- November 28th 2011
Kansas is turning to managed care organizations to provide Medicaid enrollees more integrated, higher-quality care and to limit Medicaid spending growth.
The state on Nov. 9 released a request for proposals for KanCare, both a consolidation of existing agencies that serve the state's 378,000 Medicaid enrollees and an attempt to recruit managed care organizations to provide comprehensive, coordinated, quality care. Bids are due by Jan. 13, and the state expects to sign statewide contracts with three MCOs.
"Serving the needs of the whole person as well as ensuring long-term fiscal sustainability are the principles this plan is built upon," said Kansas Lt. Gov. Jeff Colyer, MD, who led the initiative. The reform will require federal approval from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, but the state hopes to receive it and begin KanCare by January 2013.
Historically, the state's Medicaid program hasn't focused sufficiently on quality outcomes, according to a KanCare summary [Read more]