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38-2226a. Reporting of certain abuse or neglect of children; reviews and evaluations; services; reimbursements; report; child abuse review and evaluation fund. (a) (1) When an investigation of child abuse or neglect conducted pursuant to K.S.A. 38-2226, and amendments thereto, includes a CARE referral that a child abuse medical resource center has recommended a CARE exam be conducted and the CARE provider determines a child has been subjected to physical abuse, emotional abuse, medical neglect or physical neglect, such determination shall be reported in a completed review and provided to the secretary for children and families and the local law enforcement agency or the agency's designee.

(2) When the secretary receives a completed review pursuant to paragraph (1), the secretary shall consider and include the completed review in making recommendations regarding the care, safety and placement of the child and maintain the completed review in the case record.

(3) Reviews conducted pursuant to paragraph (1) shall be confidential and not be disclosed except as provided in this section and K.S.A. 38-2209 through 38-2213, and amendments thereto.

(b) To provide forensic evaluation services to a child alleged to be a victim of physical abuse, emotional abuse, medical neglect or physical neglect in investigations that include a CARE exam:

(1) Child abuse medical resource centers may collaborate directly or through technology with CARE providers to provide forensic medical evaluations, medical training, support, mentoring and peer review to enhance the skill and role of child abuse medical resource centers and the CARE providers in a multidisciplinary context;

(2) CARE providers and child abuse medical resource centers shall provide and receive specialized training for medical evaluations conducted in a hospital, child advocacy center or by a private healthcare professional without the need for an agreement between such center and provider; and

(3) the CARE network shall develop recommendations concerning the medical-based screening process and forensic evidence collection for a child and provide such recommendations to CARE providers, child advocacy centers, hospitals and licensed practitioners.

(c) To implement and administer this section, the secretary of health and environment shall:

(1) Provide training for CARE providers to establish and maintain compliance with the requirements of K.S.A. 38-2202, and amendments thereto;

(2) assist in the implementation of subsection (b);

(3) pay for and manage a network referral system database; and

(4) adopt rules and regulations as necessary, subject to available appropriations.

(d) (1) A provider shall submit all charges for payment of reviews and CARE exams to the secretary of health and environment within 90 days after a review or exam has been performed.

(2) The secretary of health and environment shall pay all charges directly to the provider within 30 days after being submitted.

(3) The payment amount shall be for the exam at the rate not to exceed $750 for providing such exam, excluding costs for treatment that may be required due to the diagnosis, or any facility fees, supplies or laboratory or radiology testing.

(4) If a provider is found to have submitted fraudulent charges, such provider shall be banned from the CARE network and the secretary of health and environment shall report such incident to the provider's licensing board. Such licensing board shall investigate such report to determine whether unprofessional conduct has occurred.

(5) On or before January 31, 2024, the secretary of health and environment shall prepare and present a report to the house of representatives standing committee on child welfare and foster care and the senate standing committee on public health and welfare, or their successor committees, of the activities and operations under this section. Such report shall include:

(A) The number of providers who have submitted charges;

(B) the number of reviews and CARE exams performed;

(C) average charge submitted per review and CARE exam;

(D) total amount paid out to providers;

(E) the average number of days between when:

(i) A review or CARE exam is performed and charges are submitted; and

(ii) charges are submitted and paid to a provider; and

(F) any findings of fraudulent charges.

(e) There is hereby established in the state treasury the child abuse review and evaluation fund, and such fund shall be administered by the secretary of health and environment. All expenditures from the child abuse review and evaluation fund shall be for payments of reviews, CARE exams, training of CARE providers and the implementation and administration of subsection (b), as needed. All expenditures from the child abuse review and evaluation fund shall be made in accordance with appropriation acts upon warrants of the director of accounts and reports issued pursuant to vouchers approved by the secretary of health and environment or the secretary's designee. All moneys received for reviews, CARE exams and CARE provider training shall be remitted to the state treasurer in accordance with the provisions of K.S.A. 75-4215, and amendments thereto. Upon receipt of each such remittance, the state treasurer shall deposit the entire amount in the state treasury to the credit of the child abuse review and evaluation fund.

(f) This section shall be a part of and supplemental to the revised Kansas code for care of children.

History: L. 2023, ch. 70, § 1; May 4.



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