2022 Legislative Priorities

1.

KAFP is committed to maximizing patient safety and quality of care through a collaborative team approach led by a licensed physician (exclusively MD or DO). We support the development of joint regulations on APRN licensure, discipline, regulation and scope of practice under the Board of Healing Arts in consultation with the Board of Nursing.

2.

KAFP supports Medicaid expansion.

3.

KAFP supports legislation that ensures payment parity for services provided via telehealth because such technology improves patient access to care and plays a role in comprehensive patient-centered care. KAFP holds that such legislation and funding should not be restricted to times of public health or economic crisis.

4.

KAFP supports public health efforts that serve to protect Kansas citizens and the communities in which they reside from public health threats. KAFP supports efforts that aim to increase immunization rates in a manner that aligns with CDC recommendations and prioritizes the health of adversely affected populations. KAFP opposes further exemptions to any prescribed immunization schedule.

5.

KAFP supports legislation to limit the age of those able to purchase tobacco and vaping products to 21 years of age and older. KAFP supports public health efforts to reduce smoking and tobacco use and to address opioid abuse and treatment.

6.

KAFP supports the Healthy People 2030 initiative and believes every Kansan has a right to social and physical environments that promote good health. We support initiatives addressing social determi­nants of health, racial disparity and health equity.

7.

KAFP supports legislation that ensures adequate payment for primary care services, including increasing the percentage of the overall healthcare investment in primary care, which has been proven to decrease the overall cost of healthcare.

8.

KAFP supports activities, programs and legislation to encourage physicians to practice in urban, rural and underserved areas, and to retain their services once established there. Furthermore, KAFP supports legislation to provide adequate funding for graduate and undergraduate medical education for family medicine, including full funding for the Kansas Medi­cal Student Loan Program, the KU Scholars in Rural Health program and other initiatives encouraging students to enter family medicine

9.

KAFP supports legislation to streamline prior authorizations and improve interoperability of electronic health records to reduce administrative delays and redundancy.

10.

KAFP supports legislation to protect environmen­tal public health. This includes the preservation of clean air and water, the improvement of infrastructure and the promotion of outdoor activity, which will reduce diseases such as asthma, lead poisoning and obesity

11.

KAFP supports legislative and regulatory efforts to ensure that the term “doctor,” in the clinical setting, includes the degree used to obtain licensure to practice (i.e., MD, DO, DNP, DPT, PhD for psychologists, etc.), retaining the use of the word “physician” only for doctors of allopathic and osteopathic medicine

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