Thank you to all who participated in the Kansas Family Medicine Pneumococcal Immunization Office Champions (KFMPIOC) Program Webinar last week. If you missed the webinar and would like more information about the program and the webinar slides and video recording, go to the KFMPIOC web page. The practice application and agreement deadline is December 12, 2018.

The KFMPIOC program is a QI Initiative designed to improve the rate of pneumococcal and other immunizations for the Medicare population. The program is funded by a grant from Pfizer and AAFP, who selected KAFP in a competitive grant proposal process, as one of three chapters participating in the grant. KAFP is pleased to work with Kansas Foundation for Medical Care (KFMC) on this program.

AAFP Foundation

With one click, you can support the work of the AAFP Foundation when you renew your Academy dues. The Foundation Dues Check-Off campaign asks members to give a one-time $50 gift that will help advance the work of the philanthropic arm of the Academy. Go to the AAFP website to pay your dues.

Your dollars will fund grants for chapter-level programs through the Family Medicine Philanthropic Consortium as well as AAFP Foundation humanitarian, educational, and research initiatives. All programs are designed to advance the values of family medicine and improve the health of all people.

The dues check-off is the easiest and fastest way to support your state and national Foundation.


Nominate a colleague for one of KAFP’s annual awards: Family Physician of the Year, Exemplary Teaching Award, or Humanitarian Award. Do you have a colleague who inspires you; one whom you feel is the “best of the best?” If so, please consider nominating him or her for one of KAFP’s annual awards:

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.

Please submit your nominations for Kansas family physician awards by Monday, December 31, 2018. Thank you in advance for sharing this information with your office manager.


Good news! Registration is looking healthy for Advocacy Day! If you haven’t registered yet, do it today! Sign up at 2019 Advocacy Day! 

Join us on Wednesday, January 30, 2019 for an update on legislative issues expected to arise in the 2019 session and presentations on important topics such as Tobacco 21, Primary Care Spend, and a special training on how to best engage with legislators. Following Advocacy Day with dynamite speaakers, you are invited to the Dillon House for a reception to mingle with legislators. This is our biggest legislative event of the year – don’t miss it!

Advocacy Day

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.

Need hotel accommodations? 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.


For patients enrolled in KanCare, a newly expanded benefit for tobacco cessation is now available! KanCare now covers medications and counseling for tobacco users to make multiple quit attempts per year. The expanded benefit will help physicians and staff work with patients to find the right combination of treatments to quit for good.

Expanded benefits include:

Medications: Comprehensive, barrier-free coverage of all FDA-approved medications:

  • Chantix, Bupropion, all nicotine replacements (patch, gum, lozenge, inhaler, nasal spray)
  • Evidence-based combinations of medications (e.g., concurrent patch/lozenge)
  • No prior authorization or copays

Counseling: No annual or lifetime limits

  • Individual (Billing Codes 99406/99407)
  • Group Counseling (Billing Code s9453)

The majority of patients using tobacco will make at least one quit attempt this year. Medications plus counseling double their chances for a healthier life.

Visit KAFP online to download an information card about the expanded benefits and find additional resources for your patients and staff.

AAFP/IAC Express

Influenza season is now under way. This week is National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW), December 2–8. Check out the NIVW toolkit which includes videos, communication hints, matte articles to submit to newspapers, animated graphics, and more!

This flu season, Familydoctor.org is setting out to serve you and help patients by providing an impressive library of assets you can use in social media to talk to patients about the flu and prevention. Check out the Familydoctor.org Guide for the Flu Season toolkit. Facebook and Twitter posts, graphics, GIFs, videos and articles are available for you to use on social media networks to educate patients on the flu and prevention. Also watch for KAFP posts on Facebook and Twitter and like and share!

This is a great time to vaccinate your patients who have not yet been protected against flu and to remind your patients who have not been vaccinated to be sure they get protected. Influenza vaccination is recommended for everyone six months of age and older. As a reminder, vaccination efforts should continue through the holiday season and beyond. Peak influenza activity does not generally occur until February. Read the CDC Weekly U.S. Influenza Surveillance Report.



Rural Policy Research Institute

The Quality Payment Program (QPP) was established by the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA). The QPP consolidates existing Medicare pay-for-performance programs – the Physician Quality Reporting System, the Physician Value-based Payment Modifier, and the Medicare Electronic Health Record Incentive Program for Eligible Professionals – into a unified, cohesive program. MIPS is one of the two tracks of the QPP program and the regulatory framework for MIPs was originally provided by MACRA and CMS’s calendar year (CY) 2017 QPP final rule. This brief discusses changes to the original MIPS regulatory framework brought about by the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018 and the CY2018 QPP final rule. Read it: Changes to the Merit-based Incentive Payment System Pertinent to Small and Rural Practices, 2018.


A special message from your KAFP President Jeremy Presley, MD, FAAFP of Dodge City:


If you have already completed the membership satisfaction survey, thank you for your feedback.

We thank each of you for your membership!

CDC Flu Blog-A-Thon
IAC Express

National Influenza Vaccination Week (NIVW) is an awareness week focused on highlighting the importance of influenza vaccination. NIVW will be observed this year on December 2–8. This is a great time to vaccinate your patients who have not yet been protected against flu and to remind your patients who have not been vaccinated to be sure they get protected.

For millions of people every season, the flu means a fever, cough, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, muscle aches, fatigue, and miserable days spent in bed. Millions of people get sick, hundreds of thousands are hospitalized, and thousands to tens of thousands of people die from flu each year.

CDC recommends a yearly flu vaccine for everyone 6 months of age and older as the first and most important step in protecting against seasonal flu viruses. This season, CDC recommends that providers use any licensed, age-appropriate influenza vaccine (Inactivated influenza vaccines (IIV), Recombinant influenza vaccine (RIV), or live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV4)) with no preference expressed for one vaccine over another.

The 2018-2019 U.S. flu vaccines have been updated for this season. Learn more about the vaccine options available this season and Key Facts about Seasonal Flu Vaccine.



If you are an active member or resident with a Kansas license, you are eligible to serve as the Family Doctor of the Day (FDOD) at the Statehouse during the legislative session. Please check your calendars and see if you are available February 5, 19 or 26 to serve as FDOD. The month of January is filled (thank you!), now let’s get the month of February filled with volunteers!

Your time is appreciated! 

Upcoming open dates include:
February 5, 19, 26
March 5, 6, 11, 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!