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May 1, 2017

Summit on Quality: May 10, 2017

The Kansas Healthcare Collaborative, in joint partnership with the Kansas Foundation for Medical Care, is pleased to announce the ninth annual Summit on Quality, scheduled for May 10, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency in Wichita, Kansas. Registration is open through May 6, 2017.

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KanCare training available: May 16 and 18

The KanCare Managed Care Organizations (MCO) will be hosting a free collaborative session providing training for medical and institutional providers. All three MCOs will present and be available to answer questions and address issues you may be experiencing. Last year’s program was very well attended. This is a great opportunity for physician billing staff. The half-day programs will take place May 16 in Wichita and May 18 in Topeka. For more information about the program and to register check out the KMAP Bulletin.

Health-related issues advance

With the exception of Medicaid expansion, the legislature has completed most of the work directly impacting health care providers. Over the April break, the Governor signed House Bill 2026, establishing meaningful process reforms for the state's managed care Medicaid program, KanCare.

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Review your Open Payments data

The CMS Open Payments Program is required to collect information about payments a physician receives when a drug or device company gives a physician stocks, money for research, gifts, speaking fees, meals and other payments. Data about the payments is then shared on a public website. Before releasing this information to the public, you are given a period of time to review (and dispute if needed) any data reported about you.

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Wrap-up session begins May 1

On Monday May 1, the legislature reconvened for the so-called "wrap-up" or veto session. The April break allowed the Governor to receive the bills that advanced through the regular session and sign or veto them. Returning in May is designed to allow the legislature one last attempt to consider and override any bills vetoed by the Governor and to pass an omnibus budget reconciling previous appropriations with the cost of new legislation passed. Though that is the design, it has been a long time since the wrap-up session has worked that way.

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