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KFMC Announces New President and CEO

January 29, 2018

The Kansas Foundation for Medical Care, Inc. (KFMC) has announced the appointment of Sarah Irsik-Good, MHA, as their President and Chief Executive Officer effective February 7, 2018. Sarah has been with KFMC for 6 years and is currently a Vice President focusing primarily on organizational strategy and operations. Sarah’s leadership, innovation and positive energy are all strong assets to KFMC and will help ensure KFMC’s continued growth and success as a trusted partner in the improvement of both health and healthcare.

Sarah will draw on nearly 20 years of healthcare delivery system experience in furthering KFMC’s mission to “lead innovation to improve the quality, effectiveness and safety of healthcare.” Prior to joining KFMC, Sarah served as the Risk & Quality Manager, Education Coordinator and Compliance Officer for Kearny County Hospital in Lakin, KS. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Legal Studies with an emphasis in Health Care Operations from Kaplan University and her Master of Health Administration from Ohio University. “I came to KFMC seeking to improve the quality of healthcare for all Kansans, particularly in a climate where rapid transformation was occurring. As part of KFMC, we’ve made great strides in assisting Kansas providers and consumers in successfully navigating the everchanging delivery environment. As we continue this work, I’m both humbled and incredibly excited to be able to lead this next chapter. I am focused on accelerating innovation by leveraging KFMC’s extensive experience, diverse skills, high quality services and intentional collaboration with partners, providers and consumers alike to improve the health of people and communities,” she stated about her appointment.

KFMC provides an expansive variety of customizable healthcare consulting solutions designed to offer strategic transformation to improve performance and outcomes. KFMC is a member of the Great Plains Quality Innovation Network (Great Plains QIN), the Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) designated by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota. Utilizing the resources of such an extensive network, KFMC is a leader in promoting learning and engagement, improving health outcomes and healthcare delivery for Medicare consumers across the state and across multiple provider settings. KFMC has previously served as a Health Information Technology (HIT) Regional Extension Center (REC) and continues to provide HIT expertise and support to Kansas providers. KFMC is also the External Quality Review Organization (EQRO) for the Kansas Medicaid Managed Care program and is the Independent Review Organization for the Kansas Insurance Department. KFMC’s reputation and expertise in healthcare quality and HIT create viable solutions in the private and public sector, and through their consistent methodology, provide long-term sustainable outcomes and enduring partnerships.

Franklin County Health Department Sponsors Diabetes Workshop

January 9, 2018

By The [Ottawa] Herald Staff

The Franklin County Health Department will offer a free workshop series for area residents with diabetes and their caregivers, according to a press release.

The six-week workshop series is designed to complement medical treatments and education provided by healthcare providers, the release said. Workshop participants will receive a free copy of the book, Living a Healthy Life With Chronic Conditions.

“The self-management workshops are a great opportunity for individuals with diabetes and their caregivers to learn skills that can change lives,” Erin Laurie, health department health educator and WIC nutritionist, said. “The workshop series was developed by Stanford University and is being utilized around the world to improve self-management skills for those with diabetes. We are very excited to partner with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment and Kansas Foundation for Medical Care to bring these workshops to our community.”

An informational meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Feb. 6 at the Franklin County Board of Commissioners chambers, 1418 S. Main St., Ottawa, the release said. The meeting allows participants to learn about the program and register for the workshop series, which begins Feb. 13 and ends March 20. The workshop runs 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. each Tuesday in the commission chambers.

Space is limited because of the interactive nature of the workshop series. Individuals and caregivers can pre-register by contacting Laurie at (785) 229-3536.

The workshop series is made possible through partnership with Kansas Self-Management Education, the release said. For more information, visit selfmanageks.org.

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KFMC Announces Two New Board Members

Dr. Eric Voth and Julie Roth appointed as new Board of Trustees members

February 7, 2018

The Kansas Foundation for Medical Care, Inc. (KFMC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Eric Voth and Julie Roth as newest members to the Board of Trustees effective January 5, 2018.

Dr. Voth is a specialist in internal medicine, pain management, and addiction medicine as well as Vice-President of Primary Care at Stormont-Vail HealthCare in Topeka, Kansas. He is the chairman of the Institute on Global Drug Policy, is recognized as an international authority on drug use, and lectures on drug policy-related issues, pain management, and appropriate prescribing practices. Dr. Voth also serves as an advisor on alcohol and drug abuse issues to the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts, is a former member of the National Advisory Committee for the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment of HHS, and is a Clinical Professor of Internal Medicine at the University of Kansas School of Medicine.

Dr. Voth has advised several U.S. presidential administrations and testified for numerous Congressional offices on drug related issues for over thirty years. Dr. Voth provides expert testimony on general medical issues, pain management, and addiction issues for both defense and plaintiff cases.

Julie Roth, JD, partner at Spencer Fane in Overland Park, KS, represents large health systems, hospitals and physician practices, and counsels clients on the sale, acquisition, and development of complex joint ventures. With more than 15 years of experience, Julie regularly helps her clients by negotiating and drafting hospital-physician affiliation documents, such as employment agreements, professional services agreements, physician recruitment agreements and clinical co-management agreements.

Additionally, Julie counsels clients on regulatory compliance matters including HIPAA privacy and security rules, Medicare & Medicaid payment rules, Conditions of Participation, and EMTALA. She has substantial experience with electronic health records and the health information technology exchange, and assisted in the development of the Kansas Health Information Technology and Exchange Act, which aligns Kansas law with the HIPAA Privacy Rules. She earned her Masters’ degree in Health Services Administration and is a credentialed Registered Health Information Administrator.

The slate of board members for 2018 is listed below.

  • Spaulding, Ryan, PhD (Chair)
  • Bell, Donna (Vice Chair)
  • Hintz, Thomas (Secretary/Treasurer)
  • Cox, Robert, MD
  • Jacobson, John
  • Praeger, Sandy
  • Roth, Julie
  • Good, Sarah, MHA (KFMC President and CEO)
  • VanHouden, Charles, MD
  • Voth, Eric, MD
  • Wolfe, Brian, MD
  • Yost, Carla, RN.

Brewster Place Staff Participate in Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Care Seminar

February 9, 2018

Nine staff members from Brewster Place, a faith-based, mission-driven not-for-profit continuing care retirement community based in Topeka, Kansas, completed an Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Seminar hosted by Great Plains Quality Innovation Network-Kansas.

Upon completion of the seminar, participants have the option to apply to become a Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP) from the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners (NCCDP). All nine students who attended the seminar plan to submit their applications. The Certified Dementia Practitioner is an earned credential that recognizes the highest standard in Alzheimer’s and Dementia education. The CDP certification demonstrates the achievement of specialized training in the areas of Alzheimer’s and Dementia care. Health care professionals and front-line staff who have taken the steps to complete comprehensive training in Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care and have completed certification have the necessary educational tools, new methods and theories to provide care to Alzheimer’s and Dementia patients.

The CDP certification is essential for today’s health care professional and front-line staff as the dementia elderly population continues to rise. “While Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementia (ADRD) are considered to be one of the major health issues of the century, many of our direct care workers have not been provided sufficient education on ADRD. To improve quality of care and quality of life for our elders with ADRD, we need a skilled workforce that is equipped with a high level of dementia knowledge and the skills needed to provide person directed, holistic care. I believe knowledge is power and the NCCDP’s CDP program provides caregivers with the insight, tools and resources needed to provide this level of care to our most vulnerable elders,” stated Brenda Groves, LPN, Regional Nursing Home Lead for the Great Plains Quality Innovation Network and facilitator of the Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia Care Seminar.

“My experience was great. It helped me gain a better understanding of dementia care. I can now take all the information I’ve learned and teach others. I’m truly grateful for the opportunity and the education my instructor provided me on how to give the best care possible in the memory care neighborhoods,” stated Shay Mason, Memory Care Kaizen (Certified Nursing Assistant) at Brewster Place.

For more information about Brewster Place and their efforts, visit http://www.brewsterliving.org.

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