State agrees to work with doctors on KanCare

It’s good that the state has at least partly responded to concerns from doctors and hospitals about KanCare, the state’s newly privatized Medicaid program. The Kansas Medical Society and the Kansas Medical Group Management Association asked the state to extend for another 90 days the transition period when patients can continue to see their current doctors or doctors not yet in the new insurance networks, the Kansas Health Institute News Service reported. The medical groups cited more than two dozen problems with the transition, including billing errors, stalled payments and general confusion about which doctors the patients can see. The state declined to extend the transition period, but it announced that it would continue to deal with Medicaid service providers beyond the April 2 transition cutoff if the providers have contracts pending with the private insurance companies.