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Medication Adherence Tip of the Week: Be realistic with expectations from your patients in terms of medication adherence! You should not expect perfection and recognize that medication adherence is a tough thing to discover. Some patients may state that they are honest about their medication-taking behavior; however, you need to recognize that there’s a “white-coat adherence.” Patients may be adherent a week or month before they come to your office, so they can honestly say, “Yes, I’m taking my medication as prescribed.”
Pharmacy Update: Wellcare Medicaid Preferred Drug List Changes-Effective 1/1/2020
Deletions: Anoro Ellipta-Members currently on this medication will be grandfathered for 60 days starting 1/1/2020
Additions: Stiolto Respimat
UM Changes:  Januvia/Janumet/Janumet XR-Members currently on these medications will be grandfathered indefinitely.
Updated Step Therapy for above medications: Trial and Failure Metformin  AND  Alogliptin 
Beshear cancels Bevin's Medicaid managed care contracts.Gov. Andy Beshear announced Monday that he will cancel the $8 billion worth of Medicaid managed care contracts that Gov. Matt Bevin approved before leaving office. Read More
KHIE launches Provider Assistance Program mini-grant opportunity. In collaboration with the Department for Medicaid Services and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the Kentucky Health Information Exchange (KHIE) is offering Pharmacies, Eligible Providers (EPs), Eligible Hospitals (EHs) and Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) the opportunity to apply for a mini-grant to offset the vendor fees associated with connecting to KHIE. Read More
A complete and accurate census count is good for Kentucky’s health. Every ten years, the Census counts every person living in the United States, regardless of age, race, geographic location, or citizenship status. Data from the Census determines how hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funding are distributed throughout the country. Read More
UDS Modernization Reporting Enhancements. HRSA has created enhancements to improve Uniform Data System (UDS) reporting. Submitting UDS data is now easier and less burdensome for Health Center Program awardees. Read More
Become a Certified Rural Health Clinic Professional. The National Association of Rural Health Clinics feels that in order for RHCs to thrive and grow, their employees, especially those in a leadership role, need to educate themselves on the federal and state guidelines pertaining to the Rural Health Clinic Program. Read More
Flu cases reported at an increasing rate; 6 deaths in Ky. this season. Kentuckians are getting the flu at an increasing rate, and more are dying from it. In the week ended Dec. 14, there were two deaths, bringing the statewide total for the flu season to six, according to the state Department for Public Health. Read More
Exposure to Ozone Pollution or Wood Smoke Worsens Lung Health of Smokers and Former Smokers. Over many years, exposure to the levels of ozone and other forms of pollution found in most U.S. cities and some rural communities can take a toll on a person’s health. Two studies led by Johns Hopkins researchers describe the impact of pollution on lung disease, particularly COPD. Read More
Electronic Health Records Creating A ‘New Era’ Of Health Care Fraud. The lawsuit is one of dozens filed by whistleblowers, doctors and hospitals alleging that some electronic health records (EHR) software used in hospitals and medical offices has hidden flaws that may pose a danger to patients. Read More
Employers key to addressing lung cancer disparity in rural Kentucky. Lung cancer is the leading cause of cancer deaths among all Kentuckians. Male Kentuckians have higher rates than females, with a disproportionate number residing in rural and medically underserved parts of the state. Read More
News from the 1915(c) HCBS Waiver Programs. The Department for Medicaid Services (DMS) has several updates for 1915(c) Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) waiver stakeholders this afternoon. Read More
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