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UK, Kentucky awarded $87 million to combat opioid epidemic

UK, Kentucky awarded $87 million to combat opioid epidemic

In the largest grant ever awarded to the University of Kentucky, researchers from UK’s Center on Drug and Alcohol Research (CDAR) and across campus — in partnership with the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services and the Justice and Public Safety Cabinet (JPSC) — will lead a project as part of the HEALing Communities study. The four-year,

Addiction treatment web site making strides

Since its launch in January 2018, Kentucky’s newest tool in the fight against addiction,, has served critical, real-time information on available substance use disorder treatment options to more than 50,000 people since its start. People who visit the site can confidentially locate facilities and service providers who are accepting new patients based on individual

Correlation between Kentucky’s opioid crisis and workplace violence in healthcare

By Scott Cormier One of the fastest growing issues in the healthcare setting is workplace violence. In fact, according to OSHA, 75 percent of nearly 25,000 workplace assaults reported annually occurred in healthcare and social service settings. In turn, the International Journal of Nursing Studies surveyed 26,979 nurses and found that 50 percent reported experiencing

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Recognizes the Full Potential of Ambulance Crews and Services

BY William George  In mid-February 2019, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”), Innovation Center and the Department for Health and Human Services (“HHS”) announced a ground-breaking payment and medical services initiative for ambulance providers called “Emergency Triage, Treat and Transport” (the “ET3”). This new model is the first step in allowing providers of Emergency

At Clínica Amiga, language barriers come down for Hispanic pediatric patients

Janeth Ceballos Osorio, MD, UK HealthCare’s only native Spanish-speaking pediatrician, recognized a unique need in the patients she saw. Language barriers often put Kentucky’s growing population of Hispanics at a disadvantage regarding healthcare. “During my conversations with Hispanic families, they often confided me their challenges to access healthcare,” said Ceballos. “They shared with me their

Kentucky hospitals to launch data-sharing tool

While Kentucky hospitals use electronic health records, that data typically stays in-house, but a new partnership is allowing hospitals to share the information with each other. The Kentucky Hospital Association and the Kentucky Office of Rural Health have partnered with the company Collective Medical to develop a statewide care coordination network. Chief Medical Officer John