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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KanCare initiative concerns parents of developmentally disabled adults

KDADS officials say beneficiaries free to opt out of health homes

3 | 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.

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

Eating disorders and insurance: A fraught combination

0 | Oct. 22, 2014 | Health Care Delivery, Hospitals

In survey results released last year, the National Eating Disorder Association reported that costs and insurance limitations as the biggest barriers to treatment of eating disorders.

Eating disorders: They afflict men too

0 | Oct. 22, 2014 | Health Care Delivery, Hospitals

Some researchers suggest that men make up a third of the 30 million Americans who battle clinically significant eating disorders.

As sufferers battle eating disorders, efforts under way to reopen clinic

0 | Oct. 22, 2014 | Health Care Delivery, Hospitals

Approximately 30 million Americans – two-thirds of them women – battle a clinically significant eating disorder during their lifetime, and hundreds of thousands of these people live in Missouri or Kansas.

Legislator seeking to lead health committee open to Medicaid expansion discussion

0 | Oct. 21, 2014 | Legislature, Health Reform, Medicaid-CHIP

Rep. Susan Concannon, a Beloit Republican and vice chair of the health committee, says expanding Medicaid eligibility in Kansas is "something we should look at."

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.

On-time vaccination rate for Kansas kids tumbles

0 | Oct. 21, 2014 | Child Health, Immunizations

The percentage of Kansas students entering kindergarten in 2012 who had been immunized on the medically recommended schedule tumbled to 61 percent from about 72 percent the previous year.

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.

Kansas health officials review Ebola plan

0 | Oct. 20, 2014 | Government, Public Health

State officials have developed a Kansas Ebola Preparedness and Response Plan that is based on a more generic infectious disease plan but offers specific guidance on Ebola for the state's health care providers.

Advocates ready another push for mid-level dental providers

0 | Oct. 17, 2014 | Advocacy, Oral Health

Advocates say the need for dental care remains high, especially in rural areas, and they hope the Legislature will approve licensing for mid-level dental practitioners.

Malpractice fund stable, but uncertainty looms

0 | Oct. 16, 2014 | Budget, Insurance

A state fund meant to diffuse the costs of medical malpractice claims is on stable footing, but its executive director said that does not mean legislators should consider using reserve money for other purposes.

Administration signals doubts about calculator permitting plans without hospital benefits

0 | Oct. 16, 2014 | Health Reform, Insurance

Treasury Department officials are preparing to reverse course on an official calculator that permits plans without hospital coverage to pass the health law’s strictest standard for large employers.

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.

California company finalizes agreement to buy two KC area hospitals

0 | Oct. 14, 2014 | Hospitals

Prime Healthcare Services will acquire St. Joseph Medical Center in Kansas City, Mo., and St. Mary’s Medical Center in Blue Springs.

Prescription prices steep, even for those with insurance

0 | Oct. 13, 2014 | Health Reform, Insurance

As insurers and employers shift more of the cost to patients, some struggle to pay for high-priced prescription drugs for conditions such as cancer, arthritis, multiple sclerosis or HIV/AIDS.

Advocates ready another push for mid-level dental providers

0 | Oct. 17, 2014 | Advocacy, Oral Health

Advocates say the need for dental care remains high, especially in rural areas, and they hope the Legislature will approve licensing for mid-level dental practitioners.

Administration signals doubts about calculator permitting plans without hospital benefits

0 | Oct. 16, 2014 | Health Reform, Insurance

Treasury Department officials are preparing to reverse course on an official calculator that permits plans without hospital coverage to pass the health law’s strictest standard for large employers.

Hospital officials say refusal to expand Medicaid will hurt their bottom lines

0 | Jan. 13, 2014 | Hospitals, Medicaid-CHIP

Jodi Schmidt is chief executive of Labette Health, a 99-bed regional medical center that serves Parsons and several surrounding communities in southeast Kansas. She said the money being lost because of the decision by Gov. Sam Brownback and legislators to not participate in the first year of expansion could mean the difference between the hospital finishing the year in the black or with a deficit.

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.

Governor announces plan to repurpose Rainbow Mental Health Facility

0 | Jan. 23, 2014 | KDADS, Mental Health

Gov. Sam Brownback unveiled his administration’s plan for reopening the Rainbow Mental Health Facility. “I think this is a winner,” Brownback said, referring to a Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services plan for privatizing the state hospital’s operations.

Brownback signs controversial health care compact bill

0 | Apr. 23, 2014 | Legislature, Health Reform, Medicaid-CHIP

Gov. Sam Brownback has signed into law a bill that might make it possible for Kansas to join a compact of states that want the power to run Medicare and Medicaid within their borders. The new law also creates the possibility that the compact states could circumvent several key provisions in the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.

Malpractice fund stable, but uncertainty looms

0 | Oct. 16, 2014 | Budget, Insurance

A state fund meant to diffuse the costs of medical malpractice claims is on stable footing, but its executive director said that does not mean legislators should consider using reserve money for other purposes.

Liver transplant reallocation plan on hold

0 | Sep. 26, 2014 | Congress, Health Care Delivery

The United Network for Organ Sharing's Liver and Intestinal Organ Transplantation Committee decided it was not ready to recommend a change to the way organs are distributed.

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.

Davis vows to reverse controversial KanCare decision if elected

6 | Oct. 08, 2014 | Campaign 2014, KanCare

The Democratic candidate for governor says support services to Kansans with developmental disabilities should not be part of the state's privatized Medicaid program.

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.

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.”

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.

Kansas budget director says job growth eventually will restore revenues

2 | Oct. 01, 2014 | Budget

Shawn Sullivan, director of the governor’s budget office, said small business owners will use the money they’re saving from tax cuts to create new jobs.

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.

State child support workers to be laid off

1 | Jul. 05, 2013 | DCF

The Kansas Department for Children and Families has told more than 200 workers in its Child Support Services division to expect to receive layoff notices by Aug. 5.

Health care compact rebuttal signed by 23 legislators

1 | Sep. 24, 2014 | Campaign 2014, Health Reform

The legislators' editorial counters an article critical of the compact written by members of the Johnson County Commission on Aging.

Medicare expert says compact not on radar in DC

1 | Sep. 22, 2014 | Congress, Legislature, Health Reform

A health care compact bill designed to get Kansas and other states out of federal health regulations is gaining attention here for its possible Medicare implications. But a national expert on Medicare says the compact, which needs Congressional approval, is "not even on the back burner" in Washington, D.C.

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