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Kansas Communities of Care

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Kansas Communities of Care         

Collaboration & Innovation for Community Health


A Community Approach To Health

Each community...your unique; and the Kansas Communities of Care design supports local decision-making and leadership. Because you know what works best in your community, we're here to help you develop the skills necessary to drive collaboration and innovation in your community.

Health Is More Than Healthcare

There is a growing body of evidence that indicates what happens outside a healthcare setting is more important to health than what happens inside any healthcare setting. As much as 60% of what influences our health has everything to do with social and community support structures, behaviors, and environmental factors.

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To promote and achieve health within a community, we have to think outside the healthcare box. The Kansas Communities of Care approach recognizes and values the array of voices, perspectives and expertise that are vital to creating meaningful and sustainable changes in health issues that matter to your community. From healthcare clinicians to social- and faith-based organizations, from Medicare Consumers to government organizations and representatives, each has a role to play in advancing change.

Our Communities Are Aging

The growth in the number and proportion of older adults is unprecedented in the history of the United States. Two factors—longer life spans and an aging Baby Boomer generation—will combine to double the population of Americans aged 65 and older during the next 25 years to about 72 million. By 2030, older adults will account for roughly 20 percent of the U.S. population. In Kansas, the issues of aging are more pronounced due to the state's population trends, which puts Kansas ahead of the U.S. in aging trends and overall population age.


9 out of 10 people the Kansas population gains in the next 25 years will be 65 or older


As a greater portion of the U.S. and Kansas population ages, it will have significant impacts in our communities. The Kansas Communities of Care design helps community coalitions act to drive changes in the health and realize improvement goals in care delivery and health outcomes for Medicare Consumers and all citizens.

 Your Community...Healthier

Join a growing number of Kansas communities as a Community of Care. With our FREE expertise in coalition and leadership development, quality improvement and health engagement, we can help your community become healthier. We don't tell you what to do, or do the work for you. Our job is to help your community develop the leadership, skills and vision to make a difference in the health and lives of citizens.

Funding for Kansas Communities of Care is provided by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Our organization, the Kansas Foundation for Medical Care (KFMC), is part of a multi-state partnership that focuses our collective energy and expertise in driving improvements in care delivery and health outcomes for the Medicare population. This means our resources, expertise and talents are available to you for free!

While the focus of our work is related to Medicare and Medicare consumers, what we do helps all citizens in a community. Our job is to help communities identify the issue(s) and develop strategies to drive change. Following is an overview of the broad focus areas in Kansas Communities of Care:

  • Reducing unnecessary hospital admissions. It costs money to go to the hospital, and sometimes it is possible to receive the right care in a different setting, like a doctor's office. This work focuses on making sure Medicare consumers get the right care at the right place at the right time in an effort to reduce avoidable hospital visits and stays.
  • Reducing hospital readmissions. It is important that, once someone is released from the hospital, they can be successful and not have to go back within a 30-day timeframe. This effort seeks to reduce the rate of readmission to hospitals for Medicare consumers following a hospital discharge.
  • Reducing the number of Adverse Drug Events (ADEs). Medications can be tricky, especially when an individual is taking three or more medications. This work focuses on reducing the number of consumers who are harmed through medication related issues that could be avoided and learning from that experience.
  • Improving community tenure. Almost every individual wants to stay in their home as long as they can. Community tenure is a measure of how successful an individual can be at home once they return from an acute care (or hospital) event. This effort seeks to improve the number of Medicare consumers that can stay where they home.

Your Community, Your Vision, Your Success

Although our efforts are focused on particluar topics by CMS, our success comes from your vision and your success. We work with community leaders passionate about health and the opportunity to make things better.

Become A Community of Care

Join the innovative communities across Kansas working to make their community a better place for Medicare consumers and all citizens by expressing your desire to become a Community of Care. Learn more by exploring the links found on this site, or contact us at today and share your vision.

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About KFMC | Learn more about the work KFMC does as a member of the Great Plains Quality Innovation Network.

Contact KFMC | TOLL FREE 855.662.6448 or Email

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This material was prepared by the Great Plains Quality Innovation Network, the Medicare Quality Improvement Organization for Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota, under contract with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The contents presented do not necessarily reflect CMS policy. 11SOW-GPQIN-KS-C3-02/0516