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Larned State Hospital 100th anniversary celebrated

State officials celebrated the 100th anniversary of the state's largest psychiatric hospital.

Widick named KNI superintendent

Brent Widick, 49, has been interim superintendent at Kansas Neurological Institute since December 2013. He succeeds Barney Hubert, who retired after nearly 35 years at the state hospital.

Wyandot Inc. CEO announces retirement

Pete Zevenbergen, the CEO of Wyandot Inc. who expanded the scope of Wyandotte County’s community mental health center, announced his retirement Thursday.

KCK home health provider indicted on fraud charges

A Kansas City, Kan., home health attendant was indicted Wednesday in a federal fraud case in which Medicaid paid more than $587,000 based on fraudulent billing practices.

KDHE picks Belfry for communications post

Sara Belfry is currently deputy director of communications for Gov. Sam Brownback's office. She will begin her full-time position at KDHE on April 14.

Praeger receives national recognition for efforts to improve health care quality

Kansas Insurance Commissioner Sandy Praeger has been honored by the National Committee for Quality Assurance.

Senate approves Predetermination of Health Care Benefits Act

The Kansas Senate today gave tentative approval to a bill that could allow medical patients "real-time" estimates of how much their health insurance plans would pay for various treatments or procedures.

KDHE spokesperson leaving for new job with KanCare MCO

Miranda Steele will work for Sunflower State Health Plan

Miranda Steele, the spokesperson for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, is leaving the agency for a new job with Sunflower State Health Plan, one of the state's three KanCare contractors. KDHE is the state's lead Medicaid agency.

Kansas delayed in submitting TBI waiver application

KDADS officials say glitch in CMS computer portal creating delay

Kansas officials faced a deadline today for submitting an application to renew the state's Medicaid waiver to continue its program for helping those who have suffered traumatic brain injuries. But officials at the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services said a problem with a computer portal at the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services caused them to miss the deadline.

REACH Healthcare Foundation elects six board members

The REACH Healthcare Foundation has added three new members to its board of directors and re-elected another three to a second term.

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