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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

Metrics that matter: Collective impact and the positive results on the Louisville health community.

There’s a thirteen-year gap in life expectancy among residents in differing Louisville neighborhoods (2011 Louisville Metro Health Equity Report). This gap is not only seen on geographical lines, but can be identified when comparing race and resident income levels as well. The Greater Louisville Project (GLP) harnesses data like this to help engage the community

Kentucky’s evolving behavioral health providers

One of the most important effects of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) is the profound change in the coverage of behavioral health services.  Building on the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008, the ACA requires both Medicaid and Medicare to provide far more robust behavioral health benefits, especially in

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