• 12/12/2019 12:07 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Flu Season is off to an early start this year. The southern states and California are already experiencing widespread flu. As it moves north, Kansas will experience an increase in flu cases.

    Each year, Americans get more than 1 billion colds, and between 5 and 20 percent of Americans get the flu. The two diseases have some symptoms in common, and both are caused by viruses. However, they are different conditions, and the flu is more severe. Unlike the flu, colds generally don’t cause serious complications, such as pneumonia, or lead to hospitalization.

    No vaccine can protect you against the common cold, but vaccines can protect you against the flu. Everyone over the age of 6 months should be vaccinated against the flu each year. Vaccination is the best protection against getting the flu.

    Prescription antiviral drugs may be used to treat the flu in people who are very ill or who are at high risk of flu complications. They’re not a substitute for getting vaccinated. Vaccination is the first line of defense against the flu; antivirals are the second. If you think you’ve caught the flu, you may want to check with your health care provider to see whether antiviral medicine is appropriate for you. Call promptly. The drugs work best if they’re used early in the illness.

    To find out more about the 2019-20 Flu Season in Kansas, visit the Kansas Department of Health and Environment's surveillance website page.

  • 10/04/2019 11:50 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The CDC reported on Thursday there were 1,080 reported lung injuries attributed to vaping and 18 deaths in 15 states - with more deaths being investigated. It is reported today that the mystery has deepened on the cause with the elimination of vitamin E oil as a cause.

  • 09/27/2019 1:44 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Media outlets are reporting today the total number of those sickened from vaping has risen to 805 and 13 people have died. Two of those people are from Kansas. News reports suggest this number will continue to climb until a definitive cause for the lung injuries is identified. Virtually all states have reported vaping lung injuries to the Centers for Disease Control. States reporting deaths are California, Oregon and Kansas with two each, and Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Mississippi and Missouri with one death each.

  • 09/12/2019 11:46 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    With the CDC condcting a multi-state investigation into over 450 serious illnesses and six fatalities in the U.S. (one in Kansas), the American Osteopathic Association (AOA) has issued the following statement: Reports of recent deaths related to vaping and e-cigarettes constitute a public health crisis - particularly for adolescents and young adults. The AOA calls upon the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to take immediate action to make young people aware of the risks associated with these products. Here is the full post in the DO. Vaping illnesses have been reported in 33 states.

    Following the death of a woman over 50 from vaping in Kansas this week, Kansas Department of Health and Environment Secretary Lee Norman, MD, has called on all Kansans to stop vaping. If you or a loved one is vaping, please stop, Sec. Norman said in the news release on Tuesday. 

    Norman went on to advise anyone who has a history of vaping and is experiencing lung problems with symptoms to seek medical care. The symptoms most frequently cited are:

    • Shortness of breath
    • Fever
    • Cough
    • Vomiting or diarrhea
    • Headache
    • Dizziness
    • Chest pain
  • 08/08/2019 10:08 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    With more and more emphasis on treating pain without opioids - finding helpful non-medication options for patients becomes more important. The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health makes available an e-book on alternative treatments such as acupuncture, massage, and meditation.  The e-book, Pain: Considering Complementary Approaches, is available for download from the National Institutes of Health.

  • 02/19/2019 2:04 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The National Institutes of Health has found that long periods of sedentary behavior among older women translates into a greater cardiovascular risk. Being less sedentary for one hour per day translates into a 26% reduction in heart disease and a 12% lower overall risk of cardiovascular disease. Osteopathic physicians should encourage older women (60+) to get up off the couch and move more. Any activity is beneficial. For more go to the press release

  • 11/30/2018 9:38 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The CDC has released the 2017 death data showing the US life expectancy declined in 2017. According to the Associated Press, The nation is in the longest period of a generally declining life expectancy since the late 1910s, when World War I and the worst flu pandemic in modern history combined to kill nearly one million Americans.  

  • 10/10/2018 10:23 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The CDC has developed and published a resource for primary care physicians to manage patients on long-term opioid therapy. CDC Guideline for Quality Improvement and Care Coordination: Implementing the CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain. The publication is intended to aid physicians to move the CDC Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain into clinical practice. 

  • 08/02/2018 2:18 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    If you are a KanCare provider and want to continue providing services to the Medicaid population, you need to enroll in the Kansas Medical Assistance Program and receive a provider identification (ID) number. KanCare MCOs will begin denying claims submitted without an ID number on January 1, 2019.  CMS Final Rule 2390F (KMAP Bulletin) requires all network providers to be KMAP enrolled and screened prior to receiving payment from an MCO. 

    The rule applies to all provider types and specialties and is inclusive of billing, rendering, ordering, prescribing, referring, sponsoring and attending providers. KAOM recommends, to avoid claims denials you should have your KMAP application to the state by November 1. Please call KMAP Enrollment at 1-800-933-6593 to see if you have a current KMAP provider ID. 

  • 06/26/2018 4:16 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    KDHE has announced the selection and awarding of three contracts to Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) to serve the Kansas Medicaid program known as KanCare. The three MCOs are:

    • Sunflower State Health Plan, Inc.
    • United Healthcare, Midwest, Inc.
    • Aetna Better Health of Kansas, Inc.
    Amerigroup was not selected from the six companies for renewal of its contract. Kansans currently enrolled in Amerigroup will have the opportunity to select a new MCO during the open enrollment period which begins in October 2018. Amerigroup will continue to serve as a KanCare MCO through the expiration of its contract which is set to expire on December 31, 2018.  Visit the KanCare website for more information on it.  Visit the Department of Administration website to view evaluation results and the finalized contracts. Consumers who have questions about the change can call 785-766-9012.  
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