CDC and WHO publish “Genetic Characterization of Measles and Rubella Viruses Detected Through Global Measles and Rubella Elimination Surveillance”


CDC published Genetic Characterization of Measles and Rubella Viruses Detected Through Global Measles and Rubella Elimination Surveillance, 2016–2018 in the July 5 issue of MMWR (pages 587–591). On the same day, WHO’s Weekly Epidemiological Record published a similar article titled Genetic Characterization of Measles and Rubella Viruses Detected Through Global Measles and Rubella Elimination Surveillance, 2016–2018. The Summary box content from the MMWR article is reprinted below.

What is already known about this topic?
Monitoring progress toward measles and rubella elimination requires high-quality case-based surveillance, including genetic characterization of measles viruses and rubella viruses.

What is added by this report?
During 2016–2018, the number of reported measles virus genotypes declined from six to four; two (B3 and D8) accounted for 95% of reported sequences. Of 13 rubella virus genotypes, reported genotypes declined from five to two.

What are the implications for public health practice?
Diversity of measles and rubella viruses has decreased globally, consistent with progress toward elimination. Continued collection of specimens from all confirmed cases for genotyping and submission of wild-type virus sequences to global databases will strengthen case-based surveillance.

PRIME Registry: Building the Future of Primary Care


The PRIME Registry is unleashing the potential of patient and community data to build better primary care, helping shift the focus beyond individual disease diagnoses to measuring what really matters to patients and clinicians.

PRIME Includes:

  • More Measures that Matter—through PRIME’s improved array of high-value primary care measures with demonstrated connection to improved outcomes and quality of life.
  • Doctors and patients agree that Patient Reported Outcomes (PRO) is meaningful. The PRO pilot launched in PRIME in April 2019 gives patients a voice, while giving clinicians valuable feedback. The PRO will roll out to all of PRIME later in 2019.

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


Get your office team registered for he Let’s Move, Kansas run/walk on Saturday, October 19 at Sedgwick County Park, Wichita. Proceeds 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, family and colleagues!

Register by August 19 for the early bird rate of $30. Register a team and get  $3 off per registrant AND if you are a resident or medical student, use the discount code STURES19 for an additional $5 off per registrant. Rally your co-workers — we will have a team trophy for largest team!

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

***Correction: The July 16 KAFP Weekly incorrectly listed the early bird rate. The correct price is $30. We apologize for any inconvenience.***

Register for Last RISE Webinar to Help You Combat Burnout


Join us for the last webinar in our RISE Webinar Series on July 24 at 12:15 pm. Dr. Amaryllis Sanchez Wohlever will inspire you to live well and lead effectively!

Nurturing a Heart of Service without Burning Out, Amaryllis Sanchez Wohlever, MD

Learning Objectives

  • Identify at least three specific ways to nurture a servant heart in a busy practice.
  • Consider ways to safeguard the heart and soul from burnout.
  •  Gain new tools to commit to a healthier way to practice medicine in this tough climate.

The RISE program is a wellness initiative of KAFP designed to help Kansas family physicians RISE above burnout. Although our RISE Webinar Series is complimentary for KAFP members, registration is required to receive log-in credentials to access the webinar.

RISE resources include:

CAJ Family Medicine International Scholarship award application closes August 15


Attention all second and third year Kansas family medicine residents: The KAFP-Foundation’s, “Carol A Johnson MD Family Medicine International Scholarship” application deadline is Thursday, Aug.15, 2019.  If you have a passion for international health care missions and a story of your mission work to share, don’t miss this opportunity!

KAFP Office Closed July 4


The KAFP office will close on Wednesday, July 3 at 2:00 p.m. and  be closed on Thursday, July 4 in observance of the Independence Day holiday. The office will resume normal business hours on Friday, July 5. We wish you and your family a fun and safe 4th of July!

New Law Requires Opioid Prescriptions to be Transmitted Electronically

Kansas Health Association

Governor Laura Kelly signed HB2119 into law on June 21, 2019. This law requires that prescribers transmit opioid prescriptions solely electronically by July 1, 2020. You may read the HB2119 summary. An article about the new law is published on June 21, 2019: Kansas throws out prescription pad for opioids.


Rep John Eplee, MD Speaks at Public Hearing on School Immunization Requirements

Immunize Kansas Coalition

The public hearing for the proposed regulation changes regarding vaccination for school entry was last week. Thank you to all who provided comments.

Thank you to  Representative John Eplee, MD, FAAFP, who presented his support for meningococcal immmunization and Hepatitis A immunizations as a school requirement last week at the hearing.

Full information is available regarding:  Proposed Regulation, Economic Impact Statement

What Kansas Can Learn from Medicaid Expansion in Other States

Kansas Health Institute

Almost nine years after the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), 36 states and the District of Columbia have expanded their Medicaid programs. Fourteen states, including Kansas, have not. The latest issue brief from the Kansas Health Institute examines different state approaches to expansion, as well as enrollment and cost trends and the effects of expansion on health outcomes and state economies. The brief is available at




CDC Immunizations Information Systems Vaccine Code Updates

National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases

The following Registry ISS codes have been updated and available. Please share with your office staff.

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