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Online registration opens July 21 for Fall Virtual SAM Session: Diabetes
KAFP
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2014 Fall Virtual SAM Session: Diabetes
Sunday, Sept. 21 | 5 p.m.

The Kansas Academy of Family Physicians in partnership with the Ohio chapter of the American Academy of Family Physicians is excited to announce a virtual, American Board of Family Medicine endorsed Self-Assessment Module party centered on Diabetes for Sunday, Sept. 21, beginning at 5 p.m. Mark your calendar now and register to participate.

ONLINE REGISTRATION WILL OPEN JULY 21 and is limited to the first 20 KAFP members who register.

This innovative program will use a robust web-based system that will allow family physician learners from across the country the chance to complete a Maintenance of Certification for Family Physicians (MC-FP) SAM module while engaging their peers and an expert content leader from a location of their choosing. The KAFP registration cost for the virtual SAM is $150. ABFM fees still apply.

SAM modules consist of two parts: knowledge assessment and clinical simulation. The virtual SAM program will focus on the knowledge assessment portion of the module and allow learners to complete the clinical simulation separately within one calendar year of the virtual SAM. Once fully completed, the physician learner will receive 12 Continuing Medical Education (CME) credits from the AAFP and recognition for having completed the required stage for MC-FP from the ABFM.

This cutting-edge program will bring the issues of diabetes directly into the physician’s home or office with guidance from a peer expert and the knowledge-sharing that occurs when completing a SAM with fellow family physicians.

If you have questions or would like to register, please contact KAFP at 316-721-9005 or at kafp@kafponline.org.

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Support formation of Rural Member Interest Group
AAFP
The Kansas and Idaho chapters of the AAFP are collaborating to establish a new Rural Member Interest Group within the AAFP. Member interest groups provide a forum for AAFP active members with shared professional interests. We are excited about this new venture but need your help to get this grassroots effort off the ground.

To form a group, AAFP requires 50 active members with interest in the group. If you are a rural physician or have an interest in rural medicine, and have not already completed this form, please do! Click Rural Member Interest Group and provide your name and AAFP ID if known.

The Rural Member Interest Group will be a forum to discuss issues on rural health and help determine an approach to address those issues within the framework of the AAFP.

Group members will have the opportunity to do the following:
  • Network with fellow AAFP members
  • Participate in interest-specific continuing professional development activities
  • Deliver a unified message to AAFP leadership
  • Develop AAFP policy
  • Provide input on AAFP policies and positions (upon request)
  • Pursue professional leadership development within the AAFP
  • Connect to existing AAFP resources
  • Meet face-to-face at AAFP Assembly

There is no obligation to attend meetings. However, your input and feedback during teleconferences and emails surrounding rural member interest is important. KAFP Alternate Delegate and McCann Professor & Associate Dean for Rural Health Education, Mike Kennedy, MD, FAAFP, along with Idaho family physician, Dave Schmitz, MD, will serve as co-chairs for the Rural Member Interest Group.

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Apply for a KAFP Committee Appointment
KAFP
KAFP is pleased to offer the opportunity for you to get involved with your organization by volunteering to serve on a committee. Through committee involvement you can help determine the direction of family medicine. Click here to indicate the committees in which you are interested. Appointed committee members help form policy and make recommendations to keep the organization at the forefront of the specialty on a variety of topics affecting the specialty.

Please respond by July 11 to ensure that your request is reviewed during our appointment process. If you have questions, please contact us at kafp@kafponline.org or 316.721.9005. Thank you for your interest!

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Family Practice Management Award for Practice Improvement — Deadline Aug.1
AAFP
The Family Practice Management Award for Practice Improvement is awarded annually to a primary care practice or practice organization that has made significant improvement in one or more of the following areas in the past three calendar years: clinical outcomes, clinical process improvement, patient satisfaction, staff satisfaction, physician satisfaction, and practice efficiency and productivity. This award is cosponsored by the Society for Teachers of Family Medicine (STFM).

Applications and supporting materials are due by Aug. 1. The winning practice will receive a framed certificate, a cash award of $500 and one complimentary registration to the STFM Conference on Practice Improvement.

Contact Lindsey Hoover at lhoover@aafp.org or ext. 5119 with questions.

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2014 Population Health Webinar Series: The Kansas Perinatal Quality Collaborative
State Office of Rural Health
Wednesday, July 9
12-12:30 p.m. Central
Speaker: Dr. Sue Hall, Chair, Kansas Perinatal Quality Collaborative

The State Office of Rural Health is hosting a series of Population Health webinars to highlight a variety of statewide programs/services that impact population health in Kansas. Join the webinar on July 9 to learn more about the Kansas Perinatal Quality Collaborative.

State Perinatal Quality Collaboratives are networks of perinatal care providers and public health professionals working to improve pregnancy outcomes for women and newborns by advancing evidence-based clinical practices and processes. In this collective impact effort, key partnerships are forming with U. S. Department of Health and Human Services-Region VII, Kansas Department of Health and Environment, Kansas Healthcare Collaborative, University of Kansas, Wichita State University, Kansas hospitals, perinatal providers, and non-profits. The KPQC was formed in 2012 and has been working to identify and launch a quality improvement project. The KPQC selected exclusive breastfeeding.

Click here to register for the webinar.

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Practice survey pinpoints highs, lows of health insurance exchanges
AAFP
The Colorado-based Medical Group Management Association recently released the results of a survey designed to gain a better understanding of how health insurance exchanges — a critical component of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act — are affecting physicians' practices.
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National HIV Testing Day is June 27
Kansas Department of Health and Environment
National HIV Testing Day on June 27 is the time to "Take the Test, Take Control." The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone between the ages of 13 and 64 get tested for HIV. CDC estimates that more than 1.1 million people are living with HIV in the United States and 1 in 5 don't know they are infected. Getting tested is the first step to finding out if you have HIV. If you have HIV, getting medical care and taking prescribed medication regularly helps you live a longer, healthier life and also lowers the chances of passing HIV on to others. In 2012, there were a total of 3,836 people in Kansas living with HIV/AIDS.
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