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Officials at the University of Kansas Medical Center said they will use an $800,000 grant from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation to create a new center to help people that have Multiple Sclerosis.
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has released its annual report, highlighting the agency's activities in 2013.
Federal officials report that Kansas received more than 10,000 applications for Medicaid or CHIP last month, a 20 percent increase over the monthly average prior to the launch of the Affordable Care Act's insurance marketplace last October.
The Kansas Senate approved, 39-0, a measure that would beef up state penalties for Medicaid fraud.
A new, multi-state group is being formed to tackle issues facing health information exchange organizations. The Mid States Consortium of Health Information Organizations will begin its work with 19 member organizations, including the Kansas Health Information Network.
Sunflower State Health Plan Chief Executive Jean Rumbaugh is taking a new job with the company's parent firm, Centene, and will be replaced by Dr. Michael McKinney, who most recently worked for Centene as a senior vice president.
The Kansas Medicaid Access Coalition has launched a new website showing how much Kansas is losing in federal aid dollars by refusing to expand its Medicaid program in keeping with the Affordable Care Act.
Two regional health information exchanges, The Tiger Institute Health Alliance and the Lewis and Clark Information Exchange, are now securely sharing electronic medical records, officials say.
Kansas Medicaid officials have scheduled a series of meetings across the state seeking to connect with KanCare enrollees who have various chronic conditions. The meetings are in anticipation of the planned July 1 launch of a a new "health homes" program. The goal is to provide better coordinated care for those with mental illness, diabetes, or asthma with the expectation that will reduce costs while improving the enrollees' conditions.
More than 100 dental hygienists from 36 towns around the state are expected at the Statehouse, asking legislators to approve the licensing of mid-level dental practitioners.