Celebrate World Family Doctor Day May 19 “Family doctors – leading the way to better health”


Join us in celebrating World Family Doctor Day (FDD) on Saturday, May 19. FDD was first declared by WONCA in 2010 and it has become a day to highlight the role and contribution of family doctors in health care systems around the world. The event has gained momentum globally each year and it is a wonderful opportunity to acknowledge the central role of our specialty in the delivery of personal, comprehensive and continuing health care for all of our patients. It’s also a chance to celebrate the progress being made in family medicine and the special contributions of family doctors all around the world. Each year, WONCA focuses on a theme. This year’s theme is: Family doctors – leading the way to better health. You are invited to submit case examples of best practices that lead to better health – click here. The case examples will be forwarded to WONCA President, Professor Amanda Howe.  And many will be featured in future editions of WONCA News.


Kansas Official Release of the HPV Vaccination Report Available


Your jurisdiction’s HPV vaccination report is now available. View December 2017 report. View May 2018 report. These reports highlight your jurisdiction’s HPV–associated cancer burden in addition to distribution data for all CDC and non-CDC distributed Gardasil 9 vaccines for 2017. Please see below for more information on how to interpret the vaccine distribution data. . If you have any questions, please contact hpvquarterlyreport@cdc.gov.

HPV vaccine distribution data:

The graph on the front page of the HPV Vaccination Report indicates your jurisdiction’s progress towards a “goal” of distributing enough HPV vaccine to immunize the estimated total number of 11-year-olds in your jurisdiction. The 2015 US Census and American Community Survey  were used to obtain the population estimate of 11-year-olds in your jurisdiction. Based on this estimate, CDC was able to calculate the number of doses needed to immunize this cohort in your state or city with 2 doses of vaccine. Historically in the United States, 20 percent of annual HPV vaccine doses have been distributed in the first quarter, 20 percent in the second quarter, 35 percent in the third quarter, and 25 percent in the fourth quarter. These are the benchmarks used to measure your jurisdiction’s progress each quarter.  The gold arrow indicates your jurisdiction’s ordering trend last year and its progress towards distributing 100 percent of its estimated HPV vaccine doses in 2017.  Data presented in this report includes all CDC and non-CDC HPV vaccine orders. Although the number of doses needed to vaccinate your 11-year-old cohort is estimated, doses that were distributed in 2017 may have been administered to individuals between the ages of 9 and 26 years.

Use Population Health Profiler for Free Today!


Check out these free resources that enable health care providers to explore a community’s social determinants of health and target core service areas defined by a specific patient distribution.​ Click here to try the The Population Health Profiler!  The Population Health Profiler lets you create detailed ZIP Code/ZCTA level maps of your service area and key community measures including the distribution of age, ethnicity, social deprivation, and chronic conditions.

You can also download a detailed report of 30 key measures in the areas of:

  • Basic Demographics – Age and Gender
  • Basic Demographics – Race and Ethnicity
  • Social Determinants of Health
  • Chronic Conditions and Access to Care

Sign up for this free webinar to learn more about how to use this tool. Click here for webinar training. For additional details contact HealthLandscape at (513) 458-6722 or info@HealthLandscape.org

Get Free Claims Coding & Reporting Assistance

TMF Health Quality Institute

Clinicians and practices planning to use claims to report for the Quality category of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) in 2018 should take steps now to ensure they can fulfill data completeness criteria for their selected measures. The Q&A article from TMF Health Quality Institute reviews requirements and processes for claims-based reporting, including how to choose applicable Quality measures. (View the article online here: Q&A: Claims Submission for MIPS Quality Category). You may also can get answers to questions about claims-based reporting or any MIPS topic from a TMF consultant by phone, email or online chat. TMF direct technical assistance is funded by CMS to provide free QPP assistance. Find our contact information at https://www.tmf.org/qpp.


Updated Kansas Infectious Disease Regulations Effective May 11


The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has updated Kansas Administrative Regulations that regulate the reporting of and isolation and quarantine for infectious or contagious diseases and other health conditions (K.A.R. 28-1-1 through 28-1-18). The regulations go into effect May 11, 2018 and can be found at Regulations Related to Infectious or Contagious Diseases and Conditions. Please download REPORTABLE DISEASES IN KANSAS and post or distribute appropriately.

For 4-hour reportable diseases, a report must be made by telephone to the KDHE Epidemiology Hotline at 1-877-427-7317. For all other reportable diseases, fax a Kansas Reportable Disease Form and any lab results to your local health department or to KDHE at 877-427-7318. Reportable Disease Forms are available at Disease Reporting for Health Professionals. Please consult the person at your facility who is responsible for disease reporting to ensure that they are aware of the new regulations.

Important Survey on Board Certification is due May 11

Vision Initiative

The Vision Initiative—a collaborative effort created by the American Board of Medical Specialties—is conducting an important survey and needs your input to re-envision the future of continuing board certification and physician assessment.

Please take the survey on or before the May 11 response deadline.

The better data the Vision Initiative gathers, the clearer the answers will be regarding how the board certification process should evolve to truly serve the needs of physicians and their patients.

Help construct the future of continuing board certification today. Take the survey.

KHI offers program and lunch on “Rising Stress-Related Deaths in Kansas”

Kansas Health Institute

You are invited to attend this event:

Rising Stress-Related Deaths in Kansas: A Community and Socioeconomic Perspective

Friday, May 11, 2018

9:45 a.m. registration
10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. program & lunch

Kansas Health Institute
212 SW 8th Ave. | Topeka, KS 66603

For those who are not able to attend in person, participation via web conference will be available.  Limited seating, register now!

Updated Guide Helps Improve Safety in Primary Care Settings


AHRQ’s updated Guide to Improving Patient Safety in Primary Care Settings by Engaging Patients and Families features strategies for patients and families, clinicians and primary care clinical staff to improve communication.

Evidence suggests that enhanced communication leads to significant improvements in patient safety, the quality of care and patient experiences. The guide also features advice from practices from across the country that implemented the interventions.

Access the guide.

Parent Health Literacy Training Opportunities

KS Head Start Assoc

The KHSA Parent Health Literacy project partners with agencies, medical providers, schools and human services organizations who serve families with young children to provide this important health literacy resource.  The training is free.  Three CEUs are available for $15.  Attendees will receive the resources needed to teach parents how to use the “What To Do When Your Child Gets Sick” book using effective, evidence based teaching methods.  This training is appropriate for any staff who work directly with parents/patients, supervisors and program directors.  Training opportunities are available for the following dates/locations:

Please see the  KHSA website for further information about the Parent Health Literacy Project.





Chronic Disease Self-Management leader training available for you & staff

Great Plains Quality Innovation Network

Leader Training is available for you and/or staff for Chronic Disease-Self Management and Diabetes Self- Management. These trainings are in Dodge City, Kansas during the month of May. For more information and please download and share the Tools for Better Health flyer. There are several ways you can promote self-management education in Kansas.  Anyone can become certified through attending training for four days. Participants will receive everything needed to facilitate a workshop, including training, support, books, CDs, and workshop supplies at no cost. Become a partner by referring your patients to self-management workshops. Assistance will be provided to streamline a referral process. For more information, contact Alissa Rankin at 316-570-1516 or alissa.rankin@wichita.edu.