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Posted on Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Volunteer as FDOD for 2018 Legislative Session

KAFP

 Each year during the legislative session, KAFP organizes for a volunteer to serve as the "Family Doctor of the Day” at the state capitol.  In preparation for the 2018 legislative session, KAFP is currently recruiting volunteers to serve. All KAFP members with a Kansas license (including residents) are eligible to volunteer.   View the calendar of dates, read more about the program, and complete the volunteer form online today!”

Posted on Wednesday, June 28, 2017

KUMC offers Hospice and Palliative Care Lecture Series

KU Area Health Education Centers

The Hospice and Palliative Care Lecture Series sessions will continue on Thursday mornings beginning July 6 with the last session December 21, 2017A total of 24 sessions will be broadcast on Thursday mornings with the first session at 8 a.m. and the second session at 9 a.m. Click here to download the series flyer with the full list of broadcast dates and presentation topics.

Fee

Series Registration (22 sessions) - $275 Individual

One-hour Session Registration - $12.50 per session

Topics in the Fall 2017 series will include:

  • Long-term care

  • Prognostication

  • Spiritual assessments

  • Palliative care and end-stage renal disease

  • Geriatric assessments

  • Radiation oncology

  • Pediatric palliative care

  • Cultural competency

  • Neurologic disease & palliative care

  • Sleep: too little/too much

  • Code status & advanced directives

  • … and more!

How To Register

Participants may register for the entire series or register for individual sessions

To Register for the Series: Please contact the KU Area Health Education Center at (620) 235-4040 or email ahecpitt@kumc.edu.

To Register for Individual Sessions:  It is recommend participants register and pay online with a credit card by visiting http://kuahec.kumc.edu/asp-kuahec. Registration by phone is accepted by calling 620-235-4040 but payment via credit card will be required at the time of registration.

Registration for each session will close 48 hours prior to each session.


Posted on Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Sleep matters... read article on adolescent sleep patterns, importance & duration

American Academy of Sleep Medicine

The National Healthy Sleep Awareness Project (NHSAP) has released an article, Teenagers: Sleep Patterns and School Performance, which discusses normal sleep patterns, sleep importance and sleep durations for teenagers. Please read and share this important information with patients who are parents and teens.

The National Health Sleep Awareness Project is a cooperative agreement between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the American Academy of Sleep Medicine. The goal of the NHSAP is to increase public awareness of the importance of healthy sleep through the Healthy People 2020 initiative. The sleep health objectives are to:

  • Increase the medical evaluation of people with symptoms of obstructive sleep apnea
  • Reduce vehicular crashes due to drowsy driving
  • Increase the rate of U.S. teens and adults who get sufficient sleep
Posted on Wednesday, June 28, 2017
IAC updates parent handout "Vaccinations for Preteens and Teens, Age 11–19 Years"

IAC Express

IAC recently updated its one-page handout for parents titled Vaccinations for Preteens and Teens, Age 11–19 Years. Changes were made to add "Yes," "No," or "Maybe" (as appropriate) before the indications for each vaccine; to add a section for Hib vaccine for unvaccinated teens with certain risk conditions; and to create a separate row for MenB vaccine.

Related Link

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, June 26, 2017

Urgent: Vote No on Better Care Reconciliation Act

KAFP

 

KAFP has coalesced with other major health organizations in the state to draft and send letters to Sen. Roberts and Sen. Moran.  [SEN ROBERTS LETTER]    [SEN MORAN LETTER]

 

Please call the Senators this week.  The Senate switchboard number is (202) 224-3121.  The message is simple – vote no on the Better Care Reconciliation Act. 


Besides this effort in Kansas, here's information from AAFP about the process, politics, national advocacy activities and resources:


Process

  • The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) will release their analysis of the Better Care Reconciliation Act on Monday, June 26 or Tuesday, June 27 - The Senate must wait 28 hours after the release of the CBO score before they proceed to the legislation.
  • Senate Majority Leader will file a motion to proceed to the health care legislation - Reconciliation rules limit debate to 20 hours - Republicans likely will give back their 10 hours – meaning debate time will be 10 hours
  • Following the allotted debate time, the Senate will proceed to the “vote-a-rama” where Senators can offer an unlimited number of amendments
  • The final amendment will be the McConnell Substitute, which will be the Better Care Reconciliation Act  - The McConnell amendment will replace the underlying legislation and any amendments that were adopted during the vote-a-rama - The McConnell substitute requires 51 votes to pass
  • Vote on the Budget Point of Order
  • Vote on final passage
  • If the CBO score is released on Monday, the vote on final passage will take place mid-day Thursday.  If the CBO score is released on Tuesday, the vote on final passage likely shifts to later in the evening on Thursday (or well into the night)
  • House consideration - It is possible the House will take up the BCRA (if approved by the Senate) on Friday or Saturday.

Politics

  • Republicans do not have 50 confirmed votes.  The whipping effort will shift into high-gear following the release of the CBO score.
  • Current “no” votes are: Dean Heller (NV), Rand Paul (KY), Ted Cruz (TX), Mike Lee (ID), Ron Johnson (WI)
  • Senators on our target list are: Susan Collins (ME), Dean Heller (NV), Lisa Murkowski (AK), Shelly Moore Capito (WV), Rob Portman (OH), Tom Cotton (AR), Mike Rounds (SD), Johnny Isakson (GA)

Advocacy Activities

  • The AAFP will send a letter urging a no vote on Wednesday or Thursday.
  • On Wednesday, June 28 the Group of 6 organizations (AAFP, AAP, ACP, ACOG, AOA, APA) will release a letter of opposition, urging Senators to oppose the BCRA.
  • Physician leaders from the Group of 6 organizations will also engage in a series of meeting with key Senators and Senate Leadership. 
  •  AAFP President-elect Mike Munger, MD will represent the AAFP in these meetings
  • The Group of 6 also will hold a series of press conferences and media events on Wednesday, June 28.
  • You can follow Group of 6 activities at the hashtag #Docs4Coverage.

Resources

·         AAFP Statement on the Better Care Reconciliation Act

·         AAFP Letter to the United States Senate on Better Care Reconciliation Act

·         Group of 6 Statement on the Better Care Reconciliation Act

·         Group of 6 Letter to Senate Leadership

·         Politico Summary of the Better Care Reconciliation Act

·         Vox Summary of the Better Care Reconciliation Act

 

Thank you for calling Sen. Roberts and Sen. Moran. 


Posted on Monday, June 26, 2017

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KAFP Office Closed July 3 - 4

KAFP

The KAFP office will be closed July 3 - 4 in observance of Independence Day. Regular office hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. will resume Wednesday, July 5. KAFP wishes you and your families a safe and fun holiday! 

Posted on Monday, June 26, 2017

Last chance! KAFP Committee member interest form closes July 6

KAFP

It is important that you respond by July 6  to be considered to serve on a KAFP Committee for 2017-18. If you have questions, please contact us at kafp@kafponline.org or 316.721.9005. 

Through this volunteer 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.

Thank you for your interest.

Posted on Monday, June 26, 2017

CDC reports 3,176 cases of mumps in 42 states across the U.S. since January; Kansas reports 156

IAC Express

Preliminary data from CDC indicate that from January 1 to May 20, 42 states and the District of Columbia reported mumps infections in 3,176 people. Although it is not mandatory to report mumps outbreaks to CDC, many health departments will contact CDC when they experience an unusually high number of cases. According to the KDHE report to date, Kansas shows a total of 156 cases reported since January. 

From year to year, mumps cases can range from roughly a couple hundred to a couple thousand. For example, in 2016 there were approximately 5,833 cases reported to CDC, and in 2012, there were 229. Before the U.S. mumps vaccination program started in 1967, about 186,000 cases were reported each year, but the actual number of cases was likely much higher due to under reporting. Since the pre-vaccine era, there has been a more than 99 percent decrease in mumps cases in the United States.



Posted on Monday, June 26, 2017

Watch "Elements of a Collaborative Practice Agreement" 5 minute video

Health ICT

Please watch this short, 5-minute video covering the elements of a Collaborative Practice Agreement (CPA).

Collaborative Practice Agreements allow the pharmacist to relieve some of the burden on the physician by handling some of the day-to-day responsibilities of patient care through a specified protocol established by the physician and pharmacist.  Collaborative Practice Agreements have been shown to not only reduce burden on the physician, but have also been shown to improve patient outcomes and decrease cost.  Also be sure to check out the recent article in the KU School of Medicine – Wichita newsletter on Collaborative Practice Agreements.

You can view the entire CPA video series, as well as sample CPAs and other materials on the Healthcare Providers page on Health ICT’s website.  If you have any questions, or would like free technical assistance in developing your own Collaborative Practice Agreement in your practice, please contact us.

 

Posted on Monday, June 26, 2017

2018 Annual Meeting registration winner announced

KAFP

KAFP celebrated its 69th Annual Meeting June 8-10, 2017 at the Wichita Marriott Hotel. Thank you again to all who attended, making it another great year. Final attendance this year was 163.  Your feedback is always important. Thank you to 108 respondents who completed the online post meeting survey. All who included their name with their survey by June 23 were entered into a drawing for a free 2018 Annual Meeting registration. Congratulations to the winner, Mary Kay Mroz, MD of Wichita.  See you all in 2018 at the Marriott Hotel in Overland Park – June 14-16! 

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