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February 09, 2021 | POLICY & RESEARCH

Variations in Internet Access Across Kansas (February 2021)

With social distancing, reduced health care services and school building closings during the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been an increasing need for adequate internet access, which is required for telehealth, education, business and social activities. While information is available on areas with broadband coverage, households still might not have adequate internet access due to technical and infrastructure issues, or prohibitive costs. This brief examines variations in adequate internet access by geography, population characteristics, insurance coverage and other factors to better understand how each one impacts Kansans.

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December 21, 2020 | POLICY & RESEARCH

Telehealth Access and Policy in Kansas (December 2020)

Beginning in March 2020, as COVID-19 cases rose in Kansas and across the U.S., rapid changes in telehealth policy allowed providers to offer care in a socially distanced manner. Looking ahead to a post-COVID-19 world, policymakers in Kansas and around the country are now considering which policy changes should continue, which should not, and whether other changes are needed to encourage the appropriate use of telehealth moving forward. This two-part series explores telehealth usage and policy considerations in Kansas and the nation.

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September 04, 2020 | POLICY & RESEARCH

Uninsured Rates Across Kansas Counties (September 2020)

In 2018, uninsured rates in Kansas varied widely by county, region and population density. Understanding the health insurance landscape in Kansas prior to COVID-19 could help policymakers as they work to mitigate the health and economic consequences of the pandemic. Learn more in our new series of fact sheets.

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October 23, 2019 | POLICY & RESEARCH

State Budget Explainer (October 2019)

When Governor Laura Kelly first presented the Governor’s Budget Report for 2020, it took 869 pages in two volumes to explain – in addition to a 171-page report comparing it to what the Legislature adopted. The details are necessary but overwhelming. The Kansas Health Institute (KHI) and Kansas Health Foundation (KHF) produced a series of five infographics to explain the budget in a more simplified manner.

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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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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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June 05, 2018 | POLICY & RESEARCH

A Changing Kansas (June 2018)

The population of Kansas is growing more slowly than the population of the U.S. as a whole, and it is aging, becoming increasingly diverse and concentrating in urban areas, according to a recent study commissioned and released by the Kansas Health Foundation, and authored and produced by the Kansas Health Institute.

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