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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.


FMTOC applications open for 1 more week
It’s not too late to get in on this exciting opportunity to improve your practice and your patients’ lives! The deadline to apply to be a Family Medicine Tobacco Office champion (FMTOC) 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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Complete the Diabetes SAM module from comfort of your office or home
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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Mentoring program kicks off this fall
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.

Open payment updates
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have made several announcements in the past few weeks regarding the Physician Payment Sunshine Act, or Open Payments. Provided is a summary of these updates and further information.

2015 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule
CMS proposed a rule on July 3 that would update payment policies and rates for services furnished under the Medicare physician fee schedule beginning January1, 2015. The AAFP has provided an executive summary (2 page PDF) of the proposed changes.

On July 14, the CMS’ Open Payments system launched, allowing interested physicians and teaching hospitals to register in the second phase of the registration process. Once registered in both systems, physicians and teaching hospitals can dispute any incorrect data on or before August 27, 2014. An AAFP News article features background information and instructions for physicians that wish to register.

More Information
Further explanation about these updates is provided on the Open Payments / Physician Sunshine Act page on in the Advocacy section.

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Keeping kids safe when summer turns up the heat
Safe Kids Kansas
As summertime heats up in Kansas, it’s important to recognize the dangers associated with hot weather and the risk of heat-related illnesses. Safe Kids Kansas shares these tips to keep your kids safe at home, play and on the way.
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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.

USPSTF releases e-book edition of the 2014 Guide to Clinical Preventive Services
U.S. Preventive Services Task Force
For the first time, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force has released an e-book version of its Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, an authoritative source that can help primary care clinicians and patients decide together what preventive services are right for a patient’s needs. The 2014 Guide includes all active Task Force evidence-based recommendations since 2004, including 28 new and updated recommendations since the 2012 version of the Guide.

The e-book is compatible with many readers, including Kindle, Nook, iBook and Kobo. As a reminder, in addition to the e-book, you can view and download the Guide online or order a print copy of the guide at the AHRQ Publications Online Store. To place a bulk order, please contact AHRQ by email ( or phone (toll-free, 800-358-9295).

The Task Force also provides other resources for primary care clinicians, including:
  • An up-to-date list of Task Force recommendations, available through the A-Z Topic Index on the Task Force website.
  • The electronic Preventive Services Selector (ePSS), which clinicians can download to their mobile devices to help them identify clinical preventive services that are appropriate for their patients.

For more information about the Guide and other Task Force resources, visit: Learn more about how to improve primary care. Visit AHRQ’s Prevention & Chronic Care Program.

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ONC and CDC launch challenge - $50,000 in prizes
Heart disease and stroke are two of the leading causes of death in the United States. To combat these threats, the Department of Health and Human Services (co-led by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)) has joined with private and non-profit organizations such as the American Heart Association, American Pharmacists Association and the YMCA, to launch Million Hearts®, a national initiative to prevent one million heart attacks and strokes by 2017. The initiative is working to encourage clinicians nationwide to improve the quality of care through use of the ABCS strategies - Aspirin when appropriate, Blood pressure control, Cholesterol management and Smoking cessation.
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Health officials advocate heart screening for newborns
The Topeka Capital-Journal
Kansas is 1 of 10 states that don’t require newborns to be screened for a critical heart problem, but state health officials have been working to educate healthcare providers about the benefits of the testing. Most Kansas hospitals and birthing facilities screen newborns for critical congenital heart disease even though they aren’t required to do so. But about a third, mostly in rural areas that don’t have a lot of births, don’t provide the screening, The Lawrence Journal World reported.
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Kansas safety net clinics receive ACA funds for mental healthcare
Kansas Health Institute
Four safety net clinics in Kansas each will receive $250,000 in federal funds to create or expand mental health services for low-income Kansans. The funding is part of almost $55 million in similar grants nationwide through the Affordable Care Act.
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