CDC releases 10 updated Vaccine Information Statements

IAC Express

CDC released new interim Vaccine Information Statements (VISs) for Hib, HPV, PCV13, polio, and rotavirus vaccines. CDC also released final VISs for cholera, PPSV23, typhoid, and zoster (both live and recombinant) vaccines.

Access these VISs on their respective IAC web pages by clicking on the links below.

For both interim and final VISs, CDC encourages you to begin using them immediately, but stocks of the previous editions may be used until exhausted.

AAFP Seeks Members Active in Patient Safety


The AAFP frequently nominates members to national committees and technical expert panels involved in the development, review and endorsement of quality measures to ensure the voice of family medicine is heard. Measures may be adopted for use in various payment and recognition programs, such as the Merit Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), Alternative Payment Models (APMs), Medicaid, HEDIS, NCQA, and others. CMS and the National Quality Forum (NQF) are two of the most predominant bodies requesting representation of family medicine.

AAFP is currently seeking members that are experienced and active in the patient safety area. This is an area that AAFP believes needs further development and attention in the ambulatory setting. Safety issues such as diagnostic accuracy, treatment choice, medication side effects, EHR-related safety issues, burn-out/workforce, transitions of care and care coordination are integral to family medicine.

Please contact Tarah Remington Brown by email or phone 316.721.9005 if you are interested in being considered for this national role.


Renew Your Academy Membership Today


KAFP Membership Chair Melissa Rosso, MD (Manhattan) shares how her membership with the Academy has benefited her, “Serving as membership chair the past several years had opened the door to so many new friendships and opportunities. Traveling to the residency programs and interacting with the residents has renewed my love of teaching and lifelong learning. The annual meeting has allowed me to stay current on both medical treatments and in my colleagues’ lives. And finally, dual membership in the AAFP has given me access to free online CME.

Continue to enjoy your Academy membership benefits by remitting your payment today by visiting the AAFP website, through , or by calling the AAFP at 800.274.2237. Quick pay allows any individual to pay a member’s dues invoice without logging in to the member’s AAFP account. The only information that is required to make a payment is the member’s AAFP ID number and dues invoice number. It’s as simple as that. We value your membership!

KAFP Reveals New Name for Annual Meeting


Beginning in 2020, our largest CME meeting of the year will be known as Fam Med Forward (formerly known as KAFP Annual Meeting). The new name and new logo will match an improved CME meeting and a new location to best meet our members’ needs. You are invited to move forward with us to learn, network and participate in KAFP business during Fam Med Forward. Mark your calendars for June 4-6, 2020, Manhattan, Kan. Registration opens Dec. 2019 with early bird specials. Don’t miss it!

Wanted: Members in the News


Have you recently received an award, been appointed to a committee or office for an organization or have another achievement you wish to share with KAFP?

We want to hear about your achievements! KAFP would like to include our members in the KFP feature, “Members in the News”. Please email Marina your news item with “Members in the News” in the subject line. Provide your headshot or a photo from your news item if applicable.

OneCare Kansas Implementation to Begin Jan. 1


The term “OneCare Kansas” refers to a new Medicaid option to provide coordination of physical and behavioral health care with long term services and supports for people with chronic conditions like diabetes, asthma, or mental illness. These people must be KanCare members. They can be members who also receive Medicare along with Medicaid.

OneCare Kansas is planned to implement Jan. 1, 2020. The target population will include those who have a diagnosis of paranoid schizophrenia, severe bipolar disorder, or those who have asthma and are also at risk for developing another chronic condition. If you would like to know the specific diagnosis codes, they can be found on the OCK website. KDHE staff are still working on the rates with their actuaries, and they will be posted to the OCK website once they are finalized.

KDHE is accepting and evaluating provider applications now. There is no deadline to submit your application. There is a state team that will review applications submitted. If the state team approves your application, it will be sent to the Managed Care Organization (MCO) that you wish to contract with. At that point, you will work with the MCO(s) to come to an agreement. Remember, this is a two-step process. If you have previously submitted your application and would like to make changes, please contact Samantha Ferencik. You may view the webinar on the OCK website that walks you through the provider application.

If you have any additional questions, please contact SSamantha Ferencik or email

RSVP by Nov. 11 for: Vanishing the Vaping Epidemic

American Heart Association

You’re invited to an exciting session on the e-cigarette epidemic, hosted by the American Heart Association in partnership with Hinkle Law Firm and Koch Siedholff Hand & Dunn geared towards physicians.

DATE: Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019

LOCATION: Hinkle Law at 1617 N Waterfront Pkwy, Suite 400, Wichita, KS

6:30 a.m. – Light Breakfast and Coffee

7:00 – 8:00 a.m. – Panel of experts speak about the latest research and information

Space is limited! If you are interested in attending, and any of your colleagues or friends are as well, please RSVP to or by phone at 316-768-3837 by Nov 11.

Free Buprenorphine Certification Course – RSVP by Nov 19


The University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita invites you to participation in this free course on Friday, Nov. 22. Lunch will be provided for those who register by Tuesday, Nov. 19.

Click here for a full schedule and information on how to register.

DATE: Friday, Nov. 22

LOCATION: Hilton Garden Inn, Salina, KS

Register Online

2020 Award Nominations Close Dec. 31


Kansas has some of the best family doctors! Help us showcase the great work of our members by nominating an outstanding family physician you know.

The deadline to submit 2020 nominations is Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019.  KAFP is seeking nominations for the following awards:

Advocate for Your Specialty


We invite all of our active members and residents with a Kansas medical license, to serve as the FDOD at the Statehouse during the legislative session. This is a great way to advocate for the specialty of family medicine.

FDOD volunteers report to the Statehouse in Topeka at 9:00 a.m. and stay until 3:00 p.m. taking care of legislators, staff and sometimes even visitors who need medical attention.

FDOD is a volunteer program organized by the Kansas Academy of Family Physicians, in which KAFP provides for a family physician to be present at the Statehouse each day during the legislative session. KAFP relies on its trusted membership to volunteer to serve as FDOD.

The FDOD program is an opportunity to network in Topeka, learn about the legislative process, attend part of a session or committee meeting and provide a much-appreciated service to legislators on behalf of KAFP.

Volunteers assist legislators and their staff with health needs that may arise throughout the day. Checking blood pressure, distributing ibuprofen, examining sore throats: the health issues are mainly minor health needs, with a few more serious ailments during the year. The legislators are grateful for the program and it showcases the great work of family medicine in patient care!