By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, November 12, 2019 3:52 PM
On November 8, the Lexington Herald-Leader published an article written by reporter Alex Acquisto (Link to article - available to subscribers) covering the response of hospitals to the opioid epidemic in Kentucky.

The extensive article profiled the work at St. Claire Hospital in Morehead, and its ER medical director Dr. Philip Overall. The department's policy includes no longer using opioids as a “first line therapy for pain control...In 2017, a year after changes were instituted, the rate of patients leaving [St. Claire's] ER with an opioid dropped by more than two thirds, to under 4 percent, where it has hovered since. Of the 2,413 patients who visited the ER in July, only 82 — about 3 percent — left with a prescription."

The article continued with interviews of Dr. Phillip Chang and Dr. Doug Oyler of UK HealthCare on their work with KHA's Kentucky Statewide Opioid Stewardship...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 2:48 PM

KY SOS LogoThe website for the Kentucky Statewide Opioid Stewardship (KY SOS) program, www.kentuckysos.com, is live. The site contains resources for participating hospitals, upcoming events, recordings and presentations from past events, information on the Advisory Committee and more.

If your hospital is not yet participating in the program, contact Donna Meador at KHA (dmeador@kyha.com).

By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, August 05, 2019 3:27 PM
KY SOS LogoThe first step for hospitals that have committed to the KY SOS program will be to complete the Needs Assessment Survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/6DCVFWH . The Needs Assessment Survey is mandatory for participating in this program and must be completed by Monday August 12.

The Advisory Committee will review these surveys and will tailor metrics and education based upon your responses. The goal is to continue and further your efforts regarding opioid stewardship while reducing the workload burden in your facility.

After completion of the Needs Assessment Survey, the next step for the program will be attendance at a Regional Training meeting this fall in Louisville, Lexington, Bowling Green, Hazard or Paducah. More information will...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, August 05, 2019 3:17 PM
Neonatal BabyNearly 88 infants are diagnosed with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) daily in the U.S.

Despite being widely recognized as the most tragic victims of the opioid crisis — as it is the maternal use of opioids that causes the newborn’s opioid dependency — the specialized care necessary to manage withdrawal in a newborn often ends when that baby leaves the hospital. Post-discharge, parents take their babies back to rural communities where the hospital staff may be unaware of the newborn’s underlying illness and the risks associated with it.

Earlier this year, Highlands Regional Medical Center, in Prestonsburg, helped pioneer new functionality...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, July 15, 2019 2:12 PM
The Kentucky Hospital Association and Collective Medical Technologies are committed to supporting patients with substance use disorder (SUD) and the providers who care for them. Medication-assisted therapy and coordinating care is proven to improve outcomes. As a part of this commitment, Collective Medical is adding Kentucky SUD clinics, behavioral health practices and related treatment facilities to this growing Kentucky network.

In Elizabethtown, Stepworks Recovery Centers is now connected to Hardin Memorial Health. Through the Collective Platform, care managers from Stepworks can now collaborate with Hardin Memorial emergency department (ED) staff when a Stepworks client presents in the ED to ensure that they aren't prescribed medications that could result in a relapse.

Deron Bibb, a board of directors member at Stepworks, explains, “It can be frustrating for centers like ours when patients leave our doors, relapse and return to the hospital — and we have no way of knowing because...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Friday, June 28, 2019 3:08 PM

KY SOS LogoKHA is excited to salute all 93 hospitals who have joined the Kentucky Statewide Opioid Stewardship (KY SOS) so far.

By Ginger - Site Admin on Thursday, June 20, 2019 1:58 PM

The Advisory Committee for the Kentucky Statewide Opioid Stewardship was recently named and held its first meeting. The Committee will develop standards for the program and is comprised of clinical experts in emergency medicine, addictions treatment, pharmacy and nursing, along with hospital administration and a former patient. These experts, along with KHA staff, will assist participating hospitals with implementation and will gather data to track their progress.

By Ginger - Site Admin on Thursday, June 06, 2019 12:35 PM
Joe Murrell PhotoKHA salutes Wayne County Hospital and its CEO, Joe Murrell, MHA, FACHE, for being the first hospital in the Cumberland District to join the Kentucky Statewide Opioid Stewardship (KY SOS). Murrell joined the program at the Cumberland District Meeting in March.

Opioid stewardship involves a coordinated effort to reduce opioid-related harm by developing alternative means to manage pain and, when opioids are used, assuring that opioid prescribing and patient monitoring aligns with evidence-based guidelines. KY SOS will focus on reducing opioid overprescribing and improving safe opioid use by providing hospitals and health systems with education and resources on how to attain the highest level of performance on opioid stewardship.

KHA is proud to lead the KY SOS program as hospitals commit to working...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Friday, May 31, 2019 2:05 PM

Russell County CEO Scott ThompsonKHA salutes Russell County Hospital and its CEO Scott Thompson along with Taylor Regional Hospital and its CEO Jane Wheatley for being the first hospitals in the Ohio Valley District to join the Kentucky Statewide Opioid Stewardship (KY SOS). Both hospitals joined the program at the Ohio Valley District Meeting in March.

Taylor Regional KY SOS TeamOpioid stewardship involves a coordinated effort to reduce opioid-related harm by developing alternative means to manage pain and, when opioids are used, assuring that opioid prescribing and patient monitoring aligns with evidence-based guidelines. KY SOS will focus on reducing opioid overprescribing and improving safe opioid use by providing hospitals and health systems with education and resources on how to attain the highest level of performance on opioid stewardship.

KHA is proud to lead the KY SOS program as hospitals commit to working together to improve opioid stewardship collectively to combat the opioid epidemic in the commonwealth.

For information about how your hospital can join KY SOS, please contact Donna Meador at KHA (dmeador@kyha.com).

Pictured (top picture) are Russell County Hospital CEO Scott Thompson (center) with KHA's Melanie Moch and Donna Meador.

Pictured (second picture) is Taylor Regional Hospital's KY SOS team with CEO Jane Wheatley (seated, center).

By Ginger - Site Admin on Friday, May 24, 2019 9:03 AM
Greenview's Pane and SherrodKHA salutes TriStar Greenview Regional Hospital and its CEO Mike Sherrod for being the first hospital in the Twin Lakes District to join the Kentucky Statewide Opioid Stewardship (KY SOS). Sherrod joined the program at the Twin Lakes District Meeting in March.

Opioid stewardship involves a coordinated effort to reduce opioid-related harm by developing alternative means to manage pain and, when opioids are used, assuring that opioid prescribing and patient monitoring aligns with evidence-based guidelines. KY SOS will focus on reducing opioid overprescribing and improving safe opioid use by providing hospitals and health systems with education and resources on how to attain the highest level of performance on opioid stewardship.

KHA is proud to lead the KY SOS program as hospitals...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Friday, May 17, 2019 1:50 PM
Sheila CurransKHA salutes Harrison Memorial Hospital and its CEO Sheila Currans for being the first hospital in the state as well as the first in Blue Grass District to join the Kentucky Statewide Opioid Stewardship (KY SOS). Currans joined the program at the Blue Grass District Meeting in March.

Opioid stewardship involves a coordinated effort to reduce opioid-related harm by developing alternative means to manage pain and, when opioids are used, assuring that opioid prescribing and patient monitoring aligns with evidence-based guidelines. KY SOS will focus on reducing opioid overprescribing and improving safe opioid use by providing hospitals and health systems with education and resources on how to attain the highest level of performance on opioid stewardship.

KHA is proud to lead the KY SOS program as hospitals...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 2:56 PM
KY SOS LogoThe National Institute on Drug Abuse ranks Kentucky among the top 10 states with the highest opioid-related overdose deaths, and Kentucky’s hospitals are on the front line in the fight to help the state recover. To assist the state’s hospitals in this battle, the Kentucky Hospital Association (KHA) is partnering with the Cabinet for Health and Family Services as part of the Kentucky Opioid Response Effort (KORE) to launch the Kentucky Statewide Opioid Stewardship (KY SOS) program.

Opioid stewardship involves a coordinated effort to reduce opioid-related harm by developing alternative means to manage pain and, when opioids are used, assuring that opioid prescribing and patient monitoring aligns with evidence-based guidelines. KY SOS will focus on reducing opioid overprescribing and improving safe opioid use...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Thursday, March 21, 2019 1:53 PM
Sam Quinones PortraitRenowned author Sam Quinones will discuss "the true tale of America's opiate epidemic," as told in his award-winning book Dreamland, as the keynote speaker at the KHA Annual Convention, May 8-10 in Lexington!

Dreamland CoverIn 1929, in the blue-collar city of Portsmouth, Ohio, a company built a swimming pool the size of a football field; named Dreamland, it became the vital center of the community. Now, addiction has devastated Portsmouth, as it has hundreds of small rural towns and suburbs across America—addiction like no other the country has ever faced. How that happened is the riveting story of Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic. Acclaimed journalist Sam Quinones weaves together two riveting tales of capitalism run amok whose unintentional collision has been a catastrophic opiate epidemic.

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By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, January 09, 2019 9:55 AM
ODSave LogoAn eastern Kentucky tech company, Bit Source, has created an app to help quickly connect potential opioid overdose victims to responders with Narcan.

In 2016, the MIT Hack-a-thon in Somerset set out to create digital solutions to tackle some of the most significant health challenges in Appalachia. Bit Source collaborated on the idea of a mobile app that would connect potential opioid overdose victims to responders with Narcan, in many cases much more quickly than the usual 911 response time.

Two years of research, development and testing resulted in ODSave, an app now available on Google Play and the Apple App Store. A pilot project is launching now in Pike County, building a network of responders who are supplied with Narcan and are trained to use it. The next step will be to encourage downloads of the app by the general public,...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 9:06 AM

The CDC considers this the third wave of overdose deaths in the growing epidemic, characterized by a surge in synthetic opioid overdoses, following prescription opioid deaths (first wave) and heroin deaths (second wave). The death rate for synthetic opioids doubled to 6.2 per 100,000 people in 2016.

Because fentanyl, a highly potent synthetic opioid, is increasingly mixed with other opioid and benzodiazepine pills, heroin and cocaine, the CDC suspects fentanyl is also contributing to rising death rates among those substances.

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By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, January 30, 2018 10:44 AM

The Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) is sponsoring and funding two free training sessions on the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) Treatment of Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) Course. The course is designed to help practitioners who work with opioid use disorder patients to obtain a waiver to prescribe buprenorphine in office-based treatment of OUDs. 

The first training will be on February 24 in Lexington, and the second training will be on March 10 in Hazard. Visit the corresponding links for session details and registration information. 

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