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Quest Data Breach
American Medical Collection Agency (AMCA), a collection agency, has disclosed that an unauthorized user had access to AMCA’s system between August 1, 2018, and March 30, 2019. The affected system contained personal information AMCA received from various entities, including Quest Diagnostics, other clinical laboratories and healthcare providers, as well as information AMCA collected itself. AMCA is a collection agency used by Optum360, which in turn is a Quest contractor, and other healthcare companies.
Ticks coming out earlier than normal, Kentucky health officials warn
Mike Schardein, M.S., environmental biologist, with the Kentucky Division of Epidemiology and Health Planning, told me the tick population isn’t necessarily higher, but the mild winter is bringing them out earlier than normal.

Electronic tool helps community pharmacists manage patients with diabetes
An electronic tool can help community pharmacists identify gaps in therapy and improve medication recommendations for patients with diabetes, according to a study published online in the Journal of the American Pharmacists Association.
Kentucky HEALTH Pulse

The Cabinet for Health and Family Services is excited to announce that May 6th, 2019 marked the start of the Kentucky Integrated Health Insurance Premium Payment (KI-HIPP) program enhancements and efforts!

Health Officials Battle Increase in Rural STD Rates
Sexually transmitted diseases like gonorrhea, chlamydia, and syphilis can spread quickly in rural areas, where access to medical screening is harder to find and fewer people are aware of the problem.
Keeping Kids Healthy And Sane In A Digital World
Smartphones, tablets and video consoles can be addictive. They interfere with sleep. They draw kids into an alternate universe, often distracting them from more productive — and healthier — real-world activities. And they are linked to anxiety and depression, learning disabilities and obesity.
In Mental Health Play, Anthem To Buy Beacon Health Options
Anthem said it will buy Beacon Health Options, adding a national network of behavioral health services as the health insurer looks to manage the care of the whole person.
Kentucky seeks to expand school-based health care services
Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin says his administration is seeking to amend the state’s Medicaid plan in an effort to provide greater health-care access for students.

6th Annual Hepatitis Conference
Kentucky Rural Health Association, 2019 Annual Viral Hepatitis Conference
Practitioner's Role: Safe Opioid Prescribing & Misuse
Dr. Allen Brenzel is Medical/Clinical Director for the Dept. for Behavioral Health and Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities at the Cabinet for Health & Family Services.  He is a board-certified psychiatrist and has a leadership role in the state opioid response effort.  He will give an overview of the Kentucky Opioid Response Effort (KORE) and provide an update on the crisis and Kentucky's strategies to stem the tide at the Practitioner's Role: Safe Opioid Prescribing and Misuse.

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