Kansas long-term care providers and their community partners have been turning up the heat on the State government as they struggle for financial viability due to attacks from multiple bureaucratic facets. The first obstacle is that KanCare continues to fail to process Medicaid applications within the time period mandated by federal law, which has resulted in hundreds of thousands of dollars of unpaid bills for some long-term care facilities.
The second obstacle presented itself in 2016, when the legislature shaved $38.2 million dollars from the budget by enacting a 4 percent cut in Medicaid provider reimbursements. Although the government voted to restore this funding in 2017, the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS) withheld a significant portion of the restored funds, which has further increased the financial pressure felt by long-term care providers. For its final punch, the number of civil penalties that KDADS has imposed on long-term care facilities for alleged violations found during facility inspections has skyrocketed. The result of all of this is that many long-term care facilities are experiencing extreme financial duress. Stay tuned to see if representatives from the Sunflower State pay attention to the cries of this almost 2 billion- dollar industry. In the meantime, if your bottom line is being impacted because you are having trouble securing KanCare for your residents, please contact us today.