health care

Medicare Competitive Bidding Program Expands To Wichita

Apr 12, 2013

A competitive bidding program aimed at helping Medicare avoid overpaying for products like scooters, diabetic testing supplies, and oxygen tanks is being expanded to 91 communities nationwide, including Wichita.

The program began a little more than two years ago as a demonstration project in nine communities, including Kansas City.

Education hearings continue at Statehouse; Bill would bar health accreditation; Tour will help gauge needs of older Kansans.

Hearings Continue On Education Funding Amendment

A committee in the Kansas Senate continued hearings Thursday on a constitutional amendment that could block some lawsuits over school funding. The proposed change to the state Constitution says only the Legislature can set school spending levels.


Pittsburg Hospital Set To Break Ground For Expansion

Nov 13, 2012
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A southeast Kansas hospital will break ground next week on an $18 million expansion.

Construction of the new surgery center at Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg will begin November 19. Crossland Construction Company, of Columbus, Kansas, was chosen recently as the general contractor for the 40,000-square-foot addition.

Working For Small Biz May Be Hazardous To Your Health

Nov 1, 2012

A new report from a health care think tank says workers at small firms are far more likely to lack health insurance- and miss out on needed health care- than their peers at bigger companies.

Kansas taxes fall short of October expectations; Survey of the Midwest predicts economic slump; Westar Energy crews help out in superstorm recovery.

KS Taxes $37M Short Of Expectations In October

A new report says Kansas collected $37 million less in taxes than anticipated in October, but officials think the shortfall will be temporary.

The Department of Revenue said Wednesday the state took in almost $477 million during the month. That's about 7 percent less than the $514 million officials had expected.

Wamego City Hospital is the best healthcare workplace in America, according to this year's rankings from a hospital industry magazine. 

A study in this month's issue of the journal, Health Affairs, says the number of American families spending more than ten per cent of their income on health care has remained steady-in spite of the recession. 

More cases of Hepatitis confirmed at a hospital in Hays; The Kickapoo Tribe asks for Gov. Brownback's support in water fight; People still spending a lot on health care costs.

6 Cases Of Hepatitis Confirmed At Hays Hospital

The Kansas health department says it has now confirmed six cases of hepatitis C in Hays Medical Center patients linked to a traveling technician.

We’re in the throes of a kind of “March madness” that most likely will not be going away come April. It is a sort of madness that has a much more profound impact any than basketball game could ever have.

I’m talking about the kind of madness that could leave thousands of Kansas Medicaid recipients stuck in that crazy-making, Alice-in-Wonderland place of having to deal with for-profit companies who will make decisions about those folks’ health care.

It’s not always easy to figure out exactly what a prophet is telling us. Sometimes, we have to piece together their perplexing words and actions in order to understand their true intent, as the prophet instructs us on how to behave. So it is with the Prophet Samuel.

Samuel Brownback would, on the surface of things, seem to be contradicting himself a bit lately. But I think I’ve figured out his master plan for us Kansans. Perhaps it was revealed to him when he went to pray loudly and publicly, Pharisees-style, with Texas Governor Rick Perry.