Governor Kelly Proclaims August “Breastfeeding Awareness Month”

Kansas Department of Health and Environment/Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition

At an official signing ceremony, Governor Laura Kelly proclaimed August “Breastfeeding Awareness Month” in Kansas. This proclamation recognizes the importance of breastfeeding for the health and well-being of Kansans.

The Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition created the following Handout for Physicians/Health Care Providers with the following action items to help you implement breastfeeding awareness in your practice:

  • Tell patients that breastfeeding reduces the risk of breast cancer—even if the woman is not of childbearing age. She is probably a friend or family member to women who are having children. She will pass this information along.
  • Add lactation history to patient health history form—this will raise awareness about the woman’s breastfeeding history and its impact on her lifelong health.
  • Provide patients with the accompanying “Patient” handout—this information maybe personally useful and/or may be shared with others in their lives.

More than 90 percent of families in Kansas choose to breastfeed. Yet despite its importance, only 31 percent of Kansas’ infants are exclusively breastfed during the critical first six months of life. Increased investment in breastfeeding could results in saving an estimated 22 women’s lives each year due to breast cancer, heart disease, diabetes and hypertension.  Investing in breastfeeding could save the lives of seven children, due mostly to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).  And finally, investing in breastfeeding would save Kansas more than $27 million in medical costs each year. Tell us how your office is celebrating Breastfeeding awareness month. Share your tips and stories on our Facebook page Kansas Academy of Family Physicians.

Primary Care Initiative Video Available

Ohio AFP

The Ohio Academy of Family Physicians, in conjunction with the Healthcare Collaborative of Cincinnati, recorded a webinar about the Primary Cares Initiative and how practices can assess their readiness to participate. The link to the webinar video is: Primary Care First & Direct Contracting 

Register for Rural Recruitment Reimagined Workshop by August 31 for Early Bird Rate

KU Rural Health and Education Services

The Rural Recruitment Reimagined Workshop on Sept. 26 will challenge rural physicians and their teams to rethink their approach to workforce recruitment and retention. $149 early bird special runs through August 31, 2019. Register your team! Call 316.293.2649 to inquire about special group rates.

Thursday, September 26, 2019

8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Hyatt Regency Wichita
Wichita, KS

View the Agenda.

Hosted and Sponsored by Rural Health Education and Services, The University of Kansas Medical Center; Via Christi International Family Medicine Fellowship program; and 3RNet.


Read the Latest Issue of FPM and Earn Five CME credits

  • How to Identify and Address Implicit Bias
  • The Nurse Closer: Making Visits More Efficient
  • Caring for Sexual Assault Survivors
  • New Physician Orientation
  • Why I Don’t Share Patients

Performance Improvement Activities Approved for ABFM Continuing Certification Credit-20 Points


The ABFM’s PRIME Support and Alignment Network, in collaboration with the University of Colorado-Denver, Department of Family Medicine’s e-Learning team have leveraged the power of Bodenheimer’s 10 Building Blocks of Primary Care and best practices from the landmark, federal Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative to help you improve in three areas:

  • Person- and Family-Centered Care
  • Cost and Value of Care
  • Care Across the Medical Neighborhood

Create your own PDSA cycle intervention using PRIME Registry or other data for tracking your improvement.

Complete one of these three activities—hosted on the University of Colorado’s e-Learning platform—for 20 ABFM PI activity credit points.

Click Here to access activities, then select Register and use the code: ABFM, if Diplomate, otherwise, non-ABFM certified clinicians use the code: TCPI

Completing one of these modules will satisfy requirements for Performance Improvement Activity/MOC Part IV for family medicine physicians and possibly other specialties.

For more information visit the PRIME SAN web page or email us at

PRIME Registry: Building the Future of Primary Care


The PRIME Registry is unleashing the potential of patient and community data to build better primary care, helping shift the focus beyond individual disease diagnoses to measuring what really matters to patients and clinicians.

PRIME Includes:

  • More Measures that Matter—through PRIME’s improved array of high-value primary care measures with demonstrated connection to improved outcomes and quality of life.
  • Doctors and patients agree that Patient Reported Outcomes (PRO) is meaningful. The PRO pilot launched in PRIME in April 2019 gives patients a voice, while giving clinicians valuable feedback. The PRO will roll out to all of PRIME later in 2019.

New Law Requires Opioid Prescriptions to be Transmitted Electronically

Kansas Health Association

Governor Laura Kelly signed HB2119 into law on June 21, 2019. This law requires that prescribers transmit opioid prescriptions solely electronically by July 1, 2020. You may read the HB2119 summary. An article about the new law is published on June 21, 2019: Kansas throws out prescription pad for opioids.


Rep John Eplee, MD Speaks at Public Hearing on School Immunization Requirements

Immunize Kansas Coalition

The public hearing for the proposed regulation changes regarding vaccination for school entry was last week. Thank you to all who provided comments.

Thank you to  Representative John Eplee, MD, FAAFP, who presented his support for meningococcal immmunization and Hepatitis A immunizations as a school requirement last week at the hearing.

Full information is available regarding:  Proposed Regulation, Economic Impact Statement

What Kansas Can Learn from Medicaid Expansion in Other States

Kansas Health Institute

Almost nine years after the passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), 36 states and the District of Columbia have expanded their Medicaid programs. Fourteen states, including Kansas, have not. The latest issue brief from the Kansas Health Institute examines different state approaches to expansion, as well as enrollment and cost trends and the effects of expansion on health outcomes and state economies. The brief is available at




CDC Immunizations Information Systems Vaccine Code Updates

National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases

The following Registry ISS codes have been updated and available. Please share with your office staff.

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