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Medication Adherence Tip of the Week: Medication adherence is critical to successful hypertension control for many patients. As a health care professional, you can empower your patients to take their hypertensive medications as prescribed. Effective two-way communication is key; in fact, it doubles the odds of your patients taking their medications properly. Write down prescription instructions clearly, and reinforce them verbally. Provide websites or brochures for additional reading and information. Remind your patients to have a routine for taking their medications.
Pharmacy Update:ADA Supports Second-Line Diabetes Treatments for Patients with CVD Risks
The ADA has made a recommendation for what drugs should be used in diabetic patients who have ASCVD or are at risk for it. The 2020 Standards of Medical Care published in Diabetes Care urges strong consideration for the use of SGLT-2 inhibitors or GLP-1 RAs. The statement mentions that the choice of medication added to metformin should be based on the clinical characteristics of the patient and their preferences. So for those patients with established or indicators of high ASCVD risk, established kidney disease, or heart failure an SGLT-2 inhibitor or GLP-1 RA with demonstrated CVD benefit is recommended as part of the glucose-lowering regimen independent of A1C and in consideration of patient-specific factors.

 
Reduce Health Costs By Nurturing The Sickest? A Much-Touted Idea Disappoints. Improving health and lowering costs for the sickest and most expensive patients in America is a dream harder to realize than many health care leaders had hoped. Read More
University of Kentucky Medical Professions Placement Service has once again been invited to organize the Kentucky American College of Physicians PGY2 Retreat Career Fair. The event will take place on March 10th at Shaker Village from 12:00 PM - 2 PM.  If your clinic is looking to recruit Internal Medicine residents please reach out to Hannah Kaltenbach via email.
Transportation Solutions for Health Centers. There are many things that make health centers unique among primary care providers, including requirements that they be located in areas of high need, have patient-majority boards, and provide patients with enabling services. Read More
Researchers listen to rural Kentuckians – then score a win for heart health. Researchers who went into one of the nation's poorest regions to educate people about their health ended up getting a few lessons themselves – and together, they made some striking improvements. Read More
The Kentucky Health Information Exchange is excited to announce the launch of our Provider Assistance Program mini-grant opportunity.  In collaboration with the Department for Medicaid Services (DMS) and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the Kentucky Health Information Exchange (KHIE) is offering Pharmacies, Eligible Providers (EPs), Eligible Hospitals (EHs) and Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) the opportunity to apply for a mini-grant to offset the vendor fees associated with connecting to KHIE. Read More

Report: Medicaid Expansion Slowed Rates of Health Decline for Low-Income Adults in the Southern States.  Of the fourteen states that have not expanded eligibility for Medicaid, nine are in the southern census region, and two others border that region. Read More

HRSA Expert Warns of Clinician Burnout. Giving voice to federal researchers who say burnout in the health professions is on the rise, HRSA's Dr. Torey Mack told attendees at a joint summit last month that the annual economic cost associated with rising turnover and reduced clinical hours is now about $7,600 per employed physician each year. Read More
Tips and Tools for Implementing the Primary Care Behavioral Health Model. Join the Center of Excellence for Integrated Health Solutions in a discussion around strategies and tools for adopting the Primary Care Behavioral Health (PCBH) model in both primary care and behavioral health settings. Read More
Sheldon sponsors bill to allow PAs to prescribe certain drugs. Rep. Steve Sheldon, R-Bowling Green, sponsored legislation last week that would allow physician assistants to prescribe Schedules II through V controlled substances. Read More
Health for a Change Training. 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
Family Doctors In Rural America Tackle Crisis Of Addiction And Pain. Drug overdose deaths are more common by population size in rural areas than in urban ones. Amid a nationwide decline in prescribing rates since 2012, rural doctors prescribe opioids more often by far. Rural Americans have fewer alternatives to treat their very real pain, and they disproportionately lack access to effective addiction medication such as buprenorphine. 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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