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ACA plays a role in Brownback budget fix

0 | Dec. 11, 2014 | Budget, Health Reform, Medicaid-CHIP

Among the short-term budget fixes announced by Gov. Sam Brownback this week is a $55 million sweep from a Medicaid drug rebate program that is made possible in part by the federal Affordable Care Act.

Making the human condition computable

0 | Dec. 11, 2014 | Health Care Delivery, HIE-HIT

Advances in computing technology mean that gathering, storing and analyzing health information is relatively cheap, and it’s getting cheaper by the day.

Wichita center feels effects of limited admissions at Osawatomie State Hospital

0 | Dec. 10, 2014 | KDADS, Mental Health

The director of Wichita's community mental health center says several patients were denied admission over the weekend to Osawatomie State Hospital.

Deadline nears for Kansas adult care facilities to join malpractice fund

0 | Dec. 10, 2014 | Health Care Delivery

Hundreds of nursing homes and other assisted living facilities in Kansas will be required to participate in a fund meant to spread the risk of malpractice lawsuits starting next month. Advocates for those facilities say the change is a positive, but it has insurance agents scrambling to find liability coverage for their clients.

HCF announces more than $4 million in safety net grants

0 | Dec. 10, 2014 | Foundations, Health Care Delivery

The Health Care Foundation of Greater Kansas City announced more than $4 million in safety net funding for 31 nonprofit organizations in Kansas and Missouri.

Kansas continues to struggle in health rankings

0 | Dec. 10, 2014 | Foundations, Public Health, Rankings-Indicators

The state remains 27th in the annual America's Health Rankings - the same as last year - but has fallen from the top 10 in the 1990s.

HHS announces $36M in ACA funds for quality improvement at health centers

0 | Dec. 09, 2014 | Health Care Delivery, Health Reform

Fifteen health centers in Kansas will receive a total of more than $340,000 in quality improvement awards.

Legislator to promote gun background checks as health issue

1 | Dec. 09, 2014 | Legislature, Hospitals

A former physician now in the Kansas Legislature says she will promote a bill expanding background checks for gun sales because she believes gunshot wounds are a public health issue.

Brownback announces cuts to close budget gap

0 | Dec. 09, 2014 | Budget, Legislature

The governor will use his power of allotments to make fee sweeps and spending cuts to close a $280 million budget gap in the current fiscal year. The biggest money transfers come from the state highway fund, at $96 million, and Kansas Department of Health and Environment, at $55 million.

‘Healthy campus’ in downtown KCK another step closer to reality

0 | Dec. 08, 2014 | Community Health, Government, Rankings-Indicators, Social Determinants of Health

The Unified Government Board of Commissioners approved a new master development plan that includes a state-of-the-art community center, more green space in which to exercise and access to healthy foods at a 30,000- to 35,000-square-foot urban grocery store.

Obamacare creates boom for federal contractors

0 | Dec. 08, 2014 | Government, Health Reform

Politics are frozen. Budgets are tight. But business purchases by the Department of Health and Human Services have doubled to $21 billion annually in the last decade and are expected to continue rising.

Federal officials approve KDADS plan at Osawatomie State Hospital

0 | Dec. 05, 2014 | KDADS, Mental Health

The decision means Medicare payments to the state's largest inpatient facility for adults with serious mental illness will remain intact after Monday.

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