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Posted on Monday, March 27, 2017

Faces in Family Medicine spring dinner meetings announced


All Faces in Family Medicine (FIFM) mentors are invited to attend one or both of these spring meetings! 

  • Thursday, April 13, 6:30 - 9 p.m. | Martinelli's Little Italy, 158 S. Santa Fe., Salina, KS 67401 
  • Friday, April 14, 6:30 - 9 p.m. | YaYa's Euro Bistro, 8115 E 21st St N, Wichita, KS 67206

Join your fellow mentors and share your faces of family medicine story to each group of students.  RSVP by Monday, April 10 to Michelle Corkins.

Posted on Monday, March 27, 2017

Happy Doctors’ Day – March 30


Doctors’ Day is Thursday, March 30 – a day to celebrate the contributions of physicians who serve their communities. KAFP is thankful for all of our family doctors who serve their communities. We appreciate you! Here are a few ideas to help you and your patients celebrate. Please share with your medical team.

  • Take a doctor/patient selfie, post on social media with #KSHealth
  • Patients can post a thank you on social media with #KSHealth
  • Add a special National Doctors’ Day section to your website, sharing photos and accolades (with consent).
  • Invite patients to write “Happy Doctors’ Day” notes to their physicians.
  • Host a Doctors’ Day Appreciation Luncheon.
  • Present physicians with a red carnation boutonniere or small corsage, representing the qualities of love, charity, sacrifice, bravery and courage.
  • Arrange for physicians to receive a 10-minute mini massage.

You are invited to tune in to facebook at noon on March 30 to watch HealthICT conducting a facebook live interview with Dr. Justin Moore about the changing role of physicians in today’s healthcare landscape. 

Posted on Monday, March 27, 2017

March 24, 2017 | Bill Tracker

Prepared by: Dodie Wellshear, Ad Astra Government Relations

Working toward Adjournment

It’s hard to believe, but the Legislature will be adjourning the regular 2017 session in just two weeks, on April 6. Both health committees have steadily poured through a number of patient and provider issues, which will be finalized within the next two weeks.

Arguably the most important health legislation will be on HB 2044*, which would expand KanCare coverage to 200,000 more Kansans – most who are working, but fall into the gap of Medicaid and affordable coverage.

The Senate has set aside Monday, March 27, as “health” day, meaning they plan to debate all health bills, including HB 2044, and take final action on them.

KanCare Expansion

The Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee held two days of impassioned hearings on HB 2044 early this past week. Dr. Jeremy Presley, Dodge City, spoke on behalf of KAFP and delivered arguably the most impactful, emotional testimony of the two days. He implored committee members to understand the positive benefits to Kansans, including patients he sees every day who forego many of their health care needs due to lack of insurance coverage – often to deadly outcomes.

Dr. Kevin Hoppock, Wichita, joined Dr. Presley, hospitals, community leaders, and consumers in urging the committee to pass HB 2044.

HB 2044 was passed favorably out of the Senate committee, upon an emotion-packed motion by Sen. Barbara Bollier, R-Mission Hills, who highlighted the import of such legislation to so many Kansas citizens and providers. Only two senators in attendance, Sen. Bud Estes, R-Dodge City and Sen. Jake LaTurner, R-Pittsburg voted against committee passage.

Again, the bill is expected to be debated in the full Senate on Monday.

Two Immunization Bills Advancing in Senate

Two key immunization bills, relating to adolescent immunizations and registry reporting, also passed favorably out of the Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee this week. The committee amended the registry reporting requirements to be fully implemented beginning in July, 2020 (formerly in HB 2121) into the contents of HB 2030*, which would allow pharmacists to administer immunizations to those 12 years of age and older.

HB 2030, as introduced, would have dropped the age to six years, but discussion between pharmacists and physicians produced a compromise age of 12 and over. Physicians said this would allow youth to complete their “well-child” visits and ensure less fragmented care between health care providers.

HB 2030 is scheduled for full Senate action on Monday.

Anatomic Pathology Billing

Another bill that received favorable action by the Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee this past week is a bill sought by a number of direct primary care providers. HB 2027* would allow physicians providing patient services pursuant to a medical retainer agreement to bill for anatomic pathology services, provided certain conditions are met:

  • The patient’s bill must identify the lab or physician that performed the services;
  • Written disclosure to patients the actual amount charged by the lab or physician;
  • Consistent with regulations adopted by the Board of Healing Arts regarding appropriate bill standards in these circumstances.

KanCare Process and Transparency Bill Moving in the Senate

HB 2026* has been amended to address KanCare program issues – patient care, claims processing, transparency, and review – as identified by the federal CMS in letters denying a Kansas Medicaid waiver extension.

HB 2026 would give strong direction to the Kansas Secretary of Health and Environment, legally compelling specific patient care processes, program standards, and external independent review. These were originally contained in SB 69, but the Senate Public Health and Welfare Committee put the contents of that bill into HB 2026 (the original contents of HB 2026 were amended into another, leaving it as an empty shell) so that, if passed by the Senate, the bill would be eligible for House-Senate conference committee negotiations.

A similar bill in the House received hearings, but failed to advance in that chamber.

*These bills link to Supplemental Notes, which provide an overview of the bills. These notes explain the bills and the action taken on them in a more understandable format.

Family Doctor of the Day

Thank you to the following for providing Family Doctor of the Day services for the Kansas Legislature this past week: Dr. Brian Holmes, Abilene; Dr. Gretchen Irwin, Andover; Dr. Cynthia Scheibe, Topeka; Dr. Keith Wright, Manhattan; and Dr. Jeremy Presley, Dodge City.

The service you provide is appreciated, especially at a time when most legislators are away from their hometown physicians.

Personal Note of Condolence

The meaning and value of our family members is beyond compare in life’s journey. Never is this more felt than when they pass on from us. My heartfelt prayers and condolences go out to Carolyn Gaughan and her family, in the loss of her father this week. Words fall short, but God’s comfort never does. May He be especially close to your family in this time of grief.


Posted on Monday, March 27, 2017

Annual Meeting offers up to 23.5 credits


You have the potential of earning up to 23.5 credits by attending the pre-conference session, "Serious Illness Conversation Workshop" on Wednesday, June 7 and the KAFP Annual Meeting, June 8-10.

Come "Chart the Course" with us in Wichita, Kansas  You should have already received your brochure in the U.S. Mail. You can also download the print brochure on the KAFP website. You also may register securely online.

June 7, 2017: Pre-Conference Sessions: Serious Illness Conversation Workshop or KSA Group Learning Session, Heart Failure

June 8-10, 2017KAFP Annual Meeting "Chart the Course"

All events at Wichita Marriott Hotel, Wichita, Kansas

Posted on Monday, March 27, 2017

2015 BRFSS local data now available


The Kansas Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) - Local Data, 2011-2015 is now available. The health risk indicators are presented in an interactive format with data in the form of tables, graphs, maps and trend lines. It allows the user to effectively access, navigate and visualize the multi-year data from the 2011, 2013 and 2015 KS BRFSS surveys. 

These estimates highlight health risk statistics for your local geographic area that have been compiled through detailed analysis of data from the Kansas Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) survey.  More than 20,000 adult Kansans participated in the 2015 survey, comprising a sample large enough to provide reliable information for 42 of the state’s 105 counties and for 16 Public Health Preparedness Regions.  Information for 42 health risk indicators, analyzed at the sub-population level is available in these reports. 

Also available is KansasBehavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) - Local Data, 2015 Reports and state data report on the Health Risk Behaviors of Kansas, 2015 Kansas BRFSS.

Please contact Pratik.Pandya@ks.gov or Ghazala.Perveen@ks.gov if you need any assistance in navigation of the website or for the interpretation of local data.

Posted on Monday, March 27, 2017

KAFP District Director and Faculty Director Ballots in Mail


Elections for District Directors are conducted by US Mail ballot. This year members in districts 1, 3, 5 and 7 will elect directors; and KU School of Medicine will elect one faculty director per campus. Each active, resident and life member in districts 1,3, 5 and 7; and each KU faculty member will receive a ballot. If you do not receive a ballot by April 1, please contact the KAFP office.

Upon receipt of your ballot, review the candidates online, mark your vote and return in the U.S. mail, postmarked no later than May 8, 2017

Click on each candidate’s name to read their statement.

District 1 candidates are:
Sabrina Markese, MD (Kansas City) and Danelle Perry, MD (Olathe)

District 3 candidates are:
Jared Johnson, MD (Wichita) and Holly Allen Terrell, MD (Wichita)

District 5 candidates are:
Debra Doubek, MD (Manhattan) and Troy Holdeman, MD (Newton)

District 7 candidate is: Drew Miller, MD (Lakin)

Faculty Director, Kansas City Campus candidate: Margaret Smith, MD, MPH, MHSA

Faculty Director, Wichita Campus candidate: Tara Neil, MD

 Curriculum vitae for candidates who provided them are available by request. Thank you to all of our candidates for running. 

Click here to view all candidates, including Secretary.

Posted on Monday, March 27, 2017

2017 Child Safety Initiative Conference

Mother & Child Health Coalition

You and your staff are invited to attend the 2017 Child Safety Initiative conference “Laying the Foundation of Safe Play for Kids.” The purpose of conference: Play is the work of children. We need to create safe play environments for children to promote healthy lifestyles through their lifespans, focusing on safe play at each developmental stage of childhood.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017
7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Kauffman Foundation Conference Center
4801 Rockhill Road
Kansas City MO 64110

Registration Fee: $60 by April 6.  This program is joint-provided by Children’s Mercy and Mother & Child Health Coalition.

Click here to view flyer

Click here to register

Posted on Monday, March 27, 2017

TWINE software enhances physician-patient engagement


Engaging patients in their care plan is often the most difficult part in providing care. One potential solution to this problem is through the use of TWINE, a software package designed to increase patient engagement in medication adherence and lifestyle modification by allowing the patient and provider to co-create and follow an action plan. Connected devices track their progress and supply providers and coaches real-time feedback to allow them the ability to track and manage hundreds of patients at a time. The software is also a great tool for CCM billing, as it generates data necessary for end of month reporting. The cost of the program is only a few dollars per patient who engages in the service per month, depending on the level of support needed.

Dr. Steve Davis, recent recipient of the 2016 Kansas Academy of Family Physicians "President's Award" and a proven local thought leader in safety and the use of informatics to improve patient care, has been using Twine for nearly a year. He began using the software on a trial basis, but saw so much value in the product that he continues it in his practice.

If you are interested in learning more about Twine and how it could fit into your practice, please contact Health ICT by emailing Becky Tuttle.  Free technical assistance available to providers in Sedgwick County.

Posted on Monday, March 27, 2017

STFM updates "Shots Immunization" mobile app and website for 2017

IAC Express

The Group on Immunization Education of the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM) has released 2017 versions of its "Shots Immunizations" mobile app for iPhone and Android devices and its "Shots Online" resource for computers.

The "Shots Immunizations" mobile app is a downloadable application (app) for iPhones and Android devices that was developed to serve as a point-of-care tool. To download the free app, search "STFM" on your iPhone or Android app store and select the "Shots Immunizations" app.

"Shots Online" is a free, personal computer-based program covering every aspect of the current CDC immunization schedules. "Shots Online" can be used by computers, tablets, and smart phones.

Posted on Monday, March 27, 2017

Tobacco Treatment Specialist Core Training - Scholarships available for Shawnee County


The University of Kansas Medical Center is partnering with Shawnee County Health Department to bring the highly reputable Tobacco Treatment Specialist (TTS) training from University of Massachusetts to Topeka: May 23 - May 26 in Topeka, Kansas. View and share these flyers: SCHDTTSflyer1 SCHDTTSflyer2

The Tobacco Treatment Specialist (TTS) Core Training is an intensive 3.5 day, evidence-based training program designed for persons who deliver moderate to intensive tobacco treatment services. The curriculum is designed to address a set of core competencies for tobacco treatment specialists defined by the Association for the Treatment of Tobacco Use and Dependence (ATTUD).  The course is designed for anyone providing care in behavioral health setting who wants to master the necessary core competencies for providing evidenced-based treatment for tobacco dependence.

There are 15 scholarships for tobacco treatment providers in Shawnee County. Providers include health educators, social workers, respiratory therapists, dental hygienists, substance abuse counselors, RNs/LPNs, administrators, physicians, and many other health professionals. For details: SCHD_TTS_Registration_2017  Click here to register. 

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