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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Overuse of antipsychotic drugs in some Kansas nursing homes endangering patients

State ranks 47th worst for use of powerful drugs to control behavior of residents with dementia

0 | KDADS, Health Care Delivery

Experts say powerful antipsychotic drugs are used too much as “chemical restraints” or sedatives to control the behavior of Kansas nursing home residents suffering from dementia, and that efforts to curb the practice are showing weak results compared to other states.

KU Hospital joins effort to oppose liver transplant proposal

0 | Aug. 26, 2014 | University of Kansas

The proposal would have a profound effect on KU Hospital, which runs one of the top liver transplant programs by volume in the country, and other regional transplant centers.

Negotiations on nursing practice bill off to good start

0 | Aug. 26, 2014 | Legislature, Health Care Delivery, Workforce

Representatives of Kansas doctor and nurse groups are negotiating on legislation allowing nurses with advanced training to practice on their own.

HHS names new CEO of health insurance marketplace

0 | Aug. 26, 2014 | Health Reform, Insurance

Kevin Counihan will oversee healthcare.gov, the website that 36 states - including Kansas - use to sell Affordable Care Act insurance.

New federal birth control rules appear to track Supreme Court suggestion

0 | Aug. 26, 2014 | Courts, Health Reform

The new rules require organizations that have religious objections to providing some or all FDA-approved contraceptives to notify the government rather than their insurance carriers that they cannot provide the coverage.

Overuse of antipsychotic drugs in some Kansas nursing homes endangering patients

0 | Aug. 25, 2014 | KDADS, Health Care Delivery

Experts say powerful antipsychotic drugs are used too much as “chemical restraints” or sedatives to control the behavior of Kansas nursing home residents suffering from dementia, and that efforts to curb the practice are showing weak results compared to other states.

Religious employers offered fix on birth control coverage rules

0 | Aug. 22, 2014 | Government, Health Reform

The measure will allow religious nonprofits and business owners to notify the government, rather than their insurance company, that birth control violates their religious beliefs.

HCF announces more than $345,000 for insurance marketplace outreach

0 | Aug. 22, 2014 | Foundations, Health Reform

The funding will be used to enroll the uninsured in the Kansas City area by providing enrollment counselors, increasing collaboration and recruiting additional enrollment partners.

New regulations could end dispute over Kansas coal-fired power plant

0 | Aug. 20, 2014 | Environment

Greenhouse gas regulations recently proposed by the EPA could block a proposed facility next to an existing coal-fired unit at Sunflower’s station outside Holcomb.

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.

Missouri veto reflects growing debate over electronic cigarettes

0 | Aug. 19, 2014 | Tobacco

E-cigarettes have only been around the United States for about seven years and largely have been left unregulated by the federal government and most state governments.

San Antonio police unit overhauls approach to mental illness

0 | Aug. 19, 2014 | Mental Health

Eight years ago, San Antonio had an overcrowded jail population - primarily people with serious mental illnesses. Now, it boasts a mental health system that's considered a model for the nation.

Kansas reports first confirmed West Nile case of 2014

0 | Aug. 19, 2014 | KDHE, Public Health

Officials at the Kansas Department of Health and Environment reported 92 cases of West Nile virus in 2013, the most since the disease was first detected in Kansas in 2002.

Overuse of antipsychotic drugs in some Kansas nursing homes endangering patients

0 | Aug. 25, 2014 | KDADS, Health Care Delivery

Experts say powerful antipsychotic drugs are used too much as “chemical restraints” or sedatives to control the behavior of Kansas nursing home residents suffering from dementia, and that efforts to curb the practice are showing weak results compared to other states.

San Antonio police unit overhauls approach to mental illness

0 | Aug. 19, 2014 | Mental Health

Eight years ago, San Antonio had an overcrowded jail population - primarily people with serious mental illnesses. Now, it boasts a mental health system that's considered a model for the nation.

Kansas mental health system under increasing stress

14 | 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.

Governor urges lawmakers to back off higher ed cuts

0 | Apr. 25, 2013 | Budget, KU Medical Center, Legislature

Gov. Sam Brownback was at the University of Kansas Medical Center today as part of his statewide campus tour in support of steady funding for higher education instead of the cuts proposed by the Kansas Legislature. Higher ed officials have said the reductions would set higher ed funding back a decade, if adopted.

New regulations could end dispute over Kansas coal-fired power plant

0 | Aug. 20, 2014 | Environment

Greenhouse gas regulations recently proposed by the EPA could block a proposed facility next to an existing coal-fired unit at Sunflower’s station outside Holcomb.

Kansas mental health system under increasing stress

14 | 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.

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.

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.

New federal rules will disrupt care for disabled Kansans, state officials say

1 | Aug. 12, 2014 | KDADS, Health Care Delivery, KanCare

KDADS Secretary Kari Bruffett says with the changes, thousands of Kansans likely would need to move from home-based care to a nursing home setting.

Study: Rejection of Medicaid expansion costing Kansas, Missouri hospitals billions

1 | Aug. 08, 2014 | Health Reform, Hospitals, Medicaid-CHIP

The analysis says that without Medicaid expansion, Kansas hospitals stand to lose $2.6 billion between 2013 and 2022.

Accuracy of survey showing spike in Kansas uninsured rate questioned

1 | Aug. 11, 2014 | Insurance, KanCare, Medicaid-CHIP

With enrollment up in Medicaid and private insurance, it appears some sort of methodological or sampling error is the most likely explanation for the Kansas results in the Gallup poll.

KDHE launches 'health home' framework for Medicaid enrollees with mental illness

1 | Aug. 04, 2014 | KDHE, KanCare, Medicaid-CHIP, Mental Health

The initiative had been slated for a Jan. 1, 2014, rollout but was pushed back to Aug. 1 after Ross and other health care officials said they needed more time to ensure the program’s readiness.

Powell touts years of work as insurance agent

1 | Jul. 28, 2014 | Campaign 2014, Insurance

Powell sees a competitive insurance market as part of what he calls a “three-legged stool,” along with Gov. Sam Brownback’s income tax cuts and a renewed emphasis on vocational education, to help Kansas attract new businesses.

Number of children in foster care hits record high

2 | Jun. 09, 2014 | Children, DCF, Mental Health

In April, there were 6,156 children in the state's foster care system. That’s 356 more children than in April 2013, and 872 more than two years earlier.

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.

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