Category Archives: Medical Practice Blog

Focusing On What We Can Do Together Through KMA

Posted on July 17, 2018 As an ophthalmologist, I spend a lot of my day telling patients to “focus.” Focus on the screen. Focus on my finger. Focus on the letters and read them left to right. When you focus on something, you’re attempting to concentrate solely on that item, and block out whatever noise or background that may be a distraction around it. Focusing makes things clearer and helps you to identify problems. Focusing also helps you to turn

The Problem is Poverty: Why Poverty and Income Inequality Are at the Core of America’s High Health Care Spending

Posted July 12, 2018 The key to solving the issue of excessive health care spending starts with confronting that the majority of the spending results from caring for patients that are near the bottom of the social infrastructure, according to Kurt Mosley, Vice President of Strategic Alliances for Merritt Hawkins and its parent company, AMN Healthcare. “When discussing what makes people in the U.S. healthy or unhealthy, most Americans would likely say diet, exercise, obesity, social indiscretions or genetics, but

Update for Providers Regarding Kentucky HEALTH

Posted July 9, 2018 On June 29, a federal judge invalidated the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ approval of Kentucky’s Section 1115 Waiver and sent it back to the Department of Health and Human Services for further review. The program, known as Kentucky HEALTH, was set to begin on July 1. Based on this recent decision, Kentucky HEALTH has provided the following updates to assist providers: No changes No premiums will be charged for any Medicaid member. No deductibles

Improved consistency and fewer burdens for quality measurement reporting

Posted July 5, 2018 The focus of 2017-2018 Maurice Oakley M.D.’s KMA presidency has been to reduce administrative burden for physicians. In early 2018, KMA also launched its AIM for Better Care initiative, which seeks to reduce administrative burdens that lead to negative health outcomes in Kentucky. For close to a year the KMA has partnered with Kentucky Medicaid, the Kentuckiana Health Collaborative, commercial and public insurance payers, managed care organizations, clinicians (including members of KMA’s Public Health Commission), the

KMA’s 5 Questions With Wayne Tuckson, MD

Posted July 2, 2018 1. What made you want to go into medicine? I originally wanted to go into law. Growing up in Washington, DC during the civil rights movement made me want to get involved in making social changes. But I was always also interested in the sciences. How do things work? How do bodies work? During my undergraduate studies at Howard University I was actually a political science major working towards law school. But I couldn’t stop opening

KMA Lobbyist Bill Doll Retires After More Than 40 Years

KMA extends its best wishes to lobbyist Bill Doll, who is retiring after more than 40 years representing the Association. Doll began representing KMA shortly after his graduation from the University of Kentucky School of Law in 1975. Throughout his career, Doll was recognized as an expert on Kentucky health care law and played a major role in writing it. His vast network of contacts, which included physician leaders within KMA, assisted greatly with KMA’s lobbying activities. KMA honored Doll

Summer Brings the Opportunity to Refocus and Recharge

Posted: June 18, 2018 There are few things in life as universally popular as the season of summer. Warm temperatures, longer days, vacations…there’s certainly a lot to like. Aside from mosquitos and sunburns, summer tends to be an enjoyable time for all to relax and recharge before the hustle and bustle of fall. I’m especially enjoying this summer after what turned out to be an unusually cold and wet spring in Kentucky. The first half of 2018 was also difficult

Kentucky Medicaid Provider June Webinars

Providers interested in learning about the new Medicaid waiver, KY HEALTH and My Rewards program as well as changes to the KYHealthNet are encouraged to sign up for one of three upcoming provider webinars. Attendees are encouraged to print or download the webinar material and have them available for the webinar. The material will be available prior to the webinar at website under the Provider Relations/Provider Workshop heading. You MUST REGISTER in order to attend the webinar. For more

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

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