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From the Executive Director: Register today for Pre-session SAM and 2015 KAFP Annual Meeting
KAFP
Dear friends,

We are excited to announce that online registration for the Annual Meeting is open and the brochure has been mailed to you! Please let us know if you did not receive yours. The 2015 KAFP Annual Meeting "Focus on Family Medicine" is June 11-13, and I personally invite YOU.

We are pleased to offer again a Pre-session: SAM Group Learning, the day before the Annual Meeting. The topic is Care of the Vulnerable Elderly.

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LEGISLATIVE UPDATE


Moving toward adjournment
Dodie Wellshear, KAFP Government Relations Consultant
It's hard to believe that in less than two weeks, the Legislature will adjourn its regular session. April 3 marks the scheduled date, although legislators will likely wrap up on April 2 to avoid working on Good Friday.

House committees have largely wrapped up their work, although the Senate Assessment and Taxation Committee – a committee exempted from most legislative deadlines – will hold a hearing on the governor's alcohol and tobacco tax proposal on Tuesday afternoon.

Both chambers are planning to run their respective "mega budgets" this week with the hope that conference committees can begin hammering out bill differences as soon as Wednesday.

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Time is running out to permanently repeal the SGR
Congress has a rare opportunity to repeal the flawed and failed Medicare Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) in the next few weeks, and replace it with Medicare payment reforms that support primary care and quality patient care.

Make a phone call to your representative to urge him or her to repeal the SGR.

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2015 Family Medicine Match Results
AAFP
Match Day is exciting for fourth year medical students, their advisors and residency programs! Prior to Match Day, which was March 20, fourth year medical students interviewed with residency programs and ranked their preferences. The programs also ranked the students. Students learned on Match Day where they matched and where they will go for residency training.
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Look who is volunteering at the Capitol this week
KAFP
Thank you to the following Family Doctor of the Day volunteers this week: Wendy Biggs, M.D. (March 23); Chris Jarvis, M.D. (March 24); Patricia Klassen M.D. (March 25). No session — March 26-27. However, we do need a volunteer for March 31.
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SAM Group Learning to focus on Care of the Vulnerable Elderly
KAFP
The KAFP is pleased to offer a SAM Group Learning Session: Care of the Vulnerable Elderly from 1 to 5 p.m. Wednesday, June 10 at the Wichita Marriott as a pre-session to the Annual Meeting. Secure registration is available online as a part of the KAFP Annual Meeting registration. Click here.
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Deadline extended for 2014 Meaningful Use Attestation to Medicaid EHR Incentive Program
KDHE
Kansas eligible professionals now have until 11:59 p.m. (CDT) June 30, to attest to Meaningful Use for the Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program for the 2014 reporting year.

KDHE announced that they hope to have their attestation system updated to allow attestations using the 2014 Flexibility Rule options by April 20. They extended the deadline to allow providers extra time to submit their meaningful use data.

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AAFP-F Immunization Grant Awards to provide $11,200 in support to residency programs
AAFP-Foundation
The AAFP Foundation's Senior Immunization Grant Awards will recognize family medicine residency programs that have a quality improvement project aimed at improving flu and pneumococcal vaccine rates in patients age 65 and older during the 2015-2016 flu season.

The deadline to apply for the Senior Immunization Grant Awards is April 6.

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Free kidney screening: March 27 at Wichita YMCA
National Kidney Foundation
Each year, kidney disease kills more Americans than breast and prostate cancer combined. Please download this flyer and share with your Wichita area patients, that The National Kidney Foundation is offering a free kidney screening through its KEEP Healthy program.
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