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More participants needed at 2014 Advocacy Day
KAFP
Make plans to attend KAFP's 2014 Advocacy Day on Jan. 22, 2014. It will be an energizing day of activity at the KMS building beginning at 10:30 a.m. Sessions focus on Physician Payment Policy; Upcoming Legislative issues in 2014 including the Nurse Practitioners' efforts to gain independent practice, a panel with top representatives from BCBS of KS, UnitedHealthCare & Coventry; the Insurance Commissioner, Sandy Praeger, and MUCH more. The Legislative Reception will conclude the day from 6-8 p.m. at the Topeka Capitol Plaza Hotel. You are invited!

Registration is free for residents and students, $30 for all others. Click here to register securely online.

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Students and residents — February deadline approaching to submit abstracts
KAFP
Calling medical students and residents! Need some cash? Interested in presenting a poster at a statewide meeting? KAFP invites you to submit an abstract for research, a case study or a literature review for the 2013 Poster Contest at the Annual Meeting, Saturday, June 7, 2014, at Overland Park Marriott Hotel.
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2014 legislative year — Family Doctor of the Day volunteers
KAFP
The 2014 legislative year opens Jan. 13. Thank you to all who have generously given your time to serve as the Family Doctor of the Day. We do have some slots left and it is important that we fill all days the legislature is in session. The legislators are grateful for this program and it definitely puts family medicine in a favorable light!

The following dates are open:
Feb. 14
March 10, 13, 18, 20, 21, 24, 25
April 22, 23, 24, 25, 29, 30
May 1

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DOT training course in Salina on Feb. 15
KAFP
The Iowa, Illinois, Kansas and Nebraska Chapters are working together to bring you medical examiner education to prepare you to take the National Registry for Certified Medical Examiners Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration examination. We are pleased to offer a course in Salina.
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Trends in healthcare delivery in the United States 2014
TransforMed
Year-end is a time for reflection and for talking about the future. The mission of TransforMED is to transform health care delivery to achieve optimal patient care, professional satisfaction and the success of primary care practices. As we go about our daily work with practices we can get a sense of what works and what ideas or interventions will have high leverage for change. Here are a few thoughts about trends in healthcare delivery for contemplation as you develop your strategy for 2014.
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TPOPP Wichita Training on Jan. 14
KAFP
Are you or your staff interested in learning more about Transportable Physician Orders for Patient Preferences (TPOPP)? A TPOPP training will be offered in Wichita on Tuesday, Jan. 14 at Wesley Medical Center, Cessna Auditorium. Contact Carolyn Harrison charrisonmn@gmail.com to register or with questions. See full agenda below.
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Influenza surveillance
KDHE
Kansas regulations do not require healthcare providers to notify KDHE when a patient is diagnosed with influenza. Instead, influenza activity is measured through the U.S. Outpatient Influenza-like Illness Surveillance Network, a collaboration between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and state, local and territorial health departments.
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KDHE helps tobacco users quit
KDHE
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment can help people keep their resolutions to quit tobacco in 2014. KDHE offers free cessation support and information online at www.ksQuit.org or toll-free at 1-800-QUIT-NOW (784-8669) to help tobacco users who are ready to quit. Quitline enrollment is free and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week (except on major holidays). A Quit CoachTM works with participants during emails, live chats or one-on-one phone calls to prepare for a quit date and create a plan to fight cravings and face other challenges.
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Governor Proclaims January as Kansas Radon Action Month
KDHE
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment have proclaimed January "Kansas Radon Action Month" to help educate Kansans about the dangers of radon exposure and encourage actions to identify and address radon problems in the home. Radon is a tasteless, odorless, colorless, naturally occurring radioactive gas found in nearly all soils which comes from the breakdown of uranium. Outdoors, radon is diluted to low concentrations, but once inside an enclosed space, radon can accumulate to significant levels.
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Kansas hospitals warned to be ready for flu increase
KSHB-TV
A public health bulletin sent to Johnson County health care providers warns them to be prepared for an increase in influenza patients, especially those with more severe illnesses, as the flu season picks up in earnest next week. Kansas is one of 10 states already experiencing "widespread" flu, according to the Centers for Disease Control.
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