KAFP Weekly
May. 5, 2015

Annual Meeting video focuses on YOU
It's time to FOCUS on Family Medicine, and that's what we will be doing at the 2015 KAFP Annual Meeting, June 11-13 in Wichita. Come connect with your fellow Kansas family physicians. Earn up to 28.25 CME credits. And participate in the greatest gathering of family physicians in Kansas. This year's keynote address will be "The Familiar Physician: Saving your Doctor in the Era of Obamacare," presented by Dr. Peter B. Anderson. Join us June 11-13, as we "Focus on Family Medicine!" Register now.More

Kansas Delegation participates in ACLF and NCCL
Last week, AAFP held its National Conference of Constituency Leaders (NCCL) and Annual Chapter Leadership Forum (ACLF) in Kansas City. ACLF serves as a great orientation for emerging leaders who serve, or who are interested in serving, on chapter boards. NCCL is the AAFP’s forum to address member issues specific to women, minorities, new physicians, international medical graduates (IMG) and GLBT physicians. The conference is an opportunity for members of these underrepresented constituencies to voice their individual and group perspectives.More

Kansas voters support proposed expansion of KanCare
More than two-thirds of Kansas voters support the proposed expansion of the state's Medicaid program, KanCare, which will cover 160,000 individuals with an income up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level. An April statewide public opinion poll shows that majorities across all political parties favor KanCare expansion. More

Brownback administration to file brief in support of Florida Medicaid expansion lawsuit
Gov. Sam Brownback announced that Kansas would file a brief supporting Florida Gov. Rick Scott's lawsuit against the federal government over Medicaid expansion. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services recently warned Florida, Kansas and Texas that failing to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act could jeopardize special funding to pay hospitals and doctors for treating the poor.More

Veto session begins; budget hole increases
Dodie Wellshear, KAFP Government Relations Consultant
The Legislature returned for the Veto Session on Wednesday, April 29. Legislators returned to what is an all-too-familiar refrain in recent times: revenue estimates are again falling short of predictions.

Essentially, the problem is summed up by the fact that about $1 billion has been removed from the state’s coffers, largely as a result of the corporate income tax cuts that began in 2013, through FY 2016. At the same time, other areas, such severance, oil and gas taxes have been under-performing. And, Medicaid caseloads, education costs, and replenishing KPERS have increased the financial demand.

As budget and tax committees met this past week, the news delivered from budget and revenue experts was that to fund the budget they’ve tentatively agreed to, they need an additional $800 million for FY 16 and FY 17.More

KAFP participates in rally at Kansas state capitol to support tobacco tax increase
As a member of Kansans for a Healthy Future (KRHF), KAFP participated in the rally to support increasing the tobacco tax in Kansas on Monday, May 4. Over 100 supporters attended the rally, held in the rotunda at the statehouse. Here is a link to more information.More

Pre-Session: SAM Group Learning: June 10
You will earn 12 elective credits when you complete the Sam Group Learning: Care of the Vulnerable Elderly which will be held from 1 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, June 10 at the Wichita Marriott. It is a pre-session to the Annual Meeting. Secure registration is available online as a part of the KAFP Annual Meeting registration. Register for either or both CME offerings here.More

HPV Grand Rounds Session and Community Meeting:
May 6 (Kansas City) & May 7 (Wichita)
Melinda Wharton, MD, MPH, Director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD) is visiting Kansas to bring awareness to the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine.

Click the dates and links for more information and to register for this free session: May 6, 2015: KS Public Health Grand Rounds "2015 Spring Session, HPV" Kansas City

Providers near the KU Medical Center can participate in-person at the Clendening Auditorium. A webinar option is only available for the May 6 event. More

Use new AAFP resource to encourage Tdap vaccination for pregnant patients
The AAFP has created a comprehensive resource to inform and remind family physicians about the importance of recommending that pregnant women receive tetanus toxoid, reduced diphtheria toxoid and acellular pertussis (Tdap) vaccine during every pregnancy — ideally, between 27 and 36 weeks of gestation. More