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!

Save the Date for 2020 Advocacy Day


Mark your calendars for Jan. 29, 2020 — Kansas’ birthday and Advocacy Day in Topeka! Advocacy Day is for physicians, residents and medical students who are interested in learning more about how to advocate for family physicians in our state. The day will energize you, prepare you to give testimony or call your legislator and inform you about issues in Kansas that affect your profession and about the upcoming legislative session. Registration and schedule are coming soon. This is our biggest legislative event of the year – don’t miss it!

2020 Award Nominations Open


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:

Halloween Safety

Safe Kids

Everyone loves a good scare on Halloween, but not when it comes to the safety of those little trick-or-treaters. Fortunately, there are a lot of easy things parents and kids can do to stay safe on the spookiest of holidays. Share these Halloween safety tips with your patients:

Top Tips for Halloween Safety

  1. Carry glow sticks or flashlights, use reflective tape or stickers on costumes and bags and wear light colors to help kids see and be seen by drivers.
  2. Join kids under age 12 for trick-or-treating.
  3. Slow down and be alert! Kids are excited on Halloween and may dart into the street. Turn on headlights early in the day to spot kids from further away.
  4. Remind kids to cross the street at corners or crosswalks.
  5. When selecting a costume, make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls. Choose face paint over masks when possible. Masks can limit children’s vision.

Here are a few more Halloween safety tips.

KAFP Seeks Authors and Members in the News


KAFP is seeking authors for the Kansas Family Physician, “Physician Viewpoint” column and any professional news items. “Physician Viewpoint” is a regular feature article in the KAFP’s quarterly journal. If you have a story you would like to share with your colleagues about successes in your practice or experiences that have helped improve patient care, please share! Some recent topics “Physician Viewpoint” authors have written about include social determinants of health, end-of-life-care and physician burnout. Do you have a topic you are passionate about? Please submit your article for the winter issue by Dec. 30, 2019 to

What to include in your “Physician Viewpoint” submission:

  1. Length: 750-1200 words
  2. Headshot
  3. Short Bio
  4. Send to Marina Spexarth by Dec. 30.

Have you recently received an award, been appointed to a committee or office for an organization?

We want to hear about your achievements! We want to include you in our “Members in the News” section of the Kansas Family Physician. Please email Marina your item. Be sure and include “Members in the News” in the subject line. Provide your headshot or a photo from your news item if applicable.

Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee

Center for Tobacco Products

Center for Tobacco Products is requesting nominations for voting members to serve on the Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee (TPSAC). Voting members are knowledgeable in the fields of medicine, medical ethics, science, or technology involving the manufacture, evaluation, or use of tobacco products.

CTP is also seeking nominations for a nonvoting representative of the interests of the tobacco manufacturing industry to serve on TPSAC. Nominees may be self-nominated or nominated by an organization.

TPSAC advises CTP in its responsibilities related to the regulation of tobacco products. The Committee reviews and evaluates safety, dependence, and health issues relating to tobacco products and provides appropriate advice, information, and recommendations to the FDA commissioner.

Please see the two Federal Register notices for more information on the nomination process for voting and nonvoting members of TPSAC. Learn More