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Are you registered with PQRS? Penalty assessed to physicians not participating this year
KAFP
The American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) recently mailed a letter addressing the importance of the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) registry. Please be aware that physicians who do not participate in PQRS this year (2013) will see a 1.5 percent penalty from CMS in 2015. By the time the penalty is assessed, it will be two years too late to do anything about it. The ABFM has a free PQRS registry. Diplomates are able to participate at no cost in the PQRS registry online from their ABFM physician portfolio. The ABFM Physician Quality Reporting System Diabetes registry is available, as well as a link to the PQRS: MOC incentive bonus. The deadline for data entry in the online activity is Jan. 10, 2014.
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KDHE Secretary Dr. Robert Moser, and 2013 Kansas Family Physician of the Year, Dr. Debra Doubek to speak at Regional CME Meeting
KAFP
Don’t miss hearing from a great line-up of speakers, including KDHE Secretary Dr. Robert Moser, provide an update on Medicaid and hear from our 2013 Kansas Family Physician of the Year award winner, Debra Doubek, MD of Manhattan. This will be a fun-filled day in Fredonia!
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Deadline looming for state's patient record exchange
Kansas Health Institute
Clock ticking on data-sharing agreement needed to give doctors ability to access digital patient records statewide. Kansas' health information exchange has been years and millions of dollars in the making but because of an ongoing dispute between its two networks, it still lacks the capability to handle the exchange of digital patient records across the entire state.
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KDHE Injury Prevention Grant — due Sept. 13
Kansas Department of Health and Environment
Kansas Department of Health and Environment is pleased to announce the opportunity for private or public non-profit community-based organizations, or units of local and state government to submit application for an Injury Prevention Mini-Grant. This is a competitive grant process and applications are due no later than Friday, Sept. 13 by 5 p.m.

The purpose of this grant is to develop or enhance unintentional injury prevention interventions in the community. Awards will not exceed $5,000 per community with all grants pending availability of funding.

Please review the attached Request for Proposal and application. Questions may be directed to Daina Hodges, Outreach Coordinator, Injury Prevention & Disability Programs, at 785-296-0351 or dhodges@kdheks.gov.

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Immunization program conference
The University of Kansas Medical Center Area Health Education Center
You are invited to attend the "Doing the Right Thing-Vaccines 2013" immunization conference, Oct. 15-17 at the Wichita Marriott. Click here for the conference brochure: "Doing the Right Thing-Vaccines 2013."
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Attend Kansas PCMH Initiative: 2013 "Flip the Switch to PCMH"
KAFP
Nov. 1-2 | Wichita Country Club
The Kansas PCMH Summit 2013: Flip the Switch to PCMH schedule and registration is available at: http://www.kafponline.org/KansasPCMH/

This live activity, Kansas PCMH Initiative: 2013 Summit: Flip the Switch to PCMH, with a beginning date of Nov. 1, has been reviewed and is acceptable for up to 10.50 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.

Brochure coming soon!

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Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) EHR Incentive Program - Stage 2 Webinar
KAFP
The CMS Regional Offices in Dallas, Kansas City and Denver are pleased to announce a new EHR webinar focused on the EHR Incentive Payment Program — Stage 2 for Eligible Professionals (EPs) and Eligible Hospitals (EHs). Stage 2 requirements will be effective in 2014. Agenda
  • Stage 2 Overview – Kathleen Connors DeLaguna, CMS
  • eHealth Update – Robert Anthony, CMS
  • Q & A Session

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2012 KDHE Data: Kansas infant mortality rate increases slightly to 6.3 per 1,000
Kansas Department of Health and Environment
The 2012 Kansas infant mortality findings and a discussion on the statistics were published recently in a research brief by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment's Bureau of Epidemiology and Public Health Informatics. The number of infant deaths to Kansas residents increased from 247 in year 2011 to 254 in 2012. This resulted in an infant mortality rate of 6.3 per 1,000 live births. This is slightly higher than the rate of 6.2 in 2011, which was the lowest infant mortality rate in Kansas since the first records of 1912. The leading causes of infant deaths in Kansas are prematurity or low birth weight, birth defects, sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) or suffocation in bed, and maternal complications of pregnancy.
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