Medicine is a profession for humanity. Over the last several months we have experienced and continue to live through the advance of a global pandemic as well as the magnification of disparities that have been well known for years. As the spread of COVID-19 started to wane, other news arose to the forefront that demonstrated human suffering and mankind at its worst. To advance the needs of society we must condemn senseless acts of violence in our communities and instead support environments that bring out the best in people.
Many are taking to the streets demanding that we address issues concerning racism, social injustice, and disparities in all forms, including health care. The motto of the Kentucky Medical Association is “Physicians Caring for Kentucky” and in so doing, we oppose any discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, disability, sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity. KMA stands with other organizations, including business, education, civic and healthcare, that discrimination and racism have a profound impact on the health of our citizens. Although progress has been made to address a number of disparities and social determinants of health, it is obvious that we still have a long way to go and a duty to act.
As a physician, I am saddened at the unnecessary loss of life we have experienced over the past few months. As leaders in our communities, we must vow to do better, and use our knowledge and experience as an opportunity to contribute to health equity through education and advocacy. As “Physicians Caring for Kentucky” we are called upon when those around us are sick and hurting. That call has never been louder than it is today because the society in which our patients live is experiencing its own illness, and I urge you to join me in helping heal our state and country. Through pandemic and injustice we find ourselves at a crossroads of consciousness like never before. Take a deep breath, not to pause and return to indifference, but to reinforce our energy and resolve to achieve that which is right.
COVID-19 Daily Report Available from Cabinet for Health and Family Services
The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services produces a daily COVID-19 summary that is available for download at kycovid19.ky.gov. The latest report, for June 4, is available here. The report includes total numbers of lab confirmed and probable cases, as well as outcomes of patients who have been hospitalized.
Kentucky-Specific Colon Cancer Screening Laws and Opportunities
The Kentucky Colon Cancer Screening Program Advisory Committee has issued resources to providers of Kentucky-specific laws regarding coverage for colorectal cancer (CRC) screening, including coding of screening colonoscopies. The group delayed sharing this information until a time when hospitals began to again provide elective services due to the COVID-19 pandemic.