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Sunday, April 20, 2014

2014 KMA Annual Meeting - September 15-17
2014 KMA Annual Meeting

Mark your calendar now to attend the 164th KMA Annual Meeting at the Hyatt Regency Louisville, Monday, September 15, through Wednesday, September 17. The theme of this year’s Annual Meeting is "Focus Forward: The Path to Quality Care."  The first General Session with be combined with the first House of Delegates meeting this year on Monday, September 15, at 8:30 am, and will include a presentation of the KMA Strategic Plan.



KMA has recently learned of a tax scam directed at physicians. According to reports from other states, including Indiana, an individual or individuals are filing fraudulent federal income tax returns using physician names, addresses, and Social Security numbers. In some cases, the fraudulent tax returns also list an unknown person as the spouse of the physician. No common link among the victims has been identified.


2014 Kentucky General Assembly Adjourns

The Kentucky General Assembly concluded its 60-day Regular Session on Tuesday, April 15. In addition to the two-year budget, legislators also considered over 1,200 other bills and resolutions. While the majority of the issues were unrelated to health care, lawmakers did take action on a number of bills important to medicine.


Kynect, Affordable Care Act Update

A surge of last minute applications through kynect prompted the exchange to extend the general open enrollment period until April 11, 2014. As of that date, more than 402,000 Kentuckians enrolled in new health care coverage. Of that number, 322,827 qualified for Medicaid coverage. A special enrollment period allows victims of domestic violence to complete applications for enrollment until May 31, 2014.


Medicare Releases Physician Data to the Public

In the latest move towards Value Based Purchasing and increased transparency, Medicare made detailed physician data available to the public. The data is from 2012 and contains information on services and procedures provided to Medicare beneficiaries by physicians and other health care professionals.


Register Now for 2014 KMA Regional Symposiums

Beginning in 2015, physicians will be rated on various quality measures that will have a direct impact on reimbursement. Please join us for one of three regional symposiums planned for May, June, and July as KMA's Practice Advocacy Manager Lindy Lady, CPC, CPCO, guides attendees through the Physician Compare and Hospital Compare websites and discusses how these relate to Value Based Purchasing.


The Kentucky Department of Health Issues Information Regarding Mumps Outbreak in Ohio

The Kentucky Department for Public Health is advising providers to ask any patients identified with parotitis or other illness that may be consistent with mumps about recent travel to Columbus, OH, or to visit Ohio State University, or any contact with anyone from that area.


KMA Physician Leadership Academy Planned for April 19

The KMA Physician Leadership Academy will take place on Saturday, April 19, at the Embassy Suites in Lexington.  The program will include information on various leadership styles, conflict resolution, and communication.


KMA Offers Free HIPAA-Compliant Texting Service for Members
To assist KMA members with avoiding HIPAA violations through texting patient information, KMA has joined with DocbookMD to provide an effective, HIPAA-compliant mobile application for smartphone and tablet devices.   It allows doctors to communicate and share vital patient information without having to worry about HIPAA violations.

Training on KY Electronic Death Registration System Scheduled

The KY Office of Vital Statistics has scheduled free training on filing death certificates through the KY Electronic Death Registration System (KY-EDRS). These two-hour Wednesday sessions will run from February 12, 2014, through December 10, 2014, and are available to all medical certifiers and medical certifier assistants.


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