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Dr. Debra Doubek named 2013 Kansas Family Physician of the Year — follows in her father's footsteps
KAFP
Twenty-one years ago, KAFP congratulated Dr. Herb Doubek (Belleville) as the 1992 Kansas Family Physician of the Year. Today, it is his daughter, Dr. Debra Doubek, (Manhattan) who we have proudly selected as our 2013 Kansas Family Physician of the Year. This is the first time in KAFP history this has happened — parent and offspring are both Kansas FPOY recipients!
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Legislative Update
KAFP
Logjam Continues as Legislature Exceeds 90 Days

The legislature is now officially into "overtime." Thursday marked the 90th day of the legislative session, which is the number of days provided under Kansas law. The House and Senate adjourned Friday for the holiday weekend, without having passed either a budget or tax bill on to the governor.

House and Senate budget conferees did reach an agreement, now contained in a former education policy bill — SB 171. (Note: The link to this bill still shows the old bill, rather than the budget agreement.)

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KAFP members go to Washington, D.C., for Family Medicine Congressional Conference
KAFP
A record number of participants, nearly 250 family physicians, students, educators and chapter staff, met in Washington May 14-15 to learn about the American Academy of Family Physicians main federal advocacy issues. Attending from Kansas were Dr. Wakon Fowler, (Pratt); Dr. Lynn Fisher, (Plainville); Dr. Michael Munger, (Overland Park); Dr. Gretchen Dickson, (Wichita); and Executive Director Carolyn Gaughan.
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Are your VIS's up-to-date?
KAFP
Check your stock of VIS's against the current list. If you have outdated VIS's, please visit the online order center website to get current versions.
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Study finds recent slowdown in health spending growth mostly tied to the economy
Kaiser Family Foundation
A new Kaiser Family Foundation analysis of how the economy affects the nation's health spending concludes that the record slow growth rate of recent years stems largely from economic factors beyond the health system, with the economy explaining 77 percent of the slowdown, and more rapid growth expected in coming years if the economy strengthens as expected. Based on statistical modeling and analysis by health cost experts at the Foundation and Altarum Institute's Center for Sustainable Health Spending, the analysis assesses how much the economy is driving the nation's recent slowdown in national health spending, a category encompassing what individuals, employers and governments collectively spend.
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New video debuts, features more member stars! Hotel Room block expires TODAY
KAFP
The KAFP Annual Meeting is only a few weeks away and the hotel group rate expires at 5 p.m. on May 28. If you need a hotel reservation, act NOW. To receive the group rate of $105 per night plus taxes at the Wichita Marriott.
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National provider call: Getting started with PQRS reporting, implications for the value-based payment modifier
KAFP
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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4 new resolutions presented
KAFP
Four new resolutions were submitted for action this year. If you have input on any of these please contact the KAFP at kafp@kafponline.org with RESOLUTION FEEDBACK in subject before May 29. The KAFP Reference Committee meeting is Wednesday, May 29 at 12:15 p.m. The following resolutions have been submitted for Reference Committee recommendations. The committee recommendations will be available at the Member Meeting during the Annual Meeting, and the board will discuss and take action at its meeting on Saturday, June 15.
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Great supplement in the Annals of Family Medicine!
KAFP
Titles include these and much more:
  • Lessons Learned From the Study of Primary Care Transformation
  • Support and Strategies for Change Among Small Patient-Centered Medical Home Practices
  • Recognition as a Patient-Centered Medical Home: Fundamental or Incidental?
Transforming Primary Care Practice Volume 11, Supplement 1, 2013

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AAFP Foundation seeks donations for Oklahoma Disaster Relief; volunteer physician makes a difference
KAFP
The AAFP Foundation is collecting donations to support the disaster relief efforts for those impacted by the massive tornado that swept through suburban Oklahoma City on Monday. During times of disaster, the Foundation ensures timely and effective aid by working with partner organizations specializing in rapid-response, on-the-ground support. KAFP is proud of Wichita family physician, Dr. Jennifer Cook who volunteered her services to Oklahoma victims. Read this article published in the Wichita Eagle May 23: Wichita volunteer physician: Destruction in Moore is 'unimaginable.' If you or other family physicians you know have volunteered in Moore, please let us know so that we may feature you as well.

The AAFP accepts online contributions here: Oklahoma Disaster Relief. More information is available on the Foundation website.

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Doctors' and hospitals' use of health IT more than doubles since 2012
U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
More than half of all doctors and other eligible providers have received Medicare or Medicaid incentive payments for adopting or meaningfully using electronic health records (EHRs). HHS has met and exceeded its goal for 50 percent of doctor offices and 80 percent of eligible hospitals to have EHRs by the end of 2013.
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