KAFP Weekly
Dec. 30, 2014

How will rescheduling of hydrocodone combo products affect you, your patients?
From Oct. 14: The DEA recently published its final rule in the Federal Register that moved hydrocodone combination products from Schedule III to the more restrictive Schedule II, as was recommended by the HHS assistant secretary. The rule takes effect Oct. 6, so family physicians need to prepare for what this change will mean for their patients, as well as for their own day-to-day operations.More

2014 KAFP Annual Meeting receives accreditation
From Feb. 4: The 2014 KAFP Annual Meeting has been planned and accreditation has been awarded by the American Academy of Family Physicians:

This live activity, KAFP 2014 Annual Meeting, with a beginning date of June 5, 2014, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 15.50 Prescribed credits by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.More

Ebola virus disease screening
Kansas Department of Health and Environment
From Oct. 14: Emergency Department Screening Criteria

1. Clinical criteria, which includes fever of greater than 38.6 degrees Celsius or 101.5 degrees Fahrenheit, and additional symptoms such as severe headace, muscle pain, vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal pain, or unexplained hemorrhageMore

New APRN practice bill introduced in Senate
From Feb 4: A new bill has been introduced in the Senate that would provide APRNs a path to independent practice synonymous with that of physicians.

SB 326 is very similar to HB 2251, introduced in the House in 2013, with one notable difference. The new bill would require a transition to full practice, which would be accomplished following 2,000 hours of collaborative practice with a physician or an APRN with full prescriptive authority.More

Matters of the heart
From Jan. 21: February is Heart Health month. To celebrate, KFMC is hosting a special phone education event for anyone interested in learning more about heart health and how to become heart smart. KFMC invites you to hear a very personal story from Deborah Rose, retired Brigadier General in the Kansas National Guard, who suffered a heart attack while driving in 2012. You'll also hear from healthcare provider, Carol Bragdon, APRN, with Stormont-Vail HealthCare and learn about changes you can make to improve your heart health.More

KDHE Ebola communications toolkit
From Oct. 21: Kansas Department of Health and Environment would like to share the following tips and attached resources for preparing a communications strategy for dealing with media interest in Ebola cases in the U.S.More

Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, 2014
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
From Aug. 12: The Guide to Clinical Preventive Services includes U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommendations on screening, counseling and preventive medication topics and includes clinical recommendations for each topic. This new pocket guide provides family physicians, internists, pediatricians, nurses, nurse practitioners, physician assistants and other clinicians with an authoritative source for making decisions about preventive services.More

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas adjusting Quality-Based Reimbursement Program
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas
From Oct. 21: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas received feedback from providers regarding the S-4-14 newsletter detailing the Quality-Based Reimbursement Program. BCBSKS revisited the goals to be accomplished with QBRP, and adjustments to the Kansas Health Information Exchange (KHIE) query count for the first quarter measurement period for 2015 have been made.More

Robot helps save the day at rural hospital
Kansas Health Institute
From June 3: Some small, rural Kansas hospitals are using highly sophisticated medical robots in ways that are helping ease the shortage of specialists in their areas and — in at least one instance — boosting the bottom line. Hamilton County Hospital here was on the brink of closing little more than a year ago because of financial and staffing problems, but use of a robot has been a key factor in the facility's dramatic turnaround, according to chief executive Bryan Coffey.More

Dr. Susan Mosier named Interim Secretary of the KDHE
Kansas Department of Health and Environment
From Nov. 18: Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback named Dr. Susan Mosier as the Interim Secretary of the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, replacing Dr. Robert Moser, who will step down at the end of November. "I am grateful for the hard work and dedication of Bob Moser over the past four years and wish him and his family well as he pursues new opportunities," said Gov. Brownback. "Susan Mosier has been a tremendous asset at KDHE, and I am pleased she will continue to serve Kansas and the Kansas Medicaid program in this new role."More