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AMA’s telemedicine push

In June, the American Medical Association (AMA) adopted a resolution addressing telemedicine as a key innovation in support of healthcare delivery reform. Timing of the resolution melds with legislative advocacy action being made at the local, state and national levels as telemedicine goes mainstream. Among the high points: a universally-accepted telemedicine payment model, licensure portability,

Christ Hospital first in nation to test dissolving heart device

Christ Hospital is the first in the nation to enroll heart patients in a clinical trial to test the quality and cost-effectiveness of a dissolving device that acts like a stent. It could reduce chest pain caused by an inadequate flow of blood. Doctors at Christ Hospital’s Lindner Research Center will test Abbott’s Absorb Bioresorbable

Shifting Toward Employment

More PCPs are becoming hospital employees, according to ACA impact study on physicians and their practices By LYNNE JETER “Uncertainty prevails” was a common theme in the recently released Jackson Healthcare study on the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) impact on physicians and practices. “We found that a significantly larger number of physicians desire to be

How Kentucky Got Obamacare Right

In the deep-red, Bluegrass state, the Affordable Care Act is an unlikely hit. Just don’t call it by that name By Steven Brill, August 18, 2014 issue of TIME About a year ago, on Aug. 22, a team of inspectors from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) unit of the U.S. Department of

Health News Round-up – June 22

New drug task force forming in eastern Ky. Lexington Herald Leader WYMT-TV ( reports the Cumberland River Drug Task Force will focus on catching upper-level dealers in Knox, Bell and Harlan    How FCC’s rural broadband funding paves path for telemedicine Government Health IT Another way to put that would be the widespread telehealth that