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2019 KPCA Annual Conference
Building For Success in Value-Based Reimbursement

Please join us at the Embassy Suites, Lexington for our 2019 Annual Fall Conference, Thursday, October 17th and Friday, Oct. 18th!
Proposed Insurance Rates Submitted to DOI for Review.  Insurance carriers have submitted proposed rates to the Department of Insurance (DOI) for Kentucky’s 2020 individual and small group markets. Anthem Health Plans of Kentucky, Inc. (Anthem) filed requests for 13 different plans to be offered on the Exchange with a proposed average rate increase of 12%. READ MORE 
FCC Strengthens Rural Health Care Program. The Federal Communications Commission today took action to promote telehealth in rural America through reforms to the Rural Health Care Program that ensure limited program funds are disbursed efficiently and equitably, promote transparency and predictability in the program’s administration, and strengthen safeguards against waste, fraud, and abuse. READ MORE
Oral arguments set in Medicaid court battle over Kentucky HEALTH. A date has been set for oral arguments in a legal battle over whether work requirements should be imposed on some Medicaid recipients in Kentucky and Arkansas. READ MORE
Rural Kentucky perfect target for telehealth project. Life in rural Kentucky is already pretty great. We've got much less traffic, much more clean air, a heap more natural beauty, tons of birds and fish and a little less stress than our big-city neighbors. But we can also struggle with access to health care. READ MORE
VP Mike Pence announces $9M in grants to help fight Kentucky's opioid crisis. Vice President Mike Pence has returned to Kentucky yet again, and he is traveling to Manchester to discuss a Department of Defense program and the opioid crisis. READ MORE
More Kentuckians Relying on Community Health Centers for Medical Care. One community health center in eastern Kentucky is reflecting on its 14 years serving rural residents, regardless of their ability to pay or insurance status. READ MORE
HIV Testing Rates Suboptimal in Rural vs Urban Regions in the United States. HIV testing rates are suboptimal in the United States, according to a study published in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. There is significant regional variation in testing rates, with rural areas displaying lower rates of testing and diagnosis than urban areas. READ MORE
EKU’s graduate nursing program earns an international award. A team of faculty and staff at Eastern Kentucky University has earned a 2019 Blackboard Catalyst Award in Teaching and Learning for the exemplary design, quality and performance of the EKU Online Rural Health Family Nurse Practitioner Program. READ MORE
Kentucky Medical Professions Placement Services is inviting KPCA members to attend the 2019 KMPPS Fall Mixer. the 2019 Fall Mixer in the Recruiting Room at Kroger Field on Thursday, September 5th from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. for complimentary food, beverages, and the opportunity to mingle with 130+ University of Kentucky residents, fellows, and College of Medicine Class of 2020 graduates. READ MORE

A lack of competition among health insurers in rural areas has reduced the ability of market-based approaches to increase insurance enrollment. The Affordable Care Act of 2010 sought to improve the health-insurance access in part through fostering more competition among insurers. But rural markets have less competition than metropolitan ones, so the impact of market-focused strategies is diminished, according to a study by the Rural Policy Research Institute (RUPRI) Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis. READ MORE

A Look at Recent Proposals to Control Drug Spending by Medicare and its Beneficiaries. The affordability of prescription drugs is a pressing concern for many Americans, with broad agreement across the political spectrum that lowering prescription drug costs should be a top priority for Congress. READ MORE
Victims of the opioid crisis: Counties with the worst drug problems in every state. Litigation over America’s opioid crisis has gathered steam in recent months. In a civil suit similar to the suits brought against Big Tobacco 20 years ago, nearly 2,000 towns, cities, and counties are seeking billions of dollars from two dozen drug companies in federal court. READ MORE
Kentucky Rural Healthcare Information Organization (KRHIO) is seeking input from rural providers on the pain and opioid-related topics and skills they feel would most benefit their patients and communities. All survey respondents who provide their email address will be entered into a drawing for a $25 Amazon gift card for their participation. READ MORE
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