KMA Physician Sen. Ralph Alvarado, M.D. Chosen as Running Mate for Gov. Matt Bevin

Posted January 28, 2019 KMA member physician and state Senator Ralph Alvarado, M.D. has been selected by Governor Matt Bevin as his candidate for Lieutenant Governor. Gov. Bevin is seeking re-election in 2019. Alvarado, of Winchester, was elected to the General Assembly in 2014, becoming the body’s first Hispanic member. He is the current chair of the Senate Health and Welfare Committee. A former KMA board member, Alvarado was one of two recipients of KMA’s inaugural Advocacy Award in 2018.

KMA Special Legislative Minute: A Message from 2019 President Bruce Scott, M.D.

Posted January 24, 2019 With the 2019 Kentucky General Assembly underway, KMA President Bruce Scott, M.D. provides an overview of the Association’s top legislative priorities and urges members to stay engaged to ensure this year is a success for physicians and patients across the Commonwealth. Click here to register for KMA’s 2019 Physicians’ Day at the Capitol To sign up for KMA text message alerts, text “KMA” to 50457

Workers’ Compensation Pharmaceutical Formulary

Posted January 23, 2019 The Commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Workers’ Claims (DWC) has promulgated an administrative regulation (803 KAR 25:270) adopting the ODG by MCG Health pharmaceutical formulary for use in the treatment of work-related injuries and occupational disease. The adoption and implementation of a formulary was mandated by House Bill 2 during the 2018 session of the General Assembly. Drugs listed in the formulary are assigned “Y” or “N” status. Drugs assigned “Y” status may be dispensed

President’s Message: Advocacy Works

Posted January 22, 2019 January 8 marked the beginning of the 2019 Kentucky General Assembly. While legislators are currently on a three week break and will reconvene on Feb. 5, they will hit the ground running upon their return. That’s why it’s so important for KMA members to take advantage of this interim period and start planning ways to stay engaged throughout the session and beyond. Fortunately, many members of the KMA already take this responsibility seriously, and frequently devote

Kentucky Medicaid Provider Portal Application Webinars Available

Posted January 7, 2019 In an effort to launch the web-based system, KY MPPA (Kentucky Medicaid Partner Portal Application), a series of webinars are scheduled to provide support to Providers and Credentialing Agents in accessing the system and functionality. KY MPPA is a system that will streamline processes involved in applying to become a new KY Medicaid Provider, as well as those processes to update provider’s information.  KY MPPA will reduce the amount of time required of providers and credentialing

Joint Statement: Kentucky Flu Activity Rises to Widespread Levels

Posted January 4, 2019 Media Contacts: Emily Schott Kentucky Medical Association 502-814-1388 Bonnie J. Hackbarth Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky 502-326-2583 (o), 502-552-3770 (c) Joint Statement: Kentucky Flu Activity Rises to Widespread Levels The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services issued a news release this morning updating flu activity in Kentucky.  The Kentucky Medical Association, the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky and the Kentucky Foundation for Medical Care, which jointly launched the “Focus on Flu” campaign in September to

Physician Feedback on Medicaid and Kentucky HEALTH Requested

Posted January 3, 2019 Kentucky has contracted with the University of Pennsylvania and NORC at the University of Chicago to conduct the evaluation of the Kentucky HEALTH program. As part of the evaluation, NORC is conducting brief 40 minute telephone interviews with providers who serve Medicaid beneficiaries in order to gain an understanding of providers’ experiences with the Medicaid program, and their opinions on the Kentucky HEALTH program. NORC can scheduled around your availability and providers will receive an incentive

Kentucky Department for Public Health Alert

Posted December 20, 2018 Dear Healthcare Provider: [Note: This is a statewide health alert that updates an earlier alert sent only to one region of Kentucky after learning that more regions of Kentucky may have experienced patients associated with this event.] The Kentucky Department for Public Health (KDPH) is alerting you about a cluster of adverse vaccination reactions and requests information on any adult patients with adverse vaccination reactions occurring between September 1 and December 31, 2018. Reactions (abscesses, fibroid

Confusion Persists Regarding Tobacco Cessation and Counseling Coverage

Posted December 17, 2018 In 2017, a new law was passed that ensured patients who want to quit smoking will have access to treatments and tobacco aids their physicians prescribe. After more than a year, confusion about what is covered persists. This is primarily because Kentucky regulation offers broader coverage that applies to Medicaid, Medicaid Managed Care Originations (MCOs) and fully-funded health benefit plans while it does not apply to Medicare, Medicare Advantage, Tri-Care and self-funded health plans. Medicare is

President’s Message: Looking Forward to the 2019 Legislative Session

Posted December 14, 2018 We received a lot of feedback from my last message regarding the Kentucky Supreme Court decision in the medical review panels case. As I expressed in the article, and many of you echoed, it is ironic that the opinion stated that the law “delayed” justice, when in fact it was designed to speed up the process. You can read my entire message here. While this is certainly a setback, it’s important for us a sphysician leaders

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