Truman Medical Center

Wikimedia-CC

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.

For the first time, the federal government has released the prices that hospitals for the 100 most common inpatient procedures.  The prices for a given procedure can vary by tens of thousands of dollars.

A daily digest of headlines from KCUR.

  •     Santorum Says Kansas Caucuses Matter
  •     Fast Food At Home In A Hospital?
  •     Committee Advances Streetcar Zoning
  •     House Budget Reverses Cuts To Colleges At Expense To Program For Blind

How Fast Food Found A Home In One Hospital

Mar 8, 2012
Elana Gordon / KCUR

Truman Medical Center is on the front lines of health care in Kansas City.  The safety-net hospital treated nearly 100,000 patients last year.  But lately, hospital leaders have been trying to figure out ways to prevent people from getting sick and becoming patients in the first place.  CEO John Bluford has been waging a wellness campaign, promoting better nutrition and battling junk food. 

So what’s a McDonald's doing right inside a main hospital entrance?

The Remarkable Impact Of Art Therapy

Feb 15, 2012

From African refugee camps to Alzheimer’s clinics to returning vets from Iraq and Afghanistan, discoveries in the field of art therapy are helping to change lives.