Wednesday, October 22, 2014

KanCare touts increased services

By The Herald Staff | 4/30/2014

TOPEKA — KanCare users have seen more increases in the past year than decreases for home- and community-based services, a state official said this week.

Shawn Sullivan, Kansas Department of Disability and Aging secretary, testified Tuesday to a legislative oversight committee, saying 3,254 consumers, or 27 percent of the 12,000 consumers in the waiver programs, received an increase in services during the first year of KanCare; 1,300, or 11 percent, experienced a reduction in services; and another 400 had services reduced voluntarily.

TOPEKA — KanCare users have seen more increases in the past year than decreases for home- and community-based services, a state official said this week.

Shawn Sullivan, Kansas Department of Disability and Aging secretary, testified Tuesday to a legislative oversight committee, saying 3,254 consumers, or 27 percent of the 12,000 consumers in the waiver programs, received an increase in services during the first year of KanCare; 1,300, or 11 percent, experienced a reduction in services; and another 400 had services reduced voluntarily.

“We realize that there was concern among these consumers, their families and advocates about how KanCare was going to affect them,” Sullivan said. “As you can see from these numbers, the effect of KanCare overall has been to increase services to these vulnerable consumers. The care coordination process is working as it was designed to work.”

Sullivan also testified that claims for services to individuals on the intellectual/developmental disability waiver, whose services were included in KanCare Feb. 1, had a 1.93 percent denial rate for services and a 2 percent denial rate for targeted case management billing. He said average turnaround time for payment of claims across the state was 5.8 days for home- and community-based services and 6.2 days for targeted case management services.

“This shows claims for people on the [intellectual developmental disability] waiver are being paid, and being paid in a timely fashion,” Sullivan said. “[Kansas Department of Disability and Aging] staff have worked hard with providers, case managers and the MCOs to produce these outstanding results, and I am grateful for the cooperation and team spirit everyone exhibited during the [intellectual developmental disability] launch period.”

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