KAFP Weekly
Apr. 30, 2013

2013-14 KAFP Member Meeting announced
An important part of the KAFP Annual Meeting each year is the Member Meeting Lunch. This year's Member Meeting is Friday, June 14 at 12:15 p.m. You are invited to attend. We will elect new officers, conduct academy business and have an opportunity to hear from AAFP Board of Directors member, Dr. Wanda Filer, MBA, a family physician in York, Pa., as well as hear a Kansas legislative update from our governmental consultant, Dodie Wellshear.More

Deadline to attest for Medicaid PCP rate increase extended to April 30
Nearly 2,000 providers have attested for the Medicaid PCP rate increase — act today if you have not attested. KDHE has extended the deadline to Tuesday, April 30, for physicians to attest for the Medicaid PCP rate increase. The claim by claim payments with the bump included are expected to start in May with a lump sum payment for January through April paid after the end of the second quarter.More

Send your resolution by May 13
What matters to you? If you'd like to get KAFP involved in it, writing a resolution is one way to do it. Resolutions are the official means by which you as a member have input into the academy's political process. Here's how you submit a resolution regarding an idea, issue or concern you would like KAFP to address:


Vaccine hesitancy, what's a provider to do?
The Kansas Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics has an educational program that addresses the issue of Vaccine Hesitancy. Dr. Dennis Cooley, FAAP, provides information and strategies on how to deal with patients that refuse immunizations. Below are the program specifics and what incentives are included with the presentation. Sign up today!

Program Specifics & Benefits:

  • One-hour program – usually over lunch
  • Presented at your office/clinic
  • A meal provided (lunch/breakfast)
  • CME AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM & Nursing CNE credit provided
  • Certificate of Completion
  • No pharmaceutical involvement — sponsored by a grant from the Kansas Health Foundation-IKK

    For more information or to sign up for a presentation, please contact Leslie Sherman at leslie.sherman@kansasaap.org or 913-940-8943.
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    More than 600 primary care providers reach Meaningful Use
    Kansas Foundation for Medical Care Regional Extension Center (REC) is excited to announce more than 600 priority primary care providers have reached Meaningful Use on an electronic health record (EHR). KFMC's goal is to assist 1,200 priority primary care providers. (Click here to read the press release). At this time the REC has limited capacity to accept additional priority primary care providers for free, exceptions may apply. If you're interested or have questions please contact the REC at 785-273-2552 option 6.More

    2013 Quality Forum
    Kansas Foundation for Medical Care would like to invite you to attend the Quality Forum, Improving Healthcare through Innovation program on June 6 in Wichita. The brochure and registration information can be found online at kfmc.org. If you have any questions, please contact Tami Sterling at 800-432-0770 ext. 358 or tsterling@ksqio.sdps.org. Please feel free to share this invitation with your members or stakeholders.More

    Americans making fewer trips to doctors' offices
    Reuters via The Fiscal Times
    As the clock ticks down to the start of a U.S. healthcare overhaul, companies from device makers to hospital chains have been surprised to see Americans make even fewer trips to the doctor's office. Use of non-emergency medical services has been weak for several years in the wake of a deep recession, high joblessness and the steadily rising cost of care.More

    Millions eligible for Obamacare subsidies, but most don't know it
    CNN Money
    Nearly 26 million Americans could be eligible for health insurance subsidies in 2014, but most don't know it. That's because relatively few people are familiar with provisions in the Affordable Care Act  that will provide tax credits to low- and middle-income consumers to help them purchase health coverage through state-run insurance exchanges.More

    FDA moves forward with graphic cigarette warnings, other tobacco regulations
    Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids
    In a victory for the nation's health, the U.S. Supreme Court let stand an appellate court ruling that upheld most provisions of the landmark 2009 law granting the Food and Drug Administration authority over tobacco products, including the requirement for large, graphic cigarette warning labels. The Supreme Court declined to hear the tobacco industry's appeal of a March 2012 ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit.More