2018 NHSC Scholarship Program


Accepting applications through Thursday, May 10, 6:30 pm

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The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) released the 2018 Application and Program Guidance for the NHSC Scholarship Program.

The NHSC Scholarship Program awards funds to health profession students pursuing careers as primary care providers in exchange for their commitment to serve in high-need, underserved communities. Scholarship support includes tax-free payment of tuition, required fees, other reasonable educational costs, and a taxable monthly living stipend.

After completion of graduation/training, recipients fulfill their service commitment at one of more than 16,000 NHSC-approved sites throughout the nation and its territories. Each scholar serves for a minimum of two years and receives one year of financial support (up to four years) for each year of service at an NHSC site.


Reminder: National Infant Immunization Week is April 21–28

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National Infant Immunization Week (NIIW) is an annual observance to highlight the importance of protecting infants from vaccine-preventable diseases and celebrate the achievements of immunization programs and their partners in promoting healthy communities. NIIW will be held this year on April 21–28.

CDC’s 2018 NIIW Digital Media Toolkit is now available for planning and implementing your NIIW activities.  Visit CDC’s updated NIIW website to find a wide assortment of promotional and educational materials to help you plan your NIIW activities, and tailor them to the needs of your practice.

CDC would like to hear from organizations planning a 2018 NIIW activity. Please complete the NIIW Activity Form so others can learn what you’re doing to educate and inspire parents and providers to protect infants and toddlers from vaccine-preventable diseases. If you’re looking for ideas, you can access guidance on CDC’s Planning Your NIIW web page.

Resolutions due by Monday May 14


Do you have a burning issue you’re passionate about?  This is a great opportunity for you to make your recommendations to KAFP to change or support a topic important to you. Resolutions are the official means by which you as a member have input into the Academy’s governance and political process. Resolutions are not difficult to write. If you have a topic or resolution you’re interested in writing, but get stuck in the process, please don’t stop there– Contact KAFP! We can provide samples from years past, and will be happy to guide you through the process of writing your resolution. We are here to help you!

Please submit your resolution for consideration by Monday, May 14, 2018. You may send by e-mail kafp@kafponline.org, fax 316-721-9044 or send by U.S. mail to:

Kansas Academy of Family Physicians
7570 W 21st St N 1026C, #104
Wichita, KS 67205

The official resolution process, adopted by the KAFP Board of Directors, is as follows:
(Please note important dates.)

  • A note in the April and May Weekly e-newsletters will announce that resolutions are due by Monday, May 14, 2018.  Late resolutions may be introduced at the discretion of the Reference Committee Chair, the senior Delegate (Dr. Jen Brull).
  • The staff will follow-up with those who author resolutions, providing them with a copy of this process and the timeline for consideration of resolutions.
  • In the KAFP Weekly e-Newsletter around May 22, we will publish the proposed resolutions, inviting those with an interest in them to contact KAFP with their input.
  • The Reference Committee will be made up of Delegates, Alternates, and officers.
  • On DATE TBD the Reference Committee will hold a hearing by conference call, and inviting the authors of resolutions to participate if they so desire.  The committee will go through new resolutions and ones considered for sunset, and make recommendations for the Board.
  • The resolutions will be made available to conference attendees, either in the conference manual or in a separate format.
  • The Board will consider all resolutions at its board meeting, Saturday, June 16, 2018 at the conclusion of the Annual Meeting. 

Family Medicine Leads Scholarships for National Conference


The 2018 AAFP National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students will take place August 2–4, 2018 in Kansas City, MO. Past attendees consistently rate this event as an invaluable opportunity because of the practical sessions, networking, and chance to learn more about family medicine.

The AAFP Foundation offers 250 Family Medicine Leads Scholarships to help students and residents attend National Conference. This financial assistance, valued at $600 per award, helps offset expenses such as registration, travel, lodging, and meals. The application deadline is May 1, 2018.

New Quality Measures and Medical Home Content on AAFP.org


Given the shift from volume- to value-based health care, the AAFP has launched new content on Quality Measures (QM) and updated Medical Home content on AAFP.org.

New QM content includes foundational information on quality measures, such as types, components, development, endorsement, benchmarking, and links to resources. Also included is an explanation of the AAFP’s role in measure development and endorsement. Members interested in getting involved with quality measure initiatives and representing the interests of family medicine can now complete and submit an expression of interest form, available on the site.

The updated Medical Home content helps practice teams understand and implement the five functions of the medical home. With the ever-evolving nature of the medical home, AAFP staff plan to add resources and information over time to keep members informed.


RISE Webinar recordings available online


Thank you to Dr. Clif Knight for presenting the RISE Webinar last week:  Physician Health First: AAFP Physician Health & Well-Being Resources.  Also check out AAFP’s Physician Health First portal as a resource.

Recordings of past RISE webinars are located on KAFP’s Physician Wellness web page.

Mark your calendar for future RISE webinars:
August 29, 2018

  • Increasing Joy in Practice, Avoiding Burnout, Building Resilient Practices and Careers
    Presenter: Terry L “Lee” Mills, MD, FAAFP

October 24, 2018

  • Prevent Burnout & Build Resilience in Practice: Two Kansas Case Studies
    Presenters: Melissa Rosso, MD & Beth Oller, MD

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.

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


Annual Meeting brochure in the mail


Be on the lookout for your 2018 KAFP Annual Meeting conference brochure to arrive in the mail this week! Make plans now to attend the 2018 KAFP Annual Meeting “70 Years Caring for Kansans” in Overland Park, June 14-16. Secure online registration for the KAFP Annual Meeting is now open. Register today for both the KAFP Annual Meeting and Pre-Conference KSA!

Pre-Conference:  Health Behavior KSA Group Learning Session
June 13, 2018

2018 KAFP Annual Meeting
70 Years Caring for Kansans
June 14-16, 2018

Navigate KAFP’s membership web page


This week we will focus on the Membership tab on the newly refreshed KAFP website. Clicking on Membership gives you an overview of the KAFP mission statement and an overview of key areas of importance for you as member. Under the Membership tab, you will find three tabs: Family Physicians, Residents & Students, Career Center.

The Family Physicians tab features information on Maintaining Your Membership (dues, CME requirements); Physician Wellness (features the RISE Webinars); Awards (information about KAFP awards); Membership Directory (links you to the AAFP Membership Directory).

The Residents & Students tab has six areas pertinent to family medicine residents and students: Faces in Family Medicine (an overview of the program); Summer Student Rural Program (an overview of the program); Awards & Scholarships; Residency Programs; Legal Consultation (information on contract review estimates).

We hope you have the KAFP website bookmarked and use it as a valuable resource.

KanCare’s KMMS System goes live


Stage 1 of the Kansas Modular Medicaid System (KMMS), the new Medicaid Management Information System (MMIS), is now operational. KMMS will allow providers in Kansas’s Medicaid managed care program, KanCare, a more streamlined and intuitive workflow, making it easier for them to complete the enrollment process for KanCare. It includes a new Automated Voice Recognition System (AVRS) to facilitate customer service calls to make the process easier and faster. Provider management will also create the foundation for the modules coming in Stage 2 and captures information necessary to improve program integrity.

Stage 1 Modules include:
• Customer Self-Service Portal (CSSP) – provides Single Sign-On technology, Customer Relationship Management through Microsoft Dynamics software and an upgrade to the Avaya Automated Voice Response System.
• Provider Enrollment (PE) – contains a new PE wizard used for provider enrollments and revalidations.
• Program Integrity and Utilization Management (PIUM) – brings new analytic tools to monitor billing and utilization services, a new reporting tool to visually display and report data using the SAS Fraud Framework and a new case management tool – SAS Enterprise Case Management.
• inSight Dashboard – new performance metrics tool using 10 dashboards, management analytics using seven dashboards and scorecard reporting to assist in monitoring system and business process performance at DXC.

Kansas Vaccines for Children provider enrollment begins April 16

Kansas Immunization Program

The annual Kansas Vaccines For Children (VFC) provider enrollment period will be April 16, 2018 – May 11, 2018. All current VFC providers are required to submit the annual enrollment electronically. All providers are encouraged to plan now for this process and be prepared to submit enrollment as quickly as possible when the enrollment period opens. You will be required to provide your current patient profile (number of children by age and eligibility type), current provider names with license numbers, and current contact information including email addresses for the primary and back-up VFC contacts and the medical director. Questions? Contact KDHE Immunization Program 877-296-0464.