Friday, August 9, 2013

Congressman visits Telehealth Primary Care Clinic in Campton

U.S. Rep. Andy Barr
U.S. Rep. Andy Barr, a freshman Republican from the Sixth District, recently visited the Telehealth Primary Care Clinic in Campton. The clinic, one of two in Kentucky funded by federal telehealth grants, opened in August 2012, and "provides access to primary and specialty care for the community through network established by KentuckyOne Health, the largest health system in the Commonwealth," reports KyForward.

Shelley Neal of KentuckyOne told KyForward, “We established these clinics to make quality health care accessible to the communities in and surrounding Powell and Wolfe counties. If we are to be successful in our mission to create a healthier Kentucky, we must continue to implement new technologies and services to reach our state’s medically underserved communities.”

The clinics minimize "the need to travel to see a specialist therefore reducing the costs of care," KyForward writes. The newest addition is a social worker, who serves both clinics. Through the first six months of this year the social worker "helped 185 patients complete financial assistance paperwork to obtain drug assistance for 1,804 medication orders." During that same span, the clinic saw 1,417 patients from 34 counties. The clinics, which have specialists in cardiology and pulmonology, plan to add specialists in urology, obstetrics and gynecology, endocrinology, neurology and psychiatry. (Read more)

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