KAFP Weekly
Apr. 15, 2014

KAFP Board adopts 2014 resolution process
KAFP's Board of Directors recently met and determined the timeline and process for resolutions this year. It also held the first Leadership Opportunities Meeting. A great way to get involved is to write a resolution! Resolutions are the official means by which you as a member have input into the Academy's political process. It may sound daunting, but writing and submitting a resolution can be painless. Here's how.More

2014 district election ballots due April 24
If you live or work in District 2, 4, 6, 7 or 8, you should have received a ballot in the US Mail for District Director the week of March 24, 2014. District Director ballots must be received back at KAFP by Thursday, April 24, 2014 to be counted. Click here to see a map of the districts.More

Legislative update — April 11
Legislature adjourns
The 2014 Legislature adjourned its regular session late Sunday, April 6. Adjournment was planned on April 4, but was delayed by disagreements over school finance legislation. Legislators will return for the veto session on April 30.

Cap on damages bill to the governor
SB 311, increasing the caps on non-economic damages, has passed the Legislature. The House removed the portion of the bill relating to the admissibility of collateral source benefits evidence, which had passed in the Senate. A House-Senate conference committee was appointed to resolve the differences between the chambers.More

From the Executive Director: Carolyn Gaughan, CAE
Last week was a BIG week for KAFP! On Monday and Tuesday, Drs. Wendy Biggs, Wakon Fowler, Doug Gruenbacher, Chad Johanning, Mary Beth Miller, Amanda Steventon and I were at AAFP's Family Medicine Congressional Conference. We learned about many federal issues facing medicine on Monday and then had appointments on the Hill with members of our Kansas Congressional Delegation on Tuesday. We also toured the Capitol Building. It was humbling to represent you and your patients’ interests in the halls of Congress. Many thanks to Senator Pat Roberts, Sen. Jerry Moran, Representatives Tim Huelskamp, Kevin Yoder, Lynn Jenkins and Mike Pompeo for their time.More

KAFP to confer Degree of Fellow at 2014 Annual Meeting
KAFP will host a special convocation ceremony to recognize members who have successfully been elected to the American Academy of Family Physicians Degree of Fellow. If you have been elected to Fellow status but have not participated in an official convocation ceremony, you may choose to participate in the Fellow convocation ceremony during the Annual Meeting. Please contact Carolyn at 316-721-9005 or kafp@kafponline.org.

The ceremony will take place during the Member Meeting Lunch (noon to 2 p.m.) on Friday, June 6, 2014 at the Overland Park Marriott. More

Members attend Family Medicine Congressional Conference
KAFP leaders attended and represented Kansas at the AAFP's Family Medicine Congressional Conference held April 7- 8, 2014, in Washington, D.C. More than 200 physicians attended the meeting. Thank you for representing Kansas!

Check out pictures on KAFP's FaceBook page at http://www.facebook.com/KSAFP. More

KU School of Medicine-Wichita announces FMIG officers
Congratulations to the following 2014-15 Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG) officers on the Wichita campus. Daniel Nwachokor is the official KAFP representative.More

Release of Medicare physician utilization and payment data
On April 9, 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced the availability of the Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data: Physician and Other Supplier Public Use File. This newly released data set covers over 880,000 distinct health care providers who collectively received $77 billion in Medicare payments in 2012 from the Medicare Part B Fee-for-Service program. More

You are invited: Impacting Population Health 2014

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment invites you to attend the 2014 series of regional community meetings, Impacting Population Health. This year discussions will address connecting local community health assessments and improvement plans with Healthy Kansans 2020, the state health assessment and improvement plan. Dr. Robert Moser, the State Health Officer and Secretary of KDHE, will attend each session and provide comments and information. More

Currently eligible adults in Medicaid: The few who qualify
It is a common misconception that all poor Kansans are eligible for Medicaid. In reality, only a few are actually eligible. Medicaid is a publicly financed source of health insurance for low-income individuals. The cost of the program is split between the federal and state governments. Federal law requires some populations to be covered, but states have a lot of flexibility in the program to cover additional populations. Therefore, income eligibility levels vary greatly among the states. More

Why is everyone talking about population health?
Delta Exchange
Why the sudden interest in population health when the ability to segment and design specific approaches to subgroups of patients has been around for years? Right now, "population health management" is code for ... you better identify the high cost patients and do something about it! With the increase of risk sharing arrangements, integrated systems and fledgling accountable care organizations, business leaders are looking for ways to better manage their most expensive patients.More