(Jan. 22, 2020) – The House Rural Revitalization Committee heard testimony
today on the latest activities related to the Primary Health Center model that is being proposed by the Kansas Hospital Association. Jennifer Findley
and Chad Austin
provided an overview of the Primary Health Center model and informed the committee that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation is expected to release the demonstration program sometime in 2020. In preparation of the demonstration program, KHA is considering legislation that would amend Kansas statutes to allow the state to participate in the demonstration program. The proposed legislation would define the term "primary health center," identify criteria to become a primary health center, and require that the primary health center model is recognized by public and private insurers. In addition, KHA staff presented information regarding the "community conversation" project that is being developed in partnership with the Kansas Hospital Education and Research Foundation, United Methodist Health Ministry Fund and the Kansas Health Foundation.