Government Affairs articles

Guthrie Named Vice Chair of Health Subcommittee

Congressman Brett Guthrie (KY-02) was named Vice Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee’s Health Subcommittee. “I’d like to thank Chairman Upton for appointing me to this new post and I look forward to hitting the ground running,” said Congressman Guthrie. “Next year, health care will be a central focus of the agenda and I’m

Time for tort reform is now

It’s one of the most controversial terms in the halls of Frankfort: tort reform. Also known as medical malpractice or legal liability, the discussion has raged for years in committee rooms and on the floor of at least one legislative chamber for several years in the Capitol. But despite moving from full reforms, to partial reforms like medical review panels, to even limiting those panels,

Statewide Survey Shows Strong Support for Legal Reforms in Healthcare

The Partnership for Commonsense Justice (PCJ) released the results of a statewide survey showing a majority of Kentucky registered voters strongly support reforming the state’s legal system. The findings clearly indicate that Kentuckians believe personal injury lawyers are exploiting the legal system and that reforms are necessary to make the Commonwealth more competitive with surrounding

Health-related Board and Commission Appointments

Appointed to the Kentucky Board of Emergency Medical Services: Todd Early, of Louisville, is Oldham County EMS Director. He represents private licensed Class 1 ground ambulance service administrator who is a certified emergency medical technician or a licensed paramedic. The appointment replaces Terry L. Dossett, whose term has expired. Early shall serve for a term

2014 Meaningful Use Guidance for Public Health Reporting

On September 4, 2014, CMS published a final rule that permits 2014 EHR Incentive Program participants more options in the use of certified EHR technology (CEHRT) for the 2014 EHR reporting period. This rule, referred to as the CEHRT Flexibility Rule, becomes effective on October 1, 2014. As such, the Kentucky Medicaid Program has revised

It is time to act on patent reform

Changes will help protect Kentucky’s healthcare innovation sector. By Randy Riggs and Kyle Keeney As lawmakers return to our nation’s capital from the August work period, it’s as good a time as any to think about what lies ahead on the legislative agenda for the remaining months of 2014 and into next year. There are a host of unresolved issues that