Phil Cauthon

Communications Coordinator, KHI News Service Reporter and Digital Editor

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Phil Cauthon, M.S. — Communications Coordinator, KHI News Service Reporter and Digital Editor — is a journalist with experience in both traditional and new media platforms. Among other things, he oversees KHI's website, social media, other online communications, and is a reporter for the KHI News Service. Before joining KHI, Cauthon worked as an editor, reporter, photographer and online producer for The Lawrence Journal-World, where he helped create and manage a daily arts and culture website and weekly print edition. He has also worked for the Topeka Capital-Journal and the Houston Chronicle’s Washington, D.C., bureau. Cauthon holds a master’s degree in Journalism — and bachelor's degrees in Spanish and International Economics & Politics — from the University of Kansas.

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Deputy AG among those testifying at hearing on navigator restriction bill

A hearing was held today on a bill that would add restrictions for the application counselors who help people enroll in health coverage through the new federal marketplace in Kansas.

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Hearing set for bill to restrict Obamacare navigators

Similar law in Missouri struck down by federal judge

A bill that would put the Attorney General Office in charge of certifying Kansas application counselors or "navigators" for the new federal health insurance marketplace is scheduled for a legislative hearing next week. The measure is similar to one recently blocked by a federal court in Missouri.

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Kansas dental program for children set to resume following KanCare glitch

A program that provided oral health care to children in Head Start before it was effectively terminated by KanCare is nearly set to resume, officials say. "We've revised all of our payment policies and the codes will be consistent with what was covered prior to KanCare," said Timothy Spilker, president of United’s Kansas health plan.

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KanHIT Advisory Council urged to craft 'secondary data use' policy

New regulatory panel for health information exchange in the state meets for the first time

Members of a new advisory council for the state's health information exchange said it was urgent to start work on policies to ensure the privacy of patient information and to determine who will have access to the data generated by the digital exchange.

Proposal to triple cigarette tax introduced

A bill that would triple the tax on cigarettes was introduced in the House Health and Human Services Committee. House Bill 2672 would raise the tax from $.79 to $2.29 per pack. It would also increase the tax on other tobacco products from 10 percent to 78 percent.

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Grad students from around the state display potential benefits of their work

Statehouse exhibition featured several health-related research projects

More than 50 graduate students from four state universities were in the Statehouse today showing legislators how their research could benefit the state economically.

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Statehouse push made for mid-level dental practitioners

More than 100 advocates donned yellow scarves and press legislators to approve new licensing category

More than 100 advocates from around the state were at the Statehouse asking their legislators to approve the licensing of mid-level dental practitioners. Among them were dental hygienists, hygiene students and a handful of dentists. Most wore yellow scarves.

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Drug monitoring program flagging more patients using new software

Number of potential prescription abusers identified up more than sixfold

The number of patients flagged by the state's prescription drug monitoring program increased more than sixfold after officials began using new software last year.

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Kansas REC gets funding extension, approval to help more docs

The regional extension center created four years ago to help Kansas health care providers implement electronic health records has been approved for extended funding from the federal government, just as the funds were set to expire.

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KEES to be fully functional sometime this year, officials say

In the meantime, state Medicaid officials using low-tech approach to enroll Kansans

Kansas new $137 million Medicaid eligibility enrollment system will be up and running in "weeks or months rather than years," state Medicaid officials told members of the Senate's health committee today.

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