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From the Executive Director
Dear friends,

Congrats to the new officers and all who attended the Annual Meeting! What a wonderful time we had "on the road" together just a little over a week ago in Overland Park. Congratulations to the new officers and board members and to all who attended the family medicine event of the year. It was epic! Please check out the pictures and information at our Facebook page! And the join the Flickr photo KAFP group to add YOUR pictures!

As we begin planning for the 2015 meeting I want to take a moment to thank the meeting planners and ALL who helped make 2014 come together. Dr. Gretchen Dickson chaired the Professional Development committee. Moderators Drs. Eric Clarkson, John Feehan, Sheryl Beard, Chad Johanning and Jeremy Presley were great. Other major forces in the implementation were KAFP-Foundation Board members who assisted in setting up and working the Silent Auction, Dr. John and Deb Feehan, who welcomed us into their home for the Wine Tasting fundraiser, and Dr. Jen Brull who was involved in almost everything, and the 4th year students who helped her run the Latex to Laryngoscopy student track on Saturday morning. Of course our outstanding staff put in countless hours: thank you Karen, Marina and Leslie! Together we made an unstoppable team!

Hope to see all of you on the road next year at the 2015 Annual Meeting, which will be June 11 – 13 at the Wichita Marriott Hotel. Sincerely,

Carolyn Gaughan, CAE
Executive Director

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June 23 is last chance to view Annual Meeting handouts and complete evaluation
Speaker handouts and the 2014 Conference Manual from the KAFP Annual Meeting June 5-7, will be available online until June 23. Email us at if you need the website address.

We want to hear from all who attended the Annual Meeting. If you haven't already, we would appreciate your feedback by taking this survey ANNUAL MEETING EVALUATION. If you respond by June 23 and provide your name (last page of the evaluation) you will be placed into a drawing and could win FREE REGISTRATION to the 2015 Annual Meeting, June 11-13 at the Wichita Marriott Hotel. Thank you for your feedback!

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Get involved!
KAFP is pleased to offer the opportunity for you to get involved with your organization by volunteering to serve on a committee. Through committee involvement you can help determine the direction of family medicine. Click here to indicate the committees in which you are interested. Appointed committee members help form policy and make recommendations to keep the organization at the forefront of the specialty on a variety of topics affecting the specialty.

Please respond by July 11 to ensure that your request is reviewed during our upcoming appointment process. If you have questions, please contact us at or 316.721.9005. Thank you for your interest!

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Save the Date: 2014 Fall Virtual SAM Session: Diabetes
Sunday, Sept. 21, 5 p.m.

The Kansas Academy of Family Physicians in partnership with the Ohio chapter of the American Academy of Family Physicians is excited to announce a virtual, American Board of Family Medicine endorsed Self-Assessment Module party centered on Diabetes for Sunday, Sept. 21, beginning at 5 p.m. Mark your calendar now and register to participate.

ONLINE REGISTRATION WILL OPEN JULY 21 and is limited to the first 40 KAFP members who register.

This innovative program will use a robust web-based system that will allow family physician learners from across the country the chance to complete a Maintenance of Certification for Family Physicians (MC-FP) SAM module while engaging their peers and an expert content leader from a location of their choosing. The KAFP registration cost for the virtual SAM is $150. ABFM fees still apply.

SAM modules consist of two parts: knowledge assessment and clinical simulation. The virtual SAM program will focus on the knowledge assessment portion of the module and allow learners to complete the clinical simulation separately within one calendar year of the virtual SAM. Once fully completed, the physician learner will receive 12 Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits from the AAFP and recognition for having completed the required stage for MC-FP from the ABFM.

This cutting-edge program will bring the issues of diabetes directly into the physician’s home or office with guidance from a peer expert and the knowledge-sharing that occurs when completing a SAM with fellow family physicians. If you have questions or would like to register, please contact KAFP at 316-721-9005 or at

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Share your story to protect Medicaid pay increase
As part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act certain primary care services under Medicaid are paid for at Medicare levels, allowing family physicians to provide care to some of the nation's most vulnerable population, while receiving adequate compensation. Unless Congress acts to extend and fund this provision permanently, a sudden return to disparate and inadequate payment for primary care services needed by Medicaid patients will threaten to restrict their access to such needed services.

AAFP wants to share stories with Congress about why we need to continue the funding. How has Medicaid's increased payment levels helped your patients? Your practice? Your community?

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KU School of Medicine
Although rates of tobacco use have generally decreased, the negative health effects of tobacco continue to grow. Healthcare providers are on the front lines for tobacco cessation and for reversing the related health disparities in vulnerable populations.

During the training, an evidence-based approach will be presented using case studies where participants will develop skills in assessing the patient’s stage of change using motivational interviewing techniques during time-limited encounters.

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2014 Population Health webinar series: The Kansas Perinatal Quality Collaborative
State Office of Rural Health
Wednesday, July 9
12-12:30 p.m. Central
Speaker: Dr. Sue Hall, Chair, Kansas Perinatal Quality Collaborative

The State Office of Rural Health is hosting a series of Population Health webinars to highlight a variety of statewide programs/services that impact population health in Kansas. Join the webinar on July 9 to learn more about the Kansas Perinatal Quality Collaborative.

State Perinatal Quality Collaboratives are networks of perinatal care providers and public health professionals working to improve pregnancy outcomes for women and newborns by advancing evidence-based clinical practices and processes. In this collective impact effort, key partnerships are forming with U. S. Department of Health and Human Services-Region VII, Kansas Department of Health and Environment, Kansas Healthcare Collaborative, University of Kansas, Wichita State University, Kansas hospitals, perinatal providers, and non-profits. The KPQC was formed in 2012 and has been working to identify and launch a quality improvement project. The KPQC selected exclusive breastfeeding.

Click here to register.

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Save the date: Suicide Prevention Summit
Department of Health and Human Services
"Growing Hope: Suicide Prevention in the Heartland"
Suicide Prevention Summit
Sept. 11-12

Join us to participate in suicide prevention education, workshops, trainings and to receive tools to help those in your community who need it the most.

Click here for more information.

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