April 14, 2017
Legislature completes first phase of work
The 2017 regular legislative session adjourned last Friday after swift passage of a rescission bill to plug the 2017 state budget on the previous evening. Though the rescission bill had broad bipartisan support in both chambers, much difficult work remains for the so-called "veto session" when the legislature returns in May to consider those items the Governor has vetoed, or not yet resolved during the regular session. Tax policy, a court-mandated school finance plan for K-12 schools and a future budget plan have yet to be crafted and begin the bumpy road towards passage.
Though the legislature aims to conclude its work within 90 calendar days, the likelihood of meeting that goal with just 14 days remaining, seems slim. The Supreme Court ruled that a school finance plan must pass the legislature and meet judicial approval by June 30 for schools to remain open in fall of 2017. Though legislators return to their home districts across the state for the next few weeks, the work of crafting solutions to these looming issues is sure to continue and await their return on May 1.
Before adjourning for the break, the legislature did resolve a number of health-related issues.
- Though House Bill 2044, Medicaid expansion, passed with strong majorities in both the House and Senate, the effort to override the Governor's veto fell three votes short making further advancement of this issue in the remaining window more difficult.
- House Bill 2027, addressing both the re-enactment of institutional licenses and allowing providers of direct primary care (i.e. concierge medicine/medical retainer agreement) to bill patients for anatomic pathology services so long as the provider and the cost of services is disclosed to the patient, passed both bodies and has been signed by the Governor.
- House Bill 2026, introduced at the request of provider groups (including KMS) is aimed to increase standardization, encourage uniform processes and to improve the appeals process for claims adjudication within the KanCare program. The bill saw major revisions agreed to in the conference committee between the House and Senate. The revisions were requested by KDHE to make the bill more workable upon implementation while still resolving provider concerns with the program. The bill passed both chambers and awaits the Governor's signature.
Though the bulk of health issues are resolved for the 2017 session, we will remain vigilant of the impact of legislation on providers and patients and the practice of medicine in Kansas. The legislative season is short, but our preparation for the consideration of lawmaking continues year round.
For more information about legislative matters, please contact KMS Director of Government Affairs, Rachelle Colombo.
Submit nominations for KMS Board
In 2013, the KMS House of Delegates voted to change the organization's governance structure, create an 18-member Board of Trustees and establish a membership-wide election process.
The KMS Nominating Committee annually seeks and considers recommendations for nominees from the general membership, component/county societies and specialty societies. This year, the Committee will present a slate of nominees for the following Board positions: President-elect, Chair and Vice-Chair of the Annual Members Meeting, one Central District Trustee, one Eastern District Trustee, one Western District Trustee and two AMA Delegates.
Nominations will be accepted until May 1, 2017; the slate will be announced by July 15, 2017.
Click here to nominate a physician for consideration by the Nominating Committee.
KHC Summit on Quality: May 10, 2017
The Kansas Healthcare Collaborative is pleased to announce the ninth annual Summit on Quality, scheduled for May 10, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency in Wichita, Kansas.
2017 Summit on Quality keynote presentations and speakers include:
- Responding to Patients after Adverse Events: Update on Recent Developments and Future Directionsâ€“Thomas H. Gallagher, MD; Department of Medicine & Department of Bioethics and Humanities, University of Washington
- Connecting the Dots: Collaboration as a Survival Strategy for You and Your Patientsâ€“Laura Adams, Rhode Island Quality Institute
In addition to keynote presentations, the Summit includes morning and afternoon breakout sessions presented by physicians, nurses, and quality and patient safety professionals to share their experiences, best practices and innovative health care delivery in Kansas facilities.
- Registration cost is $125 per attendee. Additional information is available here.
- Hotel reservations may be made by calling 316.293.1234. Ask for the Kansas Healthcare Collaborative discount for rooms reserved for Tuesday, May 9 at the rate of $122 plus tax. The hotel cutoff date is April 18, 2017.