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Final DOT training webinar is May 15
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Last chance before deadline!

You have one last chance to get your DOT training completed before the May 21 deadline. All medical examiners who wish to conduct physical exams for interstate commercial motor vehicle drivers must complete a training course and pass the National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners (NRCME) exam prior to May 21.

You can check out the NRCME Federal Motor Carrier Administration Training and register for the webinar training: May 15, 1-5:30 p.m. Central. Click here to register.

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KAFP-Foundation Fundraiser Wine Tasting offers shuttle service for event
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You are invited to attend the Wine Tasting Fundraiser for the KAFP-Foundation on Thursday, June 5, in Olathe, Kan. This event takes place during the Annual Meeting. If you plan to attend the KAFP Annual Meeting, you can register for both the Annual Meeting and Wine Tasting.

If you only wish to attend the Wine Tasting, register here.

Event time and location:
The Wine Tasting Fundraiser is 7-9:30 p.m., June 5, in the home of Dr. John and Debbie Feehan in Olathe, Kan. New this year, we will offer shuttle service from the Overland Park Marriott to their home to each registered attendee.

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4 new resolutions presented
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Four new resolutions were submitted for board action this year. The board will also review resolutions from 5 years ago to decide whether to retain, rewrite or sunset them. You can view all the resolutions here: 2014 Resolutions.

The KAFP Reference Committee will meet Tuesday, May 27, at 12:15 p.m. by conference call. The committee recommendations will be available at the Member Meeting during the Annual Meeting on Friday, June 6. The board will discuss and take action at its meeting on Saturday, June 7.

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Legislative update: 9 May 2014
By Dodie Wellshear, Government Relations Consultant
2014 Legislature closes
The 2014 Legislature wrapped up its business in the wee hours of May 3, in one of the shortest sessions in years. State law allows for a 90-day session and this legislature used only 79 of those. With most of the major issues completed in the regular session, the veto or wrap-up session lasted just over three days!


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KAFP-F receives Kansas Health Foundation healthy living grant
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The Kansas Health Foundation announced last week that KAFP-Foundation will receive a $58,388 healthy living grant to establish and fund a Family Medicine Tobacco Office Champions project by KAFP. The project's overall goal is to improve Tobacco Prevention/Cessation in physician offices. KAFP-F is one of 22 grantees to receive the funding. Stay tuned for program details and YOUR clinic's opportunity to apply.

The grantees — including universities, nonprofit organizations, state agencies and municipalities — received funding through a competitive application process, with individual grant awards of up to $100,000. Initiatives funded emphasized strategies intended to lead to implementation of policy, systems and environmental interventions with the potential to impact a broad population. Through this type of grant making, the Foundation opens up to Kansans who have the experience, know-how and inspiration to tackle some of the toughest issues facing public health today and provides the funding needed to see their mission accomplished.

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AAFP and KAFP membership grows
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The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) announced that it has 115,900 total members! Our Kansas chapter has grown as well: We have 1,671 members, an increase of 60. Thank you for your membership.

AAFP Benchmarks
  2013   2014  
Total 110,600 (4/13) 115,900 (4/14)
Active 66,300 (2/13) 67,400 (2/14)
Student 23,300 (4/13) 26,900 (4/14)
Resident 10,700 (2/13) 11,100 (2/14)


KAFP Benchmarks
  2013   2014  
Total 1,611 (4/13) 1,671 (4/14)
Active 1,006 (2/13) 1,018 (2/14)
Student    362 (4/13)    409 (4/14)
Resident    120 (2/13)    122 (2/14)

Know someone who isn't a member but should be? Please share the Membership Benefits with them. For further information or questions contact KAFP at kafp@kafponline.org or 316.721.9005.

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Chronic Care Health Homes Webinar
By Health Homes Herald
Health Homes is a new Medicaid initiative in Kansas that will expand coordination and support services for patients with certain chronic conditions, including Diabetes, Asthma and Serious Mental Illness. KAFP is working with Rebecca Ross of the KDHE Department of Health Care Finance and we have set up a webinar for you about Health Homes. It will explain the Health Homes model, who it benefits and how Primary Care Clinics play a key role in improving the health outcomes of some of our most vulnerable populations.

Title: Health Homes: A Primer for Primary Care Providers
Date: Tuesday, June 24
Time: 12-1 p.m. Central

To register please contact Vanessa Lohf, LBSW, at WSU Center for Community Support & Research at vanessa.lohf@wichita.edu or by phone 316.978.5380. Click here for more information.

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A note from Synovim about EHR Upgrades & Meaningful Use
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The number of 2014 Certified EHR Systems is growing; however, many practices have not received their 2014 upgrade versions. Beginning this year, regardless of stage of Meaningful Use, you are required to have your 2014 certified version implemented in order to attest to Meaningful Use. Please contact your vendor to inquire about your upgrade status. You will only have until July 1 to submit a hardship exclusion if you experience vendor issues with timely implementation of your upgrade. Contact your Synōvim HIT consultant if you feel you need assistance — email info@synovim.org or call 785-273-3031.
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CMS launches improved Quality Improvement Program
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Beneficiary Protection contractors announced

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services took the agency's first step in restructuring the Quality Improvement Organization Program to improve patient care, health outcomes, and save taxpayer resources.

This first phase of the restructuring will allow two Beneficiary and Family-Centered Care QIO contractors to support the program's case review and monitoring activities separate from the traditional quality improvement activities of the QIOs. CMS has announced the awards for the regionalized Beneficiary and Family Centered Care contracts. Kansas will be contracted to KePRO of Ohio for the contract work currently performed by KFMC, commonly referred to as the beneficiary protection and case review work. Kansas Foundation for Medical Care (KFMC) will not be doing case review work in Kansas anymore. KFMC will continue to work with Kansas physicians on quality improvement.

Click here to read the CMS press release. Click here for more information.

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