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.
| 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.
| Feb. 07, 2014 |
The number of patients flagged by the state's prescription drug monitoring program increased more than sixfold after officials began using new software last year.
| Feb. 07, 2014 |
The regional extension center created four years ago to help Kansas health care providers implement electronic health records has been approved for extended funding from the federal government, just as the funds were set to expire.
| Mar. 11, 2014 |
State officials are expecting a $5.8 million payback from a managed care firm whose chief financial officer was jailed for defrauding the state’s Medicaid program. The settlement is expected to generate approximately, $4.9 million for the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services, and $900,000 for the Kansas Department for Health and Environment, according to agency spokespersons
| Mar. 10, 2014 |
With desperate hope they will find relief for their young son's relentless epileptic seizures, a Baldwin City couple is preparing to move part of their family to Colorado to try a treatment banned in Kansas. Meanwhile, a proposal to legalize the use of medical marijuana can't get a hearing in the Kansas Legislature.
| Jan. 29, 2014 |
The Kansas Department of Corrections is working with local law enforcement officials on a plan that would help county jail keepers bill Medicaid for a portion of their inmates' health care costs. The move could save Kansas jails between $1.2 million and $2.4 million a year.
| Feb. 18, 2008 |
TOPEKA, Feb. 18 - A study by the American Cancer Society has found that individuals with private health insurance are more likely to receive timely cancer diagnosis than those who are uninsured or are covered by Medicaid.
| Aug. 12, 2013 |
Some of the millions of poor people expected to lose out on Obamacare coverage next year because their states are not expanding Medicaid might have a way to get help, but the strategy carries risk. Experts say the key is for them to project their 2014 income to at least the federal poverty level, about $11,500 per person or $23,500 for a family of four.
| Nov. 01, 2013 |
“Every child deserves to know the love and stability that a healthy family can offer,” DCF Secretary Phyllis Gilmore said in a prepared statement. “When returning home is not an option, we want children in need to have choices when it comes to both temporary and permanent care.”
| Jan. 16, 2014 |
Last year the Department of Agriculture and the state’s top ag lobbyists began urging legislators to remove restrictions in the state's corporate farming laws, saying that would help spur jobs and economic growth. Though that effort will continue, administration officials and major ag industry lobbyists said they would not attempt to change the law this year.
| Feb. 10, 2012 |
Members of the Senate Ways and Means Committee grilled a top welfare official about a controversial change in policy that has resulted in at least 1,000 children being dropped from the state’s food stamp program.
| Mar. 03, 2014 |
Missouri law requires most health insurance plans to cover autism treatments for children, so a number of Kansas families have moved to the state but continue to get their autism services in Kansas. The Kansas Legislature has two bills before it that would alter state rules for covering autism. One has the support of parents of autistic children. The other is pushed by the state's leading health insurance companies, which have resisted expanding the coverage, saying it would boost the cost of premiums for everyone. A compromise measure apparently is in the works.
| Feb. 03, 2014 |
Two multiple murder cases have been tied to men who were brought by police to the state hospital here because of their threatening behaviors but were released several days later after hospital officials deemed them no danger to themselves or others. The ensuing tragedies have left many wondering what went wrong and whether the state’s mental health system and the way it works with law enforcement is adequate.
| Feb. 19, 2014 |
Former State Sen. Barbara Allen and other foster parents asked members of the Senate Judiciary Committee to approve a bill that would allow foster parents more voice in placement decisions and otherwise strengthen their roles in the child welfare system.
| Jul. 08, 2013 |
Kansas policymakers seem to be at the forefront of a controversial national movement to make it more difficult for people to qualify for a federal program that helps more than 46 million low-income Americans — including more than 300,000 Kansans — buy groceries.
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