KAFP

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

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.

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.

NAMI

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.

KAFP

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.

 

KAFP

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!

 

 

KAFP

What better way to support and advocate for your specialty than by attending 2019 Advocacy DayPlease 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, 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

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.

RUPRI

A new rural policy brief is available from the RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis: Trends in Hospital System Affiliation, 2007-2016

Previous work by the RUPRI Center showed significant growth in hospital system membership among non-metropolitan hospitals from 2007 to 2012. Re-examining data from the American Hospital Association through 2016 shows continued growth in system membership among all categories of hospital size, location, and Critical Access Hospital (CAH) status. However, the growth rate in system membership declined in metropolitan hospitals in the South census region and non-metropolitan CAHs in all census regions. The analysis also indicates that non-metropolitan CAHs and hospitals make up a small portion of hospitals in the largest healthcare systems. Non-metropolitan hospitals and non-metropolitan CAHs face unique challenges given the demographics of the population they serve, payer mix, and reimbursement levels.

Additional Resources: Trends in Hospital Network participation and System Affiliation, 2007-2012

KMS/KHA

Mark your calendars and plan to participate in this training focusing on buprenorphine treatment of opioid use disorder in an office-based setting. The standard Provider Clinical Support System (PCSS) will be presented and will qualify for the first half of training to receive the DATA 2000 buprenorphine waiver.

Buprenorphine Certification Course
Dec. 14, 2018  |  Noon to 5:15 p.m.
Hilton Garden Inn, Salina, KS
Presenters: Charles Allred, MD and Daniel Warren, MD

This course is sponsored by University of Kansas Wichita Family & Community Medicine.

Additional information and registration details will be coming soon. Contact the KHA Education Department if you have any questions.

This project is partially federally funded through KDHE-BCHS-FLEX Program. The FLEX program is managed by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Additional support is being provided by Kansas Medical Society and Kansas Hospital Association.