2017 KMA Annual Meeting

Thank you to KMA Corporate Affiliates for supporting KMA this year, including the Annual Meeting.

To become a KMA Corporate Affiliate, simply fill out the application and send it, along with payment, to the Kentucky Medical Association, 9300 Shelbyville Road, Suite 850, Louisville, KY 40222-5178.

The 2017 KMA Annual Meeting was

held Aug. 25 - 27 at the Hyatt Regency,


Friday, Aug. 25

"Meet the Mandates"

Saturday, Aug. 26

Kentucky Physicians Leadership Academy

Sunday, Aug. 27

Caucus Meetings and House of Delegates 


Leadership in Action: Take the Lead
in Solving the Opioid Epidemic

KMA Annual Meeting Speakers

Attendees at the education portion of the KMA Annual Meeting -- The Kentucky Physicians Leadership Academy -- earned CME credits for House Bill 1. The afternoon session included several presentations:

  • Use of opioids in an inpatient setting
  • Prescribing statistics and trends, as well as an overview of KASPER
  • Prescribing limitations and an overview of House Bill 333, which passed in 2017
  • Stories of medically assisted treatment, as told in the KET documentary, "Inside the Opioid Epidemic"

Phillip Chang, M.D.
Chief Medical Officer
UK HealthCare

Dave Hopkins
Program Manager

Sarah Spurlock
Stites and Harbison

KET Producers
"Inside the Opioid Epidemic"



House Bill 1

Take the lead in solving Kentucky's opioid epidemic and earn the mandated 4.5 hours CME credit on House Bill 1 during Friday's Meet the Mandates.

Sam Quinones, author of “Dreamland”, named one of the best books of 2015 by the Wall Street Journal and Slate.com., discussed the origins of opioids, the use of these pain killers as recreational drugs and how they connect with the explosion in heroin use.

Ivana Grahovac spoke on recovery support and addiction disorders from her own personal experience in long-term recovery from substance abuse.

Sarah Spurlock spoke about House Bill 333, which limits issuance of a prescription for a Schedule II controlled substance for treatment of acute pain to a three day supply. 

Renee Shaw, Justin Allen and Laura Krueger, KET producers who cover the public health crisis surrounding prescription painkillers and heroin in Kentucky and the nation, shared their insights. Session included a panel discussion with experts in the field.

Sam Quinones
Author and Journalist



Renee Shaw
KET producer

Ivana Grahovac
 Facing Addiction, Inc.



Justin Allen
KET producer

Sarah Spurlock Attorney, Stites and Harbison



Laura Krueger
KET producer

Pediatric Head Trauma

Pediatric Abusive Head Trauma

Christina Howard, M.D., FAAFP
Chief of Division of Pediatric Forensic Medicine at the University of Kentucky

Dr. Howard, a child abuse pediatrician, educated physicians on the signs of abusive head trauma and child physical abuse and provide guidance on what they can do. House Bill 157 requires pediatricians, radiologists, family practitioners, and emergency medicine and urgent care physicians to complete 1 hour of training on this subject that is approved by the KBML prior to December 31, 2017.

Pediatric Head Trauma

Domestic Violence

Caitlin Willenbrink Training coordinator at The Center for Women and Families

Willenbrink discussed the challenges facing domestic violence victims—along with statistics and reporting requirements of physicians. Primary care physicians, who are granted licensure after July 1, 1996, are required to successfully complete the course within three years of the date of initial licensure.