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State Disclosure Reports
- Kansas Healthcare-Associated Infections Reports Source: This report is not hospital specific; to look up your hospital's infection record, go to http://www.medicare.gov/hospitalcompare/. (Monday October 7, 2013)
Consumers Union Documents
- Health and Human Services Grants for hospital infection prevention at surgical centers
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius designates ARRA money to stand-alone or same-day surgical centers to fight hospital infections in 12 states.
- State Hospital Infection Public Reporting Laws
Summary of state laws hospital infection reporting laws.
- KDHE releases statistics on Kansas hospital-acquired infections Source: The Wichita Eagle (Monday October 7, 2013)
The Kansas Dept of Health and Environment released statistics for the first time on hospital infections at Kansas hospitals. This report is not hospital specific; to look up your hospital’s infection record, go to http://www.medicare.gov/hospitalcompare/
- New Hospital Compare data shows disparity in blood infection rates Source: Fierce Healthcare (Friday February 10, 2012)
Patients at hospitals in Hawaii, Alaska, South Dakota, Kansas and Indiana had the fewest bloodstream infections, according to CMS 2011 data.
- Q&A with Journalist Alan Bavley: Keeping Track of Medical Malpractice Frequent Fliers Source: Reporting on Health (Wednesday September 28, 2011)
William Heisel interviews Kansas City Star journalist, Alan Bavley, about tracking medical malpractice frequent fliers.
- Maggots found in shoes of man staying at Wichita nursing home Source: WSBT (Wednesday September 21, 2011)
A Wichita nursing home is under investigation for patient safety problems after maggots were found in a patient’s shoes and open sores on his feet.
- Kansas City Star: Stop trying to protect dangerous doctors Source: Kansas City Star (Saturday September 17, 2011)
“President Barack Obama’s administration has gone overboard in trying to protect physicians from the public’s right to glean essential information about their doctors.”
- Obama's HHS shuts down public access to doctor malpractice data Source: Kansas City Star (Tuesday September 13, 2011)
The Kansas City Star reports on the HHS taking down the National Practitioner Data Bank Public Use File. Lisa McGiffert, Director of Consumers Union’s Safe Patient Project quoted. A Health and Human Services Department’s Health Resources and Services Administration spokesman says the file is likely to be down for 6 months or more and may not return in the same format.
- Doctors with histories of alleged malpractice often go undisciplined Source: The Kansas City Star (Saturday September 3, 2011)
The Star found about 200 doctors who have practiced in Kansas or Missouri since 1990 and have had five or more malpractice case payments made on their behalf, without ever being disciplined by the state’s board. And although the two states’ boards have access to malpractice claims information from several sources, they don’t make it available to the public — unlike the boards in many other states.
- Disclosing Hospital Infection Rates Source: Kansas Public Radio (Monday March 22, 2010)
This week, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment is launching a new state plan to control healthcare-acquired infections.
- Hospital Infection Rates: How Are Wichita Hospitals Doing? Source: Eyewitness 12 Kansas (Thursday February 18, 2010)
“For years, doctors held the belief that these infections were inevitable and they became an accepted risk of hospital care. Now, research has shown the vast majority of these infections are preventable.”
- Recovery Act to fund 12 state efforts to improve care in ambulatory surgical centers Source: CMS Office of Public Affairs (Thursday July 30, 2009)
Money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 will pay $1 million for infection control in ambulatory surgical centers in Maine, New Jersey, Maryland, Florida, North Carolina, Indiana, Michigan, Arkansas, Oregon, Utah, Wyoming and Kansas.
Research and Reports
- Kansas: Medicaid Mirrors Medicare Policy on Adverse Events
Learn about Kansas efforts to alter its payment system for preventable hospital acquired conditions and events that harm patients.