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2014 Neuroscience Symposium

September 19, 2014 at Bartle Hall-Kansas City Convention Center. Click here for more information and to register.


Family Medicine Tobacco Office Champion Program: August 12 deadline approaching
Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to improve your practice and your patients’ lives! The deadline to apply to be a Family Medicine Tobacco Office champion is Tuesday, Aug. 12.

The KAFP is recruiting 10 family medicine offices for a project to train Tobacco "Office Champions" in evidence-based tobacco cessation strategies, and to implement system changes to promote the integration of tobacco cessation activities into daily office routines. And your office could be one of them! For more information and to apply click here.

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Fall Virtual SAM is limited to first 20 KAFP members who register — ACT NOW
The Kansas Academy of Family Physicians in partnership with the Ohio, Indiana and Wisconsin chapters of the American Academy of Family Physicians is excited to announce a virtual, American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) endorsed Self-Assessment Module (SAM) session centered on Diabetes for Sunday, Sept. 21, beginning at, 5 p.m.

ONLINE REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN and is limited to the first 20 KAFP members who register.

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Sign up for Faces in Family Medicine mentoring program
Faces in Family Medicine
It’s time to sign up to participate as a mentor for the 2014-15 Faces in Family Medicine program! FIFM is a program that showcases the many faces of the specialty with a dinner meeting on each campus and the opportunity for select pre-med and medical students to have a family physician mentor for the school year.

This year we are going to go to the KU pre-med program for our undergrad program, and of course, continue reaching out to first and second year students at all 3 campuses of the KU medical school: KC, Salina and Wichita.

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  Certificate Program in Clinical Ethics

Build your skills in bioethics. For over 30 years, clinicians and hospitals throughout our region have relied on the Center for Practical Bioethics to face the most challenging ethical issues in medicine. Our Certificate Program provides mid-career professionals with real-world tools to confront and analyze health ethics across work settings.

2014 open payments program year
As part of the Open Payments program, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will soon make data about the financial relationships between drug/device manufacturers and physicians and teaching hospitals available to the public. Physicians include doctors of medicine and osteopathy, dental surgeons, dentists, licensed chiropractors, optometrists and podiatrists.

Open Payments registration for physicians and teaching hospitals in the CMS Enterprise Portal and the Open Payments system is currently open. Although registration is a voluntary process, it is required if physicians or teaching hospitals want to review any of the data reported about them, by the industry, prior to public posting of the data on Sept. 30.

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'Family Medicine On Air' connects students to family medicine leaders
A new live video series from the AAFP, Family Medicine On Air, gives medical students across the country a chance to hear valuable information from family medicine leaders — all in 15 minutes. Join the next video in the series on Aug. 26 at 11:30 a.m. CT, when AAFP President Dr. Reid Blackwelder discusses what students need to know about the patient-centered medical home. Go to the FMIG Network YouTube channel ( to view the live event or the recording.

Contact Sam Carlson at or ext. 6722 with questions.

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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.

Immunize Kansas coalition Organizational Meeting set for July 29 to work toward future goals
The KAFP and Sedgwick County Health Department are hosting an organizational meeting of the Immunize Kansas coalition from 1-5 p.m. on Tuesday, July 29. At this meeting the statewide immunization coalition will be formed to focus on immunization awareness and access to protect the health of all Kansans with the ultimate goal to advance the priorities defined in the Healthy Kansans 2020 plan.

Immunize Kansas is an extension and expansion of the work undertaken by the Immunize Kansas Kids project, initialized in 2006 and working through June 2014. That effort was dedicated to seeking a sustainable solution to improving vaccination rates for all Kansas children. IKK was a unique partnership among the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, the Kansas Health Institute and dozens of stakeholder organizations working toward a simple goal: to protect every Kansas child from vaccine preventable diseases.

The partners agreed to work collectively to make the choice for immunization easy by:
  1. Promoting evidence-based information, recommendations and practices about immunization;
  2. Sharing of best practices;
  3. Working to ensure a robust and effective system for immunization tracking is in place by promoting access, increasing provider use and tracking the impact of immunization on the health of Kansans through the KSWebIZ registry.

If you wish to provide input prior to the meeting, contact Carolyn at

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Free EHR implementation and optimization services for Medicaid providers
Kansas Foundation for Medical Care
KFMC and KDHE’s Division of Health Care Finance are working together to assist Medicaid healthcare providers in Kansas by offering health information technology assistance.

Services offered include:
  • EHR Selection
  • EHR Implementation
  • Meaningful Use Assistance
  • Information System Security Management
  • Process Analysis and Redesign
  • Health Information Exchange Connectivity

You are eligible for these free services if all four of the following statements are true for you.

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New AHRQ Center focuses on practice improvement
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality has consolidated two of its existing centers — the Center for Primary Care, Prevention and Clinical Partnerships and the Center for Outcomes and Evidence — to form a new center, the Center for Evidence and Practice Improvement. The new center will focus on accelerating practice improvement across the healthcare system and will engage stakeholders to promote the implementation of evidence into practice. The new center will also include a National Center for Excellence in Primary Care Research, a home for AHRQ’s evidence and tools about improving primary healthcare.
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New immunization handouts available for distribution
IAC Express
Voices for Vaccines has featured a number of stories and articles to help parents feel comfortable vaccinating and advocating for immunization. Upon request, VFV has created handouts out of the most popular of these articles to print out and distribute in clinics, waiting rooms, and other places where parents seek vaccine information.

Access VFV's Immunization Handouts for Offices and Schools.

Voices for Vaccines is a national organization of parents and others who are dedicated to raising the level of the voices of immunization supporters. VFV invites everyone who appreciates vaccines to become a member of their organization. VFV is on Facebook.

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New timeline for chronic conditions Health Homes
Health Homes Herald
The State of Kansas announces that Health Homes for people with serious mental illnesses launched on July 1 with the enrollment of participants. Enrollment for people with chronic conditions will be launched at a later date to allow additional time for the provider network to expand and ensure access for members.

A critical component of the Kansas model for Health Homes is the guarantee of consumer choice. It is required that consumers have a choice of two or more Health Home Partners in each county for each type of Health Home. Re-evaluation of the model will be after Jan. 1, 2015. For questions, please contact KDHE at or call 785-296-3981.

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Early registration discount available again for 13th annual Obesity Conference
KU Medical Center
The 13th Annual Obesity Conference will provide healthcare professionals and educators the most current evidence-based information targeting nutrition, physical activity and behavior changes. Obesity is directly associated with heart disease and stroke, high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, gallbladder diseases and gallstones, osteoarthritis, sleep apnea, asthma and other diseases. It is also associated with poor self-image, poorer performance in school and a variety of psychosocial impairments. Therefore, researchers, educators, government agencies, foundations, industry representatives and others are promoting efforts to prevent and treat obesity at the individual and community levels. Reserve your seat today.
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Register now! Health Literacy: What You Can Do To Improve Practice and Change Lives
Health Literacy Missouri
Health Literacy Missouri is pleased to announce that Kansas City will be the location of the 5th Annual Health Literacy Missouri Summit and Tribute Awards dinner on Oct. 23 and 24. Held at the historic Hilton President Kansas City, the combined events will gather hundreds of healthcare professionals in Missouri and Kansas as they take part in skill building workshops, sit in on panel sessions and celebrate the achievements of some of the states' and nation’s top health literacy scholars and practitioners.

Click here to register.

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