AAFP

Family physicians and other primary care physicians remain a critical part of our nation’s response to COVID-19, yet the virus has exposed critical shortcomings in our primary care safety net across the country. Last week, the AAFP called on congressional leaders to prioritize the needs of the primary care workforce and patients and take “bold steps” to address this pandemic. The April 13 letter urges Congress to stabilize our primary care system and increase patient protections during this uncertain time. Join us in telling Congress that relief to family physicians is essential for any comprehensive COVID-19 response action plan. Use this pre-written letter to speak out now!

KAFP

Resolutions are the official means by which you as a member have input into the AAFP’s governance and political process. You are encouraged to submit a resolution if you have a topic you are interested in addressing. KAFP can help guide you through the process of writing your resolution. A resolution writing worksheet is available here along with important dates.

Contact KAFP at info@kafponline.org or 316.721.9005 for resolution assistance. Please submit your resolution in writing via email to info@kafponline.org for consideration by Friday, May 8, 2020.

KAFP

Welcome to our new and improved KAFP News. We hope your enjoy this new look and format. In addition to the new design, KAFP News will now be distributed every other Wednesday. The e-newsletter is a great way to stay current on family medicine news happening in Kansas, KAFP activities, educational opportunities and resources from our partners. During the legislative session, it will also include legislative updates to keep members informed about legislative activity affecting family medicine. If you have questions or would like to contribute a news item, email the editor.

KAFP

Good news! The KAFP has worked hard for its members to have level 4 codes approved for Medicaid reimbursement.  It may take a few days for this to take effect, so please be patient. We want to thank KDHE and the Medicaid Director for collaborating with KAFP and working for our members and their patients.

KUMC

Are you seeking healthcare workforce help during the COVID-19 pandemic? Complete the secure form at Kansas Pandemic Volunteer Healthcare Workforce – Volunteer Request Form and let KUMC know your need during the pandemic. Please share with you colleagues, hospital system, anyone that you think who may be in need of  volunteers during the pandemic. For questions, contact Mike Kennedy, MD, FAAFP.

AAFP/KAFP

The KAFP continues to update the COVID-19 web page for you to easily find all resources in one location. We hope you will find it useful. Bookmark https://kafponline.org/COVID-19

In addition, don’t forget AAFP has a daily update for you to bookmark and check each day to eliminate sifting through the flood of news.

And lastly be sure and tune in each Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. for AAFP’s weekly COVID-19 Virtual Town Hall. Members are invited to participate via:
AAFP Facebook
AAFP Twitter or
AAFP’s YouTube channel

If you miss an AAFP’s Virtual Town Hall on COVID-19, you can watch it anytime, anywhere on demand. Each session is approved for 1 AAFP Prescribed credit. Watch a session. Earn up to 2 additional AAFP Prescribed credits when you complete the Translation to Practice® (t2p®) process. Learn more.

Kansas Health Institute

Kansas Health Institute has released this two-part series about the primary care workforce in Kansas:

Issue Brief #1: Defining the Primary Care Workforce in Kansas (April 2020)

Key points from the brief include:

  • There were 5,435 licensed clinicians in the primary care workforce in Kansas in 2019, of which 1,976 were physicians, 3,101 were nurse practitioners and 358 were physician assistants.
  • Physician assistants and nurse practitioners in Kansas cannot practice or prescribe in a location separate from a physician without an agreement with a physician.
  • Kansas had a total of 86 residency positions in primary care in 2019. However, some physicians who complete a primary care residency go on to complete additional training in a sub-specialty.
  • The median salary in Kansas was $143,380-$203,270 for a primary care physician (depending on specialty); and the median was $97,310 for a nurse practitioner and $103,120 for a physician assistant in 2018, although it may be less for those in primary care.

Issue Brief #2: Implications of an Aging Primary Care Physician Workforce in Kansas (April 2020)

Key points from the brief include:

  • The geographic distribution of primary care physicians (PCP) varies widely across the state. Generally, the southeast and southwest regions of Kansas have fewer PCPs available to serve the population.
  • The PCP shortage has serious implications for an aging population — by 2039, nearly one-quarter (22.5 percent) of Kansans will be age 65 or older, and likely will have increasing medical needs.
  • Aging of the physician workforce could further intensify the primary care workforce shortage as nearly 4 in 10 (39.2 percent) PCPs in Kansas are over the age of 55. Nearly half (45.2 percent) of PCPs practicing in southwest Kansas are age 55 and older, as are 42.5 percent of those practicing in southeast Kansas.
  • A multi-pronged approach to train, recruit and retain PCPs in Kansas is necessary to maintain and improve access to care across the state.
AAFP/KAFP

The KAFP has created a dedicated COVID-19 web page for you to find all resources in one location. We hope you will find it useful. Bookmark https://kafponline.org/COVID-19

In addition, don’t forget AAFP has a daily update for you to bookmark and check each day to eliminate sifting through the flood of news.

And lastly be sure and tune in each Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. for AAFP’s weekly COVID-19 Virtual Town Hall. Members are invited to participate via: AAFP Facebook, AAFP Twitter, or AAFP’s YouTube channel.

If you miss an AAFP’s Virtual Town Hall on COVID-19, you can watch it anytime, anywhere on demand. Each session is approved for 1 AAFP Prescribed credit. Watch a session. Earn up to 2 additional AAFP Prescribed credits when you complete the Translation to Practice® (t2p®) process. Learn more.

Harvard Medical

With conflicting recommendations to allow or encourage breastfeeding during the pandemic, it is important to examine the primary information needed to make an informed decision. Read this article from Harvard Medical outlining the risks and benefits. Webinar recording on infant feeding during COVID-19 is available.

CDC does not categorically recommend separating infants from infected mothers, and currently, there are insufficient data to support routinely doing so. Because the decision is ultimately up to the mother and family, they should be carefully educated about the clear risks of separation as well as its potential benefits. One must weigh the risk of the newborn getting severe COVID-19 infection, which is rare but likely finite, with the risk of undermining the establishment of breastfeeding and the consequences of breastfeeding failure, which can be significant, particularly in low-income settings. Failure to establish breastfeeding could put the newborn at risk of food insecurity and other infections. If an infected mother is not planning to breastfeed, then separation may make more sense if other factors allow, and separation seems more important if a newborn has underlying health conditions.

American Cancer Society

Thank you to the American Cancer Society for providing this valuable resource COVID-19 and Cancer Resources in response to helping cancer patients who are more vulnerable than ever now.