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Tuesday, October 13, 2015

Kentucky Health Cooperative Will Go Out of Business Dec. 31

The Kentucky Health Cooperative is going out of business at the end of this calendar year. The company announced in a press release Friday that it will not offer health insurance plans for 2016. The nonprofit health insurance company serving all 120 Kentucky counties did not receive federal risk corridor funding it had relied on, according to interim CO-OP CEO Glenn Jennings.


UofL Students Lunch and Learn about Health Care Finance

KMA Executive Vice President Patrick Padgett shared insights into health care finance in Kentucky and in the nation with University of Louisville medical students Oct. 6. Padgett told the students the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, "has completely changed health care dynamics." He said the ACA has affected the health care marketplace in ways that we see regularly, as well as in ways we don't see.


UK Students Attend KMA Lunch and Learn

Around 50 University of Kentucky medical students took the time to “Lunch and Learn” with KMA Wednesday, Sept. 15, as KMA Executive Vice President Patrick Padgett shared information about the medical industry, health and marketplace in Kentucky. This was the first of four presentations to be made at the University of Louisville and University of Kentucky Medical Schools for the 2015-2016 school years.


2015-16 KMA Officers

New officers were elected at the 165th Annual Meeting of the Kentucky Medical Association. From left, Nancy Swikert, M.D., of Union, was chosen as president-elect, and Brent Wright, M.D., of Glasgow, was selected vice-president. Theodore Miller, M.D., Ph.D., was installed as KMA president. G. Randolph Schrodt, M.D., of Louisville, was elected chair of the KMA Board of Trustees. Linda Gleis, M.D., of Louisville, continues as secretary-treasurer for the board.


Members Laud New Format of KMA Annual Meeting

Kevin Pho, MD, the keynote speaker at the Kentucky Physicians Leadership Academy held during the 2015 KMA Annual Meeting, gave kudos to members in attendance. “The level of interaction surpassed what I normally encounter during my talks,” Pho said in an email to KMA staff. Members in attendance lauded the changes to the meeting, including the leadership academy, in their evaluations.


ICD-10 Countdown -- Are You Ready?

Implementation of ICD-10 is two weeks away. Lindy Lady, medical business manager for the Kentucky Medical Association, offers some reminders for what physicians’ staffs will need to remember when processing claims.


Award Winners at the 2015 KMA Annual Meeting

The Kentucky Medical Association recognized several physicians and an Appalachian health activist for their work to improve the health of the community during the KMA 2015 Annual Meeting. Here are the award winners:


2015 KMA Annual Meeting - August 28-31

Mark your calendar now to attend the 165th KMA Annual Meeting at the Hyatt Regency Louisville, Friday, August 28, through Monday, August 31. The theme of this year's Annual Meeting is "Foundation for the Future: Promoting Physician Leadership.” KMA will host a Kentucky Physicians Leadership Academy on Saturday, August 29. It will feature keynote speaker Kevin Pho, MD, Founder and Editor of

KMA 'Lunch and Learn' Sessions Provide Medical Students Insights into Health Care in Kentucky

More than 80 University of Louisville students took the time to “Lunch and Learn” with KMA Wednesday, Aug. 12, as KMA Executive Vice President Patrick Padgett shared information about the medical industry, health and marketplace in Kentucky. This was the first of four presentations to be made at the University of Louisville and University of Kentucky Medical Schools for the 2015-2016 school years. Padgett will make his first presentation to UK medical students on Tuseday, Sept. 15.


Medicaid Members Must Update Addresses to Maintain Coverage

When Kentucky Medicaid receives returned Medicaid member mail starting Aug. 17, the member must update his or her address by the end of the following month to maintain Medicaid coverage. For example, if returned mail is received on Aug. 20, 2015, the member must update his or her address by Oct. 1, 2015.


Medical Student Outreach & Leadership Program

The Kentucky Medical Association has launched the KMA Medical Student Outreach and Leadership Program, or MSOL. The program is designed for medical students and residents in Kentucky. This webinar is designed for students interested in participating in the KMA Medical Student Outreach and Leadership Program. Completion of this webinar is mandatory for participation in the program. To view the webinar, click here.


KMA Receives Accreditation with Commendation

KMA recently received reaccreditation from the American Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) for its CME accreditation program. For the first time, KMA received an “Accreditation with Commendation,” meaning that the association was recognized for being “a learning organization and a change agent for the physicians and patients you serve.” This is the first time KMA’s CME efforts have received such a commendation. KMA has use of the ACCME’s logo, indicating it is accredited with commendation. This accreditation is for a six-year term, not the typical four-year term. Of almost 2,000 accredited providers, only 20% achieve this status.

No More Delays for ICD-10

Physicians’ offices won’t be penalized for unintentional errors in diagnosis codes in the first year of ICD-10 use, as long as the codes are from the correct family of codes. That’s according to American Medical Association President Steven Stack, who elaborated on the announcement from the AMA and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services earlier this month. KMA is offering a two-day ICD-10 Boot Camp to help physicians and their staffs with implementation of the new coding system.


Join the Conversation about ERHs

Kentucky physicians and others around the country can listen in on a presentation about electronic health records from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m. July 20. Rep. Tom Price, MD, of Georgia and AMA President Steven J. Stack, MD, of Kentucky, will discuss EHRs during a town hall meeting hosted by the American Medical Association and the Medical Association of Georgia.


Medicaid Update

Kentucky has awarded new one-year contracts to Anthem, Coventry Cares, Humana, Passport and Wellcare that began July 1 with four, one-year renewal options.


Register Today for the KMA Leadership Dinner

Join us as we celebrate the inauguration of the new KMA and KMAA Presidents, honor this year's Community Connector graduates, and recognize the winners of the Distinguished Service Award and the Debra K. Best KMA Outstanding Layperson Award at the KMA Leadership Dinner at 7 p.m. Saturday, August 29, at the Hyatt Regency Louisville.


Aetna Announces Plan to Purchase Humana

Aetna Inc.’s plan to purchase Louisville-based Humana Inc. will create the nation’s second-largest domestic health insurer by membership.


How Did Your Legislator Vote?

Find out how your legislator voted on bills designated as key pieces of legislation by KMA during the 2015 Kentucky General Assembly.


Get Ready for ICD-10 with KMA's Two-Day Boot Camp

The ICD-10 transition date is October 1, 2015. Make sure your medical staff is prepared by participating in an in-depth, two-day ICD-10-CM Boot Camp August 31 - September 1. The training will prepare coders to successfully complete the AAPC proficiency exam, which is required to maintain certification. Space is limited and on a first-come, first served-basis.


Apply for Appointment to KBML

Kentucky Medical Association members who would like to be considered for appointment to the Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure must submit an application and curriculum vitae to KMA by July 15.


Call for 2015 Resolutions - Deadline July 31

In accordance with the new KMA Bylaws that were adopted by the 2014 House of Delegates, all resolutions being submitted for consideration during the 2015 KMA Annual Meeting must be received at the KMA headquarters no later than Friday, July 31, 2015.


KMA Award Nominations Due July 1

Nominations are being accepted for the KMA awards to be presented at the 2015 Annual Meeting in August.
The nomination deadline is July 1, 2015


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