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The Baptist Health System in Kentucky has added a sixth hospital. Richmond’s Patti A Clay Hospital is changing its name and joining the system. The Madison County healthcare provider is now Baptist Health Richmond.  CEO Todd Jones says it was either  change or face a ‘sink or swim’ scenario.

The confusing process of setting up Kentucky’'s health insurance exchange should get clearer later this month.

The Affordable Care Act requires states to set up exchanges in which residents can compare and purchase health plans. Governor Steve Beshear choose to set up the state exchange earlier this year, rather than let the federal government operate the system.

HCHC Prepares for Changes in Nursing Care

Sep 3, 2012
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A lack of patients is bringing changes to the Henry County Medical Center’s hospital-run nursing home, the Henry County Healthcare Center.  The facility has capacity for 150 residents, but around 30 beds are consistently empty and it’s spent the past few weeks in restructuring mode.  Hospital officials have shut down one hall and cut two full-time jobs.  They also expect to limit the number of new hires in the coming years. 

HCMC Nursing Home in Restructuring, Looking to Future

Aug 31, 2012
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Henry County Medical Center officials have eliminated two jobs at their hospital-run nursing home, as part of a facility restructuring. The nursing home is in the process of closing down one wing because of a lack of patients. CEO Tom Gee says the number of patients at the nursing home has declined steadily in the past two years, with around 30 empty beds.

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Kentucky'’s two U.S. Senators say they both want to repeal the Affordable Care Act, but wouldn’'t elaborate on reforms to replace the measure. The senators headlined a Tea Party rally held today in Frankfort.

This was Senator Mitch McConnell’'s biggest Tea Party event to date, and his message wasn'’t a surprise. Both he and Senator Rand Paul rallied the crowd around the idea of repealing the federal health care law, which they call "Obamacare."

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Kentucky Attorney General Jack Conway says it may be time for lawmakers to take a second look at a tough prescription pill bill that passed earlier this year. Conway was a leading advocate of House Bill 1, which requires doctors to use the KASPER pill tracking system. But the Kentucky Medical Association has long opposed HB1.

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Kentuckians on Medicaid now have the opportunity to change healthcare providers for the first time in months.

KentuckyOne Severs Ties To CoventryCares

Aug 16, 2012

KentuckyOne Health, the largest health system in the state, has announced it's severing all ties to CoventryCares, a Medicaid managed care organization. The move comes after Coventry dropped two KentuckyOne-affiliated hospitals from its system, one of which is Our Lady of Peace.

"This is a psychiatric hospital. 75% of which are children; and these are very vulnerable children."

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KentuckyOne Health says it is terminating contracts at all its facilities with Medicaid provider Coventry Cares. KentuckyOne Health says the terminations will be effective November 1st at former Jewish Hospital & St. Mary's Healthcare facilities and on December 1st at former Saint Joseph Health System facilities. Today’s announcement comes after Coventry gave notice that it would not participate at two hospitals owned by the health system — Our Lady of Peace in Louisville and Taylor Regional Hospital in Campbellsville.

Long Term Cancer Study Looking for Kentucky Volunteers

Aug 6, 2012
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A cancer research study that will span the next 20 to 30 years is looking for volunteers in the Commonwealth. The American Cancer Society will have sign-ups for its Cancer Prevention Study-3 this week at various locations across Louisville and central Kentucky. Spokeswoman Stephanie Feger says the CPS-3 builds on earlier longitudinal data.

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