Dr. Ajay Singh, a retina specialist at the University of Kansas Eye Clinic in Prairie Village, prepares to inject Phyllis Johnson of Topeka with a drug that treats a condition where abnormal blood vessels leak fluid or blood into the region of the macula, which is in the center of the retina.

Physician payment data put costly eye treatments under the microscope

Ophthalmologists rank among top-reimbursed Medicare providers

0 | Government, Health Care Delivery

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

KanCare payment delays threaten rural hospital

Claims pile up despite efforts by the state and managed care companies to fix billing problems

1 | 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.

KC event designed to spur community conversation on health

0 | Community Health, Foundations

The "Community Conversation on Health" will include KC metro residents who are uninsured, medically underserved, health care providers or in fields related to community health, such as education and law enforcement.

About the KHI News Service

0 | About KHI

The KHI News Service provides thorough and objective coverage of issues, people and events that affect health policy in Kansas. We launched the KHI News Service in 2006 and recruited highly respected Kansas journalists to staff it because of our belief that good journalism is critical to an informed citizenry, a robust public debate and ultimately good public policy.

KU Hospital joins effort to oppose liver transplant proposal

0 | University of Kansas

The proposal would have a profound effect on KU Hospital, which runs one of the top liver transplant programs by volume in the country, and other regional transplant centers.

Negotiations on nursing practice bill off to good start

Groups discuss legislation allowing nurses with advanced training to practice on their own

0 | Legislature, Health Care Delivery, Workforce

Representatives of Kansas doctor and nurse groups are negotiating on legislation allowing nurses with advanced training to practice on their own.

HHS names new CEO of health insurance marketplace

Connecticut’s Counihan to oversee healthcare.gov

0 | Health Reform, Insurance

Kevin Counihan will oversee healthcare.gov, the website that 36 states - including Kansas - use to sell Affordable Care Act insurance.

New federal birth control rules appear to track Supreme Court suggestion

0 | Courts, Health Reform

The new rules require organizations that have religious objections to providing some or all FDA-approved contraceptives to notify the government rather than their insurance carriers that they cannot provide the coverage.

Overuse of antipsychotic drugs in some Kansas nursing homes endangering patients

State ranks 47th worst for use of powerful drugs to control behavior of residents with dementia

0 | KDADS, Health Care Delivery

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.

Religious employers offered fix on birth control coverage rules

0 | Government, Health Reform

The measure will allow religious nonprofits and business owners to notify the government, rather than their insurance company, that birth control violates their religious beliefs.

HCF announces more than $345,000 for insurance marketplace outreach

0 | Foundations, Health Reform

The funding will be used to enroll the uninsured in the Kansas City area by providing enrollment counselors, increasing collaboration and recruiting additional enrollment partners.

New regulations could end dispute over Kansas coal-fired power plant

0 | Environment

Greenhouse gas regulations recently proposed by the EPA could block a proposed facility next to an existing coal-fired unit at Sunflower’s station outside Holcomb.

Yoder stresses importance of federal funding for biomedical research

1 | Government, KU Medical Center, University of Kansas

Last year, KU and the University of Kansas Medical Center received more than $75 million in NIH funding.

Missouri veto reflects growing debate over electronic cigarettes

Top Kansas health official supports state’s existing ban on sales to minors

0 | Tobacco

E-cigarettes have only been around the United States for about seven years and largely have been left unregulated by the federal government and most state governments.

San Antonio police unit overhauls approach to mental illness

Officer training, crisis unit help reduce jail overcrowding and cut costs

0 | Mental Health

Eight years ago, San Antonio had an overcrowded jail population - primarily people with serious mental illnesses. Now, it boasts a mental health system that's considered a model for the nation.

Kansas reports first confirmed West Nile case of 2014

0 | KDHE, Public Health

Officials at the Kansas Department of Health and Environment reported 92 cases of West Nile virus in 2013, the most since the disease was first detected in Kansas in 2002.

Kansas mental health system under increasing stress

Promise of federal and state reform initiatives remains unrealized

15 | 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.

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