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Sign up today for webinar to learn more about Rural Health Pilot Project grant opportunity
KAFP
The webinars explaining the Kansas Rural Health Systems Improvement Pilot Project grant opportunity are this week — Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Participation in one of these webinars is a required step in the application process, but carries no further obligation or commitment. If you haven't yet decided whether to take advantage of this opportunity to improve access, quality, cost, patient health outcomes and long-term financial viability of your community's local health systems, or if you are already interested in applying and want to learn more about the next steps, please sign up for one of the three webinars today at ruralhealthopportunity.org.
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NRCME Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (DOT) training course offered Nov. 9 in Overland Park
KAFP
The KAFP is working with the Iowa, Illinois and Nebraska Chapters to bring you medical examiner education to prepare you to take the National Registry for Certified Medical Examiners Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) examination. We are pleased to offer a class on Nov. 9 at Tomahawk Ridge Community Center (Overland Park, Kan.) — 7:45 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

For more information and to register go to: http://www.kafponline.org/Education/NRCMEFederalMotorCarrierSafetyAdministration/

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CMS National Training Program Medicare Workshop 2013
KAFP
The 2013 CMS National Training Program Workshop will take place in your region on Aug. 6-7, 2013 at the Kansas City Marriott Country Club Plaza in Kansas City, Mo. As always, there will be no charge to you for the training. More information regarding the program and logistics will be sent to you via email soon, including information to book hotel accommodations at the group rate. This session does not fulfill the certification requirements for navigators or other assisters, or for agents and brokers. The training that does provide certification for the Marketplace will be web based and be accessible in August.
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Make your mark on family medicine — apply to serve on a committee
KAFP
Looking to get more involved with your organization — Kansas Academy of Family Physicians? Now is your chance to put your mark on family medicine. You are invited to apply to serve on one of KAFP's 6 committees (click here to apply for a kafp committee). Surely one of these peek your interest!
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CMMS webinars available in July and August
KAFP
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, Kansas City Regional Office, invites you to participate in a series of Health Insurance Marketplace and Small Business Health Options Program webinars.

Understanding the Health Insurance Marketplace
A two-hour detailed review of the Marketplace (exchanges), including eligibility, enrollment, plan structure, the streamlined application process and online resources.

Overview of the Small Business Health Option Program (SHOP) Marketplace
A one-hour high-level webinar overview of the SHOP and the online resources available for small businesses.

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Webinar: Health information technology topics
Synōvim
An Encore Presentation by Trish Harkness
July 16, 2013 at 12:15 p.m.

Synōvim Healthcare Solutions is pleased to invite you to an encore presentation by Trish Harkness, CISSP, CHPS, senior HIT privacy and security consultant. Trish will provide a 20-25 minute summary of several recent presentations with topics including the meaningful use requirements to protect electronic health information, key changes to HIPAA regulations and meaningful use audit considerations. Angie Barnett, account manager, will provide information regarding Synōvim services including meaningful use assistance and HIT privacy and security Services. Trish and Angie will take questions from attendees during the last 20 minutes as well as discuss answers to commonly asked questions.

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What's next now that the AMA has declared obesity a disease?
American Medical News
Within a day of the American Medical Association declaring it a disease, obesity also captured attention on Capitol Hill. Lawmakers introduced bipartisan bills in the Senate and House to lower healthcare costs and prevent chronic diseases by addressing the nation's obesity epidemic.
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Cybersecurity for medical devices
By Rosemary Sparacio
The issue of cybersecurity in the medical and healthcare field was first discussed when it was still in its infancy in 2005. Since then, technological advances have required the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and others to be much more proactive and involved in the process. And this process must include everyone: The FDA, the medical device manufacturers, the IT users who are mostly in hospitals and doctor's offices, and the independent IT providers, such as the IBMs, Microsofts and Ciscos of the world, among a whole host of others.
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New rule targets drug shortages
Boston Herald
Federal regulators, trying to head off drug shortages, are poised to release a proposed rule that would require manufacturers to notify them if they stop or delay production of critical drugs. The rule would require manufacturers to give the Food and Drug Administration six months' notice before discontinuing or interrupting the production of drugs that are life-sustaining, or that treat or prevent debilitating diseases.
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Government asks health IT Industry to police itself on patient safety
Forbes
In a recently published plan, the government stopped short of establishing a new agency to investigate patient deaths related to health information technology, as recommended by the Institute of Medicine. Instead, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), which already directs the implementation of electronic health records, will work with a slew of private and public entities to protect patient safety.
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Healthcare information technology blossoms in Kansas City
The Kansas City Star
A slip of paper at the nurses' station indicated a certain medication dose was due for a patient. Dallas Fulton knew better. Actually, his hand-held computer knew better. Fulton, a registered nurse on staff in Truman Medical Centers' Hospital Hill intensive care unit, gets real-time electronic information about prescriptions, vital signs and any other aspect of patient care. His "CareMobile" device, never far from his side, quickly showed him that the patient's physician had just changed the prescription order.
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