Foundation's aim is to help consumers on medical issues [The Hutchinson News, Kan.]
(Hutchinson News, The (KS) Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) Sept. 01--There is a little known organization in Kansas designated by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid to help protect health care consumers by addressing quality of care complaints and reviewing appeals from discharges by hospital or other care providers.
The Kansas Foundation for Medical Care is the state's "Quality Improvement Organization."
As such, if a patient feels they are being discharged from a hospital, skilled nursing, home health, rehabilitation or hospice services before they are ready, a request for an appeal can be made through KFMC to address the concern and provide support to the patient and family, said Sarah Irsik-Good, Director of Quality Improvement.
"We work with Medicare beneficiaries to ensure their rights as Medicare consumers are being protected," Irsik-Good stated in a news release.
Medicare beneficiaries are entitled to: file a complaint about the quality of healthcare they have received in the past or are currently receiving; appeal a decision to discharge from a hospital when the beneficiary feels they should continue to stay in the hospital and receive care; or appeal a decision to end services -- such as rehabilitation, home health or hospice care -- when they feel services are still needed.
KFMC is also the Regional Extension Center and External Quality Review Organization for the state of Kansas. It also contracts with many private companies to provide health information technology (HIT) consulting services, quality improvement and review services.
To learn more about Medicare beneficiary's rights and the work KFMC provides, or to seek assistance, visit kfmc.org or call 800-432-0407.
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