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Lexington Medical Society Hosts Presidential Transition and Legislative Update

Lee Dossett, MD, CMO Baptist Health Lexington, accepts president’s gavel from Khalil Rahman, MD

LEXINGTON On January 24, 2023, Lee Dossett, MD, hospitalist and CMO at Baptist Health Lexington, became the new president of the Lexington Medical Society, which was founded in 1799 and is the second oldest medical society in America. Dossett graduated from UK both as an undergraduate and from the UK College of Medicine. He assumed the president’s role from outgoing president Khalil Rahman, MD

In his acceptance remarks, Dossett named physician advocacy and improving value in healthcare as his two priorities. He stated that “It is our duty to advocate for our patients and ensure that they receive the best care possible. That requires us to be proactive in speaking out about issues that affect the quality and accessibility of healthcare.”

“One way we can do this is through organized medicine,” stated Dossett. He said that in his time as a hospitalist he could see the waste that can be present in the medical system. “I hope to provide information, context, and resources for all of us to do our part to reign in wasteful healthcare spending,” he stated.

Pat Padgett, executive vice-president of the Kentucky Medical Association, relayed results from a survey of its members. Padgett’s survey results showed that administrative burdens were the main cause of stress and it was affecting the personal and professional satisfaction that doctors felt about their work. He specifically noted that 81% of the respondents said that “prior authorization sometimes, often, or always delayed access to care for patients.”

Cory Meadows, deputy executive VP and director of advocacy for the KMA, gave an update to the audience on potential legislative activity in the 2023 Kentucky legislature. Senator Donald Douglas, MD, R-Ky., and Rep. Killian Timoney, R-Ky., spoke about healthcare and their legislative interests.

The next general membership meeting of the Lexington Medical Society is Tuesday, May 9 at the Signature Club in Lexington. Find more information about the Lexington Medical

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