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You asked for it ... you got it! 2 more DOT Training webinars offered
KAFP
We have received numerous inquiries regarding more trainings — so are pleased to annouce two up-coming opportunities for the NRCME Federal Motor Carrier Administration (DOT) Training

Maximum registrants per webinar is 100 — get your registration in today! Here are the dates and registration links:

May 8 — 1-5:30 p.m. CDT         Click Here to Register
May 15 — 1-5:30 p.m. CDT       Click Here to Register

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.

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SB 311 receives support from members
KAFP
Dodie Wellshear will have a full report on the legislature next week, meanwhile the KAFP Board and Governmental Advocacy Committee (GAC) were very active at the end of last week. Kansas Medical Society requested our support of the passage of SB 311 (Increasing the noneconomic damages cap and changing rules related to expert evidence). Here’s the thank you note from Kansas Medical Society Executive Director, Jerry Slaughter — good work Board and GAC!

Rachelle and I want to personally thank you both for everything you did to help secure passage of SB 311. Your support was crucial, and the entire KAFP team really stepped up and made a difference. It may not be apparent immediately, but I assure you that what we have accomplished for the physicians of this state will produce benefits for years to come, and will save physicians tens of millions of dollars in premiums, as well as helping to keep Kansas a great place to practice medicine. Please express our deepest thanks also to your Board and to Dr. Miller, whose support and efforts were especially helpful. Thanks again.

Jerry

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Foundation fundraisers seek donations
KAFP
During the Annual Meeting each year, the KAFP Foundation has great success with its Silent Auction and the Wine Tasting fundraisers. The success can be attributed to the contributors like you! Your generosity is appreciated.

Please consider a donation to the Silent Auction and/or the Wine Tasting. Complete this form, and let us know what you would like to contribute: KAFP Foundation Donation.

How to donate: Complete this form and let us know what you would like to contribute: KAFP Foundation Donation. You may also email kafp@kafponine.org or call 316-721-9005.

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SAM Group Learning Session offered day before Annual Meeting
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*.

Information/registration: Click here

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CMS open payments webinar — April 16
CMS
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) invites you to attend the Open Payments Webinar on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, from noon-1 p.m. CDT.

Open Payments (Physician Payments Sunshine Act) is a program that increases public awareness of financial relationships between drug and device manufacturers and certain healthcare providers. This webinar will provide an overview of the final rule, information on your role in the program, resources available to you as a healthcare provider and key program dates. The presentation will be followed by a question and answer session with staff from the Center for Program Integrity's Data Sharing and Partnership Group.

Webinar link: https://webinar.cms.hhs.gov/openpaymentsro5-8/

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Take action during National Public Health Week — April 7-13
KAFP
During the first full week of April each year, communities across the United States to observe National Public Health Week as a time to recognize the contributions of public health and highlight issues that are important to improving our nation. For nearly 20 years, APHA has served as the organizer of NPHW. Check out the new campaign materials by American Public Health Association that can be used during and after NPHW to raise awareness about public health and prevention. Thank you for sharing!
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The Breakfast Effect — free toolkits
Midwest Dairy Council
Recent research reveals that children who eat school breakfast are healthier and perform better in school. The Breakfast Effect is a new series of seven videos exploring the effects of #schoolbreakfast on health and learning. You can also access free toolkits, sample menus and more here. Please share this information with your patients and help increase the number of students who have access to and participate in the school breakfast program.
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Heartland Telehealth Resource Center to host conferences for telemedicine practitioners
Heartland Telehealth Resource Center
The Heartland Telehealth Resource Center is hosting regional telehealth conferences for all levels of current and prospective rural telemedicine practitioners. Select one, two or all three sessions for any level of administration, providers and staff from community hospitals, CAHs, RHCs, FQHCs, CMHCs or public health departments.
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Kansas Medicaid enrollment continues to climb
KHI
A new report from federal officials shows that Medicaid enrollment in Kansas continues to climb. Kansas officials said they attribute the increase to greater awareness of the program due to the Affordable Care Act and the recent promotions and advertising of the health insurance marketplace.
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Kansas healthcare navigators slammed with requests ahead of ACA deadline
The Associated Press via KMUW-Radio
Consumers and healthcare counselors struggled through problems with the federal online health insurance marketplace. They were hit with a crush of late requests from Kansans trying to sign up for health coverage by the deadline. The Kansas Association for the Medically Underserved trained most of the state's 170 or so healthcare counselors or navigators.
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