Anthem Rescinds Proposed Lab Fee Schedule; Credits Feedback from Health Care Professionals

Posted September 28, 2018 Last week, Anthem announced that it was rescinding a proposed lab fee schedule change that was to take effect on Sept. 25. The change affected many common pediatric tests, including rapid cultures for influenza and strep. In its letter announcing the decision, Anthem credited input and feedback from individual health care professionals. The full statement from Anthem is available here. KMA worked with the Greater Louisville Medical Society and KPLI graduate and Bullitt County pediatrician Casey

KMA “Focus on Flu” Kickoff a Success

Event Covered by Every Television Station in Kentucky On Tuesday, Sept. 18, KMA, the Kentucky Foundation for Medical Care (KFMC) and the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky launched a joint public education campaign aimed at mitigating the effects of another deadly influenza outbreak. The press conference announcing “Focus on Flu” in the State Capitol Rotunda was attended by dozens of health officials from across the state. KMA President Bruce Scott, M.D. and KMA President-Elect Brent Wright, M.D. introduced the campaign’s

Kentucky Physicians Leadership Institute to be Honored with MediStar’s A.O. Sullivan Award for Excellence in Education

The Kentucky Physicians Leadership Institute (KPLI) has been announced as the recipient of the A.O. Sullivan Award for Excellence in Education. The award will be presented on Oct. 30 during the twelfth annual MediStar Awards, to be held at the Muhammad Ali Center. The MediStar Awards honor healthcare professionals for their achievements in advocacy, innovation, education, leadership and aging, as well as announce the Physician and Nurse of the Year. The A.O. Sullivan Award is presented to the organization that

Statewide Flu Shot Day is September 26

Flu Prevention Campaign Emphasizes “Get Your Shot, Consult a Doc, Prevent the Spread”  FRANKFORT, KY (September 18, 2018) “Focus on Flu” is a statewide campaign launched in Frankfort today to prevent another epidemic-level flu season like the one last year that hit every region of the state, infected 10,500 Kentuckians and led to the deaths of 325 people, including five children.[i] The campaign urges Kentuckians to get their flu shots on Kentucky Flu Shot Day, which is September 26, or

KMA Kicks off “Focus on Flu” Public Health Campaign

Posted September 18, 2018 KMA is excited to launch its 2018-2019 public health campaign, Focus on Flu, with a press conference occurring September 18 at 9:30 a.m. in the State Capitol Rotunda in Frankfort. KMA President Bruce Scott, M.D., President-Elect Brent Wright, M.D., and Ben Chandler, president and CEO of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, will speak on behalf of the organizations involved and will also be receiving their flu shots, thanks to Kentucky Department of Public Health Commissioner

Now Is The Time to Unite as Physicians

Posted September 14, 2018 I was honored to be installed as the 2018-2019 KMA President during the Association’s Annual Leadership Dinner on Aug. 25. During my inauguration, I spoke of the importance of our profession uniting together at a time when there is so much division within our country. Today, I’d like to share part of that message with our entire membership. The Kentucky Medical Association is all about bringing physicians together in the best interest of our patients and

Kentucky State Loan Repayment Program (KSLRP) Accepting Applications for 2018-2019

Posted September 11, 2018 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 site located in a Health Professional Shortage Area. Participants receive tax-free student loan repayment for their service commitment. Eligible applicants include physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, certified nurse-midwives,

Modifier 25 Madness – Disguises Continue

Posted September 7, 2018 Last October, Anthem announced that evaluation and management (E/M) services, historically eligible for separate reimbursement when reported by the same provider on the same day as a minor surgery, would be reduced by 50%. Anthem believed that physicians were being reimbursed for “duplicative services” relating to fixed/indirect practice expense when an E/M service denoted by use of the modifier 25 and billed on the same day as a minor surgery. Thanks to organized medicine, led by

Bruce Scott, M.D. Installed As 2018-2019 KMA President

2018 KMA Annual Meeting Also Honors Award Recipients, Program Graduates Bruce Scott, M.D., a Louisville otolaryngologist, was installed as the 168th President of the KMA on Aug. 25 during the Association’s Annual Meeting in Louisville. KMA members also elected two other officers during the 2018 Annual Meeting. R. Brent Wright, M.D., of Glasgow, was elected president-elect and Dale E. Toney, M.D., of Lexington was elected vice president. Dr. Scott completed undergraduate school at Vanderbilt University, medical school and residency at

Wayne Tuckson, M.D., Receives KMA Community Service Award

The Kentucky Medical Association presented its Community Service Award to Wayne Tuckson, M.D., of Louisville during the Leadership Dinner at the 2018 KMA Annual Meeting on Aug. 25. The award recognizes a physician who has made significant contributions to his or her community. Dr. Tuckson was selected for the creation of his Kentucky Educational Television (KET) television show Kentucky Health, a program that he also hosts. Dr. Tuckson communicates a wide range of health education topics, including various diseases, treatments, health

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