KAFP

We have six open dates to fill in January and February for Family Doctor of the Day (FDOD) program. We are almost there! Upcoming open dates include: January 30 and February 5, 14, 19, 20, 26. 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.

If you are an active member or resident with a Kansas license, you are eligible to serve as the FDOD at the Statehouse during the legislative session. The 2019 Legislative Session opens on January 14, 2019.

The Family Doctor of the Day (FDOD) program is an opportunity to network in Topeka, learn about the legislative process, perhaps attend part of a session or committee, and provide a much-appreciated service to legislators on behalf of KAFP.

Thank you all for the wonderful response so far!

KAFP

The Kansas Academy of Family Physicians is joining physicians across the U.S. in celebrating the annual Great American Smoke Out on Thursday, November 15. Kansas has seen a decrease in the number of residents using tobacco, yet thousands still struggle with their tobacco addiction. It often takes 7 to 9 quit attempts before successfully overcoming tobacco. Patients indicate that a healthcare provider’s advice to quit is a strong motivator in taking the first step. As a family physician, you are a motivator!

If you are interested in the latest tobacco training and resources for your practice, please visit the KAFP website for details. Two free resources that may interest you:

KAFP

Are you interested in immunizations and improving your practice’s rate? The Kansas Family Medicine Pneumococcal Immunization Office Champions (KFMPIOC) program is a QI Initiative designed to improve the rate of pneumococcal immunizations for the Medicare population. KFMPIOC will utilize an office-based champion model framework based upon ACIP recommendations and NVAC Standards for Adult Immunization Practices. Practices selected to participate will have expert technical assistance to complete the initiative and will earn up to $4,900 in stipends for participation and completion. Please join us for a free webinar that will answer all of your questions about the program and how to apply.

KFMPIOC Program Webinar

Wednesday, November 28, 2018 | 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Target Audience:
Kansas Family Physicians and immunization staff interested in participating in a QI initiative to increase pneumococcal immunization rates in seniors.

Objectives:
Upon completion of the webinar, participants will have a greater awareness of:

  1. How this program incorporates the Office Champion model to improve pneumococcal immunization rates in seniors
  2. How practices will perform PDSA cycles and make systems changes to improve pneumococcal immunization rates in seniors
  3. How to apply for the KFMPIOC program

Presenters:
Carolyn Gaughan, MSE, CAE, Executive Vice President, Kansas Academy of Family Physicians
Erin McGuire, BS, Quality Improvement Consultant, Great Plains Quality Innovation Network

Partners:
This program is funded by a grant from Pfizer and AAFP, who selected KAFP in a competitive grant proposal process, as one of three chapters participating in the grant. KAFP is working with the Great Plains Quality Innovation Network (GPQIN) which includes Kansas Foundation for Medical Care (KFMC) on this program.

KAFP

Please get in your nominations for Kansas family physician awards by Monday, December 31, 2018. Kansas has some amazing family doctors! Help us showcase the great work of our members, nominate an outstanding family physician today! KAFP is seeking nominations for the following awards:

Kansas Family Physician of the Year: This is the highest recognition KAFP awards annually.  Through it, KAFP recognizes involvement in community affairs and activities that enhance the quality of life of the community. Learn more and nominate.

Kansas Exemplary Teaching (two categories: full-time/part-time and volunteer): Through these annual awards KAFP recognizes members with exemplary teaching skills, who have implemented educational programs and/or developed innovative teaching models. Learn more and nominate.

Kansas Humanitarian Award: This award recognizes extraordinary and enduring humanitarian efforts. Learn more and nominate.

Do you know a Kansas family physician deserving of any of these honors? KAFP wants to hear from you! Thank you in advance for sharing this information with your office manager.

ABFM

ABFM recognizes that in 2018 many family physicians already have ongoing performance improvement initiatives and regular reporting of related measures that meet the criteria for PI activity for family medicine certification. A new Self-Directed Performance Improvement (PI) Project pathway is now available through your Physician Portfolio that allows you to report customized improvement projects specific to your practice environment, regardless of the scope of care you deliver.

How to get started:

  • For the Self-Directed pathway for 1-10 physicians, members can simply login to their ABFM Physician Portfolio, select Access Performance Improvement Activities from the main screen, and choose the ABFM Self-Directed Performance Improvement Project: Clinical.
  • For the Organizational option (groups of more than 10 family physicians), go to https://theabfm.mymocam.com/organizations/ for more information.

There are many additional (PI activities that you can choose from to complete your PI requirement including AAFP-sponsored Performance Navigator activities, PICME approved activities, and METRIC modules, which can be found on the AAFP website. NCQA recognition programs, CPC+ participation, Bridges to Excellence recognition, PI activities from other member boards, and a host of approved options from local, state, regional and national entities may also qualify for your PI requirement. Information about all of these activities can be found in your Physician Portfolio under Performance Improvement Activities on the ABFM website.

Given these alternatives that offer flexibility and relevance to individual practice, the ABFM plans to retire the PPM modules by May 1, 2019. Diplomates will be provided enough time to complete the modules that they have in on progress. Beginning in November 2018, Diplomates that begin a new PPM or have a PPM in progress will be reminded when the PPMs will expire. For questions about how to meet the PI activity or use the new platform, please contact Ann Williamson at (859) 687-2503.

KAFP

The Family Doctor of the Day (FDOD) program is an opportunity to network in Topeka, learn about the legislative process, perhaps attend part of a session or committee, and provide a much-appreciated service to legislators on behalf of KAFP. If you are an active member or resident with a Kansas license, you are eligible to serve as the FDOD at the Statehouse during the legislative session. The 2019 Legislative Session opens on January 14, 2019.

Upcoming open dates include: January 22, 25, 28, 30 and February 5, 12, 14, 19, 20, 22, 25, 26, 27. 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.

If you have not participated before you are missing out on a wonderful opportunity. If you have served in the past, we thank you and welcome you back to serve again!

 

 

Family Medicine for America’s Health

FMAHealth’s Payment Team developed a Calculator that outlines what a family medicine practice currently being paid in a Fee for Service framework would be paid in a Comprehensive Primary Care Payment (CPCP) framework. To see the Calculator, its User Guide, and the methodology behind it, click here.

After testing the Calculator with a number of practices, the team is taking the Calculator on the road to discuss its utility with payers and employers. Discussions have begun with a major insurer to gauge their interest in the Calculator and the Comprehensive Primary Care Payment framework it puts to use. The first few conversations have opened up an ongoing dialogue about the value of primary care and the importance of paying primary care physicians and their teams in a manner commensurate with the value they provide.

At the same time, the team is in discussions with the National Alliance of Healthcare Purchasing Coalitions and a number of their 50 state coalitions about the value of the Calculator and CPCP for self-insured employers. Coalitions in Nevada, Wisconsin and Business Groups on Health in a number of states have expressed interest in the Calculator and in CPCP. The Alliance in Wisconsin is launching a CPCP pilot project, beginning with 5-10,000 patients and expanding from there. Stay tuned for further updates and let us know if you’re interested in learning more by contacting Wyatt Golledge.

KHSA

More Parent Health Literacy training opportunities have been added to the calendar. This training is appropriate for any staff who work directly with parents/patients, supervisors and program directors.

The training is free. Three CEUs are available for $15.

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 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. Visit the KHSA website  or call 785-856-3132 for further information about the Parent Health Literacy Project.

 

Kansas Health Institute

The focus on population health has become increasingly important as Kansas demographics, health care delivery and reimbursement are changing. Kansas is becoming older and more diverse racially and ethnically, and the population of Kansans in rural areas is declining. In addition, care has transitioned from an inpatient setting to an outpatient setting, and payers are moving toward reimbursement based on value of care versus volume of services.

The Kansas Health Institute (KHI) and the Kansas Hospital Association (KHA) collaborated on a population health initiative to assess the engagement of Kansas hospitals and health systems in population health and identify resource needs for this work. As part of the initiative, a survey was conducted to better understand the efforts of Kansas hospitals in the area of population health, including definitions of population health, strategies utilized, benefits and challenges. Read the report.

 

 

 

KDHE

Screening patients for violence in the home is particularly challenging in rural areas where limited access to care and resources may be exacerbated by issues of small community confidentiality.   This feature article in The Rural Monitor, provides “Do’s and Don’ts” for a patient-centered approach that involves an entire health care practice, from reception to exam room. The article offers resources for medical provider training, legal information and nationwide organizations offering assistance.