Archives for May 2019

Medicare, Medicaid Ends Payment Agreement with Pineville-Based Hospital

A federal agency has decided to stop reimbursing a southeastern Kentucky hospital where an inspection found numerous problems.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services terminated its agreement last week with the Southeast Kentucky Medical Center in Pineville.

The action comes after a January report from the Kentucky State Survey Agency noted several deficiencies during an inspection including not protecting six patients from neglect and not having required medications on site.

The termination means the federal agency won’t reimburse the hospital for care normally covered by Medicare or Medicaid if treatment started after May 24.

Harlan Co. Miner Dies From Injuries Suffered in May 22 Accident

A coal miner has died from injuries suffered last week at a mine in southeastern Kentucky.

The state Energy and Environment Cabinet says Felix (Matt) North of Miracle died Thursday. North suffered the fatal injuries on May 22 while working at a Rex Coal Co. mine at Cumberland.

Officials say the 48-year-old North was operating a machine when a “rib” wall collapsed, causing injuries to his lower body.

Investigators were sent to the site and mining operations were shut down and remained closed until May 28, when the Division of Mine Safety approved an action plan submitted by the mine. Officials say a mine safety division inspection of the mine that began in April is ongoing.

Woman Reunited With Pet Dog

A Kentucky woman who lost her two Jack Russell terriers four years ago has been reunited with one of them.The Lexington Herald-Leader reports that Janece Parsons got a call Tuesday that said her dog Army had been found safe and was identified through a microchip. Parsons and her family picked up the 16-year-old deaf dog from the Hardin County Animal Shelter in Elizabethtown just as the shelter opened the next day.

Medical Reimbursement Suspended

A federal agency has decided to stop reimbursing a southeastern Kentucky hospital where an inspection found numerous problems.The Lexington Herald-Leader reports the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services terminated its agreement last week with the Southeast Kentucky Medical Center in Pineville. The action comes after a January report from the Kentucky State Survey Agency noted several deficiencies during an inspection including not protecting six patients from neglect and not having required medications on site.The termination means the federal agency won’t reimburse the hospital for care normally covered by Medicare or Medicaid if treatment started after May 24.

Remembering A Pike County Sheriff’s Deputy

Danny Taylor is known as a man who always worked hard and loved people.Family and loved ones joined together Thursday to say their final goodbyes to the county worker and Pike County Sheriff’s deputy.Taylor died when a tree fell on the excavator he was operating while working in the Little Robinson Creek area last Friday.His friends said he may have had several jobs, but serving his community was always a priority.

Speciality Clinic Opens In Jackson

The Jackson ARH Specialty Clinic opened to the public on Thursday.The clinic is located directly in front of the Kentucky River Medical Center in Breathitt County.Officials say the clinic offers a wide range of specialty services like cardiology, oncology, physical medicine and rehabilitation, nephrology, podiatry, and urology.

Providing For Those In Need

A local group got the chance to give back at the Catholic Action Center in Lexington.Members Heritage Credit Union employees provided breakfast Thursday for those at the center.The center will celebrate its 20th anniversary next month.So far, 5.9 million meals have been served thanks to local groups willing to volunteer and help out those in need.

Cleaning Up Floyd County

What happened in minutes is now causing days of cleanup in Floyd County. Wednesday afternoon the weather phenomenon known as a downburst shook downtown Prestonsburg with 70-80 mile per hour winds.“I mean you could see trees and leaves and branches swarming everywhere,” said Kayla Lazar, who works at Billy Ray’s Restaurant at the end of West Court Street. “It was a complete whiteout for a matter of a minute and then it was completely over.”West Court Street was where the most damage from the storm occurred. The wind blew a roof of the old Hockshop building, which was being renovated by Mountain Comprehensive Care. The roof blew into the street and onto cars.

Reassessing Student Testing In KY

The Kentucky Department of Education is seeking feedback from teachers, parents and others to help shape tests students will take under new standards for reading, writing, mathematics and social studies.The Daily News reports the agency is asking for input through online surveys before the assessment designs are submitted to the Kentucky Board of Education for approval.

KY County Has Budget Shortfall

The Kentucky county of McCracken is expected to have a $890,000 budget shortfall this upcoming fiscal year.The Paducah Sun reports the county fiscal court held the first reading of its proposed 2019-20 budget on Wednesday.Deputy Judge-Executive Steve Doolittle says the county for years has been spending more than it brings in and covering the costs with savings from earlier years. But Doolittle says he expects half of the remaining $2.8 million in savings to be gone by the end of this fiscal year.He proposed a 5% reduction in the proposed budget of nearly $30 million.