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Kentucky Needs a Safety Net that Works for Us, Not Against Us
Many Kentuckians are simply a lost job, new baby, accident or illness away from qualifying for Medicaid, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP), and Kentucky Transitional Assistance Program (K-TAP) – “safety net” programs that exist to catch us when we fall and sustain us while we get back on our feet. Kentuckians who are underpaid, working multiple part-time jobs, struggling with a disability or other barriers to economic security are able to meet basic needs with support from these programs. And Kentucky’s children who benefit from the safety net are better off later in life because of them.

Please Contact Kentucky Legislators Today Regarding SB50 –  340B Carve-Out
The 340B is a Federal program that was created by Section 340B of the Public Health Service Act (42 USC 256b). It allows eligible healthcare providers, known as covered entities (Federally Qualified Health Centers, rural hospitals, and other safety-net providers), to purchase outpatient drugs for their patients at significantly reduced costs from drug manufacturers. These drugs can be dispensed at an on-site pharmacy owned by the covered entity or by a pharmacy contracted with the covered entity.
Medication Adherence Tip of the week-Give your patients a calendar/worksheet that helps them to adhere to their medications and remind them to keep it in a visible location like the refrigerator. The worksheet needs to include the exact days and times they are supposed to take their medications. The easier it is to read and follow, the better. Also have your patients take notes to keep track of side effects or to record important dosing information (missed or skipped doses). For a copy of a template medication adherence calendar/worksheet to distribute to your patients contact Paula Straub at 502-814-3156 or
 Pharmacy Update-The FDA has approved a prescription-to-over-the-counter switch for 3 drugs: Voltaren Arthritis Pain (diclofenac) topical gel for the temporary relief of arthritis pain; Pataday Twice Daily Relief (olopatadine hcl 0.1%) ophthalmic solution for the temporary relief of itchy and red eyes due to pollen, ragweed, grass, animal hair, or dander; and Pataday  Once Daily Relief (olopatadine hcl 0.2%) ophthalmic solution for the temporary relief of itchy eyes due to pollen, ragweed, grass, animal hair, or dander. These products will no longer be available as prescription drugs.
Rural Health Care Practices: Serving a Region in Need. KPCA members, Barry Martin, chief executive officer, and Dr. John Jones, DO, chief medical officer, of Primary Care Centers of Eastern Kentucky (PCCEK), discuss PCCEK's variety of medical services contained in their facilities in Hazard and other towns that treat the rural population in eastern Kentucky. Read More
How Behavioral Health, Primary Care Integration Boosted Operations. Integrating behavioral health services seamlessly into primary care can be a challenge, yet doing so successfully can lead to more congruous care and better patient outcomes. Read More 
HealthFirst Bluegrass opens the middle school clinic in LTMS. After the launch of a health clinic inside Lexington Traditional Magnet School, families need no longer worry about a drop-off in care when their children reach middle school. Many LTMS students attended Harrison Elementary or William Wells Brown Elementary, both of which have community clinics offering medical and dental services. Read More


Kentucky Senate OKs bill to limit companies running Medicaid programs. Urged to reduce Medicaid bureaucracy, the Kentucky Senate passed a bill Wednesday to limit the number of managed care organizations hired by the state to run its massive Medicaid program. Read More 
The 2010 Census missed 12,500 Kentucky kids. Can the 2020 Census do better? The 2020 Census will soon be contacting every family in the nation in order to complete the decennial count of everyone living in the U.S. Read More

February is National Children's Dental Health Month. This national, month-long celebration is all about raising awareness about the importance of oral health and promoting optimal dental hygiene for all. Read More

Optimizing Disease Management (ODM): A Vision for Diabetic Eye Screening explains why screening for diabetic retinopathy (DR), the leading cause of blindness in working-age adults, is so important and how primary care providers can help reduce the burden of this disease. Timely treatment of DR can reduce the risk of vision loss by 95% for patients with diabetes. Read More
Health Center Self-Assessment Worksheet for Form 5A: Services Provided. This worksheet is a self-assessment tool for health centers to evaluate the accuracy of their HRSA scope of project, specifically the accuracy of Form 5A: Services Provided (Form 5A). This tool also may be used by health centers to facilitate conversations with their HRSA Health Center Program project officers. Read More
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