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KHA Submits Comment Letter on KanCare Extension
KanCare The Kansas Hospital Association recently submitted its comment letter on the one-year extension of the current 1115 demonstration waiver for the KanCare program. While KHA recognized that there continues to be shortcomings in the current KanCare program, the one-year extension is more acceptable than continuation of another five years under the current program. Further, the one-year extension should only proceed with careful scrutiny by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services of the state's compliance with provisions of Senate Substitute for House Bill 2026 that was passed by the 2017 Kansas Legislature. In addition, it was recommended the Governor's administration must resume their work of the Kansas Process Improvement Working Group to continue addressing the issues identified by the participating stakeholders. Lastly, KHA recommended that the Kansas Department of Health and Environment should be required to develop a KanCare Provider Advisory Committee that would meet regularly to allow KanCare providers the opportunity to provide direct communication to KDHE on the progress of changes needed for the program. The federal public comment period will remain open until Sept.10, 2017. Interested parties may submit comments online.
--Chad Austin
Join us for a Noon Briefing on Thursday, Nov. 30, when Casey Johnson, sr. product marketing associate, hospital services, athenahealth, will cover Meaningful Use Stage 3 and the programs objectives, goals and requirements. Johnson will share tips and tricks to help set your organization up for success and avoid penalties. At the end of this webinar, a team of Meaningful Use experts will be available to answer questions.
For more information regarding this event, contact the KHA Education Department at (785) 233-7436.
For more information regarding this meeting, contact Steve Poage at (785) 233-7436.
Join the Kansas Hospital Association for a Noon Briefing on Wednesday, Dec. 6, when Julie Roth, partner, Spencer Fane LLP, will provide an overview of a hospitals basic obligations under EMTALA and specifically address how an individuals location affects a hospitals EMTALA duties.
For more information regarding this event, contact Tish Hollingsworth or Dee Lewis at (785) 233-7436.