AAFP

In April, Health is Primary campaign will focus on health equity and show how primary care is working to address critical issues like heath disparities and social determinants of health. Access the April toolkit and help spread the word. #MakeHealthPrimary #HealthEquity

AAFP

The Robert Graham Center is currently looking for a Medical Director. The Medical Director for Policy Research contributes to the research, collaborative, management and dissemination functions of the Robert Graham Center. The Medical Director for Policy Research must be comfortable working with a small team of highly skilled and self-motivated researchers, and be able to effectively represent the Center and its products within the Academy and with external collaborators and key audiences. Desirable characteristics include national credibility, a Medical Doctorate/Doctor of Osteopathy degree, Residency training in a Primary Care specialty, and training in research, Public Policy or Public Health. For a complete job description and more information, click here. Read more

NACDD

The National Association of Chronic Disease Directors (NACDD) has published its annual collection of Appropriations Fact Sheets as well as a new white paper, “Chronic Disease Prevention: For Dollars and Sense,” detailing specific opportunities to reduce overall health care costs and improve health and military readiness among the public. You are encouraged to share this information to demonstrate the value and significance of chronic disease prevention, treatment, and control within your own communities.

 

AAFP

The 2018 National Resident Matching Program marked the ninth consecutive year of increasing numbers of matches to family medicine residency programs. Data showed there were 3,654 family medicine positions offered, an increase of 276 from 2017, and 3,535 medical students and graduates matched to family medicine, an increase of 298 from last year. Read more.

Secure online registration for the KAFP Annual Meeting is now open! It will be a memorable celebration of 70 years caring for KansansRegister today!

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

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

Both events are at the Overland Park Marriott, Overland Park, Kansas. Reserve your room at the conference hotel for the reduced rate of $129.00 + taxes and fees.  This special reduced rate is available until Friday, May 25, 2018. To make your reservation, book online or call the Marriott at 913-451-8000 and request the “Kansas Family Physicians” group rate.

Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative

The PCPCC webinar: Transforming Clinical Practice by Supporting Patient and Family Decision Making will highlight the work of leading organizations and their efforts to engage patients and families in making smart decisions about their health care. The panelists organizations are collaborating with PCPCC’s Support and Alignment Network (SAN) to integrate Choosing Wisely into quality improvement activities that support practices enrolled in the Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative (TCPI).

Date:          Tuesday, March 27
Time:         2:00 PM – 3:00 p.m.
RegisterClick here to register

TMF Health Quality Institute

The 2017 reporting deadline for the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), part of the Quality Payment Program (QPP), is March 31, 2018. If you’re a physician, physician assistant, nurse practitioner, clinical nurse specialist or certified registered nurse anesthetist and you haven’t yet reported, double-check your eligibility at https://qpp.cms.gov/participation-lookup.

If you are eligible and haven’t reported, it’s not too late. Contact TMF Health Quality Institute today for free help at QPP-SURS@tmf.org or https://tmf.org/qpp. A TMF consultant will walk you through the steps to access the QPP Portal and help you identify data you already have so that you can successfully report and avoid a negative payment adjustment.

Kansas Health Institute

Johnson County ranks healthiest in Kansas and Republic County is the least healthy county in the state, according to the ninth annual County Health Rankings, released March 14, 2018, by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute (UWPHI). Kansas Health Institute has developed individualized data sheets for each Kansas county available here. Learn more about where your county ranks at www.countyhealthrankings.org.

View the official press release here.

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.

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: