National Kidney Foundation presents symposium about early detection and prevention of Chronic Kidney Disease

Passport Health Plan is sponsoring a Live CME/CE Professional Education Symposium about Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD) called “CKDinform: Early Detection and Prevention.”

This 3-hour CME/CE symposium focuses on the unique role that primary care practitioners (PCPs) play in managing CKD patients. The burden of CKD to the population, modifiable CKD risk factors, screening methods, and interpretation of test results will be discussed. Case-based questions are also included. The National Kidney Foundation designates this enduring activity for a maximum of 3.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™.

This activity is designed for physicians (primary care, cardiologists, endocrinologists), nurses, advanced practitioners, and other clinicians who care for people with CKD.

This event will be happening from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 22, 2019, at The Olmsted, 3701 Frankfort Ave., Louisville. Regular Registration costs $25 (the deadline is Feb. 21), and on-site registration will cost $30.

For more information, please Contact Alana Miller (email alana.miller@kidney.org or call 502-585-5433 ext. 842) or go online to www.kidney.org/CKDinform-Louisville.

 

Commitment to Compassion award winners announced

For the fourth year, Louisville’s health care community is preparing to honor a group of special individuals who exhibit extraordinary compassion in their daily lives.

Compassionate LouisvilleThe Commitment to Compassion Award was created to honor people every year who exemplify true compassion in health care. The award winners deserve recognition for improving the lives of those around them, for inspiring and challenging others to be more compassionate.

This year’s outstanding group will be honored at the Commitment to Compassion Luncheon at the Muhammad Ali Center on Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2019.

The Commitment to Compassion Award was created four years ago, when Jill Bell, vice president and chief communications officer at Passport Health Plan, and Stephanie Barnett of ChooseWell Communities, along with members of the staff at Insider Louisville, came up with the idea of honoring health care professionals who show extraordinary compassion in their approach to their work, and their life.

To learn more about the event and to see the list of this year’s award recipients, please click here.

 

Be Aware of Stress Triggers, and Taking Action to Get Relief

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For most of us, the holidays take us out of our routine. We buy things (presents) we don’t normally buy, we indulge in unusual food and drink, we see friends and family members who aren’t in our normal circle.

And for many people, this adds up to a really stressful time. In fact, the American Psychological Association offers an online “Holiday Stress Resource Center” (to help people deal with anxiety brought on by gift-giving, financial stress and even political disagreements at the dinner table.

“One of the things that’s happening in the U.S. is that many families are finding lots of stress related to the political environment when they have family get-togethers,” David Hanna, a licensed clinical psychologist and behavior health program manager at Passport Health Plan, says in an article on Insider Louisville. “People are identifying the political climate as one of the major stressors in their lives. Not a small number of people, a lot of people.”

To hear more from David, including tips on reducing stress, please click here.

National Community Development Groups Invest $24 Million in New Markets Tax Credits for Passport’s Health and Well-Being Campus

Well Being Campus LogoOne of Louisville’s most anticipated real estate development projects has drawn significant attention and support from prominent national investors. A collection of financial leaders has awarded Passport Health Plan – a nonprofit, Kentucky-based Medicaid managed care organization – millions of dollars in special tax credit financing to help bring the company’s new headquarters and Health and Well-Being Campus to reality in downtown Louisville.

Three Community Development Entities (CDEs) are combining to provide $24.35 million in New Markets Tax Credit financing to Passport, bringing $8.55 million in subsidy to assist the project. The CDEs are the National Development Council, Reinvestment Fund, and Telesis Corporation. SB Friedman Development Advisors acted as consultants for this project. PNC Bank will serve as the investor for the $8.55M in tax credit equity.

“The Passport Health and Well-Being Campus will further allow us to meet our shared goal with the Kentucky Department for Medicaid Services (DMS) to help our members develop job skills, acquire education, and ultimately become employed and have access to private insurance,” said Passport CEO Mark Carter. “Through our collaboration with community partners focused on healthy food, affordable and safe housing, and other services, we will reduce the overall cost of Kentucky’s Medicaid program in the future.”

Full Press Release Here

Federal government reapproves Kentucky HEALTH program for 2019

The Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) has announced that the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has approved the Commonwealth’s Section 1115 Medicaid waiver known as Kentucky HEALTH (Helping to Engage and Achieve Long Term Health).

CMS provided guidance that the newly approved program can begin as soon April 1, 2019. Accordingly, the PATH (Partnering to Advance Training and Health) Community Engagement component will be rolled out regionally over several months beginning no sooner than April 1, 2019.

“Kentucky HEALTH offers a customized path based on individual needs that will help beneficiaries gain better health, engagement in their communities, improved
employability, and success through long-term independence,” CHFS Secretary Adam Meier said in a news release. “This individualized approach affords flexibility and procedural protections that will ensure Medicaid is able to provide beneficiaries access to services and opportunities, while utilizing a holistic approach to addressing barriers and challenges that affect overall health.”

Stay tuned to Inside Passport and be sure to check the official Kentucky HEALTH website for updates.

 

Passport Health Plan and March of Dimes Donate Diaper Bags to Families with Babies in UofL Hospital NICU

As part of National Prematurity Awareness Month, Passport Health Plan and March of Dimes are stepping up to help families who have babies being treated in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at University of Louisville Hospital.

Passport (the provider-sponsored, nonprofit, community-based health plan administering Medicaid benefits to more than 310,000 Kentuckians) and March of Dimes (the nation’s leading maternal and infant health nonprofit) are donating fully stocked diaper bags to help families during one of the most emotional and tense times in their lives.

“The preterm birth rate in the United States is on the rise for the third year in a row, a trend signaling an urgent health crisis for moms and babies,” says Passport CEO Mark Carter. “Passport and March of Dimes share a common goal – to work towards a day when every baby born in Kentucky arrives full-term and completely healthy.”

In Jefferson County, the preterm birth rate is an alarming 10.9 percent, based on 2016 data.

“Passport is proud to work with the March of Dimes to help promote healthy pregnancies and babies,” says Passport Chief Medical Officer Dr. Stephen Houghland. “Through this collaboration, we strive to prevent premature birth and birth defects, educating moms and supporting families in need.”

To read more, please click here.

 

Kentucky KIDS COUNT County Data Book shows where progress is being made or still needed

The 2018 Kentucky KIDS COUNT County Data Book offers the latest data on 17 measures of child well-being, showing whether outcomes for children across the commonwealth have improved, worsened, or stayed the same over a five-year period.

Detailed data is available for every Kentucky county at www.kyyouth.org/kentucky-kids-count/.

“Core to our mission, we believe that children of every background and in every part of Kentucky deserve all the tools and opportunities that we as a commonwealth can provide. This book serves as an annual report card for how we are meeting that charge for all of our kids,” said Dr. Terry Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates.

The 2018 County Data Book allows users to investigate areas in which Kentucky and its counties are making progress and those needing focused attention for improvement. It highlights data in four domains of child well-being: economic security, education, health, and family and community.

The 2018 Kentucky KIDS COUNT County Data Book was made possible with support from the Annie E. Casey Foundation and the 2018 KIDS COUNT sponsors: Passport Health Plan, Kosair Charities®, and Delta Dental of Kentucky.

 

Passport and March of Dimes donate 50 diaper bags to families with babies in UofL Hospital NICU

As part of National Prematurity Awareness Month, Passport Health Plan and March of Dimes are stepping up to help 50 families who have babies being treated in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at University of Louisville Hospital.

Passport (the provider-sponsored, nonprofit, community-based health plan administering Medicaid benefits to more than 310,000 Kentuckians) and March of Dimes (the nation’s leading maternal and infant health nonprofit) are donating 50 fully stocked diaper bags to help families during one of the most emotional and tense times in their lives.

The preterm birth rate in the United States is on the rise for the third year in a row, a trend signaling an urgent health crisis for moms and babies, March of Dimes says. In Jefferson County, the preterm birth rate is an alarming 10.9 percent, based on 2016 data. Premature birth (before 37 weeks of pregnancy) is the largest contributor to infant death in the United States and around the world.

The official donation will take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday, November 17 (World Prematurity Day) at UofL Hospital, 530 South Jackson Street. Members of the news media are invited to attend. Officials from Passport, March of Dimes, and UofL Hospital will be available for comment.

For more about March of Dimes, go online to marchofdimes.org or nacersano.org.

 

University of Louisville professor thinks trees could help improve region’s health

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Blame for Louisville’s high incidence of heart disease has long been attributed to a population that has unhealthy eating habits, a high rate of smoking, and an overall lack of exercise. In some circles, the city’s reputation has earned it an unwelcome nickname — Coronary Valley.

Dr. Aruni Bhatnager

But a new idea called “The Green Heart Program” seeks to determine if the simple presence of trees and more green spaces can improve overall health and lower the region’s rate of heart disease.

“We are testing the idea that if you increase green spaces in an urban community, you will see improvements in health,” Dr. Aruni Bhatnager, a University of Louisville professor of medicine who is leading the study, said in a Passport-sponsored article on Insider Louisville.

Dr. Bhatnager said the study will enroll 700 people living in south Louisville neighborhoods and measure their risk for heart disease. The project will then plant nearly 10,000 large mature trees in those areas, then go back later to see if the presence of green affects the health of the community.

To hear more from Dr. Bhatnager, please click here. To learn more about the Green Heart project, please click here.

KIPDA plans pair of events to help residents understand insurance Open Enrollment period

The Kentuckiana Regional Planning & Development Agency (KIPDA) is hosting a pair of events to help people during the current Open Enrollment periods for Medicaid, Medicare, and through the federal commercial exchange at healthcare.gov.

KIPDA has trained staff who can help answer questions at no cost. Open Enrollment is a short period of time when people can change their insurance or enroll into insurance for the first time. The Medicaid Open Enrollment period runs from November 1 through November 30. The Medicare Open Enrollment period runs from October 15 through December 7.

The two events where KIPDA will be providing free health insurance assistance will be:

  • From 4 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, November 8, at South Central Library, 7300 Jefferson Blvd., Louisville, KY 40219
  • From 1 to 5 p.m. on Friday, November 16, at Ridgeway Library, 127 N. Walnut St., Shepherdsville, KY 40165

KIPDA is an association of local governments in a nine-county region of southern Indiana and north central Kentucky. For details, please click here or call (502) 266-5571.