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2014 KAFP Annual Meeting receives accreditation
KAFP
The 2014 KAFP Annual Meeting has been planned and accreditation has been awarded by the American Academy of Family Physicians:

This live activity, KAFP 2014 Annual Meeting, with a beginning date of June 5, 2014, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 15.50 Prescribed credits by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

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SAM Group Learning Session to focus on 'Childhood Illness'
KAFP
The results are in! The SAM Group Learning Session planned for June 4 prior to the KAFP Annual Meeting will focus on Childhood Illness. Thank you to all who took the time to complete the survey. The session will be 12:30 to 5 p.m. at the Overland Park Marriott. Registration available soon!

This SAM will assist you in completing the American Board of Family Medicine module on Childhood Illness, as part of your maintenance of Certification process.

Participate with colleagues in a distraction-free, focused work environment that fosters interaction and promotes collaboration, while earning CME*.

*To finalize the SAM process and earn CME, the clinical simulation must also be completed on the ABFM website within one year (separate fee to the ABFM required).

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Less than 2 weeks to register for DOT training course
KAFP
There is still time to register for the DOT training course in Salina on Feb. 15. Do it today!

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.

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New APRN practice bill introduced in Senate
KAFP
A new bill has been introduced in the Senate that would provide APRNs a path to independent practice synonymous with that of physicians.

SB 326 is very similar to HB 2251, introduced in the House in 2013, with one notable difference. The new bill would require a transition to full practice, which would be accomplished following 2,000 hours of collaborative practice with a physician or an APRN with full prescriptive authority.

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Family Doctor of the Day — check your availability to serve
KAFP
We are in the fourth week of the legislative session. Thank you to the following for volunteering to provide the FDOD service at the State Capitol this past week: Dr. Khalil Alleyne, Topeka; Dr. Chuck Allred, Salina; Dr. Brian Holmes, Abilene; Dr. John McMaster, Wichita; and Dr. Michael Engelken, Topeka. Listed below are dates still open. Please consider a date!

Feb. 14
March 10, 13, 14, 18, 20, 21, 24, 25
April 22, 24, 29, 30
May 1

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National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes — Register now
CMS
Wednesday, Feb. 26, 1-2:30 p.m.

To Register: Visit MLN Connects™ Upcoming Calls. Space may be limited; register early.

The CMS National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing homes was developed to improve dementia care through the use of individualized, comprehensive care approaches. The partnership promotes a systematic process to evaluate each person and identify approaches that are most likely to benefit that individual. The goal of the partnership is to continue to reduce the use of unnecessary antipsychotic medications, as well as other potentially harmful medications in nursing homes and eventually other care settings as well.

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February is 'American Heart Month'
American Heart Association
Since 1963, the President of the United States has proclaimed February as "American Heart Month" to urge Americans to join the battle against cardiovascular diseases — our nation's No. 1 killer. As a result, the American Heart Association encourages the public to use this special opportunity to focus on ways to build healthier lives, free of heart disease and stroke.
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Parents cautioned: It doesn't take a fire to burn a child
Safe Kids Kansas
During National Burn Awareness Week (Feb. 2-8), Safe Kids Kansas reminds parents and caregivers that fire is just one cause of burn injuries — children can also be seriously injured by hot foods and beverages, heating appliances, hot pots and pans, electrical currents and chemicals.

Hot water scalds are the leading cause of burns to young children and can be caused by hot liquids or steam. Hot tap water accounts for nearly 1 in 4 of all scald burns among children and is associated with more deaths and hospitalizations than any other hot liquid burns.

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Kansas Insurance Department website provides answers
KAFP
If you have a patient who needs help with insurance or you have ACA questions, you will find http://www.insureks.org/index.php a helpful tool. It discusses 2014 insurances changes and information about rates, plans and personal assistance. Check it out today!
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