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Mid-America Health Systems Agency records

Identifier: KUMC-MSS-64

Scope and Contents

Collection of records from the Mid-America Health Systems Agency, which was involved in the development of long-range healthcare planning for the Kansas City metropolitan area in the 1970s and early 1980s. The collection contains agency policies and procedures, data tables, and published health systems (HSP) and annual implementation (AIP) plans. Other items pertain to Kansas City healthcare development, such as the Kansas City Area Hospital Association’s 1981 Hospital Facility Utilization Study.


  • 1974 - 1983

Conditions Governing Access

Some folders are restricted because of their sensitive nature or because they contain personal or confidential information. These records are protected by federal laws such as the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA). Examples of restricted records are personnel files, medical records, financial records, and any materials containing personal information such as addresses and social security numbers. Restricted materials are identified at the box and/or folder level within the finding aid. Questions about these materials may be directed to the Archivist. Access may be allowed on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the KUMC Archives and only after a proposal has been reviewed and approved by the University of Kansas Human Subjects Committee. All requests are subject to review by the Archives staff to determine accessibility.

Conditions Governing Use

Archives staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of materials. The researcher assumes full responsibility for conforming with the laws of libel, privacy, and copyright which may be involved in the use of this collection.

Biographical / Historical

The Mid-America Health Systems Agency, Inc., (MAHSA) was a private not-for-profit corporation chartered November 12, 1975, under the laws of the State of Missouri and authorized to do business in Kansas as a foreign corporation. The agency, with corporate offices in Missouri, was organized for the sole purpose of providing health-planning for its health service area and was operated in a manner consistent with the purpose, requirements, specifications, duties, and functions of a health systems agency as defined in Title XV of P.L. 93-641, The National Health Planning and Resources Development Act of 1974, amendments and corresponding provisions of any subsequent federal health-planning legislation, and related regulations and guidelines.

The agency served the Kansas City metropolitan area (designated Kansas Health Service Area #4 – Johnson, Leavenworth, and Wyandotte counties; and Missouri Health Services Area #1 – Platte, Clay, Ray, Jackson, and Cass counties).

The development of MAHSA was an open process characterized by citizen involvement and participation. MAHSA was formed by a group of dedicated citizens committed to the establishment of a freestanding, not-for-profit, health-planning agency that would be open to participation by the entire community and would not be controlled by any one group. MAHSA maintained continuous public participation in its development and benefited greatly from its involvement.

The agency received conditional designation from the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare April 12, 1976; a second year of conditional designation began April 12, 1977. MAHSA received full designation from DHEW effective April 1, 1978, following the establishment of its initial Health Systems Plan in November 1977 and of its Annual Implementation Plan in December 1977.

MAHSA became defunct in March 1982 when the Federal government withdrew its funding at the request of Missouri Governor Kit Bond.


1 Cubic Feet (1 record carton)

Language of Materials



Collection folders are arranged alphabetically by subject and then chronologically.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Don Flora, former executive director of MAHSA, donated the collection to the archives in 2021.

Guide to the Mid-America Health Systems Agency Collection
Mid-America Health Systems Agency records
Finding aid prepared by CAW. Finding aid encoded by CAW.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the KUMC Archives Repository

University of Kansas Medical Center
2017 Robinson, Mail Stop 1025
3901 Rainbow Boulevard
Kansas City KS 66160 United States