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KAFP seeks nominations
KAFP
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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Register for Advocacy Day
KAFP
Registration is now open for our 2015 Advocacy Day on Jan. 21 in Topeka. The day will energize you, prepare you, and inform you about Kansas issues and the upcoming legislative session. We have great line-up of topics and speakers who will cover Expanding our Grassroots Efforts; Health Care Issues Expected to Arise in the 2015 Session; the Kansas Hospital Association KanCare 2.0 Proposal on Medicaid Expansion; and more!
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PRODUCT SHOWCASE
  Rural Health Care Marketing Workshop

A marketing workshop designed exclusively for rural Kansas health care organizations. Evaluate your current marketing initiatives and learn the top 10 strategies that every organization should be doing. Sign-up today for $75. No marketing experience required. Presented by Rural Health Education and Services, University of Kansas Medical Center.
 


KHA releases new report
Kansas Hospital Association
A recent report from Kansas Hospital Association (KHA) provides an updated analysis of the economic and employment impact of KanCare expansion.

The net savings to the state of Kansas with KanCare expansion would be $35.7 million from 2016-2020:
Making a Decision on Expanding KanCare Brief

KanCare expansion would stimulate economic growth and job creation in Kansas, as well as increase access to health care for about 150,000 state residents.
Read how: Economic & Employment Effects of Expanding KanCare

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Submit poster contest abstracts
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, 2015 during the KAFP Annual Meeting in Wichita, Kansas. Deadline for Receipt of Abstract: Feb. 27, 2015.
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KDHE Injury Prevention Mini-Grant application due Dec. 12
KAFP
Kansas Department of Health and Environment announces 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, Dec. 12, 2014, 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 $5,000.00 per community with all grants pending availability of funding. Please review the Request for Proposal and Mini-Grant 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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KMS education on the AMA 'Guides to Impairment Sixth Edition'
KAFP
The Kansas workers' compensation program will adopt the AMA Guides to the Evaluation of Permanent Impairment, Sixth Edition on Jan. 1, 2015. Physicians who provide impairment ratings for workers’ compensation will need to use the new Guides for injuries that happen on or after Jan. 1.

KMS will be hosting a webinar, Musculoskeletal Impairment — An Introduction to the Sixth Edition of the AMA Guides to Permanent Physical Impairment on Wednesday, Dec. 17, from noon-1:15 p.m.

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Influenza vaccine Q & A
IAC Express
Q: Which influenza vaccines can we give to children?

A: Among the injectable inactivated influenza vaccines, only Fluzone (Sanofi) is approved by the FDA for use in children ages 6 through 35 months. However, there are several injectable influenza vaccines that can be given to children age 3 years or older.

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Free assistance with EHR implementation, optimization and Meaningful Use
Kansas Department of Health and Environment
Are you a Medicaid provider? Using an electronic health record? 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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Communities for Kids
Kansas Department of Health and Environment
Join the Bureau of Family Health to discuss the needs of Kansas children, adolescents and families (including those with special health care needs and/or disabilities). Check out this flyer to view upcoming meetings.
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WHO warns that progress towards eliminating measles has stalled
World Health Organization
WHO warned on Nov. 13 that progress towards the elimination of measles has stalled. The number of deaths from measles increased from an estimated 122 000 in 2012 to 145 700 in 2013, according to new data published in the WHO Weekly Epidemiological Report and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The estimated number of measles deaths in 2013 represents a 75 percent decline in mortality since 2000, significantly below the target of a 95 percent reduction in deaths between 2000 and 2015.
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