health care http://news.stlpublicradio.org en New Take On Emergency Care: Christian Hospital Using Paramedics To Reduce 911 Calls http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/new-take-emergency-care-christian-hospital-using-paramedics-reduce-911-calls <p>Paramedic Jaclyn Kloecker has experienced her share of tension, turmoil, rising adrenaline and blaring sirens. She's been responding to 911 calls and rushing the sick or injured to emergency rooms for 15 years.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">On a recent rainy morning, however, </span>Kloecker<span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;wasn't responding to an emergency. Rather, she was on a calmer, quieter mission, performing medical screenings aimed at reducing the number of 911 calls that Christian Hospital’s Emergency Medical Service system handles.</span></p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 02:26:54 +0000 Robert Joiner 35213 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org New Take On Emergency Care: Christian Hospital Using Paramedics To Reduce 911 Calls Health, Science, Environment Rundown: Spring Fling http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/health-science-environment-rundown-spring-fling <p>Last week, people all over St. Louis – and all over the Midwest and East Coast, probably – celebrated the official start of spring. They celebrated because the winter has been unusually long and cold and, somehow, darker than usual. And they celebrated with a tinge of worry that the brutal winter could give way to an equally brutal, hot summer.</p><p>If&nbsp;that does happen, be prepared for a lot of talk about climate change.&nbsp;</p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 04:42:50 +0000 Shula Neuman 34631 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Health, Science, Environment Rundown: Spring Fling Building A Pipeline Of Doctors To Help The Shortage In Missouri's Rural Communities http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/building-pipeline-doctors-help-shortage-missouris-rural-communities <p><em>Part three of three</em></p><p>For someone who was clueless about what he wanted to do after finishing high school, Luke Stephens has done quite well in life.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">He’s now </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">Dr.</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Luke Stephens, with a degree in cell and molecular biology from Missouri State University in 2004, and a&nbsp;medical degree from the University of Missouri at Columbia.</span></p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 03:13:10 +0000 Robert Joiner 34498 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Building A Pipeline Of Doctors To Help The Shortage In Missouri's Rural Communities Rodney M. Coe: Saint Louis University Sociologist Promoted Community Service For Physicians http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/rodney-m-coe-saint-louis-university-sociologist-promoted-community-service-physicians <p>Rodney Coe, a sociologist who led Saint Louis University’s Department of Family and Community Medicine for a decade, wanted medical students to be more than healers with a great bedside manner. He wanted them to know and understand the communities they would be serving. A medical school program that bears his name made his hope a reality.</p><p>“He was very proud of that,” said his wife, Elaine Coe.</p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 15:52:06 +0000 Gloria S. Ross 34557 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Rodney M. Coe: Saint Louis University Sociologist Promoted Community Service For Physicians The Doctor Shortage In Rural Missouri: Are Advanced Practice Nurses A Solution? http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/doctor-shortage-rural-missouri-are-advanced-practice-nurses-solution <p><i>Part two of a three-part series.</i></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Lisa Schofield regards her business as an example of the future of health care in rural Missouri.</span></p><p>She owns the Theodosia Family Medical Clinic in south central Missouri, a region with a big demand for medical care and too few doctors to meet it. Theodosia is situated in Ozark County near the Arkansas border. The clinic serves about 900 patients, all of whom are treated by a nurse practitioner, or an N.P.</p> Wed, 19 Mar 2014 04:24:44 +0000 Robert Joiner 34383 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org The Doctor Shortage In Rural Missouri: Are Advanced Practice Nurses A Solution? Is There A Doctor — Or Nurse Practitioner — In The House? Not In Rural Missouri http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/there-doctor-or-nurse-practitioner-house-not-rural-missouri <p><em>Part one of a three part series:</em></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">He woke up in the middle of the night late last year, one hand swollen and the rest of his body was shaking all over.</span></p> Mon, 17 Mar 2014 04:56:56 +0000 Robert Joiner 34331 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Is There A Doctor — Or Nurse Practitioner — In The House? Not In Rural Missouri Science & Health Rundown: The Air We Breathe http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/science-health-rundown-air-we-breathe <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s a stretch to think about summer now.&nbsp; </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">But close your eyes and imagine. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The sun is shining; bees are buzzing; your arms move through warm air; you even have to mop a thin veil of perspiration from your brow. And on the news in the morning, Geri Mitchell intones the familiar admonition: “It’s a red air quality day. Sensitive groups should avoid exercising outdoors.”</span></p> Mon, 24 Feb 2014 04:37:46 +0000 Shula Neuman 33906 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Science & Health Rundown: The Air We Breathe Sebelius Puts A Price And Face On Health Insurance Coverage In Missouri http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/sebelius-puts-price-and-face-health-insurance-coverage-missouri <p>U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius tried to put a price tag and a face on the government’s health reform push in Missouri when she visited the Grace Hill Water Tower Health Center on Friday.&nbsp;</p><p>The price tag: $5 million a day. That’s how much she says Missouri is losing by refusing to expand its Medicaid program under the Affordable Care Act.</p><p>The face: a local resident who praised the law for the help it is providing his family while he attends law school.</p> Fri, 31 Jan 2014 21:59:26 +0000 Robert Joiner & Jason Rosenbaum 33390 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Sebelius Puts A Price And Face On Health Insurance Coverage In Missouri Blunt Offers State of the Union 'Prebuttal' http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/blunt-offers-state-union-prebuttal <p></p><p>U.S. Senator Roy Blunt of Missouri says President Obama has "a lot of explaining to do” in his State of the Union address Tuesday.</p><p>Blunt offered a preemptive rebuttal to the speech in the GOP’s weekly radio address Saturday, saying Americans are suffering under unnecessary regulation and lackluster job creation.</p><p>Obama is expected to call for a “Year of Action” on poverty, but Blunt calls the focus on income inequality “more of the same.”</p> Sat, 25 Jan 2014 19:36:53 +0000 Kelly MacNeil 33260 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Blunt Offers State of the Union 'Prebuttal' Mo. Medicaid Fraud Unit Recovers $47 Million In 2013 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-medicaid-fraud-unit-recovers-47-million-2013 <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The state of Missouri recovered more than $47 million in fraudulent claims made by Medicaid providers in 2013.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">That's about an average year for Attorney General Chris Koster's&nbsp;Medicaid Fraud Unit.&nbsp;The office has recovered as much as $100 million, and as little as $20 million, in a year.</span></p> Wed, 15 Jan 2014 23:23:16 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 33042 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. Medicaid Fraud Unit Recovers $47 Million In 2013