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News from the Kentucky Hospital Association
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.

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

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.

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

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

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

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

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

By Ginger - Site Admin on Friday, February 27, 2015 2:53 PM
KHA thanks both Aegis Sciences Corporation and PhysioTherapy Associates for their Corporate Level sponsorship. Aegis Sciences Corporations' labs provide Drug-Free Workplace services to health care organizations, businesses and judicial systems.  They have been federally certified (SAMHSA) since 1991 and customize services to meet a broad range of needs including routine drug and alcohol testing, synthetic drugs and their unique Zero-Tolerance Drug Testing program.  To learn more, visit

PhysioTherapy Associates is one of the nation's leading providers of outpatient rehabilitation, orthotics and prosthetics covering 36 states and 600 facilities. To learn more, visit

KHA's Annual Sponsorship Program is a great opportunity for organizations looking to build connections...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 11:22 AM
KHA thanks Keane Insurance Group for their Bronze Level sponsorship. Keane Insurance Group specializes in medical professional liability insurance and is one of the largest independent brokers in the country focused completely on medical providers. To learn more, visit

KHA thanks both Scrubs & Beyond/Life Uniform and TeamHealth for their Corporate Level sponsorship. Scrubs & Beyond carries health care uniforms, lab coats, hosiery, shoes and accessories for women and men.  To learn more, visit

TeamHealth is one of the nation's largest providers of outsourced physician staffing solutions for hospitals in emergency medicine, hospital medicine, anesthesia, urgent care and pediatrics.  To learn more, visit

By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, February 25, 2015 11:03 AM
KHA is hosting two separate opportunities for Kentucky hospitals (those who have participated in K-HEN in the past, or who might be interested in participating in future HEN activities with KHA) to hear about the next phase of the Centers for Medicare & medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Engagement Network (HEN) program.  KHA will be continuing its partnership with the Hospital Research and Education Trust (HRET), its national partner. 

The webinars will provide more information about the CMS timeline, clinical focus areas both required and optional, requirements of participating hospitals and KHA/K-HEN resources to support hospitals participating with us.

KHA asks that all hospitals interested in continuing HEN work with KHA, or those interested in participating in KHA/K-HEN for the first time, participate in one of the two webinar options:

Friday, February 27 from 2:00 – 3:00 PM ET  Tuesday, March 3 from 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET   Dial in               1-877-594-8353

By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, February 23, 2015 11:25 AM
About CON Modernization  The Office of Health Policy (OHP), the department of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services which oversees Certificate of Need (CON), will be hosting two listening sessions to take comments from providers and other stakeholders on how to modernize the CON program. The OHP published a memo in October 2014 (see Special Memorandum CON Modernization: requesting comments on how to modernize the CON program to meet goals to transform healthcare delivery systems in Kentucky to promote value-based care delivery and the ability to better manage the continuum of care of patients. 

KHA conducted a thorough study of the CON program with the help of a consultant and submitted a report and comments to the OHP demonstrating that the Kentucky CON program is key to ensuring stability in the health care delivery market to allow for innovative models to promote health care delivery transformation....
By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, February 23, 2015 10:20 AM
KHA thanks both Cull & Hayden, PSC and RehabCare for their Bronze Level sponsorship. The law firm of Cull & Hayden in Frankfort concentrates its practice in the area of health care, certificate of need, licensure, reimbursement, government relations and other administrative hearings and appeals.  RehabCare - Kindred Hospital Rehabilitation Services can show hospitals the way to reduce readmissions through a clinically integrated continuum of post-acute care.  To learn more, visit

KHA thanks both Air Methods and TEG Architects for their Corporate Level sponsorship. Air Methods is the largest air medical provider specializing in the safe, rapid, and quality transport of the most critically ill or hurt patients.  To learn more, visit www.

TEG Architects creates facility solutions for architecture, planning and interior design to transform and create innovative facilities that are operationally effective while improving staffing and reducing construction and long-term maintenance costs.  To learn more, visit

By Ginger - Site Admin on Friday, February 20, 2015 11:29 AM

The 86th Annual KHA Convention will be held at the Lexington Center/Hyatt Regency, May 7-8.  

The event will include education opportunities for hospital senior staff and specialty educational tracks for chief medical officers and physicians, chief nursing officers and nurse managers, chief financial officers and finance managers, health care attorneys and volunteer services.  

These programs combine to offer an excellent day and a half of education and networking.  KHA convention programs will be available in the next several weeks, but please reserve May 7 and 8 on your calendar.

By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, February 18, 2015 8:58 AM

KHA thanks Healthcare Services Group for their Bronze Level sponsorship.

Healthcare Services Group provides professional management and support for housekeeping and dining/nutrition services for hospitals and long-term care facilities. To learn more, visit

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, February 17, 2015 4:31 PM
HB 213, sponsored by House Judiciary Committee Chair John Tilley (D-Hopkinsville) and Representative Joni Jenkins (D-Shively), would use treatment and incarceration to reduce the devastating effects of the heroin problem in Kentucky. Kentucky had 230 overdose deaths in 2013, up from 22 in 2011. SB 5 is the Senate version to deal with the heroin problem. Each body is taking up the other House’s version of the bill.

HB 213, as passed by the House, includes a certificate of need (CON) exemption for licensed residential crisis stabilization units (RCSU) which are already exempt from CON, but was overly broad and could have exempted partial hospitalization and other CON-regulated hospital services. The bill sponsors would not delete the provision because a belief that there is a lack of treatment beds for addicts statewide. KHA was successful in working with the bill sponsor to amend the CON provision by the passage of two amendments:

Allows licensed RCSUs to be located as part of a licensed...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Friday, February 13, 2015 11:32 AM
KHA thanks Jeron Electronic Systems, Inc. for their corporate  level sponsorship.

Provider 790 Nurse Call System by Jeron Electronic Systems, Inc. utilizes VoIP technology, SIP wireless phone integration, real-time staff locating, automated rounding, and improves caregiver workflow. To learn more, visit

 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,...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Friday, February 13, 2015 11:26 AM
SDGblue, LLC  is a professional information technology company, specializing in security, network, infrastructure, technology and consulting services. To learn more, visit

KHA thanks SDGblue for their corporate  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 Friday, February 06, 2015 10:45 AM
The Kentucky Institute for Patient Safety and Quality (KIPSQ) Annual Membership Meeting will be held March 19 at the Crowne Plaza Louisville Airport (one day following the KHA Quality Conference). The KIPSQ conference updates participants on national patient safety trends.  The meeting will focus on Safe Tables, Root Cause Analysis and current legal cases.  You MUST be a member of the KIPSQ Patient Safety Organization (PSO) in order to attend. Please view the brochure for the KIPSQ Annual Membership Meeting conference details and registration information.  You can also refer to the KIPSQ website for more information. If you have...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Thursday, February 05, 2015 9:47 AM

Miller Architects, Inc. is a full service architecture and development firm specializing in all aspects of health care design and construction with particular expertise in project funding. To learn more, visit

KHA thanks Miller Architects, Inc. for their Corporate  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 Wednesday, February 04, 2015 11:05 AM

The KHA District Meetings will be held at various locations around the state in early March.  All hospital chief executive officers are encouraged to register and attend the meeting in their district.  If another date and location are more convenient, please feel free to attend a different district meeting.  If you are unable to attend, KHA asks you to send your designee in your stead.

Please view the agenda for district meeting details and registration information.

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

By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, February 03, 2015 8:26 AM
The KHA Annual Quality Conference will be held March 18 at the Crowne Plaza Louisville Airport. The Conference updates both clinical and administrative participants on national patient safety and quality improvement trends. The 2015 program will focus more specifically on a number of improvement efforts including readmissions, HSOPS, culture, meds to bed and incentives.

Please view the brochure for Conference details and registration information. Please use this hotel reservation link or contact the hotel directly at 1-888-233-9527 and reference "Quality Conference."

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 Thursday, January 29, 2015 10:50 AM

Do you know three new things about the federal EMTALA law that every hospital must follow especially the emergency department? What would you do if a CMS surveyor just walked into your hospital to investigate an EMTALA complaint? Don’t be caught off guard. KHREF will host an educational event, "EMTALA Update 2015: The Most Cited Deficiencies by CMS for Hospitals," on March 30 at the Hilton Garden Inn Northeast in Louisville.

View the brochure for details and registration information. If you have any questions, please contact Carol Walters at KHA (502-426-6220 or 800-945-4542 or via email at

By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, January 28, 2015 11:44 AM

The Kentucky Rural Health Association educates providers and consumers on rural health issues and advocates actions by private and public leaders to assure equitable access to health care for rural Kentuckians. To learn more, visit

KHA thanks the Kentucky Rural Health Association for their Corporate  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 Wednesday, January 28, 2015 10:37 AM
Adaptive Medical Partners focuses on placing quality physicians that are a fit to the hospital and practice administrator--and they do this nationwide.  They are proud of the work they have done in rural communities with physician shortage constraints. To learn more, visit

KHA thanks Innovative Adaptive Medical Partners for their Corporate  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 Monday, January 26, 2015 12:35 PM
Innovative Student Loan Solutions helps full time, hospital employees eliminate student loan debt through strategies that maximize the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program. To learn more, visit

KHA thanks Innovative Student Loan Solutions for their Corporate  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

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