Welcome to our new and improved KAFP News. We hope your enjoy this new look and format. In addition to the new design, KAFP News will now be distributed every other Wednesday. The e-newsletter is a great way to stay current on family medicine news happening in Kansas, KAFP activities, educational opportunities and resources from our partners. During the legislative session, it will also include legislative updates to keep members informed about legislative activity affecting family medicine. If you have questions or would like to contribute a news item, email the editor.


Good news! The KAFP has worked hard for its members to have level 4 codes approved for Medicaid reimbursement.  It may take a few days for this to take effect, so please be patient. We want to thank KDHE and the Medicaid Director for collaborating with KAFP and working for our members and their patients.


Are you seeking healthcare workforce help during the COVID-19 pandemic? Complete the secure form at Kansas Pandemic Volunteer Healthcare Workforce – Volunteer Request Form and let KUMC know your need during the pandemic. Please share with you colleagues, hospital system, anyone that you think who may be in need of  volunteers during the pandemic. For questions, contact Mike Kennedy, MD, FAAFP.


The KAFP continues to update the COVID-19 web page for you to easily find all resources in one location. We hope you will find it useful. 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

If you miss an AAFP’s Virtual Town Hall on COVID-19, you can watch it anytime, anywhere on demand. Each session is approved for 1 AAFP Prescribed credit. Watch a session. Earn up to 2 additional AAFP Prescribed credits when you complete the Translation to Practice® (t2p®) process. Learn more.


During the COVID-19 pandemic, family physicians are being sought for guidance and answers from the media. Please notify us of any media engagements you have had so that we can best support you in helping spread the word. You may email us info@kafonline.org or send us a message via our KAFP Facebook. Your Academy is here to serve you.


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.


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.


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


Practice Guidelines

Technical Support/Misc.

COVID-19-related websites:


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.


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.




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






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