Category Archives: Education

KMA Hosts Annual “Commission Connection” Meeting

Published April 30, 2018 Three KMA commissions met on April 21 at KMA headquarters to discuss issues of importance to physicians and the healthcare community. The groups also heard from Sen. Ralph Alvarado, M.D., who gave a legislative update to attendees over lunch. The Commission on Legislative and Political Advocacy (COLPA) reviewed the successful 2018 Regular Session and began discussing the outlook for the 2018 Interim Session as well as the 2019 Regular Session. The 2018 election cycle is anticipated

Beyond the White Coat Gallery to Display KMA Member Talents Outside of Medicine

As a physician, you know that your job is more than just a profession. It’s a mission. But it’s also one that can easily become the center of your identity and has the potential to lead to burnout. KMA’s 2018 Annual Meeting will feature physician and author Shawn C. Jones, M.D., FACS, whose book, Finding Heart in Art: A Surgeon’s Renaissance Approach To Healing Modern Medical Burnout, uses Renaissance paintings as a framework to explain how medical professionals can manage

Economics of Electronic Health Record Signatures

Protect Medicare payments with timely signing and closing of electronic health records More than eighty percent of physicians in the U.S. now use electronic health records according to  An electronic signature is one component of the EHR. The focus of electronic signatures was often on systems and software products that must include protections against modification and other administrative safeguards, and not the timeliness of signing and closing an electronic signature. Earlier this year, CGS – the Medicare contractor for

Former Heroin Addict: There’s Always Hope for Recovery

Meet the Mandates Former Heroin Addict: There’s Always Hope for Recovery   Ivana Grahovac is living proof heroin addiction is not a death sentence. “No matter how far gone a patient may seem, there’s always hope for recovery,” said Grahovac, a keynote speaker at KMA’s “Meet the Mandates” discussion of House Bill 1, Aug. 25 at the Hyatt Regency in downtown Louisville. Meet the Mandates is funded by the Kentucky Foundation for Medical Care. Grahovac is the director of advancement

Don’t Avoid the Colonoscopy – Physicians Say Embrace the Lifesaving Test

March is National Colon Cancer Awareness Month. Colorectal cancer is the third leading cause of cancer deaths among women in the United States, and the second leading cause among men, according to the American Cancer Society. The average individual has a 4 to 5 percent risk of colorectal cancer in their lifetime. It’s estimated that physicians will diagnose 135,000 new cases in 2017, and colorectal cancer is expected to cause more than 50,000 deaths in the United States this year.

MIPS in Action: Take action in 2017 to prevent Medicare payment reductions in 2019

The new Medicare Quality Payment Program, which includes the Merit Based Incentive Payment System or MIPS, has an implementation date of Jan. 1, 2019, but physicians must take action starting in 2017 to avoid payment reductions or have a chance of receiving payment incentives in 2019 of up to 4 percent. This article is the last in a three-part series. Earlier you were provided with MIPS terminology and how to navigate MIPS regulations. In this final article, we share the

Transitional and Chronic Care Management – Focus of OIG

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) in November released the annual Work Plan, which is designed to ferret out fraud, waste and abuse in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. Typically, the OIG identifies potential problem areas based on previous small-sample (probed) audits. The work plan includes one area of particular concern to physicians: Medicare Payments for Transitional Care Management (TCM) and Chronic Care Management (CCM) The OIG will review TCM and CCM payments to ensure compliance with Medicare requirements while

KMA Launches ‘Know Your Meds’ Campaign

The Kentucky Medical Association has formally launched the “Know Your Meds” campaign to encourage physicians and patients across the Commonwealth to work together to prevent prescription drug abuse through knowledge and education. Prescription drug abuse is a public health epidemic in Kentucky resulting in more than 1,000 deaths from overdoses each year. Physicians and patients both have important roles to play in stopping improper use of prescription medicines that can lead to abuse and addiction.  The Know Your Meds campaign

MSOL Program Covers Topics Important to Future Physicians

According to CBS Money Watch, if you are “brilliant, ambitious and gifted in science,” you should “think again” before you consider being a doctor. They cite that the increasing administrative tasks are only matched by the increasing amount of debt that medical students graduate with – which averaged $180,000 in 2014. The fact that major news outlets are redirecting bright students to a different field is a testament to the challenge that we face as medical students. We are tasked

Advocacy efforts improve reporting under the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System

Comments from physicians across the country prompted a number of positive changes to final regulations for the Medicare Accountability and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA). The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on Oct. 14, 2016, released final regulations for MACRA, which implements the Quality Payment Program that will transition Medicare away from fee-for-service and into pay for performance. The program includes two options for physicians’ participation–Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) or the Alternative Payment Models (APMs). KMA and other

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