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2014 Neuroscience Symposium

September 19, 2014 at Bartle Hall-Kansas City Convention Center. Click here for more information and to register.

 




Excitement builds around Fall Virtual SAM — online registration NOW OPEN
KAFP
The Kansas Academy of Family Physicians in partnership with the Ohio, Indiana and Wisconsin chapters of the American Academy of Family Physicians is excited to announce a virtual, American Board of Family Medicine endorsed Self-Assessment Module session centered on Diabetes for Sunday, Sept. 21 beginning at, 5 p.m.

ONLINE REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN HERE and is limited to the first 20 KAFP members who register.

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$2,000 stipend and more awarded to all FMTOC's with completion of program
KAFP
The KAFP is recruiting 10 family medicine offices for a project to train Tobacco "Office Champions" in evidence-based tobacco cessation strategies, and to implement system changes to promote the integration of tobacco cessation activities into daily office routines. And your office could be one of them!
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Faces in Family Medicine Program to offer program to KU pre-med students
Faces in Family Medicine Program
The Faces in Family Medicine Program is a mentoring program for Kansas medical students and select pre-med students. This year, we will host a dinner for select pre-med students at KU in Lawrence in addition to our meals with medical students from all three KU School of Medicine campuses (Kansas City, Wichita and Salina). Nearly 78 percent of mentors last year reported being very satisfied or somewhat satisfied with the overall program. And 72.2 percent of mentors last year were satisfied with the interactions with the student. We hope you will say “yes” to being a mentor volunteer this year! You are invited to sign up by participating in this short survey.

Read more about the program and all it offers here.

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  Certificate Program in Clinical Ethics

Build your skills in bioethics. For over 30 years, clinicians and hospitals throughout our region have relied on the Center for Practical Bioethics to face the most challenging ethical issues in medicine. Our Certificate Program provides mid-career professionals with real-world tools to confront and analyze health ethics across work settings.
 


ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS coding education scheduled for August 2014
KHIMA
Even though there is not a firm date for the ICD-10 Implementation, healthcare facilities are encouraged to continue preparations towards an October 1, 2015 implementation date. If you are planning to do dual coding, this would be a good workshop for your coders to attend.

Kansas Health Information Management Association (KHIMA) will host two sites for Basic ICD-10-CM and ICD-10-PCS training. The dates and locations are as follows:
  • August 5-6, 2014: Basic ICD-10-CM; Salina
  • August 6-7, 2014: Basic ICD-10-PCS; Salina
  • August 19-20, 2014: Basic ICD-10-CM; Colby
  • August 20-21, 2014: Basic ICD-10-PCS; Colby

The price of the Basic training is $200 for each training (If attending both, the Basic ICD-10-CM and Basic ICD-10-PCS training, the price would be $400.)

Registration is open. For more information about the meetings, click here. To register, click here.

If you have any questions on this, please contact Brenda Olson at brenda.olson3@gmail.com.

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  Physician Temporary Coverage

Short and long-term temporary coverage opportunities for physicians are available throughout Kansas. Physicians select their assignments and are paid competitive rates. Hospitals, clinics, and private practices serving a rural or underserved population may request coverage. This program is administered by the KU Medical Center, Rural Health Education and Services.
 


KDHE Poisoning in Kansas 2012 Report reveals drug poisonings are on the rise
KDHE
During the last decade Kansas has seen an increase in prescription drug abuse and misuse with poisoning death rates up 120 percent and hospital discharges of people abusing or misusing prescription drugs up 75 percent.

The KDHE Poisoning in Kansas report from November 2012, using data from ED visits covering 2007-2009, Hospital Discharges from 2005-2009 and Death certificates from 2000-2010, demonstrates an increasing concern regarding prescription drugs and poisonings.

The majority of poisoning emergency department visits (63 percent) were unintentional or accidental poisoning. More than half of hospital discharges from poisoning were suicide attempts (57 percent) and most poisoning deaths were unintentional or accidental (69 percent).

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Chronic Conditions Health Homes stakeholder calls
KDHE
KDHE will hold a weekly call for stakeholders interested in Chronic Conditions Health Homes to provide updates on decision-making related to when this program will be implemented. These calls will occur weekly and, after July 21, will be held Wednesdays at noon. Calls will last no longer than one hour. Beginning July 30, these calls will be held from 12-1 p.m.

Conference Line: 1-866-620-7326 Participant Code: 664 483 2878

Please note: The purpose of these calls is to provide an update on the Chronic Conditions Health Home progress toward implementation and to answer questions about that topic.

Please note that the number of incoming lines we can support is limited, so staff in the same agencies should gather around a single phone line whenever possible.

If you need more information, in general, about Health Homes (e.g., what they are, how they work, how to become a Health Home Partner), click here or email healthhomes@kdheks.gov.

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SMI Health Homes Implementation calls to begin July 31
KDHE
The Serious Mental Illness Health Home Implementation Call series begins July 31. These calls will occur weekly on Thursdays at 10 a.m. Calls will last no longer than one hour.

Conference Line: 1-866-620-7326 Participant Code: 691 584 5857

Please remember: The purpose of these calls will be to help identify systemic implementation issues and try to develop effective solutions as quickly as possible. These calls will not be the appropriate forum to ask MCO-specific questions or learn more about other issues such as the Chronic Conditions Health Home delay. Questions will be collected via the Health Homes email box on the Health Homes website, healthhomes@kdheks.gov. Questions submitted in writing will be handled first and then questions can be taken from callers on the line. Priority will be given to questions from Health Home Partners. Questions from sub-contractors, including I/DD TCM providers, will be answered as time allows. Please put “SMI Implementation Calls” in the subject line to help successfully direct your questions.

Click here to read more.

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Possible public exposure point to measles identified at another Wichita restaurant
KDHE
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the Sedgwick County Health Department identified another possible exposure to measles from a Wichita restaurant. An employee at Sumo by Nambara was reported as a new measles case, and public health officials have determined this employee worked during the infectious period, which can occur before symptoms begin.

Due to the concern of transmission to the public, health officials are requesting anyone who dined at Sumo by Nambara, 11233 E. 13th St. N. in Wichita, on July 11 and 12, and later developed an illness with fever and rash, to contact their healthcare provider or the Sedgwick County Health Department at 316-660-7424. Healthcare providers who have questions should call SCHD or the Kansas Department of Health and Environment at 877-427-7317.

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