The U.S. adult smoking rate is at an all-time low, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports.

Even still, Kentucky's smoking rate remains high compared to the rest of the U.S., and state organizations continue to try to gain support for a statewide smoking ban.

Closing what many see as a loophole that could trap millions of people in substandard insurance, the Obama administration said Tuesday that large-employer medical plans lacking hospital coverage will not qualify under the Affordable Care Act's toughest standard. It also offered relief to workers who may be enrolled in those plans next year.

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."

Trigg Co Hospital applies for $500,000 grant

Aug 8, 2012

Trigg County’s Hospital is finalizing building plans to apply for a 500-thousand dollar state grant to assist with construction. The Community Development Block Grants are awarded in January to organizations that serve populations where 51% of residents fall at or below the poverty level. Hospital CEO Alisa Coleman says the money would go toward construction of a new surgical suite, expanding the rehab project, and renovating an existing church building at the hospital.

Trigg County Hospital will expand its facility with a $7 million dollar loan from the Department of Agriculture’s Office of Rural Development. 


May 4, 2012

Dr. Robert Tucker is the new Chief Medical Officer at the Murray-Calloway County Hospital. Tucker will serve solely part time as a liaison between physicians and hospital administrative staff whereas in the past the CMO was a practicing physician nominated by hospital admin. Previously, Tucker served as a MCCH consultant and a CMO and medical director in northern Virginia.