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Managed care in Kentucky: failure or success?

By Melanie Wolkoff Wachsman State auditor releases review of private, manged care companies. It started with a seemingly, win-win situation: Kentucky chose to move to a managed care model statewide with the goal of improving the health of Medicaid members while reducing cost. Beginning in November 2011 Kentucky contracted with three new companies to manage

Do you and your brand have a seat at the table?

Leadership development not only builds brands but communities. By Holly Prather While reading Sheryl Sandberg’s book Lean In, (Knopf, 2013) I was struck by one of the early chapters titled, “Sit at the Table” that talked about the importance of women taking a seat among decisionmakers. Not only did this hit home as a professional woman, but it also made me think about the

Filling the classroom

Medical school enrollment reaches target. By Melanie Wolkoff Wachsman Back in 2006, the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) Center for Workforce Studies in Washington, D.C., responded to concerns of a likely physician shortage. The AAMC recommended a 30 percent increase in U.S. medical school enrollment by 2015. Using the 2002-2003 first-year enrollment of 16,488 students as a baseline, this would lead to

Widespread panic

by Melanie Wolkoff Wachsman It is highly resistant to antibiotics and can pass antibiotic resistance to other types of similar bacteria. It can also exist in a carrier state, where patients may not exhibit symptoms but can spread the bacteria. And it can kill as many as half who get bloodstream infections from it. It’s called CRE— and it’s nearly unstoppable. According to

Nurse Spotlight: Meet Brittany Beard, RN

Place of Employment: Baptist Hospital East Why did you decide to become a nurse? I really enjoyed zoology growing up and wanted to do something within that field. As I grew older I discerned that my interests extended into biological sciences, particularly the study of epidemiology and various disease processes experienced in the human population.