For the fifth year in a row, U.S. News & World Report ranked the University of Kansas Hospital and St. Luke’s Hospital as the top two hospitals in the Kansas City area. KU Hospital took the top spot for the ninth straight year.
Jacquelyn Spicer’s family accuses Douglas Brooks of getting her hooked on pain medicine and then leaving her with no way to get off it safely after the Kansas medical board ordered him to stop treating chronic pain patients because of his dangerous prescribing patterns.
A Missouri audit blasted a $90 million billing scheme it found last year at the Unionville, Mo., hospital. A Mission Hills couple contends that the same scheme spread to as many as 10 other hospitals, including three in Kansas and one in Missouri.
Trapped in an individual health insurance plan with high-co-pays and deductibles, Hattie Saltzman contemplated dropping out of the University of Missouri-Kansas City for a semester so she could afford to buy insulin. She was one of many Missourians facing difficult choices due to health care costs.
A judge in Topeka ruled Thursday that Kansas can keep moving forward with new contracts for its privatized Medicaid program while a legal challenge brought by one of its current contractors, Amerigroup, plays out. The next hearing in the case is set for Sept. 5.
Kansas City joined cities and counties across the country in filing suit against a host of opioid manufacturers and distributors. City officials say the companies deceived the public about the addictiveness of the medicine and didn’t properly control it.
The Kansas Insurance Department put out an official bulletin Wednesday saying it will require all health insurers to cover 3D mammograms starting next year. The move comes after Missouri legislators voted to enact a similar policy.
The Kansas Board of Healing Arts issued emergency suspensions of two medical licenses last week: one for a chiropractor accused of sexually molesting a patient and one for a child psychiatrist who pleaded no contest to disorderly conduct after he was arrested for violating a protection order.
The scores, available on Medicare’s Hospital Compare website, show a clear pattern in the Kansas City area: the hospitals that fared the best are all run by for-profit national chains. Hospitals that scored lowest said the one-size-fits-all approach doesn’t reflect quality of care.
One of the insurance companies that sells Obamacare plans in Kansas City has requested premium hikes of up to 25.7 percent for some 2019 plans. But a competitor is asking for decreases that could be almost as big.
A debate over whether a task force should be discussing Medicaid expansion as a solution to substance abuse is spilling over into the Republican primary race for Kansas governor. The task force’s chairman says he’s just trying to keep the group on track.
Five years into its existence, an adult stem cell research lab at the University of Kansas Medical Center faces its greatest challenge. The medical center has reduced the size of the lab by more than half and the lab’s director left this summer, taking with him his research and federal grants.
Starting next month, all health insurers in Missouri will be required to cover 3D mammograms, as well as the traditional flat images. The medical community isn’t in total agreement, but a consensus is growing among specialists that the 3D is the way to go for spotting breast cancer.
After searching the nation for 10 months, Children’s Mercy Hospital has named its next president and CEO: Paul Kempinski, the president of a children’s hospital in Wilmington, Del. Kempinski will replace Randall O’Donnell on Nov. 1.
Jackson County filed a lawsuit Wednesday in federal court accusing opioid manufacturers, drug distributors and pharmacies of creating a “public health epidemic” by using deceptive marketing and evading controlled-substance regulations.