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Support emergency legislation to fix 2018 HB 487

By Gwen Cooper Policymakers are taught early on that sometimes there are unintended consequences when implementing new legislation.  HB 487 passed in the 2018 General Assembly imposed a six percent sales tax on sales of “admissions”.  Sounds simple until you consider that nonprofit organizations, exempt from sales tax, often rely on “admissions” to support their

ACS CAN to pursue prior authorization reform in legislative session

By Erica Palmer Smith The term “prior authorization reform” sounds like boring insurance jargon, but the issue is critically important to patients’ well-being. American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) and its partners will work on legislation to address the problems that can arise with prior authorization during the 2019 session in Kentucky. ACS

Increasing access to care through prescriber-driven pharmacist protocols

By: Cindy Stowe, PharmD, and Patricia Rippetoe Freeman, PharmD Standing orders and clinical protocols allow the delivery of prescribed care based on an agreed upon set of criteria. Pharmacists practicing in health system settings have had broad authority to provide protocol-driven care for many years. In contrast, community pharmacists’ authority to provide protocol-driven care has been limited to the provision of immunization services, and, more recently,

American Cancer Society outlines legislative priorities

Expanding access to palliative care top goal. By: Lori Earnshaw, MD, Turner West and Kristy Young The need to improve serious illness care is particularly exigent in Kentucky because of our high prevalence of cancer and other serious illnesses and with the aging of the population. The Center to Advance Palliative Care defines palliative care as specialized care for people living with serious

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