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December 11-12, 2014 in Kansas City, Missouri.
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2015 CAJ Family Medicine International Scholarship award deadline is Dec. 1
Eligible residents should apply
The KAFP-Foundation (KAFP-F) is proud to announce that nominations are open for the second year of the Carol A Johnson MD (CAJ) Family Medicine International Scholarship. It is open to 2nd and 3rd year Kansas family medicine residents with a heart for international health care missions who meet the criteria noted below. Download information and the application are available on the KAFP website at http://www.kafponline.org/members/residents/.
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FPOY nominations close Dec. 31
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Each year, KAFP seeks out the best and brightest family physicians to recognize as Kansas Family Physician of the Year=. Nominations are now open for 2015 FPOY.

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PRODUCT SHOWCASE
  Who wears your marketing hat?

Join us for a Rural Health Care Marketing Workshop on March 4th in Salina. $75 Early Bird Registration begins December 1. Sign-up for an email alert when registration opens. Workshop presented by The University of Kansas Medical Center, Rural Health Education and Services.
 


Reminder: Poster Contest now open to all medical student, resident AND active members
KAFP
Call for abstracts: The Kansas Academy of Family Physicians-Foundation (KAFP-F) invites all medical student, resident and active members to submit an abstract for the 2015 Poster Contest, which will be held June 13, during the KAFP Annual Meeting in Wichita. Deadline for Receipt of Abstract: Feb. 27.
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KAFP thanks all American veterans; Veterans encouraged to try MOVE!
KAFP
Today is Veterans Day! Thank you to all American veterans, both living and dead for dedicated and loyal service to our country. A special shout out to our members who are veterans — thank YOU!

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released a report about veterans with arthritis in all 50 states. According to the report, in the U.S. and in Kansas about 1 in 3 veterans (35 percent) have arthritis. The Robert J. Dole VA Medical Center in Wichita recommends the MOVE! weight loss and activity program for veterans who want to improve their health. MOVE! classes are part of the Health Promotion Disease Prevention Program taught by a team of health professionals. The VA also offers TeleMove!, which provides daily written messages to veterans' phones. Veterans are encouraged to talk to their VA Primary Care team about MOVE! More information about MOVE! can be found here.

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Kansas Medicaid cuts — speak out
AAFP
As you know, AAFP has been lobbying at the federal level to extend the Medicaid Primary Care Parity program past its expiration date of Dec. 31 of this year. The program, active for the 2013 and 2014 calendar years, increased Medicaid payments for specified primary care services to Medicare levels for certain primary care physicians. If this program is not extended past this year, primary care physicians will see drastic cuts to their Medicaid payments, forcing many of them to limit or stop seeing Medicaid patients altogether.
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Free assistance with Electronic Health Record implementation, optimization and Meaningful Use
KFMC
Are you a Medicaid provider? Using an electronic health record (EHR)? Thinking about using an EHR? Could you benefit from consultation with experts? KFMC is offering FREE consultation through funding from Kansas Department of Health and Environment Division of Health Care Finance. You will learn how to use an EHR to optimize your practice and meet the Meaningful Use measures to earn, if eligible, the incentive dollars offered through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs.
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AAFP summarizes final 2015 Medicare fee schedule for your convenience
AAFP
On Oct. 31, CMS released the final version of its 2015 Medicare physician fee schedule. And now, just a few days later, the AAFP has posted a summary of the rule so family physicians can read the highlights that pertain to them without having to slog through the particulars of the nearly 1,200-page document.
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GASO is Nov. 20
KSAFP
The American Cancer Society marks the Great American Smokeout on the third Thursday of November each year by encouraging smokers to use the date to make a plan to quit, or to plan in advance and quit smoking that day. This year it is Nov. 20. By quitting — even for one day — smokers take an important step towards a healthier life – one that can lead to reducing cancer risk.
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Heart to Heart International to open Ebola treatment unit in Liberia
Heart to Heart International
Heart to Heart International announced plans to open and operate an Ebola Treatment Unit in Liberia, the country hardest hit by the West African epidemic of Ebola hemorrhagic fever. The 70-bed unit is under construction in Kakata, Liberia, and is expected to begin operating in November. Heart to Heart International is a non-governmental organization that responds to health crises and natural disasters, both in the United States and internationally, by supplying medical relief and mobilizing volunteers.
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KDHE reports on local level health behaviors, conditions
KDHE
Kansas Department of Health and Environment recently released 2013 Kansas Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System- Local Data, which highlights health risk behavior statistics for local geographic areas. More than 20,000 adult Kansans participated in the 2013 survey, comprising a sample large enough to provide reliable information for 42 of the state's 105 counties and for 16 Public Health Preparedness Regions. The local level data website www.kdheks.gov/brfss/BRFSS2013/ is designed for use by state, local and regional public health officials, community leaders and decision makers in identifying health conditions and behaviors related to chronic and communicable diseases, disability and injury. The information is unique to each county and/or region and provides counties and regions the ability to compare their data with state statistics. Due to changes in BRFSS survey methodology, the BRFSS estimates for 2011 and subsequent years cannot be compared to estimates from the years prior to 2011.
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