Nominations for 2023-2024 KMS Board of Trustees
The KMS Nominating Committee annually seeks and considers recommendations for nominees from the general membership, component/county societies, and specialty societies. This year, the Committee will be present a slate of nominees for the following Board positions: one Central District Trustee, one Eastern District Trustee, one Western District Trustee, and one AMA Delegate.
The Nominating Committee is charged with selecting nominees who possess the skills, experience, integrity, and commitment necessary to enable the Board of Trustees to properly exercise its governance and oversight role in the best interests of the Society. In making its nominations, the Committee seeks to work toward a Board composition that is diverse and broadly representative of the Society membership, and which also reflects geographic location, specialty, and practice type.
Physicians whose names are submitted to the Nominating Committee as possible nominees to serve on the Board of Trustees must be members-in-good standing of KMS. Individuals may be nominated by a colleague, component/county medical society, or state specialty society; self-nominations will also be accepted.
For reference, here is a map outlining the Trustee Districts.
Here is the online nomination form. (If you would prefer to fill out a Word document nomination form, that is available here.)
Save the date: KMS Advocacy Day, 2023
Mark your calendar for the next KMS Advocacy Day on Jan. 25, 2023, which will be held in Topeka.
Advocacy Day offers a chance to meet with state legislative leaders, to meet with your colleagues across the state, and to hear from KMS leadership about the upcoming legislative session. While some specialty societies may also hold events later in the year, Advocacy Day is the one event of the year for all Kansas physicians. More information will be forthcoming in this KMS newsletter.
Meet your new KMS staff members
This summer, several new staff members joined the KMS team to serve our members. Following are brief bios by way of introduction. For their contact info, photos, and more information, visit: www.kmsonline.org/staff
Ashley Clark has joined KMS as Director of Administrative Services. Previously, she worked in the banking industry for over 10 years. She earned a degree in Communication from Washburn University and is a Certified Fraud Examiner. She grew up in Hoyt, Kansas, but now calls Topeka home.
Mary Jo Fleming, PhD, has been promoted to Interim Director of KMS’s Professionals’ Health Program (PHP). She earned a doctorate in Organizational Psychology in 2018 from Northcentral University. She has worked in the field of mental health for over 20 years as a therapist and administrator. She relocated to Topeka a year ago from Arizona and Oklahoma to be near her grandchildren.
Angela Grittman has joined KMS as Case Manager with KMS’s PHP. Previously she was in Case Management with the Kansas Army National Guard. Her husband works at KAMMCO, a sister organization to KMS.
Joy Irvine-Robbins has joined KMS as Services Coordinator with KMS’s PHP. Previously she worked as a contractor — primarily for the Kansas Army National Guard — as a medical records technician and behavioral health coordinator. Joy spends her free time working on the farm with her husband Kevin or spending time with her grandchildren.
Poisoning from fake prescription pills containing Fentanyl
Officials from the federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) are advising health care providers of rising cases of poisoning from fake prescription pills containing Fentanyl. Officials warn that, often, such poisoning cases are occurring among school-aged children who likely believe they are taking a legitimate prescription drug such as Percocet or Adderall, but are instead being poisoned by fake medication containing nothing more than Fentanyl, even while such fake pills may be branded much like actual pharmaceuticals. DEA officials warn that the levels of Fentanyl in such fake pills can vary dramatically and can constitute a lethal dose, even where a child or adult has ingested a fraction of a pill. DEA officials report that Fentanyl and fake pills containing Fentanyl are now the No. 2 drug threat in Kansas, behind Methamphetamine. Poisoning deaths from Fentanyl are up 39% in Kansas in just the last year. DEA officials report that seizures of Fentanyl are pervasive across Kansas, particularly in communities along the state’s major highways. Sedgwick, Johnson, and Lyon counties have had the most seizures to date in 2022. The DEA has prepared this Fentanyl Preparedness Guide for First Responders. KMS is in communication with the DEA and other federal and local officials on potential steps Kansas health care providers may take to protect Kansas patients from this trend threatening their health and lives.
KAMMCO Loss Prevention Education Event
Registration is now open for the KAMMCO Loss Prevention program, You’ve Been Served: The Anatomy of a Lawsuit. This annual education event focuses on risk management and loss prevention and will provide attendees with a detailed and educational explanation of the processes involved in professional liability claims and litigation.
Participation in this event grants eligible KAMMCO members a 5% credit on their annual premium. Continuing education credits are also available.
To accommodate members’ busy schedules, the program is available in-person in Topeka and Wichita, via webinar, or as an online course.
Full information and registration can be found at: https://www.kammco.com/risk-management/lp2022/.
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— Updated Aug. 10, 2022