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President's Perspective – KHA Board Hears from KDHE Medicaid Director

KDHE (Sept. 23, 2022) – Earlier this month, the Kansas Hospital Association Board of Directors met in person prior to the KHA Annual Convention and Trade Show to discuss several emerging and pertinent topics including the latest federal and state advocacy initiatives. On the federal level, Congress continues to wrestle with several outstanding issues including the extension of the Low Volume Hospital and Medicare Dependent Hospital targeted payments, the continuance of the Medicare telehealth flexibilities, and streamlining prior authorization requirements under Medicare Advantage plans. Beyond these important advocacy initiatives, KHA continues to delve deeper into several regulatory proposals including the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' Outpatient Prospective Payment System rule and Medicare Advantage request for information. We encourage the membership's involvement in our federal advocacy efforts as we continue to educate our regulatory agencies and Kansas congressional delegation members on these essential programs.

On the state level, the KHA Board had an opportunity to hear from Sarah Fertig, Medicaid director for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment. Sarah provided a status update on CMS' approval of the hospital provider assessment program. She also highlighted the priorities of the agency and the latest Medicaid policy changes related to post-partum health care coverage. The KHA Board also received an update from KHA regarding the plans for the 2023 legislative session, as well as the upcoming legislative dinners that have been scheduled.

Additional highlights of the September board meeting are bulleted below:

  • Recognized KHA staff member Jaron Caffrey as the new KHA program manager for Workforce Strategies.
  • Approved the KHA associate membership applications for Breez Health, Meridan, and Trajectory RCS, LLC.
  • Appointed Janell Goodno, CEO, Kiowa District Healthcare, to serve a three-year term on the Healthworks Board of Directors.
  • Approved the KHA finance and investment report, as well as the selection of Wendling, Noe, Nelson and Johnson to conduct the audit for KHA and its subsidiaries.
  • Reviewed the latest workforce strategic initiatives developed by the KHA staff to address healthcare workforce supply and capacity issues. The Board reaffirmed the collection of workforce data from the KHA membership to assist in monitoring the financial stability of Kansas hospitals.
  • Highlighted the latest activities surrounding the KHA Strategic Aim to "improve Kansas' statewide health ranking, with a focus on preventative health services."
  • Discussed the status update on the Rural Emergency Hospital program including the recently proposed regulations.
  • Provided a status update on the fundraising progress of the KHA-PAC.

As always, please don't hesitate to let us know if you should have any questions, or need assistance on any matters that are affecting your hospital. Your team at KHA is readily available to assist you!
--Chad Austin