Registration Open for KS PHGR Webcast Series


The Kansas Public Health Grand Rounds (KS PHGR) is a webcast series featuring public health practitioners and researchers from across the state and region. The purpose of the KS PHGR is to provide a platform to explore ongoing and emerging issues facing our public health system.  Sessions are free to attend either in person or online, and will last approximately 50 to 60 minutes.

Register through the KU-MPH website.

Upcoming KS PHGR sessions:

  • Monday, September 10, 2018 at 1:00 pm: Suicide in Kansas: Gathering the Data and Implementing Local Prevention Programs
  • Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at noon: Sick and Segregated in Kansas City

Final Recommendation Statement: Screening for Cervical Cancer

U.S. Preventive Services Task Force

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force released a final recommendation statement on screening for cervical cancer. The Task Force found that women aged 21 to 65 years benefit from screening. The Task Force recommends the Pap test for women aged 21 to 29 years and three strategies to screen women aged 30 to 65 years: Pap test, HPV test, or both in combination (cotesting). The Task Force recommends against screening in women younger than 21 years and in women older than 65 years who have had adequate prior screening. The Task Force also recommends against screening at any age in women who do not have a cervix. View the full recommendation.

2018 Breastfeeding Report Card Released


The CDC released the 2018 Breastfeeding Report CardHighlights for Kansas include:

  • Kansas is one of only four states to exceed national averages and Healthy People 2020 goals in four core measures: any breastfeeding, exclusive breastfeeding at 3 & 6 months and any breastfeeding at 12 months. Kansas also improved in each of these measures over last year.
  • Kansas formula supplementation rates in the first two days of life continue to decline and are well below the national average of (13.5%  Kansas vs. 17.2% U.S.).
  • Kansas is one of only 12 states to exceed 40 percent of births occurring in baby-friendly hospitals (Kansas is 41.1% respectively, far exceeding the national average of 27.6%). The expected percentage of babies born in baby-friendly hospitals in Kansas is expected to climb to over 50 percent within the next two years. This is a dramatic increase from zero percent only three years ago.

AAFP President’s Message: Fighting for a Fee Schedule that Works for You, Your Patients


AAFP President, Michael Munger, MD, FAAFP responds to CMS’s recently released 2019 Medicare physician fee schedule and Quality Payment Program proposed rule. “Given the potential impact this proposed rule would have on family physicians and our patients, as AAFP president, I felt it important to provide an update on both the proposal and the AAFP’s related advocacy work. I understand there are concerns about this proposal. The AAFP shares these concerns and is expressing its misgivings to HHS and CMS as we simultaneously prepare our comprehensive response to the proposed rule. I would urge each of you to access the resources made available by the AAFP to assist you in learning more about the proposed rule and its potential impact on your practice. We have produced a summary on the subject and published some initial analysis in the Fighting for Family Medicine newsletter via the In the Trenches blog. In addition, earlier this month, the AAFP hosted a webinar outlining the proposed rule and its content, featuring staff from CMS. An archived version of the webinar and the accompanying slide deck are available to all AAFP members. Click here to read Dr. Munger’s entire response, covering goals, guidelines, E & M codes, primary care add-on payment code, multiple procedure payment reduction and patient-centered primary care.

Volunteer to Mentor Students!


KAFP members are invited to volunteer to serve as a mentor in the Faces in Family Medicine (FIFM) mentorship program. This program provides medical and pre-med students the opportunity to see the many “faces of family medicine” through group mentorship activities and one-on-one mentoring.

Volunteer today to be a mentor!

Volunteers will be paired with students to mentor through the fall and spring semesters; they can communicate as much or as little as they wish, a minimum of four contacts is expected. KAFP will provide monthly “conversation starter” topics to keep communication engaging. Volunteers spend approximately one hour per month corresponding with their student(s). Group mentorship activities will also be scheduled, more to come on those activities!

The ultimate goal is to expose students to the many different, energetic, vibrant, and authentic faces of family medicine, and promote the selection of family medicine as their specialty. Show your face in family medicine, volunteer to be a mentor!


Register today for August 29 – RISE Webinar “Increasing Joy in Practice, Avoiding Burnout”


It’s not too late to 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!  There is no charge for the RISE Webinar Series. Registration is required to receive log-in information.

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.



Get the Heck into Dodge and Complete an ABFM KSA


KAFP is offering a Health Behavior KSA Group Learning Session on September 14 in Dodge City. Don’t miss this opportunity complete this ABFM module.


Friday, September 14, 2018
1:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Register at KSA Group Learning.

Western Plains Medical Complex
Conference Room
3001 Avenue A
Dodge City, KS 67801

Following the KSA, attendees will:
• Complete the ABFM Knowledge Self Assessment (KSA) “Health Behavior” module
• Earn 8 CME AAFP credits

This Live activity, KAFP Health Behavior KSA Group Learning Session, from 06/13/2018 – 11/30/2018, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to  8.00 Prescribed credit(s) by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.


Discounts available for Let’s Move, Kansas



NOW is the time to register for the ​ fourth annual Let’s Move, Kansas run/walk on Saturday, October 20 at Sedgwick County Park, Wichita.

Register by September 14 for the rate of $35. Register as a team for $3 off per registrant AND if you are a resident or medical student, use the discount code STURES18 to receive an additional $5 off! Registration and sponsorship information is available at: Let’s Move, Kansas.

Let’s Move Kansas aims to promote an active, healthy lifestyle for all Kansans. Mark your calendars for October 20, 2018 at Sedgwick County Park, Wichita, Kansas for this year’s event!

Proceeds benefit the KAFP-Foundation.  Join us in motivating Kansans to move, and supporting the future of family medicine!

Special thanks to our presenting sponsor, KU School of Medicine-Wichita and all of our sponsors, located on the registration page. If your hospital/clinic/company is interested in being a sponsor for this event, click here for more information.

Registration Open, Student Scholarship Applications Open for FM Midwest Conference

Illinois AFP

Mark your calendars to attend the Family Medicine Midwest 7th Annual Conference! The conference dates are November 9-11, 2018 at University of Wisconsin.

“Advocacy for Health” is the meeting theme. Read more for details and online registration.

For residency programs:  Exhibit in the residency fair on Saturday, Nov. 10.  Each booth includes one free attendee full conference registration. Residents can explore their future with the private Career Corner event.  Contact Ginnie Flynn at

For attendees: From the Welcome Workshops, inspiring Plenary Presentations to the closing education, physicians at every stage of their careers will benefit from Family Medicine Midwest ** CME Credit is provided for all education sessions using a simple, online platform to complete and submit your CME credit!  Check out the schedule of presentations.

The Student Scholarship application is online.


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.