KMA Leadership Academy – August 29, 2015

KMA held a daylong KMA Leadership Academy CME symposium on Saturday, August 29, 2015, designed to provide physicians with strategies to enhance positive outcomes related to quality data, social media, patient communications and reimbursement.  The KMA leadership Academy is a member-only benefit and was sponsored by the Kentucky Foundation for Medical Care through a grant awarded by The Physicians Foundation.

Meet the Mandates Seminars – November, 1, 2014 And November 22 at the Hyatt Regency, Downtown Louisville

The Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure requires physicians licensed in the state to complete 60 hours of continuing medical education every three years. The current CME cycle ends December 31, 2014. In order to assist physicians in obtaining their mandated CME, the KFMC is sponsoring the following education through the Kentucky Medical Association (KMA):

  • Domestic Violence – 3 hours
  • Pediatric Head Trauma – 1 hour
  • HIV/AIDS – 2 hours
  • House Bill 1 / Prescription Drug Abuse – 4.5 hours

Kentucky Medical Association (KMA) Annual Meeting – September 15-17, 2014, at the Hyatt Regency, Downtown Louisville

The Kentucky Foundation for Medical Care (KFMC) is sponsoring the educational portion of the second general session at the 2014 KMA Annual Meeting. Speakers and topics include: (1) Kurt Mosley, Vice President of Strategic Alliances for Merritt Hawkins, will focus on current healthcare trends in Kentucky, examine challenges facing physicians in the future, and address rural physician recruitment and retention; (2) Dr. Rachel Garfield, Senior Researcher for the Kaiser Family Foundation and Associate Director for its Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured, will examine the recent decision of some states to expand their Medicaid program, challenges to expansion and physician participation. She will also provide information on current trends and future challenges relating to Medicaid; (3) and Lt. Gov. Jerry Abramson, will describe Kentucky Health Now, the state’s aggressive and wide-ranging health initiative, provide information on the strategies of implementation, and describe ways that physicians can participate.

Affordable Care Act Presentations – In 2014, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) continued to bring significant changes to the way physicians practice medicine. To meet these new demands, the KFMC provided training throughout the state covering which ACA components have been delayed and why, and information on what to expect with the 2014 Medicaid expansion and the Kentucky Health Benefits Exchange.   These seminars presented an updated ACA timeline and comprehensive information about ACA changes that impact the marketplace, such as how Value Based Purchasing will impact Medicare.

Regional Symposiums – The KFMC held Regional Symposiums in Owensboro and London, Ky., during 2014. Kentucky Medical Association (KMA) Practice Advocacy Manager, Lindy Lady, CPC, CPCO, guided attendees through the Physician Compare and Hospital Compare websites, demonstrating how to use these sites to monitor reported information. Ms. Lady also provided tips on how to prepare for the significant changes associated with these sites, which beginning in 2015, will have a direct impact on physician reimbursement.

Cory Meadows, KMA Director of Advocacy and Legal Affairs, also highlighted key issues that were the focus of KMA’s advocacy efforts for 2014, as well as local business, social and political information useful to medical practices in the area.

KMAA Southern Regional Conference Sponsorship – The KFMC sponsored the educational portion of the Southern Regional American Medical Association Alliance (AMAA) Meeting held in March, 2014 at the Brown Hotel in Louisville, Ky.  The conference included presentations from AMAA President, Jo Terry, and Southern Medical Association Alliance President Susan Rish.  Speakers included Dr. William Monnig (Future of Large Group Private Practice), Ron Crouch (statistics showing trends in healthcare), and Charlotte Wethington (Recovery advocate against Heroin use and overdose).