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Primary care: Health reform and you
The first brief by the Commonwealth Fund, titled "Primary Care: Our First Line of Defense" [PDF] discusses such topics as the importance of having easy access to preventive care services, the patient-centered medical home, team-based care and the role of health information technology in improving quality and efficiency. Additional briefs are being written and will be posted as they become available at http://kafponline.org/ToolsResources/PrimaryCareHealthReformYou/.
FMIGs win PoE Award
Congratulations University of Kansas School of Medicine Family Medicine Interest Groups of both the Kansas City and Wichita campuses who are recipients of the 2013 Program of Excellence (PoE) Awards for Excellence in FMIG Operation.
The American Academy of Family Physicians will present both the KU School of Medicine Family Medicine Interest Groups with the 2013 Program of Excellence Award during its national conference July 28-30 in Kansas City.
The award is one of five special recognition categorical awards given annually by the AAFP in addition to its overall performance awards to recognize the achievement of promoting the values and philosophy of family medicine.
SAVE THE DATE: 2013 Kansas PCMH Summit
Please mark your calendars for the 2013 Kansas Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Summit for Nov. 1-2, 2013 at the Wichita Country Club, Wichita, Kan. Schedule of events to be available soon!
Complete evaluations by June 28 to be entered into drawing for free conference registration; annual meeting speaker handouts available until July 1
Speaker handouts and the 2013 Conference Manual from the KAFP Annual Meeting June 13-15, will be available online until July 1. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you need the website address.
Electronic records mean better care, Kansas doctor says
The Topeka Capital-Journal
All doctors may think they do a great job making their patients healthier, but now data can show if they really do, according to a Kansas doctor serving on a national commission. Plainville physician Jennifer Brull was selected as one of 28 doctors and medical support staff chosen by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology to find ways to turn electronic medical records into better outcomes. She is a board member of the Kansas Foundation for Medical Care and a physician with Prairie Star Family Practice, an affiliate of Post Rock Family Medicine.
NRCME DOT Training
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has established a National Registry of Certified Medical Examiners with
requirements that all medical examiners who conduct physical examinations for interstate commercial motor vehicle drivers must complete
a training course and pass a certification examination prior to May 21, 2014. Please contact the IAAFP at 515-283-9370 with questions.
Learn how to implement use of fluoride varnish in your office and receive reimbursement
Kansas Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics
If you would like to learn more on how to implement the use of fluoride varnish in pediatric patients visits and get PAID for it, contact Leslie Sherman at email@example.com or visit their website at http://www.kansasaap.org/.
7 predictions for the future of healthcare technology
Sean Mehra writes, "For thousands of years, the science and art of medicine has been passed down from generation to generation under an apprenticeship model. Today, we have an opportunity to leverage technology to make doctors' wisdom accessible to all. To date, we've published entire encyclopedias of medical knowledge, but they remain largely impenetrable by the mass audience. What's missing is useful, user-friendly information that guides healthy behavior."
Hepatitis C test for baby boomers urged by health panel
The New York Times
An influential health advisory group has reversed itself and concluded that all baby boomers should be tested for hepatitis C, meaning that under the new health law many insurance plans will have to provide screening without charge to patients. The group, the United States Preventive Services Task Force, announced its change of heart, saying there was likely to be some benefit from such screening.
NoMoreClipboard and ICA to collaborate on health information exchange and patient engagement opportunitie
Healthcare Technology Online
NoMoreClipboard and ICA, a provider of interoperability technology that enables care coordination and health information exchange (HIE), recently announced a strategic agreement that will capitalize on integrating ICA HIE offerings with NoMoreClipboard personal health record (PHR) and patient portal solutions. By combining ICA technology with patient-facing applications from NoMoreClipboard, HIEs, hospitals, health systems, providers, communities and ACOs can improve electronic communication with patients and meet the patient engagement requirements in meaningful use stage two.
Physician shortage expected to worsen
Wichita Business Journal
As millions of Americans become newly insured when the Affordable Care Act kicks begins in earnest Jan. 1, a shortage of primary care physicians is expected to worsen.
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