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KBML Working on Regulations Related to Laws from 2017 Legislative Session

By Randel Gibson, D.O. President, Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure The 2017 session of the Kentucky General Assembly has come to a close and the laws passed by legislators will soon take effect. The Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure has been working to implement statutory changes from the session. As in past years, one of the hot topics in the session has been the epidemic of opioid abuse in the Commonwealth. One of the bills that we have been monitoring is

Learn about New Rules on Post-Operative Data Reporting

Kentucky physicians, along with those in eight other states, will be required to report the number of post-operative visits they provide during the global surgical period under a new Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) policy that takes effect July 1. Learn more about the rules in a webinar hosted by the American College of Surgeons at 7 p.m. EDT Tuesday, May 23. In addition to Kentucky, CMS will require Florida, Louisiana, Nevada, New Jersey, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon

ACA (Affordable Care Act) Part II

Last month, we listed the goals and success measurements. The two goals of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) were expanding health insurance and reforming the health care delivery system. The measurements of success of the ACA in achieving these goals were achieving access to health care, the cost of that health care, and if there was improved quality of that care. Last month dealt with expanding health insurance and achieving access to health care.  In this article, we will look

Epic Insurance Solutions–Superheroes in Community Service

Don’t be surprised if you see a grown man in tights show up at your office in the coming weeks dressed in superhero garb. It’s just Epic Insurance Solutions President Don Thompson, also known as “Epic Man.” He dresses this way for a good reason—to raise money for kids with cancer to go to camp for a week. It’s all part of Epic’s “Capes for Camp” initiative with Kosair Charities to help send kids to Camp Quality Kentuckiana where children

Dr. Couch Recognized for Work on Front Lines of Drug Epidemic

Over three decades in Louisville’s emergency rooms, Robert Couch, M.D., has seen the scourge of drug abuse run the gamut from heroin to powder cocaine to PCP to meth and back to heroin again. The death rate through those changing drugs of choice remained fairly consistent. Until now. “We’re seeing so many more deaths,” he said, in part because of the availability of cheap drugs that are “very plentiful.” Couch has been on the front lines in the battle against

Author Sam Quinones to Discuss Kentucky’s Opioid Epidemic at KMA’s Meet the Mandates

In 2015, 1,248 people died from drug overdoses in Kentucky, a big jump over the 1,088 deaths in 2014. Fentanyl, a powerful painkiller, drove the increase in overdose deaths, according to the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy. Kentucky isn’t alone in battling this epidemic, which cuts across all socioeconomic lines but primarily affects white people, according to Sam Quinones, the acclaimed author of “Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic.” Quinones is the keynote speaker at KMA’s “Meet

You Can Participate on the KMA Sports-Related Committee

KMA is seeking member physicians who are interested in serving on the Committee on Physical Education and Medical Aspects of Sports, which is concerned with matters relating to the improvement of the overall health of the school-age athlete. The committee recommends programs to the KMA Board of Trustees and advises physicians, as well as interested agencies, including the Kentucky High School Athletic Association, about programs that would result in the development of stronger student athletes, both mentally and physically, and

Update – Merit-based Incentive Payment Systems (MIPS) Physicians to Receive Participation Status Letter

  Kentucky physicians will soon be notified whether they will need to take part in MIPS, the Merit-based Incentive Payment System, which is one component of the new Quality Payment Program. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has been reviewing claims to determine the participation status for MIPS physicians and other clinicians associated with the Taxpayer Identification Number (TIN) in the practice. Practices should receive letters explain physicians’ statuses through the end of May from CGS, the Medicare Administrative Contractor

KPPAC 100 Leaders Effect Positive Advocacy Outcomes

John White, M.D., and Bruce Burton, M.D., know there’s strength in numbers. As the highest contributor and fundraiser, respectively, to the Kentucky Physicians Political Action Committee (KPPAC) last year, both physicians are adamant in their support to make physicians’ voices heard in the election of pro-medicine candidates for the Kentucky General Assembly. KPPAC last year set a goal to become a $100,000 PAC. To achieve this, PAC leaders initiated the KPPAC 100 program in 2016 to promote physician leadership and

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