Recently, the AAFP President Gary LeRoy, MD, FAAFP and AAFP SVP Julie Wood, MD, MPH, FAAFP hosted the AAFP Virtual Town Hall to discuss the latest updates on the COVID-19 outbreak. You can view the video here. The next AAFP Virtual Town Hall is set for Monday, March 30 at 7 p.m. live on the AAFP Facebook page. Mark your calendars.


KAFP has created a dedicated COVID-19 page for you to find all resources in one location. Bookmark https://kafponline.org/COVID-19

In addition, don’t forget AAFP has a daily update for you to bookmark and check each day to eliminate sifting through the flood of news.

And lastly be sure and tune in each Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. for AAFP’s weekly COVID-19 Virtual Town Hall. Members are invited to participate via:
AAFP Facebook
AAFP Twitter or
AAFP’s YouTube channel: The weekly events will be archived on the Academy’s YouTube channel, and will also be available for viewing on the AAFP’s website later.


Please read this public statement by AAFP: Coverage and Payment for Telemedicine and Virtual Care that addresses the need for new policies that will enhance coverage and payment for telemedicine and virtual care. The statement calls on all health plans – public, private, ERISA and Medicaid – to expand their policies in four key areas. We encourage you to email to your United States Senators and share with your local insurance company contacts.


If you haven’t already submitted your 2019 Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) data, the deadline is Tuesday, March 31, 7:00 p.m. CST for MIPS-eligible clinicians.

Failure to report will result in a negative 7% adjustment to 2021 Medicare Part B payments.

To submit data, clinicians need to follow these steps:

  • Go to the QPP website.
  • Sign in with your QPP access credentials. (See directions below.)
  • Submit 2019 MIPS data (or review the data reported on your behalf by a third party).

Unsure whether you are required to participate in the QPP?  Check your eligibility status using the QPP Participation Status Lookup Tool.

Support is available at no cost for clinicians in small practices, health professional shortage areas and medically underserved areas through the QPP’s Small, Underserved and Rural Practices initiative.

For personalized help, contact QPP’s experts by email or by phone at 1-866-288-8292.


Preparation and prevention are now the focus as the number of COVID-19 cases grows. To support your practice as the situation evolves, the AAFP is continually collecting resources that address family physician needs that are aligned with CDC. If you have not already, please bookmark this page for reference: https://www.aafp.org/patient-care/emergency/2019-coronavirus.html. This information is updated regularly and intended to help you prepare your office for possible cases, respond to patient questions, conduct screenings, and recognize and manage cases.


The Coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to receive significant attention in this country and around the world. The AAFP has prepared you with resources to prepare your practice and to educate your patients. Please visit and bookmark the AAFP’s COVID-19 webpage. This resource page contains information specifically curated to meet the needs of family physicians and to keep you informed about this rapidly evolving public health situation. In addition to patient concerns around coronavirus, it is important to continue to remind patients who haven’t gotten a flu shot that is it not too late to be vaccinated.


Family Medicine Experience (FMX)  is back and better than ever. Whether this is your first year, or you’ve been counting down since 2019, save the date for FMX, October 13–17 in Chicago. You’ll have an agenda packed full of CME opportunities, networking activities and more than 350 experts presenting patient-centered solutions in the exhibit hall. When they say, “Sky’s the limit,” they mean it.

In addition to three inspiring main stage sessions, AAFP is offering double the topics from last year—that’s 250+ trending topics, plus over 300 CME sessions across multiple learning formats, such as engaging lecture sessions and hands-on procedure workshops. Between sessions, network with thousands of other family physicians.

Register today and experience the AAFP’s largest annual family medicine event.


One of AAFP’s goals is to provide you exceptional experiences and essential resources to make you more successful as a family physician.

Tell AAFP what’s important to you and how to better meet your needs by completing the 2020 Member Satisfaction Survey. You will need your member ID to participate. Deadline to share your feedback is Mar. 31, 2020.

All individual responses will be kept confidential and only reported in the aggregate. The AAFP will share feedback with the KAFP, providing your chapter valuable information to improve our member services and benefits. Thank you for your time and feedback.


The AAFP is soliciting submission proposals for FP Essentials™, a clinical monograph that is one of the AAFP’s largest educational activities.

Each monthly edition of FP Essentials provides a comprehensive review of and new information on a subject important in family medicine. Currently, proposals are being solicited for these topics:

  • Hand and Finger Injuries
  • Diabetes Update
  • Integrative Medicine

Visit FP Essentials online for requirements for submission and other important information, including honoraria.

The due date for submissions is March 15, 2020.


The CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices issued an updated pediatric vaccine schedule stating that only oral polio vaccinations given to children prior to April 1, 2016, should be counted and recommending “shared clinical decision-making” for meningococcal B immunizations. The updated schedule in Pediatrics also recommended that a fifth DTaP dose is unnecessary in youths given the fourth dose at ages 4 or older and six months after the third dose and said that children ages 7 to 9 years who get the Tdap vaccine should get the routine Tdap dose at ages 11 to 12, but 10-year-olds do not need to get the routine Tdap dose at ages 11 to 12 years. Visit the CDC website to print the 2020 Birth-18 Immunization Schedules.