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Positive outlook helps colon cancer survivor focus on making the most of his new lease on life

By Maridith Yahl NKyTribune reporter “I want to be a victor, not a victim,” declares Jacob Paff, a colon cancer survivor. His genuinely nice and even-tempered personality undoubtedly helped him in the fight of his life and continues to help him succeed in his career. Five months after the birth of his son Elijah, Jacob received his diagnosis. He didn’t know it at the time, but he...

Last beam placed at St. Elizabeth Cancer Center topping out is beacon of hope for patients, families

By Mark Hansel NKyTribune managing editor St. Elizabeth Healthcare reached another milestone Tuesday in its effort to make Northern Kentucky one of the healthiest communities in the country. The last beam for the St. Elizabeth Cancer Center project, filled with thousands of signatures, awaited placement Tuesday. Click to enlarge (photos by Mark Hansel). Stakeholders, community leaders and former patients...

Kentucky health officials advise taking precautions to avoid ticks: Protect, check, remove and watch

With the arrival of warmer weather and tick season underway in Kentucky, officials with the Kentucky Department for Public Health are reminding people to take precautions against tick bites, which can transmit serious and potentially deadly illnesses. “Spring and early summer are peak times for tick bites, which coincide with people venturing outdoors in the warmer weather,” said Jeff D. Howard,...

Kentucky Health News: Rural hospitals continue to be at risk of closing; federal policy complicates pay

Kentucky Health News Rural hospital closures are a growing trend, and federal policies don’t support a model that would include a scaled-back version of services. But that’s what many rural hospitals need to do in order to ensure their future, Mary Meehan reports for Ohio Valley ReSource, a public-radio partnership that covers Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia, especially their Appalachian...

Shelley Shearer: It’s June and the season for Bridal Botox and teeth whitening for those weddings

The venue is selected, dresses purchased, bridal showers planned and now it’s time to rejuvenate the face and teeth at the dentist’s office. The dentist? Of course. Dentists’ advanced training in the oral and maxillofacial areas (the face from chin to forehead) makes them the ideal healthcare professionals to deliver Botox to brides-to-be. We already know that dentists are the go-to pros for...

Kentucky REALTORS joins national organization’s amicus briefs supporting Association Health Plans

Kentucky REALTORS (KYR) President Rip Phillips has announced that KYR has joined the National Association of Realtors amicus brief in defense of the Department of Labor’s (DOL) Association Health Plan rule. Amicus briefs are legal documents filed in appellate court cases by non-litigants that have a strong interest in the subject matter in question. Earlier this year, a federal court ruled that provisions...

Milestone for new $130m St. Elizabeth Cancer Center; sign the special topping-out beam by June 24

St. Elizabeth Healthcare invites the community including patients, families, partners, St. Elizabeth associates, and anyone touched by cancer to become a lasting part of the new Cancer Center in Edgewood. All are welcome to sign the steel beam that will complete the structure of the new, five-story Cancer Center. The beam will be available to sign until June 24 at St. Elizabeth Edgewood, 3B Cancer...

NKY Health urges precaution for those in flooded areas; offers safety tips for clean up

Heavy rains have caused flooding in the City of Covington and surrounding areas. In an effort to keep the public informed and safe, the Northern Kentucky Health Department is working with the City of Covington to inform residents how to remain safe and avoid illness during flood clean-up. “We understand that this is a difficult time for residents who are affected by these floods,” said Dr. Lynne...

Medicaid waiver to expand coverage, increase care access for Kentuckians with Substance Use Disorder

The Commonwealth of Kentucky is set to expand access to treatment and recovery services for individuals with Substance Use Disorder (SUD) through a portion of its 1115 Medicaid demonstration waiver, beginning July 1. This program further amplifies the Commonwealth’s overall efforts to fight the opioid crisis, as well as other substance addictions. With Kentucky’s commitment to combatting opioid,...

Six KY nursing homes are on a formerly unpublished list of 400 poor performers around the nation

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News The U.S. senators from Pennsylvania have released a report that includes the names of nearly 400 nursing homes with a “persistent record of poor care” that had not previously been publicly available. Of the six Kentucky facilities on the poor-performers list, only Twin Rivers Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Owensboro is getting additional oversight....

Study: Private insurance pays hospitals 241% more than Medicare; suggests shift to a Medicare model

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News As health-care costs continue to rise for both employers and employees, one group of researchers says private insurers should move away from how they pay for hospital services, which requires them to pay a percentage of billed charges, and start paying the way Medicare does, based on a fixed-price agreements that are transparent to all. The American Hospital...

Village Care Center/The Village@Erlanger recognized for health inspection performance

Village Care Center / The Village@Erlanger  was recently awarded Providigm’s Embracing Quality Award for 2018 for exceptional achievement in Health Inspection Performance. In 2018, only 181 nursing centers across the US received awards, putting in a select group of high performing nursing centers. Providigm’s Embracing Quality Awards honor high-performing nursing centers in one or more of three...

Kentucky unveils new digital platform to support transition-age youth in foster care

A new digital portal called Kentucky RISE (Resources for Independence, Success and Empowerment) was unveiled Wednesday at the Kentucky Independent Living Youth Empowerment Conference, in Lexington. The new website is part of a rebranding project for the state’s independent living program for transition age youth in the foster care system. The web-based portal, kyrise.ky.gov, will be accessible...

Improved health is community undertaking, according to six-year program completed in seven Kentucky counties

If more Kentucky communities tackled their health issues as communities, the overall health of the state could be improved. That’s one lesson of a six-year program that the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky recently completed in seven counties. The “Investing in Kentucky’s Future” initiative focused on children. It “improved student eating habits, increased youth physical...

Commonwealth Fund’s state scorecard finds deaths from suicide, alcohol, drugs, are regional epidemic

NKyTribune staff Deaths from suicide, alcohol, and drugs have reached an all-time high, but affect states in different ways, according to the Commonwealth Fund’s just released 2019 Scorecard on State Health System Performance. “What we’re seeing is a regional epidemic when it comes to premature deaths from suicide, alcohol, and drugs,” said Dr. David Blumenthal, Commonwealth Fund President....