Perhaps it is a case of could-have-been. Gary Schneider, the technology expert who was set to lead Kansas' marketplace development until Gov. Brownback opted against it, left instead for Colorado. In Colorado, so far, things are going smoothly with its marketplace, Schneider said.
| Apr. 15, 2014 |
Members of a council that is advising the state on how to govern the digital exchange of patient health information met again to talk about ways to regulate the so-called "secondary use" of the data. As more medical providers feed their patient information to the two exchange networks operating in the state, the network managers are expected to receive more requests for access to the data from researchers, marketers, drug companies and others.
| Mar. 25, 2014 |
The Government Accountability Office has issued a report taking to task the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for the agency's failure to set priorities and milestones for implementing the national exchange of digital patient records.
| Feb. 19, 2014 |
A new, multi-state group is being formed to tackle issues facing health information exchange organizations. The Mid States Consortium of Health Information Organizations will begin its work with 19 member organizations, including the Kansas Health Information Network.
| Feb. 18, 2014 |
Members of a new advisory council for the state's health information exchange said it was urgent to start work on policies to ensure the privacy of patient information and to determine who will have access to the data generated by the digital exchange.
| Feb. 12, 2014 |
Two regional health information exchanges, The Tiger Institute Health Alliance and the Lewis and Clark Information Exchange, are now securely sharing electronic medical records, officials say.
| Sep. 26, 2014 |
Tim DeWeese, a longtime staff member of the Johnson County Mental Health Center, has been promoted to director.
| Sep. 24, 2014 |
The coalition will provide services aimed at reducing the number of people with severe mental illnesses who are referred to Osawatomie State Hospital or end up in the state’s correctional system.
| Sep. 29, 2014 |
The new rule, due to take effect Jan. 1, 2105, 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.
| Sep. 25, 2014 |
Five Kansas organizations received more than $5 million in 2014 funding for their projects to combat chronic disease.
| Mar. 25, 2013 |
Susan Wagle, already distinct in history as the first woman elected president of the Kansas Senate, said there are other things for which she would prefer to be remembered: “A fiscal conservative, a social conservative, a mom, a businesswoman and a schoolteacher . . . that’s pretty diverse,” she said. (This is the first in a series of KHI News Service profiles this week of key legislators.)
| Aug. 08, 2014 |
The analysis says that without Medicaid expansion, Kansas hospitals stand to lose $2.6 billion between 2013 and 2022.
| Aug. 18, 2014 |
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.
| Sep. 24, 2014 |
The legislators' editorial counters an article critical of the compact written by members of the Johnson County Commission on Aging.
| Sep. 22, 2014 |
A health care compact bill designed to get Kansas and other states out of federal health regulations is gaining attention here for its possible Medicare implications. But a national expert on Medicare says the compact, which needs Congressional approval, is "not even on the back burner" in Washington, D.C.
| Sep. 16, 2014 |
Legislators who supported a multi-state bill that would exempt Kansas from federal regulations on publicly funded health care tried Monday to dissuade a senior advisory board in Johnson County from running an article criticizing the compact's potential effects on Medicare.
| May. 22, 2014 |
A new policy aims to do away with smoking in city-owned housing, but many residents are not pleased.
| Sep. 11, 2014 |
Sen. Mary Pilcher-Cook said the health care compact would not affect Medicare as the group fears, but leaders of the Johnson County Area Agency on Aging's advisory board say their concerns are valid.
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