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Registration is now open for the second RISE Webinar: Register today!
Wednesday, April 4, 12:15 - 12:45 p.m.
Physician Health First: AAFP Physician Health & Well-Being Resources, Clif Knight, MD
There is no fee for the RISE webinars. Approved for 0.5 AAFP Prescribed credits.
The RISE webinar in January is available - watch the recording here.
Mark your calendar for these upcoming RISE webinars:
- "Increasing Joy in Practice, Avoiding Burnout, Building Resilient Practices and Careers", by Terry L "Lee" Mills, MD
- "Prevent Burnout & Build Resilience in Practice: Two Kansas Case Studies", by KAFP members Melissa Rosso, MD & Beth Oller, MD
Learn how Screening, Brief Intervention & Referral to Treatment (SBIRT) for substance use can improve your patients’ health. Visit www.sbirt.care for FREE continuing education. MORE
You did the research. Now share it.
Submit your family medicine research for a possible poster presentation at the 2018 AAFP Family Medicine Experience (FMX) in New Orleans, LA, October 9-13.
The deadline for submission is March 16. Apply online today to present your research at FMX.
Resident and student members receive free registration if their submission is accepted for presentation.
FMX is the family medicine event of the year attended by almost 5,000 family physicians and other health care professionals. The poster presentation area is a popular destination where attendees come for the latest family medicine research and to earn CME credit. Presenters have the opportunity to discuss their work with attendees.
Take this opportunity to write for the AAFP. FP Essentials™
is a subscription-only continuing medical education (CME) and Board review publication with a circulation of several thousand and is one of the AAFP's largest educational activities.
Manuscripts must be evidence based and case oriented. Medical editors will review all proposals, select one or more for further consideration, and contact a prospective author before the final selection. Authors are awarded a $4,000 honorarium to prepare a manuscript and see it through to publication.
FP Essentials is currently seeking authors for these topics:
Proposals are due March 15. Find out more.
- Prescription Drug and Alcohol Addiction
- Cardiovascular Disease Update
- Violence and Health
- Skin Cancer
On February 6, CDC published Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices Recommended Immunization Schedule for Children and Adolescents Aged 18 Years or Younger—United States, 2018 as an MMWR Early Release.
The Recommended Immunization Schedule for Children and Adolescents Aged 18 Years or Younger, United States, 2018 is available on the CDC website as an 8-page color document in PDF format.
Tobacco Free Kansas Coalition
The campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids released its annual state-by-state comparison on whether states are adequately funding tobacco programs. Kansas ranked a dismal 39th, but had moved up from the 41st spot last year. This year states will collect $27.5 billion from the tobacco settlement and tobacco taxes, but will spend less than 3 percent of it on tobacco prevention and cessation programs. Not a single state currently funds tobacco prevention and cessation programs at the level recommended by the CDC. More needs to be done to protect all Americans and protect kids and youth. To view the full report, click here.
TMF Health Quality Institute
Eligible clinicians participating in the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) who plan to report MIPS Quality measures using claims should be aware that some claims codes have changed for the 2018 performance period. Following are answers to common questions about the claims-based reporting.
Question: We noticed some of the 2018 Quality Data Codes (QDCs) for claims submissions have changed. If my practice submits claims using the previous codes, will they count toward our MIPS Quality measure submission for the 2018 period?
Answer: If you have submitted the claim and it has been processed, you cannot resubmit solely to add or correct the QDC. You should switch to the correct codes as soon as possible to ensure you meet the measure’s data completeness requirement of 60 percent for the 2018 performance year.
Q: How do I know if my claims submissions count toward my MIPS Quality measure requirements?
A: When the claim is processed and you are credited for the measure, you will receive an N620 follow-up code stating, “This procedure code is for quality reporting/informational purposes only.” This code indicates the QDC codes are valid; it does not mean the QDC code was correct or that you met the measure requirement. Keep track of submitted cases so that you can verify QDCs reported against the remittance advice notice sent by the Medicare Administrative Contractor (MAC).
Q: Is it too late to begin MIPS claims submissions for 2018?
A: The most important component of MIPS Quality measure reporting is the 60 percent data completeness requirement. That means 60 percent of a MIPS-eligible clinician’s patients who meet the denominator criteria for the measure must be included, regardless of payer, for the 2018 performance period. If you begin billing using the appropriate codes early in the period, you have a good chance of meeting this criteria.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released updated measure specifications on Dec. 27, 2017. Find these on the CMS QPP Resources webpage.
Get engaged in caring for your breast cancer survivors by attending "Promoting Breast Cancer Survivorship: All for Pink on Saturday", February 24, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., at KU Medical Center School of Nursing Auditorium, Kansas City, Kansas. This event is also available by webinar. The registration deadline is February 20. Click here for more information.
A report released by NAMI Kansas, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, highlights the substantial return on investment of supporting comprehensive and proactive smoking cessation for KanCare beneficiaries with behavioral health disorders in the Medicaid population.
The report, estimates the economic impact of providing smoking cessation treatment through Kansas Medicaid for a population of adults with particularly high smoking rates and expected healthcare expenditures—those with severe mental illness and/or a substance use disorder.
With funding from the Kansas Health Foundation, a coalition of health care advocates have been working to develop resources, including the Tobacco Guideline for Behavioral Health, to reduce the impact of tobacco-related illnesses among the behavioral health population and increase tobacco cessation reimbursements for healthcare providers.
Interested in making your community safer for people who walk, bike, and use a wheelchair? Receive help in creating your own community's Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan by contacting Abby at Abby@PedNet.org. View the PedNet website for more information about this project.
More resources include: www.kansascyclist.com and www.walkkansas.org
The 24th Annual KDOT Transportation Safety Conference is set for April 17-18 at the Topeka Capitol Plaza, Topeka, Kansas. There is also a free pre-conference Drugged Driving Summit on Monday, April 16. If you or your staff are interested in this opportunity click here.
KDOT is offering a hotel reimbursement to attendees who will be traveling in on Sunday to attend the summit. One hotel room night (Sunday only) will be reimbursed to the attendee after the event. You must be more than 60 miles out from the Capitol Plaza Hotel to qualify for the reimbursement. Forms will be available when you pick up your certificate at the end of the training.
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