Bryan Thompson http://kmuw.org en Autism Services For Some Children Will Begin In January http://kmuw.org/post/autism-services-some-children-will-begin-january <p></p><p>Insurance companies will begin covering autism services next January for a limited number of children in Kansas.</p><p>A bill mandating such coverage has now been signed into law by Governor Sam Brownback.</p><p>“So I am pleased to sign this bill today, expanding coverage for autism," Brownback says. "This is an important moment for families that deal with the challenges of an autistic family member, and it’s important that we do this as a society.”</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:47:08 +0000 Bryan Thompson 33148 at http://kmuw.org Autism Services For Some Children Will Begin In January KU Student Diagnosed with Tuberculosis http://kmuw.org/post/ku-student-diagnosed-tuberculosis <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p>Campus officials say a student on the KU Lawrence campus has been confirmed to have tuberculosis.</p><p>KU officials say the student is doing well, and is expected to make a full recovery.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">Health officials are conducting a TB contact investigation. </span></p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:27:15 +0000 Bryan Thompson 33038 at http://kmuw.org KU Student Diagnosed with Tuberculosis Kansas Program To Help Those With Brain Injury Up for Renewal http://kmuw.org/post/kansas-program-help-those-brain-injury-renewal <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The state of Kansas has a special program to help some people who have suffered serious brain injuries. It's a part of the Medicaid program, but is managed under a waiver from the federal government. That waiver is up for renewal, some people are concerned that access to the program may be cut back.</span></p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 16:05:17 +0000 Bryan Thompson 32879 at http://kmuw.org Kansas Program To Help Those With Brain Injury Up for Renewal Sebelius Stepping Down as HHS Secretary http://kmuw.org/post/sebelius-stepping-down-hhs-secretary <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Embattled Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen </span>Sebelius<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> is stepping down.</span></p><p></p><p></p><p>The Associated Press attributes the news to a White House official, who was not authorized to discuss Sebelius's resignation ahead of the formal announcement, and requested anonymity.</p><p>Sebelius has not yet publicly commented on the reports, and there is no mention of her resignation on the HHS or White House websites, nor in Sebelius’s own Twitter feed.</p><p></p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 15:09:41 +0000 Bryan Thompson 32869 at http://kmuw.org Sebelius Stepping Down as HHS Secretary Kansas Insurance May Soon Include Autism Coverage http://kmuw.org/post/kansas-insurance-may-soon-include-autism-coverage <p>A bill awaiting the governor's signature would require health insurance sold in Kansas to include coverage for autism services-at least in a limited fashion.</p><p>The bill sent to the governor last week includes coverage for Applied Behavioral Analysis.</p><p>Representative John Rubin, of Shawnee, guided the bill through the House.</p><p>He says research shows ABA is the most effective form of therapy for a majority of kids with autism, but it needs to start in the preschool years.</p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 15:35:44 +0000 Bryan Thompson 32624 at http://kmuw.org Kansas Adds 51 Counties To PACE Program http://kmuw.org/post/kansas-adds-51-counties-pace-program <p></p><p>A federal-state program to help older Kansans stay in their own homes is being expanded by the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services.</p><p>Bryan Thompson reports that PACE is for people 55 and older, who qualify for nursing home care</p><p></p><p>PACE stands for Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly--and that's just what it is: all-inclusive.</p><p>Services are provided at adult day health centers, at home, and at inpatient facilities.</p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 17:51:06 +0000 Bryan Thompson 32471 at http://kmuw.org Kansas Adds 51 Counties To PACE Program Topeka Hospital to Collaborate with Mayo Clinic http://kmuw.org/post/topeka-hospital-collaborate-mayo-clinic <p></p><p></p><p>Topeka's Stormont-Vail HealthCare has become the first health system in Kansas to partner with the Mayo Clinic Care Network.</p><p>The deal will give local patients access to the expertise of the medical staff at the Mayo Clinic.</p><p>The relationship will include eConsults with experts at the Mayo Clinic. In essence, the eConsult is a long-distance second opinion.</p> Wed, 02 Apr 2014 18:05:44 +0000 Bryan Thompson 32416 at http://kmuw.org Topeka Hospital to Collaborate with Mayo Clinic Kansas County Health Rankings Show Wide Gap http://kmuw.org/post/kansas-county-health-rankings-show-wide-gap <p></p><p></p><p>The fifth annual County Health Rankings are out, and the parts of Kansas that have struggled in prior years are still at the bottom of the list. The rankings provide a clear picture of just how much health depends on social factors like poverty and education.</p><p>Johnson County tops the list again this year as the healthiest county in Kansas. Dr. Gianfranco Pezzino, of the Kansas Health Institute, says it’s more than just coincidence that the Kansas City suburb is also the state’s wealthiest county.</p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 15:03:51 +0000 Bryan Thompson 32102 at http://kmuw.org Kansas County Health Rankings Show Wide Gap Kansas House Passes Compact In Effort To Move Away From Federal Health Care http://kmuw.org/post/kansas-house-passes-compact-effort-move-away-federal-health-care <p>The Kansas House has passed and sent to the Senate <a href="http://www.kslegislature.org/li/b2013_14/measures/hb2553/">a bill</a> that would allow Kansas to join several other states <a href="http://www.alec.org/model-legislation/health-care-compact-act-2/">in an effort to take control of health care programs away from the federal government.</a></p><p></p><p>The main sponsor of the legislation in the House is Republican Brett Hildabrand.</p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 16:19:09 +0000 Bryan Thompson 31993 at http://kmuw.org KU Med Expanding Services for Multiple Sclerosis Patients http://kmuw.org/post/ku-med-expanding-services-multiple-sclerosis-patients <p>The center provides weekly rehab services to 25 patients who have fairly severe MS symptoms. When the remodeled facility opens next year, it will have space and equipment to serve up to 100 patients.</p><p>Dr. Sharon Lynch, who directs the program, says traditional rehab programs provide only a few weeks of direct services, and then expect the patient to continue at home.</p> Thu, 06 Mar 2014 16:06:11 +0000 Bryan Thompson 31097 at http://kmuw.org