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.

KAFP

Kansas has some amazing family doctors! Help us showcase the great work of our members, nominate an outstanding family physician today! The deadline for  submission of 2019 nominees is December 31, 2018.  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.

KAFP

Please save the date — January 30, 2019 — for Advocacy Day in Topeka. Advocacy Day is for family physicians, general surgeons, ER physicians, general internists, residents and medical students who are interested in learning more about how to advocate for medicine. The day will energize you, prepare you, and inform you about Kansas issues and the upcoming legislative session. Following a day of legislative activities at the Kansas Medical Society/KAMMCO building, you are invited to join us at the Dillon House for a reception to mingle with legislators. This is our biggest legislative event of the year – don’t miss it! Registration and schedule coming soon at Advocacy Day.

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.

KAFP

The KAFP and the KAFP-Foundation boards are jointly seeking an executive vice president to help execute their vision for championing the cause of family physicians and their patients in the state of Kansas. The Kansas Academy of Family Physicians, based in Wichita, Kansas, is the voluntary, statewide association for family physicians, family medicine residents and medical students in Kansas with 1,760+ members.  The Kansas Academy of Family Physicians-Foundation is the philanthropic arm of KAFP, supporting initiatives to encourage family medicine. KAFP is recognized as a leader in developing and delivering outstanding education for family physicians in Kansas, for a strong advocacy presence in Topeka on behalf of its members and for its exceptional public health efforts. The job description and application process are available at: KAFP EVP.

KAFP

Register for and attend the upcoming RISE Webinar on October 24 – you will be thankful you did!

Prevent Burnout & Build Resilience in Practice: Two Kansas Case Studies.*
Presenters: Melissa Rosso, MD (Manhattan) and Beth Oller, MS (Stockton)
Wednesday, October 24; 12:15 – 12:45 p.m.

There is no charge for the RISE Webinar Series. Registration is required to receive log-in information. Sign up today!

RISE resources include:

The RISE program is a wellness initiative of KAFP designed to help Kansas family physicians RISE above burnout.

RISE: Restore, Invigorate, Strengthen, Energize.

*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.

PCPCC

This upcoming webinar by the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative (PCPCC) brings together leaders to examine how and when Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) with a strong foundation of primary care spend less and achieve better results for patients. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about recent complementary research from Harvard Medical School and the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative/Graham Center that leverages data from the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP). Aledade will provide an industry perspective on these findings, sharing their experience leveraging primary care tools in ACOs.

Webinar – Successful ACOs: A Strong Foundation of Primary Care?
Monday, October 29 | 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Register Today

KDHE

As of July 30, 2018, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) public housing is smoke-free nationwide. This new federal rule intends to protect residents from the dangers of secondhand smoke – such as premature death and diseases including cancer, asthma, pneumonia, bronchitis, Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and more.[i]

This is a critical time to talk to your patients who use tobacco products about becoming and staying tobacco-free. Even brief counseling increases the odds that a patient will successfully quit smoking compared to those who do not receive counseling from a health care provider.[ii]

Remind them that most insurance plans, including Medicaid, cover counseling and cessation medications to assist them in their quitting process. KanCare (Kansas Medicaid) now covers up to four quit attempts per year. Each “quit attempt” includes a free round of nicotine replacement therapy and unlimited counseling sessions.

Don’t forget about the free resources available to tobacco users and their families through the Kansas Tobacco Quitline. The Quitline is available online and by phone, text, or mobile application 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Translation services are available in 150 languages and to people with hearing impairments. The Quitline can be contacted by calling 1-800- QUIT- NOW (784-8669) or by visiting www.KSQuit.org.

The Quitline also offers a Behavioral Health Program which provides free nicotine replacement therapy and additional calls with a Quit Coach for callers with certain mental illnesses including bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, depression, substance (drug or alcohol) use disorder (SUD), generalized anxiety disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).

In addition, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment can provide guidance, resources, and technical assistance to help your organization improve tobacco screening guidelines, provide provider education, develop tobacco-free campus policies, and more, all at no cost. Contact the Kansas Tobacco Use Prevention Program at 785-296-8127 or kdhe.tupp@ks.gov.

[i]Office of the Surgeon General. The Health Consequences of Involuntary Exposure to Tobacco Smoke: A Report of the Surgeon General. Rockville, MD: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2006.
[ii]Fiore, M.C. Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence: 2008 Update. Rockville, MD: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Public Health Service, 2008.
KAFP

Carolyn Gaughan, CAE, executive vice president of the Kansas Academy of Family Physicians (KAFP) since 1989, has announced she will retire effective August 31, 2019. Carolyn announced her retirement plans to the board at the fall board meeting in September.  In her board report, she writes:

“In my preparation, I’ve read some excellent monographs about executive management transitions that affirm some of my intuitive thoughts. Here’s a short summary: Transitions can be tough, but when reframed positively they can also be an opportunity for an organization to thrive. Faced with a pause in business as usual, disconcerting though it may be, KAFP will have the chance to reexamine current practices, positioning, even its mission, direction and vision. The Board can assess the situation, work through the hiring process and implement strategies that enable the organization not only to survive the transition, but to thrive through it. This transition offers an exciting potential as an entry point to a broad range of capacity-building efforts. They could include new board leadership, sharpened strategic direction, improved financial management, new funding and thoughtful approaches to organization restructuring.”

You can read her entire article in the EVP Letter in the fall issue of the Kansas Family Physician.   Here is the position announcement:

The Kansas Academy of Family Physicians, based in Wichita, Kansas, is the voluntary, statewide association for family physicians, family medicine residents and medical students in Kansas with 1,760+ members.  The Kansas Academy of Family Physicians-Foundation is the philanthropic arm of KAFP, supporting initiatives to encourage family medicine. KAFP is recognized as a leader in developing and delivering outstanding education for family physicians in Kansas, for a strong advocacy presence in Topeka on behalf of its members and for its exceptional public health efforts. The KAFP and the KAFP-F boards are jointly seeking an executive vice president to help execute their vision for championing the cause of family physicians and their patients in the state of Kansas. The job description and application process are available at: KAFP EVP.