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From the Executive Director: Carolyn Gaughan, CAE
KAFP
Dear friends,

I got to participate in a Tobacco Free Wichita training session last week: the Wichita Store Assessment Project. It focused on tobacco point of sale issues. Not surprisingly, the density of tobacco retailers is highest in Wichita's lowest socioeconomic areas, and several tobacco retailers are in close proximity to our schools. After learning how to do a store assessment, we split up into teams and went out to assigned retailers.

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Two NRCME training course opportunities: March 8 and 29
KAFP
Here are two up-coming opportunities for the NRCME Federal Motor Carrier Administration (DOT) Training
  • March 8, 2014: Indiana (Webinar — participate from anywhere with computer access) 1-5:30 p.m.
  • March 29, 2014: Embassy Suites at Old Market, Omaha, Neb., 7:30 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has established a National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners with requirements that all medical examiner who conduct physical examinations for interstate commercial motor vehicle drivers must complete a training course and pass a certification examination prior to May 21, 2014.

The Kansas Chapter is working with the Iowa, Illinois and Nebraska chapters to bring you medical examiner education to prepare you to take the National Registry for Certified Medical Examiners Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) examination.

The course is 4.5 CME credits. For more information and to register: NRCME Federal Motor Carrier Administration (DOT) Training

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Take Membership Survey by March 7 and be entered in Kindle Fire drawing
KAFP
We have had a great response to the KAFP Membership Survey. Thank you to all 191 members who have already completed the KAFP membership satisfaction survey! The purpose of the survey is to assess your level of satisfaction with KAFP, to improve our CME and publications and to get your input on issues and additional services we could provide. If you have not already, please take 5-6 minutes now to provide your input at this link: KAFP Membership Satisfaction Survey.



The survey is anonymous, but you must provide us with your contact information to be entered in the Kindle Fire drawing. All members who complete the survey by March 7 and provide contact information will be entered into a drawing for a Kindle Fire. The drawing will be held and the winner will be notified on March 10. A summary of survey results will be shared in the Kansas Family Physician. Thanks again, and good luck in the drawing!

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Family Doctor of the Day — 3 open March dates
KAFP
Thank YOU for making the Family Doctor of the Day a successful program. This important volunteer opportunity is greatly appreciated by legislators. Please help us fill all open dates on the calendar. The dates this month are of particular urgency: March 10, March 17 and March 21.

If you are available any of these dates, please contact the KAFP office at 316-721-9005 or kafp@kafponline.org.
  • March 10, 17 and 21
  • April 3
  • May 13, 14, 15 (We don't know for sure if they will still be in session this late, but hope to get FDOD volunteers just in case. We will notify volunteers when the session is over.)

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KAFP Leadership Opportunities Meeting
KAFP
What is leadership? What opportunities exist for leadership development and expression within KAFP & AAFP? What do you need to know to be more involved in the leadership of the organization? How can students, residents, new physicians, women, minorities and others with special interests be more fully represented in KAFP?

The Board of Directors grappled with all these issues at its Strategic Planning session and came up with the idea of holding a Leadership Opportunities Meeting. And, YOU are invited!

When: Saturday, April 12
Where: Smoky Hill Family Medicine Residency Program, 651 E. Prescott Rd, Salina, Kan., 67401

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Legislative update — Feb. 28
KAFP
Legislature reaches midpoint
The 2014 Legislature reached the official midpoint of the session on Friday, Feb. 28. Also referred to as Turnaround Day, this marks the point when most bills must have moved out of their chamber of origin to be considered this — i.e., House bills move to the Senate and vice versa.

KAFP has been fortunate to see priority legislation solidly move forward, such as the cap on non-economic damages and accompanying changes to the Health Care Stabilization Fund.

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Registration open for SAM Group Learning Session 'Childhood Illness'
KAFP
This SAM will assist you in completing the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) module on Childhood Illness, as part of your maintenance of Certification (MC-FP) process. Participate with colleagues in a distraction-free, focused work environment that fosters interaction and promotes collaboration, while earning CME*.
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AAFP supports SGR repeal effort
KAFP
On Feb. 13, the American Academy of Family Physicians Board of Directors met to deliberate the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) Repeal and Medicare Provider Payment Modernization Act of 2014 (HR 4015/S 2000). The AAFP Board voted to support this legislation and advocate for its passage through advocacy activities. This legislation is a bipartisan agreement between the three major committees of jurisdiction in the United States Congress — Senate Finance, House Ways & Means and House Energy & Commerce.


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KAFP signs on to SGR repeal effort
KAFP
At the request of the American Academy of Family Physicians, the Kansas Academy of Family Physicians has signed on to a letter to Congressional leadership expressing support of the SGR repeal effort. Here's what the letter says.
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Call to action: Stop the Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate ... for good
KAFP
Congressional leaders introduced bipartisan legislation in both the U.S. House and Senate recently that would permanently repeal Medicare's flawed Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) formula, and enact important reforms to support improvements in healthcare delivery.

Ask your members of Congress to co-sponsor and pass this important legislation to repeal the SGR.

Three Congressional committees have reviewed the legislation, unanimously approved versions of it and agreed to support this consolidated version. The AAFP has urged Congress to repeal the SGR for years and to prevent drastic cuts to physician payments.

The current deadline for Congress to prevent the SGR from taking effect is March 31, and if nothing is done, physician payments will be slashed by 24 percent. We cannot allow Congress to stall on this landmark legislation.

Tell your senators and representative how important it is for them to act. Send a prewritten message to Capitol Hill on behalf of family medicine.
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2014 KAFP Membership Directory online
KAFP
The 2014 KAFP Membership Directory is available online. The directory can be accessed from your computer AND your mobile device! Be sure to bookmark the link or download it and save it to your desktop or mobile device. Access the Membership Directory [Click Here].

For your password, please contact KAFP at kafp@kafponline.org or 316.721.9005 (Wichita) or 1-800-658-1749 (toll free).

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Quest Diagnostics presents ...

Advanced Insights Into Residual Cardiovascular Risk

Venue: YaYa's Euro Bistro
8115 East 21st Street North
Wichita, Kan. 67206

Date: Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Time: 6 p.m. Refreshments and Appetizers
6:30 p.m. dinner and presentation

Please RSVP before March 21, 2014

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