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LEGISLATIVE UPDATE


Legislative update
Dodie Wellshear, Government Relations Consultant
KMS Bill to Change APRN Regulatory Structure
A bill introduced by KMS would present a new approach to APRN regulation. The bill's nexus came at the conclusion of Task Force discussions between physicians and APRNs this past year, with APRNs wanting to expand their scope of practice — and to practice independently of a physician collaboration — to that of physicians.

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ICD-10 bonus session offered at Annual Meeting
KAFP
ICD-10 is coming Oct. 1 whether we like it or not, and every single person in your office will require some level of ICD-10 training! You can be better prepared for its advent by attending the 2015 Annual Meeting, Focus on Family Medicine, June 11-13 at the Wichita Marriott Hotel.
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Submit Poster Contest abstracts by Feb. 27
KAFP
Call for abstracts: The Kansas Academy of Family Physicians-Foundation (KAFP-F) invites all medical student, resident and active members to submit an abstract for the 2015 Poster Contest, which will be held June 13 during the KAFP Annual Meeting in Wichita. Deadline for Receipt of Abstract: Feb. 27.
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Help fill February dates for FDOD
KAFP
Thank you for serving as the Family Doctor of the Day! Please consider volunteering if you have not already done so. We do not have February filled yet — please check your calendar for Feb. 13, 16 or 20. Please contact us ASAP to fill these dates. Email Karen, or phone the office at 316.721.9005.
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Kansas ranks in bottom half of states for measles vaccination rates
The U.S. measles outbreak has more than 100 confirmed cases across 14 states. It's hard to believe that this highly infectious – and potentially deadly disease was declared eradicated just 15 years ago. Protect your patients by encouraging parents to vaccinate their children. Kansas Health Institute (KHI) News reports that Kansas fell below the 90 percent threshold for preschooler vaccinations, the baseline goal set by Healthy People 2020, a federal interagency task force.
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Patient Safety Video Contest
Kansas Foundation for Medical Care
Every healthcare setting has impact on the overall delivery of safe healthcare. Keeping consumers safe is the top priority.

The Kansas Foundation for Medical Care invites Kansas hospitals, physician offices and nursing homes to participate in Patient Safety Awareness Week. Produce and submit a 2-3 minute video promoting patient safety in your organization. Send entries via CD/DVD to KFMC by Feb. 27. Please submit entries in Windows Media Video Format (wmv).

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AMA Guides 6th Edition Impairment Rating Course
Special KAFP Member Discount
The American Academy of Disability Evaluating Physicians (AADEP) is offering a course in the AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment, Sixth Edition in Wichita on Saturday, March 14 at the Wesley Medical Center. As a KAFP member, you are eligible to receive a $100 discount off the original cost. To receive the discount, please write “KAFP Member” on the registration form. Registration is accepted by fax (312.663.1175); phone (312.663.1171, extension 23); or by U.S. mail. See brochure for agenda and registration form.

Upon completing this course, the learner will be able to:
  • Identify/learn necessary skills to apply AMA Guides Sixth Edition accurately;
  • Identify/navigate potential problem areas of AMA Guides Sixth Edition;
  • Complete at least one case study during each impairment segment;
  • Assess the medical-legal impact of the AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment;
  • Identify/change practice patterns necessary to improve outcomes.

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KU Medical Center Area Health Education Center Presents: Brown Bag Webinar Series
KUMC Area Health Education
February/March Mental Health Cluster: Webconferences will be held Feb. 17, 24 and March 3, 10 and 17 via Adobe Connect from 12 - 1 p.m. CST
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Learn more about Health Homes Initiative
The Kansas Health Homes Initiative for individuals with certain Serious Mental Illness (SMI) launched in July of 2014 with services to members beginning in August 2014.
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Addressing Tobacco Use in Kansas: The Brief Tobacco Intervention
In this training you will...
  • Learn how to effectively talk with your patients about tobacco in less than 3 minutes.
  • Learn about the free, state-of-the-art tobacco cessation service called the Kansas Tobacco Quitline.

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Rural Health Care Coordination Network Partnership Program — Apply by April 16
HRSA
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) is pleased to announce the release of the Rural Health Care Coordination Network Partnership Program(Care Coordination Program), a new, one-time funding opportunity created as one of the activities of the White House Rural Council.
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