DCF hires foster care ombudsman

1 | Jul. 16, 2014 | Children, DCF

The move was prompted in part by a foster parents' bill of rights proposed earlier this year during the legislative session.

KDHE responds to CMS enrollment concerns

0 | Jul. 15, 2014 | KDHE, Medicaid-CHIP

CMS officials last month directed officials in six states, including Kansas, to submit plans for correcting delays in determining eligibility in their respective Medicaid programs.

Kansas-based physicians group unhappy with Medicare payment plan

0 | Jul. 09, 2014 | Agencies, Workforce

In what has become an annual process, the CMS proposes reductions in the Medicare reimbursement rate for doctors, and Congress suspends the cuts.

Kansas selected for program to reduce prescription drug abuse

0 | Jul. 08, 2014 | KDADS, Prevention

The program by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration focuses on intervention and treatment resources to counter prescription drug abuse.

KU Medical Center tests promising Alzheimer's drug

0 | Jul. 07, 2014 | KU Medical Center

A report published in the New England Journal of Medicine on the drug’s Phase 3 trial - when it’s given to large groups of people to test its effectiveness and safety - showed it was effective in slowing progression in mild cases of Alzheimer’s disease.

First cases of travel-related chikungunya virus reported in Kansas

0 | Jul. 03, 2014 | KDHE, Public Health

The patients, both of whom are adults from Sedgwick County, reported recent, but separate, travel to the Caribbean.

CDC report: Alcohol accounts for one in 10 deaths of working-age adults

0 | Jun. 30, 2014 | KDHE, Health Care Delivery

The percentage of alcohol-caused adult deaths in Kansas was the 22nd highest in the nation. New Jersey’s was the lowest, at 7.8 percent.

Web-based tool helps match foster children, families

1 | Jun. 26, 2014 | Children, DCF, Health Care Delivery

The tool, developed about two years ago by TFI Family Services, a Topeka-based charity, is being marketed by Foster Care Technologies, a for-profit partnership between TFI and the Bioscience & Technology Business Center at the University of Kansas.

Colyer urges public to report adult abuse

0 | Jun. 25, 2014 | DCF

In Kansas, the Department of Children and Families is charged with fielding and investigating reports of suspected abuse, neglect and exploitation of adults – frail seniors, mostly, and people with disabilities – who are not in nursing homes.

Colyer to address adult abuse forum

0 | Jun. 24, 2014 | DCF

In the past year, the Department for Children and Families hotline has logged about 16,000 reports of suspected abuse, neglect and exploitation of aged or disabled adults.

Fallout continues from incident at Andover care facility

0 | Jun. 23, 2014 | KDADS, Health Care Delivery

A spokesperson for the Kansas State Board of Nursing says the agency may suspend or revoke the license of a nurse who appears to have known that residents at an Andover nursing home were being abused but did not report it.

KDADS changes process for nursing home inspection reports

0 | Jun. 23, 2014 | KDADS, Health Care Delivery

Starting July 1, the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services will stop sending electronic copies of nursing home inspection reports to the trade associations and Kansas Advocates for Better Care. Instead, those groups will have to access surveys online.

Governor makes appointments to health-related boards

0 | Jun. 19, 2014 | Agencies

The Governor's Office today announced five appointments and reappointments to three health-related state boards and councils.

Kansas sees significant increase in Medicaid-CHIP enrollment

0 | Jun. 16, 2014 | KDHE, KanCare, Medicaid-CHIP

According to a new report from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, enrollment in Medicaid-CHIP - together branded as KanCare - rose in April to a historic high of 426,642 people, or roughly one in seven Kansans. That’s up from 396,374 in April 2013.

Sheppard to join KHI policy staff

0 | Jun. 16, 2014 | Agencies, Health Reform, Insurance

At KHI, Linda Sheppard will provide analysis of state and federal health reform initiatives, including the Affordable Care Act, and their impact on Kansas.