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From the Executive Director
Dear KAFP member:
I plan to include a personal note in our e-newsletter periodically, and wanted to use this first one to tell you about a great meeting AAFP held for Chapter Executives last week in New Orleans. I enjoyed the camaraderie of getting together with my colleagues from other chapters and am always gratified to see how well our chapter ranks in comparison to others! You may benefit from some of the new ideas and opportunities I learned about while there – especially in the session on meetings. We had a great speaker, Liz King, who discussed engaging attendees, inspiring fun and creating connections! Her input provided some great new ideas on how to accomplish those goals!
I hope you'll be at the 2014 Annual Meeting June 5-7 to see what we pull off and join in the fun.
I love using this e-newsletter to reach out to you personally, and hope you’ll enjoy my short columns. If you have questions or any ideas about topics you’d like to see addressed, please let me know at email@example.com.
Carolyn Gaughan, CAE
1st week of 2014 Legislative Year — KAFP still has open FDOD slots
The 2014 legislative year is officially up and running! Jan. 13, was the first day, with President Dr. Mary Beth Miller serving 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:
March 10, 13, 18, 20, 21, 24, 25
April 22, 23, 24, 25, 29, 30
2014 Advocacy Day is a week away! Register today
We hope to see you at KAFP's 2014 Advocacy Day on Jan. 22, 2014. It's only a week away — register now! 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 Kansas, 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!
All medical examiners required to be FMCSA certified to perform physicals for CMV drivers ... do you need a training course?
The National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners is a new Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration program. It requires all medical examiners who wish to perform physical examinations for interstate commercial motor vehicle drivers to be trained and certified in FMCSA physical qualification standards. Medical examiners who have completed the training and successfully passed the test are included in an online directory on the National Registry website.
KU names new executive dean for medical school
The Wichita Eagle
Robert Simari, a physician and professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic, has been named the new executive dean of the University of Kansas School of Medicine, according to a news release. Simari will begin his new position in March. He replaces Douglas Girod, who has served as interim executive dean since February 2013. Girod will continue in his position as the University of Kansas Medical Center executive vice chancellor.
Influenza update — high activity across Kansas
Kansas Immunization Program
Kansas is experiencing high levels of influenza activity throughout the state. ILINet providers are reporting 5.6 percent of patients seeking care for influenza-like illness at their facilities. Our state public health laboratory has reported nine positive A/H1N1 specimens during the last week. Stay updated on influenza surveillance at http://www.kdheks.gov/flu/surveillance.htm.
CDC FLU HEALTH ADVISORY — http://emergency.cdc.gov/HAN/han00359.asp
Are you compliant with HIPAA Omnibus requirements?
You are invited to a series of monthly webinars regarding the privacy and security of health information.
On March 26, 2013, the HIPAA Omnibus Rule became effective. Leon Rodriguez, Director of the Office for Civil Rights, stated, "This final omnibus rule marks the most sweeping changes to the HIPAA Privacy and Security Rules since they were first implemented." The compliance date for many of the requirements was Sept. 23, 2013. Do you know what the new requirements are? Are you compliant?
FDA Tobacco Regulatory Science Fellowship - March 3 application deadline
Announcing a call for applications for the third class of fellows for the Food and Drug Administration Tobacco Regulatory Science Fellowship, deadline is March 3, 2014.
Sponsored by the FDA Center for Tobacco Products, this fellowship offers a unique opportunity for mid-career professionals to gain experience and expertise to further define and develop the field of regulatory science as it relates to FDA's new authorities for the regulation of tobacco products. The fellowship is administered by the Institute of Medicine.
Resources for preventive services under the Affordable Care Act
Your patients have ACA questions. We'll give you the answers.
Beginning in January 2014, family physicians can help their patients take full advantage of changes to preventive health care coverage benefits under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). To help equip members to better counsel patients on the new benefits, as well as help them provide and code for preventive services, AAFP has developed an ACA/clinical preventive services resources page on the AAFP website.
Learn which preventive services are covered under the ACA and help your patients take full advantage of their new health care benefits for issues such as immunizations, obesity, and tobacco cessation. Update yourself on coding changes. Get current on the AAFP’s ACA-related advocacy efforts. Check out the new resources page to see how AAFP can help you help your patients.
The 2014 NHSC Loan Repayment Program application cycle is now open!
The National Health Service Corps (NHSC) has announced that the 2014 NHSC Loan Repayment Program application cycle is now open. The application cycle will close on March 20, at 6:30 p.m. CT.
To help ensure that the communities with the greatest need are supported, qualified applicants working in Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) with the highest scores as of January 1, 2014, will be given priority. With continued service, NHSC providers may be able to pay off all of their student loans.
Colby Horton, Vice President of Publishing, 469.420.2601
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