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Thomas L. (Tom) Bell

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Spencer Fane attorney Tom Bell

T 913.327.5109
F 913.345.0736

Tom Bell uses decades of experience as an executive with the Kansas Hospital Association (KHA) to provide his health care clients with unparalleled counsel on a wide variety of matters including, compliance, reimbursement, corporate governance, licensure, accreditation, and transactions, allowing them to focus on providing high levels of patient care and service.

Tom recently retired from the KHA after 35 years of service, starting as vice president and legal counsel and taking over as president and CEO in 2005. As part of his leadership at KHA, Tom advocated on behalf of Kansas hospitals, especially in areas of maintaining the state’s strong tort laws, holding managed care companies accountable, reversing proposed Medicaid cuts, and most recently in moving Kansas closer to adoption of Medicaid expansion.

Additionally, Tom served as the president of the Kansas Health Services Corporation and APS; and chairman of the Board of the Health Alliance of MidAmerica, a joint venture between KHA and the Missouri Hospital Association. Most recently, he served as a member of the Governor’s Council on Medicaid Expansion and received an appointment from Gov. Laura Kelly to the Executive Committee of the Strengthening People and Revitalizing Kansas (SPARK) Taskforce, which is responsible for oversight of the statewide distribution of CARES Act funding related to COVID relief.

Beyond his state leadership role, Tom also served in a number of capacities in regional and national health care-related initiatives, working closely and frequently with top management of the American Hospital Association to represent perspectives unique to Kansas at various national health care conferences.

Tom currently serves on the boards of the United Methodist Health Ministries Fund; Humanities Kansas; and Stormont Vail Health.


  • American Society of Association Executives
  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • Kansas Association of Hospital Attorneys
  • Kansas Society of Association Executives, President (1996)
  • Kansas Hospital Association, President/CEO Kansas Hospital (2005-2020)

Contact Tom Bell at 913.327.5109 or tbell@spencerfane.com.