Few adults taking advantage of new KanCare dental coverage

Spotty networks, basic benefits and lack of knowledge limit preventive care

0 | 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.

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

Advocates say societal change required to reduce reliance on medication for dementia patients

0 | 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 | 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 | 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 | 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

Closure of KC inpatient facility creates treatment void

0 | 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

Concannon familiar with struggles that small-town hospitals face

0 | 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."

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

Second enrollment period for insurance marketplace approaches

0 | 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.

New clinic serves adult survivors of childhood cancer

0 | 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

Some parents choose to delay vaccines or opt out

0 | 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.

KanCare initiative concerns parents of developmentally disabled adults

KDADS officials say beneficiaries free to opt out of health homes

3 | 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.

Kansas health officials review Ebola plan

Travel in affected African countries remains red flag for possible infection

0 | Government, Public Health

State officials have developed a Kansas Ebola Preparedness and Response Plan that is based on a more generic infectious disease plan but offers specific guidance on Ebola for the state's health care providers.

Advocates ready another push for mid-level dental providers

House health committee vice chairwoman says issue 'has legs' in upcoming session

0 | Advocacy, Oral Health

Advocates say the need for dental care remains high, especially in rural areas, and they hope the Legislature will approve licensing for mid-level dental practitioners.

Malpractice fund stable, but uncertainty looms

Health Care Stabilization Fund director warns legislators against transfers

0 | Budget, Insurance

A state fund meant to diffuse the costs of medical malpractice claims is on stable footing, but its executive director said that does not mean legislators should consider using reserve money for other purposes.

Administration signals doubts about calculator permitting plans without hospital benefits

0 | Health Reform, Insurance

Treasury Department officials are preparing to reverse course on an official calculator that permits plans without hospital coverage to pass the health law’s strictest standard for large employers.

Measles, pertussis vex Kansas health workers as Ebola steals headlines

County health officials report some pushback in efforts to stem spread of preventable disease

0 | KDHE, Immunizations, Public Health

Even as local health officials prepare for the unlikely event of an Ebola outbreak in Kansas, some are working to convince residents to take basic measures to contain the spread of more prevalent, contagious and preventable diseases.

California company finalizes agreement to buy two KC area hospitals

0 | Hospitals

Prime Healthcare Services will acquire St. Joseph Medical Center in Kansas City, Mo., and St. Mary’s Medical Center in Blue Springs.

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