KAFP Weekly
Feb. 25, 2014

Complete Membership Survey by March 7 and be entered into drawing for Kindle Fire
Thank you to all 106 members who have already completed the KAFP membership survey!The purpose of the survey is to assess your level of satisfaction with KAFP, to improve our CME and publications and to get your input on issues and additional services we could provide. If you have not already, please take 5-6 minutes now to provide your input at this link: KAFP Membership Satisfaction Survey

The survey is anonymous unless you choose to provide your name and contact information. All members who complete the survey by March 7 and provide contact information will be entered into a drawing for a Kindle Fire. The drawing will be held and the winner will be notified on March 10. A summary of survey results will be shared in the Kansas Family Physician. Thanks again, and good luck in the drawing!More

Your 2014 KAFP Membership Directory is here!
Last Friday, you should have received an email giving you the password for the 2014 KAFP Membership Directory. We are excited to bring you a new and improved digital directory with more features! The directory can be accessed from your computer AND your mobile device! Be sure to bookmark the link or download it and save it to your desktop or mobile device. More

Last call for abstracts for resident and student poster session
All completed abstracts must be received by Friday, Feb. 28, 2014 to be considered for the KAFP-Foundation Poster Contest for medical students and residents. Download the guidelines, program outline and abstract application by clicking here. KAFP invites family medicine residents and students to submit an abstract for research, a case study or a literature review for the 2014 Poster Contest at the Annual Meeting, Saturday, June 7, 2014, at Overland Park Marriott Hotel. More

Family Doctor of the Day — 5 dates left to fill
Thank YOU to all who have volunteered to serve as Family Doctor of the Day during the legislative session. This important volunteer opportunity is greatly appreciated by legislators. We have only five dates left to fill! If you are available, please contact the KAFP office at 316-721-9005 or kafp@kafponline.org.More

Two NRCME training course opportunities in March — time is ticking
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has established a National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners with requirements that all medical examiner who conduct physical examinations for interstate commercial motor vehicle drivers must complete a training course and pass a certification examination prior to May 21, 2014.

Here are two upcoming opportunities for the NRCME Federal Motor Carrier Administration (DOT) Training

The Kansas Chapter is working with the Iowa, Illinois and Nebraska chapters to bring you medical examiner education to prepare you to take the National Registry for Certified Medical Examiners Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) examination.

The course is 4.5 CME credits. For more information and to register: NRCME Federal Motor Carrier Administration (DOT) TrainingMore

Legislative update — Feb. 21
Legislature Approaching Turnaround
The Legislature is soon approaching its first major deadline of the 2014 Session. On Friday, Feb. 28, all bills — unless they're introduced in an exempt committee — must be acted upon by their chamber of origin to move forward in the process.

Some committees are exempted from the deadline, including House Appropriations, Senate Ways and Means, House Federal and State Affairs, and Senate Federal and State Affairs.

A few of the bills KAFP is tracking are from or in exempted committees; most notably is SB 326, one of the APRN practice expansion bills introduced this year. While that bill will remain alive for action, there still has been no particular interest expressed by committee leaders in moving on the bill.More

2014 KAFP Annual Meeting will kick off June 5

You are invited to join us in Overland Park for our 2014 KAFP Annual Meeting "Family Medicine: The Road to Better Healthcare," from June 5-7, 2014. The meeting will kick off on Thursday, June 5, with a half day of CME beginning at 11:30 a.m. Topics include fracture prevention in osteoporosis patients; a derm update; info about electronic death certificates; breastfeeding; and imaging for detection of breast cancer.More

Meaningful use challenges for 2014 — webinar opportunity
Please join us for a Meaningful Use webinar, March 4, 2014, at 12:15 p.m. Mary Monasmith, RHIA, Synōvim HIT and Quality Improvement Consultant, will discuss Meaningful Use topics including a review of timelines, potential penalties, 2014 EHR certification upgrades as well as core and menu measures that could be the most challenging for both stage 1 and stage 2 providers. More

2014 Population Health Webinar Series
Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP)
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Noon-12:30 p.m. CST

The Chronic Disease Self-Management Program, developed at Stanford University, is a highly interactive, evidence-based program where people learn and practice new skills over a six week period to manage their chronic condition. Participants meet once a week at a 2 ½ hour workshop to discuss and problem-solve a variety of topics relevant to coping with chronic conditions. More

Lactose Intolerance Awareness Month
February is Lactose Intolerance Awareness Month. The Midwest Dairy Council and the National Dairy Council have created several resources and videos showing people with lactose intolerance and how they can eat confidently, live fully and enjoy a lifetime of goodness with dairy foods they know and love. Here are just a few videos and resources for you and your patients to check out.More