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By Ginger - Site Admin on Thursday, October 30, 2014 8:17 AM
Hall Render Killian Heath & Lyman, PSC is the largest health care focused law firm in the country, providing organizations in the highly regulated health care industry with full service legal representation.  To learn more, please visit www.hallrender.com.

KHA thanks Hall Render Killian Heath & Lyman, PSC for their bronze level sponsorship.  KHA's Annual sponsorship program is a great opportunity for organizations looking to build connections and/or establish affiliations or joint ventures with Kentucky's 130 hospitals.  To learn more about KHA's Annual Sponsorship Program,...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, October 29, 2014 9:47 AM
Avalere Health is dedicated to solving the challenges of the health care system. They deliver comprehensive prospective and creative solutions to empower better care delivery.  To learn more about their insights, tools and strategies, please visit Avalere at www.avalere.com.

KHA thanks Avalere Health for their corporate sponsorship.  KHA's Annual sponsorship program is a great opportunity for organizations looking to build connections and/or establish affiliations or joint ventures with Kentucky's 130 hospitals.  To learn more about KHA's Annual Sponsorship Program, please contact Pam Kirchem at KHA (502-426-6220 or 800-945-4542 or via e-mail at pkirchem@kyha.com).

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By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, October 27, 2014 11:37 AM

At its October meeting, the Kentucky Board of Nursing (KBN) voted to increase renewal fee by $15. The amended administrative regulation was filed with the Regulations Compiler on October 20 and will be published in the Administrative Register on December 1.  This fee increase will affect nurses in hospital facilities primarily through the renewal fee which will go from $40 to $55, plus $10 that is specified for specific programs in statute, for a total renewal fee of $65 per year. The Executive Director of KBN, Paula Schenk, RN, MPH anticipates that this rate increase will go into effect for the 2015 renewal period (September 15 - October 31, 2015).

If you have any questions, please contact Paula Schenk at KBN (502-429-3306) or Nathan Goldman, KBN general counsel (502-429-3309). 



By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, October 27, 2014 11:14 AM
KHA thanks Mountjoy Chilton Medley (MCM), LLP for again choosing bronze level sponsorship of the Association through the Kentucky Hospital Research and Education Foundation (KHREF).

MCM is a large, regional CPA and advisory firm providing high quality, specialized accounting, assurance and advisory services to a broad range of clients and industries, including niche expertise in health care organizations of a variety of types, sizes and purposes.  To learn more, please visit www.mcmcpa.com.

KHA thanks Signet Heath Corporation for again choosing corporate level sponsorship.  Signet Health is a leading provider of inpatient contract management to hospital clients in the areas of behavioral health and acute rehabilitation services.  To learn more, please visit www.signethealth.com.

KHA's annual sponsorship program...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Thursday, October 23, 2014 11:00 AM


The Kentucky Hospitals' Circle of Friends is the political action committee (PAC) of the Kentucky Hospital Association.  Circle of Friends supports candidates in Kentucky's elections and supports federal candidates through the American Hospital Association Political Action Committee (AHAPAC).

Hospital PACs are limited to soliciting contributions from the hospital "family." KHA and American Hospital Association can only accept contributions from people associated with its members.  

If your hospital has not started its 2014 Kentucky Hospitals Circle of Friends Campaign, please consider doing so.  The trifold brochure can be used to get started.  

Contributions can be made to Kentucky Hospitals' Circle of Friends through a personal check or a personal credit card.  Use the contribution card on the Circle of Friends brochure and...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Thursday, October 23, 2014 10:08 AM


The Kentucky Institute for Patient Safety and Quality (KIPSQ) is hosting an "Improving Patient Safety for Mom & Baby" conference on Tuesday, December 9 in Louisville at The Galt House.  

The conference is open to representatives from every Kentucky birthing hospital. KIPSQ encourages nurse leaders, quality directors, infection preventionists and other front line staff and directors involved in patient safety for moms and babies to attend.

Please see the agenda and the registration details outlined on the brochure

If you have any questions, please contact Sharon Perkins at KHA (502-426-6220 or 800-945-4542 or via email at sperkins@kyha.com).

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By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 2:38 PM
The Kentucky Hospital Engagement Network (K-HEN) team will be traveling around the state to review the progress made in the past three years related to the program.  

Kentucky hospitals are encouraged to send a representative to one of the three regional meetings to accept an award. The locations and registration information are below:

Monday, October 27 at Baptist Health Madisonville Tuesday, October 28 at Highlands Regional Medical Center in Prestonsburg Wednesday, October 29 at Jewish Hospital Shelbyville Register online or return the registration form by October 24 to Sharon Perkins at KHA via fax 502-426-6226.

If you have any questions, please contact Melanie Moch or Sharon Perkins at KHA (502-426-6220 or 800-945-4542 or via email at mmoch@kyha.com...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 2:01 PM
The Kentucky Institute for Patient Safety and Quality (KIPSQ) is partnering with the Anthem Foundation to provide education, tools and resources to improve care and long-term outcomes for mothers and newborns.  The Anthem Foundation has provided grant funding for hospitals to engage in collaborative patient safety and quality programs aimed at reducing early elective deliveries (EEDs), reducing obstetrical harm by preventing unnecessary cesareans, reducing adverse outcomes from oxytocin use and reducing OB Hemorrhage.  Additionally, resources are provided to hospitals to improve the rate of breast feeding.

The program's most recent newsletter is now available.  Outlined are many of the successes to date and a save the date notification for a Mom & Baby Conference on December 9 in Louisville.

For further information on the program, contact Sharon Perkins or Melanie Moch at KHA (502-426-6220 or 800-945-4542 or via sperkins@kyha.com or mmoch@kyha.com) or visit www.kipsq.org.

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By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 10:10 AM
Healthcare Strategy Group provides a strategic, best practice approach to developing and raising the value of employed physician networks and aligning with independent physicians.

KHA thanks Healthcare Strategy Group for choosing Bronze Level sponsorship of the Association through the Kentucky Hospital Research & Education Foundation (KHREF).

KHA's annual sponsorship program is a great opportunity for organizations looking to build connections and/or establish affiliations or joint ventures with Kentucky hospitals.  To learn more about KHA's Annual Sponsorship Program, please contact Pam Kirchem of KHA (502-426-6220 or 800-945-4542 or via email at pkirchem@kyha.com).

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By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 2:07 PM

The suggested messages for Kentucky's Hospitals on Ebola can be found at the link provided.  This information was also shared with Kentucky hospital public relations and marketing professionals.  

If you have any questions, please contact Richard Bartlett at KHA (502-426-6220 or 800-945-4542 or via rbartlett@kyha.com).

By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, October 21, 2014 1:58 PM

If you have not yet signed up to become a friend of the Kentucky Hospital Association facebook page, please do so by clicking this KHA facebook link.  You will receive updates and news on activities that impact Kentucky's hospitals.

By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, October 20, 2014 12:24 PM


Make plans to attend the KHA Fall Series meeting with Congressman Ed Whitfield on Wednesday.  This meeting provides KHA members the opportunity to stay in contact with Congressman Whitfield locally and discuss important legislative and regulatory issues currently before the U.S. Congress that are critical to Kentucky’s hospitals.  

Congressman Whitfield is a senior member on the House Energy and Commerce Committee that has jurisdiction over programs authorized under the Social Security Act including Medicaid, Medicare Part B, child health, long term care and peer review.  The committee also oversees programs authorized under the Public Health Service Act including hospital construction, biomedical research, allied health and nurse training, mental health research, drug abuse, alcoholism and HMOs.  It is vital to make sure Congressman Whitfield understands the impact of these programs on the hospitals in his district.  

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By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, October 20, 2014 9:12 AM
This notice is to all hospital chief executive officers and directors of planning.  KHA is conducting an in-depth study of outpatient surgery and ambulatory surgery center (ASC) utilization to help in developing comments in support of the Certificate of Need (CON) Program.  The Cabinet issued a memorandum on October 8 requesting comments on the CON program, and also expressed interest in receiving comments about repealing the CON requirement for some services.   The Cabinet is interested in looking at expanding availability of outpatient services.  KHA is concerned this could include ASCs.  

KHA requests every hospital providing outpatient surgery to complete this electronic survey by October 24.  If this applies to your hospital, please complete the individual surveys for your hospital, and every owned or affiliated ASC that you operate. The survey includes questions about the numbers of surgery suites operated, hours of operation, clean up time, length of procedures, etc.  The data is important in helping...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, October 20, 2014 8:55 AM
The HMO Indicators Report by KHA is now the Kentucky MCO and HMO Financial Results Report. The report has been restructured to include more concise information on all health care management organizations (HMOs) and Medicaid managed care organizations (MCOs) doing business in the state.   The Medicaid MCOs will be presented side-by-side for a quick comparison with the remaining HMOs doing business in Kentucky presented similarly. The indicators will be updated on a quarterly basis as the data becomes available from the Kentucky Department of Insurance.

A full report for the quarters through the Second Quarter of 2014 is now available. The document can be found in the Members Only section of www.kyha.com under Special Publications and Presentations.

If you have any questions regarding the Kentucky MCO & HMO Financial Results Report, please contact Steve Miller at KHA (502-426-6220 or 800-945-4542 or via e-mail at smiller@kyha.com).

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By Ginger - Site Admin on Thursday, October 16, 2014 3:11 PM
KHA/KHREF will offer two seminars on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Conditions of Participation:

December 1-2 for CMS Conditions of Participation for Prospective Payment System (PPS) Hospitals December 2-3 for CMS Conditions of Participation for Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs)

Each 1 1/2 day program will be lead by Sue Dill Calloway, MSN, JD, RN, CPHRM, CCMSCP, a nurse attorney and consultant who has conducted numerous seminars and webinars for KHA and other states.  

The program and registration details are provided in the the links above.  If you have any questions, please contact Carol Walters at KHA (502-426-6220 or 800-945-4542 or via email at cwalters@kyha.com).

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By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, October 15, 2014 4:21 PM

KHA is pleased to release the Utilization Trend Report, updated with data from the second quarter 2014.  The current quarter shows a continued rise in Medicaid utilization, with a corresponding reduction in Self Pay & Charity.  

A copy of the report is available at http://www.kyha.com/data-information/reports/.  If you have any questions, please contact Chuck Warnick at KHA (502-426-6220 or 800-945-4542 or via cwarnick@kyha.com).

By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, October 14, 2014 3:53 PM
KHA congratulates Norton Healthcare System Associate Vice President Ben Yandell, PhD, CQE for his appointment to the Technical Expert Panel (TEP) for the Hospital Quality Star Ratings on Hospital Compare. The TEP is a group of stakeholders and experts who provide technical input to the measure contractor on the development, selection, and maintenance of measures for which the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) contractors are responsible. The TEP is one important step in the measure development or reevaluation process that CMS contractors use to ensure transparency and it provides an opportunity to receive multi-stakeholder input early in the process. Dr. Yandell will participate in teleconference meetings between now and September of 2015 convened by Yale New Haven Health Services Corporation/Center for Outcomes Research and Evaluation (YNHHSC/CORE). YNHHSC/CORE was contracted by CMS to reevaluate and potentially revise the scoring methodology for the Hospital-Acquired Condition (HAC) Reduction...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Friday, October 10, 2014 9:29 AM

The National Association for Healthcare Quality (NAHQ) offers many resources on their Web site to help you celebrate Healthcare Quality Week: October 19-25.  For more information, including planning materials and promotional products, please visit the NAHQ Web site.

By Ginger - Site Admin on Friday, October 10, 2014 8:44 AM
In recent months, KHA staff has had many requests to host meetings of hospital quality data users, using common Health Information Technology (HIT) systems.  KHA will host a pilot meeting on October 23 for quality data users from Kentucky hospitals using McKesson as their HIT/EHR vendor.  

The meeting will allow quality leaders, quality data extractors and reporters, and other staff working in IT the opportunity to discuss challenges and solutions and share both standard and customized reports with the goal to:

Promote streamlining data access; Improve compliance with reporting requirements for quality improvement programs; and  Provide better data for hospital leaders to take informed steps on performance improvement.   Please share the Health IT Quality Data User Meeting sign-up sheet with appropriate people in your office....
By Ginger - Site Admin on Thursday, October 09, 2014 12:05 PM
KRS 200.560 requires the Kentucky Hospital Association to submit three nominees for service as a gubernatorial appointee on the Hemophilia Advisory Committee.

KHA is asking chief executive officers to consider recommending a candidate to serve the four year term on the nine member committee.  

Please find attached information and an application for completion by your nominee which must be completed before an individual may be considered.  The application form can be submitted any of the following ways:

1.  E-mail PDF or Word files to Kelly.Childers@ky.gov or Geoffrey.Dunn@ky.gov

2.  Fax to (502)564-2647, attention Kelly Childers/Geoffrey Dunn

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By Ginger - Site Admin on Thursday, October 09, 2014 11:46 AM
To maximize your time in traveling to the KHA Health Care Leadership Conference on November 14 in Louisville, the Kentucky Chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives (KY ACHE) will be offering a three hour, face-to-face (formerly known as Category 1) educational program directly following the KHA Health Care Leadership Conference Luncheon.   

The KY ACHE educational program, "Improving the Patient Experience to Build Customer Loyalty," starts at 2:00 p.m. (ET) and adjourns at 5:00 p.m. (ET).   Jake Poore, president and chief executive officer of Integrated Loyalty Systems, will speak on the latest methods to positively impact patient outcomes from the executive level.  This seminar will teach attendees how to explore...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Thursday, October 09, 2014 10:15 AM
The KHA Health Care Leadership Conference will be held on Friday, November 14 at the Marriott Louisville East.  The Health Care Leadership Conference is a great way for hospital chief executive officers, board chairmen, trustees, other hospital administrators, government relations staff and medical staff members to stay informed of legislation that may affect their facilities.   The conference will present the latest in state and federal legislative issues and regulatory concerns from the Kentucky General Assembly.  Additionally, State Auditor Adam Edelen will give a preliminary report on the stability of rural hospitals from the 14 public hearings that were held around the state.  

Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services Secretary Audrey Haynes will discuss Medicaid managed care, Medicaid expansion, kynect, Certificate of Need and the 2015 health care priorities of the Administration.  

Register now for the conference and luncheon, featuring David Frum, political speech writer, author,...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, October 07, 2014 9:30 AM
The Kentucky Department for Public Health’s (KDPH) Preparedness Branch has developed a complete package of Ebola Tabletop Exercise (TTX) materials to help hospitals, public health agencies, health care organizations and coalitions with their Ebola preparedness planning. The package, titled “Out of Africa”, should help work through the process of how to handle an Ebola patient, and to identify and address related issues. You can reach the package on the KHA website via the new KHA Ebola Updates page, which will have the latest information available on preparing your facility.

You are encouraged to review the complete package, and to consider conducting an exercise to review and improve your processes, protocols and procedures.

The package includes:

Situation Manual PowerPoint to help conduct the exercise Exercise Evaluation Guides After Action/Improvement...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, October 06, 2014 10:25 AM

KHA congratulates Kentucky Hospital Engagement Network (K-HEN) Project Director Donna Meador, MSN, RN, CENP, who earned her Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ) certification. 

The certification will assist Meador as she continues to provide patient safety and quality expertise to the hospitals in Kentucky through the K-HEN quality collaborative. The CPHQ is the only certification for health care quality professionals and is fully accredited by the National Commission for Certifying Agencies. In 2013, there were only 8,163 CPHQs in the United States.

Donna Meador joins Dolores Hagan, K-HEN Education and Data Manager, as the second person on the K-HEN team to earn the CPHQ certification.

By Ginger - Site Admin on Friday, October 03, 2014 9:57 AM
Medicare has announced the list of hospitals that will receive payment penalties under the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program. Medicare will apply the penalties to payments for patient stays between October 1, 2014, and September 30, 2015. This is the third year of the penalty program where the maximum penalty will be a 3 percent reduction in Medicare payments.

There will be 2,610 hospitals receiving a readmissions penalty, but only 39 hospitals will receive the full 3 percent penalty. In Kentucky, 66 percent of all hospitals will receive a penalty, with the average penalty being a 1.21 percent reduction in payment. However, Kentucky has a disproportionate share of hospitals receiving the maximum penalty, with nine hospitals, representing 23 percent of the total. As expected, these facilities are located in some of the most impoverished areas in the nation where many factors associated with poverty and poor health influence hospital readmission rates, which are not accounted for in Medicare’s...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Friday, October 03, 2014 9:16 AM

In light of the recent diagnosis of a patient with the Ebola virus within the United States, KHA is providing more updates to help hospitals stay abreast of the most up-to-date information available.

The KHA website's Emergency Preparedness page will have the very latest information at the very top of the page. This morning, KHA staff added links and information on:

  • CDC Clinician Telebriefing on Friday, October 3
  • Latest CDC Health Advisory
  • CDC's newly updated screening guidelines
  • CDC's updated Ebola guidance for EMS
  • Kentucky Public Health's new FAQ on Ebola
By Ginger - Site Admin on Thursday, October 02, 2014 2:19 PM
AHA shared a Readiness Advisory with its members on Thursday, October 2:

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response have issued Ebola screening criteria for the entire health care community, including emergency responders, to ensure that they are able to protect, detect and respond to the virus. They recommend that these screening criteria be placed in all emergency departments, ambulances and other “first contact” locations, including outpatient clinics.

The AHA strongly encourages all hospitals and clinics to post these Ebola screening criteria prominently in locations where hospital staff – including intake, triage and clinical staff – can see it. The key to preventing the spread of Ebola is to identify and isolate potential cases as quickly as possible. This outbreak...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Thursday, October 02, 2014 11:48 AM
In light of the recent domestic case of confirmed Ebola in Texas, the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) continues to encourage U.S. hospitals and health care providers to prepare for managing patients with Ebola and other infectious diseases. The most recent case in Texas is prompting everyone involved to take a moment to review their plans and protocols.

For a detailed hospital checklist for Ebola Preparedness and to access a recent webinar on the subject, please visit http://www.kyha.com/home/emergency-preparedness/.  Included on the KHA Web site is information about the Ebola tabletop exercise that the Kentucky Public Health Preparedness Branch is releasing, and how waste disposal for the materials coming from an Ebola patient has developed into a problem for some facilities.

If you have any questions, please contact Dick Bartlett at KHA...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, October 01, 2014 8:42 AM
Two recent articles from the Annals of Internal Medicine are available to help your build Ebola preparedness within your facility. The first discusses the Safe Management of Patients With Serious Communicable Diseases: Recent Experience With Ebola Virus. It has a health care worker, personal protective equipment (PPE) and emergency medical services (EMS) focus. It notes that health care workers inconsistently adhere to such basic infection control practices as hand hygiene, and EMS provider adherence to infection control precautions and equipment disinfection can be suboptimal.

The second article looks at Preparing for Critical Care Services to Patients with Ebola. It mentions the factors that increase the risk of caring for critically ill patients with Ebola include the low infectious dose of Ebola (1 to 10 viral particles), the high quantity of virus shed in the large volume of body fluids produced during illness, the close and extended patient contact time required of providers, the need...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, October 01, 2014 8:37 AM
On September 16, Representatives Renee Ellmers (R-North Carolina) and Jim Matheson (D-Utah) introduced the Flexibility in Health Information Technology (IT) Reporting Act (H.R. 5481), AHA-supported legislation that would give hospitals and eligible professionals more flexibility in meeting meaningful use requirements for electronic health records (EHRs) in fiscal year 2015. Specifically, the legislation would shorten the 2015 reporting period to 90 days from the current 365 for Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Program participants using the 2014 Edition Certified EHR. Without this change, the vast majority of hospitals are required to meet all Stage 2 requirements on October 1.

Hospitals continue to be challenged with the current regulatory timeline for EHR delivery, installation and implementation. Additionally, they are challenged to find enough other providers capable of receiving a summary of...
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