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October 18, 2017

Around the nation: CMS approves Kansas' Medicaid managed care extension

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    • Iowa: Horn Memorial Hospital has picked Glen Winekauf as its CEO. Winekauf, a retired Army lieutenant colonel, most recently held the position of CEO at Select Specialty Hospital in Evansville, Indiana (Vaidya, Becker's Hospital Review, 10/16).

    • Kansas: Kansas officials on Monday said CMS has approved a Medicaid waiver request to extend by one year the state's Medicaid managed care program and safety net care. CMS under former President Barack Obama's administration had denied the extension request, citing concerns that managed care organizations lacked sufficient state oversight. However, the agency on Friday approved the waiver, granting Kansas permission to continue operating the program, called KanCare, until Dec. 31. 2018. According to Associated Press, Kansas is now planning to seek approval to extend the program beyond 2018 (Dickson, Modern Healthcare, 10/16; AP/Sacramento Bee, 10/16; Woodall, Kansas City Star, 4/3; CMS approval letter, 10/13).

    • Nebraska: Construction is set to begin this week on Grand Island Regional Hospital. The $110 million facility will house six ED rooms, five ORs, three delivery rooms, several postpartum and antepartum rooms, and space for several other services, including endoscopy, radiology, and pharmacy. Construction is slated to end in October 2019, and the facility will open for patients in 2020 (Lagasse, Healthcare Finance News, 10/16).  

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