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By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 2:46 PM
Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program attestation for Medicare eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals (CAHs) is transitioning to a new platform. Beginning January 2, 2018, eligible hospitals and CAHs attesting to CMS for the EHR Incentive Program will submit their CY 2017 attestations through the QualityNet Secure Portal (QNet).

Eligible hospitals and CAHs attesting to CMS must have an active and updated QNet account before submitting EHR Incentive Program attestations.

CMS is hosting a webinar on Tuesday, December 5 about the transition to QNet for Medicare EHR Incentive Program attestation...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, November 29, 2017 1:50 PM
The Kentucky Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program will accept attestations for Program Year 2017 Meaningful Use beginning Thursday, November 30 at 8:00 a.m. (ET). 

The user manual for Program Year 2017 is located on the EHR website at http://chfs.ky.gov/dms/EHR.htm under the Manuals section. The deadline to submit an attestation for Program Year 2017 is 11:59 p.m. (ET), March 31, 2018. Any attestation that is in process after that time will be closed out and not eligible for participation.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Kentucky Medicaid EHR team (EHRIncentives@ky.gov...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, November 22, 2017 9:05 AM
The Kentucky Society for Healthcare Engineers is hosting a special event on December 7 featuring John Maurer with The Joint Commission and Sharon S. Gilyeat with Koffel Associates where participants will take a deep dive into the current code updates and standards that impact hospital facility managers and engineers in Kentucky.

Major changes  from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have resulted in new and expanded accreditation requirements, and the Joint Commission has just released a number of new standards for 2018. This event will provide insight into how to address these changes.

This will be one of John D. Maurer's first Joint Commission update presentations since becoming director of the accrediting organization. Sharon Gilyeat will provide valuable Life Safety code and compliance updates to help ensure your organization's success.

For more information on registration and sponsorship opportunities, visit https://kshe.site-ym.com/page/lets_talk_code....
By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 10:20 AM
The Office of Health Policy (OHP) has updated the State Health Plan to include a Pilot program to allow for the establishment of short- term transitional care beds. The Pilot limits approval of a total of four programs - two urban-based applicants and two rural-based applicants. The service would be licensed as a nursing facility bed and is open to any type of applicant. The new service could be created within an existing health facility, like a hospital, or it could be a free-standing facility.

ACTION NEEDED on TRANSITIONAL CARE BED SERVICE

The changes to the State Health Plan could go into effect as soon as December 15, which means applicants interested in applying for the pilot program would be required to meet the December 27 application filing deadline. It is anticipated the application process will include a competitive hearing process and there will be multiple applicants. KHA urges members interested in the service to review the criteria and begin drafting...
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.

Schedule a quick conference call to ensure you are getting the best rate for your travelers, to learn more about their one vendor-neutral contract with over 100 agencies and find out how...
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....
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