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Informational resource links with you regarding vaccine rates in the Kansas City area, and other vaccine-related information.

Burning Down the Docs

An article discussing the issue of doctor burnout by the Editor of Kansas City Medicine, Charles W. Van Way, III, MD. Click on the article title to read more.

Qualis Health Releases Plan to Integrate Oral Health into Primary Care

Qualis Health Releases Plan to Integrate Oral Health into Primary Care This week Qualis Health released an oral health delivery framework which would help primary care physicians to monitor the oral health of patients, and reduce incidents of oral disease. As we know, oral health is an important part of overall health and it is too often ignored. This framework is an effort to bridge the gap between the two areas of healthcare. For more information on this framework, read the reports attached below, or visit the Qualis Health Newsroom. Oral Health Integration Framework White Paper Oral Health Integration Framework Executive Summary Oral Health Integration Framework Case Examples Connect & Collaborate Events Practice Opportunities Connect & Collaborate Events Practice Opportunities For Retired...

Contacting Your Local Representative

Contacting Your Local Representative The Kansas City Medical Society commends the U.S. House of Representatives for their bipartisan vote on March 26th passing the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act. The Society is calling upon the U.S. Senate to pass the Medicare reform bill. Please contact your U.S. Senator from the list below. Kansas Representatives Office/Chamber Name Phone Address Fax U.S. Senator Pat Roberts (913) 451-9343 Overland Park, KS Office 11900 College Boulevard Suite 203 (913) 451-9446 U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (913) 393-0711 23600 College Blvd., Suite 201 Olathe, KS 66061 (913) 768-1366 Congressman 3rd District Kevin Yoder (913) 621-0832 7325 W. 79th St. Overland Park, KS 66204 (913) 621-1533 Congresswoman 2nd District Lynn Jenkins (620) 231-LYNN 120 N. 6th Street Independence, KS 67301 (620) 231-5972   Missouri Representatives Office/Chamber Name Phone Address Fax U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill (816) 421-1639 4141 Pennsylvania Ave., Ste. 101 Kansas City, MO 64111 (816) 421-2562 U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (816) 471-7141 911 Main Street, Suite 2224 Kansas City, MO 64105 (816) 471-7338 Congresswoman 4th District Vicky Hartzler (573) 442-9311 2415 Carter Lane Suite 4 Columbia, MO 65201 (573) 442-9309 Congressman 5th District Emanuel Cleaver II (816) 842-4545 101 W. 31 Street Kansas City, MO 64108 (816) 471-5215 Congressman 6th District Sam Graves (816) 792-3976 11724 NW Plaza Circle Suite 900 (816) 792-0694 Mayor of Kansas City Sly James 816-513-3500 29th Floor City Hall 414 E. 12th St. Kansas City, MO 64106     Connect & Collaborate Events Practice Opportunities Connect & Collaborate Events Practice Opportunities For Retired...

Resolutions to MSMA: DRAFT

Resolutions to MSMA: DRAFT Start By Believing Resolution: That the Missouri State Medical Association send a message to the state legislature that Missouri become a “Start by Believing” State, thus proclaiming that we will “start by believing victims of sexual assault.” Whereas: When a loved one dies in a car accident due to a drunk driver, or you are diagnosed with cancer, your loved ones will gather around you to support and care for you. Sometimes the community will lend support. They don’t blame you. Whereas: “I was raped”. It is extremely difficult for a child, women or man to disclose that they have been prey to a sexual predator. They are shamed, blamed and the community sometimes persecutes them. The pain of sexual assault is long lasting for the victim as well as the family and can ripple through the community with destructive effects. Whereas: April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. As physicians we should believe that sexual violence is as much a health care issue as diabetes, heart disease or obesity. These are patients that we see in our offices that are dealing with the symptoms of PTSD. Whereas: Start by Believing is a public awareness campaign designed by End Violence Against Women International (EVAWI) to change the way we respond to rape and sexual assault in our communities. We need to dispel the myths surrounding sexual assault and support our patients. The mission of Start by Believing is to allow communities and professionals (particularly in law enforcement and medicine) to make a statement that they will “start by believing the victim” when they hear a story...

The Pulse of CMS

The Pulse The Region 7 Winter edition of The Pulse, the CMS publication for the regional healthcare professional, is now available. In this edition of the publication, the following topics are discussed: Important ICD-10 resources, including CME 2015 Physician Value-Based Payment Modifier Policy An update on Open Payments DMEPOS Round 2/NMO Recompete Financial alignment demonstrations to coordinate care for dually eligible Medicare-Medicaid beneficiaries Suggestions for potential PQRS measures ACOs and the Medicare Shared Savings Program Enhancement of provider oversight The requirement for revised 855R applications beginning in 2015 The Pulse can be downloaded by clicking here. Additional resources from CMS From Coverage to Care From Coverage to Care is an initiative to help people with new health care coverage understand their benefits and connect to primary care and the preventive services that are right for them, so they can live a long and healthy life. For more information, click here. Assistance Roles to Help Consumers Apply & Enroll in Health Coverage Through the Marketplace As of October 1, 2013, consumers in all states are able to apply for new affordable health coverage options through the Health Insurance Marketplace. Some states set up a State-based Marketplace, other states are working with the federal government in a State Partnership Marketplace. The remaining states have a Federally-facilitated Marketplace. No matter what state they live in, consumers are able to get live in-person help as they go through the process of applying for and choosing new coverage options in the Marketplace. Individuals can help provide that assistance in a variety of roles. They can become Navigators, non-Navigator assistance personnel, or certified application counselors. In...

Tips for Lowering Ambulatory-Care Risks

Tips for Lowering Ambulatory-Care Risks Presented by Keane Insurance Group Karen K. Davis, MA, CPHRM, Risk Management NORCAL Mutual Insurance Company and the NORCAL Group Among the factors that influence the safety of ambulatory care and the liability risk levels of office-based physicians, three of the main ones are: the level of communication with other healthcare providers about patients’ care; the effectiveness of office follow-up processes; and the attention given to documentation of telephone calls. The following tips may help physicians and office staff members increase patient safety and lower liability exposure related to these factors. Communication with Other Healthcare Providers When you refer a patient to another physician, have some mechanism in place to determine whether your referral recommendation has been carried out and the patient has been seen by the recommended consultant (or another physician of the patient’s choice). Communicate in writing with the consultant about the requested consultation. An effective way to convey significant details to another physician is to prepare a “fact sheet” with the patient’s clinical information and your impression. After your patient is seen by a consultant, you and the consultant should establish who is responsible for which aspects of the patient’s care and who will order further testing and consultations if necessary. If there is a question about what you or the consultant will do, you should take the time to communicate physician-to-physician and to document the understanding you reach in your discussion. Effectiveness of Follow-up Processes Systematically monitor compliance with appointments. Establish a process whereby a designated staff member reviews all no-show appointments to determine which patients must be called and...