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2017-2018 Legislative Bill Tracker

Introduction

Introduction

The following bills of interest to medicine are being considered by policymakers during the current session of the Kansas Legislature.

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Anatomic pathology billing

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

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Anesthesiologist Assistants

Anesthesiologist Assistants

  • 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.

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Institutional licenses

Institutional licenses

  • Re-instates institutional licenses for individuals employed by state institutions providing mental health services pursuant to a written protocol with a licensed physician

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KanCare compliance

KanCare compliance

  • Resolves long-standing systemic issues affecting billing, appeals processes and uniform credentialing within the state's Medicaid managed care program

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MCO privilege fee

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

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Medicaid expansion

Medicaid expansion

  • Expands KanCare, the state's Medicare managed care program, to include individuals earning up to 133 percent of the federal poverty level

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Medical student loan program

Medical student loan program

  • Expands current Medical Student Loan Program and the Medical Residency Bridging Program to include psychiatry and child psychiatry

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Web-IZ

Web-IZ

  • Beginning in 2020, requires physicians who administer vaccinations to report that activity to Web-IZ, the state's immunization registry

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Workers Comp impairment evaluations

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

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