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By Ginger - Site Admin on Friday, November 17, 2017 9:12 AM

On December 12 from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. (ET), the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will host a webinar for critical access hospitals (CAHs) covering the New Medicare Card Project, implementation of new Medicare numbers, the format of the new number, timeline & milestones, the transition period, outreach & education and what you need to know to get ready for the new number. To register, visit https://events-cms.webex.com/events-cms/onstage/g.php?MTID=ebf0437f7bcf95893626354a3ab14c717.

By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 10:56 AM

Representative Larry Brown with Bud WarmanThe Kentucky Hospitals' Circle of Friends Political Action Committee (PAC) is currently distributing checks to Kentucky legislators throughout the state. 

The PAC has become a driving force in educating and advising lawmakers about health care legislation that affects Kentucky's hospitals and the communities they serve.

Pictured are Representative Larry Brown (left), who met with Highlands Regional Medical Center Chief Executive Offer Bud Warman (right) at the hospital.

By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, November 15, 2017 10:44 AM
AHA will host a members-only Town Hall Webcast, November 28 at 3:00 p.m. (ET) on cybersecurity. Registration is available at http://windrosemedia.com/windstream/ahawebcast/login.php.

AHA President and Chief Executive Officer Rick Pollack will be joined by John Riggi, a former FBI cyber division senior executive, to explore the current cyber threat landscape. They will discuss how and why a hospital may be targeted, the impact a breach may have and the policy considerations for supporting hospitals in managing these risks. 

The webcast will kick off a six-part educational series providing hospital and health system leaders an in-depth look at how they can best manage the risks posed by the evolving cybersecurity threat landscape. 

For more information and upcoming dates for future webinars, login it to the AHA website....
By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 9:58 AM
Yesterday, the American Hospital Association (AHA), the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) and America’s Essential Hospitals filed a lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia to prevent significant Medicare payment cuts for hospitals that participate in the 340B Drug Pricing Program. The three hospital associations are joined in the suit by hospital plaintiffs: Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems, in Brewer, Maine; Henry Ford Health System, in Detroit; and Park Ridge Health, in Hendersonville, North Carolina, part of Adventist Health System.

For 25 years, the 340B program has enabled hospitals and other organizations that care for many low-income and uninsured patients to purchase certain outpatient drugs from pharmaceutical manufacturers at discounted prices. The program allows participating hospitals to use the savings from the discounts to provide an expanded range of comprehensive health...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, November 14, 2017 9:16 AM
Healthcare Staffing Services LogoKentucky hospital human resource directors, do you need access to Travelers in all clinical backgrounds? KHA Solutions Group partners with Healthcare Staffing Services, a subsidiary of the South Carolina Hospital Association (SCHA) to help Kentucky hospitals with their staffing needs at NO COST to KHA members.

SCHA understands hospitals, and like KHA they work for hospital members’ interest. In fact, 13 state hospital associations, like KHA, use their travelers services.

Currently in Kentucky, there are 19 hospitals and/or health systems using Healthcare Staffing Services and that number is growing.

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By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, November 13, 2017 11:11 AM
At KHA's Health Care Leadership Conference, the KHA membership approved the 2018 Legislative Priorities for the upcoming General Assembly Session. A document outlining all the priorities is now available on the Advocacy section of www.kyha.com.

This year's priorities include:

Updating the funding mechanism for hospital uncompensated care Reducing the number of Medicaid managed care organizations (MCOs) Streamlining Medicaid provider credentialing and improving managed care Continuing the fight for medical liability reform Requiring insurers to cover services provided through telehealth Retaining the Certificate of Need (CON) program Supporting smoke-free iniatives KHA looks forward to advocating on the behalf of all the hospitals...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, November 13, 2017 10:34 AM
Antibiotics Awareness Week BannerJoin K-HIIN and others across the state in promoting the 2017 US Antibiotic Awareness Week, which kicks off today, November 13! This is a perfect opportunity for hospitals to continue educating patients and health care providers about the need for appropriate antibiotic use and prescribing.

November 13-19, is the official Centers for Disease Control (CDC) U.S. Antibiotic Awareness Week, formerly called Get Smart about Antibiotics Week.

Please see the CDC document, "Preserve the Power of Antibiotics" and other materials on from the CDC website highlighting this important...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Friday, November 10, 2017 11:24 AM
On Thursday, November 9, the Kentucky Society for Healthcare Public Relations and Marketing (KSHPRM) held its annual Thoroughbred Awards. The awards luncheon, held in conjunction with the KSHRPRM fall conference at the Hilary J. Boone Center at the University of Kentucky, honored and recognized excellent work throughout the commonwealth in the areas of health care marketing and public relations.

Organizations were eligible to submit entries in 34 categories ranging from television advertising to direct mail design, community events and social media campaigns. This year, entries were judged by the Georgia Society for Marketing and Public Relations. In total, 83 entries were submitted for consideration. Entries receiving 4.5 to 4.9 points earned a Certificate of Merit, while those receiving 5 points and higher earned Thoroughbred Award statues. Thus, there were 24 Thoroughbred Awards and 30 Certificates of Merit presented at the event.

The following is a list of all winners:

KSHPRM...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Friday, November 10, 2017 10:10 AM
Teresa Daniels Receives PSH Award

KHA and the K-HIIN group recently recognized Teresa Daniels, infection prevention (IP) at Clark Regional Medical Center and Bourbon Community Hospital as the latest Patient Safety Hero Awardee. Daniels was nominated by Vicki Breeding, director of EVS and Amy Kenney, director of Laboratory Services at Clark Regional Hospital, for her efforts in leading patient safety improvements throughout the hospital.

Daniels was recognized for her outstanding service to the facility not only as IP but also as an invaluable asset to the EVS director and staff. She has worked tirelessly to educate and empower EVS staff to help them realize how critically important it is for them to do their jobs completely and thoroughly, every time. She has an annual infection control education class for EVS staff to review...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Friday, November 10, 2017 9:42 AM

As more hospitals incorporate Video Remote Interpreting (VRI) into their facilities to help care for their deaf and hard of hearing and limited English proficient patients, organizations are left wondering — do we still need to work with onsite interpreters? The answer is YES.

Join LanguageLine Solutions for a free webinar on November 16 to learn from experts about the symbiotic relationship between onsite and video interpreting, when it’s essential to work with an onsite interpreter, and best practices in incorporating both modalities of interpretation into your language access program.

To register, visit https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/198808581113614593.

By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, November 08, 2017 9:58 AM
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, H.R. 1, was released and is being debated this week in the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee. There is a significant problem for the Kentucky not-for-profit hospitals included in the bill. The proposal would eliminate the tax-exemption for private-activity bonds (PABs), including qualified 501(c)(3) hospital bonds and advance refunding bonds. The ability to obtain tax-exempt financing is a key benefit of hospital tax-exemption that works to make access to vital hospital services available in communities large and small across the commonwealth.

These bonds play a critical role in helping not-for-profit hospitals and health systems access low-cost capital, enabling them to keep infrastructure expenditures low so they can efficiently fulfill their mission and focus on the work they do for the public good. Tax-exempt bonds reduce hospitals’ borrowing costs because they normally can be sold at a lower rate of interest than taxable debt of comparable risk and maturity....
By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 8:19 AM
Across the U.S., hospitals and health systems are working to address the opioid crisis. To help in their efforts, the AHA developed a new toolkit to provide guidance and information to hospitals and health systems on how they can work with their patients, clinicians and communities to stem this epidemic.

The primary goals of the toolkit include: 

Reviewing the multifaceted role of hospitals and health systems in fighting the epidemic, which includes reiterating the key activities that every hospital should be undertaking; and Offering sources of expertise, ideas, and resources to assist hospitals in fulfilling their roles.  The toolkit was created with input from subject matter experts, including psychiatrists specializing in addictions, chief medical officers and other clinical experts, pain management professionals and a number of specifically identified stakeholders...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Thursday, October 19, 2017 8:22 AM
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Health Care Quality Week is the week dedicated to celebrating the contributions professionals have made in the field and bringing greater awareness to the profession of health care quality. Health care quality professionals work in every health care setting to enhance care delivery, optimize value and improve outcomes by leading activities in one or more of the following core quality functions:

Patient safety Regulatory and accreditation Quality review and accountability Performance and process improvement Health data analytics Population health and care transitions Take a moment this week to thank your quality and patient safety team for the work they do every day to help your hospital care for patients and have the best outcomes possible for the patient, their family and the health care team! For more information, visit http://nahq.org/about/healthcare-quality-week.

By Ginger - Site Admin on Thursday, October 19, 2017 8:08 AM

Join the Kentucky Hospital Association and the Kentucky Hospital Improvement and Innovation Network (K-HIIN) team in celebrating International Infection Prevention Week (IIPW) this week! The 2017 theme for IIPW is Antibiotic Resistance. It is critical that health care professionals across the continuum preserve antibiotics for the future. By joining your friends, family members and health care colleagues in celebrating IIPW,, you are raising awareness of the role infection prevention plays in improving patient safety.

Infection preventionists work tirelessly every day to keep patients and their families, as well as staff members, safe from infection! Please take time this week to thank them for all they do!

By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, October 17, 2017 8:24 AM
Throughout 2017, many changes have and are expected to occur in The Joint Commission Accreditation process and the effects it will have on accredited organizations. With the implementation of the Project REFRESH SAFER Matrix for scoring and the changes related to Pain Management, there will be some interesting challenges for all health care organizations. The Joint Commission Update 2018 on December 12 in Louisville will provide information needed to understand and manage these accreditation process changes. 

Topics to be discussed are:

The Project REFRESH and the SAFER Scoring Matrix Survey Preparation/Tracer Prep, Antimicrobial Stewardship Suicide Risk and Psychiatric Unit tracer information frequently cited and challenging standards 2018 Requirements for Education and Identification of important Electronic Medical Record Navigation Points. View the brochure...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, October 10, 2017 12:59 PM
KIPSQ Meeting
KIPSQ members making care safer in KY by discussing Patient Identification Errors at the PSO's Safe Table Event on October 10.
By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, October 09, 2017 10:34 AM
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Reach and network with Kentucky hospital decision makers by becoming a sponsor of the 2018 KHA Quality Conference. This event attracts nearly 200 health care professionals from Kentucky hospitals.

Attendees include hospital chief executive officers, chief nursing officers, quality directors, infection preventionists, pharmacy directors, chief medical officers and other health care professionals. The conference features recognized health care leaders and subject matter experts while providing multiple networking opportunities with key hospital decision makers.

For details, view the event sponsorship brochure.

If you have any questions,...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, October 09, 2017 10:26 AM
The West Virginia Hospital Association (WVHA) invites careLearning clients in both Kentucky and Ohio to their Live User Group Meeting on October 13 at the WVHA Office in Charleston, West Virginia. The meeting is free to all careLearning clients and lunch is included.

View the the agenda for program details.

To register, visit http://www.wvha.org/Events/Registrations/careLearning-Fall-2107-User-Group.aspx.

Please complete one registration for each person that plans to attend, limit two (2) people per organization, by October 10.



If you have any questions please feel free to contact Peggy Engelkemier at careLearning (peggyeng@carelearning.com) or Jim Kranz at WVHA (orjkranz@wvha.org).

By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, October 09, 2017 10:12 AM
Nordam Receives Patient Safety Hero AwardKHA and the K-HIIN group recently recognized Eric Nordman, antimicrobial stewardship pharmacist at St. Elizabeth Edgewood as the latest Patient Safety Hero Awardee.  Tracie Shelton, director of patient safety/accreditation and infection control nominated Nordman for his efforts in leading patient safety improvements throughout the hospital.  

As per Shelton, Nordman holds a Bachelor’s degree and MBA from Northern Kentucky University, and he holds a Doctorate in Pharmacy from the University of Cincinnati. He served as the Antimicrobial Stewardship Team Lead for the Quality Transformation C-diff initiative. He met with and educated hospitalists and gastroenterologists on appropriate testing and best practice ordering protocols for C-diff. He created an EPIC report to identify patients with...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Friday, October 06, 2017 8:32 AM

On October 3, KHA participated in the annual state hospital association meeting with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Region IV Office in Atlanta. Associations heard updates from CMS regarding enforcement of the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA), post payment audits by Medicare Advantage plans, pilot programs to reduce hospital readmissions of nursing home residents and more. A specific report on EMTALA violations being seen in Region 4 will be sent to members.

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

By Ginger - Site Admin on Thursday, October 05, 2017 8:57 AM

Registration is now open for the Fall KHA District meetings. Make your plans now to attend! View the flyer for agenda details. Online registration is available for your convenience.

If you have any questions, contact Pam Kirchem at KHA (pkirchem@kyha.com).

By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, October 03, 2017 8:20 AM

The status of the Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) surveys for respective State Fiscal Years (SFY) is now available. Several facilities are listed for the 2014 reviews and are requested to submit their information as soon as possible if they have not. 

Final settlements and resolution of appeals of prior SFYs are currently underway in abeyance pending the result of ongoing litigation at the federal level regarding payments from Third-party Payors.

By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, October 03, 2017 8:05 AM
The Kentucky Department for Medicaid Services and the 5 Medicaid managed care organizations (MCOs) are hosting provider forums across the state. These forums are designed to allow any and all health care providers (including behavioral health and substance use providers) who have contracts with MCOs and serve Medicaid consumers to meet face-to-face and discuss concerns about proper billing, prior authorizations, prompt pay, appeals processes or any other specific issues related to the continued implementation of Managed Care.

In attendance will be senior level staff from each Managed Care Organization, senior staff from the Department of Insurance (DOI), Office of Inspector General, Department for Medicaid Services, Department for Public Health, Department for Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities, and the Office of the Secretary.

October 17 in Hopkinsville October 23 in Louisville October 25 in Morehead October 31 in Somerset November 3 in Highland...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, October 02, 2017 9:54 AM
Thanks to Kentucky Congressmen Hal Rogers, James Comer and John Yarmuth for signing a Dear Colleague letter urging the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to abandon its proposal to reduce Medicare Part B payment for drugs acquired through the 340B Drug Pricing Program. "Given the important role that the 340B program plays in our communities, we strongly urge CMS to abandon this proposal and redirect its efforts toward actions to address the cost of drugs via other policies that would not harm our constituents," the representatives wrote. 

CMS has proposed to pay for separately payable, non pass-through drugs purchased through the 340B program at the average sales price (ASP) minus 22.5%, rather than the current rate of ASP plus 6%. Two hundred twenty-eight members of the House of Representatives signed the letter to CMS. Eighty-five Kentucky hospitals qualify to receive 340B discounted outpatient drugs. Please join KHA in thanking Congressmen Rogers, Comer and Yarmuth.

For further...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Friday, September 29, 2017 9:47 AM
Immediately after KHA"s Health Care Leadership Conference on November 3, the Kentucky Chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives will provide a program where members can earn 1.5 Face-to-Face Education credits.

The session will focus on "green" hospitals and health care and how health leaders can change the culture in their organizations as they cut long-term operating costs while becoming more visible within the community "as an exemplar for environmental sustainibility."

A brochure is available with session details, and online registration is now open.

If you have any questions, please contact Pam Kirchem at KHA (pkirchem@kyha.com).

By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 9:07 AM
If you have participated in the Kentucky Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive program in the past and have not been paid through program year 6, the Kentucky Regional Extension Center (REC) can you achieve Meaningful Use and earn the remaining incentive monies. The Kentucky Medicaid EHR Incentive program will continue through 2021.

The Kentucky REC Health IT advisors will assist you through this process by reviewing your Meaningful Use reports, completing a gap analysis and action plan, and assisting with the submission of your attestation. They will also educate and guide you along the way.

The reporting period for 2017 is any continuous 90 days in the calendar year. So, the last 90 days of the year will begin on October 3, 2017. The deadline to submit your attestation is March 31, 2018.

If you registered for the Medicaid Meaningful Use Program in the past, but have only attested to AIU the first year, you will need to attest by October 1, 2017, using a 90-day reporting period in calendar year 2017 to...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Friday, September 15, 2017 8:07 AM
Sherri Boggs Receives Patient Safety Hero AwardKHA and the K-HIIN group recently recognized Sherri Boggs, quality, risk and safety manager at Our Lady of Peace Hospital in Louisville as the latest Patient Safety Hero Awardee. Boggs was nominated by Keith Rankin, the hospital's director of nursing, for her efforts in leading patient safety improvements throughout the facility.  

Rankin called Boggs the "crown jewel" in the efforts that have gone into the building of a great safety culture at Our Lady of Peace over the last 5+ years. She has led the journey by taking the reins and keeping all other leaders and departments on a steady track for success. When starting their "Safety First" journey, the measures that were in place to review events and prevent harm were mediocre at best Rankin noted. It seemed as though serious safety events were frequent and that processes were examined infrequently. Boggs was a key piece of transforming that culture and as a result, OLOP has grown into a facility that places safety at the front of care. Their patients feel safe and the facts show this,. The hospital has extended its time without a Serious Safety Event to over 400 days, which is an incredible feat in a facility with such a high-risk population. 

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By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, September 11, 2017 8:32 AM

On September 8, KHA submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding the Medicare hospital outpatient prospective payment system (OPPS) proposed rule for calendar year (CY) 2018. The Association has significant concerns with this proposal's reductions in payment for 340B hospitals as well as changes to remove total knee replacement from the inpatient only list, which is unsafe and will negatively impact hospitals participating in the CMS Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement (CJR) and the Bundled Payment for Care Improvements (BPCI) programs.

A copy of KHA's comments are available on the Policy page (members only) of www.kyha.com.

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

By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, September 11, 2017 8:28 AM
Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility (IRF) and Long-term Care Hospital (LTCH) providers are encouraged to review their performance data on each quality measure based on First Quarter 2016 to Fourth Quarter 2016 data, prior to the December 2017 IRF and LTCH Compare refresh, during which this data will be publicly displayed.

Providers have 30 days to review their performance data (September 1, 2017 through September 30, 2017).

Corrections to the underlying data will not be permitted during this time. However, providers can request a CMS review during the preview period if they believe their data is inaccurate.

For more information:

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By Ginger - Site Admin on Friday, September 08, 2017 8:24 AM
careLearning LogoKHA realizes that keeping employees trained appropriately and ensuring their skills and competencies remain up-to-date are constant challenges for hospitals and health care providers. For that reason, KHA, along with 40 other state hospital associations and the American Hospital Association, partnered to create careLearning, an internet-based education management solution.

careLearning is an online education company designed to help health care organizations by providing reliable, trusted and easily accessible talent management solutions. careLearning’s competency, eLearning and performance products are developed to ensure that your employees are provided with the appropriate training and education based on an assessment of the skills, knowledge and abilities required and an...
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