Commentary articles

What is an end-of-life doula?

By Michelle Churchman Say the word doula, and most people think of the women who assist other women during childbirth. Birth doulas or midwives, while an ancient concept, became legitimized and recognized in this country in the past few decades. Today, many of those same people who pushed to give birth to their babies at

Climate change, ENERGY STAR and your building walk into a bar…

By Angie Stokes Volatile reimbursements and margins, unpredictable population health crises and now you can add world-wide pandemic to the list of difficulties encountered by the healthcare industry in the last decade. Couple this new normal with the growing climate concerns and it’s almost more than we can manage. Like with any major change, we

New Pharmacy Arrangements Cause Harm to Drug Program

By Kyle Keeney, PhD One of the most important functions of our elected leaders in Washington is ensuring that the programs they create are working as intended. Without proper oversight and periodic maintenance, even the most well-intentioned of programs can run astray. Such is the case with 340B, a little-known health care program Congress created

KMA president in an unprecedented year

By Emily Schott The recently installed president of the Kentucky Medical Association (KMA) feels he has “big shoes to fill.” Dale Toney, MD, an internist at the University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Hospital, feels that way for many reasons. Earlier this spring, the Lexington Medical Society (LMS) nominated him for the position of KMA