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News from the Kentucky Hospital Association
By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, December 24, 2014 10:38 AM
KHA members should mark their calendars and plan to attend their district meeting which will be held in March, 2015. All meetings will begin at 9:45 a.m. local time and conclude following lunch at 12:30 p.m.  An agenda and registration form will be forthcoming.
By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, December 24, 2014 10:26 AM

Adkisson Search Consultants is a nationwide search firm specializing in the recruitment of executives, physicians, advanced practice practitioners and allied health professionals. To learn more, visit www.adkissonconsultants.com.

KHA thanks Adkisson Search Consultants 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 pkirchem@kyha.com).

By Ginger - Site Admin on Friday, December 19, 2014 3:05 PM
On January 22, 2015, there will be a webinar offered on Management of Human Resources Update: Complying with CMS and The Joint Commission Standards. Details on the program's topics, objectives, registration fees and intended target audience are available at the following link. http://www.kyha.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/HumanResStandards.pdf.

On January 27, 2015 there will be a webinar offered on Updating Your Chargemaster for 2015. Details on the program's topics, objectives, registration fees and intended target audience are available at the following link.  http://www.kyha.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/ChargemasterUpdate.pdf.

On February 5, 2015 there will be a webinar offered on Medical Staff Bylaws Update.  Details on the program's topics, objectives, registration fees and intended target audience are available at the following...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Friday, December 19, 2014 2:23 PM

Barnett Bienvenuti & Butler, PLLC submitted a briefing to KHA on litigation developments in:

  • Harrison Memorial Hospital v. WellCare--ED Triage Litigation
  • Tibbs v. Bunnell--Patient Safety Work Product Appeal

To access a copy of the briefing, please visit the Members Only portion of the KHA Website.  If you have any questions, please contact Brian Brezosky at KHA (502-426-6220 or 800-945-4542 or via email at bbrezosky@kyha.com).

By Ginger - Site Admin on Friday, December 19, 2014 2:06 PM
Please note, the increase in state licensure fees has been approved and will take effect on January 5, 2015. Any hospital that is re-licensed after that date will be subject to the new fees.  This will equally impact accredited hospitals as there is now no fee difference between hospitals that get deemed status for licensure and non-accredited hospitals that are inspected.  

The new fees, which apply to acute, psychiatric and physical rehabilitation hospitals, are as follows: Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs): $750 + $25/bed All other Hospitals:  $1,000 + $25/bed The fee for CAHs represents a reduction from the original proposed fee as a result of KHA comments.  Other changes were made in response to KHA comments to assure hospitals would not be threatened with disciplinary action for not producing records that are protected as patient safety work product under the federal Patient Safety and Quality Act when a hospital is participating in a Patient Safety Organization (PSO) such as KHA’s PSO,...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Friday, December 19, 2014 1:54 PM

The Kentucky Trustee is a quarterly newsletter that KHA produces for the benefit of hospital boards. The goal is to provide your trustees with information they need to lead your hospital forward in today’s rapidly changing environment. The winter issue of the Kentucky Trustee is now available on the KHA website.

KHA mails the Kentucky Trustee newsletter to all trustees for which the Association has contact information. This is a good time to ensure KHA has your current board members’ addresses.  If you have suggestions for future issues of the Kentucky Trustee, please contact Pam Kirchem at KHA (502-426-6220 or 800-945-4542 or via e-mail at pkirchem@kyha.com).
By Ginger - Site Admin on Friday, December 12, 2014 9:18 AM

Dressman Benzinger LaVelle PSC (DBL Law) operates one of the premier health law practices in the area, serving as general counsel to hospitals and physician groups around Kentucky and in Cincinnati, Ohio. To learn more, visit www.dbllaw.com.

KHA thanks DBL Law 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 pkirchem@kyha.com).

By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, December 08, 2014 1:19 PM

This morning, KHA submitted a Certificate of Need (CON) comment letter and CON study to the Office of Health Policy. That letter can be found on the KHA Website under the Advocacy Section.  

If you have not done so already, KHA encourages you to submit comments today in support of maintaining CON. Comments should be submitted to Diona Mullins via email at Diona.Mullins@ky.gov.  Hospitals may wish to craft their own comments, or simply write in support of the KHA comments and study.

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

By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, December 02, 2014 3:31 PM
KHA has received an advance copy of this notice that is being sent to all providers from MHNet (Coventry's behavioral health care vendor) announcing MHNet will be changing their Medical Necessity Criteria (MNC) to the criteria used by Aetna for adult and child/adolescent behavioral health services.  The change will be effective on January 1, 2015.  The notice has links to the new criteria.  

KHA has asked MHNet to discuss the changes in criteria at the next meeting with Medicaid managed care organizations (MCOs) on December 19 at KHA.  Hospitals with behavioral health services should review the criteria and either attend, or conference call into the meeting on December 19 with any specific questions about the criteria, or how it will be applied.  The meeting will be held at 10:15 a.m. (EST) at the KHA office, or your staff may...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, December 01, 2014 3:38 PM
KHA, under advisement of the KHA Certificate of Need Committee (CON) and the KHA Board of Trustees, has undergone a thorough review of the Kentucky CON program.  A confidential study, found under the members only section of the KHA Website,  was commissioned in response to a memorandum released by the Cabinet requesting comments on modernizing the CON program to support anticipated changes in health care delivery systems as well as questions and criticism in recent years regarding the value of CON.  The study was developed through thoughtful research and input from the KHA CON Committee, the KHA Board of Trustees and system leaders. The study represents a balanced approach in consideration of the significant number of comments KHA has received in recent months.

KHA requests that each member hospital review the confidential draft CON study and submit comments to the Cabinet by the December 8 deadline.  Click here for a copy of the Cabinet's memorandum on CON Modernization....
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 www.aftcpas.com.

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 pkirchem@kyha.com).

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 www.communityhospitalcorp.com.

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 pkirchem@kyha.com).

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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 www.techsolve.org.

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 pkirchem@kyha.com).

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 pkirchem@kyha.com).

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 https://www.flickr.com/photos/128370147@N05/sets/72157649343099555/

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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 gdreyer@kyha.com) 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 pkirchem@kyha.com).

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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 pkirchem@kyha.com).

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 rbartlett@kyha.com). 

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 pkirchem@kyha.com).

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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 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...
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