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Meaningful use and PQRS deadlines extended
KAFP
Good news! CMS has extended the reporting deadlines for PQRS and Meaningful Use to allow the opportunity to attest to participation in both programs. Eligible professionals now have until 10:59 p.m. CT on March 20, 2015, to attest to meaningful use for the Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program 2014 reporting year. CMS reminds providers to attest as soon as possible and that providers who successfully attest for the 2014 program year will:
  • Receive an incentive payment
  • Avoid the Medicare payment adjustment, which will be applied Jan. 1, 2016
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    LEGISLATIVE UPDATE


    Legislature hits turnaround
    Dodie Wellshear, KAFP Government Relations Consultant
    The Legislature has hit the midpoint of the session, called "turnaround," when most bills must have passed their chamber of origin to move forward in 2015. Certain committees, such as Appropriations, Ways and Means, Federal and State Affairs and Taxation, are exempted. Any bills introduced or referred there are not subject to turnaround and other calendar deadlines.

    House to hold Medicaid expansion hearing

    It started with a motion by Rep. Jim Ward (D-Wichita) to amend a donor breast milk bill in House floor debate. Because the bill had to do with Medicaid, the motion was determined to be germane. House leadership was on a schedule to wrap up for turnaround and quickly realized Medicaid expansion would significantly lengthen their debate schedule.

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    Volunteering at the Capitol this Week...
    KAFP
    Thank you to the following Family Doctor of the Day volunteers this week: Robert Kraft M.D. (March 4); Vance Lassey, M.D. (March 5); Travis Keller M.D. (March 6). Please consider volunteering if you have not already done so. Check your calendar and give us a call 316.721.9005 or email Karen@kafponline.org.
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    Urology and Men's Health to be presented at Annual Meeting
    KAFP
    The KAFP is pleased to welcome Gretchen Dickson, M.D. to the 2015 KAFP Annual Meeting as a guest speaker for Urology and Men's Health.

    Following her presentation, attendees will:

    1. Understand how to screen for common genitourinary health issues that arise in the care of male patients including: prostatitis, benign prostatic hyperplasia, urogenital cancers, premature ejaculation and erectile dysfunction; and

    2. Learn evidence-based treatment for these issues.

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    FREE Dental Clinic for south central Kansas area children — March 7
    The Wichita Sedgwick County Oral Health Coalition
    Please share this information with you uninsured and under-insured patients with children ages 3-12 years old.

    The Wichita Sedgwick County Oral Health Coalition presents...

    8th Annual Give Kids A Smile Day
    Saturday, March 7, 2015
    7:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
    GraceMed Clinic
    (1122 N. Topeka, Wichita, KS)

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    Dr. McKenney selected as 2016 NCCL Convener Candidate
    AAFP
    With ratification by the AAFP Board Chair, the Commission on Membership and Member Services has selected Jennifer Bacani McKenney, M.D., FAAFP (Kansas) and Gerry Tolbert, M.D. (Kentucky) as candidates for the 2016 National Conference of Constituency Leaders (NCCL) Convener to be presented for election at NCCL in May.
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    'Apps for Immunization' helps keep current with vaccine recommendations and immunization schedules
    IAC Express
    Looking for immunization-related applications (apps) for your mobile device? Look no further. IAC's Apps for Immunization web section is a listing of apps related to immunization from trusted sources that are available from iTunes and Google. The apps help make it easy for healthcare professionals to check the latest vaccine recommendations and immunization schedules on their mobile devices, and to help parents keep their children up to date on their vaccinations.
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    Healthiest Nation 2030 National Public Health Week
    U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Region VII
    WHEN: Tuesday, April 7, 2015 from 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
    (Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.)
    WHERE: Kauffman Foundation Conference Center
    (4801 Rockhill Rd., KCMO)

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