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Posted on Monday, April 17, 2017

Registration Open for Community Health Summit


KAFP and partner organizations are hosting a Community Health Summit Wednesday, June 28, 2017, in Wichita, Kansas, focused on improving collaborative community health work in our state.

By attending this half-day summit, you will have the opportunity to network with health leaders from across the state, and learn how to plan and implement a Clinical Town Hall in your own community.  Register

Posted on Monday, April 17, 2017

Pre-conference: Serious Illness Conversation Workshop


Plan to attend the Serious Illness Conversation Workshop (SICW). 

Date: Wednesday, June 7
Time: 1:30  to 5 p.m.
Place: Wichita Marriott, 9100 Corporate Hills Drive, Wichita, KS 67207

During the workshop you will:

  • Discuss the correlation between provider's ability to initiate goals-of-care conversations and patients ability to make informed choices that reflect their core values. reduce suffering, enhance family well-being and improve quality of life.
  • Implement a system in their work setting to identify patients/families that would benefit from serious illness conversations.
  • Develop skills to address the important points of serious illness conversations.
  • Identify a system for documenting personalized patient goals and priorities in the electronic health record.

You may register online with your Annual Meeting registration or separately at Serious Illness Workshop.

Posted on Monday, April 17, 2017

Heart Failure KSA offered June 7


This Annual Meeting pre-conference session: KSA Group Learning - Heart Failure  is an easy way to fulfill one of your American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) requirements. The Knowledge Self-Assessment (KSA), formerly SAM,  meets your ABFM's Family Medicine Certification Self-Assessment Activities requirement.

Date: Wednesday, June 7
Time: 1 to 5 p.m.
Where: Wichita Marriott Hotel, 9100 Corporate Hills Drive, Wichita, Kansas 67207

KSA seating is limited. Register online with your Annual Meeting registration or separately at KSA Heart Failure. If you have questions about the new format contact the ABFM at 877-223-7437.

Posted on Monday, April 17, 2017

Social Media Ambassador applications due April 21


If you enjoy connecting with peers on social media, we want you to help us create the Annual Meeting digital buzz by being a Social Media Ambassador! Apply today!

Purpose: The purpose of the SoMe Ambassador program is to:

  • Elevate KAFP’s profile with members who are active in Social Media

  • Educate a wider audience of influential thinkers about the Annual Meeting

  • Build interest and excitement about the Annual Meeting for future years 

Benefits to Ambassadors:

  • 25% off Annual Meeting registration

  • Access to reserved seating (for good pictures)

  • Introduction to key note speakers for photo opportunities

  • Recognition in conference literature

Requirements/Application: Please review the requirements and submit the short 5 question application by April 21, 2017 to be considered for one of the 2017 SoMe Ambassador positions for the Annual Meeting.  

Requirements: Each SoMe Ambassador must:

  • Be a KAFP member

  • Use least two social media channels consistently and have a following and/or willingness to build it. Facebook is a required channel, Twitter is the second preferred channel.  Instagram, Snapchat and LinkedIn are also acceptable.

  • “Like” KAFP’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/KSAFP/

  • Twitter users must follow KAFP’s Twitter account @KansasAFP.

  • Participate in a short training session.

  • Plan to attend the entire Annual Meeting.  

Posted on Monday, April 17, 2017



Order "Stop Physician Burnout" book by May 12 to receive discount cost 

KAFP is offering you the opportunity to order our keynote speaker, Dike Drummond's book at a discount price of $18! All orders must be submitted by Friday, May 12. You may pick up your book at the KAFP Annual Meeting at the Wichita Marriott or at the KAFP office in Wichita. Order your copy with your Annual Meeting registration or call our office at 316-721-9005 to place your order. Dr. Drummond, author of Stop Physician Burnout - What to Do When Working Harder Isn't Working will help take your practice back -- take your life back --  with the tools insideDike Drummond, MD is a family physician, author, coach and healthcare speaker and CEO of TheHappyMD.com. Plan to hear his keynote presentation at the 2017 KAFP Annual Meeting.

Please join us at the Wichita Marriott Hotel, June 8-10 for the 2017 KAFP Annual Meeting "Chart the Course.". Family physicians are the anchor of primary care! Register today!

Posted on Monday, April 17, 2017

Dillons Plus Shopper's Card is a free and easy way to give to your KAFP-Foundation


Attention Dillons grocery shoppers! KAFP-Foundation has signed up as a member of the community rewards program at Dillons. This means that you can link the KAFP-Foundation to your Dillons Shopper Card and a percentage of your bill is donated to the KAFP-Foundation at no extra cost to you and with no lessening of your fuel points.

Here's how:

1. Go to https://www.dillons.com/account/enrollCommunityRewardsNow Sign in to your personal Dillons account.

2. Click Enroll Now to tell Dillons you want KAFP-Foundation to benefit from your shopping! 

3. In the Community Rewards section, click Enroll and search for Kansas Academy of Family Physicians Foundation.  (or use the KAFP-F number 39542)

4.  Select the KAFP-F organization and click Enroll.

Now every time you use your Dillons Plus Shopper's Card your KAFP-Foundation will earn money!  Giving has never been more easy.


Posted on Monday, April 17, 2017

Webinar: Update on the DASH Dietary Pattern

Midwest Dairy Council

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

12:00 PM – 1:00 PM CST

Register Now!

The Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) dietary eating pattern, which emphasizes low-fat and non-fat dairy products, fruit, vegetables and whole grains is one of the most widely prescribed dietary modifications for reducing blood pressure (BP) and cardiovascular disease risk. 

Join Ronald M. Krauss, MD, senior scientist and director of atherosclerosis research at Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute, as he presents the latest research that supports the DASH Eating Plan as a tool for the prevention of a variety of health conditions, with a specific focus on key food components. In this webinar Dr. Krauss, will review research on the modification of the DASH diet to allow for more liberal total and saturated fat intake, in conjunction with moderate carbohydrate intake resulting in similar benefits to blood pressure and no deleterious effects on lipid risk factors. 

Becky Schaffer, MS, RDN, LD, Clinical Dietitian at the Mayo Clinic working in the Division of Endocrinology with a focus on hypertension and nephrology, will provide guidance on translating the DASH diet into real-life situations for dietitians and other health professionals.

Application for CME credit has been filed with the American Academy of Family Physicians. Determination of credit is pending.

Posted on Monday, April 17, 2017

Support DollarsAndSense4KS

What if we could save lives, prevent kids from ever taking up smoking, and help fix the Kansas budget shortfall? Add your name at www.DollarsAndSense4KS.com to support a $1.50-per-pack tax increase on cigarettes.  Tell legislators and friends that a tobacco tax makes #DollarsAndSense4KS

Posted on Monday, April 17, 2017

Pick Your Pace resources available for transition to QPP


The Quality Payment Program (QPP) is a part of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), which replaces Medicare’s traditional fee-for-service program.

QPP is the umbrella term for the two payment tracks—Merit Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Advanced Alternative Payment Models (AAPM’s). Most AAFP members will initially participate in MIPS.

Participation in 2017 will impact Medicare payments when QPP payment adjustments take effect in 2019. That’s why CMS deemed 2017 a transition year, allowing physicians to “Pick Your Pace." Remember, if you engage in the QPP program at any level during the 2017 performance period, you will not receive a negative payment adjustment in 2019.

The AAFP has resources to help you take action, including:

  • QPP handout —provides an overview of QPP and the paths they can take to avoid a payment penalty.
  • Pick Your Pace resources—participation requirements and a time line for 2017, as well as practice scenarios for each participation option.
  • QPP technical assistance—CMS has several programs available to help transition and successfully participate in one of the two payment programs. 
Posted on Monday, April 10, 2017

Submit resolutions by May 8


Resolutions are an official means by which you as a member have input into the Academy’s political process. Have something you would like the KAFP to change or support? Write a resolution!

Please submit your resolution for consideration by Monday, May 8, 2017. You may send by e-mail, fax 316-721-9044 or send by U.S. mail to:

Kansas Academy of Family Physicians
7570 W 21st St N 1026, 104
Wichita, KS 67205

If you have a topic or resolution you’re interested in writing, but get stuck, please don’t stop there. Contact KAFP. We can provide samples from years past, and will be happy to guide you through the process of writing your resolution.

Here is the official resolution process adopted by the KAFP Board of Directors. Please note important dates.

  • A note in the April and May Weekly e-newsletters will announce that resolutions are due by Monday, May 8, 2017.  Late resolutions may be introduced at the discretion of the Reference Committee Chair, the senior Delegate (Dr. Jen Brull). 
  • The staff will follow-up with those who author resolutions, providing them with a copy of this process and the timeline for consideration of resolutions. 
  • In the KAFP Update e-newsletter around May 15, we will publish the proposed resolutions, inviting those with an interest in them to contact KAFP with their input. 
  • The Reference Committee will be made up of Delegates, Alternates, and officers. 
  • On DATE TBD in late May the Reference Committee will hold a hearing by conference call, and inviting the authors of resolutions to participate if they so desire.  The committee will go through new resolutions and ones considered for sunset, and make recommendations for the Board.
  • The resolutions will be made available to conference attendees, either in the conference manual or in a separate format. 
  • The Board will consider all resolutions at its board meeting, Sat. June 10 at the conclusion of the Annual Meeting. 


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