KAFP Weekly
Dec. 24, 2013

Happy Holidays! KAFP office holiday schedule
The staff of KAFP — Carolyn, Marina, Karen, Leslea R. and Leslie S., wish you and your family a happy holiday season!

The KAFP office will be closed Dec. 24-27, 2013 and Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014. Our normal business hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday. More

Updates to meaningful use timeline — no delay to stage 2
Kansas Foundation for Medical Care
On Dec. 6, 2013, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services proposed a new timeline for the implementation of meaningful use for the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs. Under the revised timeline, Stage 2 will be extended through 2016 and stage 3 will begin in 2017 for those providers that have completed at least two years in stage 2.More

7 days left to nominate for Kansas Family Physician of the Year
Each year, KAFP seeks out the best and brightest family physicians to recognize as "Kansas Family Physician of the Year" and the most outstanding physician teachers to recognize for "Exemplary Teaching." Help us nominate the best for 2014 by sending us a nomination letter. It's easy and it assures us that we have quality nominees. You can submit your nomination for Kansas FPOY electronically at https://kafp.wufoo.com/forms/2014-kansas-family-physician-of-the-year/. More

Get your DOT Training course for preparation of NRCME FMCSA Exam
The Iowa, Illinois, Kansas and Nebraska Chapters are working together to bring you medical examiner education to prepare you to take the National Registry for Certified Medical Examiners Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration examination. We are pleased to offer a course in Salina. More

Family Doctor of the Day Program to begin Jan. 13
THANK YOU to all who volunteered one or more days to serve as Family Doctor of the Day.
The legislative session will be off and running Jan. 13. We do have some slots left and it is important that we fill all days the legislature is in session. The legislators are grateful for this program and it definitely puts family medicine in a favorable light! More

2014 Advocacy Day — Hotel room block expires Dec. 22
Planning on KAFP's 2014 Advocacy Day on Jan. 22? We sure hope so! It will be an energizing day of activity at the KMS building. And it will conclude at the Topeka Capitol Plaza Hotel with the traditional Legislative Reception, meeting and greeting legislators. Your presence is needed.

Make plans to join us on Jan. 22, 2014 in Topeka. Registration is FREE for residents & students, $30 for all others. We request that you pre-register so we can prepare appropriately for seating and meals. Register today at https://kafp.wufoo.com/forms/kafp-advocacy-day/.

A friendly reminder that there is a block of hotel rooms at the Topeka Capitol Plaza Hotel, available at the rate of $94/night plus tax. The room block expires on Dec. 22. Call 1-800-579-7937 to reserve a room and mention that you are with the KAFP Advocacy Day. More

KanCare Provider Survey — deadline extended to Jan. 10
KDHE launched a KanCare provider experience survey on Dec. 6. It will close on January 10, 2014. It's the first in a series of surveys that will provide KDHE with feedback from a wide range of providers. The survey is intended for the provider agency's CEO, COO, CFO or other senior leader who is able to respond with the most comprehensive perspective of the organization. Every KanCare provider organization should take this short survey, and providers are encouraged to continue participating in the rapid response calls hosted by each of the health plans.

If you are the appropriate provider representative to take this survey, please use this link here: http://www.kancaresupport.org/survey.

Thank you!More

Kansas Immunization Manual now available in app form

The Kansas Immunization Manual from Immunize Kansas Kids and the Kansas Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics is now available for statewide immunization providers in App form. This app of the manual will help you deal with the ever changing immunization situation, in a concise and easy to read source, tailored for the busy provider. More

CMS rule change for supervision of outpatient services has Kansas critical access hospitals concerned
Wichita Business Journal
Kansas critical access hospitals are wary of a new Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services rule that requires physician supervision for outpatient physical therapy services. Critial access hospitals are typically those in rural areas. Kansas has 83 and there are more than 1,300 nationwide.More