Health

Listeria Outbreak
11:49 am
Fri October 28, 2011

First Cantaloupe, Now Sandwiches Pose Listeria Threat

SALINA, Ks. – The Kansas Department of Agriculture says sandwiches from the St. Louis-based company, Landshire, are possibly tainted with deadly Listeria.

The company's "Nike All-American Sandwiches" and "Nike Super Poor Boy Sandwiches" have been widely distributed in Kansas, but as Bryan Thompson reports, no illnesses have been reported so far.

The sandwiches with production lot codes from 11 237 6 through 11 285 6 are on recall.

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Abortion
12:15 pm
Thu October 27, 2011

Kansas Publishes Final Abortion Rules

KANSAS CITY, Ks. – Kansas is making its finalized licensing rules for abortion providers public. The state approved them earlier this month. They take effect November 14.

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Health
12:18 pm
Wed October 26, 2011

Region's Pediatric Hospital Gets Out of HMO Business

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.

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Health
12:03 pm
Tue October 25, 2011

Missouri Takes New Approach to Chronic Disease and Mental Health Care

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Missouri will soon be the first in the nation to try out a new approach for caring for people with both mental and physical health disorders.

"Health homes" will be popping up across the state next year, but they're probably not what you think: no one's going to live in them.

"It is instead a place where their health care services are coordinated," says Tom Cranshaw, head of Tri-County Mental Health Services, a community mental health center in the Northland.

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Health
10:29 am
Mon October 24, 2011

End-of-Life Decisons: Family Consent Law Proposed

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Health
5:04 pm
Sun October 16, 2011

Federal Court to Hear Kinder's Health Law Challenge

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – More than a year after he first voiced opposition to health reform, Missouri Lt. Governor Peter Kinder will finally have his day in court.

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Health
12:15 pm
Fri October 14, 2011

Public Mental Hospital Temporarily Closes

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.

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Health
10:49 am
Fri October 7, 2011

Hospital Completes Major Expansion

St. Luke's hospital recently completed its new campus in midtown Kansas City.
Photo by Elana Gordon/KCUR

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.

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Health
10:12 am
Fri October 7, 2011

Commission Finalizes Plan for Improving City's Health

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A group charged with improving the health of city residents will soon unveil a five year plan.

Kansas City created the Health Commission about 10 years ago, to act as a sort of bully pulpit in advising city leaders on major health problems in the region.

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Central Standard
12:00 pm
Mon October 3, 2011

Emotional Intelligence

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:

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Health
10:08 am
Mon October 3, 2011

ACLU Challenges Kansas Family Planning Law

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A stand-alone family planning clinic in Dodge City wants to join Planned Parenthood's lawsuit, challenging the way Kansas allocates family planning funds.

The federal funds subsidize things like birth control, pap smears, and STD tests to low income Kansans.

Effective this summer, state law now mandates that funds first go to health departments, hospitals, and federally qualified health centers.

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Health
4:10 pm
Fri September 30, 2011

Sebelius Stresses Patient Safety at Truman Med

HHS Sec. Kathleen Sebelius (r) meets with staff at Truman Medical Center.
Photo by Elana Gordon/KCUR

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.

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Health
9:44 am
Fri September 30, 2011

New Federal Funding to Train Missouri's Underemployed

Mo. Governor Jay Nixon tends to 8-year-old Simone Jones, a robopatient at Metropolitan Community College's virtual hospital.
Elana Gordon/KCUR

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.

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KCUR News
11:31 am
Wed September 28, 2011

Grant Aims to Keep Jackson County Residents Healthy

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.

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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.

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KCUR News
11:38 am
Tue September 27, 2011

Missouri Gets Job Training Boost for Health Services

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.

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KCUR News
4:38 pm
Mon September 26, 2011

A Chaplain's Guide to Caring for Muslim Patients

Ra'ufa Sherry Tuell recently completed a chaplain residency program at St. Luke's Hospital in Kansas City. While there, she led several trainings on caring for Muslim patients.
Photo by Elana Gordon/KCUR

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.

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KCUR News
1:28 pm
Mon September 26, 2011

Cantaloupe-Related Listeria Lawsuits Begin

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.
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KCUR News
1:48 pm
Tue September 20, 2011

KU Completes National Cancer Designation Application

KU's application to be a nationally designated cancer center was on display at an event last week, celebrating the application's completion.
Elana Gordon 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.
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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.

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KCUR News
4:09 pm
Fri September 16, 2011

Missouri Health Exchange Funding Vote Postponed

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri insurance officials have postponed a vote to draw down $13 million from Washington that would be used to help set up a health insurance exchange.

The exchange is required by the new federal health care law, and every state must have one by the year 2014. States that fail to do so will have one created for them.

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KCUR News
10:38 am
Thu September 15, 2011

Feds Issue Warning for Rocky Ford Cantaloupe

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.

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The CDC says at least 16 people in five states have been hospitalized with Listeria infections since mid August. One of them died.

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KCUR News
11:07 am
Wed September 14, 2011

2010 Census for Kansas and Missouri: Health Insurance in Brief

KANSAS CITY, Mo. –

Preliminary data for the 2010 census is in.

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KCUR News
10:55 am
Fri September 9, 2011

Improving Care: Group Examines Area Physician Practices

Simon Khagi, a fourth year medical student at UMKC, does a physical examination on Carolyn Gordon during clinic at Truman Medical Centers.
Kelley Weiss

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.

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5:40 pm
Thu September 8, 2011

Abortion Regulations Focus of Intense Disagreement

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.

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Health
12:30 pm
Tue September 6, 2011

No Longer Last: Missouri Jumps 11 Spots in Toddler Immunization Rankings

ST. LOUIS, Mo. –

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.

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12:26 pm
Tue September 6, 2011

Kansas Wraps Up Comment Period for Permanent Abortion Rules

KANSAS CITY, Ks. – This Wednesday marks the deadline for submitting public comments on proposed abortion regulations in Kansas.

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.

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Central Standard
12:00 pm
Tue September 6, 2011

Moral Behavior

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.

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KCUR News
10:08 am
Tue September 6, 2011

Missouri Terminates Medicaid Screening Contract

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.

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KCUR News
3:10 pm
Fri September 2, 2011

Preventing Pool-Associated Stomach Bug

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.

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3:54 pm
Thu September 1, 2011

Lifting the Veil on Insurance Rates in Missouri

HHS Region 7 Director Judy Baker holds new insurance rate forms that companies in Missouri will now have to submit.
Photo by Elana Gordon/KCUR

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.

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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.

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Health
11:27 pm
Tue August 30, 2011

Kansas Signs Deal to Develop New Medicaid Eligibility System

TOPEKA, Ks. – The state of Kansas is working on a new way to determine who is eligible for Medicaid and other assistance programs.

A company will develop a new eligibility system for medical, food and cash assistance programs. Applications will be submitted electronically, and the system will double-check the information.

Andy Allison, with the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, says the new process will be faster and more efficient.

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