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

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.

Forecast: Fewer rural health providers in five years

0 | Mar. 28, 2014 | Rural Health

There likely will be fewer rural medical practices five years from now because of the various sweeping changes under way in the U.S. health care system, according to panelists at a conference here this week.

Specialists in South Dakota use telehealth system to give ER care in Kansas

0 | Sep. 15, 2014 | Health Care Delivery, Hospitals

The Phillipsburg hospital is the first in the state to sign up for a 24/7 telemedicine program operated by Avera Health, a Catholic health care system based in Sioux Falls.

Legislators take issue with seniors' article opposing compact

1 | Sep. 11, 2014 | Legislature, Health Reform

Sen. Mary Pilcher-Cook said the health care compact would not affect Medicare as the group fears, but leaders of the Johnson County Area Agency on Aging's advisory board say their concerns are valid.

Health care compact article debate heats up

0 | 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.

Doctor running for lieutenant governor swears by 'direct primary care' model

1 | Sep. 08, 2014 | Campaign 2014, Health Care Delivery

Josh Umbehr, a primary care physician running for the state's second-highest office, says his updated version of concierge medical practice brings better, more affordable care to the masses.

DD groups largely reconciled to KanCare carve-in

1 | Jul. 15, 2013 | KanCare, Medicaid-CHIP

After opposing the move for nearly two years, providers of long-term services for the developmentally disabled say they now are largely resigned to the state’s plan to fully include their system in KanCare. But that doesn’t mean all the questions and worries about the proposed changes have gone away. Chief among them seems to be this: How will the whole thing work? Of the 80 people who attended a public hearing in Wichita, most who commented expressed concerns about adding long-term DD supports to KanCare. At Tuesday's meeting in Topeka, similar concerns were raised.

Early signs show promise for Rainbow Mental Health Facility, officials say

0 | Sep. 10, 2014 | Mental Health

Rainbow Mental Health Facility reopened in April as a collaboration between the state and mental health/substance abuse providers in Johnson and Wyandotte counties.

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.

Legislators take issue with seniors' article opposing compact

1 | Sep. 11, 2014 | Legislature, Health Reform

Sen. Mary Pilcher-Cook said the health care compact would not affect Medicare as the group fears, but leaders of the Johnson County Area Agency on Aging's advisory board say their concerns are valid.

Kansas teens in foster care to get free photo IDs

1 | Sep. 09, 2014 | Children, DCF

The initiative, which will cost about $10,000, is expected to affect 424 teens and young adults.

MCOs continue to lose money in KanCare's second year

1 | Sep. 09, 2014 | KanCare

A legislator on the KanCare oversight committee questioned whether the Medicaid managed care program is headed for a shakeup after distributing information about operating losses in the first half of 2014.

Doctor running for lieutenant governor swears by 'direct primary care' model

1 | Sep. 08, 2014 | Campaign 2014, Health Care Delivery

Josh Umbehr, a primary care physician running for the state's second-highest office, says his updated version of concierge medical practice brings better, more affordable care to the masses.

Respiratory illness sickens hundreds of KC area children

1 | Sep. 03, 2014 | Child Health

KDHE spokeswoman Sara Belfry says the department is investigating whether any of the young patients treated at Children's Mercy are from Kansas.

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