Johnson succeeds Julie Quirin, who has been promoted to the new job of senior vice president of hospital operations for the St. Luke’s Health System. Johnson was most recently CEO of St. Luke’s South Hospital in Overland Park.
Health insurance companies around the country are seeking rate increases of 20 to 40 percent or more, saying their new customers under the Affordable Care Act turned out to be sicker than expected. Federal officials say they are determined to see that the requests are scaled back.
Liberian authorities on Tuesday quarantined two households after the corpse of a 17-year-old boy was found with Ebola, sparking fears the West African country could face another outbreak of the disease nearly two months after being declared Ebola-free.
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At stake is whether 6.4 million of the low- and middle-income people who signed up for insurance plans through the Affordable Care Act’s federal exchange will keep receiving the generous federal premium subsidies that make their coverage truly affordable. The Supreme Court could rule as early as Monday.
A group of experts voted 13-3 Tuesday in support of having the Food and Drug Administration approve a medicine that hasn’t yet completed large clinical trials but that has been reported to significantly lower LDL cholesterol.
Health associations, including the American Cancer Society, call for the federal government to change marijuana from a Schedule I drug so it can be further researched for possible medical benefits. Opponents remain skeptical.
People who pay premiums for individual health insurance policies — either directly from a company or through HealthCare.gov — could pay a lot more for insurance next year: up to 34 percent in Missouri and up to 39 percent in Kansas.
Medicare turns 50 next month, and in the age of big data the more than $600 billion that taxpayers spend annually on the program is getting closer scrutiny than ever. Medicare covers 55 million people, a number that keeps growing as baby boomers reach age 65 and sign up. A recent trend of moderating medical spending has not dispelled concerns about the program’s long-term financial stability.
Skin-to-skin care, bonding baby and parent, has become a standard of care at most neonatal intensive care units. “There’s not a good reason not to be doing this,” said Courtney Eggers, a nurse and director at Overland Park Regional Medical Center’s NICU.
As part of the partnership, the children’s inpatient psychiatric hospital facility operated by Marillac will become the University of Kansas Hospital-Marillac Campus. The affiliation officially launches June 22.
Genome sequencing can diagnose critically ill infants and discover genetically based conditions that routine blood tests cannot detect. But it is fraught with technical and ethical issues that have some scientists questioning whether every baby should have its genome sequenced and what information children and parents should receive about the results.
The deal is expected to extend CVS Health’s operations in dispensing prescription drugs to assisted-living and long-term care centers and to broaden its presence in the specialty pharmacy business as it seeks to capitalize on the aging U.S. population.
The Health for All Food Retail and Restaurant Initiative aims to improve community health by changing the way small neighborhood stores do business. That includes a largely Spanish-speaking part of town where there are few grocery stores and the food offerings are usually not all that healthy.
The Federal Trade Commission and all 50 states accused four cancer charities — the Cancer Fund of America, Cancer Support Services, Children’s Cancer Fund of America and the Breast Cancer Society — of being “sham charities,” charging that the groups had deceived donors and spent more than $187 million in donations on personal expenses.
A new study by the Society of Actuaries examined claims filed during the first three months of 2014 for eight often costly medical services that people frequently put off when they’re uninsured. The newly insured filed 53 percent more claims for these services than did people who had also been insured in 2013.
Doctors at KU and 12 other cancer centers in the United States and Canada will feed the computer system reams of data on patient genomes to come up with treatment options tailored to individual patients.