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APRN bill stalls in Senate committee
Dodie Wellshear, KAFP Government Relations Consultant
The Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee held a public hearing on SB 69, which was introduced at the request of APRN groups. The bill was virtually identical to those of recent years, granting a wide-open scope of practice to APRNs.

Central to the bill is that it does away with the current law requiring a collaborative practice agreement with a licensed physician. Supporters of the bill maintain that physicians often do not manage these agreements appropriately and that it can be burdensome to find physicians to collaborate in rural areas. Efforts by KAFP, KMS and KAOM to address this particular issue with APRNs were dismissed by APRN representatives, in Task Force discussions in recent months.

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Submit Poster Contest abstracts by Feb. 27
Call for abstracts: The Kansas Academy of Family Physicians-Foundation (KAFP-F) invites all medical student, resident and active members to submit an abstract for the 2015 Poster Contest, which will be held June 13 during the KAFP Annual Meeting in Wichita, Kansas. Deadline for Receipt of Abstract: Feb. 27, 2015.
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Dr. Fisher to present 'Effective Collaboration with PAs and APRNs'
Mark your calendars to attend the 2015 KAFP Annual Meeting, June 11-13.

With the recent Senate Committee public hearing on the APRN Senate Bill 69 (stalled in Senate Committee) which opens the scope of practice to be equal to physicians, Dr. Lynn Fisher’s talk scheduled for the Annual Meeting is quite timely.

Lynn Fisher, MD will present "Effective Collaboration with PAs and APRNs" to attendees on Friday, June 12. Attendees will:
  1. Understand the importance of collaborative agreements with APRNs and PAs
  2. Provide an effecive framework for collaboration
  3. Understand how to be an effective physician team leader
Lynn Fisher, MD practices rural family medicine in Plainville, Kan. and is the part-time Medical Director for the First Care Clinic, FQHC in Hays, Kan. Dr. Fisher currently serves as the KAFP Vice President.

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Check your calendars to serve as Family Doctor of the Day
Thank you for serving as the Family Doctor of the Day! Please consider volunteering if you have not already done so. Here is an updated list of days which we still need volunteers.

Please contact us ASAP to fill these dates. Email Karen, or phone the office at 316.721.9005.

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Talking to parents about vaccines just got easier
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Making time to talk with parents about vaccines during the well-child visit may be challenging. The CDC, AAP and AAFP created some useful materials to help you assess parents' needs, identify the role they want to play in making decisions for their child's health and then communicate in ways that meet their needs. Enjoy these Provider Resources for Vaccine Conversations with Parents.

Kansas has the lowest HPV immunization rates in the country — here is a great source for you to use.

Download and print these materials to help parents understand vaccine benefits and risks.

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Improve nutrition and fitness with tools and resources
Family Medicine for America's Health
Your patients need your help in meeting their nutrition and fitness goals. According to a nationwide survey conducted by Family Medicine for America's Health, 83 percent of Americans are looking to improve their diet and exercise this year. But while most are looking to make changes, survey results show fewer than half (43 percent) will do so in consultation with their doctor, despite the fact that Americans strongly believe their physician is the most trustworthy source for advice about healthy behaviors.

What makes us healthy results from the choices we make each day. Encourage your patients to partner with you and learn how to make healthy food choices, create a custom fitness program, and achieve their health and fitness goals.

Health is Primary is providing tools and resources to help improve your nutrition and fitness in 2015. Check them out here.

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Patient Safety Video Contest
Kansas Foundation for Medical Care
Every healthcare setting has impact on the overall delivery of safe healthcare. Keeping consumers safe is the top priority.

The Kansas Foundation for Medical Care invites Kansas hospitals, physician offices and nursing homes to participate in Patient Safety Awareness Week. Produce and submit a 2-3 minute video promoting patient safety in your organization. Send entries via CD/DVD to KFMC by Feb. 27. Please submit entries in Windows Media Video Format (wmv).

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