Healthcare and Insurance

Fauci expresses concern with new outbreak

Top infectious disease expert Dr. Anthony Fauci addressed senators in a hearing of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee Tuesday, saying that the U.S. is, “going in the wrong direction” with the recent coronavirus surge. Fauci said some… more

Leavenworth hospital to close in October

Saint Luke’s Health System announced Tuesday that is closing Cushing Hospital in Leavenworth, Kansas, on Oct. 1, according to reporting by KMBC. Health systems across the country have been dealing with the unexpected costs of COVID-19, causing a financial strain… more

Construction begins on million-dollar medical complex

In the last week of June, U.S. Army officials, legislators and others met to celebrate the start of a $295 million, 52-acre hospital complex project, according to a news release from the U.S. Army. With an expected completion date in… more

Children developing severe inflammation, linked to COVID-19

A condition called multisystem inflammation syndrome, or MIS-C, has been found in dozens of children by two different U.S. research groups, according to STAT News. Researchers say it is a side effect of COVID-19 and reports have described children who… more

Another round of layoffs at Cerner

Now in operation for 40 years, the healthcare technology giant confirmed on Wednesday that it has laid off more employees in the Kansas City area. The new round of layoffs follows a recent round of cuts announced in November 2019.… more

Clay County Health Center begins HIPAA investigation due to anonymous tip

An individual sent a tip to KMBC 9 showing a list of personal information from the Clay County Public Health Centers dashboard. The list showed individuals who tested positive for COVID-19, with at least 16 cases from the Pleasant Valley… more

Region’s largest healthcare provider commits $18 Million for employers and members

Yesterday, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City announced they will be dedicating almost $18 million in financial relief during COVID-19 conditions to introduce new support for its employers and members. Blue Cross serves as the industry’s largest healthcare… more

UMKC School of Medicine plans expansion to St. Joseph in partnership with Mosiac

In a move designed to address a stubborn shortage of physicians in rural areas of the state, the University of Missouri-Kansas City has been given the green light to expand with a satellite campus in St. Joseph. Financed in large part… more

Coping with COVID: Request for more COVID-19 testing in Kansas City

Approaching three months since the announcement of the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent closures across the U.S. and world, the demand for increased testing – and access to it – has received attention from the Kansas City, Missouri Health Department. While… more

Young children said to be more immune to COVID-19 than adults

The number of children affected by COVID-19 has shown to be significantly lower than older age groups. In a study conducted by Nature Medicine, there are age-dependent effects in the spread of the virus. “Age disparities in observed cases could… more