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Interview: Jennifer Yowler, President of PharMerica

Jennifer Yowler, a health care executive with more than 20 years’ experience, has taken the helm as president of PharMerica, which is a part of BrightSpring Health Services. Headquartered in Louisville, PharMerica is a leader in the long-term care (senior living communities, skilled nursing, hospice, behavioral), specialty, infusion, and hospital pharmacy industries with operations in

Doctors and lawyers partner up: Ensuring poor families get care and services needed

By Martha Hasselbacher, JD Both doctors and lawyers have professional ethics that require them to serve those who cannot afford their services. That is one of the factors that distinguishes these professions. How can they effectively work together to serve this population? The answer is a Medical-Legal Partnership (MLP). There are now 294 MLPs serving

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

2017 Healthcare Leaders: Insights from the Physician Community

By Ben Keeton Each year, Medical News talks with healthcare leaders from across the Commonwealth to get their perspective on the changing landscape of healthcare. This year, we focused on leaders within the physician community to understand the opportunities and challenges that they face in improving healthcare across Kentucky. Leaders include: (click to view profile)

Servant leadership: A model well-suited for healthcare

By John (Jack) Rudnick, Jr. One of the philosophies that defies a common understanding of leadership is a model known as servant leadership. The paradox is that this model is characterized, inherently, by the desire to serve others through seeking the well-being of followers and providing them with the necessary support to achieve goals. Servant