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2015 Legislative update
2015 Legislature Convenes in Topeka:
The 2015 Kansas Legislature opened for business Monday, Jan. 12. The overriding issue this year is the State budget. With a $270 million shortfall in the current fiscal year and nearly $650 million projected in fiscal year 2016, the governor and legislators will be eyeing every agency budget to pick up savings.

As Kansas' law does not allow for a negative balance or deficit spending, the shortfall means significant cuts are ahead for some areas of State government. The governor is proposing some revenue enhancements, as well, that combined could add up to as much as $211 million in fiscal year 2016.

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Have your say: Select next SAM Group Learning Session module
Your feedback is needed to select the upcoming SAM Group Learning Session modules.

KAFP is planning up to three SAM Group Learning Sessions to help Diplomates meet ABFM requirements for Maintenance of Certification. The first will be held on June 10 in Wichita as a pre-session of the Annual Meeting, which is June 11-13. We would like YOUR feedback about which modules you'd prefer to have offered by KAFP.

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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.

Get involved in the Academy: Serve as a Constituency Delegate — Reply by Feb. 9
Kansas Academy of Family Physicians is seeking delegates to the American Academy of Family Physicians National Conference of Constituency Leaders, formerly the National Conference of Special Constituencies, to be held Thursday-Saturday, April 30-May 2, in Kansas City, Missouri. KAFP is looking for physician members who can represent the following five recognized special constituencies.
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Online Tobacco Prevention Training is AAFP accredited
Don't miss this free online training "Addressing Tobacco Use in Kansas: The Brief Tobacco Intervention" by KDHE. The training can be viewed here.

The Enduring Material activity, "Addressing Tobacco Use in Kansas: The Brief Tobacco Intervention" has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 1.0 Prescribed credit(s) by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Term of credit begins 1/15/15. Term of approval is one year from this date. Physician should only claim the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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You are the key to cancer prevention: What can you do to ensure your patients get fully vaccinated?
Kansas Foundation for Medical Care
A provider's approach to discussing vaccines with a parent strongly influences whether or not they have their child vaccinated. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention suggests the following provider best practices for communicating with families about adolescent vaccines:
  • Strongly recommend adolescent vaccines to parents of your 11- through 18-year-old patients. Parents trust your opinion more than anyone else's when it comes to immunizations. Studies consistently show that provider recommendation is the strongest predictor of vaccination.
  • Use every opportunity to vaccinate your adolescent patients. Ask about vaccination status when they come in for sick visits and sports physicals.
  • Patient reminder and recall systems such as automated postcards, auto-dialer messages, phone calls and text messages are effective tools for increasing office visits.
  • Educate parents about the diseases that can be prevented by adolescent vaccines. Parents may know very little about pertussis, meningococcal disease or HPV.
  • Implement standing orders policies so that patients can receive vaccines without a physician examination or individual physician order.
  • Schedule the next appointment before the family leaves the office for any needed remaining vaccine doses. HPV is so common that most adults become infected at some point in their lives. The HPV vaccine is highly effective in preventing HPV infections that cause cancer. Improving vaccination coverage will reduce the burden of cancer and disease caused by HPV.

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Save the date: The Meaningful Use Paradigm
HIMSS, KFMC & Synovim
The Meaningful Use Paradigm:
Connecting Providers, Engaging Patients and Transforming Healthcare

March 5
Hyatt Regency | Wichita, Kansas

Cost: $49

Attendees will review the best practices to successful patient engagement activities, and identify local initiatives, challenges and lessons learned on the path to achieving MU. The program will feature:
  • An overview of Stage 2 MU criteria
  • An in-depth review of best practices for increasing patient engagement criteria
  • An interactive expert panel discussion and Q&A session

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Practice facilitation webinar to address health literacy and patient engagement
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Join a free AHRQ webinar on Thursday, Jan. 29 from 2 – 3:30 p.m.: "Engaging patients as partners in care: How practice facilitators can support patient engagement."

As part of its series of webinars designed to share AHRQ's tools and resources for training primary care practice facilitators, presenters will discuss how PFs can help practices improve how they engage patients. Presenters will discuss tools from the AHRQ Health Literacy Universal Precautions Toolkit that support patient engagement and how to lead a practice in transforming diabetes care.

Speakers include:
  • Lyndee Knox, PhD, CEO, LA Net Community Health Resource Network
  • Cindy Brach, MPP, Senior Health Policy Researcher, AHRQ
  • Adrienne Deswert, RN, BSN, RN Care Manager, Annville Family Medicine
To register for the webinar, please click here.

To access AHRQ's practice facilitation resources, please click here.

To access AHRQ's health literacy resources, please click here.

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Call for presentations for the Midwest Regional Suicide Prevention Conference
Midwest Regional Suicide Prevention Coalition
Conference Date: July 21-23
Marriott Kansas City Airport, Kansas City, Missouri

The Conference Planning Committee is accepting presentation applications for the Midwest Regional Suicide Prevention Conference, scheduled for July 21-23 in Kansas City, Missouri. We invite you to add your knowledge and expertise to this great learning opportunity. Proposals will be selected based on their quality of evidence-based practices, cultural sensitivity, applicability, applicant experience and education, presentation method and originality.

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