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Show your support of Medicaid Expansion by penning an opinion editorial for your local newspaper(s)! The Kansas Hospital Association has asked for KAFP to join them in promoting physician written opinion editorials in support of Medicaid Expansion. Do you have a passion for Medicaid Expansion? Do you have a few good examples of how it has affected you, your patients, your practice, your community? If so, please take the time to pen an opinion editorial for your local newspaper(s) by April 1.
Tips for success!
KAFP wants to make it easy for you to show your support for Medicaid Expansion through an Opinion Editorial. Contact our office if you would like any assistance in writing or editing and/or identifying newspaper(s) to contact. Call 316-721-9005 or e-mail Michelle Corkins.
- At minimum 2-3 strong paragraphs, at maximum 1 page typed.
- Tell a compelling story that tugs at the heart strings.
- Please include this information at end of your editorial: [INSERT PHYSICIAN NAME] has practiced family medicine in [INSERT PHYSICIAN CITY] for [INSERT YEARS] years, and is a member of the Kansas Academy of Family Physicians.
- View this example editorial to inspire your writing.
Thank you for considering being a voice for your patients and for family medicine.
The 2019 KAFP Annual Meeting "Connect. Interact. Learn." Online registration opens March 1! Be sure and check out the KAFP website on March 1 for registration and schedule: 2019 Annual Meeting.
Please mark your calendars now to attend!
2019 Annual Meeting: Connect. Interact. Learn.
June 6-8, 2019
Wichita Marriott in Wichita, Kansas
KAFP will offer a Pre-Conference Session: MAT Waiver Training on Wednesday, June 5. No additional charge for KAFP members.
This Live activity, Kansas-AFP 2019 Annual Meeting , with a beginning date of 06/05/2019, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 20.50 Prescribed credit(s) by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
The Family Doctor of the Day is almost filled for the 2019 legislative session. We only have seven slots left! If you are an active member or resident with a Kansas license, you are eligible to serve as the Family Doctor of the Day (FDOD) at the Statehouse during the legislative session. Please sign up and say yes to serving as Family Doctor of the Day at the Statehouse. Let’s get 100 percent slots filled!
Upcoming open dates include:
March 12, 15, 19
May 6, 8
Your time is appreciated!
Go to the FDOD webpage for a complete calendar listing with instructions and to sign-up or contact Michelle Corkins at 316.721.9005.
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.
The RISE program is a wellness initiative of KAFP designed to help Kansas family physicians RISE above burnout. Register for the upcoming free RISE Webinar Series on Wednesday, March 27, 12:15 - 12:45 p.m. "Caution, turn around don't drown: Wellness through personal leadership development," featuring Tina Khan, Community and Personal Leadership Consultant with Kansas Alliance for Wellness.
There is no charge for the RISE Webinar Series. However, registration is required to receive the log-in information for the webinar.
RISE resources include:
RISE: Restore, Invigorate, Strengthen, Energize.
Kansas Health Institute
READ IT HERE — Kansas Medicaid: A Primer 2019
Just in time for the 2019 Kansas legislative session, the Kansas Health Institute and the Kansas Legislative Research Department have released Kansas Medicaid: A Primer 2019, an in-depth “handbook” describing the Kansas Medicaid program. It provides basic facts and information about Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) in Kansas. This is the fifth edition of the Primer, following 2005, 2009, 2014 and 2017 versions.
In the two years since the last edition of this report, federal policy has continued to evolve, and more change is likely to be on the horizon. KanCare, the state’s comprehensive managed care program, has been in place for six years and recently was extended through 2023. This report captures data from those six years, as well as from the pre-KanCare period.
The Primer includes:
- Overviews of Medicaid, CHIP and KanCare;
- Summary of program expenditures in Kansas;
- Analysis of recent enrollment trends; and
- Information about covered services and populations.
CDC published Interim Estimates of 2018–19 Seasonal Influenza Vaccine Effectiveness—United States, February 2019 in the February 15 issue of MMWR (pages 135–139). A summary made available to the press is reprinted below.
CDC recommends yearly influenza vaccination for children at least 6 months old and adults. Early estimates indicate that influenza vaccines have reduced the risk of medically attended influenza-related illness by almost half (47%) in vaccinated people so far this season. Vaccination reduced the rate of illness caused by the predominant influenza H1N1 virus by about 46 percent among patients of all ages, and by about 62 percent among children 6 months through 17 years of age. Vaccination provided similar protection to that seen in previous H1N1 seasons in children and in adults younger than age 50. For these estimates, 3,254 children and adults with acute respiratory illness were enrolled from November 23, 2018 to February 2, 2019 at five study sites with outpatient medical facilities in the United States.
Influenza activity continues to increase in the U.S. with six additional pediatric deaths from influenza reported, for a total of 34 as of February 9. Please continue to vaccinate all your patients six months of age and older.
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