KHIE Board Approves Liquidation and Dissolution Plan (2013-05-24)
Also on May 22nd, the KHIE Board of Directors voted unanimously to approve the PLAN OF COMPLETE LIQUIDATION AND DISSOLUTION to be submitted to the Kansas Secretary of State’s Office in accordance with K.S.A. 17-6805 and 17-6804(c). As defined in the Plan, KHIE’s last day of business will be June 30, 2013. Prior to that date, KHIE will pay all known outstanding obligations and expenses. Any expenses accrued on or after the dissolution date will be assumed by the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE). All assets held by KHIE will be turned over to KDHE on or before July 1, 2013. A contract is being developed to include the terms of KDHE’s assumption of KHIE’s assets and liabilities.
The Board also approved the Transition and Dissolution Plans submitted by KHIE and KDHE staff to effect the transition of responsibilities to KDHE and close out the corporation. KHIE staff will continue through August 31, 2013 to complete those activities required to liquidate and dissolve the corporation.
KHIE Board Issues Certificates of Authority (2013-05-23)
At the May 22, 2013 KHIE Board of Directors meeting, the Board voted unanimously to issue two (2) Certificates of Authority to "Operate an Approved Health Information Organization in the State of Kansas" to:
- Kansas Health Information Network, Inc. (KHIN)
- Lewis and Clark Information Exchange (LACIE)
In January 2013, KHIE accepted applications for consideration of the 5-year certificates. Each application received was verified for completeness by KHIE staff, and then forwarded to the KHIE Review Committee for in-depth examination. Between February and April 2013, the KHIE Review Committee performed an analysis of the Kansas Market to quantify the demand for HIE services within the State, evaluated the applicant's technical and financial ability to meet that demand, and considered the applicant's impact on the existing market.
The Certificates issued are valid for a period of two (2) years. Contingencies are attached to each Certificate that require the applicants to meet specific deadlines including, but not limited to, dates for achieving interoperability; completing remaining public health interfaces; and implementing patient portals. The minutes of the meeting will contain the specific contingencies placed on the Certificates.
The Board also voted unanimously to place a moratorium on fees for interoperability connections between all Certified Kansas HIOs for a period of two (2) years.
On Wednesday, April 17, 2013, Governor Brownback signed a bill incorporating the Kansas Health Information and Technology (KHIT) Act. The primary objective of KHIT is to transfer the responsibilities currently required of KHIE to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE). KHIT, along with the transfer of responsibilities, will become effective July 1, 2013.
KHIE responsibilities transferring to KDHE are to:
- create certification criteria for health information exchanges;
- promulgate, publish and enforce policies related to the electronic exchange of health information in Kansas;
- monitor the operations of those organizations that provide health information exchange services in Kansas;
- provide a means by which an individual may elect to restrict access to his/her electronic health information stored in the exchange; and
- provide a means by which an individual may inquire or complain about health information exchange in Kansas.
At the October 2012 KHIE Board of Directors' meeting, Board members discussed a transition plan previously endorsed by the KHIE Executive Committee. No action was taken on the plan at that time. The Senate's approval of KHIT in March triggered preliminary plan activities. Meetings to fine-tune the transition plan begin early next week. Once the transition of responsibilities to KDHE is complete, the KHIE Board of Directors and KHIE, Inc. will complete activities required to formally dissolve KHIE as a corporation. These activities are expected to be completed in the third quarter of 2013.