History

Kansas Foundation for Medical Care (KFMC), located in Topeka, Kansas, is a not-for-profit organization that leads innovation to improve the quality, effectiveness and safety of healthcare and serves as a trusted expert in facilitating improvement for people and communities through intentional collaboration. KFMC is working towards a healthcare system that empowers educated, activated consumers and knowledgeable, fulfilled healthcare professionals working in settings that promote optimum care and safe environments. Our goals are to assist healthcare providers in understanding and integrating quality improvement and safety initiatives into their work as well as supporting Medicare consumers in understanding their rights and responsibilities.

As a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, KFMC receives funding from federal and state government contracts, foundation and corporate grants, and health system projects. KFMC pursues grants and contracts that align with our mission and goals.

KFMC staff consists of approximately 40 professionals who possess the expertise and experience to serve as valued partners. Staff skills include strong applied research and clinical experience, expertise in project management, data analysis and management, continuous quality improvement theory and implementation, health information technology, medical record abstraction, coding, health education and communications.

The organization is proud to support health information technology, healthcare quality and patient safety, working with peers, partners and stakeholders in advancing our agenda. KFMC has served Kansas as the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization, External Quality Review Organization and Health Information Technology resource for more than 40 years.

Timeline of Events

2016
Betty Murrell, MBA, joined KFMC as Chief Financial Officer.

2015
Karen Braman, R.Ph, M.S., President and Chief Executive Officer, and Jerry Huff, J.D., Vice President of Operations, join the KFMC team.

2014
The Great Plains Quality Innovation Network is awarded the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) contract to serve as the Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO) for the states of Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota.

Kansas Foundation for Medical Care, in partnership with CIMRO of Nebraska, North Dakota Health Care Review, Inc. and the South Dakota Foundation for Medical Care, created the Great Plains Quality Innovation Network (GPQIN), a not-for-profit organization, to comply with legislation that impacted the structure of the Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) program.

2013
KFMC is awarded two Innovations Grants from CMS to pursue work directly related to education and outreach for Medicare Beneficiaries.

2012
KFMC celebrates 40 years of leading quality improvement initiatives in Kansas.

Synōvim Healthcare Solutions was created to address health information technology needs.
KFMC in partnership the Kansas Association for the Medically Underserved (KAMU) created Synōvim Healthcare Solutions, a not-for-profit organization comprised of Regional Extension Center (REC) staff, to help assist Kansas providers with their health information technology and quality improvement needs once federal funding has ceased for REC services.

2011
Kenneth Mishler, PharmD, MBA, selected as KFMC President and CEO.

2010
Awarded the Regional Extension Center (REC) Grant
The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information technology (ONC) has funded 62 Regional Extension Centers (RECs) to help more than 100,000 primary care providers adopt and use electronic health records (EHRs).

2004
Received Common Knowledge Best Practices Award from Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Named Employer of Excellence by the YWCA of Topeka.

2002
Celebrates 30 years of leading quality improvement initiatives in Kansas.

Received Common Knowledge Award from Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

2001
Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA) changed their name to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and changed the name of the PROs from Professional Review Organization to Quality Improvement Organization (QIO).

Received Kansas Award for Excellence from the Governor of Kansas.

Received the Kansas Society of Association Executive Community Service Award.

2000
Received James Q. Cannon Memorial Endowment Proclamation of Honor for contributions and support of education in healthcare quality.

1997
KFMC launches first website, kfmc.org.

1996
KFMC holds first annual Kansas Health Quality Forum.
The KFMC Quality Forum is an event designed to educate and empower providers to implement quality improvement initiatives by providing education and tools to improve the healthcare they provide to consumers.

Received Health Care Financing Administration Beneficiary Services Certificate of Merit from the Department of Health & Human Services.

1995
KFMC is awarded the External Quality Review Organization (EQRO) contract for Kansas Medicaid managed care.

1994
Successfully bids to serve as Kansas Medicare QIO, one of 53 QIOs across the country. KFMC is the only organization to the hold QIO contract in Kansas and continues CMS contracted QIO work today.

1992
Celebrates 20 years of leading quality improvement initiatives in Kansas.

1984
Kansas Department of Social and Rehabilitation Services (SRS) contracts with KFMC for utilization management and quality assurance oversight, a partnership that continues today.
Contract requirements have changed substantially over the years and now include a significant effort in quality improvement through collaboration with Kansas Medicaid providers.

KFMC also has been designated by the Kansas Health Policy Authority as the External Quality Review Organization (EQRO) for the Kansas Medicaid and State Children’s Health Insurance Plan (SCHIP) Managed Care Programs. In this role KFMC is responsible for working with the managed care plans to assure and help facilitate improvement in access, quality and timeliness of care provided to Medicaid and SCHIP beneficiaries.

The EQRO is also responsible for portions of review of access, quality and timeliness in the Medicaid Primary Care Case Manager Program.

1982
Celebrates 10 years of leading quality improvement initiatives in Kansas.

Congress enacted the Professional Review Organization (PRO) Legislation. 
This legislation changed a number of things including; the designation of PROs on a statewide basis, separation of the Medicare and Medicaid utilization requirements which allowed states to choose the appropriate utilization plan for their situation and elimination of delegated review to hospitals. With implementation of the Prospective Payment System (PPS) more oversight responsibilities were enacted including; monitoring of appropriate coding and documentation, premature discharge and the necessity of admissions.

1977
KFMC was conditionally designated as the PSRO for Kansas.

Larry W. Pitman is named Associate Executive Director of KFMC.

1974
KFMC was awarded a grant from the Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA) to become the planning Professional Standards Review Organization (PSRO) for the state of Kansas.
This provided physicians an opportunity to prepare an organization that would become the statewide PSRO.

1972
KFMC was incorporated by the Kansas Medical Society.