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Kansas hospitals support a health system that provides coverage for everyone; focuses on wellness and prevention; provides high-quality, affordable care; and harnesses the power of information technology to make care more efficient
The electronic health record and the ultimate exchange of health information will change the face of access, quality and the cost of health care delivered in Kansas.
Reductions or leveling in reimbursements, coupled with increasing numbers of uninsured and underinsured, create a difficult environment in which to meet the public's need for adequate, yet affordable health care.
KanCare: Reinventing Medicaid for Kansas...the vision is to serve Kansans in need with a transformed, fiscally sustainable Medicaid program that provides high-quality, holistic care and promotes personal responsibility.
Quality
In this section of the website, you can find up-to-date information and reference materials to enhance the quality of care our patients receive, as well as information regarding the Kansas Healthcare Collaborative (KHC).
Patient- and family-centered care is associated with improved clinical outcomes, increased market share and patient loyalty, increased patient safety, and higher employee satisfaction.
The importance of the health care sector, and hospitals specifically, to the Kansas Economy.
Defining the community benefits hospitals provides to the community has become more than just a mission of community hospitals. It is also a legal obligation. Many reporting requirements exist including the new Internal Revenue Service 990 Schedule H.
Rural hospitals provide essential health care services. Yet because of their small size, modest assets and financial reserves, and higher percentage of Medicare patients, they face great pressures as government payments decline.
The Critical Access Hospital program is part of a larger federal program, the Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility (FLEX) program. The FLEX program is administered by the Kansas Rural Health Options Project (KRHOP).
Hospitals play a key role in emergency readiness throughout Kansas. As vital community resources, hospitals must be among the best prepared, alongside police, fire, rescue and other public safety services.
There are many laws that govern health care as we know it today. Information regarding those legal issues can be found in this section.
Hospital care, at its core, is about people caring for people. Yet combined pressures - a shrinking workforce, an aging population, financial concerns, increased demand and other stresses - have translated into a severe personnel deficit.
The Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act is a federal law that regulates the transfer of patients between hospitals and the discharge of patients from hospital emergency rooms.
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 is a federal law that made many changes in employer-sponsored health plans.
Tobacco use in and around hospitals poses health and safety risks for patients, employees and visitors. Kansas has a statute banning smoking in medical care facilities and many hospitals have expanded that ban to hospital property.
Tools and resources for Kansas hospitals on the new Kansas law that will exempt governmental medical facilities and adult care homes from permitting concealed carry in their buildings for a period of four (4) years.
Kansas hospitals support expanding KanCare because we know that lack of insurance keeps people from receiving regular care. Kansas should opt for a new Kansas solution to the uninsured; one that builds upon the KanCare program.
Helping hospitals make healthy options the routine and easy choice.
The Affordable Care Act created new competitive private health insurance marketplaces – called the Affordable Insurance Exchanges or “Exchanges” – that will provide millions of Americans and small businesses with access to affordable coverage.
MACRA transforms Medicare Physician Payment. In April 2015, President Obama signed into law the Medicare Access and CHIP Re-authorization Act of 2015 (MACRA).
It has been reported that drug overdoses are the leading cause of death for Americans under 50, and deaths are rising faster than ever, primarily because of opioids. Overdoses killed more people last year than guns or car accidents and are doing so at a pace faster than the H.I.V. epidemic at it's peak.

For more information, contact Ronni Anderson at (785) 233-7436 or kanderson@khsc.org.
This seminar will be appropriate for any board member or hospital administrator, and will be offered six times for convenience, each seminar will cover the same material.Locations and Dates:Wichita - June 27Garden City - June 28Parsons - July 19Topeka - Aug. 17Salina - Oct. 17Colby - Oct. 18
For more information regarding this meeting, contact Dee Dee Dewell, Director, CAH Networks Outreach Services, Via Christi Health, Inc., at DeeDee.Dewell@ascension.org or (316) 858-4988.
For more information regarding this meeting, contact Steve Poage (spoage@kha-net.org) or Ronni Anderson (kanderson@khsc.org) at (785) 233-7436.
For more information regarding this program, contact Susan Cunningham at (785) 233-7436 or scunningham@kha-net.org.