AAFP, Other Groups Encourage Well Visits for 16-Year-Olds

AAFP

The AAFP and six other medical and public health organizations have teamed up to publish a Dear Colleague” open letter(2 page PDF) that encourages family physicians and other health care professionals to ensure that 16-year-old patients are seen for a well visit. During that visit, say the groups, these teens should receive vaccines recommended for them by the CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices in its Recommended Child and Adolescent Immunization Schedule for Ages 18 Years or Younger.(www.cdc.gov)

The Aug. 1 letter was signed by AAFP Board Chair Michael Munger, M.D., of Overland Park, Kan., along with officials from the American Academy of Pediatrics, American College Health Association, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, American Pharmacists Association, Immunization Action Coalition and Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine.

The call for well visits for 16-year-olds derives partly from the results of a JAMA Pediatrics study(jamanetwork.com) published in January 2018, which found that although adolescent well-visit rates increased from 41% before implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act to 48% after implementation, those figures remain below recommended levels.

The organizations further state in their letter that a well visit at age 16 would allow physicians to administer catch-up doses of vaccines for HPV, hepatitis A and B, varicella, and other diseases.

PRIME Registry: Building the Future of Primary Care

ABFM

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. Join PRIME Registry, and help shape the future of primary care.

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.
  • PRIME’s quality dashboard helps identify patients with quality gaps and helps practices see how they are doing compared to their peers.
  • The PHATE tool helps identify patients at risk due to social determinants and provides an in-clinic connection to resources in the patient’s community, while also illuminating areas where resources are needed. PHATE has the potential to help guide more personalized risk-assessment and access to patient resources.
  • Special Offer for ABFM Diplomates: American Board of Family Medicine Diplomates are eligible for three years of PRIME enrollment FREE. After the first three years, the price per Diplomate is $260/year.

Learn More:

The project described was supported by Funding Opportunity Number CMS-1L1-15-002 from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The contents provided are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of HHS or any of its agencies.

Join a Team!

 
KAFP-Foundation

Join us on Saturday, Oct. 19 for the 5th Annual Let’s Move, Kansas 5K Run/Walk at Sedgwick County Park in Wichita. All proceeds benefit the KAFP-Foundation. It is a great way to support your Foundation’s programs for residents and students while living a healthy lifestyle and sharing a great day with your friends, family and colleagues!

Register a team and get $3.00 off per registrant AND if you are a resident or medical student, use the discount code STURES19 for an additional $5.00 off per registrant. Rally your co-workers — we will have a team trophy for the largest team! Visit www.LetsMoveKansas.com to see a listing of teams to join!

Our sponsorship opportunities close Aug. 31. If your hospital/clinic/company is interested in being a sponsor for this event, click here for more information. Thank you to our  sponsors!

Presenting sponsor, KU School of Medicine-Wichita
Media sponsor, KMUW Wichita 89.1
Platinum sponsors, Grene Vision Group and Wichita Surgical Specialists
Gold sponsors, Advanced Physical Therapy, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas, Premier Property Management
Silver sponsor, Wichita Urology
Bronze sponsors, Post Rock Family Medicine and Wichita Marriott

Medical Aid in Dying / Physician-Assisted Suicide Survey deadline is August 26

KAFP

All KAFP voting members (active, resident, life members) received an email a few weeks ago from President Sheryl Beard, MD, FAAFP providing notification of a survey that was launched on Aug. 12. The survey seeks the membership’s input on the topic of medical aid in dying/physician-assisted suicide, to provide valuable feedback to our delegates and alternate delegates who will travel to Philadelphia in September for the AAFP’s Congress of Delegates.

To gather unbiased input from the membership, KAFP has contracted with eAutoFeedback, LLC, a third-party independent survey company, to conduct the confidential survey and report back to KAFP’s Board of Directors. All responses will be anonymous and data will be reported only in aggregate.

If you are an active, resident or life member who did not receive the survey request, please check your junk/spam folder for an email from info@kafponline.org. A reminder was sent Monday, Aug. 19, 2019. If it is not there, let us know at info@kafponline.org Thank you for your time and attention on these important matters.

Governor Kelly Proclaims August “Breastfeeding Awareness Month”

Kansas Department of Health and Environment/Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition

At an official signing ceremony, Governor Laura Kelly proclaimed August “Breastfeeding Awareness Month” in Kansas. This proclamation recognizes the importance of breastfeeding for the health and well-being of Kansans.

The Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition created the following Handout for Physicians/Health Care Providers with the following action items to help you implement breastfeeding awareness in your practice:

  • Tell patients that breastfeeding reduces the risk of breast cancer—even if the woman is not of childbearing age. She is probably a friend or family member to women who are having children. She will pass this information along.
  • Add lactation history to patient health history form—this will raise awareness about the woman’s breastfeeding history and its impact on her lifelong health.
  • Provide patients with the accompanying “Patient” handout—this information maybe personally useful and/or may be shared with others in their lives.

More than 90 percent of families in Kansas choose to breastfeed. Yet despite its importance, only 31 percent of Kansas’ infants are exclusively breastfed during the critical first six months of life. Increased investment in breastfeeding could results in saving an estimated 22 women’s lives each year due to breast cancer, heart disease, diabetes and hypertension.  Investing in breastfeeding could save the lives of seven children, due mostly to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).  And finally, investing in breastfeeding would save Kansas more than $27 million in medical costs each year. Tell us how your office is celebrating Breastfeeding awareness month. Share your tips and stories on our Facebook page Kansas Academy of Family Physicians.

Primary Care Initiative Video Available

Ohio AFP

The Ohio Academy of Family Physicians, in conjunction with the Healthcare Collaborative of Cincinnati, recorded a webinar about the Primary Cares Initiative and how practices can assess their readiness to participate. The link to the webinar video is: Primary Care First & Direct Contracting 

AAFP, Medical and Public Health Organizations Call for Fast-tracking Policies To Prevent Firearm-related Injury and Death

AAFP

The American Academy of Family Physicians and seven other public health and medical associations today called for policies that begin to address firearm-related injuries and deaths. The call, “Firearm-Related Injury and Death in the United States: A Call to Action From the Nation’s Leading Physician and Public Health Professional Organizations,” was published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. In this special article, the leadership of seven of the nation’s largest physician and public health professional societies reiterate their commitment to finding solutions and call for policies to reduce firearm-related injuries and deaths. READ HERE.

Joining the American College of Physicians, American Academy of Pediatrics, American College of Surgeons, American Medical Association, American Psychiatric Association and the American Public Health Association in the policy paper, the AAFP called for these items:

  • Comprehensive criminal background checks for all firearm purchases, including sales by gun dealers, sales at gun shows, private sales and transfers between individuals with limited exceptions should be required.
  • Research to improve understanding of the causes and consequences of firearm-related injury and death and to identify, test and implement strategies to reduce these events is important.
  • Addition of dating partners, stalkers or individuals who commit violence against another family member to the categories of people prohibited by federal law from buying firearms. Offenders who have been adjudicated guilty of a crime of violence against a family member or intimate partner, including dating partners, cohabitants, stalkers and those who victimize a family member other than a partner or child, should be reported to the National Instant Criminal Background Check System and be prohibited from purchasing or possessing firearms.
  • Laws that hold firearms owners accountable for negligently storing firearms. Safe storage is essential to reducing the risk for unintentional or intentional injuries or deaths from firearms, particularly in homes with children, adolescents, people with dementia, people with substance use disorders and the small subset of people with serious mental illnesses that are associated with greater risk of harming themselves and/or others.
  • Improved access to mental health care paired with safeguards against broadly prohibiting all individuals with a mental health or substance use disorder from purchasing firearms.
  • Enactment of extreme risk protection order laws, which allow families and law enforcement to petition a judge to temporarily remove firearms from individuals at imminent risk for using them to harm themselves or others.
  • Protection of confidential patient-physician communication on issues that affect their health, including counseling at-risk patients about mitigating the risks associated with firearms in the home and firearm safety.
  • Constitutionally appropriate policies that effectively address high-capacity magazines and firearms with features designed to increase their rapid and extended killing capacity.

Read AAFP Press Release in its entirety.

Early Bird Rate Expires August 20

 
KAFP-Foundation

Hurry and register for the 2019 Let’s Move, Kansas 5K Run/Walk! The last day to register at the early bird rate of $30.00 is Aug. 19!

Join us on Saturday, Oct. 19 for the 5th Annual Let’s Move, Kansas 5K Run/Walk at Sedgwick County Park in Wichita. All proceeds benefit the KAFP-Foundation. It is a great way to support your Foundation’s programs for residents and students while living a healthy lifestyle and sharing a great day with your friends, family and colleagues!

Register a team and get $3.00 off per registrant AND if you are a resident or medical student, use the discount code STURES19 for an additional $5.00 off per registrant. Rally your co-workers — we will have a team trophy for the largest team!

Our sponsorship opportunities close Aug. 31. If your hospital/clinic/company is interested in being a sponsor for this event, click here for more information. Thank you to our  sponsors!

Presenting sponsor, KU School of Medicine-Wichita
Media sponsor, KMUW Wichita 89.1
Platinum sponsors, Grene Vision Group and Wichita Surgical Specialists
Gold sponsor, Premier Property Management
Silver sponsor, Wichita Urology
Bronze sponsors, Post Rock Family Medicine and Wichita Marriott

Register for Rural Recruitment Reimagined Workshop by August 31 for Early Bird Rate

KU Rural Health and Education Services

The Rural Recruitment Reimagined Workshop on Sept. 26 will challenge rural physicians and their teams to rethink their approach to workforce recruitment and retention. $149 early bird special runs through August 31, 2019. Register your team! Call 316.293.2649 to inquire about special group rates.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Hyatt Regency Wichita
Wichita, KS

View the Agenda.

Hosted and Sponsored by Rural Health Education and Services, The University of Kansas Medical Center; Via Christi International Family Medicine Fellowship program; and 3RNet.

Vaccine Videos Available

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

When it comes to vaccination, parents trust your expertise more than anyone else. Watch the CDC’ s latest videos on the topic. The #HowIRecommend video series features short, informative videos from clinicians like you. These videos explain the importance of vaccinations, how to effectively address questions from parents about vaccine safety and effectiveness, and how clinicians routinely recommend same-day vaccinations to their patients. Learn more here.