AHRQ Releases New Opioid Management Toolkit for Primary Care Providers


Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has released a new toolkit to support a structured, team-based approach to improving the management of patients who take opioids to ease chronic pain. The majority of patients taking opioids for chronic pain are managed by primary care providers and their staff. The Six Building Blocks toolkit supports improvement in six areas: leadership and consensus; policies, patient agreements and workflows; tracking and monitoring patient care; planned, patient-centered visits; caring for complex patients; and measuring success. The website was developed as part of a collaboration among AHRQ, the Washington State Department of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.


Attend Report on “State of Kansas Medicaid” on September 17

Kansas Hospital Association

You are invited to attend a presentation and report on “The State of Kansas Medicaid” prepared by a research team from the Harvard School of Public Health that is being hosted by the REACH Healthcare Foundation on Monday, September 17, 1-3 p.m., at the Community Forum in Lenexa City Hall, 17101 West 87th Street Parkway, Lenexa, KS 66219. The report offers state policy makers and health leaders important information and insights regarding Medicaid expansion. Register today!

The presentation will feature Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health researcher Dr. Benjamin Sommers, who will discuss findings from a survey of Kansas health consumers about their health care and Medicaid. The survey is part of a study of consumer perspectives on Medicaid that was conducted in Kansas, Indiana and Ohio.


Parent Health Literacy Training Opportunities

Kansas Head Start Association

There are two Parent Health Literacy training upcoming opportunities for  this fall!

Attendees will receive the resources needed to teach parents how to use the “What To Do When Your Child Gets Sick” book using effective, evidence based teaching methods.  The training is free.  3 CEUs are available for $15.

The KHSA Parent Health Literacy project partners with agencies, medical providers, schools and human services organizations who serve families with young children to provide this important health literacy resource. This training is appropriate for any staff who work directly with parents/patients, supervisors and program directors.

For more information about the Parent Health Literacy Project, read the brochure and KSHA website.

Sign Form and Support “Raise the Sale Age to 21 for Tobacco”

Tobacco Free Kansas Coalition

Youth smoking rates in Kansas are higher than the national average. Raising the sale age for tobacco products to 21 could reduce the prevalence of Kansas smoking by 12 percent, saving thousands of lives and millions of dollars. Get involved today! Simply fill out the individual and organizational support forms to let Tobacco Free Kansas Coalition know you are ready to join the fight!

Individual Form

Organizational Form

For more information, follow Tobacco Free Kansas Coalition on Facebook or visit the TFKC website.

The Death Certificate and its Importance to Public Health

The Rural Monitor

As a physician you have had the responsibility of signing a death certificate for a patient.  The death certificate is an important vital statistic document not only to families but for impacting healthcare policy and public health interventions. Read the full article: The Death Certificate: A Document to be Honored and Accurate

Rural Kansas Photography Contest opens Sept. 1

KU Rural Health Education and Services

Do you have an eye for photography or know someone who does? The Rural Kansas Photography Contest opens Sept. 1. To showcase healthcare providers, there is a Healthcare Heroes category.  Focus on a healthcare hero in your community. Grab your camera and shoot a portrait or casual shot and provide a few sentences (600 character max) on why this healthcare hero has earned his/her cape (individuals or a group of any healthcare provider or first responder).  The photo contest is a great way of displaying  what a great place Kansas is for healthcare providers to live, work and play. Go to Rural Kansas Photography Contest  for details including categories, samples, and contest rules. Winners will be voted on by the public on National Rural Health Day, Thursday, Nov. 15. Share this link to sign up for online voting: http://bit.ly/ksphotovote .



Registration Open for 2018 Breastfeeding Conference

Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition

Registration is now open for the 2018 Breastfeeding Conference, November 1-2 in Wichita. Register online. Day 1  focuses on building the capacity of local breastfeeding coalitions to successfully create communities supporting breastfeeding. Registration is FREE for Day 1 and will include a KBC membership for 2019 for all attendees. On Friday, November 2, attendees will learn about “hot topics” in lactation to provide clinical skills and breastfeeding knowledge for healthcare professionals and others who serve families. The registration fee for Day 2 is $110. Application for Continuing Education Recognition Points (CERPs) has been submitted to the International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners and for continuing education by the Kansas State Board of Nursing.

New Breastfeeding Data Available

Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition

The CDC recently released breastfeeding data from the National Immunization Survey (NIS) for babies born in 2015. Good news – rates increased in all measures of breastfeeding in Kansas! Read more.


CDC releases clinical guidance for providers during the Shingrix shortage

IAC Express

In light of the current shortage of recombinant zoster vaccine (Shingrix; GSK), CDC has added the following Q&A to its “Frequently Asked Questions About Shingrix” web page:

Q: What is the clinical guidance during the Shingrix delay?

A: Shingrix is the preferred shingles vaccine. You and patients should make every effort to ensure that two doses are administered within the recommended interval. If more than 6 months have elapsed since the first dose, administer the second dose when possible. Do not restart the vaccine series, and do not substitute Zostavax (zoster vaccine live) for the second dose of Shingrix. If you are out of Shingrix and a patient needs a second dose, the Vaccine Finder may be helpful for patients to locate other providers that have Shingrix.

CDC still recommends Zostavax for healthy adults 60 years and older to prevent shingles. This shingles vaccine may be used in certain cases, such as when a person prefers Zostavax or requests immediate vaccination and Shingrix is unavailable. Patients who have received Zostavax are recommended to subsequently receive Shingrix. Age and time since receipt of Zostavax may be considered to determine when to vaccinate with Shingrix (minimum interval of 8 weeks).


Take care of YOU: Register for Free 30 minute RISE Webinar


Register for the RISE Webinar on Wednesday, August 29 – featuring Terry “Lee” Mills, MD, FAAFP, who will present Increasing Joy in Practice, Avoiding Burnout, Building Resilient Practices and Careers. Sign up today!

Join us for the third webinar in the KAFP RISE Webinar Series, interact with Dr. Mills and learn about increasing your joy in practice, avoiding burnout and building a resilient practice and career.

This Live series activity, KAFP RISE Webinar Series, from 01/31/2018 – 10/24/2018, has been reviewed and is acceptable for credit by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Each webinar is approved for 0.5 AAFP Prescribed credits. KAFP will submit CME earned for members who participate in live webinars.

There is no charge for the RISE Webinar Series. Registration is required to receive log-in information.