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340B Policy and Procedures Manual. DMS is extending the deadline to October 3rd for all feedback. While we continue to work with stakeholders to identify alternative solutions, the effective date of the proposed policy will be set to January 1, 2020. Read More 
Opportunity to Collaborate with Aetna Better Health- Kentucky for Clinic No-Show Visits: The Aetna Better Health- Kentucky leadership would like to collaborate with KPCA practices to offer follow-up patient communication for rescheduling missed appointments for your ABH-KY Medicaid patients.  If your clinic is interested in hearing more about this opportunity/service please contact Mary Barron. 
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released results from the National Immunization Survey-Teen (NIS-Teen) in the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), providing the latest estimates of vaccination rates among adolescents in the United States. The key findings from the report include a lower rate of vaccination in rural areas. Read More
National Suicide Prevention WeekThis annual observance occurs September 8-14. Approximately 45% of suicide victims had contact with primary care providers within one month of suicide. Read More
Kentucky State Loan Repayment Program.  In an effort to attract more health care professionals to parts of the state, the Kentucky State Loan Repayment Program is now accepting applications from health care providers seeking assistance with paying off their student loan debt. Read More
Community Transportation Survey 2019. Lack of affordable and reliable transportation is often a barrier to employment and healthcare appointments. Please complete the below survey to help us to better serve our community. The survey should only take about 5 minutes to complete. Thank you so very much for your participation. Read More 
U.S. Senator Sponsors Rural America Health Corps Act. This act builds upon the National Health Service Corps which offers two years of loan forgiveness in underserved areas. Read More
Amid Doctor Shortage, Nurse Practitioners Fill Rural Care Gap. With the aging population and a shortage of primary care providers, there needs to be an effort to help provide musculoskeletal care, particularly in rural communities. Read More

The Kentucky Department for Public Health (KDPH) is alerting clinicians about the possibility of seeing patients with progressive, severe pulmonary disease related to the use of e-cigarettes or “vaping.” As of August 27, at least 215 possible cases in 25 states have been reported to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). These pulmonary injuries are particularly seen among adolescents and young adults. Patients are experiencing respiratory symptoms including cough, shortness of breath, and fatigue, and symptoms typically worsen over a period of days or weeks before admission to the hospital. Other symptoms reported by some patients included fever, anorexia, pleuritic chest pain, nausea, and diarrhea. Read More 

HPV Vaccine. Clinicians often want to improve their HPV vaccination rates, but may need some help knowing where to start. Professional organizations have credibility with their members, so partnering with them can be an effective way to educate and provide resources to clinicians. Below is information on the different ways you can work with partners. Read More 
People in most rural areas are more likely to die from colon cancer even though they are less likely to get it in the first place. Patients who live in remote or very small rural communities are a bit more likely to show up at their doctor's office with late-stage colon cancer than other Americans, which could help explain why patients who live in these areas have such poor colorectal cancer outcomes. Read More
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