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Wanda Filer, MD, to speak at annual meeting
KAFP
KAFP is pleased to welcome Wanda Filer, MD, MBA of York, Pa., as our official AAFP representative to 'come home' to KAFP! As a member of the AAFP Board of Directors, she will conduct the installation of our 2013-14 officers and provide the AAFP Update at the Member Meeting Lunch both on Friday, June 14, AND... Dr. Filer is also one of our special speakers. She will present "Recognizing the Impact of Child Sexual Assault across the Lifespan" on Thursday, June 13. Attendees will recognize the wide-reaching health related effects that affect childhood victims of sexual assault throughout their lifetime, including chronic diseases, reproductive/sexual health behavior issues, health risk behaviors and mental health issues. In addition, you will understand the relationship of childhood abuse and household dysfunction to many of the leading causes of death in adults, as well as the public health perspective of why it's important to ask about past abuse. And you will be better equipped to inquire appropriately about past abuse.

Please join us at the 2013 KAFP Annual Meeting 'Coming Home.' Register today at http://kafponline.org/education/annualmeeting/. And if you haven't already watched, check out our first Annual Meeting video.
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Legislative update
KAFP
The Kansas Legislature returned Wednesday, May 8, to begin the 2013 Veto/Wrap-up Session. With the exception of a few conference committee bills, however, little real action has occurred. Most noticeable is the lack of any outward progress — not even conference committee meetings — on a tax package compromise. And, of course, that must be finalized before House and Senate budget negotiators can complete their work on the state budget.
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KHI releases Issue Brief: Children's Initiatives Fund
KAFP
The Kansas Health Institute (KHI) issue brief explains the origins of the Children's Initiatives Fund (CIF) in Kansas and how the fund is used to support children's programs, especially those that focus on early childhood, health, mental health and child welfare.

The brief also examines how the governor's budget proposals for fiscal years 2014 and 2015 would use CIF money to reinforce an increased focus on fourth grade reading programs, but would remove CIF funding for two large programs. Alternative funding exists for one of these programs, the Newborn Screening program, but not the other, the Family Centered System of Care grant for children's mental health. The governor's budget recommendations keep overall CIF spending level from the previous year.

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May is Hepatitis Awareness Month; May 19 is a national Hepatitis Testing Day
KAFP
Center for Disease and Control (CDC) announced that May is Hepatitis Awareness Month. Because hepatitis B and hepatitis C can become chronic infections that can lead to liver cancer and liver cirrhosis, CDC's Division of Viral Hepatitis is leading a national education initiative called Know More Hepatitis. The initiative aims to decrease the burden of chronic viral hepatitis by increasing awareness about this hidden epidemic and encouraging people who may be chronically infected to get tested.

May 19 has been designated as a national Hepatitis Testing Day in the United States. Millions of Americans have chronic viral hepatitis; most of them do not know they are infected. Hepatitis Testing Day is an opportunity to raise awareness of viral hepatitis and encourage priority populations to get tested.

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National Provider Call: Getting Started with PQRS Reporting: Implications for the Value-Based Payment Modifier
CMS
This National Provider Call will cover how to obtain an Individuals Authorized Access to the CMS Computer Services (IACS) account in order for physician group practices to select their CY 2013 Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) group reporting mechanism, and if applicable, elect quality tiering to calculate their CY 2015 value-based payment modifier; and individual eligible professionals to select the administrative claims reporting mechanism for CY 2013. A question and answer session will follow the presentation.
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National Provider Call: Stage 1 of the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs for Eligible Professionals: 1st in a Series
CMS
This session will inform individual practitioners on the basics of Stage 1 of the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs. Learn if you are eligible, and if so, what you need to do to earn an incentive. This is the first in a series of 6 National Provider Calls on the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs. Other topics include: Stage 2, clinical quality measures, hardship exceptions, payment adjustments and a discussion on certification by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology.
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National Provider Call: National Physician Payment Transparency Program (OPEN PAYMENTS) — What you need to know
CMS
The National Physician Payment Transparency Program (OPEN PAYMENTS), Section 6002 of the Affordable Care Act, requires manufacturers of pharmaceuticals or medical devices to publically report payments made to physicians and teaching hospitals, creating greater transparency around the financial relationships that occur among them. This National Provider Call will give an overview of what you need to know about OPEN PAYMENTS.
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Report from CEO Dr. Bruce Bagley: 'What's wrong with this picture?'
TranfsorMed
Dr. Bruce Bagley writes, "It may be time to reframe how we think about these new communication channels that are now part of the fabric of our lives at work, at home and in between. If one of the essential elements of effective primary care is the continuous healing relationship, then we must leverage these new technologies to enhance that relationship with patients and support the work of the care team. Health information technology offers an opportunity to change how we do our work, often with greater efficiency, more reliability and better service for the patients we serve. If our goal is to be truly patient centered, then we have an obligation to meet them where they are and connect with them in the way they prefer."
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Kansas to get new ACA jobs despite snub of healthcare law
Kansas Health Institute
Four states that have snubbed the federal health law by defaulting to the federal government to build new online insurance marketplaces and not agreeing to expand Medicaid are getting new jobs at call centers that will help consumers understand their new coverage options this fall. Kansas is one of the four states. As many as 9,000 jobs are expected to be created at call centers to support the new federally run marketplaces.
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Faculty loan repayment program
HRSA
Health professions faculty from disadvantaged backgrounds can receive up to a maximum of $40,000 towards repayment of their student loans in exchange for educating tomorrow's clinicians. Individuals selected to participate in the program agree to serve on the faculty of an accredited health professions college or university for 2 years. The government pays up to a maximum of $40,000 of the participant's student loans and provides funds to offset the tax burden.
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The 2012 Janet Sevier Gilbreath Special Project Recognition Award
Health Fund
Changing long-established practices and procedures for providing healthcare is a tall order. Changing medical practice and physician education practice at the same time stretches tall to Kansas basketball-player heights. For the KU School of Medicine—Wichita Smoky Hill Family Medicine Residency program and the Salina Family Health Care Center, it was a slam dunk.
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