Government Affairs articles

Healthcare’s Secret Middlemen

It is a common practice with which we are all quite familiar. A doctor writes a prescription and the patient goes to the pharmacy to fill it. But don’t blink. Some behind the scenes players are keen on changing things in a big way. And unless Kentucky lawmakers act, they will drastically limit access to

American Heart Association is working to create a law ensuring every student trained in hands-only CPR before they graduate.

  One minute. That’s all it takes for a cardiac arrest victim’s chance of survival to diminish by 10 percent, if CPR isn’t administered immediately. When we do the math, we know that if EMS arrives eight minutes after a victim collapses, the individual has only a 20 percent chance of survival, if CPR isn’t

Tort reform and long-term care in Kentucky

    For years, various bills have been introduced in the Kentucky State legislature to create a means of limiting lawsuits by individuals and groups against nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and other service providers for seniors. Many other states have implemented such “tort reform” laws, but none of any significance has been passed in

Kentucky ACO a leader with high performance numbers across the board for both shared savings and quality score.

Calendar year 2014 was a successful year for Kentucky Accountable Care Organizations and the Medicare beneficiaries they serve. Eight ACOs have Medicare beneficiaries residing in Kentucky assigned to them, and five of these saved Medicare significant dollars – over $46 million total. Additionally, some of these organizations showed improvements in Quality Metrics that CMS measures

Changes made in two Current Procedural Terminology codes

On October 30, 2015, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the final 2016 Physician Fee Schedule which includes the historic reimbursement for two Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes for advance care planning. These codes are effective for use for services provided on or after January 1, 2016. In funding these codes, CMS