HHS Revises Provider Relief Fund Reporting Requirements and Timeline

On June 11, 2021, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released revised reporting requirements for health care providers who received Provider Relief Fund (PRF) payments. These revisions expand the amount of time providers have to report information and extend key deadlines for expending PRF payments for recipients who received payments after June 30, 2020. The revised reporting requirements are applicable to providers who received one or more payments exceeding $10,000, in the aggregate, during a single Payment Received

June 2021 President’s Message: The New Normal

by Dale Toney, M.D., 2020-2021 KMA President While there are certainly still remnants visible, society is starting to return to what life looked like before the COVID-19 pandemic. Capacity restrictions and mask mandates in Kentucky expired just over a week ago, and stores, restaurants, and travel looks much like it did pre-pandemic. For physicians, however, things aren’t back to ‘normal’ just yet. There are still many protocols in place in our hospitals and clinics to keep our staff and patients

May 2021 President’s Message: “Leading the Way to End the Pandemic”

Posted May 14, 2021 There’s a saying that great leaders don’t set out to be leaders at all. They simply set out to make a difference. I’d argue that most physicians went into medicine to make a difference. We are inherently called to serve and called to care for others. With the COVID-19 pandemic, we unfortunately knew little in the beginning about how to treat this deadly virus. Our knowledge was constantly evolving and there were more questions than answers.

Member News Alert April 19, 2021: Gov. Beshear Rescinds Previous Requirements for Healthcare Facilities

On Monday, Gov. Beshear rescinded Executive Order 2020-215, which outlined requirements for healthcare facilities during the COVID-19 public health emergency. The order has been replaced with new Healthy at Work documents, available here. Healthcare facilities are asked to refer to both the minimum requirements document and the healthcare facilities supplemental document. Medicare FFS Claims: 2% Payment Adjustment (Sequestration) Suspended Through December An Act to Prevent Across-the-Board Direct Spending Cuts, and for Other Purposes, signed into law on April 14, 2021,

KMA Wraps Historically Successful 2021 Legislative Session

Posted April 13, 2021 Thanks to the advocacy of engaged physicians from across the state, the Kentucky Medical Association (KMA) completed one of its most successful legislative sessions in recent history. Despite challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic and several inclement weather delays, five KMA priority issues were sent to the Governor’s desk and became law. These include: Telehealth Expansion: Expands the definition of telehealth to include remote patient monitoring, allows telehealth services to continue through audio-only encounters, and removes

William Thornbury, M.D., To Discuss Advances of Telehealth in Kentucky on KET

Posted April 9, 2021 William C. Thornbury, M.D., medical director and CEO of Medical Associates Clinic in Glasgow, Kentucky, and chief of family medicine at T.J. Samson Community Hospital, will talk about advances in telehealth in Kentucky on KET’s Kentucky Health. Following is a schedule of air dates: Sunday April 18, 2021 12:30 pm ET on KET Sunday April 18, 2021 5:30 pm ET on KETKY Monday April 19, 2021 2:00 pm ET on KET2 Friday April 23, 2021 1:30

New Information Blocking Rules Now in Effect: What You Need to Know

Posted April 9, 2021 The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has released a final rule on the implementation of the new “information blocking” rules put in place as a result of the 21st Century Cures Act, which requires physicians to comply with new regulations on the access, exchange, and use of patients’ electronic health information (EHI). Information blocking is defined as practices that are likely to interfere with, prevent, or materially discourage the access, exchange,

“Take It From Me”: KMA, KFMC Launch New COVID-19 Vaccine Campaign with Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, Kentucky Hospital Association, Kentucky Primary Care Association

Posted March 31, 2021 Adults who are hesitant to take the COVID-19 vaccine may be more likely to do so if they know someone who has received it. That’s the premise of the new “Take It From Me” campaign, launched last week by the Kentucky Medical Association (KMA), Kentucky Foundation for Medical Care (KFMC), the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky (FHKy), the Kentucky Hospital Association (KHA), and the Kentucky Primary Care Association (KPCA) to encourage residents to receive the shot

April 2021 President’s Message: A Light at the End of the Tunnel

Posted March 30, 2021 It’s officially been more than a year since the COVID-19 pandemic swept across Kentucky and the world. In many ways, March 2020 feels like just yesterday. In others, it may as well have been a lifetime ago. While all of lives changed dramatically, the availability of the COVID-19 vaccine has provided a light at the end of the tunnel and some semblance of normalcy feels like it could be right around the corner. However, there’s still

“Take It From Me”: New Campaign from Kentucky Health Groups Encourages Residents to Receive COVID-19 Vaccine

LOUISVILLE, KY—Adults who are hesitant to take the COVID-19 vaccine may be more likely to do so if they know someone who has received it. That’s the premise of the new “Take It From Me” campaign, launched today by the Kentucky Medical Association (KMA), Kentucky Foundation for Medical Care (KFMC), the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky (FHKy), the Kentucky Hospital Association (KHA), and the Kentucky Primary Care Association (KPCA) to encourage residents to receive the shot when it’s their turn.

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