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May 24, 2021 | POLICY & RESEARCH

A Glimpse Into Hospital Prices In Kansas (May 2021)

Lowering the cost of health care is consistently one of the top priorities for Americans, according to public opinion polls. Data from a recently released study by the RAND Corporation show that the prices paid for hospital services by self-insured employers vary at least two- to three-fold in Kansas. The availability of data plays a critical role in understanding variations in health care spending. Additional data would allow for a more robust analysis of overall health care pricing and the associated costs for employers and consumers. This brief provides an analysis on hospital pricing and discusses an opportunity to further improve price transparency for health care services overall.

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June 04, 2019 | POLICY & RESEARCH

The Role of Hospitals in Population Health (June 2019)

There is growing interest among hospitals and health systems to expand their focus outside the walls of their institutions to improve population health. To explore this interest, the Kansas Health Institute recently surveyed hospitals in Kansas and talked with hospital leaders around the state and nation about the role of hospitals and health systems in population health.

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December 07, 2018 | POLICY & RESEARCH

Advancing Population Health: Kansas Hospitals Share Their Stories (December 2018)

While treating patients remains a cornerstone mission, Kansas hospitals increasingly are moving outside the walls of their facilities to engage in activities aimed at improving the health of their communities. KHI, in collaboration with the Kansas Hospital Association, conducted in-depth interviews with eight hospital leaders and their staff or partners from across the state to learn more about population health activities Kansas hospitals are implementing.

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December 07, 2018 | POLICY & RESEARCH

The Value of Population Health and Strategies for Engagement (December 2018)

Hospitals and health systems are cornerstones of their communities. They not only treat illnesses and injuries, but also contribute to the local economy through employment and business opportunities. They also are becoming more engaged in population health. They believe that patient outcomes can improve and costs can be lowered if they address issues in their communities such as transportation, housing and access to healthy food. Learn more by watching this video, produced in collaboration with the Kansas Hospital Association.

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October 22, 2018 | POLICY & RESEARCH

How Can Kansas Hospitals and Health Systems Engage in Population Health? (October 2018)

The Kansas Health Institute (KHI) and the Kansas Hospital Association (KHA) collaborated on a population health initiative to assess the engagement of Kansas hospitals and health systems in population health and identify resource needs for this work. As part of the initiative, a survey was conducted to better understand the efforts of Kansas hospitals in the area of population health, including definitions of population health, strategies utilized, benefits and challenges. This issue brief reveals the findings from the survey.

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October 03, 2018 | POLICY & RESEARCH

Short-Term, Limited Duration Insurance (October 2018)

STLDI is a type of health insurance coverage originally designed to allow consumers to fill temporary gaps in coverage they might experience when transitioning from one health plan to another, for example, when changing jobs or relocating. Under the requirements applicable to individual health insurance coverage established under the Public Health Service Act (PHS Act), STLDI is not considered individual health insurance and is not subject to the market reforms and other requirements of the ACA.

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September 28, 2018 | POLICY & RESEARCH

Building Interest in Population Health Among Hospitals and Health Systems (September 2018)

There has been growing interest within the health care sector to engage in work to improve population health. In part, this interest was sparked by the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which requires nonprofit hospitals to conduct Community Health Needs Assessments (CHNAs). The evolution toward value-based payment models may further incentivize hospitals’ involvement in population health.

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