Category Archives: Medical Practice Blog

2018 KMA Legislative Summary: Out of the Chaos, KMA Found Success

The 2018 session of the Kentucky General Assembly was widely forecast to be contentious even before the first taps of the gavel in January, but few could have predicted the volatility that would eventually ensue. Between back-and-forth, last-minute negotiations regarding the state budget and aggressive conversation and protests surrounding the state’s public pension crisis, the 2018 session proved to be one both lawmakers and citizens will not soon forget. However, through the turmoil, the Kentucky Medical Association (KMA) was able to find

The Legislative Session Might Be Over, But Advocacy Never Sleeps

Published May 16, 2018 Like many of you I’m sure, I breathed a sigh of relief when the 2018 legislative session finally drew to a close in April. The meetings were contentious, and the media coverage constant. We had an idea going into the session in January that things might get hairy, but I don’t think anyone could have predicted just how intense the conversation would become. Which is why I’m both impressed and thankful that the KMA was able

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

Notice of Application for Appointment to the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure

Posted April 17, 2018 Physicians interested in being considered for a gubernatorial appointment to the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure (KBML) must submit an application and their curriculum vitae to the Kentucky Medical Association by July 1, 2018. Applications are being sought for the KBML four-year term beginning Aug. 1, 2018, and ending July 31, 2022. Click here to obtain an application.  Return the completed application to Laura Hartz by email at hartz@kyma.org or by mail at KMA, Attn: Laura

KMA Partners with Kentucky Department for Public Health for “ReadyOp”

Posted April 11, 2018 KMA members will begin receiving public health alerts from the Kentucky Department for Public Health (KDPH) through its partnership in the newly launched ReadyOp program. ReadyOp is a communication tool developed by KDPH that operates with the goal of sending alerts and sharing public health related information quickly and efficiently. As a contact within the ReadyOp system, KMA will receive alerts directly from KDPH that will then be disseminated to members. The program operates on a

Being “Driven” Crazy by Administrative Barriers

Published April 11, 2018 Last week I had to get some work done on my car. One may liken it to getting your yearly physical. Just a tune up, to make sure everything was running smoothly. When it came time to pay the bill, I took out my credit card and happily paid. As do most other drivers. It is understood that routine maintenance is part of owning a car. But here is where the similarities between car maintenance and

Public Health Alert: Synthetic Cannabinoid-Associated Coagulapathy Case in Kentucky

April 9, 2018 Public Health Alert from Cabinet for Health and Family Services: As you may have heard recently, an outbreak of coagulopathy cases has occurred in the U.S., primarily in Illinois but also in other states (Indiana, Maryland, Missouri and Wisconsin), associated with synthetic cannabinoid (marijuana) use.  So far, there have been 94 cases nationally, with 2 deaths. We have identified the first Kentucky case that appears to be linked to this outbreak. As per CDC, clinical signs of coagulopathy

The safer alternative? Unexpected drug found in one-fourth of overdoses

Published in The Courier Journal April 2, 2018 Reporter Beth Warren: bwarren@courier-journal.com; 502-582-7164; Twitter @BethWarrenCJ A popular drug has long been touted as a safe alternative to opioid painkillers, but it popped up in Louisville last year in nearly one-fourth of all overdose deaths. Gabapentin — developed to prevent epileptic seizures but now used for pain — was found in 93 of Jefferson County’s 407 fatal overdoses, according to an analysis of coroner data. “It’s becoming too popular,” Dr. James Patrick

5 Questions With Dave Adkisson, President and CEO of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce

Published March 29, 2018 Dave Adkisson serves as President and CEO of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, which represents more than 3,800 businesses across the state, employing over half of the state’s workforce. The Chamber works to advocate and unite businesses and last year was named “State Chamber of the Year” by the Council of State Chambers. Last week, Mr. Adkisson sat down with KMA to talk about his background, the organization’s priorities, and why physicians should consider getting involved.

History of Doctors’ Day

Source: Southern Medical Association Alliance (SMAA) The first Doctors’ Day observance was held on March 30, 1933, by the Barrow County Alliance, in Winder, Georgia. The idea of setting aside a day to honor physicians was conceived by Eudora Brown Almond, wife of Dr. Charles B. Almond, and the recognition occurred on the anniversary of the first administration of anesthesia by Dr. Crawford W. Long in Jefferson, Georgia, in 1842. The Alliance immediately adopted the following resolution: “WHEREAS the Alliance

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