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By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 12:52 PM
The Health Resources and Services Administration's (HRSA's) Office of Pharmacy Affairs will host a webinar on August 8 to assist covered entities with the recertification process for the 340B drug savings program.

Hospitals can join the webinar, which takes place from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. (ET), by visiting https://hrsaseminar.adobeconnect.com/dpp_340b_pepi/.

The conference number is 800-967-7154 and participant passcode is 847321.

All 340B hospitals are required to recertify with HRSA to ensure they continue to meet the 340B hospital eligibility requirements. The hospital recertification process runs from August 15 to September 12. HRSA recently stated it may request additional information from covered entities during the registration process. These additional program integrity requests are specific to hospital eligibility documentation and contract pharmacy agreements of all covered entities...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 12:46 PM
Are you looking to improve your emergency department ( ED) processes? If so, you won’t want to miss the opportunity to attend this highly interactive session to gather ideas from your peers that you can immediately try in your hospital. KHA will host a two-day conference on August 9-10, at Jeptha Creed in Shelbyville, which is designed for hospital CEOs and emergency department leaders to support CAH emergency care growth and quality. The conference addresses operations efficiency, opioid abuse challenges, culture and quality. Learn how to improve your data collection and analysis and ways to provide even better and more efficient care to enhance your patient experience.

View the brochure for program details. Register online...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 9:37 AM
As technology advances in our lives, organizations explore how new capabilities can improve their business functions. Accounts Payable (AP) is one of the areas which can benefit greatly from technology and attention, ultimately transforming what was once viewed as a necessary business function into a revenue-generating strategy.

Many hospitals have some version of automation in their accounts payable, but often the program doesn’t live up to their expectations. It can be challenging to enroll suppliers, it may take too many IT resources and/or lackluster customer service isn’t enough.

When an AP solution stalls, it’s hard to imagine getting another one, but some organizations are finding that’s exactly what they need to do.

Having two AP solutions from different providers can provide some much-needed relief from the frustrations of an underperforming program. You can ask a provider to evaluate only the payments that aren’t already automated – giving them a smaller portion of the pie means they will give...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 9:35 AM

<KHA’s Vice President of Government Relations Sarah S. Nicholson announced her retirement today. She has been a dedicated member of the KHA staff for over 38 years. Throughout her entire career here, she has worked tirelessly advocating at the state and federal levels to protect and advance Kentucky hospitals.

The entire KHA staff and membership will miss working with Sarah, but we know she is excited to enjoy her retirement with her family – especially her grandchildren. We wish Sarah all the best on her new adventure.

Sarah’s final day with KHA will be later this year.

By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 9:14 AM
KHA Members with Congressman Guthrie 

Timely visits were held with the Kentucky congressional delegation and staff in Washington, D.C., on July 12-13, by a team of KHA members and staff advocating for Kentucky’s hospitals. The visits were held a day after the U.S. House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee held hearings on the 340B Drug Discount Program, in which seven bills that have been introduced (and eight bills without named sponsors and yet to be introduced) were discussed. Some of the legislation is supportive of the 340B program and some favors the pharmaceutical industry.

Thanks to the KHA team who traveled to Washington including KHA Legislative Chair Nina Eisner, CEO of Ridge Behavioral Health; Sherri Craig, KentuckyOne Health; Karen Sellers, Highlands Regional Medical Center; Lourdes Baez, Baptist Health...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, July 16, 2018 9:54 AM
On May 16, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a request for information on ways to lower drug prices and reduce out-of-pocket costs for consumers.

While the AHA appreciates the Administration's focus on the issue of unsustainable drug prices, which threaten patient access to care, the focus on the 340B program as part of a plan to lower drug prices is misplaced. A number of the questions raised by HHS suggest that the 340B program might contribute to higher drug prices. However, it is drug manufacturers,...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 10:55 AM
Most new laws approved during the Kentucky General Assembly's 2018 session will go into effect on Saturday, July 14. KHA’s priorities all become effective on July 14, except for SB 112 (Alvarado), telehealth legislation, which contained a special effective date of July 1, 2019.

The Kentucky Constitution specifies that new laws take effect 90 days after the adjournment of the legislature unless they have a special effective date, are general appropriations measures, or include an emergency clause that makes them effective immediately upon becoming law. Final adjournment of the 2018 Regular Session was on April 14, making July 14 the effective date for most bills.

A copy of the 2018 Kentucky General Assembly Report for Hospitals including the legislative voting record is available at https://www.kyha.com/assets/docs/AdvocacyDocs/2018/KHALegislativeFinalReport2018.pdf...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, July 11, 2018 10:50 AM

KHA hosted a well-attended webinar today to update the membership on key information surrounding the implementation of the Kentucky HEALTH Medicaid 1115 waiver. A recording is available on the Waiver Resources page of KHA's website. The page can be found under the Advocacy tab at www.kyha.com. You must log in to access these resources. Your user id is usually your email address.

If you have any questions, please contact Nancy Galvagni at KHA (ngalvagni@kyha.com).

By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 9:09 AM
SUNRx LogoThe 340B Prescription Card Program from SUNRx helps 340B entities pass along savings to patients. Eligible hospitals and clinics struggle to stretch their scarce resources to provide the crucial services their patients need while maintaining financial security. And while many patients they serve can’t afford to pay for high priced medications, it doesn’t have to be this way — a 340B program administered by SUNRx can help.

SUNRx’s 340B prescription card program provides a conduit for covered entities to pass along 340B savings to their patients. Because SUNRx is a wholly owned subsidiary of pharmacy benefit manager (PBM), MedImpact Heathcare Systems, this 340B prescription card program is unique from others. SUNRx confirms 340B patient eligibility and applies its “lower of” cost calculation to find the lowest price available for the patient. This process is accomplished in real time when your patient presents...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, July 10, 2018 9:03 AM
Sound Physicians LogoKHA is grateful for the support of its Annual Sponsors! Through their generous donations, KHA is better able to support its members and provide a wide array of services. Please join KHA in thanking Bronze Sponsor Sound Physicians.

Sound Physicians is a leading health care organization with a proven track record of improving quality, satisfaction and financial performance for its hospital partners nationwide. Sound combines a high performance model with engaged providers to drive reproducible results across the acute care episode through emergency medicine, critical care, transitional care, advisory services and telemedicine.

For more information, visit the Sound Physicians website at http://www.soundphysicians.com/....
By Ginger - Site Admin on Friday, July 06, 2018 8:04 AM

ProAssurance LogoKHA is grateful for the support of its Annual Sponsors! Through their generous donations, KHA is better able to support its members and provide a wide array of services. Please join KHA in thanking Bronze Sponsor ProAssurance.

ProAssurance's health care professional liability solutions make insurance simpler. Get coverage that fits and a pledge of fair treatment. ProAssurance Group is A.M. Best A+ (Superior).

For more information, visit the ProAssurance website at https://www.proassurance.com/.

To become a sponsor, contact Claire Arant at KHA (carant@kyha.com).

By Ginger - Site Admin on Friday, June 29, 2018 12:24 PM
With the Medicaid 1115 waiver on hold, hospitals now have more time to prepare for the waiver's implementation. KHA will provide a one-hour webinar on Tuesday, July 10 at 10:00 a.m. (ET) to update the membership on key information surrounding the implementation of the Kentucky HEALTH Medicaid 1115 waiver.

A workgroup of hospital representatives has been meeting with the state and KHA wants to assure that the full membership has the most up-to-date information. The webinar will cover how premiums will work and payments by third parties, including considerations for your hospital.

Please invite your business office or other staff to participate.

In addition, there is a wealth of information on waiver implementation on the KHA website (www.kyha.com) under the Advocacy tab. Simply log in with your email address to access the resources.

If you have any questions or would like login...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Friday, June 29, 2018 12:07 PM

On July 1, the 2018-2019 KHA Board of Trustees officially takes office. Jane Wheatley, chief executive officer of Taylor Regional Hospital in Campbellsville, will serve as Chair of the Board for the new fiscal year. Garren Colvin, chief executive officer of St. Elizabeth Healthcare, will serve as Chair-Elect.

A complete listing of the Board is available at https://www.kyha.com/assets/docs/KHABoardMembers2018.pdf.

By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, June 27, 2018 10:04 AM
Now more than ever, it is important for health care organizations to simulate a real-life cybersecurity attack and test their cybersecurity incident response plans in a confidential way.

KHA and KHA Solutions Group are pleased to announce this unique opportunity program with a top-rated cybersecurity firm, Sensato Cybersecurity Solutions, that solves the problem of being offsite to conduct incidence response plans with three (3) cybersecurity tactical simulation webinars.

These webinars give authentic landscape simulations so providers can test and tweak their cybersecurity incident response plans without ever leaving their physical location.

Hospitals that participate in these webinars will receive a Cybersecurity Tactical Simulation Certificate of participation. All materials used will be available to participating organizations.

Webinar Dates:

August 1 – Tactical Simulation Preparation Webinar

August 22 – Cybersecurity Tactical Simulation...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, June 26, 2018 8:45 AM
On June 25, KHA submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on the proposed fiscal year (FY) 2019 hospital inpatient prospective payment system (IPPS) rule.

While KHA was appreciative of many of the changes proposed by the rule, the Association has concerns about the agency's proposal to require publication of hospital chargemasters due to questions about its usefulness for consumers. The comments also offered suggestions to address calculation of Medicare disproportionate share hospital (DSH) payments and wage index disparities which are harming Kentucky hospitals.

A full copy of the comments is available on the Policy Issues page, found under Advocacy on the KHA website, www.kyha.com....
By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, June 20, 2018 8:43 AM
KHA's patient safety organization (PSO), the Kentucky Institute for Patient Safety and Quality (KIPSQ) will host a free Summer Forum for all Kentucky hospitals on July 24 in Lexington.

The KIPSQ Summer Forum will gather both PSO members and non-PSO members to discuss and understand the advantages of membership, data collection, common format reporting and mapping from a risk management system to the PSO. Presentations will encompass regulations, state peer review and case law followed by a panel discussion featuring hospitals who are actively reporting to the PSO.

CEOs, health care attorneys, risk management professionals, patient safety officers, quality leaders, nurse leaders, clinical leaders, senior executives and administrative leaders are all encouraged to attend.

View the brochure for more details. Online registration...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, June 19, 2018 8:22 AM
Hospitals and systems that work with KHA's partner, careLearning, can create their own subscription of ten (10) of the Compliance/HR courses listed below. These courses are written by experienced attorneys with a proven track record in interactive computer-based training. Each course incorporates technology to inhibit users from clicking through the material too quickly and without focusing sufficiently on the training content.

Americans with Disability Act Appropriate Internet Use Avoiding Retaliation Business Etiquette Careful Communication Code of Conduct (FAR) Conducting Effective Investigations Cost Accounting for Federal Grants Dealing with Difficult Situations Drug-Free Workplace Fair Labor Standards Act Family and Medical Leave Act Immigration Basics Questionable...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 8:56 AM
KHA had a victorious 2018 legislative session with KHA priorities becoming law. This success was made possible through the assistance of you and the entire KHA membership. KHA’s Legislative Platform priorities of an updated methodology for the distribution of DSH funding, peer review process confidentiality, a streamlined physician and provider credentialing process, telehealth legislation and a streamlined certificate of need process were all passed into law. New laws passed by the General Assembly that do not include an emergency clause or a different specified effective date go into effect on July 14.

We appreciate your help on legislative and regulatory issues affecting hospitals. Your work in this process is invaluable. When hospitals combine their strength and collectively express their concerns to elected officials, more can be accomplished.

A copy of the 2018 Kentucky General Assembly Report for Hospitals including the legislative voting record is available at https://www.kyha.com/assets/docs/AdvocacyDocs/2018/KHALegislativeFinalReport2018.pdf...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, June 11, 2018 8:14 AM
KHA members are invited to join staff on an Advocacy Trip to Washington on July 12-13. Thanks to those who have already indicated that they would participate in this trip.  With attacks on the 340B Drug program, Medicaid DSH Cuts and Opioid and Behavioral Health Treatment under Medicaid being dealt with by this Congress, it is imperative that Kentucky hospitals stay in constant contact with the Senators and Congressmen representing the state in Washington.

Participants will travel to Washington on the morning of July 12, arriving for a lunch briefing at AHA and have meetings on Capitol Hill with Senators and Congressmen that afternoon. On the morning of July 13, there will be more Capitol Hill delegation appointments and the day will conclude by hosting the health staff of Kentucky's congressional delegation for a lunch briefing at 11:30 a.m. Members can depart after 1:00 p.m. (ET).

Members are requested to make their own room reservations at the Washington Court Hotel, 525 New Jersey Avenue, NW,...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, June 05, 2018 10:37 AM
SUNRx LogoEligible hospitals struggle to stretch their scarce resources to provide the crucial services their patients need while maintaining financial security. And while many patients they serve can’t afford to pay for high priced medications, it doesn’t have to be this way — a 340B program administered by SUNRx can help.

SUNRx’s 340B prescription discount card program provides a conduit for covered entities to pass along 340B savings to their patients. Because SUNRx is a wholly owned subsidiary of pharmacy benefit manager (PBM), MedImpact Heathcare Systems, this 340B prescription discount card program is unique from others. SUNRx confirms 340B patient eligibility and applies its “lower of” cost calculation to find the lowest price available for the patient. This process is accomplished in real time when your patient presents the 340B prescription discount card along with their prescription to the contract pharmacy....
By Ginger - Site Admin on Friday, June 01, 2018 8:23 AM
As a result of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) mandates that payment adjustments be applied to Medicare-eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals (CAHs) that are not meaningful users of certified electronic health record (EHR) technology under the EHR Incentive Programs (now called the Promoting Interoperability (PI) Programs).

Eligible hospitals and CAHs may be exempt from Medicare penalties if they can show that demonstrating meaningful use would result in a significant hardship. To be considered for an exemption and avoid a payment adjustment, health care providers must complete a hardship exception application and provide proof of hardship. If approved, the hardship exception is valid for only one payment year.

Hardship Exception Application Details

The deadline for eligible hospitals to submit the 2019 Eligible Hospital Hardship Exception Application...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Thursday, May 24, 2018 8:52 AM
KHA will host a 340B Compliance Workshop on June 21 in Louisville. The program offers 1.5 ACHE Face-to-Face credits.

Safety net hospitals struggle to stretch scarce resources to provide crucial services to their pa tients. The 340B program is essential in ensuring that hospitals in Kentucky and nationwide are able to continue to provide pharmacy care to its most vulnerable patients.

The subject matter experts at this interactive workshop will present valuable insights on how safety net hospitals can effectively navigate the 340B program so they can improve patient outcomes and help low-income and rural patients access essential pharmacy services.

View the brochure for program details. Online registration...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 9:23 AM

The 2017 and 2018 KHA Patient Origin Reports are now available online in the Data Center section of the KHA website, www.kyha.com. Just click on the Utilization Data page of the Data Center to find them or visit www.kyha.com/online-patient-origin-report for a direct link.

To review the reports, you must obtain a special password from Chuck Warnick at KHA (cwarnick@kyha.com).

By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 9:06 AM

The CDC considers this the third wave of overdose deaths in the growing epidemic, characterized by a surge in synthetic opioid overdoses, following prescription opioid deaths (first wave) and heroin deaths (second wave). The death rate for synthetic opioids doubled to 6.2 per 100,000 people in 2016.

Because fentanyl, a highly potent synthetic opioid, is increasingly mixed with other opioid and benzodiazepine pills, heroin and cocaine, the CDC suspects fentanyl is also contributing to rising death rates among those substances.

PoliticoPro DataPoint 

By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, May 21, 2018 9:13 AM
The CAH Swing Bed Management Training with Supplemental Review of the UMRHRC PI/QI Measures from the Pilot Project will be held June 6-7 at KHA Headquarters in Louisville.The program is intended to assist small rural CAH hospitals with training for their staff to improve the quality of their swing bed program.

It will optimize the patient outcome, increase utilization and revenue while preventing denials for their swing bed services. Given the longer training program, more time than in the past will be spent on discussing day-to-day operations.

For details, visit the event page. You can register online to secure your place in this training event.

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By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, May 21, 2018 8:42 AM
Russell County Hospital, located in South Central Kentucky, in the beautiful Lake Cumberland area is in search of a Chief Executive Officer (CEO). The facility is looking for someone to provide the leadership, strategic guidance and management direction to all aspects of the hospital operations, while ensuring compliance with the hospital’s mission, vision, values, goals, strategic direction and applicable laws and regulations.

The CEO is accountable for safe and quality patient care, developing and managing a financially sound annual operation budget and long-term capital expenditure plan. He or she must maintain effective relationships with the Board of Directors, medical staff, patients, employees and the community.

Minimum Education:

Master’s Degree in a health care related field such as MHA/MBA preferred, or a BS/BA in a health care related with a business related masters, or the equivalent in education and experience. Minimum Experience...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Thursday, May 17, 2018 10:55 AM
The University of Kentucky School of Law will host the 2018 Kentucky Health Law Institute September 13 and 14 in Lexington.

Tentative Topics Include:

Lessons Learned From Leasing: A Blueprint for Aligning Physician Practices with Health Systems Anatomy of a False Claim- Version 2.0 30 Years in the Trenches: A False Claims Act Litigator's Unique Perspectives Executive Compensation in Healthcare: Tips and Traps Moral Dilemmas and Legal Ethics for the Healthcare Attorney A Rock and a Hard Place: Payer Reimbursement for ED Visits Kentucky's Independent Licensure Boards: Antitrust, KRS 13B and Due Process Pings that Go Bump in the Night: A Discussion of Health Care Cybersecurity Threats, Prevention Tips, and Mitigation Tactics Aligning Patient and Provider: Can Kentucky Be an Innovator in Liability Reform? Medicaid...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 8:53 AM
Jane Wheatley and Jerry PennerThe Kentucky Hospital Association (KHA) presented several awards during the Association’s Awards Luncheon on May 11 at the 89th Annual KHA Convention in Lexington.

The highlight of the luncheon was the installment of the 2018-2019 Chair of the KHA Board of Trustees Jane Wheatley, chief executive officer of Taylor Regional Hospital in Campbellsville. Wheatley will begin her tenure as Chair on July 1.

KHA’s Award of Excellence was presented to Sally Davenport, president and chief executive offer of Ephraim McDowell Health in Danville. This is a prestigious KHA award bestowed upon individuals who have made significant contributions to health care in Kentucky.

Davenport has an extensive background in clinical nursing and served in nurse executive roles at Ephraim McDowell...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, May 09, 2018 8:29 AM

Don't forget, the KHA 89th Annual Convention starts tomorrow, May 10 and runs through Friday, May 11 at the Hyatt Regency and Lexington Convention Center. There will be no daily news email during Convention.

If you have not registered, on site registration is available with credit card payments. 

Remember to download the Kentucky Hospital Association app to your mobile device for schedules, maps and presentations. The presentations are also available for download on the Convention web page, https://www.kyha.com/kha-annual-convention.

By Ginger - Site Admin on Friday, May 04, 2018 8:53 AM
KHA App ScreenshotKHA's mobile app is great resource for Convention and beyond! The app not only provides all the details, maps, schedules and presentations for Convention, but also includes information members can use year round!

The app includes:

Hospital Directory; KHA Staff Directory; Events Calendar; Advocacy Information; Sponsors; and More As The App Evolves. If you downloaded the Convention app last year, you can simply update the app on your mobile device. Sometimes after an app update, rebooting your device can be helpful.

App Store ScreenshotFor new app users, visit the App Store...
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