DCF backs Focus on Family adoption event

0 | Oct. 31, 2014 | Children, DCF

Kansas first lady Mary Brownback is expected to attend the event aimed at recruiting adoptive families.

Health care compact gains attention as campaign issue

0 | Oct. 30, 2014 | Campaign 2014, Agencies, Health Reform

If the compact is approved by Congress, its nine member states could suspend federal health care regulations within their borders and take over several programs now administered by the federal government.

KDHE surveyors sent to Osawatomie State Hospital

2 | Oct. 30, 2014 | KDADS, KDHE, Mental Health

The 206-bed inpatient facility for adults with severe and persistent mental illnesses this week had 235 patients.

Brownback administration asks EPA to retract water rule

0 | Oct. 23, 2014 | Environment, Government, Agriculture

Gov. Sam Brownback and five Cabinet members signed a letter Thursday asking the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to retract a proposed rule to expand the EPA's jurisdiction over smaller tributaries under the Clean Water Act.

KDHE releases updated health risk data

0 | Oct. 22, 2014 | Community Health, KDHE

For the 2013 Kansas Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System survey, KDHE workers conducted telephone interviews with 20,000 randomly selected adults throughout Kansas

New clinic serves adult survivors of childhood cancer

0 | Oct. 21, 2014 | Child Health, KU Medical Center, Health Care Delivery, Hospitals

The Survivorship Transition Clinic, a project of the Midwest Cancer Alliance, the University of Kansas Medical Center and Children's Mercy Hospital, will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 6.

KanCare initiative concerns parents of developmentally disabled adults

3 | Oct. 20, 2014 | KDADS, KanCare

A health home initiative announced by KDADS encourages but does not require KanCare companies to let developmentally disabled Kansans keep their current case managers if they so choose.

Measles, pertussis vex Kansas health workers as Ebola steals headlines

0 | Oct. 15, 2014 | KDHE, Immunizations, Public Health

Even as local health officials prepare for the unlikely event of an Ebola outbreak in Kansas, some are working to convince residents to take basic measures to contain the spread of more prevalent, contagious and preventable diseases.

State scrutiny of Early Head Start programs prompts questions

1 | Oct. 13, 2014 | Early Childhood, DCF

A Wichita-based Early Head Start program has opted to go without nearly $1 million in funding because of difficulties dealing with a state agency.

Labor Department delays overtime pay for Medicaid home care providers

0 | Oct. 07, 2014 | KDADS, Medicaid-CHIP

While the law will take effect Jan. 1, 2015, as scheduled, the U.S. Labor Department will delay enforcement for six months.

State losing ground in efforts to help disabled land jobs

2 | Oct. 07, 2014 | DCF

State officials say their goal is to help 2,000 Kansans with disabilities find “integrated employment,” meaning competitive jobs rather than so-called “sheltered employment.”

KU Medical Center gets $10M for rural obesity study

0 | Oct. 03, 2014 | KU Medical Center, Health Disparities, Health Reform

The project will track about 1,400 patients in rural Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa and Wisconsin.

New approach to prevent heart disease, stroke may become national model

0 | Oct. 03, 2014 | KU Medical Center, Prevention

The federally funded initiative - the Kansas Heart and Stroke Collaborative — encompasses the University of Kansas Hospital along with 13 rural health centers and hospitals, including Hays Medical Center.

Ruling on in-home Medicaid services creates questions for providers, beneficiaries

0 | Sep. 29, 2014 | KDADS, Medicaid-CHIP

The new rule, due to take effect Jan. 1, 2015, 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.

KDADS awards $1M to south-central Kansas mental health coalition

0 | Sep. 24, 2014 | KDADS, Mental Health

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.