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By Ginger - Site Admin on Friday, March 27, 2015 8:43 AM

State Auditor Adam Edelen will hold a press conference on Monday, March 30 to release a Special Report on the Financial Strength of Rural Hospitals in Kentucky. The Auditor will also hold a number of community meetings regionally in April to discuss the report in more detail.

KHA will share additional information as it becomes available.

Information on the Press Conference follows:
Press Conference
Monday, March 30, 2015
10:30 AM (ET)
209 St Clair Street
Frankfort, Kentucky 40601

By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 8:20 AM
careLearning has added HCAHPS® Surveys to its product line. The solutions provided are both straightforward and affordable. Key benefits include:

Utilize required HCAHPS® survey questions and make additions to tailor to your specific needs Compare Specialties within your facility Compare with hospitals across the nation and get a percentile ranking for each question. Drill down reporting to specific locations within a multi-campus network Compile Patient Comments CG-CAHPS, Home Health CAHPS and Pediatric CAHPS are also available careLearning is providing this service as an approved provider listed as CAMC Institute.

In the latest edition of careNews, there are contact details on the hew HCAHPS program, information on other careLearning offerings and helpful tips about making online courses interesting for your staff.

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By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 8:14 AM
KHA co-hosted a webinar on March 19 with the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) to address proposed changes to the regulations requiring tuberculosis (TB) testing for health care workers and in long-term care facilities. During the webinar, the DPH reviewed the proposed changes in policies requiring annual testing for employees of health care facilities and of physicians working in those facilities.

KHA recorded the webinar and has archived the recording along with the proposed TB regulation changes, the webinar PowerPoint slides and other information. You can review this at http://www.kyha.com/efforts-to-update-health-care-worker-tb-testing-requirements/.

DPH hopes to publish the proposed rule in April. A formal comment period will follow providing an opportunity to submit additional comments regarding the changes/additions to the regulation. The regulation could be in effect as early as October 2015.

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By Ginger - Site Admin on Friday, March 20, 2015 8:36 AM
During the week of July 20 through 24 a third sample group of providers will have the opportunity to participate in ICD-10 end-to-end testing with Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) and the Common Electronic Data Interchange (CEDI) contractor. Approximately 850 volunteer submitters will be selected to participate in the July end-to-end testing. This nationwide sample will yield meaningful results, since the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) intends to select volunteers representing a broad cross-section of provider, claim and submitter types, including claims clearinghouses that submit claims for large numbers of providers. Note: Testers who are participating in the January and April end-to-end testing weeks are able to test again in July without re-applying.

To volunteer as a testing submitter:

Volunteer forms are available on your MAC website Completed volunteer forms are due April 17 CMS will review applications and select the group of testing...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 7:45 AM
Payment adjustments for eligible hospitals that did not successfully participate in the Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program in 2014 will begin on October 1, 2015. Medicare-eligible hospitals can avoid the 2016 payment adjustment by taking action by April 1 and applying for a 2016 hardship exception.

The hardship exception application and instructions for Medicare-eligible hospitals are available on the EHR Incentive Programs website, and outline the specific types of circumstances that the centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) considers to be barriers to achieving meaningful use, and how to apply.

To file a hardship exception, Medicare-eligible hospitals must:

Show proof of a circumstance beyond the hospital’s control. Explicitly outline how the circumstance significantly impaired the hospital’s ability to meet meaningful use. Supporting documentation must also be provided. CMS will review applications to determine...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, March 09, 2015 1:08 PM
KHA thanks Layton Construction Company for their Bronze Level sponsorship. Layton Construction Company is the 12th largest health care contractor in the U.S. construction.  Their team has a diverse background and some have worked as clinicians and bring a clinical perspective on an operating medical facility during construction.  To learn more, visit www.laytonconstruction.com

KHA also thanks CPSI, Medical Structures, LLC, Merritt Hawkins and Pension Consultants for their Corporate Level sponsorship.  

CPSI is a leading provider of electronic health record (EHR) systems to rural, community and critical access hospitals. To learn more, visit www.cpsi.com

Medical Structures, LLC is the leader in the medical modular building industry and they specialize in the newest trend in the health care construction, modular buildings.  To learn more, visit www.medicalstructures.com

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By Ginger - Site Admin on Friday, March 06, 2015 10:16 AM
KHA will host its annual Small Rural and Critical Access Hospital Conference April 13-14 in Louisville. The conference is designed to help small, rural hospital leaders understand changes to the health care delivery system and think strategically about how to best position their hospital for top performance.

The conference begins with a dinner for critical access hospital (CAH) leaders on the evening of April 13 with conversation targeted on CAH policy issues.

There will be a full-day meeting on April 14 with presentations centered on rural health policy, financial stability and improving operation strategies.

See the brochure for details and registration information. If you have any questions, contact Elizabeth Cobb at KHA (502-426-6220 or 800-945-4542 or via email at ecobb@kyha.com).

By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, March 04, 2015 9:11 AM
The Office of Health Policy has announced it will host Certificate of Need (CON) “listening sessions” on March 16 and 17 to allow for further comments regarding the interest in modernizing CON. KHA will have staff at each of the meetings and encourages every hospital to send a representative to one of the two sessions and to make comments briefly at the session. As a reminder, you must register to attend and to speak.

Comments must be brief but should emphasize the importance of CON and the role of CON in stabilizing the health care delivery system in a time when significant change is taking place regarding payment and delivery incentives. Additionally, it is important to maintain CON for the existing services covered under the program, especially ambulatory surgical centers (ASCs).

A study on CON that was completed last Fall is available for your review.

The announcement on the sessions is below, with emphasis added on the registration information. If you have any questions, please...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, March 04, 2015 9:00 AM
To help you prepare for the transition to ICD-10, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) offers acknowledgement testing for current direct submitters (providers and clearinghouses) to test with the Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) and the Durable Medical Equipment (DME) MAC Common Electronic Data Interchange (CEDI) contractor anytime up to the October 1 implementation date.

CMS previously conducted two successful acknowledgement testing weeks in March 2014 and November 2014. These acknowledgement testing weeks give submitters access to real-time help desk support and allow CMS to analyze testing data. Registration is not required for these virtual events.

The first event for 2015 is happening now: March 2-6. Mark your calendar for the next testing week: June 1-5.

How to participate Information is available on your MAC website or through your clearinghouse (if you use a clearinghouse to submit claims to Medicare). Any provider who submits claims electronically...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, March 03, 2015 9:01 AM
Eligible professionals now have until 11:59 p.m. (ET) on March 20 to attest to meaningful use for the Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program 2014 reporting year.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) extended the deadline to allow providers extra time to submit their meaningful use data. CMS continues to urge providers to begin attesting for 2014 as soon as they can.

This extension also allows eligible professionals, who have not already used their one “switch,” to switch programs (from Medicare to Medicaid, or vice versa) for the 2014 payment year until 11:59 p.m. (ET) on March 20. After that time, eligible professionals will no longer be able to switch programs.

Medicare eligible professionals must attest to meaningful use every year to receive an incentive and avoid a payment adjustment. Providers who successfully attest for the 2014 program year will:

Receive an incentive payment Avoid the Medicare payment adjustment,...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, March 02, 2015 11:14 AM
HB 145 (Westrom)/SB 189 (Adams), the Smokefree Kentucky legislation, bans smoking and use of e-cigarettes either indoors or within 15 feet of public places and workplaces statewide. HB 145 passed the House and both bills have been assigned to the Senate Veterans, Military Affairs and Public Protection Committee, a committee considered not favorable to the legislation. A possible compromise has been floated in the Senate to allow local governments to opt-out of the ban.

HB 145/SB 189 would create a fine (with no court costs) of $25 for individuals and $50 for each business violating the proposed ban. It would also carve out exemptions from the proposed ban for private clubs, facilities that conduct tobacco marketing research and cigar bars and tobacconists with at least 10 percent of their gross annual sales coming from tobacco....
By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, March 02, 2015 9:47 AM
On February 27, KHA submitted comments to the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) on 902 KAR 20:400 regarding Limited Services Clinics. KHA's concerns  focused on on-call coverage, chart audits and the timeliness of physician notification when a patient receives chronic disease management at the clinic.

Of particular concern is the language in the regulation addressing after hours coverage by the clinic if it provides chronic disease management to patients. The on-call coverage could be provided simply through an answering service which refers patients to "another provider of the same services that is as geographically close as possible and is open at those hours." This would often be a hospital emergency department (ED) which would increase the occurrence of non-emergency visits to hospital EDs.

To view the comments in their entirety, please visit the Policy page of the Members Only section of www.kyha.com.

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