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Nationwide, a majority of emergency room physicians report an increase in the number of patients since the Affordable Care Act took effect.

Murray-Calloway County Hospital CEO Jerry Penner has seen an increase in emergency room visits this year, which he says is likely because of the implementation of the Affordable Care Act and expanded Medicaid.

He says some newly insured have used the emergency room like a health clinic in the past but haven’t yet gone to a primary care physician.

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.

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Although chances of an Ebola outbreak in the Commonwealth are slim, the Kentucky Hospital Association is spreading information about how to handle a patient with the disease.

KHA Emergency Preparedness and Trauma Coordinator Dick Bartlett said people most likely to contract the disease are those such as soldiers or humanitarian workers who have been in a country with an outbreak.


The former chair of the Kentucky Hospital Association says state Auditor Adam Edelen’s efforts to compile data related to what he calls a financial “crisis” for rural hospitals will point toward the impact of Medicaid managed care.


Kentucky Hospital Association director Michael Rust says the KHA appreciates Gov. Steve Beshear's efforts to resolve issues related to the Medicaid managed care system, but the overwhelming majority of hospitals are still reporting significant dollar amounts owed to them by Kentucky’s MCOs in unpaid claims.