Health http://kcur.org en Kansas Official: No Backlog In Processing Of Medicaid Applications http://kcur.org/post/kansas-official-no-backlog-processing-medicaid-applications <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A Kansas state official insists there’s no backlog of Medicaid applications in the state, saying federal concerns have more to do with state and government computer systems not sharing information with each other.</span></p><p></p><p>Sara Belfry, a spokesperson for the Kansas Department of Health and Environment,&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">said all of the state’s Medicaid applications are being processed within the 45-day period that’s allowed by the Centers for Medicare &amp; Medicaid Services (CMS).</span></p><p></p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 20:20:53 +0000 Dave Ranney 58766 at http://kcur.org Hundreds Learn Mental Health First Aid At City-Wide Training Events http://kcur.org/post/hundreds-learn-mental-health-first-aid-city-wide-training-events <p>At the Kauffman Foundation Conference Center on Thursday afternoon, Eyvette Carter struggled to carry on a basic conversation with her husband, Warren.</p><p>She was distracted in no small part by Karl Chaney whispering in her ear.</p><p>“Don’t trust him. Is he looking at you? Why would he want to talk to you?” Chaney said.</p><p>The group was taking part in an auditory hallucination simulation, designed to demonstrate the experience of a psychotic episode.</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 21:09:35 +0000 Alex Smith 58713 at http://kcur.org Hundreds Learn Mental Health First Aid At City-Wide Training Events Missouri Creates Unique Medical Classification: Assistant Physician http://kcur.org/post/missouri-creates-unique-medical-classification-assistant-physician <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Missouri now boasts a new category of medical licensee: assistant physicians.</span></p><p>Despite strong opposition from some healthcare groups, Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon on Thursday signed into law a measure that would allow medical school graduates who have not completed residencies – or even obtained medical licenses — to practice medicine.</p><p>Nixon, however, issued signing statements warning of the need for additional safeguards to ensure that patients are not placed in jeopardy.</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 20:42:03 +0000 Dan Margolies 58712 at http://kcur.org Missouri Creates Unique Medical Classification: Assistant Physician Dental Funds For The Poor Caught In Missouri Budget Battle http://kcur.org/post/dental-funds-poor-caught-missouri-budget-battle-0 <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Roughly</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> $18 million that would restore basic dental benefits for hundreds of thousands of low-income Missouri adults is in limbo because of a sweeping budget action by </span>Gov<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Jay Nixon.</span></p><p>Acting under what he termed his constitutional duty to balance the state budget, Nixon late last month restricted or vetoed approximately $1.1 billion in spending for the fiscal year that began July 1.</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 19:40:47 +0000 Mike Sherry 58699 at http://kcur.org Dental Funds For The Poor Caught In Missouri Budget Battle Feds Demand Medicaid Backlog Fixes In Kansas http://kcur.org/post/feds-demand-medicaid-backlog-fixes-kansas <p><strong>Kaiser Health News&nbsp;</strong></p><p>Tired of waiting for states to reduce their backlogs of Medicaid applications, the Obama administration has given Kansas and five other states until Monday to submit plans to resolve issues that have prevented more than 1 million low-income or disabled people from getting health coverage.</p><p>Besides Kansas, the targeted states are Alaska, California, Michigan, Missouri and Tennessee.</p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 19:22:00 +0000 Phil Galewitz 58690 at http://kcur.org Delirium Tremens Changed Views On 19th Century Alcoholism http://kcur.org/post/delirium-tremens-changed-views-19th-century-alcoholism <p></p><p></p><p>Imagine watching a group of men mutilate the body of your mother.&nbsp; This is what poet Edgar Allan Poe experienced as a hallucination brought on by alcohol-induced delirium tremens, DT’s.&nbsp; On this edition of <a href="http://www.kcur.org/programs/date" target="_blank"><em>Up to Date</em></a>, Steve Kraske talks with historian Matthew Osborn to discover how this condition, first described in 1813, was the catalyst for changing how the medical profession diagnosed and treated the problems of alcohol abuse.</p><p><strong>Guest:</strong></p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 23:00:25 +0000 Steve Kraske & Danie Alexander 58641 at http://kcur.org Delirium Tremens Changed Views On 19th Century Alcoholism Brady Group Sues Over Kansas Law Voiding Federal Gun Rules http://kcur.org/post/brady-group-sues-over-kansas-law-voiding-federal-gun-rules <p></p><p>A national gun control group on Wednesday challenged the constitutionality of a Kansas law that nullifies federal gun laws in the state.</p><p>In a lawsuit filed in federal court in Kansas City, Kan., The Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence alleges the law’s provisions are “unconstitutional on their face under long-standing, fundamental legal principles.”</p><p>“Neither the Kansas legislature, nor any state legislature, is empowered to declare federal law ‘invalid,’ or to criminalize the enforcement of federal law,” the complaint asserts.</p> Wed, 09 Jul 2014 15:41:26 +0000 Dan Margolies 58602 at http://kcur.org Brady Group Sues Over Kansas Law Voiding Federal Gun Rules The Strengths And Weaknesses Of Sibling Relationships http://kcur.org/post/strengths-and-weaknesses-sibling-relationships <p>The bonds and battles between siblings are unique and long-lasting. For some people, their brother or sister is the most treasured person in their life; others can't spend an hour in the same room together.&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">On Monday's <em><a href="http://kcur.org/programs/central-standard">Central Standard</a></em>, we discuss the psychology of these lifelong relationships.&nbsp;</span></p><p><strong>Guest:</strong></p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 16:23:44 +0000 Gina Kaufmann, Matthew Long-Middleton & Matt Hodapp 58510 at http://kcur.org The Strengths And Weaknesses Of Sibling Relationships Some Veterans May Lose Needed Health Care If VA Pilot Program In Kansas Ends http://kcur.org/post/some-veterans-may-lose-needed-health-care-if-va-pilot-program-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 http://kcur.org Some Veterans May Lose Needed Health Care If VA Pilot Program In Kansas Ends Baby Boomers Hold The Highest Rate Of Suicide, Especially in Kansas http://kcur.org/post/baby-boomers-hold-highest-rate-suicide-especially-kansas <p></p><p></p><p>There are 76 million Americans who were born between the mid-40s and the mid-60s. The Baby Boomers have much of the wealth, much of the power, much of the responsibility in our nation today. But, they also now have the highest suicide rate among all age groups. Guest host <a href="http://kcur.org/people/brian-ellison">Brian Ellison</a> talks with <em>Kansas City Star</em> reporter Rick Montgomery about this alarming statistic and how the rate in Kansas has skyrocketed in the last few years.</p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 22:07:28 +0000 Brian Ellison & Hannah Copeland 58493 at http://kcur.org Baby Boomers Hold The Highest Rate Of Suicide, Especially in Kansas Rural Kansas Hospital Bolsters Recruitment By Enticing 'Missionary' Doctors http://kcur.org/post/rural-kansas-hospital-bolsters-recruitment-enticing-missionary-doctors <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Although 25 percent of Americans still live in rural areas, only 10 percent of doctors do, according to the National Rural Health Association, and finding physicians and other medical professionals willing to work in the hinterlands remains a serious, growing problem in Kansas and other parts of the United States.</span></p><p></p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 20:48:29 +0000 Mike Shields 58495 at http://kcur.org Rural Kansas Hospital Bolsters Recruitment By Enticing 'Missionary' Doctors KU Medical Center Tests Promising Alzheimer's Drug As Part Of Trial http://kcur.org/post/ku-medical-center-tests-promising-alzheimers-drug-part-trial <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s a form of dementia that afflicts as many as 5.2 million people in the United States. It has no cure.</span></p><p>And as the population ages, the number of people afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease is expected to quadruple over the next 35 years, according to a <a href="http://works.bepress.com/cgi/viewcontent.cgi?article=1022&amp;context=rbrookmeyer">study from the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health.</a></p><p>That means that by 2050, 1 in 85 people will be living with the disease.</p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 20:27:49 +0000 Stefani Fontana 58494 at http://kcur.org KU Medical Center Tests Promising Alzheimer's Drug As Part Of Trial Two Cases Of Rare Chikungunya Virus Diagnosed In Kansas http://kcur.org/post/two-cases-rare-chikungunya-virus-diagnosed-kansas <p>Two adults in Sedgwick County, Kan., in the south-central part of the state, have been diagnosed with a rare virus after returning from separate trips to the Caribbean.</p><p>The mosquito-borne chikungunya virus can result in joint pain and weakness that may last for years, but Kansas health officials say local transmission is highly unlikely.</p> Thu, 03 Jul 2014 20:50:50 +0000 Alex Smith 58356 at http://kcur.org Medical Groups Clash Over Missouri Bill Creating New Class of Health Provider http://kcur.org/post/medical-groups-clash-over-missouri-bill-creating-new-class-health-provider <p>Over a fifth of Missourians, especially those who live in rural areas, don't have adequate access to doctors, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.</p><p>Now the state Legislature has approved a plan to address the problem by creating a new kind of health occupation.</p><p>The first such plan in the country, it has pitted health providers against one another amid concerns about its effect on the health of patients and the dilution of professional standards.</p><p><strong>Medically underserved</strong></p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 22:01:32 +0000 Alex Smith 58308 at http://kcur.org Medical Groups Clash Over Missouri Bill Creating New Class of Health Provider KU Hospital Ranks Among 50 Top-Grossing Nonprofit Hospitals http://kcur.org/post/ku-hospital-ranks-among-50-top-grossing-nonprofit-hospitals <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The University of Kansas Hospital was one of the nation’s top-grossing nonprofit hospitals last year, according to a recent analysis.</span></p><p></p><p>The cost report data, assembled by the American Hospital Directory and cited in a <a href="http://www.beckershospitalreview.com/lists/50-top-grossing-nonprofit-hospitals-2014.html">recent article in Becker’s Hospital Review</a>, showed the KU Hospital billing its public- and private-pay patients $3.96 billion in the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2013.</p><p></p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 21:06:04 +0000 Dave Ranney 58309 at http://kcur.org KU Hospital Ranks Among 50 Top-Grossing Nonprofit Hospitals Surprise Halt To Kansas Health Homes Program Dismays Medicaid Providers http://kcur.org/post/surprise-halt-kansas-health-homes-program-dismays-medicaid-providers <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Kansas Medicaid providers with expansion plans ready to go after spending months and thousands of dollars preparing for the state’s new health homes initiative said they were “shocked” and “disappointed” that state officials abruptly chose to indefinitely delay much of the program’s implementation while giving the providers less than 24 hours' notice of the state’s decision to hit the pause button.</span></p><p></p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 13:57:10 +0000 Mike Shields 58265 at http://kcur.org Sunscreen & Swimming: Staying Safe In And Out Of The Water http://kcur.org/post/sunscreen-swimming-staying-safe-and-out-water <p></p><p></p><p>July is here and with it come picnics, fireworks, and trips to the local swimming hole. As the holiday weekend approaches, families throughout the Kansas City area are seeking relief from the heat at pools, lakes and rivers. But with a series of recent swimming-related accidents in the region, what should you know about summer safety?</p><p>On Tuesday's&nbsp;<a href="http://kcur.org/programs/date" target="_blank"><em>Up to Date</em></a> we discuss staying safe in and out of the water - whether you're working on your tan or enjoying a dip.</p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 21:02:58 +0000 Steve Kraske & Scott Ross 58188 at http://kcur.org Sunscreen & Swimming: Staying Safe In And Out Of The Water Walgreens Will Offer Medical Services In Collaboration With HCA Midwest http://kcur.org/post/walgreens-will-offer-medical-services-collaboration-hca-midwest <p>As part of a growing trend linking traditional healthcare providers with retailers, HCA Midwest Health System announced Tuesday that it will offer coordinated care at select Walgreens stores.</p><p>HCA, the biggest health system in Kansas City, said the Walgreens Healthcare Clinics will be staffed by nurse practitioners, who will provide care for minor illnesses and injuries, health testing and other non-emergency services.</p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 17:45:10 +0000 Dan Margolies 58221 at http://kcur.org Walgreens Will Offer Medical Services In Collaboration With HCA Midwest Where KanCare Meets Obamacare http://kcur.org/post/where-kancare-meets-obamacare <p></p><p>Gov<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Sam </span>Brownback<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> once called </span>Obamacare<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> “an abomination,” and with the federal health reform law now four years on the books bad-mouthing it has become a conservative Republican ritual.</span></p><p></p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 16:44:00 +0000 Mike Shields 58213 at http://kcur.org Where KanCare Meets Obamacare FAQ: High Court's Hobby Lobby Ruling Cuts Into Contraceptive Mandate http://kcur.org/post/faq-high-courts-hobby-lobby-ruling-cuts-contraceptive-mandate <p style="margin-left:12pt;"><strong style="line-height: 1.5;">Kaiser Health News</strong></p><p>In a 5-4 decision Monday, the Supreme Court allowed a key exemption to the health law’s contraception coverage requirements when it ruled that closely held, for-profit businesses could assert a religious objection to the Obama administration’s regulations. Here are some frequently asked questions and answers about the case.</p><p><strong>Q: What did the court’s ruling do?</strong></p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 22:16:58 +0000 Mary Agnes Carey 58183 at http://kcur.org Hobby Lobby Ruling A Win For Kansas City Construction Company http://kcur.org/post/hobby-lobby-ruling-win-kansas-city-construction-company <p>A construction company based in Kansas City, Mo., plans to limit the contraceptive coverage it offers employees in the wake of Monday's <a href="http://kcur.org/post/some-companies-can-refuse-cover-contraception-supreme-court-says">Hobby Lobby Supreme Court ruling</a>.</p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 20:55:37 +0000 Elle Moxley 58174 at http://kcur.org Hobby Lobby Ruling A Win For Kansas City Construction Company Supreme Court Limits Contraceptive Mandate For Certain Employers http://kcur.org/post/supreme-court-limits-contraceptive-mandate-certain-employers <p><strong>Kaiser Health News</strong></p><p>A sharply divided Supreme Court ruled Monday that at least some for-profit corporations may not be required to provide contraceptives if doing so violates the owners’ religious beliefs.</p><p>But the five-justice majority writing in Burwell v Hobby Lobby, et al., took pains to try to limit their ruling only to the contraceptive mandate in the health law and only to “closely held” corporations like the family-owned businesses represented by the plaintiffs in the case.</p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 20:42:35 +0000 Julie Rovner 58173 at http://kcur.org CDC report: Alcohol Accounts For One In 10 Deaths Of Working-age Adults http://kcur.org/post/cdc-report-alcohol-accounts-one-10-deaths-working-age-adults <h1><span style="font-size: 14.399999618530273px; line-height: 1.5;">Excessive alcohol use accounts for almost one in 10 deaths among working-age adults in the United States, according to a new study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.</span></h1><p></p><p><a href="http://www.cdc.gov/pcd/issues/2014/13_0293.htm">The study</a>, released late last week, found that from 2006 to 2010 excessive use of alcohol killed nearly 88,000 Americans each year. In 2001, the last time CDC researchers reviewed the data, alcohol was blamed for almost 75,800 deaths.</p><p></p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 19:53:41 +0000 Dave Ranney 58165 at http://kcur.org Some Companies Can Refuse To Cover Contraception, Supreme Court Says http://kcur.org/post/some-companies-can-refuse-cover-contraception-supreme-court-says The Supreme Court has ruled that family owned and other closely held companies can opt out of the Affordable Care Act's provisions for no-cost prescription contraception in most health insurance if they have religious objections.<p>The owners of the Hobby Lobby chain of arts and crafts stores and those of another closely held company, Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp., had objected on the grounds of religious freedom.<p>The ruling affirms a Hobby Lobby victory in a lower court and gives new standing to similar claims by other companies.<p><strong>Update at 1:15 p.m. Mon, 30 Jun 2014 14:54:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 58140 at http://kcur.org Some Companies Can Refuse To Cover Contraception, Supreme Court Says Truman Med Breaks Ground On New Hospital Hill Outpatient Center http://kcur.org/post/truman-med-breaks-ground-new-hospital-hill-outpatient-center <p>Truman Medical Centers' new outpatient center will provide a range of medical services beyond the acute care for which the system is best known.</p><p>At a ceremonial groundbreaking Friday morning, Truman President and CEO John Bluford&nbsp;said the center — a four-story, 90,0000-square-foot building at Truman's Hospital Hill campus costing $29 million —&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">was a symbol of the alliance between Truman and its physician partners.</span></p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 19:01:56 +0000 Alex Smith 58044 at http://kcur.org Truman Med Breaks Ground On New Hospital Hill Outpatient Center Cerner Teams Up To Bid On $11 Billion Defense Department Contract http://kcur.org/post/cerner-teams-bid-11-billion-defense-department-contract <p>Cerner Corp. has teamed up with two other government contractors to bid on an estimated $11 billion electronic health-record system for the Defense Department, according to Modern Healthcare magazine.</p><p>The publication reports that the Kansas City-based healthcare information technology company has formed an alliance with Leidos and Accenture Federal Services to bid on the 10-year contract for the department’s health system.</p><p>The system includes 56 hospitals and about 360 clinics serving 9.6 million beneficiaries and clinical information systems, according to Modern Healthcare.</p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 16:22:17 +0000 Dan Margolies 58039 at http://kcur.org Cerner Teams Up To Bid On $11 Billion Defense Department Contract Online Tool Helps Match Foster Children, Families http://kcur.org/post/online-tool-helps-match-foster-children-families <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The University of Kansas and a child advocacy group have developed an online tool that helps social workers match adoptive families with children in foster care.</span></p><p></p><p>The tool, called Every Child a Priority, or ECAP, uses statistical analysis and technology to figure out which families are most likely to meet a child’s needs.</p><p></p><p>“Essentially, ECAP is an enhanced matchmaking service for children and families,” Mike Patrick, chief executive at TFI Family Services Inc., said in a prepared statement.</p><p></p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 13:30:18 +0000 Dave Ranney 58029 at http://kcur.org KC-Area Project Uses Churches For TIPS On Addressing AIDS Among Blacks http://kcur.org/post/kc-area-project-uses-churches-tips-addressing-aids-among-blacks <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When activists worldwide marked three decades since the emergence of a mysterious immune disease, Kansas City, </span>Kan<span style="line-height: 1.5;">., participants posted a timeline of key events in the fight against the AIDS pandemic in a building foyer in their community.</span></p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 20:08:12 +0000 Mike Sherry 57998 at http://kcur.org KC-Area Project Uses Churches For TIPS On Addressing AIDS Among Blacks Colyer Urges Public To Report Adult Abuse http://kcur.org/post/colyer-urges-public-report-adult-abuse <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Lt. </span>Gov<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Jeff </span>Colyer<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> on Wednesday urged </span>Kansans<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> to be quick in letting state officials know when they suspect an older adult is being abused or neglected.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">“Elder abuse is something that should not be tolerated,” he said, addressing an early afternoon rally in a parking lot next to the </span>Jayhawk<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Area Agency on Aging.</span></p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 14:50:00 +0000 Dave Ranney 57961 at http://kcur.org Colyer Urges Public To Report Adult Abuse KC Chamber To Tackle Health Issues http://kcur.org/post/kc-chamber-tackle-health-issues <p></p><p>The Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce is asking the public what its priorities should be as the first step in a new health initiative.</p><p>Healthy KC is a collaboration introduced Wednesday by the Chamber, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City and local health leaders. The group will focus on improving health throughout the metro area.</p><p>“The message behind the new Healthy KC Commission is, ‘We’re sick and tired of feeling sick and tired,’” Chamber CEO Jim Heeter said in a statement Wednesday.</p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 14:24:19 +0000 Alex Smith 57964 at http://kcur.org