Document Archive

This page is an archive of documents related to KHI News Service stories and KHI research and policy products. Most documents are available for download as .pdf files.

Hospital Acquired Conditions Penalty Chart

December 18, 2014

Medicare is penalizing hospitals with high rates of potentially avoidable mistakes that can harm patients, known as "hospital-acquired conditions." Penalized hospitals will have their Medicare payments reduced by 1 percent over the fiscal year that runs from October 2014 through September 2015. To determine penalties, Medicare ranked hospitals on a score of 1 to 10, with 10 being the worst, for three types of HACs. One is central-line associated bloodstream infections, or CLABSIs. The second is catheter associated urinary tract infections, or CAUTIs. The final one, Serious Complications, is based on eight types of injuries, including blood clots, bed sores and falls. Hospitals with a Total HAC Score above 7 will be penalized.

Kansas Baseline Report: State-Level Field Network Study of the Implementation of the Affordable Care Act

December 18, 2014

With the 2014 elections behind us and newly elected officials about to be sworn in, the Kansas Health Institute (KHI) is releasing a report chronicling the early days of health reform implementation in Kansas, and how the decisions of the state’s key players at the time shaped the response to the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Outbreaks: Protecting Americans from Infectious Diseases

December 18, 2014

The Outbreaks report provides the public, policymakers and a broad and diverse set of groups involved in public health and the health care system with an objective, nonpartisan, independent analysis of the status of infectious disease policies; encourages greater transparency and accountability of the system; and recommends ways to assure the public health and healthcare systems meet today’s needs and work across borders to accomplish their goals.

Promising Practice Submission Form

December 17, 2014

The Kansas Health Institute invites you to submit a promising practice to be included on the new embedded website launched by the Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City (HCFGKC). The website's purpose is to provide data for individuals and organizations serving the Kansas City metro area. In addition to data, the website provides robust resources that aim to improve the health and quality of life of individuals and to enhance community resilience. The promising practices on the HCFGKC website are submitted by organizations from around the country, and are intended to encourage the systematic adoption and implementation of proven strategies to improve communities nationwide. Our goal is to enhance the website for local use by providing locally relevant practices that can be easily modified to fit the needs of the user. The promising practices are reviewed and assigned to one of three categories: good idea, effective practice, or evidence-based. The categorization gives users an idea of how much evidence is behind a practice and whether it would be appropriate for their situation. The submissions are also arranged by one of eight sectors, including Health, Education, Government and Politics, Social Environment, Economy, Environment, Public Safety, and Transportation. By submitting a promising practice, you will become part of a group of organizations that is committed to enhancing the quality of life in the Greater Kansas City community. If you or your organization have previously submitted a promising practice, thank you for your dedication to building community health strategies. We encourage you to submit an additional practice or to contact us with any edits or updates to your existing practice if necessary. In order to submit a promising practice, please fill out the form found at this link and return it to ahinton@khi.org by January 30, 2015. Should you have any questions regarding submission, please don't hesitate to contact me by email or by phone at 785-233-5443.

Fact Sheet: Health Insurance Coverage in Kansas

December 17, 2014

The latest numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau show an estimated 348,097 (12.3 percent) Kansans didn’t have health insurance in 2013, which is not a significant change from 2012 (12.6 percent). Kansas had lower uninsured rates across all age groups compared to national rates for 2013. The Kansas Health Institute has developed a fact sheet that details this information.

Proposed Changes to HCBS Programs

December 15, 2014

KDADS posted proposed changes to home- and community-based services in KanCare. Public comment is due Dec. 20.

CMS Letter to State Medicaid Directors

December 11, 2014

Letter outlines changes to Medicaid drug rebate program under the Affordable Care Act.

2014 America's Health Rankings

December 10, 2014

America's Health Rankings has analyzed the health of the nation since 1990.

Osawatomie State Hospital survey

December 10, 2014

Survey of Osawatomie State Hospital.

Governor's Budget Allotment Plan

December 9, 2014

Gov. Sam Brownback outlines initial actions to address a projected budget shortfall in fiscal year 2015.

UG Healthy Campus Presentation

December 8, 2014

Downtown Central Parkway Plan for Kansas City, Kan., and Wyandotte County.

Health Plan Choice and Premiums in the 2015 Health Insurance Marketplace

December 5, 2014

This report presents analysis of Qualified Health Plan (QHP) data in the marketplace for 35 states, providing a look at the plan choice and premium landscape that new and returning consumers will see for 2015.

KDADS announces Osawatomie State Hospital admissions policy

December 3, 2014

KDADS announces new admissions policies for Osawatomie State Hospital.

Kaiser Health News: Comparison of Lowest Silver Plan Prices

December 1, 2014

Insurance competition has intensified in the second year of the health marketplaces, with new carriers offering the cheapest plan in many counties. This chart shows the price changes for the least expensive "silver" plan in 2,512 counties where the federal government is running the marketplaces.

AARP Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act

December 1, 2014

AARP proposal to better support family caregivers as they help seniors stay at home.

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