Heartland Health Monitor
4:47 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Wichita Center Feels Effects Of Limited Admissions At Osawatomie State Hospital

A decision last week by the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services to limit admissions to Osawatomie State Hospital has had an immediate effect on the state’s mental health system.

Marilyn Cook, executive director at COMCARE, the community mental health center in Wichita, says the state’s decision to suspend admission of voluntary patients and more closely screen involuntary admissions recently prevented the center from transferring several patients thought to be a danger to themselves or others.

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Heartland Health Monitor
9:27 am
Thu December 4, 2014

Kansas Suspends Voluntary Admissions To Osawatomie State Hospital

The Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services has suspended voluntary admissions to Osawatomie State Hospital, one of the state’s two inpatient facilities for people with serious mental illnesses.

The decision, according to a memo sent to the state’s 26 community mental health centers late Tuesday afternoon, was driven by “ongoing and critical census challenges” at the state hospital. The memo also outlined procedures for handling patients who are involuntarily admitted.

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Heartland Health Monitor
10:34 am
Tue November 25, 2014

State Releases Plan To Keep Medicare Reimbursements At Osawatomie Hospital

The corrective plan for the Osawatomie hospital includes regular "fire watch" room checks when the facility is over its legislature-approved capacity.
Credit File photo

State officials have a three-pronged plan to ensure Osawatomie State Hospital maintains its Medicare reimbursements after a federal agency announced last week they are in jeopardy.

Meanwhile, mental health advocates say the situation at that hospital underscores the need for legislators who hold the state's purse strings to allow the executive branch to follow through on reforms that are still in their early stages.

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Heartland Health Monitor
10:40 am
Tue November 18, 2014

Medicare Termination Looms At Osawatomie Hospital

A federal agency has sent notice that Medicare payments to overcrowded Osawatomie State Hospital will be terminated, but state officials say they will address concerns before the deadline and avoid the termination.

Kari Bruffett, secretary of the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services, said Tuesday that she was aware of the termination notice from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. But she said the state has until Dec. 8 to correct deficiencies and will do so.

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Obama Pitches Version of Roosevelt's "Square Deal"
6:19 pm
Tue December 6, 2011

Obama in KS: "We Must Restore the Middle Class"

Dan Verbeck/KCUR

Osawatomie, Kan. - President Obama gave an hour-long address in Osawatomie on Tuesday where he focused on the economy and creating a level playing-field for all Americans. KPR's Stephen Koranda was in the crowd and filed this report.

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6:42 am
Mon December 5, 2011

Top of the Morning News: Monday, December 5, 2012

President Barack Obama

Obama in Osawatomie; Riding with Teddy Roosevelt

The president is coming to Osawatomie, Ks. because of a speech given there more than 100 years ago. Teddy Roosevelt delivered a speech in 1910 that called for a "New Nationalism", and defended the government's role in regulating the economy, defending human welfare and property rights. Whitehouse deputy press secretary Josh Earnest says Obama will channel Roosevelt.  Frank Morris has more of the story.

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Obama in Osawatomie
10:10 pm
Sun December 4, 2011

Obama Rides with Teddy Roosevelt in Osawatomie

President Barack Obama is scheduled to be in Osawatomie Kansas Tuesday, and the speech he’ll give there could mark a tougher approach to his ongoing fight with congressional Republicans.

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