Note from EVP

KAFP

I’ve known for years that Kansas members are the best!  Today I have more proof.  Our members account for only about 1.5% of the total membership of AAFP.  We had a disproportionate share of chapter members who completed the arduous AMA/RUC survey last month.  Kansans accounted for 5.6% of the total number of AAFP members who completed the survey.  This survey will have a positive impact the payment rates far into the future.  To those who completed it:  I thank you, the chapter leadership thanks you and AAFP thanks you!

Sincerely,

Carolyn Gaughan, CAE
Executive Vice President

District and Faculty Director Ballots Due May 7

KAFP

Elections for District and Faculty Directors are conducted by U.S. Mail ballot. Districts 1, 3, 5, 7 and Faculty Directors (Kansas City campus and Wichita/Salina campuses) are up for election this year. Ballots have been mailed to all voting members in the those respective districts/campuses and must be returned to the KAFP office by Tuesday, May 7, 2019. Questions? Contact KAFP at kafp@kafponline.org or 316.721.9005.

Thank you to the following District and Faculty Director candidates for running:

District 1: Keith Ratzlaff, MD (Olathe)
District 3: Jared Johnson, MD (Wichita); Doug Nunamaker, MD (Wichita); and Dirk Smith, MD (Wichita)
District 5: Robyn Hartvickson, MD (Newton) and Danelle Perry, MD (Manhattan)
District 7: Elizabeth “Libby” Hineman, MD (Scott City) and Jill Linville, MD (Lakin)
KU Kansas City Faculty Director: K. Allen Greiner, MD and Margaret Smith, MD, MPH, MHSA, FAAFP
KU Wichita Faculty Director: Rex Keith, MD and Jennifer Thuener, MD

View all candidates running for KAFP Board of Directors and read their candidate statements on the KAFP website at www.kafponline.org/boardcandidates.

2019 Resolution Timeline and Process Announced

KAFP

Resolutions are the official means by which you as a member have input into the Academy’s governance and political process.  The official resolution process adopted by the KAFP Board of Directors is on the KAFP website. You are encouraged to submit a resolution if you have a topic you are interested in addressing. KAFP can help guide you through the process of writing your resolution. A resolution writing worksheet is available on the website along with important dates. Contact KAFP at kafp@kafponline.org or 316.721.9005 for resolution assistance.

Please submit your resolution for consideration by Monday, May 6, 2019. You may send by e-mail to kafp@kafponline.org, by fax to 316-721-9044 or by U.S. mail to:

Kansas Academy of Family Physicians
7570 W 21st St N 1026C, #104
Wichita, KS 67205

Board Candidates Announced

KAFP

KAFP active, life and resident members are invited to participate in 2019 Director and Officer Elections.  Elections for District Directors (1, 3, 5, 7) and Faculty Directors are conducted by U.S. Mail ballot; while voting for Secretary, Delegate and Alternate Delegate will be conducted in person during the Member Meeting & Election held on Friday, June 7.

View all candidates running for KAFP Board of Directors and read their candidate statements on the KAFP website at www.kafponline.org/boardcandidates.  Keep an eye out for your ballot to arrive in the mail to vote for District and Faculty director, and make plans to attend the KAFP Member Meeting June 7 for in-person voting for Secretary, Delegate, and Alternate Delegate. KAFP thanks all candidates for running.

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Thank You to KAFP Members Who Completed RUC Survey

KAFP

Thank you to all who completed the Relative Value Scale Update Committee (RUC) survey at the request of American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) and the Kansas Academy of Family Physicians – you rock!

The RUC survey closed on March 18. The AAFP reports that 360 AAFP members completed the entire survey and 208 AAFP members completed the physician work component. Thank you!

According to AAFP CEO Doug Henley, MD, these numbers are excellent. The AAFP far surpassed other medical societies in numbers of survey completions.

AAFP staff will attend the RUC meeting later this month and hopes to have data ready from the survey that indicates new Relative Value Units (RVUs).

2019 KAFP Annual Meeting Brochure in Mail

KAFP

The brochure for the 2019 KAFP Annual Meeting “Connect. Interact. Learn.” is in the mail to you! If you do not receive your brochure this week, contact the KAFP office at kafp@kafponline.org.  The Annual Meeting Schedule is packed full of quality CME with a variety of topics such as social determinants of health, wound care, smart technology with children, long acting reversible contraception, POCUS, prostate cancer and more! Don’t miss this chance of quality CME and networking! Up to 20.50 CME credits are available! For more information go to 2019 Annual Meeting 

June 5, 2019 | 1:00 – 5:30 p.m.

Pre-Conference Session:
MAT Waiver Training
Free for KAFP members

June 6-8, 2019

KAFP Annual Meeting
Connect. Interact. Learn.
Wichita Marriott, Wichita, KS

This Live activity, Kansas-AFP 2019 Annual Meeting, with a beginning date of 06/05/2019, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 20.50 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.

 

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Last Chance to Register for March 27 RISE Free Webinar

KAFP

This is your last chance to register for the RISE webinar this Wednesday, March 27!  Join us for 30 minutes of  learning about wellness through personal leadership development with Tina Khan, Community and Personal Leadership Consultant with Kansas Alliance for Wellness.

RISE Webinar Series: “Caution, turn around don’t drown: Wellness through personal leadership development”
Wednesday, March 27
12:15 – 12:45 p.m.

There is no charge for the RISE Webinar Series. However, registration is required to receive the log-in information for the webinar.

The RISE program is a wellness initiative of KAFP designed to help Kansas family physicians RISE above burnout. RISE resources include:

RISE: Restore, Invigorate, Strengthen, Energize.

 

2019 KAFP Annual Meeting Offers up to 20.50

KAFP

The 2019 KAFP Annual Meeting “Connect. Interact. Learn.” online registration is now open! The Annual Meeting Schedule is packed full of quality CME with a variety of topics such as social determinants of health, wound care, smart technology with children, long acting reversible contraception, POCUS, prostate cancer and more! Up to 20.50 CME credits are available! For more information go to 2019 Annual Meeting and view information for attendees, speakers, and/or supporters/exhibitors. You will receive a brochure soon!

June 5, 2019 | 1:00 – 5:30 p.m.

Pre-Conference Session:
MAT Waiver Training
Free for KAFP members

June 6-8, 2019

KAFP Annual Meeting
Connect. Interact. Learn.
Wichita Marriott, Wichita, KS

This Live activity, Kansas-AFP 2019 Annual Meeting, with a beginning date of 06/05/2019, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 20.50 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.

 

Spring has Sprung – Get Patients Moving

KAFP

The weather has warmed up and more people are taking the opportunity to be active outdoors. This is an opportunity for you to encourage your sedentary patients to walk. Read “How to get sedentary patients to exercise.” Did you know customized electronic walking prescription forms are available to you at no cost?  Contact Kim Neufeld for your customized with logo/office name walking prescription forms. This prescription form is provided to you by Kansas Academy of Family Physicians, Medical Society of Sedgwick County and Bike Walk Wichita.

 

 

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Increasing Adult Pneumococcal Immunization Rates – Update on Recipients

AAFP

The KAFP is one of three grant recipients for the pneumococcal grant for quality improvement (QI) initiatives that will increase adult pneumococcal vaccination rates. In this initiative KAFP is partnering with family physicians to implement evidence-based practices to promote effective immunizations of Medicare patients. Practices selected for the Kansas Family Medicine Pneumococcal Immunization Office Champions (KFMPIOC) Program will be supported in using their Electronic Health Record (EHR) to track and improve their pneumococcal immunization rates and rates of other immunizations for seniors. Read more about KAFP’s project and the other two projects selected.