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.

OneCare Kansas Implementation to Begin Jan. 1


The term “OneCare Kansas” refers to a new Medicaid option to provide coordination of physical and behavioral health care with long term services and supports for people with chronic conditions like diabetes, asthma, or mental illness. These people must be KanCare members. They can be members who also receive Medicare along with Medicaid.

OneCare Kansas is planned to implement Jan. 1, 2020. The target population will include those who have a diagnosis of paranoid schizophrenia, severe bipolar disorder, or those who have asthma and are also at risk for developing another chronic condition. If you would like to know the specific diagnosis codes, they can be found on the OCK website. KDHE staff are still working on the rates with their actuaries, and they will be posted to the OCK website once they are finalized.

KDHE is accepting and evaluating provider applications now. There is no deadline to submit your application. There is a state team that will review applications submitted. If the state team approves your application, it will be sent to the Managed Care Organization (MCO) that you wish to contract with. At that point, you will work with the MCO(s) to come to an agreement. Remember, this is a two-step process. If you have previously submitted your application and would like to make changes, please contact Samantha Ferencik. You may view the webinar on the OCK website that walks you through the provider application.

If you have any additional questions, please contact SSamantha Ferencik or email OneCareKansas@ks.gov.

RSVP by Nov. 11 for: Vanishing the Vaping Epidemic

American Heart Association

You’re invited to an exciting session on the e-cigarette epidemic, hosted by the American Heart Association in partnership with Hinkle Law Firm and Koch Siedholff Hand & Dunn geared towards physicians.

DATE: Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019

LOCATION: Hinkle Law at 1617 N Waterfront Pkwy, Suite 400, Wichita, KS

6:30 a.m. – Light Breakfast and Coffee

7:00 – 8:00 a.m. – Panel of experts speak about the latest research and information

Space is limited! If you are interested in attending, and any of your colleagues or friends are as well, please RSVP to Jennifer.Melcher@heart.org or by phone at 316-768-3837 by Nov 11.

Free Buprenorphine Certification Course – RSVP by Nov 19


The University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita invites you to participation in this free course on Friday, Nov. 22. Lunch will be provided for those who register by Tuesday, Nov. 19.

Click here for a full schedule and information on how to register.

DATE: Friday, Nov. 22

LOCATION: Hilton Garden Inn, Salina, KS

Register Online

Halloween Safety

Safe Kids

Everyone loves a good scare on Halloween, but not when it comes to the safety of those little trick-or-treaters. Fortunately, there are a lot of easy things parents and kids can do to stay safe on the spookiest of holidays. Share these Halloween safety tips with your patients:

Top Tips for Halloween Safety

  1. Carry glow sticks or flashlights, use reflective tape or stickers on costumes and bags and wear light colors to help kids see and be seen by drivers.
  2. Join kids under age 12 for trick-or-treating.
  3. Slow down and be alert! Kids are excited on Halloween and may dart into the street. Turn on headlights early in the day to spot kids from further away.
  4. Remind kids to cross the street at corners or crosswalks.
  5. When selecting a costume, make sure it is the right size to prevent trips and falls. Choose face paint over masks when possible. Masks can limit children’s vision.

Here are a few more Halloween safety tips.

Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee

Center for Tobacco Products

Center for Tobacco Products is requesting nominations for voting members to serve on the Tobacco Products Scientific Advisory Committee (TPSAC). Voting members are knowledgeable in the fields of medicine, medical ethics, science, or technology involving the manufacture, evaluation, or use of tobacco products.

CTP is also seeking nominations for a nonvoting representative of the interests of the tobacco manufacturing industry to serve on TPSAC. Nominees may be self-nominated or nominated by an organization.

TPSAC advises CTP in its responsibilities related to the regulation of tobacco products. The Committee reviews and evaluates safety, dependence, and health issues relating to tobacco products and provides appropriate advice, information, and recommendations to the FDA commissioner.

Please see the two Federal Register notices for more information on the nomination process for voting and nonvoting members of TPSAC. Learn More

Expanded Tobacco Cessation Benefits for KanCare Enrollees


Please share these resources with your patients eligible for KanCare benefits. This handy card describes the new counseling and pharmacy benefits to support KanCare members who are seeking to end their dependence on tobacco.  Click here to order copies or to download a high resolution file to print copies for your use as well as a series of four full-color 11×17 posters which are available to promote the new KanCare benefits.

Share these two short videos to drive utilization of the expanded benefits:  a peer-to-peer video featuring a patient who successfully used the KanCare benefits to quit tobacco and a provider video featuring a physician who is encouraging other providers to engage patients to utilize cessation benefits.

Click on these links for more detailed guidance from KanCare about the expanded counseling benefits  and the expanded pharmacy benefits.

Vaping Epidemic in Kansas


As of September 27, Kansas has had two confirmed deaths related to vaping. Kansas currently has 11 probable/confirmed vaping-related cases, including the two deaths. Of the cases, 64% are male and age from 17-67 years old. 10 of the 11 were hospitalized and two remain hospitalized. Regarding the types of vaping products used, there was a combination or those reporting using only nicotine, only THC, only CBD and a combination of THC and nicotine.

Kansas vaping statistics show that show that 34.8% of Kansas high school students have ever tried e-cigarettes and 10.6% of Kansas high school students use e-cigarettes. (2017 Youth Risk Behavior Survey). In 2017, 4.6% of Kansas adults reported that they use e-cigarettes. (2017 Kansas Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System).

The KDHE website has a video hearing and video statements from Dr. Lee Norman, KDHE Secretary and Dr. Farha Ahmed, State Epidemiologist. It also has vaping education video messages that you may find valuable to share with your patients.

For nationwide information, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

New Medicare Plan Finder Webinar Offered


The Medicare Plan Finder, the most used tool on Medicare.gov, allows users to shop and compare Medicare Advantage and Part D plans. The updated Medicare Plan Finder provides a personalized experience through a mobile friendly and easy-to-read design that will help users learn about different options and select coverage that best meets their health needs. The new Plan Finder walks users through the Medicare Advantage and Part D enrollment process from start to finish and allows people to view and compare many of the supplemental benefits that Medicare Advantage plans offer. Please share this webinar opportunity with your patients and staff.

New Open Enrollment 2019 Plan Finder Preview and Walk-Through Webinar

Monday, September 30, 2019
12:00 – 1:30 pm                                                                         

Wednesday, October 2, 2019
12:00 – 1:30 pm                                                                         

Access Information for both webinars:

  1. Please call the following number: 1-877-267-1577
  2. Follow the instructions you hear on the phone.
  3. Enter Meeting Number: 999 693 113#
  4. To join this meeting online and view demonstration, go to https://meetings.cms.gov/orion/joinmeeting.do?MTID=a303533006f6faf9a0803b0ba25739ff