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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 November 1-2, 2013 at the Wichita Country Club, Wichita, Kan. Schedule and registration is available at: http://www.kafponline.org/KansasPCMH/
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Grant aims to catalyze new Kansas effort to expand access to dental services
Kansas Health Institute
A national foundation is stepping up to help Kansas solve one of its most persistent health care problems – lack of access to dental care in many parts of the state. A 2011 report done by researchers at the University of Kansas Medical Center found that at least 57,000 Kansans live in “dental deserts,” areas where the closest dental office is at least a half-hour’s drive from where they live.
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First Human West Nile Virus Positive Case Reported in Kansas for 2013
Kansas Department of Health and Environment
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) has announced the first reported case of West Nile virus for 2013. The individual that tested positive is an adult from Atchison County. KDHE has also learned of the first West Nile virus positive mosquito sample in Kansas for 2013. The positive mosquito sample was collected from Sedgwick County.
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Take advantage of NRCME Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (DOT) training course
KAFP
Overland Park, Nov. 9
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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Immunization Program Conference
KAFP
'Doing the Right Thing-Vaccines 2013'
Oct. 15-17
Marriott Hotel - Wichita, Kansas

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KAFP SE Regional Meeting is accredited for 5 prescribed credits
KAFP
KAFP is pleased to announce that: This live activity, KAFP SE Regional CME Meeting, with a beginning date of Sept. 13, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to five prescribed credits by the American Academy of Family Physicians. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 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, Kan.

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Educate your patients: 5 tips for teaching about insurance
By Jessica Taylor
Health insurance is every practice's nightmare. I'm sure you have millions of questions that arise when you're pulling and filing claims. Don't fret, though, you're not the only one who's confused. Most of your patients do not know about their insurance either, and it's up to you to educate them. USA Today recently reported that about 7 million Americans are estimated to start buying health insurance as part of the new law, but a new survey showed they don't understand the basics of how insurance works or is provided.
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New hospital compare hospital-specific reports available for readmission and complication measures
CMS
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced the availability of new Hospital Compare hospital-specific reports (HSRs) on My QualityNet for participating hospitals. CMS recently notified hospitals of an issue with their Hospital Compare preview reports for various 30-day readmission and complication measures. Following re-calculation of data, new HSRs will be available Aug. 16 through Sept. 15, for the readmission and complication measures that were suppressed during the July 2013 Hospital Compare release.
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Rural children experience different rates of mental health diagnosis and treatment
Maine Rural Health Research Center
Research indicates that privately insured, rural adults have lower user of office-based mental health services, but higher use of prescription medicines than their urban counterparts. Patterns for rural children may be different from urban children because of their higher enrollment in Medicaid and the State Children's Health Insurance Program, which tend to have more generous behavioral health benefits than private coverage and may equalize rural-urban treatment patterns.
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2013 Saint Luke's Neuroscience Institute Symposium
University of Missouri-Kansas City
Sept. 20 — Kansas City, Mo.
This conference will focus on new approaches for the diagnosis and treatment of common and "not so common" neurological disorders. It is intended for primary care physicians, family physicians, neurosurgeons, neurologists, neurointensivists, psychiatrists, nurses, case managers/social workers and other healthcare professionals.

To register and learn more: https://cmetracker.net/UMKC/Catalog (case sensitive) or contact the University of Missouri-Kansas City Continuing Medical Education Office: 816-235-6808 or cmeoffice@umkc.edu.

Joint sponsored by the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine and Saint Luke's Hospital of Kansas City.

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