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.


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:

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!

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.

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.