12:22 pm
Thu February 5, 2015

Kansas’ Largest Insurer And Health Care Provider Agree To New Payment Model

Wichita-based Via Christi Health and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas have finalized an agreement aimed at changing the way care is provided to approximately 20,000 Kansans covered by BCBS policies.
Credit Via Christi Health

Kansas’ largest health insurance company is changing the way it pays the state’s biggest health care provider. Jim McLean of the KHI News Service says the changes are aimed at lowering health care costs.

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1:53 pm
Tue January 27, 2015

Kansas Hospital Leaders Negotiating With Federal Officials On Medicaid Expansion

In most of the states seeking to go their own way on Medicaid expansion, governors are leading the negotiations with the federal government. But as Jim McLean of the KHI News Service reports, it’s a different story in Kansas.

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5:00 am
Fri January 23, 2015

Brownback Vows To Sign Legislation Banning Abortion Procedure

Gov. Brownback at a March For Life rally.
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Gov. Brownback has promised to sign legislation which would ban a procedure used to terminate hundreds of pregnancies in Kansas every year. KMUW’s Carla Eckels reports…

Brownback made his pledge during a Statehouse rally on Thursday which drew hundreds of abortion opponents.

Kansans for Life sponsored the event that marked the 42nd anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision to legalize abortion across the country.

The latest proposal targets a method that would prohibit dismemberment of the fetus when doing a dilation and extraction abortion technique.  

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4:00 pm
Thu January 22, 2015

Sedgwick Co. Program For Uninsured Residents Faces New Funding Cuts


A Sedgwick County program that coordinates medical and dental care for uninsured people is being forced to retool its budget for the year.

This came after the county commissioners voted on Wednesday to reduce funding. KMUW’s Deborah Shaar has the story.

Project Access receives funding from the City of Wichita, Sedgwick County, the United Way and private donors for its annual operating budget.

On Wednesday, the organization found out that commissioners voted to cut funding for Project Access this year by $34,000.

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5:12 pm
Wed January 14, 2015

State Senator and Right To Life Group Pursue Ban On Dismemberment Abortion

State Senator Garrett Love

A bill which would ban a certain type of abortion procedure was announced on Wednesday by a pro-life group and a Kansas Senator. KMUW's Aileen LeBlanc reports.

On Wednesday, the anti-abortion group National Right to Life announced a bill sponsored by State Senator Garrett Love of Montezuma. It's called the Unborn Child Protection from Dismemberment Abortion Act.

The bill would prohibit dismemberment of a fetus when doing a dilation and extraction technique.

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1:12 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Kansas Hospitals Preparing Medicaid Expansion Push

Efforts to expand Medicaid in Kansas and Missouri been unsuccessful in recent years. But advocates say this year could be different particularly in Kansas where hospitals are gearing up for a big push.

The hospitals are crafting their plans to appeal to conservative Republicans who control the governor's office and both houses of the Legislature. Jim McLean of the KHI News Service has details.

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12:51 pm
Mon January 12, 2015

Neuhaus Still Barred Following Decision Over Abortions Referral Case

In this photo from June 22, 2012, Dr. Ann Kristin Neuhaus, center, sits between two of her attorneys, Kelly Kauffman, left, and Bob Eye, as the Kansas State Board of Healing Arts decides to revoke her medical license.
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A Kansas doctor who has been scrutinized for referring young patients for late-term abortions remains barred from practicing medicine after a state board decision. KMUW's Aileen LeBlanc reports...

The State Board of Healing Arts upheld the revocation of Dr. Ann Kristin Neuhaus' license to practice medicine.

Neuhaus provided second opinions for patients from Dr. George Tiller's clinic in 2003. Tiller was one of the very few doctors in the country who provided late term abortions.

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5:00 am
Fri January 9, 2015

Helping Low Income Seniors Maintain A Life Of Independence

Tony Dezenzio rides a bus to the Via Christi HOPE facilities
Credit Sean Sandefur

One of the fastest growing industries in the U.S. is the business of senior care. As baby boomers move into their 60s and 70s, demand and competition for quality care is growing fast. There are many companies that provide medical needs to seniors. One in Wichita offers a comprehensive list of services and 95 percent of their clients are Medicare or Medicaid beneficiaries. KMUW’s Sean Sandefur reports…

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7:26 pm
Thu January 8, 2015

Kansas Hospitals Penalized For Infection Rates And Patient Injuries




Four hospitals in South Central Kansas face a financial penalty for having high rates of infection or patient injuries in recent years.

KMUW’s Deborah Shaar reports.

A federal law requires Medicare to grade hospitals for hospital-acquired conditions such as the frequency of central-line blood infections, urinary tract infections or serious patient complications during care.

As a result, 11 hospitals in Kansas had rates too high and will be penalized by having their Medicare reimbursements reduced by one-percent this fiscal year.

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12:48 pm
Wed January 7, 2015

Antiviral Drugs Important This Flu Season

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Already, flu and pneumonia have been a factor in more than 500 deaths in Kansas. More from Bryan Thompson.

People older than 64 or younger than five are being hit the hardest.

The CDC is advising people with chronic conditions, pregnant women, senior citizens, and small children to take antiviral drugs, such as Tamiflu, if they become infected.

Dr. Mike Munger, at St. Luke’s South Primary Care, in Overland Park, says the drugs need to be taken within 48 hours of the first symptoms to minimize the severity of the flu.

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