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Happy Holidays! KAFP office holiday schedule
The staff of KAFP — Carolyn, Marina, Karen, Leslea R. and Leslie S., wish you and your family a happy holiday season!
The KAFP office will be closed Dec. 24-27, 2013 and Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014. Our normal business hours are 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday.
Updates to meaningful use timeline - No delay to stage 2
Kansas Foundation for Medical Care, Inc.
On Dec. 6, 2013, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services proposed a new timeline for the implementation of meaningful use for the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs. Under the revised timeline, stage 2 will be extended through 2016 and stage 3 will begin in 2017 for those providers that have completed at least two years in stage 2.
Additionally, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology proposed an approach for certification that allows ample time for developers to create and distribute certified EHR technology before stage 3 begins.
Reminder: Renew your KAFP membership
In early October, you received your American Academy of Family Physicians and Kansas Academy of Family Physicians 2014 dues invoice. To continue to enjoy your AAFP and KAFP membership benefits, please visit the AAFP website to remit your payment by Tuesday, Dec. 31, or enroll in the AAFP installment plan by calling the AAFP Contact Center at 800.274.2237. Your KAFP membership is appreciated!
Two weeks left to nominate for Kansas Family Physician of the Year
Each year, KAFP seeks out the best and brightest family physicians to recognize as "Kansas Family Physician of the Year" and the most outstanding physician teachers to recognize for "Exemplary Teaching." Help us nominate the best for 2014 by sending us a nomination letter. It's easy and it assures us that we have quality nominees. You can submit your nomination for Kansas FPOY electronically at https://kafp.wufoo.com/forms/2014-kansas-family-physician-of-the-year.
More Kansans using "fixed" website to sign up for health plans
Kansas Health Institute
It took them the better part of two months trying to get signed up through the federal health insurance marketplace, but Leo Klumpe and Diana Arb finally have health coverage. "This is one problem we don't have to worry about anymore," said Klumpe, 57, who recently retired after working for the state of Kansas for 30 years, the last several at a juvenile correction facility.
Update on VFC inventory and borrowing policies
Dennis Cooley, MD, FAAP
As you know, recently the CDC sent out a letter in September requiring more accountability of the VFC Program. They emphasized that the inventories for Title 21(Medicaid) and Title 19 (CHIP) must be kept separate and the programs would not be allowed to "borrow" from each other. This came about because of problems that occurred with the unaccountability of large sums of money in the two programs. While these requirements are not new, they have not been enforced in the past.
Kansas Immunization Manual now available in app form
The Kansas Immunization Manual from Immunize Kansas Kids and the Kansas Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics is now available for statewide immunization providers in App form. This app of the manual will help you deal with the ever changing immunization situation, in a concise and easy to read source, tailored for the busy provider.
Fact sheet: Health insurance coverage in Kansas
Kansas Health Institute
Recent survey findings from the U.S. Census Bureau revealed a significant increase in health insurance coverage for young adults (age 19-25) in Kansas. Starting in 2010, the Affordable Care Act allowed young adults to stay on their parent's insurance until age 26. Young adults in Kansas are now less likely to be uninsured — 22.9 percent in 2012 compared to 26.8 percent in 2009. This nearly 4 percent decrease in uninsured 19-25 year olds is accompanied by a simultaneous 4.2 percent increase in private coverage. The Kansas Health Institute has produced a Fact Sheet summarizing the Kansas-specific results from the 2012 American Community Survey.
AAFP Deputy Director of Medical Education position opening
The American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP) located in Leawood, Kan. has a Deputy Director of Medical Education position open. This position requires an M.D. degree. Are you interested in a job change?
Blueprint for Tobacco Advocacy provides rural training sessions
Tobacco Free Kansas Coalition
Tobacco Free Kansas Coalition will be hosting two BluePrint for Advocacy Trainings for advocates to receive the tools needed to build a solid foundation and to learn the basic steps required for effective policy building. Presenters from the American Heart Association, American Cancer Society, and local policy makers will provide instruction on Media Advocacy, Avenues for Change and Influencing Policy Change. The event is free of charge and lunch will be provided. We encourage interested advocates from the Southwest Kansas and Northwest Kansas region to participate.
Jan. 8, 2014 — Garden City, Kan. at the Lee Richardson Zoo from noon to 4 p.m. Registration begins at 11:30. Save the Date; To register — pdf or Word.
Jan. 9, 2014 — Oakley, Kan. at the Northwest Kansa Educational Service Center from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Registration begins at 8:30. Save the Date; To register — pdf or Word.
If you have any questions or need further information, please contact Misty Jimerson at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (785) 272-8396.
Tobacco conversation web series
Tobacco Free Kansas Coalition
The Tobacco Free Kansas Coalition will host monthly web series in 2014 on tobacco-use related issues. To register for the web series, please contact Misty Jimerson at email@example.com or (785) 272-8396 with your first and last name. The web series is set for Noon to 1 PM CT on date listed below. All meeting details and login information will be provided to participants.
Jan. 15, 2014 — Working with Healthcare Providers to Help Patients Quit. Dr. Kimber Richter with the University of Kansas Medical Center/Department of Preventive Medicine will present. Other discussions during the web series will include local efforts and resources and collaboration to improve the impact. Registrations are due by January 13. This web series announcement.
Feb. 26, 2014 — Mental Health and Smoking. Dr. Jeff Willett with the Kansas Health Foundation will be the presenter. Check back for more information regarding this web series.
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