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Kansas City area medical practice falls into bankruptcy

A large Kansas City physicians practice tumbled into bankruptcy last week amid a nearly two-year courthouse battle over its financial dealings with doctors.

Kansas City Internal Medicine P.A., which has operated offices in Overland Park, Kansas, as well as Lee’s Summit and Kansas City, filed Wednesday for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization.

Its website said the operation had 170 employees and handled 135,000 patient visits a year. Employment had fallen to 63 at the time of the bankruptcy filing.

Five of its physicians and 31 other employees have been hired by Statland Medical Group, which is part of HCA Midwest Physicians network in Kansas City. Statland is affiliated with Menorah Medical Center and HCA Midwest Health’s hospitals, according to its website.

David Wilt, the president of Kansas City Internal Medicine who signed the bankruptcy petition, is among the five doctors with employment agreements at Statland, a sale agreement filed in the bankruptcy case said.

Wilt was not available, but the attorney representing Kansas City Internal Medicine in the bankruptcy case said in an email that “patient care should not be damaged” by the bankruptcy.

Read more: Kansas City Star, Kansas City Business Journal

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