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State reports on first year of privatized Medicaid services

More than $2.3 billion was spent by the state during the first year of KanCare, according to a new report from the state.

Via Christi hospitals training staff to watch for victims of human trafficking

Health care workers can be in a unique position to detect the signs of human trafficking, so Via Christi is training its employees on how to watch for clues that someone needs help.

Company working on social media for medical community to connect

Although many physicians still use pagers, fax machines and handwritten documents, Adam Flynn wants to change that.

Medical center in Andover offers heart procedure using Impella device

A procedure for those with advanced heart failure is now available in the Wichita area.

Roberts introduces bill to relax Medicare rule for rural hospitals

Sen. Pat Roberts introduced a bill Monday in the U.S. Senate that would change a Medicare rule for small, rural hospitals.

Designation change could cut critical access hospital funds

In rural areas, small town hospitals can be a lifeline.

Kansas hospital group’s report provides options for Medicaid expansion

A report commissioned by the Kansas Hospital Association details possible models for expanding Medicaid in Kansas.

New website will rate Kansas nursing homes

The Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services will unveil a new rating website in April for the state’s roughly 340 nursing homes.

Wesley recognized for being a top organ donor hospital

Wesley Medical Center has been named a top organ donation hospital by the Midwest Transplant Network for 2013, according to a news release.

Heart implant now available in Kansas

A new procedure for those at risk for sudden cardiac arrest is now available in Kansas.

Via Christi pay changes decrease overall pay for some

Via Christi employees statewide were informed this week that they will receive base pay raises, but some will take home less overall as the health system adjusts the way it pays those who work night and weekend shifts.

Do patients really want to know health care costs?

When Lisa Rosenbaum fell and landed on her shoulder a few months ago, her first concern was the unsightly angle at which her clavicle was now jutting beneath the skin. But a secondary concern, following the broken clavicle diagnosis, was: How much will this cost?

Spike in flu cases stretching resources at Wichita hospitals

If you haven’t received your flu shot by now, get it.

Kansas lawmakers urged to expand Medicaid

With Kansas legislators convening for a new session Monday, health care providers throughout the state have their eyes on Medicaid expansion.

Flu, other illnesses fill Via Christi Hospital St. Francis to near capacity

Via Christi Hospital St. Francis is nearing capacity because of a combination of flu, pneumonia and related illnesses, hospital officials say.

KU names new executive dean for medical school

Robert Simari, a physician and professor of medicine at the Mayo Clinic, has been named the new executive dean of the University of Kansas School of Medicine, according to a news release.

Via Christi’s self-insurance company in Caymans intended to ‘keep our costs down’

Via Christi Health, the largest nonprofit health care system in Kansas, maintained an insurance company in the Cayman Islands for nearly 20 years, according to forms the group files with the IRS.

Report: 45 percent of uninsured Kansans qualify for assistance

Of roughly 369,000 uninsured in Kansas, 45 percent are eligible for financial assistance under the Affordable Care Act, according to a report released Monday by the Kaiser Family Foundation.

Implant reduces seizures for Via Christi epilepsy patients

It was the day after Thanksgiving in 2006 and Becky Blair had spent the day helping her daughter move.

Wichita campus helps to train new generation of pharmacists

Mandilyn Phillips, second-year pharmacy student, has wanted a career in medicine as long as she can remember.

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