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2017 KMS News Updates

New issue available: Kansas Journal of Medicine

The Kansas Journal of Medicine–published by the KU School of Medicine–distributes original research, reviews, commentaries and case studies on all aspects of clinical medicine, health care delivery, health policy and medical education.

Preparing for MACRA: helpful resources

The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) will combine current CMS programs and change how physicians are reimbursed. MACRA will measure physician performance across a broad set of standards, assessing quality, cost, clinical practice improvements and advancing care information. The law has many facets and KMS, along with our partners, want to help physicians prepare effectively.

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Several mumps outbreaks active in Kansas

The Kansas Department of Health & Environment has identified a number of active mumps outbreaks within our state and noted several in surrounding states.

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Turn-around impacts health-related bills

The first major deadline of the 2017 legislative session has passed. "Turn-around" is the date by which most bills must be passed by their chamber of origin; tax and spending bills are exempted from the rule. Many health-related issues have been considered this year but if they are not listed below, they are unlikely to advance unless they are amended into other, related bills.

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Medicaid expansion moves forward

The end of last week marked the first major legislative deadline. Unless a bill has been exempted from legislative deadlines–as most budget and spending bills are–it has to have made it through its house of origin to remain alive at this point in the session.

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