Rural Health

Those in rural areas face some distinctive health issues, including shortages of health professionals and services. Rural Kansans often must travel long distances for care and they tend to be older, poorer and less healthy than people in cities and suburbs. KHI researchers and journalists track the challenges facing rural residents, highlight solutions, and provide that information to policymakers and the public.

Hamilton County Hospital faces possible closure without $3 million boost

Petition seeks countywide vote on the question

2 | Hospitals, Rural Health

The Hamilton County commission has been presented a proposal to issue $3 million in no-fund warrants to support the hospital in this far western Kansas community. Administrators have said without the bond, the hospital would run out of money as early as June. Hospital officials will make the case to the community for approving the funds at a meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday at the Syracuse High School gymnasium.

Policy and Research

Rural health results from the 2009 Kansas County Health Rankings

0 | May. 07, 2009 | Rural Health

The health care difficulties that rural areas face are unique from their urban counterparts. On top of limited staff sizes and finances, rural areas face the additional burden of long distances between health care providers and their constituents. This document describes how rural areas fared in the 2009 Kansas County Health Rankings.

Kansas Mission of Mercy - Garden City: Patient Characteristics, Needs, and Satisfaction

0 | Aug. 27, 2008 | Health Care Delivery, Rural Health, Safety Net

More than 15 percent of the patients served by a free dental clinic early this year reported they have never been to a dentist.

State health officials trying to help 'Mexican Mennonites'

0 | Nov. 24, 2007 | Rural Health, Rural Health, Social Determinants of Health

The story is familiar, but it has a twist: Immigrants from Mexico move to southwest Kansas seeking work at farms, feedlots or meat processing plants. Public health workers in the region respond with literature and services in Spanish to meet the needs of the immigrants.

Public health at the crossroads

0 | Mar. 02, 2006 | Public Health Systems and Services, Rural Health

March, 2006 - Roughly one-half of all local public health departments in the United States are both small and rural. Sixty percent of local health departments that responded to a survey in 2000 said they were located in a non-metropolitan area, the designation for “rural” developed by the Office of Management and Budget and used for policy purposes by agencies such as the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Forty-eight percent of local public health departments were categorized as “rural” in 2002 using a more refined definition, Rural-Urban Commuting Area Codes. One-half of local health departments responding to the 2000 survey served populations of fewer than 25,000 people, and 69 percent served populations of fewer than 50,000 people.

Kansas Mission of Mercy-Pittsburg: Patient Characteristics, Needs and Satisfaction

0 | Jun. 01, 2004 | Health Care Delivery, Rural Health, Safety Net

Kansas Mission of Mercy (KMOM), a free dental clinic sponsored by the Kansas Dental Charitable Foundation, served more than 2,000 patients on the campus of Pittsburg State University from April 30 through May 2, 2004. This report analyzes data from an exit survey given to participants of the clinic.

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News

Many rural hospitals excluded from government's push for better quality

0 | Sep. 30, 2014 | Health Reform, Hospitals, Rural Health

The Department of Health and Human Services has not yet incorporated the 1,256 primarily rural, “critical access” hospitals into Medicare’s pay-for-performance programs.

KU Hospital program receives $12 million federal grant

0 | Jul. 09, 2014 | Health Reform, Rural Health

The partnership to improve heart health and stroke survival rates involves the University of Kansas Hospital, Hays Medical Center, 10 critical access hospitals and rural primary care providers serving western Kansas.

Rural Kansas hospital focuses on 'mission-driven' medicine to recruit doctors

0 | Jul. 07, 2014 | Workforce, Rural Health

In Kearny County, on the High Plains near the Kansas-Colorado boundary where there are only about five residents per square mile, one small hospital has adopted a distinctive approach to recruitment that in a relatively short time has produced a staff that includes five doctors, five physician assistants and a growing volume of patients.

Future uncertain for VA rural health care pilot program

0 | Jun. 17, 2014 | Congress, Rural Health

The Access Received Closer to Home program allows veterans to get health care services from community providers if they live at least one hour from a VA health facility. Pratt is home to one of five sites across the country.

Robot helps save the day at rural hospital

0 | Jun. 02, 2014 | Health Care Delivery, Rural Health, Telemedicine

Some small, rural Kansas hospitals are using highly sophisticated medical robots in ways that are helping ease the shortage of specialists in their areas and - in at least one instance - boosting the bottom line.

Ruling on in-home Medicaid services creates questions for providers, beneficiaries

0 | Sep. 29, 2014 | KDADS, Medicaid-CHIP

The new rule, due to take effect Jan. 1, 2015, requires state Medicaid programs to pay home care workers minimum wage and overtime. But Kansas has asked the Department of Labor to exempt Kansas from the ruling or delay its implementation.

Democrats call for special committee to vet KanCare contracting

0 | Sep. 29, 2014 | Legislature, KanCare

A spokesperson for Gov. Sam Brownback says the process to select private companies to operate the $3 billion KanCare program was "open and fair."

KDADS awards $1M to south-central Kansas mental health coalition

0 | Sep. 24, 2014 | KDADS, Mental Health

The coalition will provide services aimed at reducing the number of people with severe mental illnesses who are referred to Osawatomie State Hospital or end up in the state’s correctional system.

Panelist: Compact originator intent on Medicare privatization

0 | Sep. 30, 2014 | Health Reform

Legislators who passed a health care compact in Kansas said changes to Medicare were not the impetus, but a "Medicare coach" told a Johnson County crowd Tuesday that the originator of the multi-state compact favors privatizing the federally administered health care program for seniors.

Biz groups to co-sponsor insurance exchange forums

0 | Jul. 25, 2011 | Agencies, Health Reform, Insurance

Two of the state's leading business groups are joining with the Kansas Insurance Department to sponsor a series of forums about plans for a Kansas health insurance exchange.

Kentucky’s rush into Medicaid managed care: A cautionary tale for other states

0 | Jul. 18, 2013 | KanCare, Medicaid-CHIP

Ever since Kentucky rapidly shifted patients from traditional Medicaid to private health plans that manage their care for a set price, problems have been widespread. Patients complain of being denied treatment or forced to travel long distances to find a doctor or hospital in their plan’s network. Advocates for the mentally ill argue the care system for them has deteriorated. And hospitals and doctors say health plans have denied or delayed payments.

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.

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.

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.

Health care compact article debate heats up

1 | Sep. 16, 2014 | Legislature, Health Reform

Legislators who supported a multi-state bill that would exempt Kansas from federal regulations on publicly funded health care tried Monday to dissuade a senior advisory board in Johnson County from running an article criticizing the compact's potential effects on Medicare.

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.

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