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The heroin bill dialogue: What should be included in the final legislation?

There is no disagreement that Kentucky is in need of improved heroin legislation.  Last year, 230 people lost their lives due to a heroin overdose. Over half of those were from Jefferson County making heroin deaths twice as common as homicide in Louisville.  The 2015 legislative session provides our best opportunity to pass comprehensive legislation

Positive impact: When considering ‘biosimilars’ legislation, Kentucky must ensure patient safety.

The positive impact of biologic medicines for the treatment of many chronic diseases, such as multiple sclerosis, HIV, hepatitis C, Rheumatoid arthritis and others, cannot be understated.  That’s why it’s good news that soon patients and prescribers will have access to cutting edge medicines called biosimilars.  Like the development of the generic medicines market, biosimilars

Metrics that matter: Collective impact and the positive results on the Louisville health community.

There’s a thirteen-year gap in life expectancy among residents in differing Louisville neighborhoods (2011 Louisville Metro Health Equity Report). This gap is not only seen on geographical lines, but can be identified when comparing race and resident income levels as well. The Greater Louisville Project (GLP) harnesses data like this to help engage the community

Kentucky’s evolving behavioral health providers

One of the most important effects of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) is the profound change in the coverage of behavioral health services.  Building on the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act of 2008, the ACA requires both Medicaid and Medicare to provide far more robust behavioral health benefits, especially in

A way out of the revolving door

New treatment method gives mentally ill a chance at recovery while living independently, with family or in supportive housing. There are a variety of treatment options for severe and persistent mental illness, but many people experience symptoms so great they are unable to access healthcare services voluntarily. They often end up homeless, incarcerated or involuntarily

Advocacy Update: 2015 legislative session packed full of promise for improving delivery of care in behavioral health

The 2015 Kentucky Legislative Session has the opportunity to have a significant impact on the behavioral health community in Kentucky.  From front page stories like the heroin epidemic to licensing and reimbursement issues, our legislators are considering action to improve the delivery of care in the increasingly important behavioral health sector. The legislative session kicked

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