KAFP Weekly
Jul. 2, 2013

Next KAFP Regional Meeting is set for Fredonia, Kan.
You are invited to join colleagues for a fun CME event in Fredonia, Kan. Online registration and schedule is available at: http://www.kafponline.org/education/regionalcmemeetings/

KAFP SE Regional CME Meeting
Friday, Sept. 13 – 12:45-8 p.m.
Bacani Hotel, Fredonia, Kan.

All KAFP members and National Health Service Corps (NHSC) healthcare providers are invited! It will be a lively afternoon and evening, with CME you can use! If you are only able to attend a bit or half a day, whatever your schedule, just do it! You will be glad you attended. The day will kick off at 12:45 p.m. with lunch. Topics include vaccines, men's health, Medicaid update and more. A nice dinner with special guest, Kansas Family Physician of the Year, Dr. Debra Doubek will conclude the evening, along with a drawing for a Kindle Fire!

Don't miss out. Register today.
NHSC recipients receive complimentary registration. All other registrants only $35.More

Happy 4th of July — KAFP office closed
The KAFP office will be closed Thursday, July 4th to celebrate Independence Day. Regular business hours will resume, Friday, July 5, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. KAFP wishes everyone a safe and fun holiday!

Did you know? The Fourth of July 2013
On this day in 1776, the Declaration of Independence was approved by the Continental Congress, setting the 13 colonies on the road to freedom as a sovereign nation. As always, this most American of holidays will be marked by parades, fireworks and backyard barbecues across the country.

2.5 million
In July 1776, the estimated number of people living in the newly independent nation.
Source: Historical Statistics of the United States: Colonial Times to 1970

316.2 million
The nation's estimated population on this July Fourth.
Source: U.S. and World Population ClockMore

Kansas PCMH summit 2013: Flip the switch to PCMH
Brighten your practice and flip the switch to PCMH! You are invited to join us for the Kansas Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Summit "Flip the Switch to PCMH" on Nov. 1-2, at the Wichita Country Club, Wichita, Kan. Registration and schedule can be found on the Kansas PCMH website at http://kafponline.org/KansasPCMH/.More

Public registration opens for Move Across Kansas
Registration is now open for Move Across Kansas at moveacrosskansas.ks.gov. Move Across Kansas, first announced in early June, is the online exercise tracking tool for individuals. The web-based tool is available to anyone interested in recording their exercise time and fitness level year-round.More

Free registration winner announced
Thank you to all 80 people who completed the Annual Meeting evaluation. All who completed the survey and included their name (50 attendees) were included in a drawing for free registration for the 2014 Annual Meeting. Congratulations to Dr. Ron Brown, (Wichita)! We look forward to seeing all of you next year. Please mark your calendar for the 2014 Annual Meeting "Family Medicine: The Road to Better Healthcare" June 5-7, 2014 at the Marriott in Overland Park.More

KHIN update: What a difference a year makes
Kansas Medical Society
The last year has marked significant progress for KHIN and Kansas in ensuring that critical patient health information is available at the point of care. The large number of hospitals and healthcare providers participating in KHIN and the low number of patients choosing to opt-out is strong indication of the value that health information exchange brings to Kansas healthcare.More

Agricultural Medicine: Occupational and Environmental Health for Rural Health Professionals — The Core Course
University of Nebraska Medical Center
Live Session: July 9-12, 2013 (Tuesday – Friday)
Online Session: 6 hours– to be completed by Aug. 18, 2013

Intended audience:

Professionals who work with or have an interest in agricultural health and safety (Physicians, physician assistants, nurses, advanced practice nurses, veterinarians, health educators, migrant health clinicians, physical therapists, Ag extension, insurance specialists, NIOSH Ag Center personnel).  

Program goal:
Overview of key health and safety issues specific to rural and agricultural workers.More

State holds final KanCare troubleshooting call
Kansas Health Institute
Kansas health officials recently held their last KanCare troubleshooting teleconference with the state's Medicaid providers. The phone dialogues began last December just ahead of the launch of KanCare and for a while were held daily. More recently they had been held each Thursday. Typically, each session lasted an hour and included brief updates from the executives of the state's three KanCare contractors: Amerigroup, UnitedHealthcare and Sunflower State Health Plan, a subsidiary of Centene. Most of the teleconferences were devoted to callers detailing the problems they were experiencing with the program, which was launched Jan. 1 by Gov. Sam Brownback.More

Kansas Rural Health Systems Improvement Pilot Project
United Methodist Health Ministry Fund
This solicitation is not a typical Request for Proposals but rather an invitation to interested communities to request participation in a pilot program through which they will develop proposals to improve rural health systems of care. Those proposals will be reviewed and funded for the second phase of the pilot, contingent upon the extent to which they intend to improve population health, access, quality and cost in their respective communities.More

Kids with previous concussions take longer to recover
USA Today
Children and young adults take longer to recover from a concussion if they've suffered a previous hit to the head within a year or repeated blows at any time, according to a new study. Doctors had assumed it was bad for kids to get multiple knocks on the head, but the new study, from Boston Children's Hospital, is the first to confirm the connection and put a time frame on recovery.More

Governor's mental health initiative taking shape
Kansas Health Institute
A state official recently named the five community mental health centers chosen to help carry out a reform initiative proposed by Gov. Sam Brownback in an effort to reduce the number of people sent to state mental hospitals or jails. "We expect to be having lots of conversations with these centers," said Angela Hagen, director of mental health for the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services.More