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


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

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.

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

Still Christmas shopping?  Go to AmazonSmile and select KAFP-Foundation as your charity. Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Kansas Academy Of Family Physicians-Foundation whenever you shop on AmazonSmile.




Research shows it takes multiple efforts to finally give up tobacco, the number one cause of preventable death and disease in the country. Patients want to hear about the benefits of tobacco cessation from their health care providers, and these should be discussed at every visit because it may take multiple conversations before the patient decides to make a quit plan.

Some tips about talking to patients include:

  • Ask about their tobacco use, and listen to their hopes and concerns about quitting
  • Inform them of the new benefit, and let them know you can help them try new medication and counseling options until you find the one that works for them.
  • Prescribe medications and offer evidence-based support
    • Counseling – Individual or Group, provided by your clinic (Coding and prescription details available online here)
    • Referral to the Kansas Quitline (1-800-Quit-Now)
  • Follow up with appointments or conversations about how the interventions are working

In Kansas, the expanded KanCare benefits provide a better chance for patients to have successful outcomes. Let patients know about the benefits today.


The legislative session begins on January 14 and we need your help in filling January 17 as Family Doctor of the Day! 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 on January 17 or any other day during the legislative session.

Your time is appreciated! 

Upcoming open dates include:
January 17
February 5, 19
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!




Join us on Wednesday, January 30, 2019 for Advocacy Day!  Be informed about 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 speakers, 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.


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.


If you are considering applying for the Kansas Family Medicine Pneumococcal Immunization Office Champions (KFMPIOC) Program, the deadline to apply is Wednesday, December 12! This QI Initiative is designed to improve the rate of pneumococcal and other immunizations for the Medicare population. KFMPIOC will utilize an office-based champion model framework based upon ACIP recommendations and NVAC Standards for Adult Immunization Practices. Practices selected to participate will have expert technical assistance to complete the initiative and will earn up to $4,900 in stipends for participation and completion.

If you missed the Dec. 5 webinar, the slides and video recording is available on the KFMPIOC web page.

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.


IAC Express

Immunization Action Coalition is recognizing healthcare settings that have mandated influenza vaccination for their staff with the goal to protect their patients. Honorees include healthcare systems, hospitals, medical practices, pharmacies, and many others.Congratulations to the following Kansas Influenza Vaccination Honorees.

To be included in the Influenza Vaccination Honor Roll, the mandate you are reporting must require influenza vaccination for all staff and, in addition, must include measures to prevent transmission of influenza from unvaccinated personnel to patients. If you are not listed as an honoree and meet the requirements, click here to apply.


You have until Jan. 3 to enroll in the new ABFM exam option. Get details about the test, and take the self-check to see if it’s a good choice for you.


How Medicare quality data gets reported this year affects 2020 payment. The AAFP has all the information needed to help you navigate important changes in the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) for 2018:

2018 MIPS Playbook (available only to AAFP members)

FPM Article: Making Sense of MACRA in 2018: Six Things You Need to Know

* Making Sense of MACRA: Navigate Changes to the Quality Payment Program (QPP) in 2018