President’s Message: 2020: Reflections on a Challenging Year

Posted December 4, 2020 It may be hard to believe but this is my last President’s Message for 2020. Or perhaps for you, it isn’t hard to believe we’ve already come to the close of another calendar year. 2020 has certainly been a year unlike any other, and events like what we’ve experienced over the last nine months sometimes do funny things to our concept of time. Either way, I always find it important to acknowledge the close of one

KMA, Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Kentucky Welcome Additional Partners for “Raise Your Guard, KY: Focus on Flu”

Posted December 2, 2020 LOUISVILLE, KY– The Kentucky Medical Association (KMA), the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky (FHKy) and Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Kentucky have welcomed new partners to the “Raise Your Guard, KY” campaign for a special focus on flu vaccination across the state. Aetna Better Health of Kentucky, Humana, WellCare of Kentucky and the Kentucky Hospital Association will join the original partners of the Raise Your Guard, KY campaign to amplify the importance of all

Save the Date: KMA to Host Virtual “Advocacy in Action Month” in February 2021

Posted December 2, 2020 KMA physicians are encouraged to engage with their legislators to promote priority issues as the Association hosts a virtual “Advocacy in Action Month” throughout February 2021. Advocacy in Action Month will replace “Physicians’ Day at the Capitol,” the in-person KMA advocacy event held in Frankfort each year, out of concern for the health and safety of Kentucky’s physicians during the COVID-19 pandemic. There will be a number of ways members can participate, including a virtual member

Mandatory Electronic Prescribing of Controlled Substances

Posted December 2, 2020 Kentucky Revised Statute 218A.182, passed by the General Assembly in 2019, mandates the electronic prescribing of controlled substances (EPCS) in Kentucky effective January 1, 2021. The Kentucky mandate is similar to the federal Medicare Part D EPCS mandate effective January 1, 2021, but applies to all controlled substances prescribed in Kentucky, regardless of payer. Some controlled substance prescriptions will be exempt from the Kentucky EPCS mandate. The complete list of exceptions is found in KRS 218A.182.

KMA Physical Education and Medical Aspects of Sports Committee Continues Work with KHSAA to Address COVID-19 Impact on Student Athletes

Posted November 19, 2020 Earlier this year, the KMA Physical Education and Medical Aspects of Sports Committee (Sports Committee) provided clinical information to the Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA) regarding return to play for fall sports. Since that time, the KHSAA, in consultation with the Sports Committee, has also developed the “KHSAA COVID-19 Return to Play Form” that student athletes must have completed by a physician prior to returning to competition following a COVID infection. As fall sports enter

Dr. Dale Toney: As pandemic continues, access to health care more vital than ever for Kentuckians

Posted November 10, 2020 Dr. Dale Toney Op-Ed in Northern Kentucky Tribune Insurance plays a vital role for everyone in our health care system, whether you’re enrolled in Medicare, Medicaid, an employer-sponsored plan or one off the marketplace. But what happens if insurers refuse to cover the vital services you need to manage your health and connect with your doctors? This has been a growing concern among patients and their physicians for years but has escalated as we continue to

Member Alert Nov. 9: BREAKING: COVID-19 Vaccine Trial Boasts 90% Effectiveness Rate

Posted November 9, 2020 On Monday, drug maker Pfizer announced that an early analysis of its COVID-19 vaccine trial was shown to be more than 90% effective in preventing the virus among trial volunteers who had not been previously infected. Pfizer developed the vaccine with German drugmaker BioNTech. Few details from its clinical trial were made public, but were based on the first formal review of the data by an outside panel of experts. The data was released by Pfizer

During a Time of Unknowns, KMA Membership Pays Off

Uncertainty seems to be the name of the game these days. COVID-19 numbers rising – elections – financial markets going up and down.  Months of unknowns can make anyone stressed and weary, and as physicians, we certainly aren’t immune to those feelings, although sometimes it can be harder for us to acknowledge. As our KFMC President Shawn Jones, M.D. mentioned in his recent Herald-Leader interview regarding physician burnout, “We always are so good at putting other people first and the

Kentucky Health Experts to Address Health Inequities in the Era of COVID-19

LOUISVILLE, Ky., November 2, 2020 – African-Americans and other persons of color in Kentucky and across the country have experienced significant and disproportionate incidence and deaths related to the novel coronavirus. According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), COVID-19 hospitalization rates among non-Hispanic African-Americans and Hispanic or Latino people are both about 4.7 times the rate of non-Hispanic white people. The Kentucky Medical Association (KMA), the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky and the University of Kentucky College of Public Health

Kentucky Experiencing Increase in COVID-19 Cases; Gov. Beshear Makes New Recommendations

Posted October 26, 2020 Yesterday, Gov. Beshear announced that Kentucky had reached a total of 97,866 cases of COVID-19, with 953 positive cases added on Monday. The state’s positivity rate also increased to 5.84 percent after hovering around 5 percent for almost two months. Gov. Beshear also made recommendations to counties that were classified as being in the “red zone,” meaning their rate of positive COVID-19 cases reached 25 per 100,000 people or higher per day. The governor said if

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