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The KHI News Service provides thorough and objective coverage of issues, people and events that affect health policy in Kansas. The KHI News Service is an editorially independent program of the Kansas Health Institute. It is supported in part by a variety of underwriters. It operates separately from KHI’s research and policy operations, similar to the way traditional media outlets separate their newsrooms from advertising and circulation departments.

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Health care compact article debate heats up

GOP legislators urge Johnson County advisory commission to pull article warning of compact’s potential effect on Medicare

1 | Legislature, Health Reform

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.

Specialists in South Dakota use telehealth system to give ER care in Kansas

0 | Sep. 15, 2014 | Health Care Delivery, Hospitals

The Phillipsburg hospital is the first in the state to sign up for a 24/7 telemedicine program operated by Avera Health, a Catholic health care system based in Sioux Falls.

Medical PACs mull stance on Medicaid expansion

0 | Sep. 19, 2014 | Advocacy, Campaign 2014

Leaders of some of the top medical-related political action committees say they're still forming the legislative agendas that may inform how they donate their money.

KU pathologist welcomes federal initiative to fight antibiotic resistance

0 | Sep. 19, 2014 | Government, Public Health

While disease-causing bacteria eventually will develop resistance to all current antiobiotics, KU professor Rebecca Horvat says the president's order brings new focus to the effort.

Olathe Medical Center opens facility for final stage of life

0 | Sep. 19, 2014 | Health Care Delivery, Hospitals

Hospice of Olathe Medical Center, a $4.3 million facility, is the first inpatient hospice facility on the Kansas side of the Kansas City metropolitan area.

KDADS analysis identifies 11 communities with greater mental health needs

0 | Sep. 18, 2014 | KDADS, Mental Health

“We’ve been going out and meeting with people in those communities,” said KDADS Assistant Secretary Lea Taylor, addressing a statewide conference on law enforcement training and mental health crises.

Kansas receives $3.5M grant to reduce infant mortality

0 | Sep. 18, 2014 | Child Health, KDHE, Health Disparities

The five-year grant will help bolster a Geary County project known as Delivering Change.

Former Stormont-Vail CEO named to Davis advisory council

0 | Sep. 18, 2014 | Campaign 2014, Hospitals

Oliverius and the other advisory council members are charged with bringing together business leaders, employers, educators, trained professionals and other stakeholders from each economic sector to address the diverse challenges and opportunities for growth in each industry.

Kansas to share suicide, homicide data with CDC

0 | Sep. 18, 2014 | KDHE, Prevention

The $970,000 grant is part of a federal program to develop strategies to prevent violent deaths. Kansas is one of 32 participating states.

Immigration questions to drop 700 Kansans from ACA rolls

0 | Sep. 18, 2014 | Health Reform, Insurance

Discrepancies in immigration status data will cause about 700 Kansans who enrolled in health insurance plans on the federal marketplace to lose their coverage at the end of the month.

KDADS receives $3.9M grant to expand employment support for mentally ill

0 | Sep. 17, 2014 | KDADS, Mental Health

Staff on the five-year project will work with community mental health centers to expand employment services for Kansans with mental illness at Comcare in Wichita and the Compass Behavioral Health Center in Southwest Kansas.

Medical PACs boost candidates with health care ties

0 | Sep. 17, 2014 | Campaign 2014, Legislature

Fifteen medical-related political action committees registered with the state's ethics board mostly spent campaign dollars on incumbents during the primary season. But occasionally they went outside those parameters to support health care practitioners vying for spots in the Kansas House.

MCO payments to Hanover Hospital smooth out

0 | Sep. 17, 2014 | Hospitals, KanCare

A billing expert from Hanover Hospital says claims processing has improved since last month, when United HealthCare owed the hospital more than $100,000.

KDADS analysis identifies 11 communities with greater mental health needs

0 | Sep. 18, 2014 | KDADS, Mental Health

“We’ve been going out and meeting with people in those communities,” said KDADS Assistant Secretary Lea Taylor, addressing a statewide conference on law enforcement training and mental health crises.

KDADS receives $3.9M grant to expand employment support for mentally ill

0 | Sep. 17, 2014 | KDADS, Mental Health

Staff on the five-year project will work with community mental health centers to expand employment services for Kansans with mental illness at Comcare in Wichita and the Compass Behavioral Health Center in Southwest Kansas.

Medical PACs boost candidates with health care ties

0 | Sep. 17, 2014 | Campaign 2014, Legislature

Fifteen medical-related political action committees registered with the state's ethics board mostly spent campaign dollars on incumbents during the primary season. But occasionally they went outside those parameters to support health care practitioners vying for spots in the Kansas House.

Centene awarded most contracts in Florida Medicaid bidding

0 | Sep. 24, 2013 | KanCare, Medicaid-CHIP

A subsidiary of Centene Corp. won more contracts than any other company in the bidding for a slice of the Florida Medicaid program as it shifts its entire enrollee population into managed-care plans. Centene is the parent company of Sunflower State Health Plan, one of three managed care organizations that administer Kansas' Medicaid program. Centene Corp., won more contracts than any other company in the bidding for a slice of the Florida Medicaid program as it.

Health care compact article debate heats up

1 | Sep. 16, 2014 | Legislature, Health Reform

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.

Johnson County considers trauma-informed care model

0 | Aug. 13, 2012 | Community Health, Corrections, Mental Health

Underlying the philosophy of trauma-informed care is the premise that crime, drug use and other deviant behavior are often the byproduct of abuse, neglect, violence or other overwhelming personal experiences.

Legislators take issue with seniors' article opposing compact

1 | Sep. 11, 2014 | Legislature, Health Reform

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.

Governor's office declines to support early childhood grant

0 | Sep. 16, 2014 | Early Childhood, Legislature

Administration officials told the Children's Cabinet director that it would be “unwise to move forward” in applying for a Preschool Development Grant without first conferring with the Kansas Legislature.

Final deliberations of sex predator task force will be closed to the public

1 | Jun. 03, 2013 | Agencies, Hospitals, Mental Health

Final deliberations by a task force charged with coming up with a plan for reforming the state’s Sexual Predator Treatment program will be closed to the public, according to state officials. “They want to be able to concentrate on their work and have a frank discussion of what they’re going to recommend without an audience,” said Angela de Rocha, a spokesperson for the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services, the agency that created the task force. “I don’t blame them.”

Advocates urge more government oversight of Medicaid managed care

0 | Jul. 08, 2013 | KanCare, Medicaid-CHIP

Thirty-six states and the District of Columbia have enrolled some or all of their Medicaid population in private health plans. But when the federal government recently gave Florida the green light to vastly expand its experiment with privatizing Medicaid, patient advocates quickly raised an alarm.

Children's Cabinet member disappointed to not be reappointed

0 | Sep. 05, 2014 | Children

Brownback’s office Friday announced that LeEtta Felter, vice president of the Olathe Public Schools Board of Education, had been appointed to Jonathan Freiden’s seat on the Children’s Cabinet.

Kansas teens in foster care to get free photo IDs

1 | Sep. 09, 2014 | Children, DCF

The initiative, which will cost about $10,000, is expected to affect 424 teens and young adults.

Kansas mental health system under increasing stress

16 | Aug. 18, 2014 | Mental Health

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.

Health care compact article debate heats up

1 | Sep. 16, 2014 | Legislature, Health Reform

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.

Legislators take issue with seniors' article opposing compact

1 | Sep. 11, 2014 | Legislature, Health Reform

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.

Kansas teens in foster care to get free photo IDs

1 | Sep. 09, 2014 | Children, DCF

The initiative, which will cost about $10,000, is expected to affect 424 teens and young adults.

MCOs continue to lose money in KanCare's second year

1 | Sep. 09, 2014 | KanCare

A legislator on the KanCare oversight committee questioned whether the Medicaid managed care program is headed for a shakeup after distributing information about operating losses in the first half of 2014.

Doctor running for lieutenant governor swears by 'direct primary care' model

1 | Sep. 08, 2014 | Campaign 2014, Health Care Delivery

Josh Umbehr, a primary care physician running for the state's second-highest office, says his updated version of concierge medical practice brings better, more affordable care to the masses.

Respiratory illness sickens hundreds of KC area children

1 | Sep. 03, 2014 | Child Health

KDHE spokeswoman Sara Belfry says the department is investigating whether any of the young patients treated at Children's Mercy are from Kansas.

KC public housing smoking ban puts onus on tenants

8 | May. 22, 2014 | Community Health, Government, Tobacco

A new policy aims to do away with smoking in city-owned housing, but many residents are not pleased.

Ottawa shooting renews focus on crisis intervention training

1 | Sep. 04, 2014 | Mental Health

The need for crisis intervention training was underscored last month when Ottawa police officers shot and killed 18-year-old Joseph Jennings during an Aug. 23 parking lot altercation outside the Orscheln Farm & Home store.

KanCare payment delays threaten rural hospital

1 | Aug. 27, 2014 | Hospitals, KanCare

Roger Warren, a surgeon and administrator at Hanover Hospital for 54 years, says the three managed care companies owe his hospital more than $140,000 in claims — or more than half of the hospital's monthly operating budget.

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