KHC Update - August 2020

KHC Monthly Webinar: Preparing for the AUC Program
Wednesday, 10-11 a.m., August 26

Register today for the next KHC Monthly Webinar, “Preparing for the AUC Program—The Basics and Beyond,” set for 10 to 11 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 26. In this webinar for Kansas clinics and hospitals, presenters from the American College of Radiology (ACR) will provide an overview of the CMS Appropriate Use Criteria (AUC) Program, ACR Appropriateness Criteria, clinical decision support mechanisms, the responsibilities of ordering physicians, information to be relayed between clinicians, and recommendations for successful partnering across the continuum of care. SCL Health will also be joining in this session to provide a perspective of implementation in a smaller practice setting.

KHC invites you to participate. KHC virtual meetings provide an opportunity to connect with the KHC team and your peers in leading health care quality, as well as to stay in the know about resources and opportunities in quality and patient safety. Find more information and registration here:  

Buprenorphine certification course
Tuesday, 12:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., August 25

Register by August 24 for this free online course offered by The University of Kansas School of Medicine focused on buprenorphine treatment of opioid use disorder in an office-based setting. The standard Provider Clinical Support System (PCSS) will be presented and will qualify for the first half of training to receive the DATA 2000 buprenorphine waiver. Application for CME credit has been filed with the American Academy of Family Physicians; determination of credit is pending. Register at:

Zoom forum: “Ethical Dilemmas in Rural Health”
Friday, Noon to 4:00 p.m., September 11

The National Center for Bioethics in Research and Health Care at Tuskegee University and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Office of Minority Health and Health Equity invite you to the 2020 Public Health Ethics Forum on September 11, 2020, from Noon to 4:00 p.m. (CST) via Zoom at no cost. This year’s theme is Ethical Dilemmas in Rural Health. Registration and more information here.

Vaccination education

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, vaccination rates have declined, putting communities at an increased risk for preventable diseases. During this time, it is particularly important that health care providers emphasize the importance of staying up-to-date on routine vaccines and provide their patients with helpful information on how to get them. Resources for doing so are available here via the CDC.

Guidance for planning vaccination clinics

CDC has released new guidance
to help in the planning and implementation of satellite, temporary, or off-site vaccination clinics by public and private organizations. The new guidance includes information on considerations for hosting a vaccine clinic during the COVID-19 pandemic, including physical distancing, personal protective equipment (PPE), and enhanced sanitation efforts. ​

AMA requests feedback on pain management policies
The American Medical Association (AMA) is surveying physicians on treating patients with pain during the COVID-19 pandemic in order to determine what policies that have been put in place during the pandemic may continue to be helpful as the country begins to resume activity.

The survey takes less than 10 minutes:

If you have any questions, please contact the AMA: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Sepsis Awareness Month
September is #SepsisAwarenessMonth. In the 20 seconds it takes you to read this, another person in the United States will be diagnosed with sepsis. For those 1.7 million people each year, rapid recognition and treatment are crucial to their survival. Currently, sepsis takes a life every two minutes. Help raise awareness among your patients and social media followers with information available at about T.I.M.E. — that is Temperature that’s abnormal; signs of Infection; Mental decline; and feeling Extremely ill. For every hour that treatment is delayed, the risk of death increases by as much as 8%.

Physician Support Line: 1 (888) 409-0141
The Physician Support Line is a free nationwide confidential support line service made up of 600+ volunteer psychiatrists providing peer support for physicians and medical students amid the COVID-19 epidemic. No appointment necessary. The Physician Support Line is available seven days a week from 7:00 a.m. to midnight (CST) at 1-888-409-0141. More information at

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