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Health care roundtable event for businesses slated for May 7

The Wichita Business Coalition will host the 36th annual health care roundtable from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 7 at the DoubleTree by Hilton near the Wichita Mid-Continent Airport, 2098 S. Airport Road.

Health impact assessments leading to changes for Wichita bus system

There soon will be a lot less cigarette smoke in the outdoor waiting areas at the downtown Wichita Transit Center.

Wesley website gives patients online access to health records

Wesley Medical Center is now offering a website patients can use to view their electronic health records securely.

Some Kansas physicians limit Medicare patients

When internal medicine physician Jeanne Kroeker bought a practice in 2004, it already had a cap on the number of new Medicare patients it accepted.

March 31 deadline for signing up for health insurance approaches

The deadline to enroll for health insurance on the government’s online marketplace at HealthCare.gov is March 31.

Jury: Oncologist not negligent in treating patient with radiation

Jorge Wong, a radiation oncologist with Central Care Cancer Center, was not negligent when he gave radiation treatments to a patient who may or may not have had cancer, a jury decided Friday.

Woman who had radiation treatments sues Newton oncologist

A physician with Central Care Cancer Center has been sued in Sedgwick County District Court for allegedly giving radiation to a woman who may not have had cancer.

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.

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