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Via Christi won’t restart kidney transplant program

Nearly two years after it voluntarily suspended its kidney transplant program, Via Christi has decided to discontinue plans to restart the program.

Report: 57,000 Kansans signed up for health insurance on government website

More than 57,000 Kansans signed up for health coverage on the new marketplace at HealthCare.gov, which was set up through the Affordable Care Act, according to newly released federal data.

Wesley, Galichia offer new option for meals

Wesley Medical Center and Galichia Heart Hospital are offering a new food service to patients.

Harden health companies to change their names to Gentiva

Harden Home Health and Harden Hospice Kansas are changing their names to Gentiva Home Health and Gentiva Hospice.

Medicare reimburses millions to Kansas doctors, but margins are slim

Kansas providers received more than $774 million in reimbursements from Medicare in 2012 – and Wichita doctors received about $195 million of that, according to recently released federal data.

New Via Christi system provides faster access to records, compiles data

Via Christi Health is implementing an $85 million electronic health records system to allow providers and patients faster access to their records, officials say.

Medical groups urge doctors to weigh costs of drugs in care

Saying they can no longer ignore the rising prices of health care, some of the most influential medical groups in the nation are recommending that doctors weigh the costs, not just the effectiveness of treatments, as they make decisions about patient care.

Vox editor to discuss what’s next for the Affordable Care Act

Sarah Kliff, a senior editor at media startup Vox, will speak as part of the Sunflower Foundation’s Advocacy in Health series at 3:30 p.m. May 14 at the Hotel at Old Town Conference Center, according to a news release.

CIBOR center at Wichita State seeks partners to make its composite medical devices

After years of research and development, the Center of Innovation for Biomaterials in Orthopaedic Research at Wichita State University is seeking manufacturers to produce the composite material medical devices it has developed.

Physician Richard Guthrie retiring, closing practice

After four decades in practice, physician Richard Guthrie is retiring and closing his practice, MidAmerica Diabetes Associates.

Medical groups leading new end-of-life care initiative

Sheryl Decker had to make a decision that no one wants to make.

Cancer center gets assurance of funding through summer gap period

Officials at the Wichita Community Clinical Oncology Program breathed a sigh of relief Thursday evening when they received word from the National Cancer Institute that they will continue to receive federal funding throughout the summer.

Kansas clinical cancer trial groups awaiting grant news

For Marcie Kelly, it began with a suspicious-looking mole.

Via Christi adds residency program for new nurses

Via Christi is launching a new residency program for students graduating with bachelor’s degrees in nursing to help them transition from education to practice.

Kansas Senate approves plan for health compact

A bill that would bring Kansas into a compact with other states hoping to become exempt from the federal health care overhaul won final legislative approval Friday night.

Via Christi gets contracts for PACE, a program to assist elderly

The Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services is expanding the Program for All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly, which aims to help low-income seniors get services to stay independent and out of long-term care facilities and hospitals.

Wesley’s renovated women’s care units ready to serve moms, babies

Wesley Medical Center has completed the first phase of a $36 million renovation of women’s care units, and new patients will start to be admitted into the area next week, according to hospital officials.

Kansas Senate advances bill mandating cost estimates from insurers before services performed

Seeking to cut down on medical “sticker shock,” the Kansas Senate on Tuesday advanced a bill to require insurance companies to give patients a cost estimate before services are provided.

Most Kansans signing up for health insurance on government site get subsidies

Kansans who enrolled for health coverage at HealthCare.gov through March 1 received more than $45 million total in subsidies from the government, according to a study released by the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonprofit foundation that focuses on health issues.

Health care law’s insurance mandate comes with plenty of exemptions

The deadline for most people to sign up for health insurance and avoid a tax penalty under the Affordable Care Act is Monday, now less than a week away.

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