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6 Jan. 26, 2011 Your Hometown Newspaper Bath County News-Outlook L-OCAL Mayor cites the reasons to celebrate bicentennial By George Lewis "To some, Bath County place. "I remember that vividly," News Reporter geol"ge~bathcor, ewsotn:look.com '~VVhy are we celebrating and why do we celebrate?" Owingsville Mayor Gary Hunt asked Saturday during a ceremony ,commemorating the bicentennial of Owingsville and Bath County. It was not a rhetorical question. Amid hard times all over, Hunt Said he felt it necessary to list the reasons why it's appropriate - and even necessary - to celebrate our200th birthday. doesn't look very good, in terms of median income and employment figures," he said. "There are some statistics that you just can't debate." "But I will stand up any day," he continued, "and say how rich Bath County is. You can compare our county to any county's scenery. And our people are courageous." Hunt said that in 1861, at the city and county's 50-year celebration, there could have been little to celebrate. '"We were in the first year of the Civil War," he said. Yet the celebration took Then in 1911, the county celebrated 100 years of heritage despiteAmerica's entrance into World War I. 'We had a jazz band and a carnival and quite a little celebration," said Hunt, who isn't quite old enough to have attended the festivities and must have researched them. Then in 1961, at the city's sesquicentennial, With Korea and even World War II still on people's minds, and with the Vietnam War looming, the city mounted all types of celebratory activities, including historical reenactments. Hunt said. And now, in 2011, the city and county again prepare to celebrate. %Ve've always had the courage and the will to fight all types of adversity," Hunt said. "We're celebrating who we are, where we come from and where we're going." Paraphrasing John F. Kennedy, who delivered his inaugural address on Jan. 20, 1961, Hunt said Bath countians should "ask what we can do for Bath County during the next 50 years for our children to celebrate." Kentucky Federal Dollars among First States to for Electronic Health FRANKFORT, Ky. Twenty-five additional Kentucky is among the providers have begun first four States in the the application process. country to begin receiving Over the next four years, federal dollars from the Kentucky is expected Centers for Medicare to receive more than and Medicaid Services $100 million in incentive (CMS) for electronic payments for hospitals to health records under ensure that its health care the 2009 stimulus law. community is working The funding- Medicaid to implement electronic incentive payments - will health record systems assist with the. purchase that can share and receive or upgrade of information data as part of a statewide technology systems for exchange of electronic health care records, health records. Incentives Because they were the are also available for first providers to complete physicians and health the federal and state care providers. application processes, the "Electronic health records University of Kentucky can do so much to improve (UK) Healthcare and efficiency, reduce medical Central Baptist Hospital error and, ultimately, in Lexington are the first change the face of the hospitals in the country American health care to receive checks provided system," said Governor through this funding. Steve Beshear. "Being UKreceived $2.8 million, among the first states and Central Baptist to receive the Medicaid received $1.3 million, incentive payments is evidence that Kentucky has established a structure to move these efforts forward and is truly leading the way in this nationwide effort. Kentucky providers are showingtheircommitment to becoming users of technology that not only stores records in a different way, but also makes it possible to exchange and receive records from other providers and health care facilities." According to CMS, Kentucky, Iowa, Louisiana and Oklahoma are the first states to receive the Medicaid incentive payments for the purchase and use of electronic health records (EHR) systems. The incentive program for hospitals is set to run through 2016, the year targeted for completion of a nationwide health information network. "The incentive program is a tremendous aid to our partners in the medical community who are working with us to build a statewide electronic health care network," said Gov. Beshear. %Ve've already made tremendous progress, but cost and technical support remain a barrier for offices and agencies seeking to upgrade to an electronic system. This program is a tremendous help in overcoming these obstacles." The Office of the National Coordinator (ONC)," part of the federal Health and Human Services Department, is working to set criteria for meaningful use of health information technology that hospitals and 15roviders must meet order to qualify for the subsidies. Specifically, recipients of the incentives Receive Records must adopt, implement, health care information in upgrade or meaningfully a useful and meaningful use certified EHR way." State4evel technology in their first application systems were year of participation in developed using in-house the incentive program and resources. successfully demonstrate In addition to hospitals, meaningful use in the incentive program subsequent years.' is also open to physician 'The incentive program is practices. To be eligible helping bolster the work of for Medicaid incentive ourproviderstoimplement payments, providers must effective electronic health meet certain Medicaid record systems within patient volume thresholds their facilities - and it or practice predominantly also ensures that facilities in a federally qualified are using systems health center or rural that can connect to a health clinic where 30 statewide network," said percent of the patient :Janie Miller, secretary volume is derived from of the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services Cabinet. 'Tnis dramatically enhances our efforts to encourage hospitals, pharmacies and medical practices to adopt systems that can communicate with one another and exchange needy individuals. Although the last year to begin participating in the program is 2016, providers may receive incentive payments for up to six years; 2021 'is the final year for Medicaid incentive payments. Survivors exhibit promotes colon cancer screening St. Claire Regionalwill colon cancer survivors Prevention, for the five colorectal cancer can complicated health outpatient services. host areceptionThursday, January 27th from 4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. to open the Faces of Colon Cancer Photography Exhibit, which will be on display at the Center for Health, Education and Research January 26th - 28th. The exhibit, coordinated by the Kentucky Cancer Program, promotes colon cancer screenings by featuring portraits of along with a personal statement. The community is invited to attend the reception and enjoy refreshments and. music by Rob Dobler and HarVey Pennington, KCTM Celtic Ensemble. About 2,700 Kentuckians are diagnosed with colorectal cancer each year. According to the Centers for Disease Control and year period 2002-06, Kentucky ranked second among all states for both colorectal cancer incidence and mortality. However, with a screening colonoscopy the disease can be detected early or even prevented entirely, by removing pre-cancerous polyps at the time of screening. Even when there is a positive finding of cancer, usually be cured when the disease is found in its earliest stages. St. Claire Regional Medical Center is the largest rural hospital in northeastern, Kentucky and serves as a 159-bed regional referral center. As a regional referral cen~er, SCR receives referrals from other providers for many of the most serious and problems including critical/intensive care, advanced diagnostic services, and specialty surgical care. which includes general, cardiac, vascular, urological, gynecological, and With nearly 1,400 employees, SCR is the second-largest employer in the region. In addition, St. Claire Regional is an established training site for the University of Kentucky College o5 orthopedics. SCR also Medicine's physician has pulmonology, residency programs. neurology, cardiology SCR's Medical Staff is and gastroenterology comprised of nearly 100 specialists who provide physicians representing both inpatient and 31 medical specialties. Making Many people make New Year's resolutions to eat healthier and to lose weight, ff you are trying to change your dietary habits, here are some suggestions for making your favorite recipes healthier. ff the recipe calls for sugar, the amount can often be reduced by 25-30% without much change in flavor. This can reduce the overall calories significantly. You can also try adding cinnamon or vanilla flavoring to give the impression of sweetness. If the recipe calls for syrup, try using unsweetened applesauce or sugar-free syrup. For recipes that use canned fruit, use fruit canned in their own juices or water, or use fresh fruit instead. In most recipes that call for salt, it can be cut in half or even omitted. Instead of seasoned salt, try garlic powder, celery seed and onion flakes. Or use fresh garlic, celery and onions. Condiments are Often high in salt. Try using salt- free seasonings and spice mixes such as herbs, spices, lemon juice or vinegar. Canned 'vegetables are also high in salt. Use low sodium versions or rinse the vegetables before using. Fresh and frozen are also lower sodium options. Using butter, margarine, shortening or oil adds fat to your recipes. The amount can often be reducedby about one third. Use lower fat versions of these products, too. But be carefu~ this may not work with baked goods. Substitute one-third to one- half of butter or oil with unsweetened applesauce. Some brownies can be made recipes with applesauce and no oil. Insteadofmayormaise, salad dressings or marinades, try flavored vinegars, fruit juices or lower fat versions of the Original products. 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