Success Happens When We Unite as Physicians

Posted September 16, 2019 Have you ever been working on a project only to look at the clock and realize much more time has passed than you’d thought? Staying busy can do that. This has certainly been true for the KMA this past year. We have accomplished so much together, and it’s hard for me to believe my term as President is coming to a close. My goal this year as your President was to unite physicians around issues of

Scombroid Poisoning Clinician Alert

Posted September 11, 2019 This alert is to warn you about possible Scombroid poisoning following consumption of Yellowfin tuna steaks.  On September 7, 2019, the FDA issued a consumer alert for Yellowfin tuna steaks sold at Kroger retail stores in several states, including Kentucky, with “sell by” dates of August 29 – Sept. 14, 2019. Scombroid poisoning is caused by eating fish that has not been properly refrigerated and therefore contains high levels of histamine.  Symptoms typically develop within a

State Loan Repayment Program Now Accepting Applications from Health Care Providers

Posted September 10, 2019 The Kentucky State Loan Repayment Program (KSLRP) is now accepting applications from health care providers seeking assistance with paying off their student loan debt. The KSLRP is a loan repayment assistance program that helps to recruit and retain health care providers in rural and underserved communities across the state. Applicants selected to participate in the competitive program agree to work full time for two years providing primary care services at an eligible practice site located in a Health Professional Shortage Area. Participants receive

Angela Tackett Dearinger, M.D., 2018 KPLI Graduate, Named New Commissioner for Kentucky’s Department for Public Health

Commonwealth of Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services names new commissioner for Kentucky’s Department for Public Health Contact: Christina Dettman (502) 229-2791 Jordan Rowe (502) 352-3977 FRANKFORT, Ky. (August 26, 2019) – The Cabinet for Health and Family Services is proud to announce Dr. Angela Tackett Dearinger as the new commissioner of Kentucky’s Department for Public Health (DPH). Dr. Dearinger is board certified in Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, Public Health and General Preventive Medicine. She is an associate professor at

TOBACCO-FREE FOR STUDENTS: Partnership to Donate Signage to Newly Tobacco-Free School Districts

(FRANKFORT, Ky – August 22, 2019) Kentucky school districts that adopt tobacco-free campus policies under a new 2019 law are eligible for free tobacco-free campus and vehicle signage, thanks to a partnership among the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky (FHKy), the Kentucky Medical Association (KMA) and the Kentucky Foundation for Medical Care (KFMC). The groups say their “Tobacco Free for Students” program will cover the chief cost of implementing the new law and significantly help improve community compliance. “Schools should

KPLI and CCLP Graduate Michael Kuduk, M.D., Blooms Where He is Planted

Posted August 23, 2019 Michael Kuduk, M.D., makes it his mission to make a difference wherever he is planted, whether it be in his community, his profession, or his hobby. Currently chair of KMA’s Board of Trustees, doctor Kuduk has served as the 11th district trustee representative on the board since 2015. He’s also a graduate of KMA’s leadership programs—the Community Connector Leadership Program and the Kentucky Physicians Leadership Institute. A pediatric specialist in Winchester for nearly 30 years, Doctor

KMA, KFMC and Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky Announce Partnership to Provide Signage to Tobacco-Free Schools

Posted August 22, 2019 This morning, KMA, KFMC and the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky announced a partnership that will provide campus signage to school districts across the state who agree to comply with the recently passed tobacco-free schools law. KMA President Bruce Scott, M.D., said, “Smoking remains the leading cause of preventable death and disability in the United States and it is estimated that today there are 119,000 kids under the age of 18 in Kentucky who will ultimately

President’s Message: “Save a Nickel – Spend a Dollar”

Posted August 20, 2019 Our society is more and more focused on today and now, and less concerned with planning for the future. Nowhere is that more evident than health care. Our health care system is not designed to fix something today in order to save the patient – and the system – pain, time and money later. Primary care physicians and psychiatrists know this. Emergency room physicians encounter the effects.  Endocrinologists and other specialists try to encourage patients to

U.S. Attorney to Headline Kentucky Physicians Leadership Academy at 2019 KMA Annual Meeting

Posted August 5, 2018 Russell Coleman, United States Attorney for the Western District of Kentucky, and other law enforcement and public health officials will headline Saturday’s Kentucky Physicians Leadership Academy at the 2019 KMA Annual Meeting to discuss “Opioids and the Federal Law Enforcement Perspective.” Coleman is the chief law enforcement officer for the 53-county area, serving a population of more than 2.2 million, including two military installations and federal courthouses in Louisville, Bowling Green, Paducah, and Owensboro. The Office

KMA Partners with Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky for Tobacco-Free Schools Campaign; Members Encouraged to Attend Kickoff Press Event

Posted August 2, 2019 KMA has teamed up with the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky for an initiative aimed at promoting tobacco-free schools across the state. With the passage of House Bill 11 in 2019, which established Kentucky’s first tobacco-free schools law, KMA and the Foundation will work together to provide participating school districts with signage designating the campus as tobacco-free. Each sign will include the logos of both organizations, further establishing KMA as a leader and champion for public

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