2012 Kentucky Healthcare Market Report
An Overview: Kentucky and Healthcare
The United States in undergoing a dramatic transformation in the health care industry. The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, in addition to federal mandates that affect recipients of Medicare reimbursement, and an aging population, promise to change the landscape of healthcare access and quality. This report provides a comprehensive look at the current state of the healthcare economy in Kentucky as well as a look at how policy changes might affect the future of the healthcare industry in Kentucky.
This report is organized into chapters that explore different components of Kentucky’s healthcare system. Where available, these data are provided at the county and regional level either throughout the text, in the appendix, or on the CEDIK Website. A map of Kentucky counties and Kentucky Area Development Districts is provided as a reference throughout the report.
We begin in Chapter 2 by looking at the providers of healthcare in Kentucky. This information includes physicians, dentists, specialty care physicians, Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), Rural Health Clinics (RHCs), and hospitals. Chapter 3 outlines the financial status and utilization of the hospitals in Kentucky. Chapter 4 looks at the providers of healthcare insurance in Kentucky. Chapter 5 explores the healthcare industry as a driver of economic growth including data describing employment, occupations, industry clusters, and multipliers.
Chapter 6 looks at enrollment by demographics, expenditures, managed care organizations, and the economic impact of the Medicaid and Medicare programs. In Chapter 7, we explore the characteristics of the uninsured in Kentucky, as this is a population that will be greatly affected by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. In Chapter 8, we compare Kentucky to its Southern neighbors. An analogous report for Kentucky and the surrounding states is available on the CEDIK website but for the purposes of this report we just looked at Kentucky as a member of the Southern region. Finally, in Chapter 9, we discuss the range of federal mandates and trends that will have a measurable effect on the Kentucky health care system and provide some food for thought on how Kentucky is poised to face the future.
Davis A. 2012 Kentucky Healthcare Market Report. Foundation for a Health Kentucky Lexington, KY: July 2012.