President’s Message: Thankfulness Through the Challenges

Posted November 8, 2021 While it’s certainly been yet another unpredictable and challenging year, as KMA President I have found much to be thankful for as we wrap up 2021 and look towards 2022. Despite COVID-19 remaining part of our lives, the beginning of this year brought with it the widespread availability of a safe and effective vaccine. Acceptance of the vaccine continues to increase.  Surveys have shown that physicians are the most trusted source for information about these vaccines. 

“Breathe Better Kentucky: New Campaign by KMA, KFMC and Anthem Foundation Focuses on Lung Health Issues, Disparities Amid COVID-19”

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Emily Schott Kentucky Medical Association schott@kyma.org 502-814-1388 (Office) 502-341-1926 (Mobile) Jeff Blunt Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield in Kentucky Jeff.Blunt@anthem.com 513-315-1145 (Mobile) LOUISVILLE, KY (October 18, 2021)— For too long, Kentucky has struggled with high rates of lung cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), pneumonia, influenza, and asthma. The COVID-19 pandemic has only worsened the lung health of many Kentuckians, and while lung diseases, infections and viruses like COVID-19 don’t discriminate, disparities persist within minority and

Fresh Perspectives: Updated “Take It From Me” Campaign Urges Vaccinations as COVID-19 Spreads; Inundates Kentucky Hospitals

Fresh Perspectives: Updated “Take It From Me” Campaign Urges Vaccinations as COVID-19 Spreads; Inundates Kentucky Hospitals LOUISVILLE, KY (Oct. 13, 2021)—With the surge created by the delta variant of COVID-19 sickening thousands and filling Kentucky hospitals to capacity, the Kentucky Medical Association (KMA), Kentucky Foundation for Medical Care (KFMC), Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky (FHKY), Kentucky Hospital Association (KHA) and the Kentucky Primary Care Association (KPCA) have introduced a new set of videos as part of the “Take It From

President’s Message: “Reflecting on the Past and Looking to the Future of the KMA”

Posted October 11, 2021 It’s hard to believe we’re already well into the month of October. It won’t be long before we’re ringing in 2022, even though if you’re like me, you’re still having a hard time processing that 2020 is actually behind us. I think the pandemic has changed and impacted all of us, and as physicians we are certainly still grappling with its effects and likely will be for a very long time. The pandemic has altered the

Provider Relief Fund Phase 4 and rural payments – application deadline October 26, 2021

Posted October 5, 2021 The American Medical Association continues to advocate for federal support of physician practices, and provides this update to our members. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), has announced a new application cycle for $25.5 billion in COVID-19 provider funding (Phase 4). The application for the funds is open now, and will close on October 26, 2021 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Applicants will be able to apply for

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,

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