State Highlights Kansas Savings Report Relies On Medicaid Health Plan Changes Missouri


first_img The Denver Post: Denver Health Lost Top Doctors, Including Medicine And Surgery Chiefs Lawyers for mentally ill criminal defendants want a federal judge to force Washington officials to provide timely mental health services, opposing a delay sought by the state. The judge ruled last year that the state is violating the constitutional rights of its most vulnerable residents by forcing them to wait in jails for weeks or months before receiving competency evaluations or treatment to restore their ability to assist in their defense during trial. (Bellisle, 1/13) The Associated Press: Missouri Senators Review Bill To Ban Fetal-Tissue Donations This is part of the KHN Morning Briefing, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription. The Kansas Health Institute News Service: Efficiency Report Recommends Single Health Insurance Plan For State Employees The Associated Press: Lawyers Urge Judge To Require Timely Competency Services Nurse Cathi Grinaldi got quick action this week from a top official at UnityPoint Health, who told her to disregard a bill she received for a doctor’s appointment that never happened. Grinaldi contacted the Reader’s Watchdog and several other officials this month saying she believed she was the victim of “upcoding” by the local health care system. (Rood, 1/10) Heartland Health Monitor: A Growing Gap Between Wyandotte And Johnson Counties: Primary Care Physicans The Miami Herald: Miami Psychiatrist Indicted For Alleged Fraud Of Numerous Public Programs Five South Florida hospitals have challenged a decision by state healthcare regulators to approve a new, 100-bed hospital in Doral to be built and operated by Miami-Dade’s public hospital network, Jackson Health System. The five hospitals — Kendall Regional Medical Center, Nicklaus Children’s, Coral Gables Hospital, Hialeah Hospital and Palmetto General — requested administrative hearings to appeal the Agency for Health Care Administration’s decision to approve Jackson Health’s application under the state’s certificate of need program. (Chang, 1/12) center_img State Highlights: Kansas Savings Report Relies On Medicaid, Health Plan Changes; Missouri Weighs Fetal-Tissue Donation Ban News outlets report on health care developments in Kansas, Missouri, Washington, Florida, Colorado and Iowa. The Miami Herald: South Florida Hospitals Challenge State Approval Of New Jackson Health Facility In Doral Fetal-tissue donation would be banned in Missouri and the state health department would need to annually inspect abortion clinics under Republican-sponsored legislation that was reviewed Tuesday in a Senate committee. It’s among several abortion-related laws and bills that Missouri lawmakers are looking at, including oversight of abortion clinics during a House committee that also took place Tuesday. (Ballentine, 1/12) A tentative plan to save Kansas government more than $2 billion over five years relies heavily on proposed changes to the state employee health plan and Medicaid. The report, written by the New York-based consulting firm of Alvarez and Marsal under a $2.6 million contract with the state, includes 105 recommendations for “achieving major cost savings.” (McLean, 1/12) Denver Health Medical Center has shed top officials and doctors, including its chiefs of medicine and surgery, under the leadership of a new chief executive. The former city hospital, known for providing excellent care to the indigent and trauma care for all, also is undertaking a big investment in a new computer system while staff positions have been cut elsewhere. (Olinger, 1/10) The Des Moines Register: UnityPoint Scraps Charge For Doctor Visit That Didn’t Happen A Miami psychiatrist who became a national symbol of over-prescribing was indicted this week by a federal grand jury for allegedly running a racket that defrauded numerous public programs, including Medicare, Medicaid, the Social Security Administration and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. (Chang, 1/10) A male in Wyandotte County can expect to live about seven fewer years than a male in Johnson County. A female in Wyandotte County can expect to live nearly six fewer years than her Johnson County counterpart. About 21 percent of Wyandotte County residents consider themselves to be in poor or fair health; fewer than one in 12 in Johnson County do so. Those are just a few of the many health disparities that sometimes make the side-by-side Kansas counties seem like different countries. (Smith, 1/12) last_img read more