Specialists in South Dakota use telehealth system to give ER care in Kansas

The Phillipsburg hospital is the first in the state to sign up for a 24/7 telemedicine program operated by Avera Health, a Catholic health care system based in Sioux Falls.

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Doctor running for lieutenant governor swears by 'direct primary care' model

Josh Umbehr, a primary care physician running for the state's second-highest office, says his updated version of concierge medical practice brings better, more affordable care to the masses.

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Physician payment data put costly eye treatments under the microscope

Many eye doctors say recently released Medicare payment information falsely creates the impression that ophthalmologists were getting rich off Medicare.

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Overuse of antipsychotic drugs in some Kansas nursing homes endangering patients

Experts say powerful antipsychotic drugs are used too much as “chemical restraints” or sedatives to control the behavior of Kansas nursing home residents suffering from dementia, and that efforts to curb the practice are showing weak results compared to other states.

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Kansas mental health system under increasing stress

Directors at many of the 26 community mental health centers in Kansas say the system is breaking down because state funding hasn’t kept pace with the increasing demands for care in their communities.

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Kansas Health Institute Team Member Elected President of International Health Impact Assessment Association

0 | Jul. 28, 2014 | Health Impact Assessment

SOPHIA is an international association of individuals and organizations that provides leadership in the practice of health impact assessments. The organization serves 370 members spanning 14 countries.

Annual Report Describes Insurance Coverage in Kansas

0 | Jul. 07, 2014 | Health Insurance

The Kansas Health Institute has released its Annual Insurance Update, providing an in-depth look at insurance coverage in the Sunflower State. The report examines public and private insurance coverage using data from the 2012 U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS).

Expansion of Liquor Licenses to Grocery and Convenience Stores Could Increase Drinking in Youth

0 | Jun. 19, 2014 | Health Impact Assessment

KHI releases second statewide health impact assessment (HIA). This study examines the potential positive and negative health effects of proposed legislation that expands liquor licenses to grocery and convenience stores in Kansas.

Issue Brief: Health Reform Likely to Increase Demand on Mental Health System

1 | May. 30, 2014 | Research, Health Insurance, Health Reform, Press Releases

Recently released federal data show the Kansas mental health system could expect up to 7,700 new patients due to expansion of insurance coverage under ObamaCare. This influx of patients could create strain on the mental health system in some Kansas communities.

Kansas Groups Partner to Celebrate World Immunization Week

0 | Apr. 23, 2014 | Community Health, Immunizations, Press Releases

In celebration of World Immunization Week, Immunize Kansas Kids and Kansas Health Matters join efforts to inform communities about best practices for immunizations in Kansas.

Issue Brief: Currently Eligible Adults in Medicaid: The Few Who Qualify

0 | Apr. 10, 2014 | Medicaid-CHIP

It is a common misconception that all poor Kansans are eligible for Medicaid. In reality, only a few are actually eligible. To inform the discussion KHI has released a new issue brief (link) that examines in detail who is—and who is not—currently eligible for the combined Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) in Kansas.

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Governor's office declines to support early childhood grant

0 | Sep. 16, 2014 | Early Childhood, Legislature

Administration officials told the Children's Cabinet director that it would be “unwise to move forward” in applying for a Preschool Development Grant without first conferring with the Kansas Legislature.

Praeger favors Democrat to succeed her as insurance commissioner

0 | Sep. 16, 2014 | Campaign 2014, Insurance

A veteran of three statewide campaigns, Sandy Praeger says her endorsement sends a potentially significant signal to voters trying to decide which candidate to support in the down-ballot race.

Poverty down, insured rate up nationally in 2013

0 | Sep. 16, 2014 | Insurance

In Kansas the uninsured rate dropped from 12.6 percent to 12.3 percent, but the smaller sample size has a margin of error of 0.4 percent, so the state's dip is not considered statistically significant.

Health care compact article debate heats up

1 | Sep. 16, 2014 | Legislature, Health Reform

Legislators who supported a multi-state bill that would exempt Kansas from federal regulations on publicly funded health care tried Monday to dissuade a senior advisory board in Johnson County from running an article criticizing the compact's potential effects on Medicare.

Kansas medical PACs concentrate spending on incumbents

0 | Sep. 15, 2014 | Campaign 2014, Hospitals

Fifteen medically related political action committees spent about $125,000 before this year's primary elections, with most supporting incumbent House members - whether or not they supported all the groups' initiatives.

Praeger to cross party lines and endorse Anderson

0 | Sep. 15, 2014 | Campaign 2014, Insurance

Democrat Dennis Anderson is seeking to succeed Republican Sandy Praeger as the state’s insurance regulator. He’s running against Ken Selzer, the GOP nominee.

Specialists in South Dakota use telehealth system to give ER care in Kansas

0 | Sep. 15, 2014 | Health Care Delivery, Hospitals

The Phillipsburg hospital is the first in the state to sign up for a 24/7 telemedicine program operated by Avera Health, a Catholic health care system based in Sioux Falls.

Kansas, Missouri health clinics get $9.6M for primary care services

0 | Sep. 12, 2014 | Government, Health Care Delivery

In 2013, one of every 15 people in the United States relied on the health centers for primary care.

Report: Rural children more likely to rely on CHIP

0 | Sep. 12, 2014 | Children, Medicaid-CHIP

Congress is considering whether to reauthorize four years of funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program, which provides coverage for more than 56,000 Kansas children.

Legislators take issue with seniors' article opposing compact

1 | Sep. 11, 2014 | Legislature, Health Reform

Sen. Mary Pilcher-Cook said the health care compact would not affect Medicare as the group fears, but leaders of the Johnson County Area Agency on Aging's advisory board say their concerns are valid.

Michigan health educator selected as KAMU’s new director

0 | Sep. 11, 2014 | Community Health, Safety Net

Cyzman most recently has been a vice president for the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan.

HHS official: Healthcare.gov updates will be 'improvement but not perfection'

0 | Sep. 11, 2014 | Government, Health Reform, Insurance

Two months before the beginning of the next open enrollment period for government-subsidized health insurance, administration officials promised smoother operation of the website used by millions of people to sign up for coverage.

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Specialists in South Dakota use telehealth system to give ER care in Kansas

0 | Sep. 15, 2014 | Health Care Delivery, Hospitals

The Phillipsburg hospital is the first in the state to sign up for a 24/7 telemedicine program operated by Avera Health, a Catholic health care system based in Sioux Falls.

Legislators take issue with seniors' article opposing compact

1 | Sep. 11, 2014 | Legislature, Health Reform

Sen. Mary Pilcher-Cook said the health care compact would not affect Medicare as the group fears, but leaders of the Johnson County Area Agency on Aging's advisory board say their concerns are valid.

Health care compact article debate heats up

1 | Sep. 16, 2014 | Legislature, Health Reform

Legislators who supported a multi-state bill that would exempt Kansas from federal regulations on publicly funded health care tried Monday to dissuade a senior advisory board in Johnson County from running an article criticizing the compact's potential effects on Medicare.

Doctor running for lieutenant governor swears by 'direct primary care' model

1 | Sep. 08, 2014 | Campaign 2014, Health Care Delivery

Josh Umbehr, a primary care physician running for the state's second-highest office, says his updated version of concierge medical practice brings better, more affordable care to the masses.

House panel hears bill to "carve out" DD services from KanCare

0 | Feb. 20, 2013 | Legislature, KanCare

Parents and groups that represent persons with developmental disabilities testified in favor of a bill that would keep services for the developmentally disabled out of KanCare. But officials from the administration of Gov. Sam Brownback said if the bill were passed it would hinder their efforts to reduce Medicaid costs and better coordinate care for Medicaid enrollees.

Report: Rural children more likely to rely on CHIP

0 | Sep. 12, 2014 | Children, Medicaid-CHIP

Congress is considering whether to reauthorize four years of funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program, which provides coverage for more than 56,000 Kansas children.

New type of intergenerational community being planned in Lawrence

0 | Sep. 16, 2013 | Community Health, University of Kansas

With millions of Baby Boomers at or approaching retirement age, university and city leaders here are looking at building from the ground up a new type of “intergenerational” neighborhood that they say could become a model for other college towns along the Interstate 70 corridor in Kansas and Missouri and perhaps spark a new approach to the way the aging process is studied and the resulting research is applied everywhere.

Praeger favors Democrat to succeed her as insurance commissioner

0 | Sep. 16, 2014 | Campaign 2014, Insurance

A veteran of three statewide campaigns, Sandy Praeger says her endorsement sends a potentially significant signal to voters trying to decide which candidate to support in the down-ballot race.

MCOs continue to lose money in KanCare's second year

1 | Sep. 09, 2014 | KanCare

A legislator on the KanCare oversight committee questioned whether the Medicaid managed care program is headed for a shakeup after distributing information about operating losses in the first half of 2014.

Sponsor of bill limiting public health accreditation changes his mind

0 | Feb. 18, 2013 | Legislature, Public Health

A bill attempting to limit public health departments' efforts at gaining national accreditation apparently has been withdrawn by its sponsor. Sen. Michael O'Donnell said a hearing on SB 160 had satisfied his concerns about the accreditation process and that he no longer considers the legislation necessary. The bill was opposed by spokespersons for local health departments and the state health department.

Breastfeeding advocates to meet in Wichita

0 | Sep. 08, 2014 | Advocacy, Child Health, Children, Community Health, Early Childhood, KDHE, Health Care Delivery

Kansas Health Summit on Breastfeeding organizers expect 200 people - doctors, nurses, program directors, advocates - to attend the daylong session in Wichita.

Kansas medical PACs concentrate spending on incumbents

0 | Sep. 15, 2014 | Campaign 2014, Hospitals

Fifteen medically related political action committees spent about $125,000 before this year's primary elections, with most supporting incumbent House members - whether or not they supported all the groups' initiatives.

Health care compact article debate heats up

1 | Sep. 16, 2014 | Legislature, Health Reform

Legislators who supported a multi-state bill that would exempt Kansas from federal regulations on publicly funded health care tried Monday to dissuade a senior advisory board in Johnson County from running an article criticizing the compact's potential effects on Medicare.

Kansas mental health system under increasing stress

16 | Aug. 18, 2014 | Mental Health

Directors at many of the 26 community mental health centers in Kansas say the system is breaking down because state funding hasn’t kept pace with the increasing demands for care in their communities.

Legislators take issue with seniors' article opposing compact

1 | Sep. 11, 2014 | Legislature, Health Reform

Sen. Mary Pilcher-Cook said the health care compact would not affect Medicare as the group fears, but leaders of the Johnson County Area Agency on Aging's advisory board say their concerns are valid.

Kansas teens in foster care to get free photo IDs

1 | Sep. 09, 2014 | Children, DCF

The initiative, which will cost about $10,000, is expected to affect 424 teens and young adults.

MCOs continue to lose money in KanCare's second year

1 | Sep. 09, 2014 | KanCare

A legislator on the KanCare oversight committee questioned whether the Medicaid managed care program is headed for a shakeup after distributing information about operating losses in the first half of 2014.

Doctor running for lieutenant governor swears by 'direct primary care' model

1 | Sep. 08, 2014 | Campaign 2014, Health Care Delivery

Josh Umbehr, a primary care physician running for the state's second-highest office, says his updated version of concierge medical practice brings better, more affordable care to the masses.

Respiratory illness sickens hundreds of KC area children

1 | Sep. 03, 2014 | Child Health

KDHE spokeswoman Sara Belfry says the department is investigating whether any of the young patients treated at Children's Mercy are from Kansas.

Ottawa shooting renews focus on crisis intervention training

1 | Sep. 04, 2014 | Mental Health

The need for crisis intervention training was underscored last month when Ottawa police officers shot and killed 18-year-old Joseph Jennings during an Aug. 23 parking lot altercation outside the Orscheln Farm & Home store.

KC public housing smoking ban puts onus on tenants

8 | May. 22, 2014 | Community Health, Government, Tobacco

A new policy aims to do away with smoking in city-owned housing, but many residents are not pleased.

KanCare payment delays threaten rural hospital

1 | Aug. 27, 2014 | Hospitals, KanCare

Roger Warren, a surgeon and administrator at Hanover Hospital for 54 years, says the three managed care companies owe his hospital more than $140,000 in claims — or more than half of the hospital's monthly operating budget.