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Push is on to expand Medicaid in Kansas, Wyoming

A push is on among both hospital executives and lawmakers to expand Medicaid eligib ility  in two mostly rural and extremely conservative states.

Insurers lose $73M in Kansas in 6 months thanks to Medicaid

Medicaid expansion under the Affordable Care Act has been an overall success for insurers in most states that have implemented it; however, the story is different in Kansas, which switched its entire Medicaid program to a private model.

Feds ding 3 states for Medicaid performance deficiencies

In a trio of recent audit reports, the Office of Inspector General announced enforcement actions against Medicaid agencies in Texas, Nebraska and Kansas for different operational slip-ups.   

KS hospitals say they're getting squeezed by Medicaid plans

Since the state of Kansas moved its Medicaid population into managed care earlier this year, hospitals in the Sunflower State have collided with the tight-fistedness of commercial insurers, the  Wichita Eagle  reported.

HIEs still at odds over data-sharing

Two Kansas health information networks have yet to reach an agreement on data sharing amid concerns that an ACO, insurance company or other participant of one network could access information on the other network without paying for it. 

Financial counseling at the bedside

The Via Christi hospital system in Kansas is resorting to a proactive way to collect patient debt: Financial counseling at the bedside.

Kansas HIE connects with CDC outbreak tracking program

Kansas' Health Information Network is the first health information exchange directly connected to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's BioSense program, which tracks public health threats, outbreaks and epidemics.  

Kansas HIE to turn reins over to state

The Board of directors of Kansas's health information exchange (KHIE) has voted to dissolve itself and turn its operation over to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE), according to a report from the Kansas Health Institute (KHI).

Healthcare drives business, jobs with $6.3B state impact

Hospitals serve as "economic anchor" in Kansas by attracting and maintaining business, as well as creating jobs, according to a new report released last week from the state hospital association. The

Kansas' about-face on $31.5M 'innovator' grant criticized as political

Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback cited federal budget uncertainties in returning a $31.5 million "Early Innovator" grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services last week. It was the second