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KMA Wraps Historically Successful 2021 Legislative Session

Posted April 13, 2021 Thanks to the advocacy of engaged physicians from across the state, the Kentucky Medical Association (KMA) completed one of its most successful legislative sessions in recent history. Despite challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic and several inclement weather delays, five KMA priority issues were sent to the Governor’s desk and became law. These include: Telehealth Expansion: Expands the definition of telehealth to include remote patient monitoring, allows telehealth services to continue through audio-only encounters, and removes

William Thornbury, M.D., To Discuss Advances of Telehealth in Kentucky on KET

Posted April 9, 2021 William C. Thornbury, M.D., medical director and CEO of Medical Associates Clinic in Glasgow, Kentucky, and chief of family medicine at T.J. Samson Community Hospital, will talk about advances in telehealth in Kentucky on KET’s Kentucky Health. Following is a schedule of air dates: Sunday April 18, 2021 12:30 pm ET on KET Sunday April 18, 2021 5:30 pm ET on KETKY Monday April 19, 2021 2:00 pm ET on KET2 Friday April 23, 2021 1:30

New Information Blocking Rules Now in Effect: What You Need to Know

Posted April 9, 2021 The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has released a final rule on the implementation of the new “information blocking” rules put in place as a result of the 21st Century Cures Act, which requires physicians to comply with new regulations on the access, exchange, and use of patients’ electronic health information (EHI). Information blocking is defined as practices that are likely to interfere with, prevent, or materially discourage the access, exchange,

“Take It From Me”: KMA, KFMC Launch New COVID-19 Vaccine Campaign with Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, Kentucky Hospital Association, Kentucky Primary Care Association

Adults who are hesitant to take the COVID-19 vaccine may be more likely to do so if they know someone who has received it. That’s the premise of the new “Take It From Me” campaign, launched last week by the Kentucky Medical Association (KMA), Kentucky Foundation for Medical Care (KFMC), the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky (FHKy), the Kentucky Hospital Association (KHA), and the Kentucky Primary Care Association (KPCA) to encourage residents to receive the shot when it’s their turn.

April 2021 President’s Message: A Light at the End of the Tunnel

Posted March 30, 2021 It’s officially been more than a year since the COVID-19 pandemic swept across Kentucky and the world. In many ways, March 2020 feels like just yesterday. In others, it may as well have been a lifetime ago. While all of lives changed dramatically, the availability of the COVID-19 vaccine has provided a light at the end of the tunnel and some semblance of normalcy feels like it could be right around the corner. However, there’s still

“Take It From Me”: New Campaign from Kentucky Health Groups Encourages Residents to Receive COVID-19 Vaccine

LOUISVILLE, KY—Adults who are hesitant to take the COVID-19 vaccine may be more likely to do so if they know someone who has received it. That’s the premise of the new “Take It From Me” campaign, launched today by the Kentucky Medical Association (KMA), Kentucky Foundation for Medical Care (KFMC), the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky (FHKy), the Kentucky Hospital Association (KHA), and the Kentucky Primary Care Association (KPCA) to encourage residents to receive the shot when it’s their turn.

DEA Warning: Scammers Impersonating Agents Are Stealing Identities, Money

Posted March 11, 2021 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: DEA Public Affairs (202) 307-7977 DEA Warning: Scammers Impersonating Agents Are Stealing Identities, Money WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Drug Enforcement Administration is warning the public of a widespread fraud scheme in which telephone scammers impersonate DEA agents in an attempt to extort money or steal personal identifiable information. A new public service announcement aims to raise awareness that DEA will never phone demanding money or asking for personal information. There are variations

KMA Member News Alert March 10, 2021

KY COVID-19 Healthcare and Public Health Update Webinar The next Kentucky Department for Public Health (KDPH) COVID-19 clinical/public health situation update webinar is scheduled for Tuesday, March 16 at 11:30 am – 1:00 pm During the webinar, KDPH will offer up-to-date information on the outbreak and will cover several current topics of interest to healthcare providers and public health practitioners. Topics will include (but may not be limited to): Community Prevention Strategy Changes Vaccination Progress and Availability Update Vaccination Adverse Reactions COVID-19 Variant

President’s Message: Working Toward A More Equitable Future

Posted March 1, 2021 The COVID-19 pandemic has undeniably caused great pain, suffering, loss and stress for all Kentuckians. However, some communities have been especially hard hit during the pandemic. Members of the Hispanic, African American and rural communities in Kentucky have historically poorer health outcomes that have unfortunately only worsened since the start of the pandemic. Reports just recently released indicate that life expectancy for African Americans has dropped by nearly three years since 2019, and by 1.9 years

President’s Message: The Pillars of Advocacy

Posted February 2, 2021 I once heard an Association describe the value their organization places on advocacy by saying, “Advocacy is the pillar. The rest are just posts.” While the KMA doesn’t “rank” its activities as being more valuable than others, I must admit that advocacy would certainly make a bold case for itself. Advocacy is, and always has been, at the core of the Association’s mission. KMA provides a voice for physicians in Frankfort, supporting legislation that makes the

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