“Persons Evaluated for 2019 Novel Coronavirus—United States, January 2020” Published on February 7


CDC published Persons Evaluated for 2019 Novel Coronavirus—United States, January 2020 in the Feb. 7 Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). The article’s “Summary” box content is reprinted below.

What is already known about this topic?

During a 2020 outbreak of novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) infection, CDC provided consultation to public health officials and health care providers evaluating persons at risk for 2019-nCoV infection.

What is added by this report?

During January 2020, CDC responded to clinical inquiries regarding approximately 650 persons in the United States and tested 210 for 2019-nCoV, one fifth of whom reported no recent travel-related risk but had close contact with a 2019-nCoV patient or a person under investigation for 2019-nCoV in the United States.

What are the implications for public health practice?

Health care providers should remain vigilant regarding possible 2019-nCoV exposure not only among returning travelers, but also among persons in close contact with 2019-nCoV patients in the United States.

Access the complete report:

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Kansas Newborn Screening Program Expands


The Kansas Department of Health and Environment’s (KDHE) Kansas Newborn Screening Program (KS-NBS) began screening for Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA) on February 1. The Kansas Newborn Screening Program (KS-NBS) strives to protect and improve the health of all newborn Kansans.

With one small blood sample, more than 30 life-altering and life-threatening disorders will be detected.

These are completely undetectable at birth without this screening. Nearly 35,000 Kansas babies receive the newborn screen shortly after birth each year.

“We are very excited to be able to add SMA to our screening process and directly impact the health and future of our youngest Kansans,” said Dr. Lee Norman, KDHE Secretary.

SMA is a disease affecting the motor neurons in the spinal cord and brainstem. By limiting infant’s physical strength, SMA can take away the ability to walk, eat or breathe. Approximately 1 out of every 11,000 newborns is diagnosed with SMA. About 1 in every 50 Americans is a genetic carrier for SMA.

SMA was added to the federal Recommended Uniform Screening Panel (RUSP) for newborn screening in 2018. Evidence shows that early diagnosis and treatment leads to better outcomes.

For more information visit Kansas Newborn Screening Program.

RSVP for 2/12 Clinical Scholars Reception at KU Medical Center


You are invited to attend this Clinical Scholars Reception to learn more about this free leadership development opportunity to lead change in your community.

  • Date & Time:Wednesday, February 12, 4:30-5:30pm
  • Location:Ad Astra Room at KU Medical Center, Kansas City
  • RSVP Online

Clinical Scholars provides three years of free leadership development training and funding to health care providers from all disciplines who are tackling complex health issues in their communities. Applications close on March 11. Attend the Clinical Scholars Reception for more information. Register now.

Current Concepts in Concussion Management


Mark your calendar for the return of Current Concepts in Concussion Management. The second annual symposium is scheduled for Saturday, Apr. 4, 2020 at the University of Kansas Medical Center – Kansas City.

Join the concussion care experts of The University of Kansas Health System as they present a patient-centered approach to the diagnosis and management of acute injury and post-concussion symptoms. This one-day conference will highlight the critical nature of individualized, patient-centered care.

The event will offer clinical topics and hands-on experience for all involved in concussion care, including physicians, nurses, multidisciplinary therapists, athletic trainers and mental and behavioral health providers.

Cancer Survivorship ECHO Series


You are invited to attend Cancer Survivorship ECHO Series beginning Tuesday, Feb. 12. There are four interactive tele-mentoring sessions focused on cancer survivorship. For more information download the flyer.

The meetings will be held the second Wednesday of the month from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. on the following dates: Feb. 12, March 11, April 8 and May 13.

Novel Coronavirus Update


The news has been inundated with information about the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV).  While the state of Kansas as of today does not have any reported cases of the 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV), the Kansas Department of Health and Environment wants to provide information and facts regarding this new virus. “The risk to the general public is low,” Dr. Lee Norman, KDHE Secretary, said. “This new strain of coronavirus was first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. If you have been to Wuhan, China, in recent weeks or have been around someone who has, and are displaying influenza-like symptoms, please call your healthcare provider.” To read the entire news release click here.

Juvenile Acute Services Meetings in western Kansas


The Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services, the United Methodist Health Ministry Fund and WSU Community Engagement Institute would like to invite you to participate in a stakeholder engagement session coming to your community in western Kansas. The purpose of this session will be to engage and convene stakeholders to help develop recommendations for pursuing innovative and integrated solutions to increase access to children’s acute and crisis behavioral health services in rural western Kansas. Your participation as a physician and leader in your community is crucial to finding a solution and your feedback is valuable in moving this work forward.

The meetings will be held from 1:00 – 4:00 pm on the following dates and locations:

  • Thursday, Jan. 30 – Goodland, KS
  • Monday, Feb. 3 – Garden City, KS
  • Tuesday, Feb. 4 – Dodge City, KS

In case of inclement weather, makeup meetings will be held on Feb. 10 and Feb. 11, with the location to be announced. Direct questions to lisa.jones@wichita.edu.

OneCare Kansas Provider Webinar Series: Member Invitation and Enrollment Process


OneCare Kansas services are scheduled to begin April 1, 2020. In this webinar, KDHE will walk providers through a variety of processes that have been developed to invite potentially eligible members to participate and enroll them in OneCare Kansas. This will include important dates to remember related to the enrollment process.

To be eligible for services, individuals (adults and children) must be currently enrolled in KanCare and have at least one of the following diagnoses:
* Asthma + at risk for at least one additional chronic condition OR
* Paranoid Schizophrenia OR
* Severe Bipolar Disorder

OneCare Kansas Provider Webinar Series: Member Invitation and Enrollment Process
Friday, Jan. 31
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 PM

If you are unable to join online, you may listen in via telephone. Dial 1-877-400-9499 and enter conference code 658 421 2274#

Wichita STI Update Course is Dec. 12


KU School of Medicine-Wichita is collaborating with Washington University to deliver a unique CEU opportunity focused on treating patients with or at risk for sexually transmitted infections (STIs). Listen to updates on syphilis, gonorrhea, chlamydia and other nongonococcal infections and an update on HIV prevention.

Wichita STI Update Course <<download flyer>>
Thursday, December 12, 2019
8:30am – 12:30pm CST

Roberts Amphitheater
KU School of Medicine-Wichita
1010 N. Kansas
Wichita, KS  67214

There is no charge for the course. However, you must register in advance.

OneCare Kansas Provider Webinar Series: OCK Payment Structure


Rates for the upcoming OneCare Kansas program will be released in early December. In this webinar, KDHE will provide a comprehensive description of the OneCare Kansas rate structure and how it was developed. It is recommended that any providers considering becoming an OCK Partner participate in this webinar prior to signing a contract to provide services.

OneCare Kansas Provider Webinar Series: OCK Payment Structure
Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019 3:00:00 – 4:00:00 p.m.

SPACE IS LIMITED. Due to the expected high volume, organizations are encouraged to register only one person and view the webinar as a group. For those who are unable to attend, the webinar will be recorded and posted to the OCK website.