Cardiology related issues in Kentucky:
The American College of Cardiology holds a Legislative Conference annually in Washington, D.C. Highlights from previous legislative conferences are available for review.
Requires the Kentucky Department of Education to identify and disseminate model resources for integrating physical activity during the school day; encourage schools to utilize certified physical education teachers in the development of physical activity plans; develop a reporting mechanism for schools containing grades K-5 to report on results of physical activity and wellness programs.
Requires Kentucky residency for eligibility in Kentucky Access and to provide that an individual who is eligible under another group health plan is not eligible for Kentucky Access.
Relates to healthy lifestyles; authorizes tax credits for employers that establish wellness programs; defines such programs to include policies which promote a healthy lifestyle, including those related to smoking, obesity, stress management, physical fitness, substance abuse, and other health issues; provides for the development of an Employer Wellness Project Model; authorizes the Secretary of the Personnel Cabinet to collaborate with the YMCA to establish a state employee fitness program.
Relates to a surtax on existing tobacco taxation to be deposited in the cancer research institutions matching fund; increases wholesalers tax; includes a floor stock tax.
Deletes the prohibition against physician assistants prescribing controlled substances allow physician assistants to prescribe Schedules II through V controlled substances if delegated to do so by their supervising physicians; requires that prescriptions for Schedule II controlled substances be limited to a 72-hour supply with no refills; requires that prescriptions for Schedule III controlled substances be limited to a 30-day supply with no refills.
Creates New sections of code to code to establish the patient advocacy duties and rights of direct care registered nurses including free speech, acting exclusively in the interests of patients, and avoidance of conflicts of interest; creates new sections of KRS Chapter 216B to establish the protection of free speech for direct care registered nurses and other health professionals who are responsible for patient care; establishes the content of protected free speech.