Three Steps to Implement a Diabetes Prevention Strategy for Your Patients

Posted October 5, 2018 Submitted by the American Medical Association The prevalence of type 2 diabetes has been rising over the past 20 years. Based upon statistics on current health trends from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), it is estimated that 30 million adult Americans have diabetes1, or approximately 10% of the adult population. Even more adults are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes; the CDC estimates that currently 84 million adult Americans have prediabetes1, a

Statewide Focus on Flu “Flu Shot Day” A Success

Posted September 28, 2018 Wednesday, Sept. 26 successfully served as the Focus On Flu campaign’s statewide ‘Flu Shot Day’ as announced during the Sept. 18 press conference that drew media attention from across Kentucky. KMA and the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky kicked off a busy agenda with a live appearance on Louisville FOX affiliate, WDRB. Anchor Candyce Clifft was joined by KMA President Bruce Scott and Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky President and CEO Ben Chandler to discuss the

Physicians Needed to Help Monitor Flu Cases in Kentucky

Posted September 28, 2018 Influenza season will be underway soon, and the Kentucky Influenza Surveillance Program needs your help!  In collaboration with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Kentucky Department for Public Health (KDPH) works with clinicians throughout the state to conduct surveillance for influenza-like illness (ILI) in outpatients.  These clinicians volunteer as sentinel providers and are an invaluable part of our influenza surveillance program.  Sentinel providers help us assess the timing, location, and impact of influenza

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,

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