Kansas Medical Society

Kansas Medical Society (KMS) is surveying physicians to learn about their experience with prior authorization.  Please consider completing this important survey: PRIOR AUTHORIZATION SURVEY. The survey closes Friday, Dec. 21. 2018.

 

NAMI

Did you know that 70 percent of tobacco users are interested in quitting and cite a physician’s advice to quit as an important motivating factor? Make that brief conversation with patients count with these conversation prompts used by Kansas physicians:

  1. Do you mind if we discuss your tobacco use today?
  2. On a scale of 1 to 10, how willing are you to quit in the next 30 days? Note, if it’s low, ask: What would it take to move you to a ___ (+3 points)?
  3. What helped with your cravings (or didn’t) the last time you made a quit attempt?

Remind patients that every quit attempt counts. If often takes people 7-9 quit attempts before succeeding, but every attempt is a step forward! Many people addicted to nicotine will need a prescription and over the counter nicotine replacement therapy to help reduce cravings and remain quit.

For tobacco cessation training or resources, visit KAFP’s website or contact Kim Neufeld.

KAFP-Foundation

There are two great ways you can support the KAFP-F through your shopping! Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to KAFP-F whenever you shop on AmazonSmile. Go to AmazonSmile and link your account to Kansas Academy of Family Physicians-Foundation.

Dillons will donate a portion of each transaction to KAFP-Foundation when you use your Dillons Plus Shoppers Card linked to KAFP-Foundation. To link your card, visit Dillons Community Rewards.

For details, visit: Amazon Smile & Dillons Community Rewards.

KAFP

The legislative session begins on January 14 and we need your help in filling the January 17 slot for Family Doctor of the Day (FDOD)! If you are an active member or resident with a Kansas license, you are eligible to serve as the FDOD at the Statehouse during the legislative session. Please check your calendars and see if you are available on Thursday, January 17 or any other day during the legislative session.

Your time is appreciated! 

Upcoming open dates include:
January 17
February 5
March 5, 6, 12, 13, 18, 19, 25, 26, 27, 28

Go to the FDOD web page for a complete calendar listing with instructions and to sign-up or contact Michelle Corkins at 316.721.9005.

FDOD volunteers report to the Capitol Building 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.

Thank you to all of our FDOD volunteers!

KAFP

Do you have a colleague who inspires you; one whom you feel is the “best of the best?” Nominate a colleague for one of KAFP’s annual awards: Family Physician of the Year, Exemplary Teaching Award, or Humanitarian Award. Please submit your nominations by Monday, December 31, 2018.

Kansas Family Physician of the Year: This is the highest recognition KAFP awards annually. Through it, KAFP recognizes involvement in community affairs and activities that enhance the quality of life of the community. >> Learn more and nominate.

Kansas Exemplary Teaching (two categories: full-time/part-time and volunteer): Through these annual awards KAFP recognizes members with exemplary teaching skills, who have implemented educational programs and/or developed innovative teaching models. >> Learn more and nominate.

Kansas Humanitarian Award: This award recognizes extraordinary and enduring humanitarian efforts. >> Learn more and nominate.

KAFP

Need hotel accommodations while you attend Advocacy Day on January 30? The KAFP has a room block at the Topeka Courtyard Marriott at the group rate of $126 + tax. Mention that you are with the Kansas Academy of Family Physicians to get the special rate.  Reserve a room online or call 785-271-6165 by January 1, 2019.

If you have not already signed up for Advocacy Day, register today! The cost is $30 for members/$60 for non-members and free for residents and students.

This is our biggest legislative event of the year – don’t miss it!

Advocacy Day

KMS/KAMMCO Bldg.
623 SW 10th Ave. Topeka, KS
10:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Legislative Reception

Dillon House
404 SW 9th St., Topeka, KS
5:45 – 7:45 p.m.

 

KAFP-Foundation

As 2018 draws to a close, please remember KAFP-Foundation (KAFP-F) in your charitable giving.

You may also mail your donation to:
Kansas Academy of Family Physicians-Foundation
7570 W 21st St N, 1026 C, #104
Wichita, KS 67205

Your generous support ensures the continuation of KAFP-F programs to identify and cultivate future family physicians and offers numerous scholarship opportunities for residents and students.

KAFP-F is a 501(c) (3) tax-exempt public foundation, and is the only charitable organization in Kansas that exists to improve and increase access to health care by investing in the specialty of family medicine. Contributions for 2018 must be received by Monday, Dec. 31, 2018.

KAFP

The KAFP office will be closed December 24, 25 and January 1. Wishing you wellness and happiness for the upcoming year. Thank you for allowing us to serve you!

Kansas Insurance Department

The holiday season, when family members gather, can be a good time to have conversations about how to protect and insure relatives and property, according to Ken Selzer, CPA, Kansas Commissioner of Insurance.  Kansas Insurance Commissioner Selzer and the staff at the Kansas Insurance Department offer the following ideas for those family discussions.
• Know where insurance and legal papers are. Policies, phone numbers, financial statements and legal documents such as Power of Attorney and home inventory checklists should be in a safe deposit box at your financial institution or in a fire-proof location within the home.
• Know what medications are taken. Kinds, dosage, frequency, use of generics, pharmacy information — all can be important to share with close family members.
• Know about the condition of family vehicles. Are they sound mechanically, serviced regularly, stocked accordingly with travel necessities?
• Know what your teenagers and young adults are concerned about. Getting them to open up might take a while, but they could have questions about life situations and insurance that are important to them and to you.
• Know a qualified insurance professional and financial adviser, and let him/her assess your insurance needs. Just like the generations of your family, insurance needs change.
• Know when insurance premiums are due — yearly, semiannually, quarterly or monthly. Keep them on a centrally-located calendar. This idea can be truly helpful for a single adult, a young family or empty nesters on a fixed income.
• Know, in the case of older family members, what their health insurance policies contain and what their medical preferences are for providers and institutions. Ask them if they have preferences on how to handle situations where they need assistance.

KAFP

The KAFP office will be closed December 24, 25 and January 1. Wishing you wellness and happiness for the upcoming year!