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FMTOC participants selected

KAFP is pleased to announce the 10 practices selected to participate in the Family Medicine Tobacco Office Champion (FMTOC) program. The 10 practices selected, their city and physician champions are:
  • AFC Doctors Express, Wichita, Samrah Mansoor, MD
  • Bluestem Medical, Quinter, Doug Gruenbacher, MD
  • Center for Health and Wellness, Wichita, Holly Allen Terrell, MD
  • Cheyenne County Clinic, Saint Francis, Mary Beth Miller, MD
  • Family Care Associates, Wichita, Mary Kay Mroz, MD
  • Hutchinson Clinic, Hutchinson, Chris Rodgers, MD
  • Post Rock Family Medicine, Plainville & Stockton, Beth Loney Oller, MD
  • Tallgrass Family Medicine, Wichita, Michelle Louis, MD
  • Univ. of KS School of Medicine: Family Medicine Residency Program, Kansas City, Margaret Smith, MD
  • Wesley Family Medicine Center, Wichita, Ruth Weber, MD

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CMS launches Road to 10 webcast series
Centers for Medicare & Medical Services
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released a new webcast introducing the "Road to 10" tool. Accessible through the "Road to 10" link on the CMS website, the webcast covers the history of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD) and the benefits of ICD-10. This is the first in the new "Road to 10" webcast series. Five more webcasts will follow — all aimed at helping small practices get ready for ICD-10 by the Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015, compliance date. Also available is a brief video introduction to the "Road to 10" tool. Developed in collaboration with physicians, the "Road to 10" tool offers: Clinical documentation tips Coding concepts Clinical scenarios Training calendar Go to the CMS ICD-10 website to get started on the "Road to 10" today.
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Virtual SAM group learning session: Diabetes
Course Description
The Kansas Academy of Family Physicians in partnership with the Indiana, Ohio, and Wisconsin chapters of the American Academy of Family Physicians is excited to announce a virtual, American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) endorsed countrywide Self-Assessment Module (SAM) centered on Diabetes.

You can participate in this course from anywhere that you have a computer and still have the benefits of completing the required stage for MC-FP from the ABFM.

Date: Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014
Time: 5 p.m. CST (duration is approximately 4 hours)
Place: Virtual - from your couch, office, anywhere you have access to a computer
Module: Diabetes


Deadline for registration is Monday, Sept. 8.

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  Health Care Career Fair

Don’t miss your opportunity to meet resident physicians, students and health care providers at Kansas Career Opportunities (KCO) career fair. During KCO, rural health care employers from across Kansas recruit for current and future positions. Reserve your booth today. Hosted by KU Medical Center, Rural Health Education and Services.

CMS Open Payment System back online
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
The CMS Open Payments system was taken offline temporarily and has recently reopened to allow physicians and teaching hospitals to continue to register, review and dispute activities reported in the system. The timeline for the review/dispute, correction and public launch of the website has been modified to recognize the days in which the system was offline. The revised timeline is provided below.

Updated timeline:
  • Review/dispute period: July 14-Aug. 2; Aug. 15-Sept. 8
  • Correction: Sept. 9-23
  • Public launch: Sept. 30
Resources can be found on the CMS website (, including an Open Payment User Guide (, Open Payment Fact Sheet for Physicians (, and FAQ page ( The AAFP also has a resource page with information about Open Payments, in addition to "The Sunshine Act: How to Avoid Getting Burned," an article posted in Family Practice Management.

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2014 Assembly in Washington, DC: Where, How & Why Converge
American Academy of Family Physicians
How you practice family medicine is with skill, knowledge, and compassion.

Why is simpler. You were called.

Join thousands of your colleagues for the 2014 AAFP Assembly, Oct. 21-25, in Washington, D.C..

See Assembly firsthand in this brief video shot onsite last year.

Take five days to learn, connect and be inspired. Choose from 300-plus CME sessions and many other innovative ways to learn, share and grow.

*Register by Sept. 17 to save up to $100.
*This offer does not apply to Students, Residents, Inactive or Life members.

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'Lead Your Health | Living With Chronic Conditions' group leader training
The Kansas Health Foundation for Medical Care (KFMC) is offering a free program, "Lead Your Health | Living With Chronic Conditions" which focuses on improving health outcomes for individuals with chronic physical and/or mental health conditions utilizing programming developed by Stanford University.

Please share this information with your patients: FREE workshops to help individuals with health conditions gain self-confidence in controlling symptoms, better manage their health, and lead a fuller life. They are evidence-based programs which are highly interactive in small-group workshop sessions. Participants explore skills and techniques to better control and manage symptoms. They also connect with other individuals with health conditions and caregivers to learn ideas, tools and concepts to better manage their health. At the end of the six-week workshop, participants achieve life and health goals and have higher levels of confidence in their ability to lead a full and active life.

Patients can find workshop in their area by visiting the Lead Your Health calendar.

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Mark your calendar for Kansas Career Opportunities Health Care Career Fairs
KU Rural Health
Representatives from more than 30 health care employers attend Kansas Career Opportunities (KCO) to recruit for current and future positions. KCO provides an excellent opportunity for Kansas health care employers to network with resident physicians, health care job seekers, and students who are interested in finding a job in Kansas.

Last year, approximately 400 resident physicians, students, and their guests attended KCO. Post-event survey results showed that 25 percent of participants who attended KCO had not considered working in a rural area; but after attending KCO, considered it.

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Attend the Kansas Health Summit on Breastfeeding, Sept. 25
Be a part of this important conversation about smart strategies for improving breastfeeding initiation and duration rates in Kansas. In spite of growing evidence of the many health benefits for mothers and babies, Kansas breastfeeding rates lag behind national averages and breastfeeding moms face many challenges. Help address barriers, explore opportunities and improve support for this low-cost, natural way to create a healthier Kansas. Keynote speakers include Dr. Robert Moser, Secretary, Kansas Department of Health & Environment and Dr. Todd Wolynn, CEO, National Breastfeeding Center.

There is no registration fee to attend but you must reserve your space by Sept. 18 at

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Grant opportunity for cancer control available
American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society Cancer Control Career Development Awards for Primary Care Physicians provide funding opportunities ( to support primary care physicians with a rank of instructor to assistant professor who are pursuing an academic career with an emphasis on cancer control. The awards are for three years and up to $100,000 per year. Grant applications must be submitted by Oct. 15. Contact Janet Leiker at, or by calling 1-800-274-2237, extension 3161 with questions.
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The 2014 Obesity Summit
The 2014 Obesity Summit keynote speaker is Mark Fenton. Mark is a national public health, planning and transportation consultant, an adjunct associate professor at Tufts University's Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, and former host of the "America's Walking" series on PBS television.

Click here for more information about this event!

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