Topeka, KS – There's been a lot of talk about electronic health records in Washington as the health care debate continues. A group in Kansas is working to make electronic records a reality right here in the state.
Kansas City, MO – A major vote on a health care bill is scheduled this weekend in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Congressman Sam Graves, a Republican from Trenton Missouri, says he thinks the vote will be mighty close...but that the bill will likely fail. He says it's too costly, and that it's essentially the same legislation that sparked so much public outrage over the summer.
"It really hasn't changed," Graves said. "It's full of mandates, it's full of new taxes, and new regulation. I mentioned the cost, it's back over a trillion dollars."
Kansas City, MO – Kansas City, Missouri has received some 22,000 doses of the new swine flu vaccine. That's enough for about one in every 25 residents. The number will change as more of the vaccine becomes available. Even so, the initial shipments have been delayed and sporadic. And for parents of children with severe health issues, the quest for a vaccine has been all consuming.
Topeka, KS – A Kansas commission is pushing for closing a state facility for the developmentally disabled. Members of the Facilities Closure and Realignment Commission voted to recommend shuttering the Kansas Neurological Institute in Topeka, known as KNI.
Kansas City, MO – An overhaul of the nation's health care system could have major impacts at the state level. KCUR's Elana Gordon recently sat down with Kansas Insurance Commissioner and former Republican State Senator, Sandy Praeger, to talk about the potential effects of federal changes on the Sunflower state.
Topeka, KS – State health officials in Kansas are working on an electronic health records system, and they're likely going to get some federal help to do it. The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has formed a group that will help plan how to set up a statewide health information exchange. KDHE spokesperson Kristi Pankratz says Kansans should see some changes that make health care a little simpler.
Kansas City, MO – More than a hundred health experts from across the region gathered at KU Medical Center yesterday, to assess the nation's health and develop future goals.
The meeting was the first of only three being held across the country as part of the Department of Health and Human Services ten year evaluation of key health indicators, like exercise and chronic disease rates.
The project is known as Healthy People, and also involves collecting public testimony online.
Kansas City, MO – Missouri is using 40 million stimulus dollars to expand health care training programs. The funding kicks in this semester and will train some 500 students for high demand health care jobs.
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon told those at UMKC's dental school yesterday although hone in five Missouri workers are currently employed in the health care sector, the state is still experiencing shortages.
Topeka, Ks – Outbreaks of seasonal and swine flu continue to be widespread across Kansas, even as the first shipments of vaccine arrive in the state.
The Department of Health and Environment reports that there were 30 deaths from pneumonia or influenza out of 456 deaths in the state for the week ending Oct. 10, or about 6.6 percent. That's slightly higher than the national average of 6.5 percent for the preceding week.
Overall, 75 of the 105 Kansas counties had confirmed cases of swine flu.
Kansas City, MO – What if you could prevent as many as four out of every ten heart attacks and do it at almost no cost? That's the potential effect of laws that ban smoking in the workplace and public places, according to the Institute of Medicine.
Kansas City, MO – Kansas health officials say a Kansas City-area woman has died from swine flu, bringing the state's total of fatal H1N1 virus cases to seven.
The Kansas Department of Health and Environment said Wednesday that the 50-year-old woman's death was reported to the department Tuesday afternoon. Laboratory tests had determined Oct. 5 that she had contracted the virus.
Kansas City, MO – Kansas City has received its first shipment of swine flu vaccine. The Kansas City Health Department says 27-hundred doses of the nasal spray vaccine were sent to medical care providers.
Shipments of the injectable vaccine are expected in the next few weeks. The state health department said the mist version uses a live-virus formulation and is not appropriate for pregnant women, children under 2, or anyone with underlying health conditions, such as asthma.
Kansas City, MO – The Senate Finance Committee approved Senator Max Baucus' health care bill in a 14 to 9 vote this afternoon...but not with the support of Republican committee member Pat Roberts of Kansas.
Lawrence, KS – The University of Kansas is planning to offer both H1N1 and seasonal flu shots later this month.
The new H1N1, or swine flu, vaccine will be given to members of the KU community for free, beginning Friday, October 30th.
"For h1n1 we're basically having flu-shot Fridays, every Friday starting October 30th through December 4th, for people who are eligible in the KU community," said KU spokesman Todd Cohen. "The priority group includes all people 6 months through 24 years of age, which obviously includes college students."
Kansas City, MO – Former Republican Senator Bob Dole says Congress must move to overhaul the nation's health care system. Speaking at a local Blue Cross Blue Shield health summit , the Kansas native said health care is too important for partisan politics.
Dole: "Sometimes people just fight you to fight you. Not because of the merits of the bill but because they don't want the President to get any credit. Now you can do that, and I'm probably guilty of it. But you can't make a habit of it, and health care is one of those things. Now we've gotta do something."
Kansas City, MO – Kansas City based Cerner is collaborating with the U.S. Government on tracking swine flu. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius made the announcement in Kansas City earlier this morning.
Speaking to some 6,000 employees at a Cerner Health Conference, Sebelius said the ability to better track disease outbreaks through the new H1N1 flu initiative will provide more information about the disease in real-time.
Kansas City, MO – A new report from the Centers for Disease Control, or CDC, finds that more and more communities across the country are reducing the availability of junk food in public middle and high schools.
Kansas and Missouri are part of that trend, but their progress is much less than most other states. Both are also ranked in the bottom quartile for their general school nutrition status.
Kansas City, MO – About 50 residents of nursing homes and other long-term care facilities gathered in Jefferson City Monday to kick off a statewide tour designed to recognize their rights and needs.
The tour will highlight rights possessed by long-term care residents, which include having a say in their treatment and filing complaints without fear of retaliation. State Health and Senior Services Director Margaret Donnelly says these rights are already embedded into state law.
Kansas City, MO – Beginning this month, several new food options will be available through Missouri WIC, or women infants and children programs. Officials say the move marks the most comprehensive change to nutrition guidelines in three decades and is designed to encourage breastfeeding.
Mothers will get enhanced food packages with more fruits and vegetables if they breastfeed their newborns for at least a month. Formula will also no longer be part of the standard package.