AMA and KMA Urge Lawmakers to Support Legislation to Help End Opioid Epidemic

Posted February 17, 2020 Rep. Moser introduces bill to remove health insurance company barriers to lifesaving care The American Medical Association (AMA) and Kentucky Medical Association (KMA) are calling on state lawmakers to quickly pass House Bill 389, which would remove health insurance company barriers to evidence-based medication assisted treatment for opioid use disorder. In the 12-month period from June 2018 to June 2019, nearly 1,000 Kentuckians died from an opioid-related cause—with nearly 75 percent of deaths involving illicitly manufactured

President’s Message: Leadership and Legacy

Posted February 12, 2020 Two weeks ago, I was honored to join more than 100 physicians and medical students for KMA’s Physicians’ Day at the Capitol. This annual event brings together doctors from every specialty and every corner of the Commonwealth to advocate for the issues that matter most to our practices and patients. As someone who spends a lot of time in Frankfort during the legislative session, it is a special thing to witness the halls of the Capitol

KMA’s 2020 Physicians’ Day at the Capitol Photos

KMA members from across the state attended Physicians’ Day at the Capitol Jerome Soldo, Rachel Safeek, Suzanne McGee, M.D., and John Roberts, M.D. KMA President R. Brent Wright and KMA Deputy Executive Vice President/Director of Advocacy Cory Meadows addressed attendees Attendees received a legislative update Medical school students at KMA’s Physicians’ Day at the Capitol NKMS members attended PDAC Frank Burns, M.D., Thomas Higgins, M.D., Brian Sosnin, M.D. and Sen. Ralph Alvarado Brian Sosnin, M.D., John Roberts, M.D., Rep. Kim

KMA Committee Helps Keep Kentucky Middle and High School Athletes Safe for Almost Half a Century

Posted January 28, 2020 KMA’s Committee on Physical Education and Medical Aspects of Sports has had a positive impact on the health and safety of high school athletes for close to 50 years. The committee was formed in 1972 and is comprised of thirty-one sports medicine physicians from across the state. “KMA formed the committee to try and get Kentucky physicians involved in becoming team doctors and helping take care of high school student athletes,” said Doctor James Bowles, former

President’s Message: Using Passion for Effective Advocacy

Posted January 23, 2020 “The time is always right to do what is right.”–Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Earlier this week we celebrated the life of the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dr. King was an activist and leader who exemplified what it means to be a true advocate. He was articulate, engaging and diplomatic, but perhaps most important, he was passionate. As we continue to learn from the legacy of Dr. King, we see that effective advocacy grows from

Comparison Table Medicare and Kentucky Telehealth

Posted January 16, 2020 Comparison Table Medicare and Kentucky Telehealth Comparison Medicare Kentucky Telehealth Parity Yes – covers and reimburses based on the Medicare Physician  Fee Schedule Database (MPFSDB) Yes – covers and reimburses medical services to the same extent medical services are covered face-to-face when medically necessary and furnished by licensed healthcare providers and performed within their scope of practice Medicaid Fee Schedule Coverage Limited – although not every face-face service is covered many are Expanded – Medicare now

Weekly Medicaid Update

Posted January 7, 2020 Governor Beshear has appointed Lisa Lee as Medicaid Commissioner. A graduate of Kentucky State University, Lee has more than two decades of experience in state government. She previously served as Deputy Medicaid Commissioner and was also appointed Medicaid Commissioner by former Governor Steve Bashear. Insurers interested in a Medicaid contract will have to rebid, which allows another chance for Anthem and Passport to win a contract and negates the previously filed protests. The Request for Proposal

Sen. Max Wise Presented with KMA Advocacy Award

Posted December 7, 2020 Sen. Max Wise of Campbellsville was presented with KMA’s 2019 Advocacy Award on Tuesday, Jan. 7 during the opening day of the 2020 General Assembly. The award is presented to individuals who have effected positive change in the healthcare space through their advocacy efforts. Sen. Wise is chairman of the Education Committee and a member of a number of others, including Health and Welfare.  In 2014 he defeated a Republican Senate Candidate in the primary by

Kentucky Medicaid Weekly Update

Posted December 30, 2019 Less than a month after the Medicaid MCO contracts were announced, Governor Andy Beshear stated that he is canceling and rebidding Kentucky’s Medicaid managed care contracts. Anthem Kentucky and Passport Health Plan had previously submitted their appeals to the state protesting its exclusion from the Medicaid contracts. Gov. Beshear plans for new requests for proposals to be issued by Jan. 10 or earlier, and providers will be selected in early spring after a competitive bidding process.

KHIE Launches Provider Assistance Program Mini-Grant Opportunity

The Kentucky Health Information Exchange is excited to announce the launch of the Provider Assistance Program mini-grant opportunity.  In collaboration with the Department for Medicaid Services (DMS) and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the Kentucky Health Information Exchange (KHIE) is offering Pharmacies, Eligible Providers (EPs), Eligible Hospitals (EHs) and Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) the opportunity to apply for a mini-grant to offset the vendor fees associated with connecting to KHIE. The Provider Assistance Program was created to help

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