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Reserve hotel room by May 27 for KAFP Annual Meeting group rate
KAFP
Are you ready to join us June 11-13, as we focus on family medicine? If you need overnight accommodations, make your reservation at the Wichita Marriott Hotel BEFORE the May 27 deadline and take advantage of the special group convention rate of $112/night for a single/double room plus applicable taxes.
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5 new resolutions presented
KAFP
Five new resolutions were submitted for action this year. The Board of Directors will take action on them and also resolutions from 5 years ago to decide whether to retain, rewrite or sunset them. You can view all the resolutions here: 2015 Resolutions.

The KAFP Reference Committee will meet Thursday, May 21 at 12:15 by conference call to discuss the resolutions. Committee recommendations will be available at the Member Meeting during the Annual Meeting at lunch on Friday, June 12. The board will discuss and take action at its meeting on Saturday, June 13. If you have any questions or input on the resolutions please contact Carolyn Gaughan at kafp@kafponline.org.

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SAM Group Learning has 5 seats left
KAFP
If you have been waiting to sign up for the Pre-Session: SAM Group Learning, Care of the Vulnerable Elderly on June 10 — wait no more! There are only 5 slots left. Reserve your space today!
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LEGISLATIVE UPDATE


Legislature hits 90-day deadline, exit plan still elusive
Dodie Wellshear, KAFP Government Relations Consultant
The Legislature's official 90-day session expired on Saturday, May 16. The deadline passed with barely a whimper, as both chambers wrapped up early and left by mid-morning on Friday.

Still elusive is a coherent exit strategy – essentially a revenue plan that bridges the $400 million per year (FY 16 & FY 17) gap between State revenues and the budget negotiated by House and Senate budget leaders that leaves an ending balance healthy enough to appropriately manage cash flow.

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AAFP-Foundation seeks donations for Nepal earthquake relief
AAFP Foundation
The 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal Saturday, April 25, less than 50 miles from the capital of Kathmandu at 11:41 a.m. local time. Nepal continues to reel from powerful aftershocks and the devastating earthquake that at last count has left more than 8,000 people dead and countless more injured. The quake was strong enough to shake even the Himalayan Mountains. It is being called the worst earthquake in Nepal in more than 80 years.
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HPV vaccination and vaccine administration errors
KDHE
CDC will present a "Current Issues in Immunization NetConference" on May 20 from 11 to 12 p.m. (CT). Topics and Speakers:
  • "HPV Vaccination Update — 2015," presented by Susan Hariri, PhD, Epidemiology and Statistics Branch, Division of STD Prevention, National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention, CDC
  • "Vaccine Administration Errors reported to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS)," presented by Beth F. Hibbs RN, MPH, Immunization Safety Office, Division of Healthcare Quality Promotion, National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases, CDC

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No delay for ICD-10. Are you ready?
BCBSKS
Ready or not, the ICD-10 implementation date is Oct. 1, 2015. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas (BCBSKS) is hosting ICD-10 readiness workshops featuring Rebekah S. Gatti (CCS-P, CP, CPC-I, CEDC, CPMA) on June 2 in Wichita, June 3 in Hays, and June 4 in Topeka.
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Effectiveness of pertussis vaccines; no immunity to parapertussis
IAC Express
DTaP vaccines are about 98 percent effective against pertussis within 1 year of receiving the fifth dose. However, 5 years later, protection declines to about 70 percent. Tdap vaccines are about 73 percent effective within 1 year of receiving a single dose. However, 2 to 4 years later protection declines to about 34 percent. Parapertussis, like pertussis, can cause a whooping cough-like syndrome. Most studies agree that current pertussis vaccines provide limited to no immunity to parapertussis.
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