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Office of the Attorney General, advocates launch training effort to support victims of sexual assault

A new training effort aimed at helping hospital employees provide victim-centered care to survivors of sexual assault was launched last week by Attorney General Andy Beshear, the Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs (KASAP) and the Kentucky Hospital Association. Andy Beshear The new one-hour training video is for emergency room staff and hospital employees who respond to victims of sexual...

Providers, others file court briefs against work rule in Medicaid; KY Hospital Association supports it

Kentucky Health News Dozens of provider groups, advocates and academics are urging a federal appeals court to rule against” Gov. Matt Bevin’s plan to require work or other “community engagement” from “able-bodied” Medicaid beneficiaries in Kentucky, James Romoser reports for Inside Health Policy. In five friend-of-the-court briefs, “a diverse array of organizations...

Kentucky Hospital Association awarded $250,000 to fund software that could thwart ‘ER hopping’

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News The Kentucky Hospital Association has been awarded a $250,000 grant to equip Kentucky’s emergency departments with software designed to help physicians have access to patient information from multiple sources in real time. The grant for the software, called EDie, came from Anthem Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Anthem Inc., a major health insurer. “Information...

Grimes joins Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky to raise awareness of infant head trauma, safe sleep practices

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes on Monday joined Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky (PCAK) to unveil their safety video that will be shared with new parents in hospitals across Kentucky. “I want to congratulate Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky, WellCare and the Kentucky Hospital Association for joining forces to help educate new parents, on the dangers of pediatric head trauma and the need...

Kentucky Hospital Association and state CHFS form coalition, launch statewide assault on opioids

The National Institute on Drug Abuse ranks Kentucky among the top 10 states with the highest opioid-related overdose deaths, and Kentucky’s hospitals are on the frontline in the fight to help the state recover. To assist the state’s hospitals in this battle, the Kentucky Hospital Association (KHA) is partnering with the Cabinet for Health and Family Services as part of the Kentucky Opioid Response...

More Kentucky patients are recuperating in local, rural hospitals after surgery in an urban hospital

Rural residents are increasingly being transferred out of big urban hospitals to recuperate in rural hospitals, many of which are struggling financially and can use the business. “We have seen trends of this around the state,” said Elizabeth Cobb, vice president of health policy for the Kentucky Hospital Association, said in an interview. Oregon’s legislature voted recently to encourage...

New ad blames health care reform for hospital woes; hospitals say it’s only partly to blame

  By Al Cross Special to KyForward   A new ad in the race for governor says “There’s a crisis in our hospitals” in Kentucky, and blames it entirely on the federal health care reform law. That is not true, according to the hospitals themselves.   The TV commercial is from Americans for Prosperity, a group supported by the Koch brothers, Wichita-based industrialists who...

Kentucky hospitals say they’re losing money because of cuts caused by Affordable Care Act

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News   Kentucky hospitals are struggling financially because of the billions of dollars in cuts caused by the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, and many aren’t sure they will survive, the Kentucky Hospital Association said at its annual meeting.   KHA applauded the successful implementation of the federal health reform...

Westrom, others passionate about statewide smoking ban; want it to be a priority in 2015

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News   While the advocates of a statewide smoking ban might have been “preaching to the choir,” as one put it during a legislative committee meeting last week, they heard a passionate call to go out and persuade their fellow legislators to pass a smoking ban in the 2015 legislative session, or at least give it a vote on the floor of a chamber.   “Go...

Ethics Reporter: Lobbying spending hits all-time high during first eight months of 2014

Special to KyForward   Businesses and organizations lobbying the Kentucky General Assembly spent a record $13.6 million during the first eight months of 2014. Compared to the previous record of $13.2 million spent in the same period in 2012, lobbying interests are on track to set a new yearly spending record in Kentucky by topping the 2012 total of $17.8 million.   If, as expected, year-end...

Ethics Reporter: First month of session sees one-month record of $1.9 million for lobbyists

Special to KyForward   In the first month of the 2014 General Assembly, lobbyists and their employers spent over $2.1 million on lobbying, including a one-month record of $1.9 million on compensating 598 lobbyists.   However, the total spending is less than was spent in the comparable month two years ago, when the total was inflated by a $182,000 expenditure by a single employer of lobbyists.   Of...

Ethics Reporter: As odd-numbered years go, 2013 saw record spending on Ky. lobbying

Special to KyForward   According to recently filed reports, businesses, organizations and legislative agents spent $16.4 million on Kentucky lobbying in 2013, a record amount for an odd-numbered year in which the legislative session lasts just 30 days.   The total is eight percent higher than the $15.1 million spent in the last odd-numbered year, and just $1.4 million less than the spending...