Health Care

KU hospital, medical school reorganizing

The University of Kansas hospital and medical school will undergo a major reorganization to respond to changes in health care.

But officials with the medical campus in Kansas City, Kansas, told the Board of Regents Wednesday the reorganization might not save the hospital if Kansas doesn’t expand its Medicaid services under the Affordable Care Act.

The hospital and medical school currently operate as two separate entities.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports ( ) the medical center has 18 separate clinical organizations, one for each academic department, all with their own foundation and board of directors.

Between now and July 1, those organizations will be merged into one group overseen by the University of Kansas Hospital Authority. The authority has a 19-member board, with most members are appointed by the governor.