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Kentucky Supreme Court Declines to Recognize New Tort of “Negligent Credentialing”

by Sarah Cronan Spurlock and Bethany A. Breetz  Do Kentucky patients have a cause of action against a hospital for the negligent credentialing of a non-employee physician who is given staff privileges by the hospital?  In March of 2016, the Court of Appeals answered that question in the affirmative, recognizing a new, stand-alone tort and avenue for recovery

Innovation Key to Reducing Healthcare Costs

By Kyle Keeney As the new administration works to improve the healthcare system in the United States, we must remember that innovation is key to reducing costs and improving the lives of all Americans As the founder of the Kentucky Access to Care Coalition, I have seen firsthand the critical role strong IP and patent

Tort Reform Will Improve Access to Care and Lower Costs

By Robert Couch, MD It happens every day in Kentucky’s health care system. You are sick and want to see a physician, but there is a long wait—sometimes days, weeks or even months. Instead of waiting, perhaps you go to the emergency room, where costs are significantly higher and large crowds often await treatment. Once

Kentucky Physicians Encourage Patients to “Know Your Meds”

By Nancy Swikert, M.D. Tremendous advancements in science and medicine have revolutionized the treatment of conditions and diseases that were once unmanageable. Prescription medicines have become an essential lifeline for many Kentuckians, helping them to better treat their pain, seizures, mental illnesses and other serious ailments. When patients adhere to the treatments prescribed by physicians,

Election Threatens Future of the Affordable Care Act

By John Williams On November 8, Americans elected Donald J. Trump the 45th President of the United States and in doing so put the future of the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”) in serious jeopardy. Republicans retained control of the House of Representatives and held on to what is expected to be a 52-48 majority in

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