10:20 am
Tue September 2, 2014

Great Bend Medical Facility Will Reduce Size And Cut Staff

Officials have announced an $11 million plan to demolish a mostly unused Great Bend hospital building and remodel nearby buildings.

The changes are coming more than three years after the Central Kansas Medical Center converted into an outpatient care center, called the St. Rose Ambulatory and Surgery Center. The project will reduce the campus from 240,000 square feet to a little more than 30,000 square feet.

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12:20 pm
Thu August 28, 2014

KanCare Questions Persist

January of 2013, Kansas turned the management of its $3 billion Medicaid program over to three big, for-profit companies and renamed it KanCare.

At the time, Governor Sam Brownback said privatizing Medicaid would both reduce costs and improve the care provided to low-income, disabled and elderly Kansans. But as Jim McLean of the KHI News Service reports, more than a year after KanCare's launch, questions remain about how well it's working.

Find more information here about KanCare and how its working.

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12:24 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Health & Wellness Coalition Of Wichita Announces Working Well Awards

KMUW Assistant News Director Carla Eckels emceed the 10th annual Working Well Award ceremony Tuesday morning, August 26th, at the Hyatt in Wichita.
Credit Missty Luchner

The Working Well Award recognizes outstanding employers in Sedgwick County who demonstrate extraordinary success in worksite wellness. Awards are given to applicants who provide a supportive and healthy environment for their employees to make positive healthy lifestyle changes.

The 2014 award winners are listed in bold and italics:

Small Employer Category (100 or less):

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4:42 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Kansas Providers Discuss Expanded Role For Nurses

Groups representing Kansas doctors and nurses are scheduled to meet today in Topeka, to compromise on legislation that would allow specially trained nurses to set up their own practices.

Jim McLean reports...

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11:01 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Lawrence Residents Want Smoking Ban Enforced

Some Lawrence residents say a state law that bans smoking within 10 feet of a public building's entrance is not being enforced by authorities.

Lawrence has a provision in its city smoking ordinance that directs the fire department to enforce a 2010 statewide smoking ban.

The fire department enforces the rule when it receives a complaint, but the city's fire chief says the department seldom receives them.

A Lawrence resident has started an online petition seeking to ban smoking on one of the city's most popular streets through downtown. It has nearly 200 signatures.

1:57 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

KanCare Providers Miss Benchmark For Timeliness In Claims Processing In 2013

Health officials say none of the state's KanCare providers met benchmarks for timeliness in claims processing during 2013.

The state set a goal to have all claims without mistakes processed in 20 days and all claims processed in 60 days.

An August report from the Kansas Department of Health and Environment said the state's three KanCare providers - Amerigroup, Sunflower Health and United Healthcare - failed to meet that benchmark in any month last year.

12:30 pm
Thu August 14, 2014

Kansans Could Lose Health Insurance Over Questions About Citizenship

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says about 1,800 Kansans who chose health insurance through could lose their coverage over questions about their citizenship or immigration status.

The department says the 1,800 Kansans had inconsistencies in their citizenship or immigration information when they signed up on the federal health insurance marketplace.

They must send in proof of their legal status by Sept. 5 or they will lose their coverage by the end of September.

5:00 am
Fri August 8, 2014

Gallup Poll Shows Kansas Saw Significant Increase of Uninsured

A new Gallup poll shows Kansas saw a significant increase in its uninsured rate this year, while states expanded Medicaid as part of the Affordable Care Act have seen the largest declines.

Kansas, which has not expanded its Medicaid program through the health care law saw the adult uninsured rate rise from 12 percent last year to nearly 18 percent during the first half of this year. It's the seventh-highest uninsured rate in the nation according to data collected as part of the Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index.

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5:22 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Kansas Only State In Nation With Significant Increase Of Uninsured

A new Gallup poll shows Kansas is the only state in the nation to see a significant increase in its uninsured rate this year. Meanwhile, states that adopted parts of the Affordable Care Act have seen the largest declines in their rates.

The adult uninsured rate in Kansas rose from 12.5 percent last year to more than 17.5 percent during the first half of this year, giving it the seventh-highest uninsured rate in the U.S. Research director Dan Witters did not offer an explanation for the growth in Kansas uninsured.

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11:50 am
Tue August 5, 2014

Advocates Push For Required Heart Screenings For Newborn Infants

Kansas is one of only 10 states that don’t require newborns be screened for a critical heart problem, but state health officials have been working to educate health care providers about the benefits of the testing.

Most hospitals and birthing facilities in Kansas do screen newborns for critical congenital heart disease despite not being required to do so. But about a third do not, those are mostly in rural areas that don’t have a lot of births.