Author Archives: Sally McMahon

Legislation update

By Kenny Colston While Kentucky has turned over its Medicaid rolls to managed care companies, started a health benefit exchange and expanded Medicaid, the health and welfare committee of each legislative chamber has seen huge workloads the last few General Assemblies. And 2014 will be no different, according to each respective committee chair. “We always

Saint Joseph London Reaches Settlement Agreement with Federal Government

Saint Joseph London has reached an agreement with the federal and state governments to settle all potential civil claims brought, or that could have been brought, by the U.S. government or the state of Kentucky arising out of the past relationship with some cardiologists who no longer practice at the hospital. The hospital reached this $16.5 million agreement,

Beyond a help desk

Highlands Health System’s IT Department may be small, but it is always up to the task. Most information technology (IT) departments manage multiple systems. Now imagine managing all IT systems for a hospital, six remote clinics, two retail pharmacies, an after-hour’s clinic, an autism center, a wellness center and several owned physician practices—with only a

Physician Spotlight

Meet Sharmila Makhija MD, Donald E. Baxter endowed chair, chairman, Department of Obstetrics, gynecology and women’s health professor, gynecologic oncology Place of Employment: University of Louisville School of Medicine Why did you decide to become a doctor?

UK researchers raise concern about heart medication

Study shows digoxin increases death in patients with AF. By Jodi Whitaker Digoxin, a drug widely used to treat heart disease, increases the possibility of death when used by patients with a common heart rhythm problem—atrial fibrillation (AF), according to a study by UK HealthCare researchers. The results were recently published in the European Heart Journal, and they raise serious concerns about the expansive