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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.