KAFP Weekly
Jul. 16, 2013

Poll shows Kansans love Clean Indoor Air Act
Kansas Tobacco Free Kansas Coalition
KAFP Executive Director, Carolyn Gaughan will join an enthusiastic group at Wichita's Town & Country restaurant to celebrate three years of reduced health risks from secondhand smoke from Kansas Clean Indoor Air Act and the law’s popularity among Kansans. The smoke-free policy went into effect three years ago this month. As part of the anniversary events, the Sunflower Foundation highlighted a recent statewide public opinion poll that 78 percent of voters – or about three out of four Kansans – favor the law which prohibits smoking in most public places, including workplaces, public buildings, offices, restaurant and bars.More

KAAP is offering 3 webinars
Speaker: Dennis Cooley, MD, FAAP
Topics: Immunization Information for the office/clinic including:

  • information on vaccine concerns from parents,
  • how to talk with parents that refuse to vaccinate,
  • vaccine storage and handling information,
  • alternative vaccination schedules and much more.More

    Newly elected secretary featured in hometown news for missionary work
    KAFP's newly elected Secretary, Lynn Fisher, MD of Plainville is featured in this inspirational story about his recent mission trip to Kenya.More

    Register today for KAFP Regional Meeting, Sept. 13 in Fredonia
    Register today for a fun CME event in Fredonia, Kan. Online registration, schedule and faculty informaiton 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, KS More

    NRCME Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration training course is filling fast
    Please note that this class is up to 41 registrants and filling quickly. Register today to reserve your spot. The KAFP is working with the Iowa, Illinois and Nebraska Chapters to bring you medical examiner education to prepare you to take the National Registry for Certified Medical Examiners Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) examination. We are pleased to offer a class on Nov. 9, 2013 at Tomahawk Ridge Community Center (Overland Park, Kan.) – 7:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

    For more information and to register go to: http://www.kafponline.org/Education/NRCMEFederalMotorCarrierSafetyAdministration/More

    Munger campaign event is Sept. 23 — Are you available?
    If you are planning to attend the AAFP Annual Scientific Assembly in San Diego – Sept. 24-28, 2013, please consider a day earlier departure to participate in our Munger campaign event on Monday, Sept. 23 at 6 p.m. Any members who can help support our campaign event for AAFP Board of Directors Candidate, Mike Munger, MD (aka M2) – please let Carolyn know at 316.721.9005 or kafp@kafponline.org. Thank you!More

    Faces in Family Medicine 2.0 Program gearing up for new school year: Mentors needed
    Please consider being a mentor for KAFP's Faces in Family Medicine (FIFM) 2.0 Program. The future of family medicine needs you. KAFP is excited to build upon last year's expansion to pre-med students with the 2013-14 school year. But this also means, we will need more mentor volunteers!More

    Kansas is paying enhanced Medicaid rates, retroactive to Jan.1
    The AAFP, along with representatives of AMA, AOA, ACP, and AAP, spoke with officials at CMS regarding the implementation of the Medicaid primary care payment increase, mandated by the Affordable Care Act. CMS reported that the federal government has approved State Plan Amendments from every state Medicaid program, except California’s.More

    2013 Saint Luke's Neuroscience Institute Symposium
    Saint Luke's Health System
    September 20, 2013 – Kansas City, Mo.
    This conference will focus on new approaches for the diagnosis and treatment of common and "not so common" neurological disorders. It is intended for primary care physicians, family physicians, neurosurgeons, neurologists, neurointensivists, psychiatrists, nurses, case managers/social workers and other healthcare professionals. More

    HHS to provide $1.7 million to Kansas to help people sign up for health plans
    The Wichita Eagle
    The Department of Health and Human Services is allocating about $1.7 million for Kansas health centers to assist people select health insurance plans on the new online health insurance marketplace, which will be offered as part of the Affordable Care Act, according to a news release. More

    KU hospital rated one of the best
    The University Daily Kansan
    U.S. News & World Report rated the University of Kansas Hospital among the top 50 hospitals in the nation in ten specialty areas, according to the Kansas Health Institute. The hospital was also rated best adult hospital in both Kansas and the Kansas City metro area. This is the third year in a row the hospital has been named best adult hospital in the Kansas City metropolitan area.More

    FDA moves to allow updates of generic drug warnings
    USA Today
    The Food and Drug Administration announced plans to give generic drug manufacturers permission to change safety labels on drugs when new information about potential risks is discovered. This comes after years of petitioning from consumer watchdog groups such as Public Citizen, which issued a report last week calling on the FDA to make it easier for generic drugmakers to update safety labeling.More