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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.

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.

KU Hospital: Initial tests show patient does not have Ebola

0 | Oct. 14, 2014 | Hospitals, Public Health

Initial lab results show the patient does not have Ebola, which has killed more than 4,000 people in the West African nations of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea.

Economic policy conference to focus on health reform law

0 | Oct. 14, 2014 | Health Reform

"The Affordable Care Act in Kansas: Impacts on People, Business and Providers" will be the topic of this year’s Kansas Economic Policy Conference on Thursday, Oct. 23, at the Kansas Union.

Survey: Many states boost Medicaid benefits as economy improves

0 | Oct. 14, 2014 | Health Reform, Medicaid-CHIP

A report found that 22 states were expanding Medicaid benefits compared to just two states restricting them in fiscal 2015. That’s the fewest states cutting or restricting benefits in at least nine years.

KU Hospital: Patient admitted at 'low to moderate risk' of Ebola

0 | Oct. 13, 2014 | Hospitals, Public Health

The patient has been placed in an isolated area of the hospital with its own ventilation system and staff working with him will not treat other patients until a diagnosis is made.

Longtime leader leaving Kansas substance abuse group

0 | Oct. 13, 2014 | Prevention

Dalyn Schmitt will step down at the end of the year as chief executive officer of Heartland Regional Alcohol and Drug Assessment Center, which she founded in 1998.

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