KHI News Service

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

Hospitals in eight states link with real-time support for emergency rooms

0 | 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.

Praeger to cross party lines and endorse Anderson

0 | Sep. 15, 2014 | Campaign 2014, Insurance

Democrat Dennis Anderson is seeking to succeed Republican Sandy Praeger as the state’s insurance regulator. He’s running against Ken Selzer, the GOP nominee.

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.

Kansas, Missouri health clinics get $9.6M for primary care services

0 | Sep. 12, 2014 | Government, Health Care Delivery

In 2013, one of every 15 people in the United States relied on the health centers for primary care.

Report: Rural children more likely to rely on CHIP

0 | Sep. 12, 2014 | Children, Medicaid-CHIP

Congress is considering whether to reauthorize four years of funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program, which provides coverage for more than 56,000 Kansas children.

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.

Michigan health educator selected as KAMU’s new director

0 | Sep. 11, 2014 | Community Health, Safety Net

Cyzman most recently has been a vice president for the National Kidney Foundation of Michigan.

HHS official: Healthcare.gov updates will be 'improvement but not perfection'

0 | Sep. 11, 2014 | Government, Health Reform, Insurance

Two months before the beginning of the next open enrollment period for government-subsidized health insurance, administration officials promised smoother operation of the website used by millions of people to sign up for coverage.

Investors haul in nearly half the tobacco settlement cash

0 | Sep. 11, 2014 | Tobacco

An updated analysis by ProPublica shows that investors are getting about 44 percent, or nearly one in every two dollars that tobacco companies pay out each year as part of the 1998 legal settlement.

Early signs show promise for Rainbow Mental Health Facility, officials say

0 | Sep. 10, 2014 | Mental Health

Rainbow Mental Health Facility reopened in April as a collaboration between the state and mental health/substance abuse providers in Johnson and Wyandotte counties.

Hutchinson to host community conversation on mental health issues

0 | Sep. 10, 2014 | Community Health, Health Care Delivery, Mental Health

Similar sessions have been held in Manhattan, Abilene and Wamego.

Rare respiratory ailment afflicting children appears to be waning in KC

0 | Sep. 10, 2014 | Child Health

At the peak of enterovirus D68 cases several weeks ago, Children’s Mercy was seeing 30 patients a day. That number has now fallen to about 15 a day.

Family insurance premiums rise modestly for third year, survey finds

0 | Sep. 10, 2014 | Health Reform, Insurance

Family premiums rose 3 percent in 2014, one of the lowest increases tracked by the survey since 1999.

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.

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.

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.

Governor touts waiting list reduction plan

1 | Sep. 11, 2013 | KanCare, Medicaid-CHIP

Gov. Sam Brownback and other state officials held a press conference to announce that state funds are available to begin reducing the waiting lists for home- and community-based Medicaid services. About 650 people are expected to benefit.

Delay in major Obamacare provision raises doubts at critical stage of rollout

0 | Jul. 03, 2013 | Health Reform

The Obama administration's decision Tuesday to delay a major component of the Affordable Care Act — the requirement for employers with at least 50 workers to offer health coverage — postpones another feature of the law and hands ammunition to critics who contend it is unworkable.

Breastfeeding advocates to meet in Wichita

0 | Sep. 08, 2014 | Advocacy, Child Health, Children, Community Health, Early Childhood, KDHE, Health Care Delivery

Kansas Health Summit on Breastfeeding organizers expect 200 people - doctors, nurses, program directors, advocates - to attend the daylong session in Wichita.

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.

House panel hears bill to "carve out" DD services from KanCare

0 | Feb. 20, 2013 | Legislature, KanCare

Parents and groups that represent persons with developmental disabilities testified in favor of a bill that would keep services for the developmentally disabled out of KanCare. But officials from the administration of Gov. Sam Brownback said if the bill were passed it would hinder their efforts to reduce Medicaid costs and better coordinate care for Medicaid enrollees.

Report: Rural children more likely to rely on CHIP

0 | Sep. 12, 2014 | Children, Medicaid-CHIP

Congress is considering whether to reauthorize four years of funding for the Children's Health Insurance Program, which provides coverage for more than 56,000 Kansas children.

DD groups largely reconciled to KanCare carve-in

1 | Jul. 15, 2013 | KanCare, Medicaid-CHIP

After opposing the move for nearly two years, providers of long-term services for the developmentally disabled say they now are largely resigned to the state’s plan to fully include their system in KanCare. But that doesn’t mean all the questions and worries about the proposed changes have gone away. Chief among them seems to be this: How will the whole thing work? Of the 80 people who attended a public hearing in Wichita, most who commented expressed concerns about adding long-term DD supports to KanCare. At Tuesday's meeting in Topeka, similar concerns were raised.

Insurer Centene: We can do Arkansas-style Medicaid

0 | May. 14, 2013 | Health Reform, Medicaid-CHIP

Last week the Arkansas legislature approved a plan to give Medicaid beneficiaries money to buy individual policies from private insurers on the state’s health insurance exchange. One insurer is already expressing interest.

Early signs show promise for Rainbow Mental Health Facility, officials say

0 | Sep. 10, 2014 | Mental Health

Rainbow Mental Health Facility reopened in April as a collaboration between the state and mental health/substance abuse providers in Johnson and Wyandotte counties.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Yoder stresses importance of federal funding for biomedical research

1 | Aug. 19, 2014 | Government, KU Medical Center, University of Kansas

Last year, KU and the University of Kansas Medical Center received more than $75 million in NIH funding.

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