Information Card Available for KanCare Enrollees

NAMI

KAFP encourages you to print and distribute these palm cards to your KanCare enrolled patients, outlining the expanded benefits for tobacco cessation. Benefits include prescribed medications and counseling for for tobacco cessation. Give your patients a better chance of succeeding quitting tobacco for good with these resources!

MIPS: Audit Readiness

TMF Health Quality Institute

Under the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will conduct an annual data validation process. Clinicians will be randomly selected for the audit. While it is unknown how many clinicians will receive a request, historical programs audited approximately one in 10 clinicians.

CMS makes available the criteria used to audit and validate measures and activities for the Quality, Promoting Interoperability and Improvement Activities categories of MIPS.

Helpful hints for audit readiness:

  1. Maintain readiness by performing a mock audit.
  2. As you prepare for MIPS submission, prepare for an audit as well by keeping all required documentation in a secure location.
  3. When saving documentation, it is recommended to save in at least two different formats (e.g., paper format in a binder, electronically saved to a local desktop computer or server, a flash drive or the TMF MIPS Toolbox).
  4. Be sure to organize documents by program year and by group or individual clinician, based on reporting method.

  Read the article for more information about how to be prepared in case of an audit.

Last day to register to vote is October 16

KAFP

The upcoming election is an important one and KAFP urges YOU to vote!  To assist you in preparing to vote, KAFP provides this non-partisan Kansas Voter Registration information:

 You need to register if you meet one of these criteria:  
  • You’re not currently registered: check your registration status
  • You’ve changed your name
  • You’ve moved or changed your address
  • You want to change your party affiliation
Last date to register before next election: October 16, 2018
Registration forms available:
When to vote:  Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Locate your polling place.

Need an advance voting application?  Call your county election office to request one.

If you have questions, call toll-free 1-800-262-VOTE (8683).

How to evaluate the candidates, decide your vote: 
  • League of Women Voters surveys candidates with pertinent Q&A and provides a helpful non-partisan Voter Guide.
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Don’t Forget the Immunization Administration Code

AAFP

Immunization administration codes are often overlooked, yet billing them helps to cover the time, energy, and supplies required to administer vaccines. Use this short list to quickly select the right code: click here.

What You Should Know for the 2018 – 2019 Flu Season

CDC

Getting a flu vaccine every year is the best way for your patients to protect themselves and their family from flu and its potentially serious complications. CDC recommends that everyone 6 months and older get vaccinated by the end of October.

What is new this flu season?

• Flu vaccines have been updated to better match circulating flu viruses
• Any licensed, age-appropriate flu vaccines are recommended
• The nasal spray flu vaccine (LAIV) is again a vaccine option. Ask your health care provider about what vaccine is right for you

Learn more about what’s new for the 2018-2019 flu season.

Fight flu this season by getting your flu vaccine and encouraging your patients to protect themselves and their loved ones by doing the same. Join the conversation on social media with the hashtag #FightFlu.

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Heart Attack Risk Doubles for Daily E-cigarette Users

AAFP

Using e-cigarettes every day almost doubles the risk for myocardial infarction (MI), according to a study recently published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine.  The authors of the study also found that concurrent use of both e-cigarettes and conventional cigarettes, which was the most common usage pattern among e-cigarette users, was far more dangerous than using either product alone.

Read the entire article here.

 

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Tune in for Navigating Rural Health Resources Webinar, October 9

KRHIS

The Kansas Office of Primary Care and Rural Health invites you to the latest webinar in the Navigating Rural Health Resources series! The webinar will provide information about: Immunize Kansas Coalition, Office of Primary Care & Rural Health Overview and National Rural Health Day Activities.

Navigating Rural Health Resources Webinar-October 2018
Tuesday, October 9, 2018; 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Register today!

 

 

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October focus is Gun Safety

AAFP

This month’s AAFP’s national public service announcement campaign features a segment about gun safety. Watch the October PSA: Family Health and Safety Each PSA educates the audience about an issue and urges them to visit familydoctor.org for more information. Please help educate your patients by referring them to the familydoctor.org website.

Check out all of the months!

Survey Extended to October 15; Your Help is Appreciated

KAFP Members: Please read the following letter from a KUSM-W student asking for you to complete a short survey. Your help is much appreciated!

My name is Valerie Binns. I am a medical student at the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita. I am recruiting family medicine physicians in Kansas to complete a survey regarding their experiences with cancer-focused genetic testing. Participation involves completing a survey that will take no longer than 10 minutes to complete. The survey will be open until October 15, 2018.  No identifiable information will be collected about you, and the survey is anonymous.

Survey: Experiences of family medicine physicians regarding cancer-focused genetic testing

There are no personal benefits and minimal risks to participating in this study.  Participation is voluntary, and you can stop taking the survey at any time.

If you have any questions, please contact my research supervisor, Elizabeth Ablah, PhD, MPH at eablah@kumc.edu.  For questions about the rights of research participants, you may contact the KUMC Institutional Review Board (IRB) at (316) 293-2610.

Sincerely,

Valerie Binns

MD Candidate, Class of 2021
University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita

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Free Buprenorphine Waiver Training, October 31

KUSM-Wichita

There is a free Buprenorphine Waiver Training for physicians on Wednesday, October 31, 2018 in Wichita.  Click here for online registration.

This seminar will specifically focus on buprenorphine in an office-based setting for the treatment of opioid use disorder. The standard PCSS curriculum will be used, which will qualify attendees for the first half of training to receive the DATA 2000 waiver to prescribe buprenorphine. The target audience includes substance use treatment providers, medical providers, students in the health professions, and anyone else professionally involved in substance use treatment.