Mike Shields

Managing Editor, KHI News Service

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Mike Shields, Managing Editor of the KHI News Service, directs news content and special communications projects. Before joining KHI, he was the city editor at the Lawrence Journal-World. He has covered Kansas government as a reporter for Harris News Service and other news organizations for almost three decades. He has won multiple state and national awards, including the Burton W. Marvin Kansas News Enterprise Award in 1993. Shields earned bachelor’s degrees in journalism and history from Wichita State University and has a special interest in Geographic Information Systems. He is fluent in Spanish.

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KanHIT work groups to study secondary-use policies

Sales of health data might shore up network finances, council chair says

Members of a council that is advising the state on how to govern the digital exchange of patient health information met again to talk about the ways to regulate the so-called "secondary use" of the data. As more medical providers feed their patient information to the two exchange networks operating in the state, the network managers are expected to receive more requests for access to the data from researchers, marketers, drug companies and others.

Prominent Kansas insurance agent sanctioned for misrepresenting ACA

Insurance department cites Ozawkie agent for publishing misleading information about Obamacare

In a move that may be unprecedented simply because of the subject matter involved, the Kansas Insurance Department has fined a prominent insurance agent $1,000 for publishing false and misleading information about the Affordable Care Act.

Kansas Medicaid enrollment continues to climb

Woodwork effect from Obamacare at work, according to state officials

A new report from federal officials shows that Medicaid enrollment in Kansas continues to climb. State officials said they attribute the increase to greater awareness of the program due to the Affordable Care Act and the recent promotions of the health insurance marketplace.

State officials say TBI waiver application likely will be submitted next week

After weeklong delay, CMS portal working again, according to KDADS

Officials at the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services say they are close to submitting renewal applications to federal authorities for two state Medicaid waivers after a weeklong delay.

U.S. Senate votes to delay ICD-10 and Medicare doc cuts

In a move that has far-reaching ramifications for the medical industry in Kansas and elsewhere, the U.S. Senate on Monday evening voted to delay for a year scheduled reductions in Medicare physician payments and postponed the implementation of medical coding changes known as ICD-10.

Forecast: Fewer rural health providers in five years

New pressures and costs likely to force some out of business, experts predict

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.

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Poverty takes its toll on Kansas schools

Homelessness and mental illness are growing problems among students

In the state that has proudly called itself the nation’s breadbasket, the problems of poverty — including hunger, homelessness and mental illness — reach farther into classrooms than many Kansans might expect or care to believe. In hundreds of public schools across the state, there are students that each Friday — or before holidays — are sent home with “backpacks” or “kits” of donated food put together by volunteers to be sure the children will have something to eat until they return to class the next school day.

Senate committee considers pharmacy bills

Three proposals would change pharmacy operations

A Kansas Senate committee considered three proposed bills that would change pharmacy operations, if enacted, including one that would require the state's 6,422 pharmacy technicians to pass a certifying examination.

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Push on in Kansas and Missouri for final days of Obamacare enrollment

Deadline for signing up is March 31; uninsured face penalties this year

With the deadline fast approaching to get health coverage this year through the Affordable Care Act’s marketplace plans, a final push is on across Kansas, Missouri and other states to get people signed up.

Health care providers urge stronger penalties for those who assault them

Representatives of the major health care provider groups testified in favor of a proposal that would raise the penalties for those convicted of assaulting nurses, doctors or other health care workers.

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