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Prior authorization frustrates KMS members

approved rejected denied prior authorizationBF09B7538248One of the most commonly reported frustrations expressed by physicians today is dealing with prior authorization. Recent national research suggests that prior authorization requirements frequently lead to delayed patient care and can have a negative impact on the clinical outcomes for patients. Now, we also know that physicians in our state share those sentiments. 

KMS conducted a survey of its members seeking to identify the impact prior authorization has on physicians and patient care. The results (infographic) were clear:

  • 97 percent of respondents reported that prior authorization delays access to necessary care
  • 91 percent of respondents indicate prior authorization can have a negative impact on patient clinical outcomes
  • 95 percent describe the burden associated with prior authorization as high or extremely high
  • 96 percent of respondents indicated that the prior authorization has increased over the last five years

The survey results mirror those of a national survey which was conducted by the American Medical Association. KMS replicated the AMA’s survey so we might have state-specific data to help inform our advocacy on behalf of Kansas physicians. 

Over the course of the coming months, KMS will be meeting with payers to help them understand the extent of this administrative burden. We will also be sharing with them a set of principles adopted by the KMS Board of Trustees which can help inform positive changes to the prior authorization system. 


2019 Focus priorities

The practice of medicine and health care in general are experiencing a continuation of rapid and complex change. This pace and complexity is not expected to subside and thus is our “new normal." During the coming year, the Kansas Medical Society is uniquely positioned to respond, lead and positively influence in a number of different ways. Below are five areas in which we plan to direct much of our time, talent and resources in 2019.


Membership is the lifeblood of KMS and we’re fortunate to appear to have reversed the trend of declining membership. In 2019 membership growth will continue to be our top priority followed closely by member engagement. We will continue to increase the frequency and methods of our meaningful interaction with KMS members.


If membership is the lifeblood of KMS then advocacy is the beating heart of KMS. Advocacy is at the core of all we do. Advocating for our members and the practice of medicine is what we do best whether it’s at the Capital, negotiating with an insurance payor, championing a public health policy or assisting a physician battling burnout. Each KMS staff member is passionate about advocating for our members and the practice of medicine in Kansas.

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2018 KMS Annual Meeting: September 22

KMS members are invited to join their physician colleagues at the upcoming KMS Annual Meeting to be held on Saturday, September 22, 2018. The meeting will be held at the KMS office (623 SW 10th Ave.) in Topeka from 9am-2:30pm. A key portion of the event is a facilitated, open discussion about important topics facing medicine in Kansas; this year, we’ll specifically focus on the challenges regarding opioid abuse and the physician’s role in that changing environment.

AMA President-elect to speak about opioids

Harris headshotJoining us will be Patrice A. Harris, MD, MA, the newly elected President-elect of the American Medical Association. Dr. Harris also chairs the AMA Task Force to Reduce Opioid Abuse with the goal to increase physicians’ registration and use of effective prescription drug-monitoring programs; enhance physician education on effective, evidence-based prescribing; reduce the stigma of chronic pain and substance-use disorder (SUD); and promote comprehensive assessment and treatment; expand access to naloxone in the community and through co-prescribing; and promote safe storage and disposal of opioids and all medications. Dr. Harris, a psychiatrist from Atlanta, has diverse experience as a private practicing physician, public health administrator, patient advocate and medical society lobbyist.  She was elected to the AMA Board of Trustees in June 2011.  

Keynote speaker: “Dreamland” author

Quinones headshotThe day will conclude with our Luncheon Keynote Speaker, Sam Quinones. Mr. Quinones is a journalist, storyteller, former L.A. Times reporter, and author of three acclaimed books including Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic, the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award Winner for general nonfiction. The book chronicles the opiate crisis of a town in Ohio, and how that town came together to address dependency and work toward economic and social revitalization. Mr. Quinones is busy on the speaking circuit, recently speaking to members of the medical societies in Colorado and Indiana. 

If you have questions, contact Nancy Sullivan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Board of Trustees election: 2018

This year, for the fifth time in our history, all KMS members will have the opportunity to vote on the election of the physicians who will lead our organization. Previously, only those physicians who attended the House of Delegates meeting as a delegate had the opportunity to vote. We are excited about this change and look forward to enhanced member engagement in this most-important process.


If you have questions about the election process, please contact the KMS office at 800.332.0156.

BOHA adopts policy on chronic pain


The Kansas State Board of Healing Arts has adopted a statement on the use of controlled substances for the treatment of chronic pain.

Download the policy here

The joint policy was also adopted by the Kansas Board of Nursing and the Kansas Board of Pharmacy.


Physicians discuss key issues facing medicine

One of the most meaningful aspects of the KMS Annual Meeting (#KMS2017) is the hearing from our physician members, through the Members Forum. This year was no exception. During the September 9 meeting, members provided their perspectives on important issues impacting Kansas physicians.

Pharmacist Prescribing

Members discussed the current practice of drug therapy management allowed by pharmacists who are working with physicians through collaborative practice agreements. Some pharmacists have asserted that collaborative practice agreements are too restrictive and patients would be better served by pharmacist prescribing. Members reported concerns about disrupting collaborative practice agreements and allowing pharmacists to supplant the role of the physician. There was unanimous agreement that collaborative practice agreements are helpful to patients and allow both providers to address the needs of patients in a team-like fashion.

Maintenance of Certification

Extensive comments were received regarding the benefit of MOC. Many physicians reported that MOC imposed significant new requirements and costs on busy physicians with little to show as positive outcomes. The AMA was recommended as a source for policy and strategies regarding MOC as well as partnership with other state medical societies and specialty societies seeking responsiveness from ABMS. State legislation was discussed as a potential strategy to prevent the inappropriate use of MOC that would restrict a physicians’ ability to practice. KMS is actively engaged in the MOC issue at the state and federal levels.

Medical Marijuana

The question posed to KMS Membership was whether its current policy should change regarding the use of medical marijuana. Currently, KMS policy opposes the use of marijuana for medical purposes due to lack of FDA approval and scientific evidence of medical efficacy. Several physicians indicated that while they are not personally or philosophically opposed to marijuana if it has proven medical use, both scientific research, evidence and training will be necessary before there is support for legalizing cannabis for medical use.

Physician Burnout/Wellness

Research was shared that indicated an increase in the number of US physicians who report symptoms of burnout. One of the most recent reports indicate that 54% of practicing physicians display one or more symptoms of burnout. Numerous physicians provided factors that contribute to physician burnout and one physician reported that research indicates women physicians experience burnout at a higher rate than their male colleagues.

Opioid/Pain Management

A number of physicians acknowledged the current opioid challenge within Kansas and the challenge of balancing the need/duty to treat a patient’s pain while not inadvertently creating a physical dependency for opioid based prescriptions. There was common agreement that K-TRACS was a valuable tool for physicians. Several physicians cited the need for additional physician education on the issues of opioid addiction and effective pain management strategies. Lastly, several KMS members urged KMS to discourage legislative interference in the patient-physician relationship as it pertains to pain management.

Annual Meeting registration

To register for the KMS Annual Meeting, please complete the form below. 

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Save the date: 2017 KMS Annual Meeting

Sesno Frank enhanced.jpgFrank SesnoJoin us September 9

Make plans to join us at the upcoming KMS Annual Meeting on Saturday, September 9, 2017 from 9am-2:30pm at the KMS/KaMMCO Building in Topeka.


We are excited about this one-day format which includes networking and time for members to share concerns & ideas directly with the KMS Board of Trustees. Our keynote speaker, Frank SesnoCorrespondent, Anchor and Washington Bureau Chief, CNN (1984-2001; 2005-2009) and Director, George Washington University's School of Media & Public Affairs–will discuss the challenging politics surrounding health care and share how asking the right questions, at the right time can spark meaningful dialogue on important topics.

Are you asking the right questions?

Well-known as anchor, White House Correspondent and talk show host with CNN, he is also a nationally-renowned moderator, who has engaged some of the world’s leading personalities. Sesno currently serves as Director of George Washington University’s School of Media and Public Affairs, where he leads a faculty of nearly two dozen world-class faculty who research and teach journalism, political communication and the impact of digital media in international affairs.

Mr. Sesno has authored a book entitled Ask More which addresses the art of inquiry wherein inspirational people have discovered truth and success through curiosity, questions and the ability to actively listen. Sesno will discuss how people–through improved questioning–can improve their interactions. He will also provide attendees with insight into the current political dynamics surrounding the national discussion on health care.

Contact Nancy Sullivan (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Denise Lantz (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) if you have questions.

2017-2018 KMS Board of Trustees Nominations and Ballots

With the KMS Annual Meeting comes the opportunity for all KMS members to vote on the election of the physicians who will lead the organization. The slate of nominations and ballots for the 2017-2018 KMS Board of Trustees will be mailed to you in the coming days. We encourage you to take a few moments and participate in the election process by casting your vote. If you have questions, contact the KMS office at 800.332.0156.



capitol domeThe Kansas Medical Political Action Committee (KaMPAC) has a history of being active and influential in elections by wisely allocating its resources to help elect candidates dedicating to make Kansas the best state in the nation to practice medicine. During the most recent election cycle, KaMPAC was one of the top ten most active PACs in the state with about 90% of the supported candidates winning their election in one of the most tumultuous campaign cycles in state history.

With your help, KaMPAC will build on its investment in the next election cycle by continuing to help elect candidates who support necessary tort reform and who will promote keeping the practice of medicine in the hands of physicians.

  • For more information, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Director of Goverment Affairs.

2019 Legislative Bill Tracker


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

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Anesthesiologist Assistants

  • Enacts licensure of anesthesiologist assistants (AAs) under the Board of Healing Arts.

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APRN independent practice

  • Removes the requirement for a collaborative practice agreement between an APRN and a physician

Bill information

Corporate practice of medicine

  • Allows non-health care organizations to directly employ physicians to provide health care services 

Bill information

E-Prescribing for controlled substances

  • Mandates e-prescribing for some controlled substances

Bill information

Expedited partner therapy

  • Allows for the use of expedited partner therapy to treat sexually transmitted disease

Bill information

Health Care Stabilization Fund

  • Increases the liability limits for the Health Care Stabilization Fund

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Informed consent: antipsychotic medications

  • Requires written informed consent prior to administering antipsychotic medications to an adult care home resident

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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 marijuana

  • Allows the legal use of canibus for medical purposes

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Naturopathic medicine

  • Expands the naturopaths' scope of practice including allowing the prescribing of controlled substances

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Opioid prescribing requirements

  • Establishes new requirements for those who prescribe opioids including adherance to guidelines established by the Board of Pharmacy and mandated CME

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Pharmacists: drug administration

  • Allows pharmacists to administer drugs unless a physician prohibits them from doing so expressly on the prescription

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 Podiatrists: redefined as "physicians"

  • Redefines podiatrists as "physicians"

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American College of Surgeons logoKansas Chapter of the American College of Surgeons

The Kansas Chapter of the American College of Surgeons (Kansas-ACS) is a not-for-profit association of physicians who specialize in one or more areas of surgical expertise. In order to become a member of Kansas-ACS, the physician must first meet the stringent requirements for membership in the American College of Surgeons.

 KOS logoKansas Orthopaedic Society

The purpose of the Kansas Orthopaedic Society is to unite the orthopaedic surgeons of Kansas by promoting the science and art of orthopaedic surgery and promoting optimum musculoskeletal care for the people of the state.

Physician Membership Application

To apply for KMS membership, please complete the form below. 

After we review your application, our staff will follow-up with your dues statement. Your membership will become active once all membership-related queries are fulfilled and payment is received. (Information on membership dues may be found here.)

  • If you practice in Sedgwick county, please contact the Medical Society of Sedgwick County for membership information. They can be reached at 316.683.7557.

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Resident Membership Application

To apply for KMS membership, please complete the form below. 

After we review your application, our staff will follow-up with your dues statement. Your membership will become active once all membership-related queries are fulfilled and payment is received. (Information on membership dues may be found here.)

  • If you practice in Sedgwick county, please contact the Medical Society of Sedgwick County for membership information. They can be reached at 316.683.7557.

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Student Membership Application

To apply for KMS membership, please complete the form below. 

After we review your application, our staff will follow-up with your dues statement. Your membership will become active once all membership-related queries are fulfilled and payment is received. (Information on membership dues may be found here.)

  • If you practice in Sedgwick county, please contact the Medical Society of Sedgwick County for membership information. They can be reached at 316.683.7557.

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KMS Positions

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KMS Policy Statements

Each year, physicians from around the state gather for the KMS Annual Meeting. It is at this meeting, in the House of Delegates, where KMS generates much of its work-plan for the coming year; additionally, policy statements, which will guide the organization's advocacy efforts, are adopted. Adopted policies are in effect for five years and automatically sunset unless they are renewed by a vote of the House. 

Below you will find a listing of the statements adopted since 2008. The resolution subjects are listed alphabetically and PDFs of each resolution are available by clicking on the statement title.

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Kansas Medical Society Staff

Jon RosellJon Rosell, Ph.D.
Executive Director

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Administrative Assistant

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Director, Government Affairs

Ruth CornwallRuth Cornwall
Director, Health Care Finance

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Director, Organizational Support Services

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Director, Communications & Membership

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Director, Professional & Special Services

KMS Professionals' Health Program

Mikel Thomas, MD; Medical Director

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KMS hires new Executive Director

The Board of Trustees of the Kansas Medical Society has hired Jon Rosell as the organization's next Executive Director. Rosell, who has served as the Executive Director of the Medical Society of Sedgwick County since 2006, will follow Jerry Slaughter, who has led KMS for the last 41 years. Rosell will assume leadership of the statewide physician organization on January 30.

"It was our goal to identify an individual who will continue the tradition of strong, innovative leadership we have enjoyed over the past four decades," said Jay Gilbaugh MD, KMS President and Wichita urologist. "Jon will provide us with a smooth leadership transition, and we are confident that KMS and the state's physician community will benefit from his proven record of achievement and success as a medical society executive."

Rosell's hiring is the result of a national search conducted with the assistance of Waverly Partners, an executive search firm. The KMS Search Committee was chaired by KMS Board member and Immediate Past President John Eplee, MD, of Atchison.

As Executive Director of the MSSC, Rosell has led one of the most effective county medical societies in the nation, serving over 1,200 members across the full spectrum of medical specialties. Rosell is active nationally in medical society administration and serves as the current president of the American Society of Medical Society Executives, which represents more than 1,400 medical society professionals. Locally, he has been involved in a number of community, medical and economic development initiatives including serving as 2015 chairman of the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce.

A graduate of Fort Hays State University, Rosell has a master's in special education from Kansas State University and a doctorate in special education administration from the University of Nebraska.

Slaughter, who has led the organization for more than 40 years, announced his plan to step aside as executive director earlier this year. He will continue to serve the medical society and its affiliated companies in a leadership role focused on the continued development of several strategic initiatives.

Board of Trustees election: 2016-preview

This year, for the third time in our history, all KMS members will have the opportunity to vote on the election of the physicians who will lead our organization. Previously, only those physicians who attended the House of Delegates meeting as a delegate had the opportunity to vote.

We continue to be excited about this change and look forward to enhanced member engagement in this most-important process.

Voting will open on August 17, 2016

  • Members will receive a paper ballot which may be returned by fax
  • Electronic voting will also be available

If you have questions about the election process, please contact Allison Peterson, KMS Director of Communications & Membership. She can be reached at 800.332.0156 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

KMS commited to physician leadership education

In today's evolving health system, the need for physicians with strong leadership skills has never been greater. In order to help prepare the physician community to meet this need, the Kansas Medical Society has created its physician Leadership Institute. The Institute is a partnership between KMS and the Wichita-based Kansas Leadership Center; it is being made possible through the generous support of the KaMMCO Foundation.

In the coming year, KMS will build on the success of its popular "one-day experience" programs. Those events--which were held in different communities--provided attendees an introduction to key leadership principles and an overview of successful leadership. In 2017, the KMS Leadership Institute will make available a more intensive and focused curriculum which will provide participants with a "deeper dive" into leadership skills and important managerial competencies. As a part of that content development process, KMS is also working closely with the Kansas Hospital Association on designing future programming for those physicians who want to prepare for leadership roles in hospitals and health systems.

If you would like more information about the Institute, contact Allison Peterson (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 800.332.0156).

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KHC awarded grant to assist physicians in practice transformation

Clinicians across Kansas are about to have new resources to help them prepare their practices for the new quality and performance-based payment systems that are coming. Kansas is participating in a six-state consortium led by the Iowa Healthcare Collaborative (IHC) that was just awarded one of 39 Transforming Clinical Practice Initiative grants announced September 29 by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

In Kansas, the project will be led by the Kansas Healthcare Collaborative, the quality organization founded by the Kansas Medical Society and the Kansas Hospital Association.  KHC and its partners, operating as the Compass Practice Transformation Network (PTN), will receive up to $32.5 million during the four-year initiative to help equip up to 7,000 clinicians in six states–Iowa, Kansas, Georgia, Nebraska, Oklahoma and South Dakota–with tools, information, and network support needed to improve quality of care, increase patients’ access to information, and spend health care dollars more wisely.

Recruitment of practices is already underway. “More than 1,000 Kansas clinicians are expected to participate in the effort that will help physicians and other health care professionals prepare their practices for the transformation to a performance-based, quality driven health care system," said Jerry Slaughter, executive director of the Kansas Medical Society.  “This is a great opportunity for physicians to obtain valuable assistance to help them succeed as the system evolves.” 

What will the PTN do?

The network will provide direct quality improvement support in primary and specialty clinical practice settings to equip clinicians in executing best-practice medicine, engaging patients as equal partners in their care. In driving real-time, measurable improvement strategies, Compass PTN will help participating clinicians meet the initiative’s phases of transformation and associated milestones, clinical and operational results.

How do I participate?

It is expected that interest in participating in KHC’s PTN efforts will be very high and there is a limited window during which practices can enroll. Practices who wish to participate will need to complete a charter ( and send it to KHC no later than November 30, 2015.

To learn more, visit KHC’s website at For more information, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 785.235.0763.

Board of Trustees election: 2017

This year, for the fourth time in our history, all KMS members will have the opportunity to vote on the election of the physicians who will lead our organization. Previously, only those physicians who attended the House of Delegates meeting as a delegate had the opportunity to vote. We are excited about this change and look forward to enhanced member engagement in this most-important process.


If you have questions about the election process, please contact the KMS office at 800.332.0156.

Ebola: preparedness & resources

Information and guidance regarding the appearance of Ebola within the United States is increasingly available from a variety of sources: a special web page from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers up-to-date resources as does a dedicated page on the Kansas Department of Health & Environment (KDHE) website. While national and state health officials agree that a widespread Ebola outbreak in the United States is unlikely, it is important that all physicians, clinics and hospitals are prepared for this and any other public health emergency.

KMS is committed to partnering with state officials, the Kansas Hospital Association and other Kansas-based medical specialty societies to ensure that Kansas physicians have access to relevant, timely information about Ebola preparedness. It is most important that physicians and their clinics have in place a plan should a patient present to or contact the clinic reporting Ebola-like symptoms.

KMS continues to remain in close contact with KDHE and follow the bulletins issued by the CDC. As additional, relevant information becomes available, we will provide it via email and/or on our website,

Helpful resources

Ebola Population Health Calls (KDHE)

Helpful websites

Board of Trustees: 2018-2019

Gibbs Rob President
Rob Gibbs MD

Schmidt LaDona President-elect
LaDona Schmidt MD
Family Medicine-Lawrence

Schroeder Chad Central District Trustee I
Chad Schroeder MD
Family Medicine-Salina

Koontz Jennifer Central District Trustee II
Jennifer Koontz MD
Sports Medicine-Newton

Jim Longabaugh DO Eastern District Trustee I
Jim Longabaugh DO
Family Medicine-Sabetha

Barnett Jim color Eastern District Trustee II
Jim Barnett MD
Internal Medicine-Topeka

Fisher Lynn small Western District Trustee I
Lynn Fisher MD
Family Medicine-Plainville

Catanese Ron Western District Trustee II
Ron Catanese MD
Urology-Garden City

Brady Mark District Trustee, WyJo Medical Society
Mark Brady MD
Anesthesiology-Kansas City

Davidson Joe District Trustee, Medical Society of Sedgwick County
Joe Davison MD
Family Medicine-Wichita

Gilbaugh James Immediate Past President
Jay Gilbaugh MD

Templeton Kim Secretary/Treasurer
Kim Templeton, MD
Orthopedic Surgery-Kansas City

Hoppock Kevin color Chair, KMS Legislative Committee
Kevin Hoppock MD
Family Medicine-Wichita

Concannon Craig web 2017 Chair, KaMMCO
Craig Concannon, MD
Internal Medicine-Beloit

Poling Terry Chair, AMA Delegation
Terry Poling MD
Family Medicine-Wichita

Snow-Art AMA Delegate
Art Snow MD
Family Medicine-Shawnee Mission

Warner-Dick AMA Delegate
Richard Warner MD
Psychiatry-Overland Park

Gilbaugh James AMA Alternate Delegate
Jay Gilbaugh MD

moser-robert Chair, Annual Meeting
Robert Moser Jr. MD
Family Medicine-Kansas City

Joudi Fadi Vice Chair, Annual Meeting
Fadi Joudi MD

Linville Jill Jimmie A. Gleason Fellow
Jill Linville MD
Family Medicine-Lakin

SImari 2017 Executive Vice Chancellor,
University of Kansas Medical Center
Robert Simari MD
Cardiovascular Medicine-Kansas City

Contacting Board of Trustees

The KMS Board of Trustees welcomes the thoughts, suggestions and questions of members and affiliated organizations on current issues or topics of interest to the medical profession. If you have an issue or concern that might be appropriate for KMS to become involved in, there are several different ways your question or suggestion can be submitted to the KMS Board of Trustees.

  1. Mail a letter outlining your concern or issue to Kansas Medical Society, ATTN: Board of Trustees, 623 SW 10th Ave., Topeka KS, 66612.

  2. Send your letter via fax to 785.235.5114. Faxes must include a cover sheet addressed to Board of Trustees. 

  3. Submit your letter via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

In your communication, please include a brief summary of the issue as well as any necessary background material. Please include your contact information, including phone and an email address, so we might follow-up with you if that is necessary. Please note: all submissions will be verified for authenticity.

New model to streamline KMS governance

At its meeting last weekend, the KMS House of Delegates voted to change the organization's governance structure. Delegates approved restructuring the Council, with its 37 voting members, into a smaller Board of Trustees with 18 voting members. The amendments to KMS' governing documents also restructure the Executive Committee and establish specific guidelines which the Nominating Committee will utilize to help maintain a balanced and representative Board of Trustees.

In summary, the changes adopted by the House will:

  • Replace the current 18 council districts with 3 new districts (see attached map), representing the western, central and eastern areas of the state
  • Provide that each district will have two trustees, plus any county or component society with an active membership equal to or greater than 10% of the total KMS membership will be entitled to one district trustee. (No county can have more than one district trustee.)
  • Replace the Council with a new, smaller Board of Trustees, for the most part elected by the membership at large, which will meet quarterly. The BOT will be comprised of the six elected officers, six district trustees, plus two district trustees from counties with 10% of the active membership, two members of the AMA delegation, the KaMMCOChair, and KMS Legislative Committee Chair.
  • Include the following as nonvoting members of the new BOT: two remaining members of the KMS delegation to the AMA HOD, the President of the KMS Alliance, the Jimmie A. Gleason Fellow, and the Executive Vice Chancellor of the KU School of Medicine (or his designee).
  • Establish specific bylaws guidance for the Nominating Committee to help achieve and maintain a balanced and representative Board of Trustees.

The KMS Future Directions Task Force, whose report formed the basis of the delegates' action, will continue meeting over the coming year. They will review a number of other important issues including the future of the House of Delegates, structure of KMS membership, cost of membership and KMS' relationship with county medical societies. The final report will be considered at the 2014 Annual Meeting in Kansas City.

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Statement on release of member information

  • The Kansas Medical Society acknowledges that the Kansas State Board of Heailing Arts makes available for sale certain contact and demographic information for all Kansas-licensed physicians.

  • In order to protect members from unwanted solicitations–both postal and electronic–KMS will not provide, sell nor make available member mailing information to outside organizations. However, KMS may provide mailing information or labels to those organizations and activities that further KMS' mission and goals, subject to review and approval by the Executive Director.

  • KMS will not release member email addresses under any circumstances.

Dues for 2019

Kansas Medical Society

Category Dues Notes
Active $495 The majority of KMS members join in this category
Active, first year $247.50 Reduced-dues category available to first-time members
second year
$371.25 Reduced-dues category available to second-year members
Osteopathic Associate $110 To qualify for this category, physicians must hold a current membership in the Kansas Association of Osteopathic Medicine
Out-of-state Associate $247.50 Available to those physicians whose majority-practice is outside of Kansas
Personal exempt $0 Evaluated on an individual basis; please contact us if you'd like more information
Semi-retired $247.50 Reduced-dues category available to physicians who are 65 or older and are working fewer than 20 hours per week
Retired $0 Available to those physicians who have retired from active practice
Emeritus $0 Available to those physicians who are 71 or older, continue to practice medicine and have been members of KMS for at least 10 years
Resident $0 Available to physicians who are enrolled in an accredited Kansas residency training program
Student $0 Available to individuals who are enrolled in a Kansas medical school

County society

County medical society Dues Including counties of:
Anderson $0 Anderson & Linn
Atchison $0 Atchison
Barton $0 Barton, Pawnee & Stafford
Bourbon $0 Bourbon
Butler-Greenwood $100 Butler & Greenwood
Central Kansas $40 Ellis, Ellsworth, Graham, Ness, Osborne, Phillips, Rooks, Rush, Russell, Smith & Trego
Cimarron $0 Morton, Seward & Stevens
Clay $0 Clay
Cloud $0 Cloud
Cowley $0 Cowley & Sumner
Crawford-Cherokee $60 Crawford & Cherokee
Dickinson $0 Dickinson
Douglas $25 Douglas
Flint Hills $0 Chase, Coffey, Lyon, Morris, Osage & Wabaunsee
Ford $0 Edwards, Ford, Gray & Hodgeman
Franklin $0 Franklin
Geary $0 Geary
Harvey $50 Harvey
Iroquois $0 Clark, Comanche, Kiowa & Meade
Johnson/Wyandotte $290 Johnson & Wyandotte
Labette $50 Labette
Leavenworth $25 Leavenworth
McPherson $0 Marion & McPherson
Miami $0 Miami
Mitchell $0 Lincoln & Mitchell
Neosho $25 Neosho
Northeast $0 Brown, Doniphan, Jackson, Jefferson, Marshall, Nemaha & Washington
Northwest $0 Cheyenne, Decatur, Gove, Logan, Norton, Rawlins, Sheridan, Sherman, Thomas & Wallace
Pottawatomie $0 Pottawatomie
Pratt $0 Barber, Harper, Kingman & Pratt
Reno $0 Reno
Republic $0 Jewell & Republic
Rice $0 Rice
Riley $150 Riley
Saline $150 Ottawa & Saline
Sedgwick $355 Sedgwick
Shawnee $50 Shawnee
Southeast $50 Allen, Chautauqua, Elk, Montgomery, Wilson & Woodson
Southwest $0 Finney, Grant, Greely, Hamilton, Haskell, Kearney, Lane, Scott, Stanton & Wichita

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More than 150 years of advocacy

Kansas Medical Society official sealIn 1859, twenty-nine frontier physicians gathered in Lawrence to found an organization which would advocate for and protect the health of all Kansans. Today, we proudly celebrate and honor the heritage of KMS.  More»

Still awaiting ruling in Miller v Johnson

Gavel_70x70KMS, other health care groups and the business community continue to await the Supreme Court's ruling in Miller v. Johnson, the legal challenge to our state's limit on non-economic losses. This critically-important case has been in front of the Court since 2009.  More»

KaMMCO: Your company, your values

Kansas Medical Society official sealThe Kansas Medical Society, and the community of physicians, has no better partner than KaMMCO-a company with a proven track record of sustained, steadfast commitment to improving the environment in which you practice medicine.  More»

Talking to Legislators

Columns from the Kansas StatehouseThe involvement of physicians is vital to the success of KMS’ grassroots lobbying efforts. We encourage you to develop relationships with your state and federal elected officials, and when an important issue arises, use the tips below to effectively communicate your perspective. More»

Liability Reform

Liability Reform - image of judges gavelThe centerpiece of Kansas highly effective tort reforms is facing its first serious constitutional challenge (Miller v. Johnson) since it was upheld by the Kansas Supreme Court in 1990. Even though the Supreme Court affirmed the constitutionality of the cap in a case twenty years ago,  More»

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Frequently asked questions

What are the eligibility requirements for KMS membership?

To be eligible for membership in KMS, an individual must be:

  • a graduate of an accredited medical school holding the degree of Doctor of Medicine and/or Doctor of Osteopathy and be licensed to practice medicine in the State of Kansas, or

  • a full-time student attending a recognized medical school in Kansas

How much are KMS dues?

Please refer to this chart for information regarding our membership categories and current dues.

Do I have to join my county medical society in order to be a KMS member?

Yes. Our bylaws require physicians to belong to their county medical society in order to be a member of KMS. County medical society dues vary from county to county. Members who have questions or concerns about their county society, should contact the President or Secretary of their county medical society.

What portion of KMS dues are deductible as a business expense?

The Revenue Reconciliation Act of 1993 states that association dues used for lobbying activities are not deductible as a business expense. After reviewing the current budget and evaluating the staff time allocated to various activities, we have determined that 85 percent of your 2016 and 88 percent of your 2019 KMS dues may be deducted as a business expense for federal income tax purposes.

No portion of any dues paid to KaMPAC, the KMS political action committee, may be deducted as a business expense.

Gifts made to the Kansas Medical Foundation, a 501C(3) organization are fully tax deductible.

Does my KMS invoice include dues for the American Medical Association?

Your annual statement from KMS does not include dues for the AMA; the AMA will bill you directly. We encourage you to consider joining the AMA when you receive your statement; if you have any questions about AMA membership, you may contact them at 800.262.3211.

Membership Forms

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KMS Affiliates

KAMMCO Logo 20180301KAMMCO

KAMMCO is a member-owned mutual insurance company providing innovative and flexible liability insurance protection and services for physicians, hospitals, nurses, and many other health care professionals.

Formed in 1989 by the Kansas Medical Society, KAMMCO has established new standards for the professional liability insurance industry.  An innovative business philosophy and a connection to insured members have allowed the company to extend the benefits of company ownership and control to health care professionals.

The ability to advocate for and assist members with the management of  professional and business liability risks, the innovative use of education, and the close alliance with the KMS, are what sets  KaMMCO apart as a leader in the health care professional liability market.

KHC LogoKansas Healthcare Collaborative

The Kansas Healthcare Collaborative is a provider-led organization dedicated to transforming health care through patient-centered initiatives that improve quality, safety and value. Founded in 2008 by the Kansas Hospital Association and the Kansas Medical Society, KHC embodies the commitment of two of the state's leading health care provider groups to act as a resource and continually enhance care provided to Kansans. One of KHC's guiding principles is a strong belief that the transformation of health care should be led by the very individuals who provide the care. 

khin logoKansas Health Information Network

The Kansas Health Information Network is a provider-led organization working to facilitate the establishment of electronic health information exchange in Kansas. KHIN was organized by KMS, in partnership with the Kansas Hospital Association and the regional health information exchange in Wichita.



Terms of use

This policy generally describes KMS’ gathering and dissemination practices for our website: and some of your responsibilities in using our website. The purpose of this policy is to generally inform you about the types of information we gather about you, how we use that information, and whether we disclose the information.

By using this site, you agree the terms of use outlined here. Whenever you submit information via this site, you consent to the collection, use and disclosure of that information in accordance with this statement and with applicable laws.

Copyright policy

Information written and displayed on this website is the property of the Kansas Medical Society and may not be reproduced or distributed without permission from the Kansas Medical Society. You must have our written permission to distribute copies of the information to others. To request such permission, send a message via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please include your name, address, and the purpose of the requested distribution.


KMS will take reasonable steps to protect your personally identifiable information that you transmit to us and to protect such information from loss, misuse and unauthorized access, disclosure, alteration or destruction. However, no internet transmission is ever fully secure. KMS cannot guarantee that information transmitted via this site will remain confidential at all times.

KMS’ site may contain links to other websites. We have no control over the privacy practices or the content of any of its business partners, advertisers, sponsors or of other sites to which KMS provides links. You should check the applicable Privacy Policy of the web site sponsor when linking to other websites.

Information KMS collects 

KMS strives to offer its visitors the many advantages of internet technology and to provide an interactive and personalized experience. We may collect and use personally identifiable information such as your name, e-mail address, street address, telephone number and other information, subject to the terms of this Privacy Policy.

KMS’ collection and storage of information about you depends, in part, on the page you are visiting, the activities in which you elect to participate and the services provided. You can visit many pages on the web site without providing any information. Other pages may prompt you to provide personal information, such as when you register for access to portions of our site.

You may also provide information when you request information from us, register online, etc. KMS also collects information automatically when you access its website and through the use of electronic tools that may be transparent to our visitors. For example, we may log the name of your Internet Service Provider or use “cookie” technology. As we adopt additional technology, we may also gather information through other means. In certain cases, you can choose not to provide us with information, for example by setting your browser to refuse to accept cookies. Disabling “cookies”, however, may limit your ability to access certain portions of the site. Additionally we may not be able to customize the site’s features according to your preferences.

What KMS does with the information it collects

KMS will use your information only as permitted by law. Aggregated information (information that does not personally identify you) may be used in many ways. As one example, we may combine information about your usage patterns with similar information obtained from other users to learn which pages are visited most or what features are most attractive. Aggregated information may occasionally be shared with KMS' advertisers and business partners.

KMS may collect personal information about you through various technologies for the purpose of enhancing your visit to this web site and to make the visit more efficient and productive. KMS may also use this information to respond to inquiries.

KMS does not sell your personally identifiable information to third parties. When you provide personally identifiable information to us, however, we may share it with our business partners and third-party contractors solely for the purpose of fulfilling your requests or offering our products and services.

Notwithstanding the foregoing, however, KMS reserves the right at all times to disclose any information as KMS determines, in its sole discretion, to be necessary to satisfy any law, regulation, governmental request, or business need or to avoid liability for KMS or any third party.


KMS reserves the right to change the Terms of Use at any time in its discretion and to notify users of any such changes solely by changing this Privacy Policy. Your continued use of and its related sites after the posting of any amended Privacy Policy shall constitute your agreement to be bound by any such changes.

KMS may modify, suspend, discontinue or restrict the use of any portion of and its related sites, including the availability of any portion of the content at any time, without notice or liability. KMS may deny access to any person or user at any time for any reason. In addition, KMS may at any time transfer rights and obligations under this policy to any subsidiary or business unit of KMS or any of its affiliated companies or divisions, or any entity that acquires KMS or any of its assets.


If you have any questions, comments or concerns about this policy or the information practices of this site, please contact KMS via the telephone (785.235.2383), fax (785.235.5114) or email information provided on this website.


Physician wellness & Professionals Health Program

A physician may encounter challenges that impair his/her ability to practice medicine at any time. Whether that impairment is related to feelings of burnout, drug or alcohol addiction, mental or physical disability, or even the aging process, the KMS Professionals Health Program (PHP) is designed to help physicians travel the road to recovery.

This program is grounded in a fundamental philosophy of confidentiality for its participants and for those who report physicians who they believe may need support. Except in a criminal action, any information acquired is confidential and may not be disclosed without written consent.

If you think you might benefit from the Professionals Health Program, or if you know someone who might, contact the PHP Program Director, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. All requests for information will be held in strict confidence.

Peer review

KMS coordinates a Peer Review Service which identifies physicians to conduct peer review for hospitals and institutions who are in need of objective and confidential medical opinions. The service is intended to provide hospitals with an acceptable alternative when the handling of questions of staff privileges becomes difficult due to local considerations, small staff size, or other reasons.

If you would like to have more information, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. at the KMS office.

CME Accreditation

The Kansas Medical Society is recognized by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to accredit CME programs. KMS currently accredits 13 institutions/organizations throughout the state of Kansas. Recognition as an accredited institution enables medical staff the opportunity to receive quality educational programs designed to meet nationally accepted standards. In addition, accredited institutions help physicians fulfill their continuing medical education requirements for medical re-licensure.

Any institution/organization interested in becoming accredited should contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

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Member Benefits

As a physician, joining KMS is an important indication of your commitment to the profession of medicine and to the patients you serve. More than 3/4 of Kansas physicians are members of KMS because they understand the important and valuable role this organization plays. Our priorities are physician priorities:

  • Keeping the practice of medicine in physician hands
  • Improving the practice environment in our state
  • Ensuring the physician voice is well-represented in the legislative & regulatory arena

KMS' mission is centered on advocacy; it's job #1 for us. Every physician in the state--member or not--benefits from our respected, diligent advocacy on legislative and regulatory issues at both the state and federal level. All physicians also benefit from the work of our partner organizations:

KMS members understand the importance of their annual support. They also appreciate the additional benefits which come from membership:

  • Eligibility for insurance coverage through KAMMCO--the region's leading medical malpractice insurance provider
  • Use of DocbookMD–a free, HIPAA-compliant texting service for exchanging patient information and staff communication
  • Hands-on assistance with regulatory issues and third-party payers
  • Meaningful, physician-focused leadership learning opportunities
  • Communication through our news publication, Kansas Physician

KMS description

The Kansas Medical Society is a professional association of physicians. Incorporated in 1859 by the territorial government of our state, the society is dedicated, through advocacy and communication, to improving the environment in which physicians practice medicine. Today, the organization's nearly 5000 members work to promote the art and science of medicine and to protect the health of Kansas citizens.

Contact Info

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Kansas Medical Society

623 SW 10th Avenue
Topeka, Kansas

785.235.5114 fax

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2013-2014 Board of Trustees

Machen, Mike MD - Kansas Medical Society Member



Michael Machen MD
Family Medicine

Eplee, John MD - Kansas Medical Society Member



John Eplee MD
Family Medicine


First Vice President

Jay Gilbaugh MD


Immediate Past President

Mark Synovec MD

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James Barnett MD
Internal Medicine


McCune, Mark MD - Kansas Medical Society Member



Mark McCune MD
Shawnee Mission

Wu, Lambert MD - Kansas Medical Society Member


Speaker of the House

Lambert Wu MD

Mortensen, Seen MD - Kansas Medical Society Member


Vice Speaker of the House

 Steen Mortensen MD



Chairman, Legislative Committee

Kevin Hoppock MD
Family Medicine

Hatton Don


Chairman, KaMMCO

Don Hatton MD
Internal Medicine

Poling, Terry MD - Kansas Medical Society Member


Chairman, AMA Delegation

Terry Poling MD
Family Medicine

Snow, Art MD - Kansas Medical Society Member


AMA Delegate

Arthur Snow MD
Family Medicine
Shawnee Mission

Warner, Richard MD - Kansas Medical Society Member


AMA Delegate

Richard Warner MD
Shawnee Mission

Gibbs, Robert MD - Kansas Medical Society Member


AMA Delegate (alternate)

Robert Gibbs MD



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Who is KMS?

The Kansas Medical Society is a member-service organization dedicated to improving the environment in which Kansas physicians practice medicine, and to protecting the health of Kansas’ citizens. As the only statewide association advocating for physicians in every specialty, KMS works hard to provide physicians a respected, effective voice at the Statehouse on issues such as:

  • assuring the practice of medicine remains in physician hands
  • protecting Kansas’ tort reforms
  • improving Medicaid reimbursement
  • protecting the physician/patient relationship from inappropriate third-party influence

We strive to serve as a valuable, reliable information resource for physicians and their practices. From Board of Healing Arts regulations to third-party reimbursement, from CME programming to practice resources–our staff is available to answer questions for members on a wide range of issues.

A long and storied history

As the oldest corporation in the state of Kansas, the Kansas Medical Society has forged a rich history of advocacy for physicians and their patients.