. If the tax on cigarettes is raised by $1.50, the state can look at $61 million in fiscal year 2018; raising it by $1.00 brings in $52.8 million.

It’s a tax that leaders aren’t talking much about publicly, but privately they see it as a tax and an amount that can bring more immediate revenue and can fill in the “holes” of proposed tax packages.

KanCare Provider Cuts
Advocates are still awaiting conference committee action on HB 2079, which is where budget leaders are saying they plan to restore the KanCare provider cuts of 2016. The measure has been passed in separate bills, SB 94 and HB 2180, by each chamber respectively, but neither bill has made it through both chambers.

There were some differences between the House- and Senate-passed versions, but both fully restore the provider cuts and focus remaining funds on other Medicaid services.

Family Doctor of the Day
The Family Doctor of the Day program is available to legislators during the statutory 90-day session. As the 2017 Legislature has passed the 90th day, the service is no longer available. It’s difficult to explain how valued this service is to legislators and Capitol staff. We hope that physicians are already looking ahead to next year, so that every legislative day will be covered in 2018. Thank you to all who participated this year, many more than once, and provided an important health care service at the Kansas Capitol.

Posted on Monday, May 22, 2017

KAFP Annual Meeting Marriott Hotel Room Block Expires Thursday

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We hope you are planning to "Chart the Course" with us at the 2017 KAFP Annual Meeting, June 8-10. Don't forget the hotel reservation deadline at the Wichita Marriott is May 24. You may call directly 316-651-0333 and mention that you are with the KAFP to receive the convention rate or register onlineIf you missed it - here is the 2017 KAFP Annual Meeting video inviting you to Chart the Course with us and register today

Posted on Monday, May 22, 2017

KAFP Committees now forming for 2017-18

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KAFP is pleased to offer the opportunity for you to get involved with your organization by volunteering to serve on a committee. Through committee involvement you can help determine the direction of family medicine. Click here to indicate the committees in which you are interested. Appointed committee members help form policy and make recommendations to keep the organization at the forefront of the specialty on a variety of topics affecting the specialty.

Please respond by Monday, July 6 to ensure that your request is reviewed during our upcoming appointment process. If you have questions, please contact us at kafp@kafponline.org or 316.721.9005. Thank you for your interest!

Posted on Monday, May 22, 2017

Social Media webinar available online

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If you missed the KAFP Healthcare Social Media Training webinar last week, no worries - you can watch the recorded webinar here.

You are invited to tweet and share/like with us during the KAFP Annual Meeting, June 8-10 for a more interactive  and social conference! Follow us on twitter and like us on Facebook.

Posted on Monday, May 22, 2017

IAC updates "DTaP, Tdap, and Td Catch-up Vaccination Recommendations by Prior Vaccine History and Age" 

IAC Express

IAC recently revised DTaP, Tdap, and Td Catch-up Vaccination Recommendations by Prior Vaccine History and Age. Changes were made to modify the time period in which it is preferred for pregnant women to receive Tdap, and to indicate that children who received a dose of Tdap at age 7–10 as part of a catch-up series may also receive a second Tdap at 11–12 years.  

IAC's Handouts for Patients & Staff web section offers healthcare professionals and the public more than 250 FREE English-language handouts (many also available in translation), which we encourage website users to print out, copy, and distribute widely.

Posted on Monday, May 22, 2017

New data available about consumer attitudes toward primary care

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Health is Primary has sponsored an extensive survey on public attitudes and opinions toward primary care. The data is overwhelmingly positive and can be viewed at the national, state and congressional district level.  Here are a few facts about Kansas (click here to print 1-page report):

-88% of Kansas voters agree that primary care leads to healthier patients, higher quality health care and lower costs.

-90% Kansas voters say it's important to have a relationship with a doctor or physician who knows your health background and your family and medical history.

-89% Kansas voters say to ensure access to family and primary care physicians.

The tool has the capability to develop reports that can be shared with policymakers on their constituents’ attitudes toward primary care. A brief summary of this survey and full dashboard can be found here (data.healthisprimary.org). This new resource will be helpful for visits to policymakers and opinion leaders.

Posted on Monday, May 15, 2017

May 13, 20147 | Bill Tracker

By: Dodie Wellshear, Government Relations Consultant

90 Days In

The 2017 Legislature has marked its 90th day, the length accorded to legislative sessions by Kansas Statute, and legislators still have the most important issues of the session to complete. In fact, the past week showed little progress on any of the major issues to be completed before legislators can adjourn the 2017 session.

KanCare Provider Cuts

A committee hearing on SB 94, which would restore the four-percent KanCare provider cuts of 2016 by increasing the privilege fees on HMOs, was cancelled Tuesday by the House Appropriations Committee. That committee held earlier hearings on a nearly identical bill, HB 2180, which was passed by the House before the early-April adjournment.

Early on, SB 94 and HB 2180 were mirror bills. The House passed HB 2180, which would have raised the HMO privilege fees to 5.77%. The Senate passed SB 94, but adjusted the fees down to 5.66% and changed the timeline a bit. Both bills propose dedicating the fee revenues to restoring the four-percent provider cuts and using remaining balances for other KanCare services.

Budget leaders last week indicated the matter will likely be taken up in the conference committee on HB 2079. That action should take place in the next week.

Family Doctor of the Day

Thank you to the following physicians, who donated their time and medical services to legislators and their staff over the last week:  Dr. Belinda Vail, Kansas City; Dr. Melissa Rosso, Manhattan; Dr. Jenica Wessels Harwood, Salina; Dr. Tara Neil, Wichita; and, Dr. Sheryl Beard, Andover.

The services of all these are greatly appreciated by all those serving in the Legislature.

Posted on Monday, May 15, 2017

KAFP Annual Meeting video

Marriott Hotel Room Block Expires May 24

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If you missed it - here is the 2017 KAFP Annual Meeting video inviting you to Chart the Course with us and register today! Don't forget the hotel reservation deadline at the Wichita Marriott is May 24. You may call directly 316-651-0333 and mention that you are with the KAFP to receive the convention rate or register online.

Posted on Monday, May 15, 2017

District Director / Faculty Director election results

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Congratulations to the following members who were elected to serve as faculty directors and district directors for districts 1, 3, 5 and 7:

District 1:  Sabrina Markese, MD (Kansas City)
District 3:  Jared Johnson, MD (Wichita)
District 5:  Debra Doubek, MD (Manhattan)
District 7:  Drew Miller, MD (Lakin)  
Faculty Director KC: Margaret Smith MD, MPH, MHSA
Faculty Director Wichita: Tara Neil, MD

Directors serve a 2-year term.  Thank you to all who ran – your participation is most appreciated.

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