Sign up for “Let’s Move, Kansas” Run/Walk by August 20 for best rate



​The Kansas Academy of Family Physicians-Foundation is proud to announce the fourth annual Let’s Move, Kansas run/walk. 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!

Registration is now open at: www.letsmovekansas.com Be sure and sign up by August 20 for the early bird rate! $5 discount for residents and medical students ONLY with promo code STURES18.

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 our platinum sponsor, Grene Vision Group. If your hospital/clinic/company is interested in being a sponsor for this event, please contact at Michelle Corkins or 316-721-9005 for more information.


Health Behavior KSA Group Learning Offered in Dodge City


KAFP is offering a Health Behavior KSA Group Learning Session on September 14 in Dodge City.

  • Review 60 core competency questions with experienced family physician faculty.
  • Discuss and learn the best answers with your colleagues.
  • The KAFP reports your answers directly to ABFM on your behalf.
  • Earn 8 live credits of CME immediately. Following your completion of the Clinical Self-Assessment, receive an additional 4 credits.


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

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.

Last chance! Annals of Family Medicine Call for Papers due August 31


The American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM), via its role as a Support and Alignment Network for the TCPI, is sponsoring a special issue of the Annals of Family Medicine focused on sharing lessons in practice transformation. The Call for Papers is due August 31. Learn more at Call for Papers: Learning from Practice Transformation. To help stimulate new knowledge relevant to supporting practice improvement and facilitated practice transformation, the Annals of Family Medicine is issuing a call for manuscripts that address learning from practice transformation efforts. Accepted papers will be published in a 2019 supplement to the Annals. Articles with the potential to assess outcomes, describe methods, or otherwise translate learning from these and other practice transformation models will be considered.

New NCCRT Resource; Last CRC Webinar Series is August 28

American Cancer Society

The NCCRT has recently released new sample risk assessment and screening algorithms.  These algorithms include recommended screening options for the average-risk and high-risk patient and can serve as a starter policy for your practice. Two samples are provided to meet the needs of practices using either the USPSTF screening recommendations or the 2018 American Cancer Society Colorectal Cancer Screening Guideline.  These algorithms are also included in  the Risk Assessment And Screening Toolkit To Detect Familial, Hereditary And Early Onset Colorectal Cancer

Register for the last webinar in the Colorectal Cancer Screening Summer School:

Improving CRC Screening Access for Uninsured Patients
Tuesday, August 28, 2018 | 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.


Tara Nolen, MPH Elected as 2018-19 TFKC President


Congratulations to KAFP’s Tobacco Control Coordinator, Tara Nolen, MPH who has been elected to serve as the 2018-19 president of the Tobacco Free Kansas Coalition (TFKC). This is her second year to serve as president. Tara’s term ends June 2019. The TFKC is a statewide alliance of health, medical, education, parent, youth, law enforcement, health coalitions and individuals advocating for laws, policies and funding of proven programs to significantly reduce tobacco use and addiction, especially among children and high-risk populations. These individuals and organizations are committed to reducing the health and health cost burden caused by tobacco use in Kansas. Major health organizations, voluntary health and professional health associations, local health departments, regional prevention centers, state agencies have joined forces over the past 20 years to develop programs and policies that reduce the prevalence of tobacco use by both adults and youth. To learn more about TFKC and how to get involved visit the TFKC website.




AAFP Offers Educational Resources on JUULing


The AAFP has released resources to educate family physicians and patients about a new brand of e-cigarette known as JUUL, which is popular among adolescents and young adults. FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb pledged to expand the Youth Tobacco Prevention Plan to include efforts to stop young people from using tobacco products, focusing on e-cigarettes such as JUUL. The full article Rise of ‘JUULing’  Among Youth Sparks Sharp Response explains about the new product and its harmful effects. In addition, AAFP has some helpful resources to educate you and your patients.  JUULing Fact Sheet for Physicians and JUULing Fact Sheet for Patients Also check out the Tobacco and Nicotine Cessation Toolkit, and its Ask and Act tobacco cessation program resources.

And don’t forget the Kansas Tobacco Quitline is a free resource for your patients by phone (1-800-QUIT-NOW) by text or mobile application, and online www.KSquit.org.


Spread the word about Let’s Move, Kansas

Please spread the word that Let’s Move, Kansas 5K run / is open and accepting registrations and sponsorship opportunities. Join us in celebrating health for all Kansans and supporting the KAFP-Foundation on Saturday, October 20. For more information visit www.kafponline.org/lmk.

Download the flyer and post in your office! Thank you in advance for your help.


Kansas Well-Represented at National Conference of FM Residents and Medical Students


The AAFP’s National Conference of Family Medicine Residents & Medical Students in Kansas City was held August 2-4. The three-day conference features workshops, social and networking events, an expo featuring representatives from hundreds of family medicine residencies and the resident and student congresses. The 2018 conference set new attendance records once again. According to preliminary numbers, the AAFP hosted some 5,300 people Aug. 2-4, including 1,800 medical students and 1,200 residents. The KAFP-Foundation provides funding to each campus to pay Kansas students’ registrations. KAFP was pleased to have the following residents and students represent Kansas at the conference:


  • Kansas Resident Alternate Delegate: Zach Degner, MD (KU FM Residency)
  • Kansas Resident Delegate: Raghuveer “Veer” Vedala, MD (Wesley FM Residency)


  • Kansas Student Alternate Delegate: Emily Lenherr (KU School of Medicine – Salina campus)
  • Kansas Student Delegate: John Price (KU School of Medicine – KC campus)

Check out this photo of Drs. Zach Degner (left) and Veer Vedala (center) with student, John Price (right) enjoying the conference!

Navigating Rural Health Resources Webinar Series


You are invited to join the Kansas Office of Primary Care and Rural Health for the latest webinar in the Navigating Rural Health Resources series!

When: Tuesday, August 14, 2018 at 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

This webinar will highlight information and resources about:

  • Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP)
  • Emergency Medical Services for Children (EMSC)

Click here to register!

States Move to Implement Medicaid Work Requirements

Kansas Health Institute

In January 2018, the federal government officially signaled its willingness to approve the implementation of work requirements in the Medicaid program. As a result, states now have a new Medicaid eligibility option that previous administrations, both Republican and Democratic, were unwilling to approve. The option is based on Section 1115 of the Social Security Act, which gives the federal government authority to waive certain provisions of federal Medicaid law to allow states to undertake demonstration projects —such as work requirements—in their Medicaid programs, as long as the projects further program objectives.

A recent survey found that, of Kansas currently enrolled Medicaid or uninsured and presumably eligible for Medicaid if it were expanded, 49 percent said they were already working, another 34 percent had a disability that prevented them from working, and 17 percent were otherwise not working. Read full article.