The following bills of interest to medicine are being considered by policymakers during the current session of the Kansas Legislature.
Anatomic pathology billing
- Allows direct primary care physicians (concierge medicine; medical retainer agreements) to bill patients for anatomic pathology as long as they disclose the cost and provider
- Enacts licensure of anesthesiologist assistants (AAs) under the Board of Healing Arts. Currently, AAs are licensed in 14 states, including Missouri. They are trained in the physician assistant model and work under the direct supervision of an anesthesiologist.
- Re-instates institutional licenses for individuals employed by state institutions providing mental health services pursuant to a written protocol with a licensed physician
MCO privilege fee
- Increases the tax that all managed care organizations (MCOs) pay; tax proceeds would be used to draw down federal funds, providing new revenue to reverse last year's 4 percent provider reimbursement cut as well as support the overall Medicaid program
- Beginning in 2020, requires physicians who administer vaccinations to report that activity to Web-IZ, the state's immunization registry
Workers Comp impairment evaluations
- Changes the evaluation criteria utilized in evaluating injured workers, reverting from the Sixth Edition to the Fourth Edition of the American Medical Association Guides to Evaluation of Impairment