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Worried about pending Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) deadlines? Attend the live AAFP webinar, PQRS: Are You Ready?, and learn how to avoid a 2 percent Medicare payment cut.
What is PQRS? Why is it important to me? PQRS is the Medicare pay-for-reporting system requiring physicians to submit quality data to CMS. If you don't report 2016 PQRS measures, you will be charged a 2 percent penalty to your 2018 Medicare Part B payments. Additionally, by reporting to PQRS you will avoid automatic downward payment adjustments under the Value-Based Payment Modifier program in 2018.
What can I do? If you haven't reported, it's not too late. Attend the AAFP's live PQRS webinar designed for family physicians like you.
PQRS: Are You Ready?
Nov. 3, 12-1 p.m. CST
What will I learn?
After the webinar you will be able to:
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- List the requirements and available options for PQRS compliance.
- Explain the benefits of reporting by the deadline and the implications if reporting is not completed by the deadline.
- Articulate a plan for improved PQRS reporting.
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What is AmazonSmile?
AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon that lets you enjoy the same wide selection of products, low prices, and convenient shopping features as on Amazon.com. The difference is that when you shop on AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com), the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to the eligible charitable organization of your choice.
Feel good about your shopping while you help the Kansas Academy of Family Physicians-Foundation. You shop and let AmazonSmile Foundation donate!
The Kansas Academy of Family Physicians Foundation has a unique AmazonSmile link that makes it easier for you to find and support us.
What is the KAFP-Foundation unique link?
Why should I bookmark it?
Bookmarking the link will allow you to easily return to the page. And this also ensures that you don't accidentally shop at www.amazon.com instead of smile.amazon.com. Only purchases made at smile.amazon.com are eligible for donations.
Do I have to click on my charity's AmazonSmile link every time I shop?
No. Once you select KAFP Foundation as your charity we will receive 0.5 percent of the price of all your eligible smile.amazon.com purchases, regardless of whether you use the unique AmazonSmile link to return to the site.
KAFP-Foundation has announced the dinner dates for the Faces in Family Medicine mentorship program. If you have signed up to mentor don't forget to RSVP for an upcoming dinner:
• Monday, Oct. 17, 6-9 p.m. – Kansas City
* Dinners for Salina and Wichita campuses will be held in the spring.
For more details about the dinners, to RSVP, or learn more about FIFM please contact
• Monday, Oct. 24, 6-9 p.m. – Kansas State University
Michelle Corkins, firstname.lastname@example.org or 316.721.9005.
CDC published Influenza Vaccination Coverage Among Health Care Personnel—United States, 2015–16 Influenza Season in the Sept. 30 issue of MMWR (pages 1026–31). A summary made available to the press is reprinted below.
The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) recommends that all health-care personnel (HCP) be vaccinated annually against influenza. Vaccination of HCP can reduce influenza-related morbidity and mortality among HCP and their patients. Overall, 79.0% of HCP reported receiving an influenza vaccination in the 2015–16 season, similar to the 77.3% coverage among HCP reported in the 2014–15 season. Vaccination coverage continues to be higher among HCP working in hospitals (91.2%) and lower among HCP working in ambulatory (79.8%) and long-term care settings (69.2%); however, long-term care settings were the only setting in which coverage increased in 2015–16 compared with 2014–15 (an increase of 5.3 percentage points). Coverage continues to be highest among physicians (95.6%) and lowest among assistants and aides (64.1%), and highest among HCP who were required by their employer to be vaccinated (96.5%). Among HCP working in settings where vaccination was neither required, promoted, nor offered on site, vaccination coverage continues to be low (44.9%).
Join us in celebrating National Rural Health Day on November 17!
Here are two ways you can participate:
1. Honor a rural provider or community organization by submitting their story to NOSORH's Community Stars!
Nominate a Community Star who have made a positive impact on their local community, brought services that may not have been there before, shown local leadership, demonstrated a long term commitment to improve rural health, have been a dependable partner or have helped make a change for better health, ensured access to care, or championed innovation in rural communities.
Find more information or submit your story here!
2. Share your photos of the beauty of rural Kansas by entering the Rural Kansas Photography Contest sponsored by the Kansas Recruitment and Retention Center!
Submit your photos as a professional or amateur photographer and help promote the rich history and beauty of Kansas. Choose from six categories: Community Landmarks, Four Seasons, Health Care, Heartland Adventures, Wildlife and Critters, and Winter Holiday. The contest runs from Sept. 1 through Oct. 16.
Submit your photos and view past winners here!
Find more resources here to help you and your organization make the most of this National Rural Health Day, and help us celebrate the power of rural!
The AAFP is looking for members who understand and are testing value-based payment models (accountable care organizations, independent physician associations organized for payment, shared savings, pay-for-performance, and/or receiving care management fees) to provide feedback on education, tools, and resources; serve on expert panels; or speak about value-based payment to others.
If you meet the criteria, please fill out and return the form to Janelle Johnson by email or fax a hard copy to 913.906.6078 by Oct. 14. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.
Attention: State Offices of Rural Health, Rural Hospitals, Rural Clinics, Rural Networks and others interested in applying for network development funding. This webinar is for you!
DATE: Thursday, Oct. 13
TIME: 1–2 p.m.
WHAT: Submitting a Rural Health Network Development Program grant is a large undertaking for any organization. NOSORH will discuss key strategies to submit an application and build on the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) technical assistance webinar that discussed the grant guidance. Further information on this announcement (Opportunity Number: HRSA-17-018) and application materials can be found HERE.
WHO: Teryl Eisinger, Executive Director & Kassie Clarke, TA Director
National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health
HOW TO REGISTER:
1. Click here.
2. Click Register.
3. On the registration form, enter your information and then click Submit.
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