“Persons Evaluated for 2019 Novel Coronavirus—United States, January 2020” Published on February 7


CDC published Persons Evaluated for 2019 Novel Coronavirus—United States, January 2020 in the Feb. 7 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). The article’s “Summary” box content is reprinted below.

What is already known about this topic?

During a 2020 outbreak of novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) infection, CDC provided consultation to public health officials and health care providers evaluating persons at risk for 2019-nCoV infection.

What is added by this report?

During January 2020, CDC responded to clinical inquiries regarding approximately 650 persons in the United States and tested 210 for 2019-nCoV, one fifth of whom reported no recent travel-related risk but had close contact with a 2019-nCoV patient or a person under investigation for 2019-nCoV in the United States.

What are the implications for public health practice?

Health care providers should remain vigilant regarding possible 2019-nCoV exposure not only among returning travelers, but also among persons in close contact with 2019-nCoV patients in the United States.

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Kansas Newborn Screening Program Expands


The Kansas Department of Health and Environment’s (KDHE) Kansas Newborn Screening Program (KS-NBS) began screening for Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) on February 1. The Kansas Newborn Screening Program (KS-NBS) strives to protect and improve the health of all newborn Kansans.

With one small blood sample, more than 30 life-altering and life-threatening disorders will be detected.

These are completely undetectable at birth without this screening. Nearly 35,000 Kansas babies receive the newborn screen shortly after birth each year.

“We are very excited to be able to add SMA to our screening process and directly impact the health and future of our youngest Kansans,” said Dr. Lee Norman, KDHE Secretary.

SMA is a disease affecting the motor neurons in the spinal cord and brainstem. By limiting infant’s physical strength, SMA can take away the ability to walk, eat or breathe. Approximately 1 out of every 11,000 newborns is diagnosed with SMA. About 1 in every 50 Americans is a genetic carrier for SMA.

SMA was added to the federal Recommended Uniform Screening Panel (RUSP) for newborn screening in 2018. Evidence shows that early diagnosis and treatment leads to better outcomes.

For more information visit Kansas Newborn Screening Program.

RSVP for 2/12 Clinical Scholars Reception at KU Medical Center


You are invited to attend this Clinical Scholars Reception to learn more about this free leadership development opportunity to lead change in your community.

  • Date & Time:Wednesday, February 12, 4:30-5:30pm
  • Location:Ad Astra Room at KU Medical Center, Kansas City
  • RSVP Online

Clinical Scholars provides three years of free leadership development training and funding to health care providers from all disciplines who are tackling complex health issues in their communities. Applications close on March 11. Attend the Clinical Scholars Reception for more information. Register now.

Current Concepts in Concussion Management


Mark your calendar for the return of Current Concepts in Concussion Management. The second annual symposium is scheduled for Saturday, Apr. 4, 2020 at the University of Kansas Medical Center – Kansas City.

Join the concussion care experts of The University of Kansas Health System as they present a patient-centered approach to the diagnosis and management of acute injury and post-concussion symptoms. This one-day conference will highlight the critical nature of individualized, patient-centered care.

The event will offer clinical topics and hands-on experience for all involved in concussion care, including physicians, nurses, multidisciplinary therapists, athletic trainers and mental and behavioral health providers.

FP Essentials™ Seeks Authors


The AAFP is soliciting submission proposals for FP Essentials™, a clinical monograph that is one of the AAFP’s largest educational activities.

Each monthly edition of FP Essentials provides a comprehensive review of and new information on a subject important in family medicine. Currently, proposals are being solicited for these topics:

  • Hand and Finger Injuries
  • Diabetes Update
  • Integrative Medicine

Visit FP Essentials online for requirements for submission and other important information, including honoraria.

The due date for submissions is March 15, 2020.

CDC Panel Releases Updated Pediatric Vaccine Schedule


The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices issued an updated pediatric vaccine schedule stating that only oral polio vaccinations given to children prior to April 1, 2016, should be counted and recommending “shared clinical decision-making” for meningococcal B immunizations. The updated schedule in Pediatrics also recommended that a fifth DTaP dose is unnecessary in youths given the fourth dose at ages 4 or older and six months after the third dose and said that children ages 7 to 9 years who get the Tdap vaccine should get the routine Tdap dose at ages 11 to 12, but 10-year-olds do not need to get the routine Tdap dose at ages 11 to 12 years. Visit the CDC website to print the 2020 Birth-18 Immunization Schedules.

FDOD Volunteers Keep on Trekking


This week at the Capitol, we thank the following members for serving as Family Doctor of the Day (FDOD):

Feb. 10: Kelsie Kelly, MD (Kansas City)

Feb. 11: Doug Gruenbacher, MD (Quinter)

Feb. 13: Nicole Yedlinsky, MD, FAAFP (Lansing)

Feb. 17: Michael Engelken, MD, FAAFP (Topeka)

Please check your calendar for your availability in February and March as we still have multiple days that need filled. We appreciate you. Volunteer today!

FDOD is a volunteer program organized by the Kansas Academy of Family Physicians, in which KAFP members provide medical care to legislators and staff each day during the legislative session. KAFP relies on its trusted membership to volunteer to serve as FDOD. Active and resident members with a Kansas medical license are eligible to serve as the FDOD at the Statehouse during the legislative session.

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

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.

Kansas Family Physician offered digitally


You should have recently received your copy of the Kansas Family Physician (KFP), featuring the beautiful city of Manhattan on the cover. You can also access it and past issues of the KFP on the KAFP website.

Inside you will find highlights about Fam Med Forward 2020 and a printed registration page. You will not receive a mailing brochure for registration – please use this form or register on our website at FMF Attendee Hub.

Fam Med Forward presents a new name, new location –and great content! If you have questions about the conference, please contact us at 316.721.9005 or info@kafponline.org

Fam Med Forward 2020
June 4-6, 2020
Hilton Garden Inn
410 S. 3rd St.
Manhattan, KS 66502

Cancer Survivorship ECHO Series


You are invited to attend Cancer Survivorship ECHO Series beginning Tuesday, Feb. 12. There are four interactive tele-mentoring sessions focused on cancer survivorship. For more information download the flyer.

The meetings will be held the second Wednesday of the month from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. on the following dates: Feb. 12, March 11, April 8 and May 13.

New AAFP Audio Content Available to Learn on the Go

Make any place your classroom with AAFP audio content. Newest topics include social determinants of health, dementia care, opioid use disorder, postpartum care and reducing maternal mortality. The growing library of audio content supports your active lifestyle.

In the newest audiobook “Social Determinants of Health,” you’ll learn the benefits of screening for social determinants of health and how to implement this important knowledge into your daily practice. Listen anywhere using the AAFP mobile app. Member price: $14.95.

Learn about topics that matter most to your practice with the latest set of audio articles from the American Family Physician journal. Topics include dementia care, opioid use disorder, postpartum care and reducing maternal mortality. Get the set for $9.95.

Visit the AAFP website to start listening now.