KHIN and KDHE Collaborate to Distribute Over $4 Million In Support of Statewide HIE Participation

Striving to achieve a collaborative healthcare system in Kansas, the Kansas Health Information Network (KHIN) and the Kansas Department of Health & Environment (KDHE) distributed more than $4 Million in 2016-17. The funding encourages and enhances Kansas hospitals’ and providers’ participation in a statewide health information exchange (HIE). In 2017 $3,188,200 was distributed. Overall the amount distributed was $4,113,200.

GraceMed Health Clinic, Inc., Wichita, is one of the Kansas recipients of the funding. Venus Lee, associate executive officer of GraceMed, explained, “the availability of 90/10 funding through KHIN has been critical to our ability to upgrade our Medicaid eligibility and enrollment systems and ensure effective interface and integration with the Affordable Care Act Exchange.”

She added, “As one of the largest networks of Federally Qualified Health Center Clinics in Kansas, we see a high-volume of Medicaid patients, so an efficient patient information verification process is important to the quality of the service we provide. The final rule funds from KHIN have been enormously helpful in our ability to coordinate eligibility data in a seamless environment.”

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ funding stream originates in the Medicaid Electronic Health Records Incentive Program, first authorized through the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act (HITECH) which is a part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Many Medicaid-eligible hospitals and providers qualify for the program which provides 90 percent federal matching funds with the state delivering a 10 percent non-federal match for the investment. The distribution from KHIN delivers Kansas’s 10 percent match.

The one-time funding may be used by hospitals and providers for a wide range of HIE activities including on-boarding costs for participating in a health information exchange, such as KHIN. The over-arching goal is to increase interoperability among providers which means the ability to exchange information among two or more systems as well as to use the exchanged information.

A list of participating KHIN HIE hospitals and providers may be viewed online.