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AAFP Program of Excellence Awards recognize 17 family medicine interest groups including KU on Kansas City and Wichita campuses
AAFP
The American Academy of Family Physicians has named 17 medical school Family Medicine Interest Groups as winners of the 2013 Program of Excellence Award for their outstanding activities in generating interest in family medicine. Award winners will be honored during an Aug. 1 ceremony at the AAFP National Conference of Family Medicine Residents and Medical Students in Kansas City.
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CME in Fredonia scheduled for Sept. 13
KAFP
Register today for a fun CME event in Fredonia, Kan. Online registration, schedule and faculty information is available at: http://www.kafponline.org/education/regionalcmemeetings

KAFP SE Regional CME Meeting
Friday, Sept. 13 – 12:45-8 p.m.
Bacani Hotel, Fredonia, KS

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Take advantage of 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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Choosing your PQRS group reporting mechanism and implications for the value-based payment modifier — registration open
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Don't miss this important PQRS call on Wednesday, July 31; 1:30-2:30 p.m. CT

To register: Visit MLN Connects Upcoming Calls. Space may be limited, register early.

Target audience: Physicians, physician group practices, practice managers, medical and specialty societies, payers, insurers.

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Final webinar in the series is July 23 — don't miss 'Implement Team-Based Care to Support Patient Self-Management'
AAFP
A free TransforMED webinar series that began in May and explores the topic of patient self-management soon will conclude with its third offering. Register now to learn how to assemble and fine-tune a clinical team that can effectively support strategies to enhance patient self-management in a busy family medicine practice.
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Safety net clinics receive Kansas Health Foundation grants
Kansas Health Foundation
In an effort to strengthen and enhance the level of preventive services available at safety net clinics in Kansas, the Kansas Health Foundation has awarded grant funding to 15 clinics throughout the state totaling $235,000. "Safety net clinics in our state do a tremendous job of providing care under challenging circumstances," said Steve Coen, president and CEO of the Kansas Health Foundation. "Through this grant funding, we are pleased to partner with these clinics in expanding and strengthening their ability to provide services to clients that are designed to prevent illnesses before they occur."
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Accountable care organizations in rural America
Rural Health Research & Policy Center
This policy brief reports that Medicare ACOs currently operate in 17.5 percent of all U.S. non-metropolitan counties, including Medicare ACOs operating exclusively in nonmetropolitan counties. Furthermore, Medicare ACOs operate in nonmetropolitan counties in every U.S. Census Region. The implications for rural providers are significant. ACO participants — principally hospitals and physicians — and their competitors can no longer rely exclusively on a business model that prioritizes service volume as an operational priority. Instead, they must direct attention and resources to increasing clinical quality, improving patient experience and lowering the cost of care.
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Registration open: 2013 Kansas PCMH Summit 'Flip the Switch'
KAFP
Make plans now to attend the 2013 Kansas Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH) Summit 'Flip the Switch' on Nov. 1-2, at the Wichita Country Club, Wichita, Kan.

Schedule and registration is available at: http://www.kafponline.org/KansasPCMH/

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