[news] Kansas HIE board to dissolve and cede regulatory authority to state

Date: September 19, 2012||   0  Comments

The Kansas Health Information Exchange, Inc. has decided to dissolve itself and essentially hand over operations to the state’s health department after a long stakeholder debate about the costs of the public-private HIE, and the regulatory role of it, in a state with a growing provider-based HIE network.

The Kansas Health Information Exchange (KHIE) board voted last week to transfer its operations to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment by October 2013, when federal grant funding is set to expire. The plan still needs to be approved by the state legislature.

Cost was apparently the largest factor behind the decision. Staffing KHIE as an independent body was estimated to cost $400,000 a year, and the board was considering charging fees from providers or HIEs. Shifting KHIE’s regulatory operations to the state would cost about $54,000, state officials have estimated.

“This is a way to get the state to have some skin in the game,” KHIE board member Jerry Slaughter, who’s also executive director of the Kansas Medical Society, said at last week’s meeting, as the Kansas Health Institute’s News Service first reported. “Right now the only people who have skin in the game are providers.” (Slaughter, also the chair of the Kansas Health Information Network, recused himself from the vote to disband KHIE.)

A few observers and stakeholders at the meeting opposed the move. “The future is the ability to take this data and really start improving the science of medicine and identifying the most effective interventions,” Martie Ross, a consultant who has worked for KHIE’s legal contractors, Spencer Fane Britt & Browne, said at the meeting, the Kansas Health Institute’s News Service reported. “It’s all opportunity out there, and to flush that away [to save] staffing costs I think is short-sighted.”

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