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Health Care Reform Impacts Private Practice

Administrative framework, other factors complicate compiling with mandates Some of the changes associated with health care reform will have a great impact on physicians and their practices. “I think the most profound way health care reform is affecting the individual physician’s practice of medicine is the administrative cost burdens of the reforms themselves,” said Dr. … Continue reading

Health Care Reform

The articles you read in Kentucky Doc are intended to provide high-quality, up-to-date information for practicing physicians. Sometimes that information is not just technical but informational and philosophical as well. In this issue you will find information from a variety of sources about the controversies surrounding health care reform. Economically we know that something(s) must … Continue reading

The Kentucky Pink Connection

The Kentucky Pink Connection non-profit was established in 2008 by Vicki Blevins Booth, a previous mastectomy boutique owner and passionate advocate for women. Since 2008, KY Pink Connection (KPC) has served over 3,000 women. KPC connects people to resources they need in order to receive breast screening or complete their breast cancer treatment. Due to … Continue reading

Asheville, North Carolina

Biltmore and biscuits bring you back We didn’t plan to visit Asheville, a fascinating little town nestled between the Smoky Mountains and the Blue Ridge Mountains. It just happened to be halfway between Lexington and Savannah, Ga. It wasn’t until I began to do research that I realized the Biltmore Estate is located in Asheville, … Continue reading

Marcia Angell: First woman editor of New England Journal of Medicine advocates for health care reform

When the topic of health care reform comes up, the name of Marcia Angell, M.D. is almost certain to be mentioned. Born in 1939 in Knoxville, Tenn., Angell, a pathologist, was the first woman editor-in-chief of the prestigious New England Journal of Medicine, a post she held from 1999 to 2000. She first joined the … Continue reading

State Senator Seeks Answers to Health Care Reform Questions

Vice chair of Health and Welfare Committee knows what is at stake As vice chair of the Kentucky legislature’s Health and Welfare Committee, State Senator David Givens (R-Greensburg) has been keeping an eye on health care reform and pondering its repercussions for Kentucky. There are many unanswered questions connected with the health care reform act, … Continue reading

The Pill-Mill Bill

Prescription drug abuse in Kentucky is a disturbing and growing problem. House Bill 1 (HB 1), which was passed during a special session of the Kentucky General Assembly this past April, seeks to deal with this problem. “We have more deaths in Kentucky from prescriptive drug abuse than we do car accidents, so it’s a … Continue reading

Fishhook International

Fishhook International catches people who are falling and cannot help themselves. Based in Lexington, Fishhook works exclusively in India in three major areas. It starts Christian churches, provides care for widows and orphans and sponsors programs to help the poor become more self-reliant. Although Fishhook performs some activity throughout India, its main area of operation … Continue reading

Technological Developments Lead to Advances in Surgical Procedures

Less pain, more confidence are benefits for patients In the last decade, two technological developments have led to significant advances in cardio-thoracic surgery. Dr. Anthony Rogers, a cardio-thoracic and vascular surgeon at Lexington’s Central Baptist Hospital, said video assisted thoracic Surgery (VATS) allows surgeons to make several small incisions, each roughly an inch in length, … Continue reading

AMA President-Elect has Kentucky Ties

Ardis Hoven is active in AMA, works for Health-care Reform Dr. Ardis Dee Hoven, the president-elect of the American Medical Association (AMA), is an internist and infectious disease specialist from Lexington, Ky. Born in Cincinnati, Hoven received her undergraduate degree in microbiology and her medical degree from the University of Kentucky. She completed her internal … Continue reading