Tobacco Cessation benefits expanded for KanCare Patients

NAMI Kansas

Great news for your patients!  The FY 2019 legislative budget recently signed into law by Governor Jeff Colyer includes authority for expenditures up to $350,000 for expansion of the tobacco cessation benefits in KanCare. Individuals covered by KanCare are now eligible to receive up to four rounds of nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) each year with no lifetime caps as well as ongoing cessation counseling services. This legislation replaces the previous limitation of one quit attempt per year and the limitation on counseling to pregnant women. This means that all individuals who are covered by KanCare and want help in quitting tobacco now have access to both NRT and counseling services, which together are considered best practice for increasing the chances of long-term recovery from tobacco use.  The policy change is effective July 1, 2018. Please share this information with office staff and patients!

Webinar Series: Prime Registry Dashboard Demonstration


In this PRIME Registry demo, attendees will learn how practice EHR data are turned into actionable clinical quality measures through the PRIME Registry on-boarding process, and how automated reporting reduces and streamlines effort for a wide variety of reporting and performance improvement needs. Attendees will also view a demonstration of the PRIME Registry dashboard and see how to target opportunities for improvement at the patient, clinician, and practice level (and across multiple sites of a single practice). This interactive webinar is led by PRIME Registry Recruiting Coordinator Alison Morris and the PRIME Registry technical team. Those interested will only need to attend one of the webinars.

Register for the Thursday, May 24, 2018 Noon-1 p.m. webinar 

Register for the Wednesday June 13, 2018 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. webinar

Register for the Wednesday June 28, 2018 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. webinar

Register for the Wednesday July 18, 2018 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. webinar

Webinar: Introduction to the Population Health Assessment Engine


Want to improve population health and understand how social determinants affect your patients? Join the PRIME SAN team for an exciting webinar to introduce you to the Population Health Assessment Engine (PHATE). Developed collaboratively by the American Board of Family Medicine and the University of Missouri, PHATE allows users to view the communities they are serving, community data, community partners, and disease and (poor) quality hot spots. To help you train others to use PHATE, the Robert Graham Center and HealthLandscape have developed educational materials that teach clinicians, administrators, and learners how to incorporate PHATE and population health concepts into practice. This webinar is free of charge. For questions about this webinar, please contact Dr. Winston Liaw.

Register for the Thursday, May 31, 2018 1-2pm (CDT) webinar at PHATE

Annals of Family Medicine Call for Papers: Learning from Practice Transformation


The American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM), via its role as a Support and Alignment Network for the TCPI, is sponsoring a special issue of the Annals of Family Medicine focused on sharing lessons in practice transformation.  To help stimulate new knowledge relevant to supporting practice improvement and facilitated practice transformation, the Annals of Family Medicine is issuing a call for manuscripts that address learning from practice transformation efforts. Accepted papers will be published in a 2019 supplement to the Annals. Articles with the potential to assess outcomes, describe methods, or otherwise translate learning from these and other practice transformation models will be considered. Papers are due August 31, 2018. Visit Call for Papers: Learning from Practice Transformation.

Midwest Sports Medicine Conference set for July 20


Mark your calendars and plan to attend the Midwest Sports Medicine conference to be held Friday, July 20 in Wichita, Kansas It is designed to bring together family care clinicians and multi-specialty providers involved in sports medicine and increase the collective knowledge needed to adequately care for athletes. This conference will feature issues related to the pediatric patient. Physicians, athletic trainers, physical therapists, occupational therapists, physician assistants, advanced practice registered nurses, coaches (high school and college), resident physicians and health professional students are encouraged to attend.  Click here for more information and to register.

This conference is sponsored by the KU School of Medicine-Wichita, Department of Family and Community Medicine. Call 316-293-3575 with questions.

Take the 80% Colorectal Cancer Screening Pledge

American Cancer Society

Colorectal cancer is the nation’s second-leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the U.S. when men and women are combined; however it is one of only a few cancers that can be prevented. Through colorectal cancer screening, doctors can find and remove hidden growths (called “polyps”) in the colon, before they become cancerous. Removing polyps can prevent cancer. The pledge to get to 80% is a National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable (NCCRT) initiative in which more than 1,500 organizations have committed to substantially reducing colorectal cancer as a major public health problem and are working toward the shared goal of 80% of adults aged 50 and older being regularly screened for colorectal cancer. Leading public health organizations, such as NCCRT, CDC and the ACS are rallying organizations to embrace this shared goal. If this goal can be achieved, 277,000 cases and 203,000 colorectal cancer deaths would be prevented by 2030. So far in Kansas, 12 have taken the pledge. Click here to take the pledge.

80% by 2018 public health goal launched by National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable (NCCRT) introductory packet [PDF]

Primary Care Physicians – Working Together to Save Lives [PDF]

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

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

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