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2017 KMS News Updates

Veto override on Medicaid expansion fails

The legislature reconvened after a three-day weekend, and the first order of business for the House of Representatives was the motion to override the Governor's veto of House Bill 2044, the Medicaid expansion bill. It takes a two-thirds super-majority, or 84 votes, in the House to override a veto. Despite significant leadership and effort from hospitals and support by the broader healthcare community, as well as citizens across the state, the vote fell three short of the required tally, and the Governor's veto was sustained.

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Celebrate National Doctors' Day

Historians note that on March 30, 1842, Dr. Crawford Long first used ether anesthesia to remove a tumor from the neck of a patient. In 1933, Eudora Almond, wife of Georgia physician Charles B. Almond, MD, chose that same date to honor physicians by sending greeting cards and placing flowers on the graves of deceased physicians. Her efforts were memorialized in 1991 when then-President George W. Bush proclaimed March 30 as National Doctors' Day. In his proclamation President Bush stated: "More than the application of science and technology, medicine is a special calling and those who have chosen this vocation in order to serve their fellow man understand the tremendous responsibility it entails."

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Busy week for health care issues

Last Friday marked another important legislative deadline. Bills that have passed either the House or the Senate had until this deadline to have been considered and passed out of committee by the other chamber in order to remain alive for further consideration. This week is the last of the "regular" session, leaving only bills exempted (budget, taxes, etc.) from normal legislative deadlines for work during the wrap-up session in May.

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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.

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New RAC announced

CMS has awarded five new Medicare Recovery Audit Contractors (RAC) contracts. Three contractors will perform post-payment review of Part A and B Medicare fee-for-service claims for all provider types other than home health/hospice and Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics and Supplies (DMEPOS).

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