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Posted on Monday, June 26, 2017

Urgent: Vote No on Better Care Reconciliation Act

KAFP

 

KAFP has coalesced with other major health organizations in the state to draft and send letters to Sen. Roberts and Sen. Moran.  [SEN ROBERTS LETTER]    [SEN MORAN LETTER]

 

Please call the Senators this week.  The Senate switchboard number is (202) 224-3121.  The message is simple – vote no on the Better Care Reconciliation Act. 


Besides this effort in Kansas, here's information from AAFP about the process, politics, national advocacy activities and resources:


Process

  • The Congressional Budget Office (CBO) will release their analysis of the Better Care Reconciliation Act on Monday, June 26 or Tuesday, June 27 - The Senate must wait 28 hours after the release of the CBO score before they proceed to the legislation.
  • Senate Majority Leader will file a motion to proceed to the health care legislation - Reconciliation rules limit debate to 20 hours - Republicans likely will give back their 10 hours – meaning debate time will be 10 hours
  • Following the allotted debate time, the Senate will proceed to the “vote-a-rama” where Senators can offer an unlimited number of amendments
  • The final amendment will be the McConnell Substitute, which will be the Better Care Reconciliation Act  - The McConnell amendment will replace the underlying legislation and any amendments that were adopted during the vote-a-rama - The McConnell substitute requires 51 votes to pass
  • Vote on the Budget Point of Order
  • Vote on final passage
  • If the CBO score is released on Monday, the vote on final passage will take place mid-day Thursday.  If the CBO score is released on Tuesday, the vote on final passage likely shifts to later in the evening on Thursday (or well into the night)
  • House consideration - It is possible the House will take up the BCRA (if approved by the Senate) on Friday or Saturday.

Politics

  • Republicans do not have 50 confirmed votes.  The whipping effort will shift into high-gear following the release of the CBO score.
  • Current “no” votes are: Dean Heller (NV), Rand Paul (KY), Ted Cruz (TX), Mike Lee (ID), Ron Johnson (WI)
  • Senators on our target list are: Susan Collins (ME), Dean Heller (NV), Lisa Murkowski (AK), Shelly Moore Capito (WV), Rob Portman (OH), Tom Cotton (AR), Mike Rounds (SD), Johnny Isakson (GA)

Advocacy Activities

  • The AAFP will send a letter urging a no vote on Wednesday or Thursday.
  • On Wednesday, June 28 the Group of 6 organizations (AAFP, AAP, ACP, ACOG, AOA, APA) will release a letter of opposition, urging Senators to oppose the BCRA.
  • Physician leaders from the Group of 6 organizations will also engage in a series of meeting with key Senators and Senate Leadership. 
  •  AAFP President-elect Mike Munger, MD will represent the AAFP in these meetings
  • The Group of 6 also will hold a series of press conferences and media events on Wednesday, June 28.
  • You can follow Group of 6 activities at the hashtag #Docs4Coverage.

Resources

·         AAFP Statement on the Better Care Reconciliation Act

·         AAFP Letter to the United States Senate on Better Care Reconciliation Act

·         Group of 6 Statement on the Better Care Reconciliation Act

·         Group of 6 Letter to Senate Leadership

·         Politico Summary of the Better Care Reconciliation Act

·         Vox Summary of the Better Care Reconciliation Act

 

Thank you for calling Sen. Roberts and Sen. Moran. 


Posted on Monday, June 26, 2017

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KAFP Office Closed July 3 - 4

KAFP

The KAFP office will be closed July 3 - 4 in observance of Independence Day. Regular office hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. will resume Wednesday, July 5. KAFP wishes you and your families a safe and fun holiday! 

Posted on Monday, June 26, 2017

Last chance! KAFP Committee member interest form closes July 6

KAFP

It is important that you respond by Monday, July 6  to be considered to serve on a KAFP Committee for 2017-18. If you have questions, please contact us at kafp@kafponline.org or 316.721.9005. 

Through this volunteer 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.

Thank you for your interest.

Posted on Monday, June 26, 2017

CDC reports 3,176 cases of mumps in 42 states across the U.S. since January; Kansas reports 156

IAC Express

Preliminary data from CDC indicate that from January 1 to May 20, 42 states and the District of Columbia reported mumps infections in 3,176 people. Although it is not mandatory to report mumps outbreaks to CDC, many health departments will contact CDC when they experience an unusually high number of cases. According to the KDHE report to date, Kansas shows a total of 156 cases reported since January. 

From year to year, mumps cases can range from roughly a couple hundred to a couple thousand. For example, in 2016 there were approximately 5,833 cases reported to CDC, and in 2012, there were 229. Before the U.S. mumps vaccination program started in 1967, about 186,000 cases were reported each year, but the actual number of cases was likely much higher due to under reporting. Since the pre-vaccine era, there has been a more than 99 percent decrease in mumps cases in the United States.



Posted on Monday, June 26, 2017

Watch "Elements of a Collaborative Practice Agreement" 5 minute video

Health ICT

Please watch this short, 5-minute video covering the elements of a Collaborative Practice Agreement (CPA).

Collaborative Practice Agreements allow the pharmacist to relieve some of the burden on the physician by handling some of the day-to-day responsibilities of patient care through a specified protocol established by the physician and pharmacist.  Collaborative Practice Agreements have been shown to not only reduce burden on the physician, but have also been shown to improve patient outcomes and decrease cost.  Also be sure to check out the recent article in the KU School of Medicine – Wichita newsletter on Collaborative Practice Agreements.

You can view the entire CPA video series, as well as sample CPAs and other materials on the Healthcare Providers page on Health ICT’s website.  If you have any questions, or would like free technical assistance in developing your own Collaborative Practice Agreement in your practice, please contact us.

 

Posted on Monday, June 26, 2017

2018 Annual Meeting registration winner announced

KAFP

KAFP celebrated its 69th Annual Meeting June 8-10, 2017 at the Wichita Marriott Hotel. Thank you again to all who attended, making it another great year. Final attendance this year was 163.  Your feedback is always important. Thank you to 108 respondents who completed the online post meeting survey. All who included their name with their survey by June 23 were entered into a drawing for a free 2018 Annual Meeting registration. Congratulations to the winner, Mary Kay Mroz, MD of Wichita.  See you all in 2018 at the Marriott Hotel in Overland Park – June 14-16! 

KSA
Posted on Monday, June 26, 2017


Registration open for KSA: Preventive Care

KAFP

We are pleased to announce a new Knowledge Self Assessment (KSA) module topic - Preventive Care. For your convenience we are offering it in two locations this fall - Olathe and Wichita! Registration is now open. Don't miss this opportunity! See below for details.

KSA Group Learning Session: Preventive Care
Complete the ABFM KSA Preventive Care module and earn 8 Live CME AAFP credits.

Friday, September 29, 2017: 1 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Olathe Health Education Center, 21201 W 152nd St, Olathe, KS 66061

AND                     

Friday, October 13, 2017: 9 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Marriott Hotel, 9100 Corporate Hills Drive, Wichita, KS 67207

KSA seating is limited. Register online. Questions about registration? Contact Karen at 316-721-9005 or karen@kafponilne.org If you have questions about the new format contact the ABFM at 877-223-7437.

Posted on Monday, June 26, 2017

Save the date!  KAFP will host a panel presentation titled “Vaccinations 4 Teens” on Friday, October 13, 2017, in Wichita.

This panel will focus on the importance of Meningitis, HPV, Tdap, and Flu vaccinations, and strategies for increasing vaccination rates in Kansas.  Physicians, nurses, care teams, school professionals, and parents are encouraged to attend. 

Friday, October 13, 2017

2:00 – 3:30 pm

Wichita Marriott Hotel

9100 Corporate Hills Dr. Wichita KS 67207

Registration coming soon! 

CME
Posted on Thursday, June 22, 2017

Continuing Medical Education – Research Update on the DASH Dietary Pattern

AAFP/Midwest Dairy Council

The Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) dietary eating pattern, which emphasizes low-fat and non-fat dairy products, fruit, vegetables and whole grains is one of the most widely prescribed dietary modifications for reducing blood pressure and cardiovascular disease risk.

Ronald M. Krauss, MD, senior scientist and director of atherosclerosis research at Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute, presented the latest research that supports the DASH Eating Plan as a tool for the prevention of a variety of health conditions, with a specific focus on key food components. In this recorded webinar Dr. Krauss, reviewed research on the modification of the DASH diet to allow for more liberal total and saturated fat intake, in conjunction with moderate carbohydrate intake resulting in similar benefits to blood pressure and no deleterious effects on lipid risk factors. Becky Schaffer, MS, RDN, LD, Clinical Dietitian at the Mayo Clinic working in the Division of Endocrinology with a focus on hypertension and nephrology will provide guidance on translating the DASH diet into real-life situations for dietitians and other health professionals. Follow this link to view the webinar. To download the slide deck for this webinar please click here.

 

Posted on Monday, June 19, 2017

U.S. Senate: Advocacy Action Needed

AAFP

The United States Senate is in the process of developing legislation aimed at repealing major portions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA). 

The next ten days are crucial.  It is our understanding that the Senate may attempt to vote on this legislation the week of June 26.  Now is the time to speak up and speak out!  Thank you for your help!

1.    AAFP Speak Out Campaign – Write and call your Senators Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran – urging them to reject any legislation that would result in the loss of health care coverage for people in Kansas.  The goal should be to increase, not decrease health care coverage. http://www.aafp.org/advocacy/involved/toolkit/advocacy-resources/speak-out.html

 2.  Letter to the Editor – please use the sample letter provided [CLICK HERE] to communicate with your local papers. 

While there are many actions that could be taken to build upon the ACA and improve our health care system, the United States Congress has chosen a different path.  A path that leads towards greater numbers of uninsured, the dismantling of Medicaid, increased instability in our insurance markets, and higher costs for everyone.  These are all outcomes that the AAFP is committed to preventing.  The AAFP has been aggressively advocating on behalf of you and your patients on these issues.  We are asking you as a family physician to collaborate with the AAFP on this important work.  Here is why:

  • The AHCA is bad legislation that would have a negative impact on millions of people and our health care system generally.  According to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), the House approved AHCA would result in 14 million people losing their health care coverage in 2018 and 23 million by 2026. 
  •  The AHCA would significantly harm Medicaid, the safety-net health care program for children, the elderly, and low-income adults.  The legislation proposes to cut over $800 billion from Medicaid in the next ten years.  Cuts of this size would result in millions losing their health care coverage and would place substantial strain on state budgets.
  • This bill has been and continues to be developed without an opportunity for public debate or amendment. To date, there have been no Committee hearings and no public briefings on the content of the Senate legislation.  While we recognize that the basis for the Senate’s work will be the American Health Care Act (AHCA), which was approved by the House of Representatives on May 4, we must rely on rumors and leaks to ascertain what changes might be proposed by the Senate.  The AAFP has been very successful in our efforts to communicate directly with numerous Senators, but the public deserves an opportunity to understand the impact the legislation would have on them and our nation well in advance of a vote. 

 A list of resources that demonstrate the impact of the AHCA on the states and the country.  Please use these as appropriate in your advocacy efforts. 

 

Sincerely,

John Meigs, Jr, MD                                                   Douglas E. Henley, MD

President                                                                    Executive Vice President/CEO

 


 

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