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Advocacy Day and Legislative Reception
If you haven’t yet, register for the 2015 Advocacy Day, Wednesday, Jan. 21. Click here for online registration.

Be ready to be energized, well-prepared and informed about Kansas issues and the upcoming legislative session. We have a great line-up of topics and speakers who will cover Expanding our Grassroots Efforts; Health Care Issues Expected to Arise in the 2015 Session; the Kansas Hospital Association KanCare 2.0 Proposal on Medicaid Expansion; and more!

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Family Doctor of the Day program needs YOU this month
The legislative session will start next week – Monday, Jan. 12. We have some open days and it is important that we fill all days the legislature is in session. The legislators are grateful for this program and it definitely puts family medicine in a favorable light! Please check your calendar in particular for Friday, Jan. 16; Monday, Jan. 26; and Tuesday, Jan. 27.
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  Physician Temporary Coverage

Short and long-term temporary coverage opportunities for physicians are available throughout Kansas. Physicians select their assignments and are paid competitive rates. Hospitals, clinics, and private practices serving a rural or underserved population may request coverage. This program is administered by the KU Medical Center, Rural Health Education and Services.

Have your say: Select next SAM Group Learning Session module
Your feedback is needed to select the upcoming SAM Group Learning Session modules.

KAFP is planning up to three SAM Group Learning Sessions to help Diplomates meet ABFM requirements for Maintenance of Certification. The first will be held on June 10 in Wichita as a pre-session of the Annual Meeting, which is June 11-13. We would like YOUR feedback about which modules you'd prefer to have offered by KAFP.

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ER/LA Opioid REMS to be presented at Annual Meeting
If helping patients with pain is an issue for you, this is a session you won't want to miss!

KAFP is pleased to announce that Carol Havens, MD will present ER/LA Opioid REMS: Achieving Safe Use While Improving Patient Care at the 2015 Annual Meeting, June 11-13. Her presentation will be on Thursday, June 11 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.

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Exhibitor and supporter opportunities at KAFP Annual Meeting
KAFP is now accepting exhibitor and supporter applications for the 2015 KAFP Annual Meeting here.

Please pass along this information to your vendors, hospital and/or clinic.

Please join us for the 2015 KAFP Annual Meeting "Focus on Family Medicine" June 11-13, 2015 at the Wichita Marriott Hotel.

SAM Group Learning Session
Wednesday, June 10, 2015
12:30-5:00 p.m.
In conjunction with KAFP Annual Meeting
Marriott Hotel, Wichita, Kansas

2015 Annual Meeting:

Thursday-Friday, June 11-13, 2015
Wichita Marriott, Wichita, Kansas

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Q&A: Dual use refrigerator, proper needle technique, and more
IAC Express News
Q: Our office is small and we only store vaccine in the refrigerator of a two-compartment refrigerator/freezer. Can we use the freezer portion to store staff food?

A: CDC recommends using separate refrigerator and freezer units for vaccine storage but still allows use of a combination refrigerator/freezer if you only use the refrigerator portion for storing vaccines (as you are doing). CDC also recommends that you store food and beverages in a separate storage unit from vaccines, which you are technically doing but there may still be an impact on the refrigerator temperature by the opening and closing of the freezer door by staff. (In most two-compartment units, cold air from the freezer is circulated for cooling the refrigerator.)

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Primary care, public health integration focus of new resource
Back in March, the AAFP joined a diverse group of public and private organizations in helping to launch the Practical Playbook initiative, which offers online resources to help primary care and public health professionals in their efforts to integrate with one another. Last month, the same team unveiled its next initiative — the BUILD Health Challenge — that provided grant and loan funding to foster and expand meaningful partnerships among health systems, community-based organizations, local health departments and other organizations that affect community health.
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Reweaving Our Social Fabric: Engaging to Prevent Sexual and Domestic Violence conference
Kansas Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence
This conference is a networking and learning opportunity for all those working to end sexual and domestic violence.

Click here for more information.

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Deadline reminder: Rural Health Network Development Planning grant funding opportunity
Rural Health Network Development Planning Grant Deadline – Jan. 9, 2015

The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy is currently seeking applications for Rural Health Network Development Planning Program (Network Planning). This is a one year community-driven program targeted to assist in the planning and development of an integrated health care network. Health care networks can be an effective strategy to address a broad range of challenges unique to rural communities by bringing together rural providers and other community organizations. For grantees, this funding provides an opportunity to implement new and innovative approaches to adapting to a changing health care environment that may serve as a model to other rural communities to better align and coordinate local health care services. Network planning activities that model evidence-based frameworks or models that work are encouraged. Previously funded projects include topics such as workforce, behavioral health, telehealth, care coordination, health information technology, and outreach and enrollment.

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Save the date — April 18 — volunteer at free clinic event for uninsured
National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics
Over 1,000 uninsured patients need medical care on Saturday, April 18, 2015 in Kansas City, Missouri. Volunteers are needed — doctors, nurses, residents, medical students! Many of these patients haven't been able to see a doctor for several years; you are doing them an incredible service.

The National Association of Free Clinics, a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, is returning to Kansas City to sponsor a one-day free medical clinic for the uninsured on Saturday April 18 2015. The clinic will offer primary care, some specialty care, point-of-care testing, four months of free medications, connections to after care, health education and ACA navigators. The NAFC will obtain malpractice coverage for this event.

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