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Up to 1/3 of rural hospitals in poor financial shape, auditor finds, calling report a baseline for local decisions that could be tough

As many as one-third of Kentucky’s rural hospitals are in poor financial shape, and the survival of some will likely depend on their willingness to adopt new business models, state Auditor Adam Edelen said Monday. Unveiling a nine-month study, Edelen said 15 of the 44 hospitals examined were in “poor financial health,” and warned, “Closure

The expanding role of pharmacists in a transformed healthcare system

Pharmacists practice in a variety of health care settings. Although they are most often associated with dispensing medications in retail pharmacies, their role is evolving to include providing direct care to patients as members of integrated health care provider teams. The critical role that medication management plays in treating chronic diseases suggests that the integration

New Alzheimer’s Assoc. report finds less than half of people with Alzheimer’s say they were told the diagnosis

The Alzheimer’s Association 2015 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures report, released today, found that only 45 percent of people with Alzheimer’s disease or their caregivers say they were told the diagnosis by their doctor. In contrast, more than 90 percent of people with the four most common cancers (breast, colorectal, lung and prostate cancer) say

Keeping Kentuckians alive: It’s time to increase access to emergency care and treatment for opiate overdose.

In Quincy, Mass., first responders carry kits that have saved over 200 lives since 2010, and nationwide these kits have saved more than 10,000 lives. Currently, Kentucky’s first responders cannot carry such kits – and every year Kentuckians die because of this. In North Carolina and 20 other states, laws have been enacted to encourage

The heroin bill dialogue: What should be included in the final legislation?

There is no disagreement that Kentucky is in need of improved heroin legislation.  Last year, 230 people lost their lives due to a heroin overdose. Over half of those were from Jefferson County making heroin deaths twice as common as homicide in Louisville.  The 2015 legislative session provides our best opportunity to pass comprehensive legislation

Positive impact: When considering ‘biosimilars’ legislation, Kentucky must ensure patient safety.

The positive impact of biologic medicines for the treatment of many chronic diseases, such as multiple sclerosis, HIV, hepatitis C, Rheumatoid arthritis and others, cannot be understated.  That’s why it’s good news that soon patients and prescribers will have access to cutting edge medicines called biosimilars.  Like the development of the generic medicines market, biosimilars

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