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.

Read more

Small Rural Hospital Transition (SRHT) Project Applications Open

National Rural Health Services Center

In response to the increasing number of rural hospital closures, the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy administers the Small Rural Hospital Transition Project (SHRT).  The program provides technical assistance (TA) through comprehensive onsite consultations to eligible hospitals that have 49 beds or less and located in a federally designated persistent poverty county. Core areas of technical assistance include: 1) financial operational assessment (FOA) and 2) quality improvement (QI) projects. A total of nine hospitals will be selected based on a competitive process. A minimum of three FOA projects and three QI projects will be selected in each core area. Interested applicants that meet SRHT readiness requirements and project expectations must submit the required Letter of Intent by September 15. If a sufficient number of applications is not received, SRHT on-site TA may be extended to small rural hospitals (49 beds or less) residing in non-persistent poverty counties. Should this option become available, additional information will be provided.

Register for Free Opioid Epidemic Program – July 19


You are invited to participate in The Opioid Epidemic: Next Steps in Prevention & Treatment on Friday, July 19 at KU School of Medicine-Wichita, Roberts Amphitheater, Wichita. For more information, download the flyer or contact Tiffany Bonfiglio at or call 316-293-3533.

Registration is available online.