KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Children's Mercy Hospital has announced it's selling its Medicaid HMO plan - Family Partner's Health - to Coventry.
Children's Mercy set up the nonprofit plan about 15 years ago, when Missouri started taking a managed care approach. The hospital said creating its own plan allowed them to oversee all aspects of pediatric patients' care, beyond the hospital's doors.
KANSAS CITY, Ks. – Most beds at Rainbow Mental Health, the region's public psychiatric hospital on the Kansas side, will soon be out of service. The state fire marshal cited the 36-bed facility in Kansas City, Kansas last month for safety violations.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – St. Luke's executives and supporters celebrated the opening of the hospital's new $330 million campus in midtown Kansas City today.
The main facility is now home to St. Luke's 35-year-old heart institute, the oldest heart hospital in the country. It includes redesigned patient rooms, equipped with flat screen T.V.s and computers for visitors, as well as a dining area serving Hereferd House and Bo-Lings.
In the era of Facebook and Twitter – one TMI update or insensitive comment could have lasting consequences. Join Dr. Bruce Liese and guest host Bill Anderson today for a look at a kind of intelligence that has nothing to do with your IQ, but everything to do with success in your relationships and career – your emotional intelligence.
Luckily even if you aren't in tune with your emotional intelligence, you can learn to adapt. Dr. Liese says:
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Former Kansas Governor and now Health and Human Services Secretary, Kathleen Sebelius, met with area health leaders at Truman Medical Center today on the need to improve patient safety.
She says one of her goals is to reduce hospital acquired infections and other preventable injuries in health care settings by 40 percent.
KANSAS CITY, MO. – Missouri government, business and education leaders celebrated a new $20 million federal grant yesterday at Metropolitan Community College. The grant will go toward training more than 4,000 Missourians in growing health services fields such as health information technology.
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon said this new grant gives community colleges across the state a chance to fill an important niche and ensures there is care for patients in the real world.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Jackson County is getting a big funding boost to fight chronic diseases. As KCUR's Elana Gordon reports, the area's three health departments have been awarded a multi-year federal grant to take on the root causes of such health problems.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, or HHS, has issued about $100 million in preventative health grants to 61 communities across the country.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Missouri has received a $20 million dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Labor to train more than 4,000 underemployed adults in the health services sector.
Governor Jay Nixon led efforts to bring the funds to the state's twelve or so community colleges.
Metropolitan Community College, or MCC, in Kansas City will get about $3 million.
Deborah Goodall is President of MCC's business and technology campus and said the grant, called MoHEALTHWins, will help MCC better train adults in skills needed at area hospitals and companies like Cerner.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Ra'ufa Sherry Tuell recently completed a year-long chaplaincy training at St. Luke's Hospital in Kansas City. But as the hospital's first Muslim chaplain resident, Tuell sometimes found herself becoming the trainer.
Tuell led several packed workshops for hospital staff on caring for Muslim patients, and she recently wrote a book about the topic, Islamic Approaches to Patient Care: Muslim Beliefs and Healthcare Practices for Caregivers.
SALINA, Ks. – A Seattle law firm has filed the first of what will likely be several lawsuits over a deadly listeriosis outbreak linked to cantaloupe from a farm in Colorado. None of the lawsuits involve Kansas so far, but at least two Kansans have died as a result of the outbreak. One case has been reported in Missouri. ----------------- Find more Health Coverage on KCUR.
KANSAS CITY, Ks. – KU is a step closer to becoming a nationally designated cancer center. As KCUR's Elana Gordon reports, the university has finished its more than 600-page application. ------------------ The application weighs about five pounds. It's 660 pages. And, it's about to be mailed to the National Cancer Institute, or NCI, for review.
SALINA, Ks. – Federal health officials are advising consumers not to eat cantaloupe from the Rocky Ford region of Eastern Colorado. As Kansas Public Radio's Bryan Thompson explains, the melons could be contaminated with the potentially deadly bacteria known as Listeria.
The CDC says at least 16 people in five states have been hospitalized with Listeria infections since mid August. One of them died.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Kansas City is getting a closer look at how well area physician practices are treating ailments ranging from asthma to diabetes. And as KCUR's Elana Gordon reports, the new analysis by a regional health coalition finds that care for several conditions is improving in the region.
TOPEKA, Ks. – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment took comments from the public yesterday on the new regulations it has drafted for abortion providers in Kansas. There are two sides to the issue, and as Kansas Public Radio's Bryan Thompson reports, they're miles apart.
Missouri's effort to get toddlers vaccinated for childhood diseases is improving. Results of the CDC's National Immunization Survey show Missouri rose from last in the rankings in 2009 up to 39th last year. St. Louis Public Radio's Veronique LaCapra reports.
Miranda Myrick, a spokesperson for the Kansas Department of Health, says state law now mandates that facilities performing more than five nonemergency abortions a month operate with a license granted by her department.
Today on the show, let's take a look at morality. How did you determine your ideas of what’s right, and what’s wrong? How come you can know that something's wrong and still do it? Does it matter if someone’s watching? Dr. Bruce Liese joins us to explain how moral judgments and behaviors work.
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – An Indiana-based company has lost its contract to screen Medicaid patients in Missouri for home-based care.
Numerous complaints came to light last Wednesday during a House committee meeting about the services provided by SynCare LLC. They include patients being put on hold for several hours on the phone, and case evaluations that should have taken less than three weeks to complete taking three months instead.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Area health departments are reminding people about ways to avoid cryptosporidium, a contagious intestinal parasite, this Labor Day weekend. Crypto is spread by contact with the stool of an infected person and can live for days in treated pool water.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Health insurance companies in Missouri are about to come under a lot more scrutiny for unexplained rate increases. Missouri is one of only two states in the country where rates aren't examined or reported. KCUR's Elana Gordon has the details on a new federal rule aimed at changing that.
Pat Tomek worries about the rising costs of health insurance. The self-employed 58-year-old says he doesn't have a lot of money to spare.