Bryan Thompson en Child Well-Being Rankings Put Missouri In Middle, Kansas In Top Third <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Annie E. Casey Foundation, a child advocacy group, released its annual <a href="http://Child Well-Being Rankings Put Missouri In Middle, Kansas In Top Third">Kids Count report</a> on Tuesday, and Kansas ranked </span>15<sup>th</sup><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> overall and Missouri </span>29<sup>th</sup><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. The report assesses overall child well-being based on four broad categories: economic well-being, education, health, and family and community.</span></p> Tue, 22 Jul 2014 22:21:28 +0000 Dan Margolies & Bryan Thompson 59329 at Child Well-Being Rankings Put Missouri In Middle, Kansas In Top Third White House Study: Kansas Losing Money, Jobs Without Medicaid Expansion <p>A <a href="">study released</a> earlier this month by the White House Council of Economic Advisers says the decision not to expand Medicaid is costing Kansas millions of dollars and thousands of jobs.</p><p>According to the study, Kansas is passing up $820 million over the next three years by choosing not to expand Medicaid eligibility. The federal government would pay for nearly all of the cost of the expansion, which would add as many as 100,000 Kansans to the state’s Medicaid rolls.</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 14:28:54 +0000 Bryan Thompson 59223 at White House Study: Kansas Losing Money, Jobs Without Medicaid Expansion Kansas Health Officials Hope To Contain Measles Outbreak <p>State and local health officials are trying to contain a measles outbreak that started in May in the Kansas City area, and has since spread to Wichita.</p><p>Six of those are in the Wichita area. The four newest cases are all linked to Sal's Japanese Steakhouse, in Wichita. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment says an employee of the restaurant was connected to the outbreak in Kansas City. Two other employees also became infected later.</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 13:12:14 +0000 Bryan Thompson 58855 at Some Veterans May Lose Needed Health Care If VA Pilot Program In Kansas Ends <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A pilot program in Kansas allowing veterans who live far from Veterans Affairs hospitals to get care from local doctors may end, threatening veterans like Hugh </span>Steadman<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> with the cutoff of needed medical care.</span></p><p></p><p>Steadman, who flew combat missions over Germany as a bombardier during World War II, lives in Great Bend. He used to have to drive two hours to the VA medical center in Wichita, a trip that was getting more difficult for him to make.</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 16:18:36 +0000 Bryan Thompson 58539 at Some Veterans May Lose Needed Health Care If VA Pilot Program In Kansas Ends EPA Grants May Help Redevelop Parts Of Kansas, Missouri <p>The EPA has awarded $1.2 million for projects in a 15-county area of northeast Kansas and northwest Missouri. The money will be used to redevelop underused or abandoned properties, and to train residents and help them land environmental jobs.</p><p>The grants are being administered by the Mo-Kan Regional Council.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 13:27:17 +0000 Bryan Thompson 57757 at Report: Expanded Liquor Sales In Kansas Could Have Health Consequences <p></p><p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Expanding liquor sales to grocery and convenience stores in Kansas could lead to more underage drinking, according to a new report from the Kansas Health Institute.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The report, called a health impact assessment, is designed to give policymakers information about the potential health consequences of expanded liquor sales.</span></p> Fri, 20 Jun 2014 14:48:54 +0000 Bryan Thompson 57649 at Report: Expanded Liquor Sales In Kansas Could Have Health Consequences VA Rural Health Care Pilot Under The Gun In Kansas <p>Kansas Sen. Jerry Moran says a Veterans Administration pilot program offering timely quality health care to rural veterans is being allowed to expire in a few months, even though VA officials tell members of Congress no decision has been made.</p><p>Moran and four of his colleagues sent a letter to the VA Secretary seeking an explanation.&nbsp;</p><p>The pilot program, called Access Received Closer to Home, or ARCH, is offered through five pilot sites across the country, including one in Pratt, Kan.</p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 13:38:42 +0000 Bryan Thompson 57447 at Pre-surgery Checklist Aims To Make Wichita Hospitals Among Safest In Nation <p>Wichita-area doctors and hospitals have adopted a pre-surgery checklist designed to make the city’s operating rooms among the safest in the nation.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“If you go to the </span><a style="line-height: 1.5;">Hospital Compare website</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;and look at ‘antibiotic prophylaxis ordered’ under ‘procedures and core measures,’ you’ll see that we’re at 99-plus percent,” says Dr. Randall Morgan, an obstetrician and chair of the Wichita Quality Health Collaborative’s Surgical Safety Committee.</span></p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 01:13:58 +0000 Bryan Thompson & Dave Ranney 57253 at Two Measles Cases In Johnson County Spur Investigation <p>Kansas state health officials confirmed two cases of measles in Johnson County Friday. The cases may be linked to four others on the Missouri side of Kansas City.</p><p>Kansas Department of Health and Environment spokeswoman Aimee Rosenow&nbsp;says everyone at risk of exposure is being contacted, and the investigation into the two Johnson County cases is ongoing.</p><p>One of the patients is an unvaccinated child, the other is an adult.&nbsp;</p><p>"We're not certain of the vaccination status of the adult, but they are connected," she says.</p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 20:02:12 +0000 Bryan Thompson 56949 at Kansans Gather To Address Sliding Health Ranking <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Rankings from the United Health Foundation show Kansas is on a long, steady decline — from&nbsp;</span>8th<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">healthiest state in 1991 to</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span>27th<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">in 2013.</span></p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 13:34:38 +0000 Bryan Thompson 56923 at Wichita VA Hospital Had Secret Waiting List For Patients <p>Despite assurances to the contrary, the VA hospital in Wichita kept a secret waiting list for patients. The hospital's director revealed that information Friday in a message to Kansas Senators Pat Roberts and Jerry Moran.</p><p>Roberts told the Wichita Eagle he was not happy to see that message just hours after he’d met with officials of the Robert J. Dole VA Medical Center, who assured him the hospital was doing just fine. But one patient of the Wichita VA facility says the news is no surprise.</p> Wed, 04 Jun 2014 14:45:53 +0000 Bryan Thompson 56787 at Wichita VA Hospital Had Secret Waiting List For Patients Cancer Clinical Trial Program In Kansas Awaits Decision On Its Fate <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Kraig Moore is one of the patients helping test experimental cancer treatments through a clinical trials program operated by the Wichita-based </span><a href="" style="line-height: 1.5;">Cancer Center of Kansas</a><span style="line-height: 1.5;">. The 47-year-old psychologist, who also operates a bed-and-breakfast near Mulvane, Kan., was diagnosed last January with stage 3b metastatic malignant melanoma.</span></p> Tue, 27 May 2014 21:52:48 +0000 Bryan Thompson 56414 at Cancer Clinical Trial Program In Kansas Awaits Decision On Its Fate KDHE Probes 7 Reports Of Toxin-Related Kidney Failure <p>State health officials are looking for connections in seven reported cases of kidney failure commonly caused by a type of bacteria sometimes found in food.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 20 May 2014 15:02:34 +0000 Bryan Thompson 56026 at Washington Post Says Kansas Congressman Wrong About ACA Numbers <p>A <a href="">Washington Post blog called "The Fact Checker"</a> gave "four Pinocchios" to recent claims by Kansas U.S. Rep. Tim Huelskamp about the Affordable Care Act.</p><p>The rating characterizes Huelskamp's claims as untrue.</p><p>The rating is based on statements Huelskamp made during recent town hall meetings in Hays and Salina, when he was asked about the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare.</p> Mon, 28 Apr 2014 12:51:13 +0000 Bryan Thompson 54862 at K-State Professor Adds To Evidence That Sitting Leads To Chronic Illness <p>Want to improve your overall health and quality of life? Then get up!</p><p>A growing body of research says while it's important to exercise, most of us also need to simply spend less time sitting. One of the researchers looking into the health hazards of sitting is Ric Rosenkranz, a professor at Kansas State University.</p><p>On a Wednesday morning, Rosenkranz is teaching a class on Public Health Nutrition at Kansas State University.</p> Wed, 23 Apr 2014 12:55:20 +0000 Bryan Thompson 54620 at K-State Professor Adds To Evidence That Sitting Leads To Chronic Illness Insurance Coverage For Autism Set To Begin In Kansas <p>Insurance companies will begin covering autism services next January for a limited number of children in Kansas. A bill mandating such coverage has been signed into law by Gov. Sam Brownback.</p><p>“So I am pleased to sign this bill today, expanding coverage for autism. This is an important moment for families that deal with the challenges of an autistic family member, and it’s important that we do this as a society," the governor said.</p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:06:57 +0000 Bryan Thompson 54315 at KU Student Diagnosed With Tuberculosis <p>Campus officials say a student on the KU Lawrence campus has been confirmed to have tuberculosis.</p><p>KU officials say the student is doing well, and is expected to make a full recovery. Health officials are conducting a TB contact investigation.</p><p>Fewer than 50 people are believed to be at risk from exposure to the communicable lung disease. They will all be tested to see whether they've been infected. If so, they'll be treated with antibiotics.</p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 22:39:06 +0000 Bryan Thompson 54192 at Autism Insurance Bill Heads To Kansas Governor <p>A bill awaiting Kansas Governor Sam Brownback’s signature would require health insurance sold in the state to include coverage for autism services--at least in a limited fashion.&nbsp;</p><p>The bill sent to the governor last week includes coverage for Applied Behavioral Analysis.&nbsp;</p><p>Representative John Rubin, of Shawnee, guided the bill through the House.&nbsp; He says research shows ABA is the most effective form of therapy for a majority of kids with autism, but it needs to start in the preschool years…</p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 11:20:47 +0000 Bryan Thompson 53790 at Wyandotte County At Bottom, Johnson At Top In New Health Rankings <p>The fifth annual County Health Rankings are out, and the parts of Kansas that have struggled in prior years are still at the bottom of the list.</p><p>The rankings provide a clear picture of just how much health depends on social factors like poverty and education.</p><p>Johnson County tops the list again this year as the healthiest county in Kansas. Dr. Gianfranco Pezzino, of the Kansas Health Institute, says it’s more than just coincidence that the Kansas City suburb is also the state’s wealthiest county.</p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 12:57:48 +0000 Bryan Thompson 53272 at Kansas House Passes Bill To Join Effort To Take Control Of ACA Money <p>The Kansas House has passed and sent to the Senate a bill that would allow Kansas to join several other states in an effort to wrest control of health care programs from the federal government.</p><p>The Interstate Health Care Compact is in large part a reaction to the Affordable Care Act. The main sponsor of the legislation in the House is Republican Rep. Brett Hildabrand.</p><p>“Many of our constituents are looking for any way possible to get out from under the Affordable Care Act, and this is one method for doing that," said Hildabrand.</p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 12:47:01 +0000 Bryan Thompson 53159 at Atchison Nursing Home Tops State List <p></p><p>The non-profit <a href="" target="_blank">Kansas Advocates for Better Care</a> is out with its annual list of nursing homes cited by state inspectors for the fewest deficiencies.&nbsp; The facility at the top of the list is in Atchison, Kan.</p> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 15:32:08 +0000 Bryan Thompson 51220 at Kansas Study Links Fitness And Academic Performance <p>A new study show that kids who are physically fit tend to also outperform their more sedentary peers in the classroom. The findings are from the first year of a new program called K-FIT.</p><p>The study involved more than 13,000 fourth through ninth graders, at more than 150 schools across Kansas during the 2011-2012 school year.</p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 13:49:44 +0000 Bryan Thompson 50558 at Kansas Study Links Fitness And Academic Performance KU Med Device Could Help People With Traumatic Brain Injury <p>A device invented by scientists at the University of Kansas Medical Center and Case Western Reserve University may one day restore movement in people with traumatic brain injuries. It works in rats, and researchers are hopeful that the promise won't stop there.</p><p>The device is a battery-powered microprocessor designed to record electrical impulses in one part of the brain, and relay them to another part of the brain.</p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 14:10:50 +0000 Bryan Thompson 50441 at KU Med Device Could Help People With Traumatic Brain Injury Green Light Expected Soon On Second Phase Of KanCare <p>A federal Medicaid official says Kansas is making "substantial progress" toward a major expansion of the Medicaid privatization program known as KanCare.</p><p>During a statewide teleconference Wednesday, Kansas officials said the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is on the verge of approving the state’s plan to move residents with intellectual and developmental disabilities to the program. It would put residential, employment, and independent living services under the control of the private insurance companies that run KanCare.</p> Thu, 23 Jan 2014 14:06:01 +0000 Bryan Thompson 50143 at Green Light Expected Soon On Second Phase Of KanCare Moran Worries ACA Will Cut Care In Rural Kansas <p>Kansas Republican Sen. Jerry Moran says his biggest worry about the Affordable Care Act&nbsp;is that it may ultimately lead to medical care being less available in rural communities.</p><p>Moran made the comment during a town hall meeting Thursday in Salina.</p><p>Moran was responding to a question about the requirement that women’s reproductive services, including contraceptives, be included in all health insurance plans sold on the exchanges.</p> Fri, 10 Jan 2014 14:28:49 +0000 Bryan Thompson 49570 at Norovirus Confirmed In Kansas Vomiting, Diarrhea Outbreak <p>A pre-Christmas outbreak of vomiting and diarrhea that sickened almost 300 people in southwest Kansas was caused by norovirus, according to state health officials.</p><p>The outbreak has been linked to a Jimmy John's sandwich restaurant in Garden City.</p><p>As of Jan. 3, 282 people who ate at the restaurant between Dec. 10&nbsp;and Dec. 24&nbsp;reported becoming ill—most of them within 72 hours of eating at Jimmy John’s.</p><p>The restaurant voluntarily closed from Dec. 24&nbsp;through Dec. 26 for a thorough cleaning and disinfection.</p> Tue, 07 Jan 2014 14:13:59 +0000 Bryan Thompson 49380 at Obamacare Enrollment Slow In Kansas <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">To date, about 4000 people in Missouri, and nearly 2000 in Kansas have completed enrollment and selected a healthcare plan through</span></p><p>The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reported the numbers Wednesday. Overall, about 365,000 Americans had picked a health insurance plan through the federal website as of Nov. 30.</p><p>There was a rocky rollout in October. But, site access has reportedly improved and enrollments have &nbsp;increased.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 12 Dec 2013 12:58:48 +0000 Bryan Thompson 48218 at Kansas Child Deaths Lowest On Record <p>A new report shows the number of child fatalities in Kansas in 2011 was the lowest on record. Those records date back to 1992, when the Child Death Review Board was established.</p><p>The annual report from the review board says 391 children died in Kansas in 2011. Of those deaths, 230 were due to natural causes. Almost two-thirds involved babies who died in their first month of life, m<span style="line-height: 1.5;">ost of those deaths were due to premature birth and congenital conditions. </span></p> Fri, 15 Nov 2013 14:09:31 +0000 Bryan Thompson 46886 at Few In Kansas And Missouri Have Bought Insurance On The Exchange <p>The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has released the first official tally of how many Americans signed up for health insurance through the new exchanges during their first month of operation.</p><p>Enough Kansans have purchased a plan through <a href="">the website</a>, to fill an entire Kansas town—specifically, the town of Hartford, population 371. That figure led Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts to declare the health law a failure.</p> Thu, 14 Nov 2013 14:01:46 +0000 Bryan Thompson 46820 at Tuberculosis Confirmed In Johnson County <p>State and local health officials have confirmed a case of tuberculosis in Johnson County, Kan. A patient who was treated at Overland Park Regional Medical Center last September has an active case of the airborne disease.</p><p>Officials say spread of the disease requires very close contact with an infected person, so it’s highly unlikely that it has spread to anyone else. Health officials have identified about 100 people who need to be tested for TB, as a precaution.</p> Thu, 07 Nov 2013 14:00:51 +0000 Bryan Thompson 46457 at