Enroll in ABFM PRIME Registry by July 31 for 2018 MIPS Reporting

ABFM

There is still time to enroll in PRIME Registry and simplify your MIPS reporting for 2018. The PRIME Registry Manual MIPS Reporting tool is also available now—no EHR required. Enroll by clicking here.

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July 17 is Registration Deadline to Vote in August 7 Primary

KAFP

Tuesday, July 17 is the deadline to register to vote in the August 7 primary. If you are not already registered, you can register to vote onlineby fax, or in person at your Kansas county election office.  We encourage you to consider candidates who support our Legislative Priorities.  In addition, Representative John Eplee, MD, FAAFP urges members to ask these two questions of primary candidates:

  • Do you support science behind vaccines?
  • Do you support legislation that would increase vaccination rates in Kansas?

Read instructions for registering to vote.

New study finds prenatal maternal Tdap effective in preventing pertussis in infants

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The American Journal of Preventive Medicine published a study by Sylvia Becker-Dreps et al. titled Effectiveness of Prenatal Tetanus, Diphtheria, Acellular Pertussis Vaccination in the Prevention of Infant Pertussis in the U.S. The abstract is reprinted below.

Introduction
It is recommended that all pregnant women in the U.S. receive tetanus, diphtheria, acellular pertussis (Tdap) immunization to prevent infant pertussis. This study’s objective was to examine the clinical effectiveness of prenatal Tdap, and whether effectiveness varies by gestational age at immunization.

Methods
A nationwide cohort study of pregnant women with deliveries in 2010–2014 and their infants was performed. Commercial insurance claims data were analyzed in 2016–2017 to identify Tdap receipt by the pregnant women, and hospitalizations and outpatient visits for pertussis in their infants until the infants reached 18 months of age. Pertussis occurrence was compared between infants of mothers who received prenatal Tdap (overall and stratified by gestational age at administration) and infants of unvaccinated mothers.

Results
There were 675,167 mother–infant pairs in the cohort. Among infants whose mothers received prenatal Tdap, the rate of pertussis was 43 percent lower (hazard ratio=0.57, 95% CI=0.35, 0.92) than infants whose mothers did not receive prenatal or postpartum Tdap; this reduction was consistent across pertussis definitions (hazard ratio for inpatient-only pertussis=0.32, 95% CI=0.11, 0.91). Pertussis rates were also lower for infants whose mothers received Tdap during the third trimester. Infants whose mothers received Tdap at <27 weeks of gestation did not experience reductions in pertussis rates (hazard ratio for pertussis=1.10, 95% CI=0.54, 2.25).

Conclusions
Infants of mothers who received prenatal Tdap experienced half the rate of pertussis as compared with infants of unimmunized mothers. These results do not provide evidence to support changing the currently recommended timing of Tdap administration in pregnancy.

Access the complete article:  Effectiveness of Prenatal Tetanus, Diphtheria, Acellular Pertussis Vaccination in the Prevention of Infant Pertussis in the U.S.

 

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Get the Heck into Dodge and Complete an ABFM KSA

KAFP

KAFP is offering a Health Behavior KSA Group Learning Session on September 14 in Dodge City. Don’t miss this opportunity complete this ABFM module.

HEALTH BEHAVIOR KSA GROUP LEARNING SESSION

Friday, September 14, 2018
1:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Register at KSA Group Learning.

Western Plains Medical Complex
Conference Room
3001 Avenue A
Dodge City, KS 67801

Following the KSA, attendees will:
• Complete the ABFM Knowledge Self Assessment (KSA) “Health Behavior” module
• Earn 8 CME AAFP credits

This Live activity, KAFP Health Behavior KSA Group Learning Session, from 06/13/2018 – 11/30/2018, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to  8.00 Prescribed credit(s) by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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Learn How to Increase Joy in Practice, Avoid Burnout, Build Resilient Practices and Careers

KAFP

Register for the RISE Webinar on Wednesday, August 29 – featuring Terry “Lee” Mills, MD, FAAFP, who will present Increasing Joy in Practice, Avoiding Burnout, Building Resilient Practices and Careers. Sign up today!

Join us for the third KAFP RISE Webinar Series, interact with Dr. Mills and learn about increasing your joy in practice, avoiding burnout and building a resilient practice and career.

This Live series activity, KAFP RISE Webinar Series, from 01/31/2018 – 10/24/2018, has been reviewed and is acceptable for credit by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Each webinar is approved for 0.5 AAFP Prescribed credits. KAFP will submit CME earned for members who participate in live webinars.

There is no charge for the RISE Webinar Series. Registration is required to receive log-in information.

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5K Run and 1.5 Mile Walk to Benefit KAFP-Foundation

 

KAFP-Foundation

The Let’s Move, Kansas run/walk on Saturday, October 20 at Sedgwick County Park, Wichita. benefits your KAFP-Foundation. It is a great way to support your Foundation’s programs for residents and students while living a healthy lifestyle and sharing it with friends and family! Registration and sponsorship information is available at: Let’s Move, Kansas.

Register by August 20 for the early bird rate of $30. Register as a team for $3 off per registrant AND if you are a resident or medical student, use the discount code 10SUMMER and receive an additional $10 off through August 20!

Let’s Move Kansas aims to promote an active, healthy lifestyle for all Kansans. Mark your calendars for October 20, 2018 at Sedgwick County Park, Wichita, Kansas for this year’s event!

Proceeds benefit the KAFP-Foundation.  Join us in motivating Kansans to move, and supporting the future of family medicine!

Special thanks to our presenting sponsor, KU School of Medicine-Wichita and our platinum sponsor, Grene Vision Group. If your hospital/clinic/company is interested in being a sponsor for this event, click here for more information.

1/2 Off AAFP TIPS Ends July 31

AAFP

The American Academy of Family Physicians recently introduced AAFP TIPS, a Transformation in Practice Series, featuring ready-to-use practice improvement tools and training for family medicine teams. Two topics are available: Empanelment and Quality Improvement. Through July 31, AAFP members can save 50 percent on their TIPS purchase. Learn more.

 

Participate in Storytelling Project Addressing Opioid Crisis

AAFP

Legislators need to better understand that family physicians play an important role in addressing the opioids crisis. To facilitate this, the AAFP has launched a storytelling project to learn about the challenges physicians face and hear recommendations for addressing the opioid crisis in their communities. .

Please share your story about how the impact the opiod crisis has had on your community. Participate in the storytelling project. The project runs through the end of August.

Additionally, the AAFP is launching a clinical survey to gather physicians’ commentaries detailing how the opioids crisis impacts patients and communities, and perspectives on ways to support patient care without adding unnecessary restrictions.

New! Vaccine Safety References page on VEC’s website

IAC Express

The Vaccine Education Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (VEC) recently added a new web section titled Vaccine Safety References. It is a listing of journal articles developed for those who may be asked to address these issues either with their patients or more formally, in court. The page is divided into the following topics:

  • Aluminum and vaccines
  • Autism and the MMR debate
  • Diabetes and vaccines
  • DNA and vaccines
  • Formaldehyde and vaccines
  • Multiple sclerosis and vaccines
  • Thimerosal (mercury) and vaccines
  • Too many vaccines, too soon
  • Vaccine ingredients

Check out the Vaccine Safety References web section on the VEC website.

FP Essentials™ Call for Authors

AAFP

Take this opportunity to write for the AAFP. FP Essentials™ is a subscription-only continuing medical education (CME) and Board review publication with a circulation of several thousand and is one of the AAFP’s largest educational activities.

Manuscripts must be evidence based and case oriented. Medical editors will review all proposals, select one or more for further consideration, and contact a prospective author before the final selection. Authors are awarded a $4,000 honorarium to prepare a manuscript and see it through to publication.

FP Essentials is currently seeking authors for these topics:

  • Eye Conditions in Infants and Children
  • Lower Gastrointestinal Conditions
  • Sports Medicine Update
  • Hematology Update

Find out more details on submitting a proposal.”