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Posted on Monday, November 13, 2017

Advocacy Day registration open

KAFP

2018 Advocacy Day registration is now open. Mark your calendars and make plans to join us for a day full of legislative activities!

Wednesday, January 24, 2018
10:30 a.m . - 5:30 p.m.
KMS/KaMMCO Building
623 SW 10th Ave, Topeka, KS 66612

Reception at Topeka Capitol Plaza Hotel 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
1717 SW Topeka Blvd, Topeka, KS 66612

Advocacy Day will energize you, as well as prepare and inform you about Kansas issues in the upcoming legislative session.  Immediately following Advocacy Day is a Reception for Legislators and Physicians at the Topeka Capitol Plaza Hotel. The reception is an opportunity to mingle with the legislators, using the skills and applying the knowledge you learn during the sessions.  

As you prepare to attend Advocacy Day, you are encouraged to make appointments to visit with your representatives.  1:30 - 2:45 p.m. of the Advocacy Day schedule is open for attendees to meet with their representatives. Find your elected officials on AAFP.org.

Registration is FREE for residents & students; $30 for members and $60 for non-members.

The Topeka Capitol Plaza Hotel has sleeping rooms available in a room block at the rate of $96/night plus tax for January 23 & 24; this rate is not guaranteed after January 5, 2017. To reserve a room, call the hotel directly at 785-431-7200.

Posted on Monday, November 13, 2017

Thursday, November 16 is Great American SmokeOut

KAFP

The Kansas Academy of Family Physicians is joining physicians across the U.S. in celebrating the annual Great American SmokeOut on Thursday, November 16, 2017. Kansas has seen a decrease in the number of residents that smoke, yet thousands still struggle with their tobacco addiction. It often takes 7 to 9 quit attempts before successfully overcoming tobacco and the majority of patients indicate that a healthcare provider’s advice to quit is a strong motivator in taking the first step.

If you are interested in the latest tobacco training and resources for your practice, please contact Kim Neufeld at 316-425-5607 or kneufeld@kafponline.org for the latest resources. You also may be interested in:

Posted on Monday, November 13, 2017

Now accepting KAFP Award Nominations!

KAFP

KAFP has three prestigious annual awards: The Kansas Family Physician of the Year , the Exemplary Teaching Awards  and the Humanitarian Award. The deadline to receive all awards nominations is December 30, 2017. Nominate yourself or a colleague today!

KANSAS FAMILY PHYSICIAN OF THE YEAR: Each year the KAFP awards one family physician the title of "Kansas Family Physician of the Year" on the basis of describing the candidate’s most outstanding characteristics and contributions to community and family medicine.

EXEMPLARY TEACHING AWARD: KAFP also recognizes two Kansas Exemplary Teaching Award winners each year -- one in the Volunteer Category and one in the Full-time/Part-time category.

HUMANITARIAN AWARD: Established in 1997, this award honors extraordinary and enduring humanitarian efforts, both within and beyond the borders of the United States; and encourages AAFP members, their families and colleagues to assume a sense of global responsibility and to encourage service to others.  This award is not an annual award  but awarded when deemed deserving.

For more information visit the KAFP Awards web page.

Posted on Monday, November 13, 2017

Expand KanCare Community Forum - November 15

Alliance for a Healthy Kansas

Expanding KanCare is crucial to our state’s economic future and will help over 150,000 Kansans access health care. The Alliance for a Healthy Kansas is planning community events across Kansas to learn about what KanCare expansion would mean to Kansans.

You are invited to join the KanCare Community Forum on Wednesday, November 15, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the Robert D. Love Downtown YMCA, 402 N. Market St., Wichita, KS

RSVP to Sean@ExpandKanCare.com

Posted on Monday, November 13, 2017

Volunteer as the Family Doctor of the Day at the Statehouse

 KAFP

The Family Doctor of the Day program is an opportunity to network in Topeka, learn about the legislative process, perhaps attend part of a session or committee, and provide a much-appreciated service to legislators on behalf of KAFP.

If you are an active or resident member with a Kansas license, you are eligible to serve as the Family Doctor of the Day (FDOD) at the Statehouse during the legislative session.  The 2018 Legislative Session opens on January 8, 2018.

FDOD volunteers report to the Capitol Building in Topeka at 9:00 a.m. and stay until 3:00 p.m. taking care of legislators, staff and sometimes even visitors who need medical attention.

Current openings in January: January 10, 11, 17, 18, 19, 24, 26, 29, 30, 31. For a complete calendar listing and to sign up go to the KAFP FDOD web page. Or, contact Michelle Corkins at mcorkins@kafponline.org or 316.721.9005.

If you have not participated before you are missing out on a wonderful opportunity. If you have served in the past, we thank you and welcome you back to serve again!

Posted on Friday, November 10, 2017

Pick Your Pace by end of 2017 to participate in MIPS

AAFP

You have until December 31, 2017  to pick your pace in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) to get paid under Medicare Part B. It’s not too late to collect data —submitting as little as one quality measure or one Improvement Activity will allow you to avoid a negative 4% payment adjustment. Don’t delay. Let the AAFP guide you down the MIPS path of MACRA’s QPP to help you take action, including the 2017 MIPS Playbook—AAFP’s step-by-step guide to taking action in MIPS. Learn how to Pick Your Pace, select and report quality measures, and more.

Posted on Friday, November 10, 2017

Share tobacco cessation resources for the Great American Smokeout on November 16

AAFP

The Great American Smokeout is an annual effort from the American Cancer Society to encourage smokers to begin making a plan to quit, or planning in advance to quit smoking that day. Quitting smoking is an important step toward a healthier life and reducing cancer risk, and on November 16, we work together to help eradicate smoking.

The AAFP and The EveryONE project are focused on confronting health disparities. We recognize some populations are more likely to experience negative health outcomes from tobacco use for a variety of reasons, including cultural practices and targeted tobacco marketing. These populations can benefit from prevention and cessation programs with our support. The AAFP offers resources for physicians to use with their patients who are preparing to quit smoking, including an online toolkit and interactive patient quizzes on FamilyDoctor.org.

Quitting smoking is difficult, but having support makes all the difference. Join the us in promoting the Great American Smokeout, and share these resources to help patients in their journeys toward smoke-free, healthier lives.

Posted on Friday, November 10, 2017

Free webinar: Antibiotic Stewardship: November 16

KHC

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) and the Kansas Healthcare Collaborative (KHA) invite you to learn more about antibiotic stewardship, resources available and how to work together to address this critical public health issue. Two one-hour sessions are offered on Thursday, November 16. Stormont Vail Medical Education Services designates this live activity for a maximum of one (1.0) AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. For more information, click here.

Posted on Monday, November 6, 2017

KAFP Award nomination deadline is December 30

KAFP

Nominations are open for the following Kansas Academy of Family Physicians awards: The deadline to receive all awards nominations is December 30, 2017.

KANSAS FAMILY PHYSICIAN OF THE YEAR: Each year the KAFP awards one family physician the title of "Kansas Family Physician of the Year" on the basis of describing the candidate’s most outstanding characteristics and contributions to community and family medicine.

EXEMPLARY TEACHING AWARD: KAFP also recognizes two Kansas Exemplary Teaching Award winners each year -- one in the Volunteer Category and one in the Full-time/Part-time category.

HUMANITARIAN AWARD: Established in 1997, this award honors extraordinary and enduring humanitarian efforts, both within and beyond the borders of the United States; and encourages AAFP members, their families and colleagues to assume a sense of global responsibility and to encourage service to others.  This award is not an annual award  but awarded when deemed deserving.

For more information visit the KAFP Awards web page.

Posted on Monday, November 6, 2017

Your help needed in reducing syphilis rates

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment's (KDHE's) Bureau of Disease Control and Prevention is alerting Kansas providers to the ongoing increase in syphilis cases. Kansas had 300 cases of early syphilis reported, (124 cases of primary and secondary syphilis, and 176 cases of early latent syphilis) during calendar year 2016. This is a 52% increase from CY2014. Please visit the STI/HIV website for a short video from CDC outlining three key actions healthcare providers can take to help reverse rising syphilis rates.

Please report all positive tests, diagnoses (including suspect and probable diagnoses), and treatment for syphilis to KDHE following the current CDC treatment guidelines.

Contact the STI/HIV Section of KDHE at 785-296-6174 with any questions.

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