KanCare initiative concerns parents of developmentally disabled adults

A health home initiative announced by KDADS encourages but does not require KanCare companies to let developmentally disabled Kansans keep their current case managers if they so choose.

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State scrutiny of Early Head Start programs prompts questions

A Wichita-based Early Head Start program has opted to go without nearly $1 million in funding because of difficulties dealing with a state agency.

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KU professor develops music therapy for premature infants

In recent years, music therapy researchers have attracted attention to their field thanks to several breakthroughs, and a University of Kansas assistant professor is among those at the forefront.

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Ruling on in-home Medicaid services creates questions for providers, beneficiaries

The new rule, due to take effect Jan. 1, 2015, requires state Medicaid programs to pay home care workers minimum wage and overtime. But Kansas has asked the Department of Labor to exempt Kansas from the ruling or delay its implementation.

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Kansas seeks to address prison guard ‘correctional fatigue’

Research shows that more than a quarter of corrections officers suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder - comparable to rates among combat veterans.

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Fact Sheet: 57,013 Kansans Signed Up for Health Coverage in ACA’s First Year

0 | Oct. 21, 2014 | Health Reform

As the second open enrollment period approaches for the health insurance marketplaces created through the Affordable Care Act, the Kansas Health Institute has developed a fact sheet providing a look back at enrollment results from the first year.

Issue Brief: Medicaid and CHIP Enrollment Grows Over Five Years

0 | Sep. 30, 2014 | Medicaid-CHIP

Recent analysis by the Kansas Health Institute (KHI) shows that enrollment in Kansas Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) grew by 29.1 percent over the past five years.

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.

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Few adults taking advantage of new KanCare dental coverage

0 | Oct. 24, 2014 | KanCare, Oral Health

When the state handed over administration of Medicaid to three managed care companies, the companies granted basic dental services to more than 130,000 adults who hadn't previously had it under Medicaid. But relatively few of those adults took advantage of it in KanCare's first year.

Sidelined player steps up game in concussion awareness effort

0 | Oct. 24, 2014 | Advocacy

A University of Kansas freshman is working to support awareness of and research into post-concussion syndrome by forming the nonprofit HeadsUp Foundation for PCS.

ACA gets mixed reviews at economic conference

0 | Oct. 24, 2014 | Health Reform, Insurance, Medicaid-CHIP

Less than a year after the first plans were sold in the Obamacare marketplace, it’s clear that the law’s impact on consumers, providers and employers has been mixed. But it’s also clear that it’s too soon to fully gauge its impact.

Brownback administration asks EPA to retract water rule

0 | Oct. 23, 2014 | Environment, Government, Agriculture

Gov. Sam Brownback and five Cabinet members signed a letter Thursday asking the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to retract a proposed rule to expand the EPA's jurisdiction over smaller tributaries under the Clean Water Act.

Groups agree overuse of antipsychotic drugs an issue in Kansas nursing homes

0 | Oct. 23, 2014 | Health Care Delivery

The leaders of two state organizations say far too many nursing homes have come to rely on using antipsychotic drugs to control residents’ dementia-driven behaviors.

KDHE releases updated health risk data

0 | Oct. 22, 2014 | Community Health, KDHE

For the 2013 Kansas Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System survey, KDHE workers conducted telephone interviews with 20,000 randomly selected adults throughout Kansas

Eating disorders and insurance: A fraught combination

1 | Oct. 22, 2014 | Health Care Delivery, Hospitals

In survey results released last year, the National Eating Disorder Association reported that costs and insurance limitations as the biggest barriers to treatment of eating disorders.

Eating disorders: They afflict men too

0 | Oct. 22, 2014 | Health Care Delivery, Hospitals

Some researchers suggest that men make up a third of the 30 million Americans who battle clinically significant eating disorders.

As sufferers battle eating disorders, efforts under way to reopen clinic

0 | Oct. 22, 2014 | Health Care Delivery, Hospitals

Approximately 30 million Americans – two-thirds of them women – battle a clinically significant eating disorder during their lifetime, and hundreds of thousands of these people live in Missouri or Kansas.

Legislator seeking to lead health committee open to Medicaid expansion discussion

0 | Oct. 21, 2014 | Legislature, Health Reform, Medicaid-CHIP

Rep. Susan Concannon, a Beloit Republican and vice chair of the health committee, says expanding Medicaid eligibility in Kansas is "something we should look at."

New clinic serves adult survivors of childhood cancer

0 | Oct. 21, 2014 | Child Health, KU Medical Center, Health Care Delivery, Hospitals

The Survivorship Transition Clinic, a project of the Midwest Cancer Alliance, the University of Kansas Medical Center and Children's Mercy Hospital, will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 6.

On-time vaccination rate for Kansas kids tumbles

0 | Oct. 21, 2014 | Child Health, Immunizations

The percentage of Kansas students entering kindergarten in 2012 who had been immunized on the medically recommended schedule tumbled to 61 percent from about 72 percent the previous year.

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Few adults taking advantage of new KanCare dental coverage

0 | Oct. 24, 2014 | KanCare, Oral Health

When the state handed over administration of Medicaid to three managed care companies, the companies granted basic dental services to more than 130,000 adults who hadn't previously had it under Medicaid. But relatively few of those adults took advantage of it in KanCare's first year.

KanCare initiative concerns parents of developmentally disabled adults

3 | Oct. 20, 2014 | KDADS, KanCare

A health home initiative announced by KDADS encourages but does not require KanCare companies to let developmentally disabled Kansans keep their current case managers if they so choose.

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.

KDHE releases updated health risk data

0 | Oct. 22, 2014 | Community Health, KDHE

For the 2013 Kansas Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System survey, KDHE workers conducted telephone interviews with 20,000 randomly selected adults throughout Kansas

Legislator seeking to lead health committee open to Medicaid expansion discussion

0 | Oct. 21, 2014 | Legislature, Health Reform, Medicaid-CHIP

Rep. Susan Concannon, a Beloit Republican and vice chair of the health committee, says expanding Medicaid eligibility in Kansas is "something we should look at."

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.

Hospital officials say refusal to expand Medicaid will hurt their bottom lines

0 | Jan. 13, 2014 | Hospitals, Medicaid-CHIP

Jodi Schmidt is chief executive of Labette Health, a 99-bed regional medical center that serves Parsons and several surrounding communities in southeast Kansas. She said the money being lost because of the decision by Gov. Sam Brownback and legislators to not participate in the first year of expansion could mean the difference between the hospital finishing the year in the black or with a deficit.

Kansas AG joins brief challenging federal health reform

0 | Jun. 06, 2011 | Health Reform

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt has joined with 13 other state attorneys general in a brief challenging the federal health reform law.

Governor announces plan to repurpose Rainbow Mental Health Facility

0 | Jan. 23, 2014 | KDADS, Mental Health

Gov. Sam Brownback unveiled his administration’s plan for reopening the Rainbow Mental Health Facility. “I think this is a winner,” Brownback said, referring to a Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services plan for privatizing the state hospital’s operations.

New clinic serves adult survivors of childhood cancer

0 | Oct. 21, 2014 | Child Health, KU Medical Center, Health Care Delivery, Hospitals

The Survivorship Transition Clinic, a project of the Midwest Cancer Alliance, the University of Kansas Medical Center and Children's Mercy Hospital, will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 6.

Brownback signs controversial health care compact bill

0 | Apr. 23, 2014 | Legislature, Health Reform, Medicaid-CHIP

Gov. Sam Brownback has signed into law a bill that might make it possible for Kansas to join a compact of states that want the power to run Medicare and Medicaid within their borders. The new law also creates the possibility that the compact states could circumvent several key provisions in the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

Liver transplant reallocation plan on hold

0 | Sep. 26, 2014 | Congress, Health Care Delivery

The United Network for Organ Sharing's Liver and Intestinal Organ Transplantation Committee decided it was not ready to recommend a change to the way organs are distributed.

Eating disorders and insurance: A fraught combination

1 | Oct. 22, 2014 | Health Care Delivery, Hospitals

In survey results released last year, the National Eating Disorder Association reported that costs and insurance limitations as the biggest barriers to treatment of eating disorders.

KanCare initiative concerns parents of developmentally disabled adults

3 | Oct. 20, 2014 | KDADS, KanCare

A health home initiative announced by KDADS encourages but does not require KanCare companies to let developmentally disabled Kansans keep their current case managers if they so choose.

Davis vows to reverse controversial KanCare decision if elected

6 | Oct. 08, 2014 | Campaign 2014, KanCare

The Democratic candidate for governor says support services to Kansans with developmental disabilities should not be part of the state's privatized Medicaid program.

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.

State losing ground in efforts to help disabled land jobs

2 | Oct. 07, 2014 | DCF

State officials say their goal is to help 2,000 Kansans with disabilities find “integrated employment,” meaning competitive jobs rather than so-called “sheltered employment.”

State scrutiny of Early Head Start programs prompts questions

1 | Oct. 13, 2014 | Early Childhood, DCF

A Wichita-based Early Head Start program has opted to go without nearly $1 million in funding because of difficulties dealing with a state agency.

Kansas budget director says job growth eventually will restore revenues

2 | Oct. 01, 2014 | Budget

Shawn Sullivan, director of the governor’s budget office, said small business owners will use the money they’re saving from tax cuts to create new jobs.

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.

State child support workers to be laid off

1 | Jul. 05, 2013 | DCF

The Kansas Department for Children and Families has told more than 200 workers in its Child Support Services division to expect to receive layoff notices by Aug. 5.

Health care compact rebuttal signed by 23 legislators

1 | Sep. 24, 2014 | Campaign 2014, Health Reform

The legislators' editorial counters an article critical of the compact written by members of the Johnson County Commission on Aging.