2021 KMA Annual Meeting in Review

Posted September 13, 2021 The 2021 Annual Meeting of the Kentucky Medical Association, “Better Together” Transforming the Landscape of Care,” emphasized the importance of physicians working together, even while apart. The virtual meeting, held throughout the month of August, gave members the opportunity to participate in events from the comfort and safety of their home communities, while continuing to care for patients amid the COVID-19 pandemic. More than 250 physicians participated in education sessions, elections, and the Association’s first virtual

HHS Announces $25.5 Billion in COVID-19 Provider Funding

Posted September 14, 2021 The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), recently announced $25.5 billion in new funding available for health care providers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. On September 29, 2021, health care providers will be able to apply for the funding, which includes $8.5 billion in American Rescue Plan (ARP) resources for providers who serve rural Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), or Medicare patients, and $17 billion

2021 Special Session Recap

Posted September 10, 2021 Pursuant to gubernatorial proclamation, the Kentucky General Assembly convened for a Special Session on Tuesday, September 7, to address the current COVID-19 situation.  After only three days and two gubernatorial vetoes, legislators passed four pandemic related bills and one economic development bill, making remarkably few changes to the bills that were introduced at the beginning of the Special Session. In doing so, the legislature ratified most of the Beshear Administration’s pandemic-related emergency executive orders but banned

Kentucky COVID-19 Healthcare & Public Health Update from Kentucky Department for Public Health

Posted September 8, 2021 For those unable to attend yesterday’s Department for Public Health Kentucky COVID-19 Healthcare and Public Health update webinar, a recording of the session and slide deck are now available. The webinar included updates on breakthrough infections, variant surveillance, updates on monoclonal antibodies and disease control guidance, FDA approval of the vaccine, third doses, and off-label use, as well as updates on RSV and long-term care. Specific timestamp sections of the recording include: 0:00       Welcome and Housekeeping

Special Legislative Session

Posted September 7, 2021 Pursuant to powers granted by the Kentucky Constitution, Governor Andy Beshear has called members of the Kentucky General Assembly into a Special Legislative Session to address the COVID-19 pandemic. The session begins today and will likely conclude by Saturday, September 11. The special session call is available here. The Special Session is necessitated by the state Supreme Court’s ruling two weeks ago that the Franklin Circuit Court was wrong to issue an injunction back in March,

Taylor Mill Physician Neal Moser, M.D., Installed as KMA President

Posted August 30, 2021 2021 Virtual Annual Meeting Concludes with Hundreds of Physician Participants LOUISVILLE, KY—Neal Moser, M.D., a Taylor Mill pulmonologist, was installed as the 171st President of the Kentucky Medical Association (KMA) over the weekend during the organization’s Annual Meeting, which was held virtually throughout the month of August. KMA members also elected three other officers during the 2021 meeting. Monalisa Tailor, M.D., of Louisville was elected President-Elect, and Michael Kuduk, M.D., of Winchester was elected Vice President.

COVID-19 Booster Shots: Joint Statement from HHS Public Health and Medical Experts

Posted August 18, 2021 Today, public health and medical experts from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released the following statement on the Administration’s plan for COVID-19 booster shots for the American people. The statement is attributable to Dr. Rochelle Walensky, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); Dr. Janet Woodcock, Acting Commissioner, Food and Drug Administration (FDA); Dr. Vivek Murthy, U.S. Surgeon General; Dr. Francis Collins, Director of the National Institutes of Health

White House Virtual Conversation: “Health Systems, Providers, and the COVID-19 Vaccinations Effort”

You are invited to attend a White House Virtual Conversation on Health Systems, Providers, and the COVID-19 Vaccinations Effort. The event is on Monday, August 23, from 12:00 – 1:00 PM ET. The event will focus on the significant progress that has been made in activating providers in the vaccinations effort, as well as a number of best practices health systems and providers have committed to in order to further increase vaccine confidence and uptake. These include, for example, offering

House Bill 50 Brings Accountability and Transparency to Mental Health Parity

Posted August 11, 2021 In 2008, Congress passed the Federal Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (Federal Parity Law) requiring insurance coverage for mental health and substance use disorder to be no more restrictive than coverage for other medical conditions. Although the Federal Parity Law has been on the books for over a decade, the implementation and enforcement has been difficult, and state parity laws have lagged. In 2018, The Parity Leadership Coalition released a state-by-state report card on

August 2021 President’s Message: Be Well. Stay Well…And Beyond

Posted August 9, 2021 It’s hard to believe this is my last message to the membership as KMA President. When I began my term last August, I frankly had no idea what kind of challenges the year would bring. We were five months into a global pandemic with absolutely no playbook. Thankfully, in early December, a vaccine became available with an effectiveness rate better than we could have hoped. However, we continue to work towards convincing all of our patients

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