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Kentucky enacts medical review panel law regarding malpractice claims

  By: Robin McGuffin and Dustyn Jones   On March 16, 2017, Governor Matt Bevin signed into law a bill that requires medical malpractice plaintiffs to obtain an opinion from a panel of healthcare providers regarding the merits of their claims before filing suit in court. The law is an attempt to eliminate frivolous lawsuits and lower

America’s Health Rankings Annual Report

  In an annual check up of our nation’s health, Kentucky ranked 44th among all 50 states in 2015. Those findings come from United Health Foundation’s America’s Health Rankings Annual Report, which has been measuring national and state health for just over a quarter of a century. As the state medical director for UnitedHealthcare, I always look forward

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

Governor Bevin outlines plans for Medicaid in Kentucky; names Mark Birdwhistell as Medicaid advisor

Governor Matt Bevin and Health and Family Services Secretary Vickie Yates Glisson announced plans to develop a transformative Medicaid program for Kentucky. Governor Bevin has requested Mark Birdwhistell, a former Secretary of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, to assemble a team of experts to assist in the drafting of a Medicaid waiver solution

Team effort: Primary care doctors can decrease dental caries with fluoride treatment

  Dental caries is the most common infectious disease of childhood especially in young children age two to five. For years, nondental primary care clinicians, particularly family physicians and pediatricians, have been asked to help address this issue in two major ways: counseling on appropriate preventive techniques and prescribing fluoride supplements in children who do