Fit Louisville

2013

Greater Louisville Health Guide is a directory and resource guide to health providers and services in Louisville, Kentucky. Includes listings of area doctors and dentists, hospitals, nursing homes and emergency care.

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ROUNDS the A New Law in Town Rankings And Stats According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than 12 million people report using prescription painkillers for nonmedical reasons. In addition, these types of drugs were involved in 14,800 overdoses in the last year. Kentucky has been hit particularly hard, so now it's taking a leading role in the prevention of painkiller abuse. Under a new state law, which took affect in July 2012, physicians must obtain a special drug-history report about a patient before prescribing a controlled substance. Called Kentucky All Schedule Prescription Electronic Reporting (KASPER), the system tracks all prescriptions for controlled substances that are dispensed in the state. What are controlled substances? They're medications that have the potential for abuse — think OxyContin or Percocet. Likewise, a doctor will Àle a report on a patient when he or she is prescribed painkillers — hence a paper trail left by those who are "doctor hopping" and misleading physicians to obtain prescriptions. Who knew the ofÀcial U.S. Government site for Medicare could be so helpful? Go to medicare.gov to Ànd ratings in the form of charts and surveys on hospitals, nursing homes, home-health agencies and dialysis centers — it's like being able to do background checks on some of the most important places patients check in. Kentucky hospitals are rated and compared to national hospital averages. Plus, read patient surveys and learn about the breakdown of timely and effective care concerning heart attacks, pneumonia, surgical care and emergencyroom visits. The measures are submitted on a voluntary basis by the hospitals participating in the American College of Surgeons' National Surgical Quality Improvement Program. Have aging parents? Take a gander at the nursing home section, which rates the facilities' health inspections, stafÀng and overall quality ratings. This information is gleaned from health inspections and from quarterly reviews done by the state on every resident in a Medicare program. More questions are answered with pages on knowing your rights as a nursing home resident and information for alternatives to nursing homes. Other useful sections include home health and dialysis centers rated much the same way through state inspections. Tweet It In the age of having all the information you need at your Àngertips — why not add healthy tweets? Greater Louisville Medical Society doctors tweet away about everything from the Áu season to the HPV vaccine. Find them on Twitter @VitalSigns2Go. 8 GREATER LOUISVILLE HEALTH GUIDE 2013-14

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