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2017 Legislation Muddies the Water for Kentucky Physicians and Providers

Kentucky’s 2017 legislative session has been described as the most productive regular session in modern history by Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer. Over a hundred bills during the session addressed healthcare-related issues reflecting the priorities of Republican Leadership and its initiative to repeal the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). While many bills failed to gain traction, several important new laws were enacted that not only require Kentucky physicians and providers to change their practices, but also offer possible protection from lawsuits. The following is a review of some of the most important new legislation resulting from the 2017 session. More >

Kentucky’s HB 333 and Schedule II Drug Prescriptions – What Providers Need to Know

On April 10th, 2017, Gov. Bevin signed HB 333 into law, adding another tool to an ever-necessary arsenal to combat Kentucky’s opioid epidemic. While the new law should serve to help curb painkiller abuse, it adds new regulations to physicians in an already heavily-regulated area of practice. Providers must now understand the new restrictions and adjust their pain management practices to accommodate them. More >

CDC Releases New Guidelines for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain

This week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new guidelines for the prescribing of opioids for treatment of chronic pain. The guidelines can be found here:

http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/volumes/65/rr/rr6501e1.htm

Resources for healthcare providers regarding the guidelines can be found here:

http://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/prescribing/resources.html

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