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.
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment is working closely with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to investigate a new virus which has been linked to the death of a Kansas resident during the summer of 2014. KMUW's Aileen LeBlanc reports...
The new virus is called Bourbon Virus after the Kansas resident's home county. The host of the virus is unknown but believed to be a tick, as the illness bears similar symptoms to known tick viruses. Symptoms include fever and fatigue.
Two new programs in Topeka will provide court and dental services to people with mental illness.
An alternative sentencing court run through the Topeka Municipal Court will allow mentally ill people who committed relatively minor crimes to be released from a jail earlier than scheduled if they comply with a treatment plan.
The program also will offer employment, housing and substance abuse help. Christine Wills with Valeo Behavioral Health Care says the alternative sentencing court will hear its first docket in early January.
There are at least fifteen community health clinics in Sedgwick County that serve people in need. They are known as “safety net clinics.”
One of them, the Guadalupe Clinic, will mark its 30th anniversary next year. For the past decade, Guadalupe has been working with students from the KU School of Medicine-Wichita to increase the level of care offered… and provide these future doctors with very practical experience.
New health rankings show Kansas stuck at 27--the same slot that it occupied last year. But KPR’s Bryan Thompson reports there was a time--not that long ago--when the state ranked much higher than the middle of the pack.
The United Health Foundation rankings are a snapshot of 30 health measures ranging from clinical care to behavior and environment to state policy.
“Kansas has had a steady decline, from about ten or eleven in that initial 1990 rank to rank 27th in this most recent year’s report,” says Dr. Rhonda Randall, the foundations chief health advisor.
Premiums in the federal health insurance Marketplace are slightly higher, on average, than last year-but not in Kansas. More from Bryan Thompson.
A new report from the Department of Health and Human Services says the cost of the so-called “benchmark” silver plan is up an average of two percent nationwide. But In Kansas, the benchmark plan is actually five per cent lower this year.
Kansas Insurance Department spokesman Bob Hanson says that’s because Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas has added a new HMO marketplace plan with premiums lower than last year’s benchmark silver.