Governor selects Mosier for permanent KDHE post

0 | Dec. 19, 2014 | KDHE, KanCare

Susan Mosier, an ophthalmologist and former Republican legislator, also has been serving as head of the Kansas Medicaid program and KDHE's Division of Health Care Finance.

Kansas gets low grade for disease preparedness

0 | Dec. 18, 2014 | KDHE, Public Health, Rankings-Indicators

The report by the Trust for America’s Health and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation found that Kansas met three out 10 key measures.

Parents worry managed care oversight will affect KanCare services

0 | Dec. 15, 2014 | KDADS, KanCare, Medicaid-CHIP

The Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services has proposed allowing the managed care companies that have administered the state’s Medicaid program since February 2013 to have a say in deciding which services “best meet (a) participants needs.”

Kansans with disabilities concerned about proposed KanCare changes

7 | Dec. 15, 2014 | KDADS, KanCare, Medicaid-CHIP

The Medicaid services at issue are provided under agreements with the federal government known as waivers that allow states to use alternative methods to pay for or deliver health care services.

DCF to delay computer upgrade as part of budget cuts

0 | Dec. 12, 2014 | Budget, DCF, KDADS

The delay is one result of Gov. Sam Brownback's plan to cut $3.9 million from the Department for Children and Families budget this fiscal year.

Wichita center feels effects of limited admissions at Osawatomie State Hospital

0 | Dec. 10, 2014 | KDADS, Mental Health

The director of Wichita's community mental health center says several patients were denied admission over the weekend to Osawatomie State Hospital.

Federal officials approve KDADS plan at Osawatomie State Hospital

0 | Dec. 05, 2014 | KDADS, Mental Health

The decision means Medicare payments to the state's largest inpatient facility for adults with serious mental illness will remain intact after Monday.

KDADS postpones forum on 'statewide vision' for agency

0 | Dec. 05, 2014 | KDADS

Earlier this week, KDADS sent postcards and emails about the Dec. 12 event to several dozen consumers, consumers’ family members, advocates, analysts and policymakers.

Moser to lead heart disease, stroke collaborative at KU Hospital

0 | Dec. 05, 2014 | KDHE, Hospitals, University of Kansas

In his new role, Moser will administer a three-year, $12.5 million federal grant for improving heart disease and stroke care in western Kansas.

KDADS clarifies public comment deadline on waivers for Medicaid-funded services

1 | Dec. 04, 2014 | KDADS, Medicaid-CHIP

The comment period was extended to Dec. 20 to ensure compliance with a federal rule that requires a 30-day comment period.

KDADS suspends voluntary admissions to Osawatomie State Hospital

3 | Dec. 03, 2014 | KDADS, Mental Health

The decision, according to a memo sent to the state’s 26 community mental health centers late Tuesday afternoon, was driven by “ongoing and critical census challenges” at the state hospital.

Foster care administrators leave DCF

0 | Dec. 02, 2014 | DCF

A spokesperson for the Kansas Department for Children and Families says Deputy Secretary Kathe Decker and Prevention and Protection Services Director Brian Dempsey have left the agency.

ACA to increase number of Kansas state employees eligible for full-time benefits

0 | Dec. 02, 2014 | Agencies, Health Reform, Insurance

Beginning in January, more than 80 percent of workers currently eligible for part-time benefits within the Kansas state employee health plan will be eligible for full-time benefits under changes mandated by the federal Affordable Care Act.

Kansas smoking rate remains above national average

0 | Dec. 01, 2014 | KDHE, Public Health, Tobacco

An anti-smoking group in Kansas says it will urge lawmakers to increase spending on programs to prevent tobacco use.

Supreme Court to hear EPA challenge from Kansas, 20 other states

0 | Dec. 01, 2014 | Environment, Agencies

Kansas and 20 other states contend the Environmental Protection Agency should have considered the cots of a 2011 rule that requires coal-fired power plants to install new equipment to remove toxins from their exhaust.