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Register now to complete an ABFM SAM before the end of the year — deadline approaching!
12 slots open, Sept. 8 deadline

Are you in need of an American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) self-assessment module (SAM) before 2014 comes to a close? We've got just what you need — a virtual SAM set for Sunday, Sept. 21!

The Kansas Academy of Family Physicians in partnership with the Indiana, Ohio, and Wisconsin constituent chapters of the American Academy of Family Physicians is excited to announce a virtual, ABFM-endorsed nationwide SAM group learning session on diabetes for Sunday, Sept. 21, beginning at 5 p.m. CST (typically takes four hours for completion). There are only 12 spots left and the deadline to register, Monday, Sept. 8, is next week! Don't delay, reserve your spot today!

This innovative program will use a robust, web-based system that will allow family physician learners from across the country the chance to complete a Maintenance of Certification for Family Physicians (MC-FP) SAM module while engaging their peers and an expert content leader from a location of their choosing.

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'On Demand' DOT Training Course available
On May 21, the U.S. Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) required all new USDOT physicals be performed by a qualified health professional listed on the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners.

KAFP partnered with the Iowa AFP to produce an "On Demand Training Course" which allows you to complete this important training from the comfort of your home or office on your schedule. In addition, there is one live course still available in Des Moines, Iowa. Information regarding these training opportunities is listed below.

Training Dates

On Demand Training Course: Watch at your leisure from the comfort of your home or office on YOUR schedule.


This course was recorded from a live webinar. The course contains questions and answers from the recorded webinar.

Please note that you will receive the link to the course within 24 BUSINESS HOURS of signing up and paying for the course. You will not receive the course until full payment has been made.

Nov. 15 - Des Moines, Iowa 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.: REGISTER HERE
Sponsored by the Iowa Academy of Family Physicians

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  Rural Kansas Photography Contest

It’s the perfect time for Kansas shutterbugs to show the beauty of the State captured through their lens. Contest runs Sept. 1 through Oct. 26. Categories include Community Landmarks, Four Seasons, Health Care, Heartland Adventures, and Wildlife and Critters. Contest hosted by KU Medical Center, Rural Health Education and Services.

Open payments system reopens, extends physician registration and review period
CMS announced that the Open Payments system is once again available for physicians and teaching hospitals to register, review and, as needed, dispute financial payment information received from health care manufacturers. The system was taken offline Aug. 3 to resolve a technical issue. To account for system down time, CMS is extending the time for physicians and teaching hospitals to review their records to Sept. 8.
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ACIP recommends routine PCV13 immunization for adults 65 and older
The CDC's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) held a special meeting Aug. 13 that culminated in a vote to recommend routine immunization with 13-valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV13) for adults 65 or older.

The ACIP also recommended that a dose of 23-valent pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine be administered to these patients six to 12 months after PCV13 vaccination.

Currently, Medicare only pays for one dose of pneumococcal vaccine for patients older than 65.

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CDC publishes update on the recommendations for the use of zoster vaccine
IAC Express
CDC published Update on Recommendations for Use of Herpes Zoster Vaccine in the August 22 issue of MMWR (pages 729–731). The first paragraph is reprinted below.

Herpes zoster vaccine (Zostavax [Merck & Co., Inc.]) was licensed in 2006 and recommended by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) in 2008 for prevention of herpes zoster (shingles) and its complications among adults aged ≥60 years. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the use of Zostavax in 2011 for adults aged 50 through 59 years based on a large study of safety and efficacy in this age group. ACIP initially considered the use of herpes zoster vaccine among adults aged 50 through 59 years in June 2011, but declined to recommend the vaccine in this age group, citing shortages of Zostavax and limited data on long-term protection afforded by herpes zoster vaccine. In October 2013, ACIP reviewed the epidemiology of herpes zoster and its complications, herpes zoster vaccine supply, short-term vaccine efficacy in adults aged 50 through 59 years, short- and long- term vaccine efficacy and effectiveness in adults aged ≥60 years, an updated cost-effectiveness analysis, and deliberations of the ACIP herpes zoster work group, all of which are summarized in this report. No vote was taken, and ACIP maintained its current recommendation that herpes zoster vaccine be routinely recommended for adults aged ≥60 years. Meeting minutes are available at

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Tutorials available on the 5 key metrics for financial success in your practice
Many providers are under the impression they can assess the financial health of their practice by evaluating cash flow only. However, cash flow is just one factor. You don't have to be a finance expert to understand the other important metrics that should be calculated and reviewed when evaluating the revenue cycle.

Master your business and get back to spending more time with your patients via help from the American Academy of Family Physicians’ free online “Five Key Metrics” educational series. Designed to provide targeted financial training to practicing family physicians operating as small business owners, the series is broken up into five, 5-to 7-minute voice-over PowerPoint presentations covering: days in accounts receivable, days in accounts receivable greater than 120 days, adjusted collection rate, claims denial rate, and average reimbursement rate. Available around the clock, each module offers key learning points, step-by-step calculation instructions, and a best-practice tip.

Take a look at these free tutorials today and help your practice thrive.

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Register for a PBRN webinar on strategies to support cooperation of multiple organizations' institutional review boards
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality is hosting a webinar Wednesday, Sept. 10 from 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. on various types of Institutional Review Board (IRB) cooperation that can be pursued to support practice-based research. The presenters will define and describe processes for ceding review to a lead IRB, serving as the IRB of record and participating in reliant IRB review. The presenters will also give examples of how practice-based research networks have successfully implemented these processes.
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New AAFP policy on care management fees; KAFP takes lead in Kansas
KAFP leaders are meeting with Kansas payers in efforts to address reimbursement issues and paperwork hassles such as Prior Authorizations. Recently, the AAFP Board of Directors adopted a new policy statement during their July meeting on care management fees. The policy identifies seven elements that the AAFP considers to be core activities covered by a per member per month care management fee within the context of a patient-centered medical home. AAFP will use the new policy in its advocacy efforts with public and private payers, and as a starting point for identifying how to value care management fees.

The seven elements are:
    1. Non-physician staff time dedicated to care management
    2. Patient education
    3. Use of advanced technology to support care management
    4. Physician time dedicated to care management
    5. Medication management
    6. Population risk stratification and management
    7. Integrated, coordinated care across the health care system
The complete policy statement is available on Contact Kent Moore at or ext. 4170 with questions.

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PQRS: How to avoid 2016 negative payment adjustments for CMS Medicare Quality Reporting Programs — registration now open

Wednesday, Sept. 17; 12:30-2 p.m.

To Register: Visit MLN Connects™ Upcoming Calls. Space may be limited, register early.

This MLN Connects™ National Provider Call provides an overview of the 2016 negative payment adjustment for several Medicare Quality Reporting Programs. This presentation will cover guidance and instructions on how eligible professionals (EPs) and group practices (GPs) can avoid the 2016 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) negative payment adjustment, satisfy the clinical quality measure (CQM) component of the Electronic Health Records (EHR) Incentive Program, and avoid the automatic CY 2016 Value-Based Modifier (VM) downward payment adjustment.

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2015 Winter CME cruise registration open
Cruise: Jan. 16-24, 2015

You are invited by the Iowa Academy of Family Physicians to come aboard the Celebrity Constellation to enjoy the ports of Gustavia, St. Barts; St. Croix, U.S.V.I.; San Juan, PR and Labadee, Haiti while obtaining CME! The ship departs from Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

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