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NATIONAL HEALTH CENTER WEEK


National Health Center Week (August 4th-10th) is an annual celebration with the goal of raising awareness about the mission and accomplishments of America’s health centers over the past five decades. 
Submit your Health Center activities, and let your representatives know the great work you are doing 
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Humana and CareSource have mutually decided to terminate the current alliance effective December 31, 2019. What does this mean for Humana's Kentucky Medicaid-contracted providers? It is our understanding that all providers will receive a letter of explanation soon. READ MORE
KPCA staff and board visited Washington DC this week to advocate for Health Center Funding. Together we can make a difference. Join more than 175,000 fellow Health Center advocates and make your voice heard. READ MORE 
Emergency Preparedness and Recovery Resources for Health Centers. Health centers play a critical role in providing continuity of care to support communities during and after natural or manmade emergencies that affect the United States or its territories. Emergencies also affect health centers. READ MORE
900 participants in a study aimed at eliminating hepatitis C in Perry County will get their meds through a device that tracks adherence. Participants in a University of Kentucky study aimed at eliminating the liver disease hepatitis C in one county will get their medicine in a device that tracks how closely they follow their prescriptions. READ MORE
New Kentucky Telehealth Website. The Cabinet for Health and Family Services is pleased to announce the publication of the Kentucky Telehealth Program website. This website serves as a repository of telehealth information for providers across the Commonwealth.  It includes telehealth laws; policy and guidelines for Medicaid, Medicare, and health benefit plans; frequently asked questions. READ MORE 
Rural and Underserved Communities Health Task Force. The task force will convene members and experts to discuss the challenges of delivering health care in rural and underserved areas and explore holistic bipartisan policy options that could improve outcomes and care in these communities. The group plans to hold its first meeting on Thursday, July 25. READ MORE
FCC approves three-year, $100 million rural telehealth pilot.  The Federal Communications Commission approved a three-year pilot program aimed at increasing access to telehealth services for rural residents and low-income people. READ MORE
Report: Overdose Deaths In Kentucky Decrease More Than National Average. According to the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy’s “2018 Overdose Fatality Report,” lethal overdoses totaled 1,333 in 2018, a decrease from the all-time high of 1,566 in 2017. The decline represents significant progress in the battle against substance abuse in Kentucky and follows years of increasing overdose deaths. READ MORE 
 
We need more primary care physicians: Here's why and how. A series of articles published this year in JAMA Internal Medicine has substantially added to the empirical literature showing that access to and use of primary care medicine in the US is associated with higher value care and better health outcomes than care that is more specialist-oriented. READ MORE
PCPCC Releases 2019 Evidence Report.  Increased spending on primary care is associated with decreases in emergency department visits and hospitalizations, according to the Patient-Centered Primary Care Collaborative’s (PCPCC) 2019 Evidence Report. READ MORE 
RHC Regulations could change for the better if Congress passed the Rural Health Clinics Modernization Act.  As you know, one of the key reasons the National Association of Rural Health Clinics was founded, was to represent the RHC community in Washington, D.C. We work hard to ensure that new rules and regulations coming out of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) are feasible and fair for rural health clinics. READ MORE
Eastern Kentucky trails rest of state in health outcome. Eastern Kentucky has seen its fair share of struggles. From the loss of the coal industry to the struggle to diversify its economy, the hard times seem to pile up. READ MORE
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