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Heartland Health Monitor
5:00 am
Thu November 6, 2014

HHS Official: Let's Use Technology To Change The Way We Talk About Health

Dr. Jacob Reider is deputy national coordinator of health information technology for the Department of Health and Human Services.
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Many health experts say that, to save money and improve care, the United States needs to get past paper records and frequent visits to the doctor.

And to encourage the switch to standardized electronic records, the federal government has begun offering incentives to providers.

But the push to innovate has been met with some resistance. Dr. Jacob Reider is deputy national coordinator of  health information technology for the Department of Health and Human Services.

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Heartland Health Monitor
5:05 pm
Fri October 3, 2014

Hospitals In Kansas City Area To Be Fined For ‘Excessive’ Readmission Rates

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Twenty hospitals in the Kansas City area will be penalized by Medicare starting Oct. 1 for excessive readmissions, although eight of them will be hit with lower fines than in Medicare’s previous round of penalties.

Saint Luke’s East Hospital in Lee’s Summit will get hit with the biggest fine, 2.08 percent of its Medicare reimbursements, according to an analysis by Kaiser Health News of data released this week by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

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Heartland Health Monitor
2:34 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Kansas Lawmakers Lead Fight To Delay Physician Supervision Rules

U.S. Rep. Lynn Jenkins and U.S. Sen. Jerry Moran are leading a congressional effort to delay enforcement of Medicare regulations requiring physician supervision of outpatient treatments like chemotherapy and intravenous infusions.

The rules are intended to improve patient safety. But Jenkins, Moran and several advocacy groups, including the Kansas Hospital Association, say they would burden rural providers without benefiting patients.

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Heartland Health Monitor
5:43 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Truman Med Could Get Hit With Penalty Over Infection Rates

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Truman Medical Center Hospital Hill is among 175 hospitals nationwide most likely to be penalized with the loss of Medicare payments because of high rates of infection and other complications.

In April, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services calculated preliminary “hospital-acquired condition” scores from 1 to 10, with one being best and 10 being worst.

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Heartland Health Monitor
3:38 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Data Show Vast Disparities In Kansas City Area Hospital Charges

New figures from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services show large disparities between medical charges in Kansas City hospitals.
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Considering a major joint replacement?

If you check into the University of Kansas Hospital, you might be charged more than $115,000. But if you go to Olathe Medical Center just 22 miles down the road, you’re apt to be billed just over $50,000.

Coping with renal failure? At Truman Medical Center, the bill is likely to add up to more than $14,000. But at Research Medical Center, a mere six miles distant, it’s more likely to come to $48,000.

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Health
5:24 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

Looking For A Doc? Local Group Compiles Physician Data

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Kansas City will soon know more about the quality of primary care in the region.

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