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By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, November 25, 2014 4:11 PM
Arnett Carbis Toothman Certified Public Accountants (CPAs) & Advisors is a large regional accounting firm that specializes in providing a wide range of audit, reimbursement consulting and tax services to hospitals and health systems.  To learn more, visit

KHA thanks Arnett Carbis Toothman 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 Opportunities, please contact Pam Kirchem at KHA (502-426-6220 or 800-945-4542 or via

By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, November 25, 2014 3:29 PM
Community Hospital Corporation (CHC) is a not for profit owner, operator, and consultant to community-based hospitals.  Services include leasing/ownership, management, operational/financial consulting, and post-acute services through CHC ContinueCARE.  To learn more, please visit

KHA thanks CHC 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 Opportunities, please contact Pam Kirchem at KHA (502-426-6220 or 800-945-4542 or via

By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, November 25, 2014 3:06 PM
TechSolve's Lean Healthcare Solutions drives process improvement in every aspect of health care.  Their patient-centric "hands-on" approach is based on Lean principles to produce a high quality outcome in the shortest amount of time.  To learn more, please visit

KHA thanks TechSolve 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, please contact Pam Kirchem at KHA (502-426-6220 or 800-945-4542 or via

By Ginger - Site Admin on Thursday, November 20, 2014 10:56 AM

KHA's Kentucky Hospital Research & Education Foundation (KHREF) recently purchased the publication and distribution rights to "Critical Questions Every Board Needs to be Able to Answer."  This comprehensive publication was developed by The Walker Company and is a useful tool for governance orientation sessions, and ideal for recruiting and orienting new trustees.  It is also a valuable educational resource for more experienced hospital trustees.  As a KHA member service, all KHA members are invited to review and make use of this governance document.  You may access it through the members only section of the KHA Website.  

If you have any questions, or need your KHA members only login, please contact Pam Kirchem at KHA (502-426-6220 or 800-945-4542 or via email at

By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, November 18, 2014 10:34 AM
As health care experts, you are the best voices to educate decision-makers on the solutions available to improve Kentucky's poor health status.  Join KHA for a training that will delve into how health advocates raise the level of awareness on important issues such as smoke-free policies.

The free training will be held at KHA on Thursday, December 4 at 12:30 p.m. (ET). Then stay and learn the KHA Legislative Priorities for the 2015 Kentucky General Assembly.  The meeting will conclude with a press conference to communicate Kentucky hospitals' support for a statewide law to restrict indoor smoking in public places and work places like restaurants and bars.  

The training will explore the problem of smoking and secondhand smoke in Kentucky, as well as how a smoke-free law is part of the solution.  KHA supports a statewide smoke-free law...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, November 17, 2014 3:45 PM
On Thursday, November 13, 2014, the Kentucky Society for Healthcare Public Relations & Marketing (KSHPRM) held its annual Thoroughbred Awards in conjunction with the KSHPRM conference at Keeneland.  Thoroughbred Awards honor and recognize excellent work throughout the Commonwealth in the areas of health care marketing and public relations.  

Organizations are eligible to submit entries in 32 categories ranging from print and television advertising to websites to campaigns.  All entries are sent to a sister society in another state for judging.  This year, entries were judged by the Tennessee Society for Marketing and Public Relations.  In total, 14 organizations submitted 73 entries for consideration.  To see the KSHPRM Thoroughbred Award Winners for 2014, please click here for the full press release.  To see pictures of the event, please visit

By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, November 17, 2014 3:21 PM
The Office of Health Policy (OHP) published a memorandum on October 8, 2014, requesting comments by December 8, 2014, on modernizing the Kentucky Certificate of Need (CON) program.  The OHP sites changes in the health care delivery system and an emphasis on the Triple Aim as a driver in the need to modernize the CON program to ensure access to appropriate levels of care, growth in outpatient services and a focus on ensuring a comprehensive continuum of care.  

The OHP is requesting broad comments in the form of white papers or studies. KHA is undertaking a comprehensive study of the value of the CON program which will be released to our hospital members very soon.  The paper provides evidence supporting the KHA position to uphold a strong CON program in the effort to ensure access to high quality services where need is demonstrated through the CON process.  

KHA encourages every Kentucky hospital to submit a comment letter to the Cabinet for Health and Family Services in support of the CON program...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, November 11, 2014 2:35 PM
Based upon a request from the KHA Strategic Planning Committee, the Association is a creating a new Action Alert System for its members.  If you have not already signed up by creating an account with Reach Alert, please take a moment to find the email from Ginger Dreyer at KHA on October 8 with your personal registration code.   Or, contact Ginger at KHA (502-426-6220 or 800-945-4542 or via e-mail at to obtain your personal registration code.

The KHA Action Alert System  will advise you of breaking, time sensitive information and of pending legislation, changes in the law or other situations that require your immediate attention. 

You will get to decide how you wish to receive alerts: cell phone text messages, automated voice call to a cell phone and/or email.

KHA will use the Action Alert System for timely, though not necessarily, emergency messages....
By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, November 11, 2014 9:21 AM
In an effort to spread the word and to make sure that health care providers (and school personnel) are familiar with the Caregiver Authorization Law, KHA is alerting hospitals that when caregivers come in and present an affidavit stating they are the primary caregiver of the child, that health care treatment is then authorized.

The law was passed last year (SB 176) and it allows a relative caregiver to sign an affidavit to access key services for the children in their care without the need for legal custody or guardianship.  Caregivers can complete an affidavit, under penalty of perjury, stating that they are the primary caregiver of the child, and then by presenting the form, they can authorize health care treatment, educational services, and school enrollment.

The Kentucky Youth Advocates worked with an attorney from Legal Aid to create a model affidavit which is essentially a form that caregivers can complete to create their own affidavit, based on what is now statute.  The form can then be presented...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, November 05, 2014 2:12 PM

Coroners, funeral home personnel, physicians and others responsible for the registration of death certificates will soon be required to electronically file information needed to complete death certificates, using the Kentucky Electronic Death Registration System (KY-EDRS).  

The change will take effect January 1, 2015, phasing out the paper based system currently used by the Office of Vital Statistics in conjunction with electronic reporting.  The transition to exclusive electronic filing, mandated by state law, is anticipated to speed the process, while maintaining the accuracy and security of the records.

Additional information is available on the KY-EDRS website at this link.

By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, November 04, 2014 10:30 AM
In September, all hospital chief financial officers received in the mail this one page survey on the programs and services each hospital provided in 2013 in relation to the IRS-defined community benefit categories.

KHA will again publish a comprehensive statewide community benefit report similar to report distributed earlier this year.

To publish a statewide report, it is important that all acute care and specialty hospitals complete the one page survey, regardless of their not-for-profit or for-profit status.  KHA requests the surveys be returned by November 15.

Please ask your hospital CFO if they have returned the survey.  All information contained on the worksheet will be de-identified and only presented in aggregate.

If you have any questions, please contact Pam Kirchem at KHA (502-426-6220 or 800-945-4542 or via

By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, November 04, 2014 10:01 AM
The Kentucky Society for Healthcare Public Relations and Marketing (KSHPRM) will meet next Thursday, November 13, in Lexington for their annual fall conference and Thoroughbred Awards Luncheon.  The agenda includes topics related to risk communication and working with the media on Ebola and other public health issues; top of mind branding: fundamentals of a winning brand strategy; and the new rules of brand engagement.  

Please encourage members of your hospital public relations, marketing and communications team to attend the fall educational offering and to be on hand when the Thoroughbred Award Entries are presented for achievements in hospital marketing and public relations campaigns.  

If you have any questions, please contact Pam Kirchem at KHA (502-426-6220 or 00-945-4542 or via

By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, November 03, 2014 11:42 AM

This training, on Wednesday, November 5, will cover general awareness, safety, security and function specific regulations for shipping infectious substances (Category A and B) and dry ice in accordance with the requirements of the U.S. Department of Transportation (49CFR).

Personnel from the Kentucky Division of Laboratory Services will provide the training.  The suggested audience is primarily for hospital personnel who have a role in the packaging and shipping of Category A and B infectious substances and who do not have a current certification.  

If you have any questions, please contact Dick Bartlett at KHA (502-426-6220 or 800-945-4542 or via email at 

By Ginger - Site Admin on Friday, October 31, 2014 8:56 AM
The Kentucky Department for Medicaid Services (DMS) is conducting Open Enrollment for ALL Medicaid managed care enrollees from October 27 through December 12.  Earlier this week, all chief executive officers and chief financial officers received a legal opinion obtained by KHA from Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs which addressed hospital communication with Medicaid beneficiaries regarding their ability to switch Medicaid managed care organizations (MCOs) during this time.  This legal opinion was also provided to hospitals earlier this year in response to a more limited Medicaid Open Enrollment and, at that time, KHA held a webinar to summarize the information contained in the opinion, as well as to answer member questions.  A replay of that webinar is now available on the Members Only section of the KHA Website.  

If you have any questions about accessing the Members Only section of the KHA Website, please contact Pam Kirchem at KHA (502-426-6220 or 800-945-4542 or via email at

By Ginger - Site Admin on Friday, October 31, 2014 8:40 AM

The latest KHA annual report gives the Association an opportunity to reflect on the past year to ensure it is carrying forward its mission of representing and advocating the interests of Kentucky hospitals in the development and implementation of health policies that enhance the ability of hospitals to deliver health care to their communities.  

KHA is pleased to report on the contributions made in its 2013-2014 fiscal year. The Annual Report outlines the value of Kentucky's 130 hospitals standing united and speaking with a common voice. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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
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 or or visit

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

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

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.  

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 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

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

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