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A quarter of Ky’s community health center visits are via telehealth; bill would codify temporary rules

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News A bill to codify telehealth provisions that were put into place during the pandemic to temporarily relax some of the regulations has passed out of committee and awaits a hearing in the full House. Rep. Kim Moser, R-Taylor Mill, who is the co-sponsor of House Bill 140, told Kentucky Health News that it is very important for this telehealth bill to pass. “I...

Commentary: Every Kyian needs access to high-speed internet for school, work at home, telehealth

By Brigitte Blom Ramsey and Colby Hall Special to KyForward 2021 is off and to the races, and already one topic is still dominating debate across our communities, state, and nation: access to high-speed internet. Upload speeds, middle mile, fiber, last mile, low earth orbiting satellites … for the average person, it is easy to get lost in the weeds. Technical terminology and complicated diagrams...

Dr. Dale Toney: As pandemic continues, access to health care more vital than ever for Kentuckians

Insurance plays a vital role for everyone in our health care system, whether you’re enrolled in Medicare, Medicaid, an employer-sponsored plan or one off the marketplace. But what happens if insurers refuse to cover the vital services you need to manage your health and connect with your doctors? This has been a growing concern among patients and their physicians for years but has escalated as we...

COVID-19 pandemic has made telehealth necessary, easier to get, and sure to continue in current form

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Federal officials on a rural health webinar applauded the federal government’s efforts to expand telehealth during the coronavirus pandemic, and predicted its uptick will continue long after the crisis is over. “I can tell you from personal experience that we are never going back,” said Dr. Jeff Colyer, a surgeon who chairs the National Advisory...

Dr. Julie Daftari: Kentucky needs to continue worthwhile conversation about telehealth

For Kentucky, one outcome of the COVID-19 crisis is the increasing and worthwhile dialogue about telehealth – which may enable people to connect 24/7 with a health care provider via a digital device and avoid potential exposure risks associated with in-person trips to health care facilities. Increasingly in Kentucky, telehealth can be a relevant tool in a person’s health care toolbox. This is especially...