Kansas City Medical Society 2022 Year-in-Review Publication

The Kansas City Medical Society year-end publication features our annual impact on health care in Kansas City communities, profiles of each of this year's Kansas City Medical Society Award winners, and more. Download the PDF to read more, and get ready for even more meaningful moments in 2023! A letter from the Kansas City Medical Society president Scott W. Kujath, MD, FSVS, FACS: As my second year as President of the Kansas City Medical Society wraps up, I am pleased with the achievements made regarding the future of KCMS. We held two in-person annual meetings and celebrated physicians in the Kansas City metro area, hosted a book club for physician leadership training, exerted our physician voice on masking in schools during the peak of the pandemic, the opioid crisis and recreational marijuana clinical concerns. The work we have done with our Foundation included physician education, community health programs and over $8 million in donated health [...]

2022-12-14T23:48:44+00:00December 14th, 2022|Featured, Kansas City Medicine, Leadership, Uncategorized|

Fourth Quarter Kansas City Medicine Highlights Need for Advocacy, Recaps Annual Meeting

The fourth quarter issue of Kansas City Medicine, the Medical Society's award-winning journal, is here. Our focus on advocacy includes profiles of three physicians serving or who recently served in elected office: former Kansas Gov. Jeff Colyer, MD; Kansas State Sen. Barbara Bollier, MD; and Missouri State Rep. Jonathan Patterson, MD. Also see a recap of the 2019 Annual Meeting and profiles of our 2019 KCMS Award recipients.

2022-05-19T17:26:17+00:00December 10th, 2019|Featured, Kansas City Medicine|

Alternative to the Hospital Emergency Room

An Alternative to the Hospital Emergency Room for Persons with Substance Use Disorder or Severe Mental Illness By Lauren Moyer, LSCSW, LCSW Kansas City assessment and triage center provides short-term stabilization for up to 23 hours. In cities across the country, individuals with behavioral health issues routinely present at emergency departments or even worse are jailed. Such interventions rarely, if ever, change behavior or resolve a crisis.

2022-05-19T17:26:32+00:00September 24th, 2018|Kansas City Medicine|

Opioid-Related Deaths in the Kansas City Area

Opioid-Related Deaths in the Kansas City Area - Jackson County Medical Examiner's office points to oxycodone, heroin, fentanyl as the leading cause. Opioids are a class of drugs that include the illicit drug heroin as well as the prescription pain relievers oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, morphine, fentanyl and other synthetic analogues just to name a few. Opioid drugs, typified by morphine, produce their pharmacological actions, including analgesia, by acting on receptors located on neuronal cell membranes. The presynaptic action of opioids to inhibit neurotransmitter release is considered to be their major effect on the nervous system. Deaths are usually attributed to respiratory depression.

2022-05-19T17:26:33+00:00September 24th, 2018|Kansas City Medicine|

Medication-First Approach to Treating Opioid Use Disorder

Medication-First Approach to Treating Opioid Use Disorder Many studies show the effectiveness of medications over abstinence; primary care practices can provide treatment. By Doug Burgess, MD In the United States, drug overdoses, the majority of which are related to opiates, kill around 64,000 people every year.1 If current trends continue for the next five to six years, the number of drug overdose deaths in the 21st century will approach one million people. Present-day drug overdose deaths exceed those numbers seen during the peak of the HIV/AIDS epidemic. However, unlike the HIV/AIDS epidemic, deaths related to drug overdose have not fallen, even though highly effective treatments exist (Fig. 1). In fact, recent data indicates that from 2016-2017, deaths related to drug overdose have increased by 22% over the previous year.

2022-05-19T17:26:34+00:00September 24th, 2018|Kansas City Medicine|
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