KAFP Weekly
Apr. 7, 2015

Helping your patients with pain relief
If helping patients with pain is an issue for you, register for the Annual Meeting and attend the session: ER/LA Opioid REMS: Achieving Safe Use While Improving Patient Care. Complete your brochure or go to REGISTRATION to register securely and easily online. You may also call: 316.721.9005.

KAFP welcomes Carol Havens, M.D., presenter of the ER/LA Opioid REMS session at the 2015 Annual Meeting, June 11-13. Her presentation will be on Thursday, June 11 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.More

Legislature adjourns
Dodie Wellshear, KAFP Government Relations Consultant
The Legislature adjourned Thursday evening and will return April 29 for its Veto Session. The week was primarily focused on conference committees meeting to work out bill differences and to, then, passing those bills in both chambers.

This year the ending week was markedly different than previous years, because the House decided not to debate bills on the House floor – not even the “mega” budget. The Senate passed a budget and put it into HB 2135, making it eligible for a conference committee with House Appropriations Committee representatives. The House, then, negotiated from positions passed in committee action, rather than a budget passed by the full House. The conference committee reached a tentative agreement, but both chambers chose to hold further action on a budget bill until the Veto Session.More

2015 KAFP Annual Meeting kicks off in 2 months
We are looking forward to focusing on family medicine at this year's Annual Meeting. If you have not already registered, please do! This event is a short two months away!

To register:

Complete your brochure or go to REGISTRATION to register securely and easily online. You may also call: 316.721.9005.More

KAFP backs proposed tobacco tax hike
KAFP and other tobacco control advocates from Kansas Health Foundation and Via Christi Health met with the Wichita Eagle editorial board and reporters last week to urge their support for the proposed tobacco tax increase. We last approached them in 2008 about the city tobacco ordinance, before the Clean Air Act. Please read the article Health groups backs proposed tobacco tax hike in Kansas printed in the Wichita Eagle on Monday, April 6 with a quote from KAFP Executive Director Carolyn Gaughan: "Higher cigarette prices discourage youth smoking."More

Need help with Maintenance of Certification?
The KAFP is pleased to offer a SAM Group Learning Session: Care of the Vulnerable Elderly from 1 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, June 10 at the Wichita Marriott as a Pre-session to the Annual Meeting. Secure registration is available online as a part of the KAFP Annual Meeting registration. Click here.More

Webinar: Tobacco Control and the Patient-Centered Medical Home
American Academy of Pediatrics
Thursday, April 16, 1 p.m.

This webinar, sponsored by the American Academy of Pediatrics Richmond Center and co-sponsored by the American Academy of Family Physicians, will explain the concept, and discuss the benefits, of a patient-centered medical home. The webinar will also cover how tobacco prevention and control in the practice setting complements the patient-centered medical home. Register for this webinar.More

National Public Health Week
This is National Public Health Week, let's celebrate it! Celebrate National Public Health Week! Each year, the American Public Health Association (APHA) brings together communities across the United States to recognize the contributions and successes of public health and to highlight current issues that are important to improving the well-being of the nation.More