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President’s Message: A Time to Reflect and Look Forward

Posted August 20, 2018 They say the older you get, the faster the time goes. Well, I’m not one to reveal my age, but it would be safe for you to assume that time is passing very quickly for me these days. It’s hard to believe it’s been a year since I was installed as the 167th President of the Kentucky Medical Association. With this being my last message, I wanted to take the time to reflect on what a

Focusing On What We Can Do Together Through KMA

Posted on July 17, 2018 As an ophthalmologist, I spend a lot of my day telling patients to “focus.” Focus on the screen. Focus on my finger. Focus on the letters and read them left to right. When you focus on something, you’re attempting to concentrate solely on that item, and block out whatever noise or background that may be a distraction around it. Focusing makes things clearer and helps you to identify problems. Focusing also helps you to turn

Improved consistency and fewer burdens for quality measurement reporting

Posted July 5, 2018 The focus of 2017-2018 Maurice Oakley M.D.’s KMA presidency has been to reduce administrative burden for physicians. In early 2018, KMA also launched its AIM for Better Care initiative, which seeks to reduce administrative burdens that lead to negative health outcomes in Kentucky. For close to a year the KMA has partnered with Kentucky Medicaid, the Kentuckiana Health Collaborative, commercial and public insurance payers, managed care organizations, clinicians (including members of KMA’s Public Health Commission), the

Summer Brings the Opportunity to Refocus and Recharge

Posted: June 18, 2018 There are few things in life as universally popular as the season of summer. Warm temperatures, longer days, vacations…there’s certainly a lot to like. Aside from mosquitos and sunburns, summer tends to be an enjoyable time for all to relax and recharge before the hustle and bustle of fall. I’m especially enjoying this summer after what turned out to be an unusually cold and wet spring in Kentucky. The first half of 2018 was also difficult

The Legislative Session Might Be Over, But Advocacy Never Sleeps

Published May 16, 2018 Like many of you I’m sure, I breathed a sigh of relief when the 2018 legislative session finally drew to a close in April. The meetings were contentious, and the media coverage constant. We had an idea going into the session in January that things might get hairy, but I don’t think anyone could have predicted just how intense the conversation would become. Which is why I’m both impressed and thankful that the KMA was able

Being “Driven” Crazy by Administrative Barriers

Published April 11, 2018 Last week I had to get some work done on my car. One may liken it to getting your yearly physical. Just a tune up, to make sure everything was running smoothly. When it came time to pay the bill, I took out my credit card and happily paid. As do most other drivers. It is understood that routine maintenance is part of owning a car. But here is where the similarities between car maintenance and

Another Notch in the Win Column for Kentucky Physicians and Patients

Published March 21, 2018 As most of you are probably aware, last month Anthem agreed to fully rescind its Modifier 25 policy that would have reduced payments for E&M services reported with CPT Modifier 25. Had this policy been put into action, it would have severely burdened our patients and undermined our positions as physicians. Anthem’s official statement, released on Feb. 26, credited the American Medical Association, national medical specialty societies, state medical associations and individual providers with taking the

President’s Message: Letting Doctors Be Doctors

Published Feb. 19, 2018 It’s no secret that the landscape of healthcare, and particularly the practice of medicine, has changed. While many improvements have been made in the treatment of disease and injury, the business of caring for patients is now unfortunately influenced greatly by outside parties, particularly policymakers and insurance companies. I don’t think anyone would be surprised to hear that their interests extend somewhat outside of providing quality care for patients. Meanwhile, the mission of a physician hasn’t

Administrative Burdens Cost Both Dollars and Health

Like most of you, I entered into the field of medicine motivated by the desire to help others. Treating and caring for the sick is more than just a profession, it’s a mission and a great responsibility only bestowed to a handful of the population. Which is why it’s such a shame that so much of our time as physicians is spent on paperwork and in front of computers. The administrative burdens we face are actually making patients sicker and

When Administrative Burdens Take Over, Physicians and Patients Lose

Based on the feedback I received from my last message in the Nov. 21 Kentucky Health eNews, I think it’s safe to say the issue of administrative burden touched a nerve for many of you. I am encouraged by that fact because I believe the Association has chosen a wise platform to work toward improvement for physicians. I truly feel this may be the biggest challenge ever to face the practice of medicine. It’s obvious this issue can have disastrous

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