NHSC Loan Repayment Applications due April 23

NHSC

Interested in applying to the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) Loan Repayment Program? The amount you receive and length of your commitment depends on where you serve—service at sites in higher-need areas yields greater loan repayments. It also depends on whether you select the full-time or half-time option. Applications close April 23, 2018 at 6:30 p.m. If you missed the application webinar, you can visit the NHSC website to check for the recording. In addition the 2018 Application and Program Guidance has detailed information you need to apply. Please read carefully before you start your loan repayment program application.

Registration open for National Quality Forum webinar and workshop on Opioid Stewardship

AHRQ

Registration is open for the webinar and workshop from the National Quality Forum (NQF) on strategies for opioid stewardship. The webinar will highlight the National Quality Partners’ (NQP) Playbook™: Opioid Stewardship, developed in partnership with AHRQ.  The Playbook encourages healthcare organizations to develop realistic measurement strategies to assess key areas such as clinician prescribing patterns, adherence to best practices, and the use of non-pharmacologic pain management. Registration is open for the March 29 webinar Strategies for Strengthening Opioid Stewardship: A Conversation with the NQP™ Opioid Stewardship Action Team and the May 1 in person workshop Driving Patient Safety and Quality through Opioid Stewardship.

National Infant Immunization Week: April 21-28

IAC Express

National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) is April 21–28. Take the opportunity to highlight the important role vaccines play in protecting children and communities from serious diseases.

You and your staff have an important role in helping parents choose vaccines for their children. To highlight childhood immunizations this NIIW:

New and improved KAFP website for members

The Kansas Academy of Family Physicians welcomes you to the new and improved KAFP website!  We hope you will enjoy a better online presence that communicates our vision and mission to serve you and keep you informed and connected. The website name remains the same – be sure and bookmark it at www.kafponline.org to keep up with CME opportunities and Academy events.

Looking for articles from past issues of KAFP Weekly?  Those have been archived at KAFP offices, let us know what we can help you find by contacting Marina Spexarth at mspexarth@kafponline.org.

The new website is funded by a grant from the Kansas Health Foundation. We hope you enjoy it!

Submit 2017 data, begin collecting for 2018

The time has come to report your 2017 Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) performance data to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and begin collecting your data for 2018.

The CMS portal is now open and will accept 2017 MIPS data until March 31, 2018. You must submit data by the March 31 deadline to avoid a negative 4 percent Medicare Part B payment adjustment in 2019.

Additionally, you should plan to begin collecting quality data for the 2018 performance period beginning in January. The AAFP offers a variety of resources to help you navigate the MIPS path, including the new 2018 MIPS Playbook.

2018 KAFP Annual Meeting receives accreditation

The 2018 KAFP Annual Meeting has been planned and accreditation has been awarded by the American Academy of Family Physicians:

This Live activity, 2018 KAFP Annual Meeting, with a beginning date of 06/14/2018, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 15.75 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. 

Mark your calendars

2018 Annual Meeting: 70 Years Caring for Kansans
June 14-16, 2018
Overland Park Marriott, Overland Park, KS

In addition, KAFP will offer a KSA Pre-Session on June 13.

Tobacco training and resources to help patients quit tobacco

Don’t let your patients New Year’s resolutions go by the wayside… help your patients make a tobacco quit attempt in 2018. It often takes 7 to 9 quit attempts before successfully overcoming tobacco and the majority of patients indicate that a healthcare provider’s advice to quit is a strong motivator in taking the first step. This season, encourage your patients to quit.

If you are interested in the latest tobacco training and resources for your practice, please contact Kim Neufeld at 316-425-5607 or kneufeld@kafponline.org. Additional online resources include:

AAFP-Foundation announces the 2018 Sandra L. Panther Fellowship in the History of Family Medicine

The Center for the History of Family Medicine (CHFM) is proud to announce its eighth annual Fellowship in the History of Family Medicine. Now renamed the Sandra L. Panther Fellowship in the History of Family Medicine in honor of former AAFP Foundation executive director Sandra L. “Sandy” Panther, interested family physicians, residents, students, other health professionals, historians, scholars, educators, scientists and others are invited to apply.

Complete fellowship rules, application forms, and instructions are available online through the Center’s website

The successful applicant will be awarded a fellowship grant in an amount of up to $2,000 to support travel, lodging and incidental expenses relating to research on a project of their choosing dealing with any aspect of the history of General Practice, Family Practice, or Family Medicine in the United States. The fellowship will be awarded directly to the individual applicant and not to the institution where he or she may be employed.

The deadline to apply is by 5:00 p.m., Saturday, March 31, 2018. All applications will be reviewed in April, with the fellowship award announced by May 31, 2018.