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Bethell Oversight Committee Meets

KanCare (Nov. 20, 2019) – On Nov. 18 and 19, the Robert G. Bethell Joint Committee on Home and Community Based Services and KanCare Oversight convened for their final meeting of 2019. The first day of the meeting included testimony from individuals, providers and other organizations regarding their experiences with the KanCare program. The Kansas Hospital Association provided verbal testimony regarding the ongoing claims payment, contracting and credentialing concerns with Aetna Better Health. KHA thanks Paula Pedersen, Memorial Health System, Abilene, and Mike Moore, Ascension Via Christi Health, Wichita, who also provided testimony. Following the testimony, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services provided responses to the committee on unresolved issues from the Aug. Oversight Committee meeting.

On the second day of the meeting, Lee Norman, MD, secretary of KDHE, and Adam Proffitt, Medicaid director, provided updates on a variety of topics including the transition of Medicaid eligibility application processing, statistics on the outstanding claims data, the financial status of the managed care organizations, a review of the current discussions with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services regarding proposed changes to the Medicaid provider assessment program, and a review of OneCare Kansas, the new health homes project. Of noted interest, KDHE also provided an update on the ABH corrective action plan, reporting that KDHE accepted the updated the CAP submitted by ABH in September, which contains greater detail and a clearer path to compliance. The agency further reported while some items on the CAP have been closed, KDHE will continue to press ABH to work themselves back into compliance.

The next meeting of the Bethell Oversight Committee will take place the first quarter of 2020.