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Executive Order Issued to Expand Telemedicine; Tips on Telehealth

KAFP/AAFP

Under the new executive orders issued by Kansas Governor Laura Kelly, the Kansas Board of Healing Arts is blocked from enforcing any law, rule or regulation that requires in-person examinations in order to issue a prescription or administer medication.

Out-of-state doctors may provide telemedicine services in Kansas if they are licensed in another state. All physicians are encouraged to utilize telemedicine, including those under self-quarantine.

This expansion of telemedicine is to deliver relief for COVID-19. As of March 22, 66 Kansas residents have tested positive for COVID-19, and two have died. See detailed map.

 The AAFP recently updated its guidance on using telehealth to specifically address caring for patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tips included in that guidance address how to quickly implement telemedicine in a practice, how to get reimbursed for virtual visits and what codes to use for COVID-19. Additionally, there is specific guidance on Medicare payment requirements for these telehealth sessions.

Read more on how family physicians are using telehealth as a tool to care for patients.

COVID-19 Resources

KAFP

We are living in incredible times and you, our members, are the frontline to combating the COVID-19 outbreak and working to flatten the curve of the virus’s impact on our communities.

KAFP is committed to supporting you while you advance the health of Kansans. That’s why we’re dedicating this week’s newsletter to help you easily access patient information, resources from KDHE, the CDC and AAFP.

We know our community health centers and hospitals will be taxed throughout this pandemic. The best thing we can do however, is to listen to trusted, scientific resources providing us with guidance and guidelines.

Thank you for your continued commitment to your communities and patients.

Resources to inform and educate patients:

Resources for physicians:

Telemedicine Resources:

Coverage and Reimbursement

Legal

Practice Guidelines

Technical Support/Misc.

COVID-19-related websites:

KAFP board governance restructure underway – A letter from your president-elect

KAFP

Below is a letter from President-Elect and Nominating Committee Chair Chad Johanning, MD, FAAFP (Lawrence) to update you on changes being considered regarding the KAFP Board governance and leadership structure. We will offer a member comment period once the proposed changes are finalized.

Greetings.

I’m writing today as the KAFP president-elect and chair of the nominating committee for 2020.

Many of you may have heard that KAFP is currently undergoing many changes. One of the most exciting changes is our commitment towards developing leadership in our Academy with a more active and meaningful governance structure. The KAFP board of directors has formed a governance restructure task force that has been meeting intermittently this past year. The recommendations of the task force are pending, but a rough timeline for the outcomes will be no earlier than the summer of 2021.

In anticipation of the task force’s recommendations regarding changes necessary to allow for future growth of our board and leaders on the board, the nominating committee pondered many scenarios for presenting candidates for the 2020 election. Based on the fact there will only be one year before such board governance changes take effect in 2021 and the current board structure supports election of directors for two-year terms, we have decided to ask our current outgoing directors in districts 2, 4, 6 and 8 to stay in their posts for an additional year. This will help transition to the new structure in 2021 in a much more efficient manner by not seeking new leaders for board seats that may be eliminated after one year.

Much like our district directors, we anticipate changes to the executive committee after the restructure. The nominating committee has discussed in great detail how members are identified, elected and ascend to officer roles. Further, the nominating committee decided to reevaluate the process of election of the secretary for the coming year. In contrast to other years, the committee will present one candidate for the secretary role and allow members voting in person to vote on this person or write-in another candidate when officer elections take place during the annual business meeting at Fam Med Forward in June. This upholds our bylaws requirements and allows the anticipated governance restructure to proceed efficiently. This year’s process of secretary election does not suggest a permanent post-restructure change. The process for executive board leadership election is a matter of continued discussion for the governance restructure task force the board of directors and with our members,.

How our nomination process and board structure changes proceed after this year will depend on the work of our governance restructure task force. We look forward to their report and recommendations soon and will continue this dialogue with you, the members, to ensure the intent of these changes and the timeline for implementation are transparent.

Should you have questions about or thoughts on the nominating process for this transition year, don’t hesitate to reach out by email to info@kafponline.org.

Sincerely,

 

 

Chad Johanning, MD, FAAFP
KAFP President-Elect
Nominating Committee Chair

Need CME? Fam Med Forward receives accreditation

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Great news! The American Academy of Family Physicians has accredited Fam Med Forward 2020 for up to 15.25 prescribed credits.

Visit the Attendee Hub for a full schedule, hotel information and more. Mark your calendar and register today!

June 4-6, 2020
Hilton Garden Inn
410 S. 3rd St.
Manhattan, KS 66502

Thank you Doc of the Day Volunteers – Volunteers Needed in March and April

KAFP

Thank you to the following members for giving your time to serve as the Family Doctor of the Day (FDOD) last week at the Statehouse: Michael Engelken, MD (Topeka); Kimberly Krohn, MD, FAAFP (Wichita); Chad Johanning, MD, FAAFP (Lawrence) and Erin Locke, MD (Holton).

Please check your availability for the following dates and volunteer to serve as FDOD:

  • March 12, 13, 17, 25, 31
  • April 3, 28, 29

We appreciate you. Volunteer today!

FDOD is a volunteer program organized by the Kansas Academy of Family Physicians, in which KAFP members provide medical care to legislators and staff each day during the legislative session. KAFP relies on its trusted membership to volunteer to serve as FDOD. Active and resident members with a Kansas medical license are eligible to serve as the FDOD at the Statehouse during the legislative session.

FDOD volunteers report to the Statehouse in Topeka from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. taking care of legislators, staff and sometimes even visitors who need medical attention.

The FDOD program is an opportunity to network in Topeka, learn about the legislative process, attend part of a session or committee meeting and provide a much-appreciated service to legislators on behalf of KAFP.

We appreciate you.

All the Fam Med Forward Details in One Place

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We’ve just posted the Fam Med Forward 2020 brochure to the KAFP website – download now and use it to identify sessions, add on events to your registration and share with colleagues in your office to encourage them to register too!

We hope you will find it useful in planning ahead to attend Fam Med Forward 2020.  Connect with more than 200 family physicians from across our state, earn CME credits from 36 cutting-edge sessions and have some fun in the Little Apple with the KAFP Foundation Wine Tasting, Fun Run/Walk, President’s Dinner and so much more! We encourage you to share the brochure with colleagues.

We look forward to seeing you in the Little Apple.

Fam Med Forward 2020
June 4-6, 2020
Hilton Garden Inn
410 S. 3rd St.
Manhattan, KS 66502

Visit Ad Astra Per Aspera

KAFP

Thank you to all who have contributed to the campaign to support the 2020 candidacy of Jen Brull MD, FAAFP for the American Academy of Family Physician’s (AAFP) Board of Directors.  Since the fall of 2019, Dr. Brull has been writing a blog  you may relate to, be inspired by, enjoy and perhaps even learn from – check out her latest blog post about her three incredible mentors at adastrabrull.com

If you have questions regarding Dr. Brull’s plans and vision as a 2020 AAFP Board of Directors member, we encourage you to contact her by email mrsbrull@gmail.com. The AAFP Board of Directors election will be at the 2020 Congress of Delegates (COD) in Chicago, Oct. 12-14. Registration will open in mid-2020 and we welcome you to join Jen and the KAFP at COD!

We Need You – FDOD Open Days to Fill

KAFP

Please check your availability to serve as Family Doctor of the Day (FDOD) for one of these open dates:

  • Feb 19, 26
  • March 12, 13, 17, 25, 31
  • April 3, 28, 29

We appreciate you. Volunteer today!

FDOD is a volunteer program organized by the Kansas Academy of Family Physicians, in which KAFP members provide medical care to legislators and staff each day during the legislative session. KAFP relies on its trusted membership to volunteer to serve as FDOD. Active and resident members with a Kansas medical license are eligible to serve as the FDOD at the Statehouse during the legislative session.

FDOD volunteers report to the Statehouse in Topeka from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. taking care of legislators, staff and sometimes even visitors who need medical attention.

The FDOD program is an opportunity to network in Topeka, learn about the legislative process, attend part of a session or committee meeting and provide a much-appreciated service to legislators on behalf of KAFP.

FDOD Volunteers Keep on Trekking

KAFP

This week at the Capitol, we thank the following members for serving as Family Doctor of the Day (FDOD):

Feb. 10: Kelsie Kelly, MD (Kansas City)

Feb. 11: Doug Gruenbacher, MD (Quinter)

Feb. 13: Nicole Yedlinsky, MD, FAAFP (Lansing)

Feb. 17: Michael Engelken, MD, FAAFP (Topeka)

Please check your calendar for your availability in February and March as we still have multiple days that need filled. We appreciate you. Volunteer today!

FDOD is a volunteer program organized by the Kansas Academy of Family Physicians, in which KAFP members provide medical care to legislators and staff each day during the legislative session. KAFP relies on its trusted membership to volunteer to serve as FDOD. Active and resident members with a Kansas medical license are eligible to serve as the FDOD at the Statehouse during the legislative session.

FDOD volunteers report to the Statehouse in Topeka from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. taking care of legislators, staff and sometimes even visitors who need medical attention.

The FDOD program is an opportunity to network in Topeka, learn about the legislative process, attend part of a session or committee meeting and provide a much-appreciated service to legislators on behalf of KAFP.

Kansas Family Physician offered digitally

KAFP

You should have recently received your copy of the Kansas Family Physician (KFP), featuring the beautiful city of Manhattan on the cover. You can also access it and past issues of the KFP on the KAFP website.

Inside you will find highlights about Fam Med Forward 2020 and a printed registration page. You will not receive a mailing brochure for registration – please use this form or register on our website at FMF Attendee Hub.

Fam Med Forward presents a new name, new location –and great content! If you have questions about the conference, please contact us at 316.721.9005 or info@kafponline.org

Fam Med Forward 2020
June 4-6, 2020
Hilton Garden Inn
410 S. 3rd St.
Manhattan, KS 66502