Category Archives: Medical Practice Blog

Know When You Need to Use KASPER

Kentucky physicians will face some changes in prescribing following the 2017 legislative session and that could affect their usage of KASPER, Kentucky’s system for tracking controlled substance prescriptions dispensed within the state. KASPER stands for Kentucky All Schedule Prescription Electronic Reporting System. David Hopkins, program manager for KASPER in the Office of the Inspector General, Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services, will discuss those changes as part of his presentation at the KMA Annual Meeting Saturday, Aug. 26, at

A Call to Lead

What makes a leader? Are leaders born or taught? Several studies have been done using past leaders in different types of situations to seek the answer to these questions. It seems there are a few areas of commonality within the different people studied. These common areas are as follows: Leaders see things differently. They look at the problem or method and think of a solution “out of the box.” Leaders create a positive culture. Usually leaders give praise and create

Success of Medical Review Panels Will Depend on Physician Involvement

Sen. Ralph Alvarado, M.D., has one message for physicians regarding the passage of legislation earlier this year that established the Medical Review Panel process in Kentucky: Be ready to serve if called upon. “If you’re licensed in the state of Kentucky, you are in that pool” of potential panelists, Alvarado, R-Winchester, told attendees of the 2017 KMA Commissions Connection Saturday. Three physicians will be empaneled to review each malpractice case filed in Kentucky to determine the merits of the case

The Economic Side: New Law Ensures Coverage of Tobacco Screening and Cessation

A new law passed in the final days of the 2017 legislative session will ensure patients who want to quit smoking will have access to treatments their physicians prescribe. In the past, KMA members reported widespread barriers related to tobacco screening and cessation treatments. The problems persisted even after the Affordable Care Act was implemented; tobacco cessation coverage continued to vary by insurer with no consistency, burdensome prior authorizations and gaps in coverage. One of the most common complaints was

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

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