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Medication Adherence Tip of the Week- Make sure you explain to your patients how long to take their medication. Please ensure your patient knows whether he/she needs to empty the bottle or stop taking medication once one feels better. Remind your patients to refill medication for maintenance medication when their bottle is empty. Ask your patients if medication side effects are bothering them. Communication is key in improving medication adherence.
Pharmacy Update-As we start the new year many plans have made changes to their formularies in order to control costs and provide the best possible therapy options for your patients. While these changes are very important, it is frustrating for providers to know what medication is covered or isn’t. With that in mind, we have updated guides that provide the changes for January 2020.  Please contact Paula Straub at 502-814-3156 or to get copies of pharmacy guides for the Medicaid Managed Care Organizations for adults/pediatrics, Medicare plans, and Anthem Commercial.
Lexington launches free app for youth to educate them about opioids; promoters hope to roll it out across state this year. Lexington is offering a new app called FEND, for "Full Energy, No Drugs," to aid in the education and prevention of opioids among Fayette County's 75,000 youth. Read More 
Health Department to address human trafficking. The Grayson County Health Department, under the leadership of new Public Health Director Joshua Embry, is heading into 2020 with the goal of combating the growing epidemic of human trafficking, as well as continuing to spotlight its current programs. Read More 
Priorities for Physicians in 2020 – Public Health, Safety and Access to Care. The 2020 session of the Kentucky General Assembly is scheduled to kick off on Tuesday, January 7th. As with all even-numbered years, this session will last for 60 days and legislators will need to pass a two-year budget. Read More
RHCs Excluded from Principal Care Management Benefit in 2020. In 2020, Rural Health Clinics may not bill for Principal Care Management. Principal Care Management (PCM) is a new benefit that Medicare will cover in 2020. It is very similar to the chronic care management (CCM) benefit, except for the fact that patients can qualify for principal care management services with only one chronic condition, whereas CCM services can only be provided to patients with at least two chronic conditions. 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
Kentucky's weekly flu chart looks like a ski jump, as the spread of the disease accelerates. Influenza kept spreading faster in Kentucky in the week ended Dec. 21, the last week for which the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the state Department for Public Health has issued a weekly flu report. Read More
Updates for 1915(c) Waiver Stakeholders. The Department for Medicaid Services (DMS) has several updates for stakeholders today. Read More 
The Rural Opportunity Map.  A unique collection of data and tools, the Rural Opportunity Map uses data sets on broadband infrastructure, education attainment, young companies, and other local assets. Read More
Statewide Hepatitis A cases decline. While Hep A may be on the way out, officials warn that drug-related HIV cases could be the next issue. Read More
More Children are Uninsured. The fresh start of a new decade brings renewed interest in the growing numbers of uninsured children in our nation. Four million children are now uninsured, an increase of than 400,000 between 2016 and 2018, according to the U.S. Census. Read More
Collaboration as a Key to Success in 2020. The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky is offering a free, one-hour webinar on January 30 about how to make the most of collaborative efforts. Read More
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