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TOPEKA, July 31 - Gov. Kathleen Sebelius has appointed two persons to the Kansas State Board of Nursing.
TOPEKA, July 31 - The preliminary, 2 percent budget cuts requested of all state agencies by Gov. Kathleen Sebelius would come to $46,360 for the Kansas Board of Emergency Medical Services.
TOPEKA, July 31 - A committee charged with recommending possible changes to the state's Medicaid program held its second meeting today and spent much of the time discussing a possible new tax on nursing homes.
TOPEKA, July 30 - The commission that oversees state employees' health insurance today approved two additional contracts for services and also agreed to penalize workers caught smoking after claiming a non-smoker discount.
TOPEKA, July 30 - Life hasn't been kind to Chelsea Loper.
BROOKLINE, MASS., July 30 - Dr. Julius Richmond, the nation's first director of Head Start and a long-time anti-smoking advocate, has died of cancer at his home. He was 91.
Elaine Schwartz is executive director of the Kansas Public Health Association, which represents various organizations and individuals involved in the public health system.
TOPEKA, July 29 - More than a dozen children with severe emotional disabilities will meet Wednesday with members of a Governor's Mental Health Services Planning Council subcommittee.
TOPEKA, July 29 - The Kansas Health Policy Authority has awarded a major data management contract to Thomson Reuters, one of the nation's largest financial data service companies.
KANSAS CITY, Mo., July 29 - The Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City seeks persons interested in serving on its 21-member board of directors.
TOPEKA, July 28 - A Web-based pharmaceutical company has announced plans to donate several pallets of diabetic supplies to safety-net clinics in Kansas City and Topeka next week.
The attitudes of local officials about smoking bans will be discussed at a meeting set for Aug. 13 in Topeka.
If Sen. David Wysong has his way, voters will know every incoming legislator's position on a statewide smoking ban.
TOPEKA, July 25 - Kansas won't receive a Centers for Disease Control grant to prevent and fight obesity, health officials have learned.
LAWRENCE, July 25 - Members of the Kansas Cancer Partnership met Friday to discuss revisions to the state's cancer plan.
After two years of talk but no action in the Legislature, local Kansas governments are continuing to adopt or study the possibility of local smoking bans.
TOPEKA, July 24 - State officials are soliciting public comment on a series of proposals for overhauling the state's mental health system.
WASHINGTON, D.C., July 24 - More investment in disease prevention could save the U.S. economy more than $16 billion in health care costs within the next five years, according to a new report.
TOPEKA, July 23 - Hoping to avoid cuts in services, state welfare officials have imposed a hiring freeze.
DENVER - The U.S. 10th Circuit Court of Appeals today upheld Kansas and Oklahoma laws requiring tobacco companies to put money into an escrow account for possible future lawsuits.
HAYS, July 23 - A clinic here and eight others across the state will be able to provide dental care for people who couldn't otherwise afford it thanks to $2.8 million in grants announced today.
DERBY, July 23 - The Derby City Council Tuesday night approved a new ordinance that bans smoking in all workplaces and public places.
TOPEKA, July 23 - The Medicare bill passed by Congress last week will boost the program's reimbursements for ambulance services, providing some long-awaited cost relief for rural Kansas agencies.
TOPEKA, July 22 - The Kansas Health Policy Authority is looking for ways to increase efficiencies, cut costs and find additional revenue within the state's Medicaid program.
TOPEKA, July 22 - The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has hired a new communications director.
TOPEKA, July 22 - A bill that would reauthorize the federal program that provides funding to safety net clinics is on the move in Congress.
TOPEKA, July 21 - Kansans continue to gain weight.
TOPEKA, July 21 - The government relations director for the state's safety net clinic association is leaving that post for a new job at the University of Kansas Medical Center.
TOPEKA, July 18 - Although Congress successfully passed a major Medicare bill this week, U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts said it's important to continue working to make the program sustainable in the long run.
TOPEKA, July 18 - State officials reviewed their plans Friday for making sure that, four years from now, more Kansans with disabilities will be living in community settings.
The 25 nutrition programs for Kansas senior citizens are expected to serve more than 3.3 million meals this year.
The Palco Senior Center is one of 28 group meal sites run by the Northwest Kansas Area Agency on Aging. But the program and others like it have been hard hit by rising fuel and food prices and declining revenues. Their futures are uncertain.
For years, senior citizens have had the option of having meals delivered to their homes or meeting their friends for lunch at the local senior center. Now, a third option is in the works.
TOPEKA, July 17 - The American health care system is "on the wrong track," according to a scorecard of the world's leading industrialized nations that was released today
TOPEKA, July 17 - Fourteen people have been appointed to a new council that will advise the governor and the Kansas Health Policy Authority on health information technology.
TOPEKA, July 17 - The recent override of President Bush's veto of a Medicare bill has House Democratsthinking about making one more push for a veto-proof majority to extend and expand SCHIP.
TOPEKA, July 17 - Mandy Cawby, outreach director for the Kansas Health Policy Authority, will soon leave her post for a new job at the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.
TOPEKA, July 16 - In Kansas, 141 autistic children are on a waiting list for Medicaid-funded services designed to lessen the brain disorder's toll on their development.
TOPEKA, July 16 - Kansas will get about $3 million as its share of a $515 million settlement between the U.S. Justice Department and the pharmaceutical company Bristol-Myers Squibb.
TOPEKA, July 16 - The American Diabetes Association is seeking corporate sponsors for this year's Topeka walk to increase awareness of the disease and to raise money to fund research.
TOPEKA, July 16 - The chairperson of the board of the Kansas Health Policy Authority will step down at the board's reorganization meeting next month to pursue a lobbying career.
WASHINGTON, D.C., July 15 - Medicare spending on medical imaging services in doctors' offices more than doubled between 2000 and 2006, according to a new Government Accountability Office report.
KANSAS CITY, Kan., July 15 - The University of Kansas Hospital has been named one of the nation's "Most Wired Hospitals."
WASHINGTON, D.C., July 15 - President Bush today delivered on his promise to veto a major Medicare bill approved last week by Congress, setting the stage for an expected override vote.
The slightest change in the federal Medicare program can have a big impact on local physicians and their patients.
Andrew Corbin is president and chief executive officer of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas, the state's largest private health insurer.
Congress has passed a bill, but the ideological fight over Medicare continues.
Sharon M. Homan, Ph.D., Director of Public Health Studies,
TOPEKA, July 14 - Nine legislators have been appointed to the Joint Committee on Home and Community Based Services Oversight, which is scheduled to meet for the first time Friday.
U.S. doctors who last week watched Congress once again stave off a scheduled cut in their Medicare payments have been experiencing a frustrating time loop. But so far, no one is predicting a Hollywood ending.
TOPEKA - The commission that oversees the state employees' health plan approved two service contracts with health insurance companies, but told state officials to go back to the bargaining table with three other potential vendors.
WICHITA, July 11 - The state's first published diabetes plan was unveiled here Friday, laying out a five-year scenario for curbing a growing public health problem that officials already describe as "epidemic."
TOPEKA, July 9 - The U.S. Senate today reversed a scheduled 10.6 percent cut in Medicare reimbursements to doctors, instead approving a 1.1 percent pay increase for them.
TOPEKA, July 9 - A study has found that between 2003 and 2007, the number of underinsured adults increased by 60 percent.
TOPEKA, July 9 - The bill approved by the U.S. Senate Wednesday to prevent a cut in Medicare fees also contains provisions that several members of the Kansas congressional delegation say are critical for small-town pharmacies.
TOPEKA, July 9 - Cilantro and fresh peppers are now considered suspects in a nationwide outbreak of Salmonella.
TOPEKA - Getting people to stop smoking is the only cost-effective disease prevention measure currently employed in the U.S. health care system, according to a newly released study.
TOPEKA, July 8 - State officials are looking for ways to get more people to use food stamps.
Kansas ranks among the bottom seven states in the country for the number of private physicians who provide immunizations.
A newly-released report and issue brief details potential barriers to improving Kansas' childhood immunization rate and provides recommendations for policymakers, providers, parents and others.
It's now rare to find a vaccine treated with a mercury-based preservative, but parents remain concerned about the safety of vaccines administered to their children.
Over the years, attempts to increase the childhood immunization rate in Kansas have produced mostly short-term results. A new report released today has health officials and others hopeful a lasting solution is possible.
A digital registry here holds information on more than 7 million vaccinations delivered to more than 1 million Kansans, but public health officials hope to do more.
Sweet oversees the community hospital in Greensburg. The community is still rebuilding from the 2007 tornado that left little standing.
TOPEKA, July 7 - Rising fuel and food prices are putting the squeeze on programs that deliver meals to the elderly.
TOPEKA, July 3 - A state-run, medical malpractice insurance program has settled with five former patients of Dr. Stephen Schneider.
TOPEKA, July 3 - The transfer of restaurant and lodging inspections from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment to the Kansas Department of Agriculture is going smoothly, agency officials said.
COLUMBIA, Mo., July 2 - The Association of Health Care Journalists has named the 2008-09 class of the Midwest Health Journalism Program, an annual fellowship program.
TOPEKA, July 2 - House Speaker Melvin Neufeld said today that the legislator assigned to serve on an environmental policy group was picked because he is skeptical of the organization chosen to facilitate the group's deliberations.
TOPEKA, July 1 - Congress has shelved proposed changes in Medicaid regulations that would have shifted more of the nation's health care costs onto states.
WASHINGTON, D.C., July 1 - Doctors who treat Medicare patients were scheduled for a 10.6 percent cut in fees beginning today, but now their claims won't be processed at all until at least July 15.
TOPEKA, July 1 - The Legislature's research department has asked the Kansas Health Policy Authority to provide two months of outgoing e-mails from 10 of the health agency's key officials, including Executive Director Marcia Nielsen.
May 21, 2013
When a woman is having a baby, planning begins long before the baby is due. For many women, part of the planning process includes deciding whether to use a physician or a midwife. In Lawrence, women have the option to use certified nurse midwives or lay midwives, and to have an at-home birth or hospital birth. By Meagan Thomas
May 20, 2013
Mortality rates at the Kansas University Hospital trauma and burn units are among the lowest in the country, according to figures released this week. The Burnett Burn Center's mortality index is 0.58, indicating that 42 percent of patients who would normally have died from their injuries are surviving. The KU Trauma Center, meanwhile, has a mortality index of 0.72. By Giles Bruce
May 18, 2013
This weekend, Lawrence firefighters will hit the streets to fill their boots — with money.
May 14, 2013
Felicia Shockey isn't your average social worker. She has arranged for a patient to ride on a Harley Davidson alongside the Patriot Guard. She helped another fly in a hot-air balloon, checking an item off the top of his bucket list. She lets patients drink alcohol or eat steak — if that's what they want. The director of social services at Brandon Woods at Alvamar in Lawrence is the inaugural winner of the Crossroads Hospice Caring More Award, which will be presented at The Oread on Wednesday. By Giles Bruce
May 14, 2013
Julie Wei was a pediatric Otolaryngologist, or ear, nose and throat specialist, at the University of Kansas Medical Center for more than ten years when she began to see a trend that she didn’t like: a large number of children with chronic congestion. Wei’s book, “A Healthier Wei” is an explanation of why she believes children are being misdiagnosed and wrongly medicated and her theory, with proven success, on how to fix these problems.
May 21, 2013
The cost of claims for people with serious medical conditions has exhausted most of the $5 billion provided by Congress for the health insurance program.
May 21, 2013
Advocates for people with autism are aiming ads at Hispanic and African-American parents to speed the diagnosis of the disorder in their children.
May 21, 2013
A report by the RAND Corporation said it was not clear how emergency rooms affected health care costs.
May 20, 2013
Ms. Brenner, who led Breast Cancer Action for 15 years, took on the medical establishment and industrial companies as she crusaded for research on the disease.
May 20, 2013
With pimples emerging well before the teenage years, and a rise in the number of preadolescent patients, doctors have put together guidelines on treatment for children as young as 7.
May 2, 2013
In a memo to its employees last week, Maine Medical Center, part of the MaineHealth system, said it has suffered an operating loss of $13.4 million in the first half of its fiscal year. The rollout of MaineHealth's estimated $160 million electronic health record system, which has resulted in charge capture issues that are being fixed, was among several reasons Maine Med's CEO cited for the shortfall.
April 22, 2013
A study earlier this year from the University of Missouri showed that most patients took a dim view of doctors who make use of clinical decision support technology.
Researchers found that patients saw physicians who use CDS as somehow less capable than those who don't. They saw the IT tools as impersonal, and thought the systems were a barrier between them and their caregivers.
April 24, 2013
In health IT, it's a man's world. Although women account for more than 47 percent of the U.S. labor force, they hold a paltry 25 percent of senior health IT roles nationwide. Don't get used to this trend, however, say female industry leaders who are working to make the realm of information technology more accessible to women.
May 16, 2013
An editorial by The Commonwealth Fund's David Blumenthal and Melinda Abrams explores one approach to addressing the primary care workforce shortage: using nurse practitioners to provide a wide range of primary care services.
May 16, 2013
Since January 2013, Medicaid agencies and health plans have been required to pay for primary care for Medicaid beneficiaries at the generally higher rates paid to providers by Medicare. The Center for Health Care Strategies' David Bricklin-Small and Tricia McGinnis say that to ensure continued access to primary care, the increase should be maintained beyond its two-year timeframe.
May 10, 2013
The Fund's Jordan Kiszla and Rachel Nuzum discuss a recent policy briefing on the potential of patient-centered medical homes to transform primary care.
May 7, 2013
Under the Affordable Care Act, overpayments to Medicare Advantage plans are gradually being pared back. But will private plans be able to cope with the reduced payments? Using newly available government data, this brief examines average costs among Medicare Advantage plans and variation in costs among plan types.
May 6, 2013
Combining Medicare's hospital, physician, and prescription drug coverage with commonly purchased private supplemental coverage into one health plan could produce national savings of $180 billion over a decade while improving care for beneficiaries, a new Health Affairs study finds.