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Registration open for Leadership Opportunity Meeting for KAFP members
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?

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Family Doctor of the Day — please respond
KAFP
Please help us fill all open dates on the calendar. These dates are of particular urgency: March 17 and March 21 and April 3.

Thank YOU for making the Family Doctor of the Day a successful program. This important volunteer opportunity is greatly appreciated by legislators.

If you are available any of these dates, please contact the KAFP office at 316-721-9005 or kafp@kafponline.org.
  • March 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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Membership Survey receives overwhelming response; Kindle winner announced
KAFP
We have had a great response to the KAFP Membership Survey. Thank you to all 222 respondents. We had 168 who submitted their name for the drawing. Congratulations to Dr. Erin Griffeth of Overland Park who is our Kindle Fire winner. Look for a summary of survey results in the Kansas Family Physician in the spring issue.
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Legislative update — March 7
KAFP
2014 Legislature, part II
The Legislature returned from a short turnaround break to gear up the second half of the 2014 legislative session. It was a slow start, as the Senate begins looking at what the House has passed and vice versa.

Legislative activity came to a near halt, as word of the Supreme Court releasing a much-anticipated opinion circulated through the Statehouse. The Legislature has in many ways been in a holding pattern, as they considered the potential impact the Supreme Court's decision on the Gannon school finance case might have on budget and policy decisions.

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Partner announcement — clinical organization
KAFP
The Kansas Academy of Family Physicians is pleased to announce that we are partnering with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Together we will increase awareness of comparative effectiveness research, a type of patient-centered outcomes research and help health care professionals work with their patients to make the best possible treatment decisions.
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New coding reference on AAFP Ask and Act Tobacco Cessation Web page
AAFP
Notice: There is now new 2014 coding information available on the AAFP Ask and Act Tobacco Cessation Program web pages. Please review and share with your colleagues.

Coding Reference (View coding references for tobacco prevention and cessation counseling for patients covered by Medicare, Medicaid, and private and commercial insurance payers): http://www.aafp.org/patient-care/public-health/tobacco-cessation/ask-act/coding-reference.html

Tobacco Use Prevention and Cessation Counseling — 2014 Medicare Benefits: http://www.aafp.org/dam/AAFP/documents/patient_care/tobacco/medicare-tobacco-cessation-counseling.pdf

Ask and Act Practice Toolkit: http://www.aafp.org/patient-care/public-health/tobacco-cessation/ask-act.html

Shop the Tobacco Prevention & Cessation Catalog: https://nf.aafp.org/shop/tobacco-prevention-cessation

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Poll: Kansas voters want state to use federal funds to cover uninsured through Medicaid
American Cancer Society
Public opinion polling released today by the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network shows that registered voters in Kansas strongly agree that the state should accept federal funds that are available to broaden access to health coverage through KanCare, the program under which Medicaid is administered in Kansas. By a margin of 72 percent to 24 percent, Kansas voters support such a move, which would provide more low-income Kansans with access to lifesaving preventive care and treatments for cancer and other serious diseases.
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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 health care delivery.

Ask your members of Congress to cosponsor 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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AAFP seeks member support for legislation to repeal, replace SGR
AAFP
Congress currently is looking at legislation that would end the frustrating cycle of temporary fixes to the Medicare sustainable growth rate formula for physician payment and allow physicians to take a major step toward improving the quality of patient care. In response, the AAFP is reaching out to members to ask them to urge Congress to act before the latest patch to the SGR expires on March 31.


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ICD-10: 'Road to 10' resource for small practices
AAFP
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has released the “Road to 10” toolkit designed specifically to assist small practices with the transition to ICD-10. The "Road to 10" toolkit is an online resource that was developed with the assistance of providers in small practices and is intended to help small medical practices jumpstart their ICD-10 transition.

The "Road to 10" toolkit gives providers the capability to develop and build action plans that are customized for the needs of their individual practice. The action plans can be built from whatever stage the practice is at in their transition to ICD-10.

The toolkit may be accessed on the CMS website at www.roadto10.org and will soon be referenced on AAFP.org under the Coding section of Practice Advancement.

Contact Asia Blunt at ablunt@aafp.org or ext. 4176 with questions.

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2014 series of regional community meetings: Impacting Population Health
KDHE
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment invites you to attend the 2014 series of regional community meetings, Impacting Population Health. This year discussions will address connecting local community health assessments and improvement plans with Healthy Kansans 2020, the state health assessment and improvement plan. Dr. Robert Moser, the State Health Officer and Secretary of KDHE, will attend each session and provide comments and information.
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