Health Homes model coming to KanCare customers July 1

KanCare is implementing a new model of care for members with chronic illnesses, starting July 1.

Health Homes is a system of care coordination for people with illnesses such as diabetes, asthma, or severe mental illness. Program Analyst Samantha Ferencik was a guest on a recent Talk of Emporia; she says it can be difficult for some KanCare customers to navigate the process.

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Ferencik said, in addition to keeping your current doctors, the program will be considering adding care for more illnesses in the future.

Health Homes offers six core services, including comprehensive care management and planning, care coordination, health education, transitional care, goal support and referrals to other services if needed. Ferencik also stressed that the name "Health Homes" is a bit misleading. It's not a physical building, but rather simply a program meant to provide additional care.

Regional meetings, a.k.a. "provider tours," will be taking place in April for potential partners in providing Health Homes care and services. The first of these meetings is April 2 in Hays.

This program comes at no extra cost to current KanCare members. For more information, go online to www.kancare.ks.gov, or call Ferencik directly at 785-296-8001.


Future meeting dates:

*April 2: Hays (Fort Hays State University Robbins Center)

*April 3: Dodge City (Dodge House Hotel and Convention Center)

*April 4: Wichita (WSU Hughes Metroplex)

*April 7: Chanute (Memorial Building Alliance Room)

*April 8: Bonner Springs, KS (George Meyn Community Center)

*April 9: Topeka (Ramada Inn)


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