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By Ginger - Site Admin on Thursday, June 25, 2015 9:00 AM
Last week, KHA expressed serious concern with certain aspects of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) proposal for implementing a site-neutral payment component to the Long-Term Care Hospital (LTCH) Prospective Payment System (PPS) for cost reporting periods beginning on or after October 1, 2015.

“KHA supports many of CMS’s proposals, such as the proposal to use a specific 15 Medicare-severity-LTC-diagnosis-related groups to identify the psychiatric and rehabilitation conditions that would be paid a site-neutral rate versus a standard LTCH PPS rate, and KHA supports the proposal to use the previously finalized pressure ulcer measure to meet IMPACT Act requirements,” wrote KHA Membership Services Director Pam Kirchem, commenting on LTCH provisions of the proposed inpatient and LTCH PPS rule for fiscal year 2016. “However, we believe that the proposed two outlier-related budget neutrality adjustments are unwarranted and result in inappropriately lower LTCH payments. We recommend CMS calculate...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, June 22, 2015 8:27 AM
ACHE BOG Review Course LogoHarshaw Trane will host a free review course for the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) Board of Governors Exam on August 14 and 21 in Louisville. Different material will be covered both days.

Participating in the Kentucky Chapter of ACHE’s Board of Governors Examination in Healthcare Management Review Course is a great way to gain the confidence and knowledge needed to pass the exam. ACHE Fellows from local hospitals will serve as faculty experts and provide in-depth information on the ten tested key knowledge areas.

A postcard with details was recently sent to ACHE members. To register or for more information, please contact Pam Kirchem at KHA (

By Ginger - Site Admin on Thursday, June 11, 2015 7:57 AM

The next meeting of the Medicaid Oversight and Advisory Committee will be on Wednesday, June 17 at 10:00 a.m. in Room 131 of the Capitol Annex in Frankfort.

The agenda includes a Medicaid overview and update from Cabinet for Health and Family Services Secretary Audrey Haynes and Department for Medicaid Services Commissioner Lisa Lee, who will also give an overview of the Medicaid Waiver Program.

By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, June 08, 2015 8:58 AM
Payment adjustments for eligible professionals that did not successfully participate in the Medicare Electronic Health Records (EHR) Incentive Program in 2014 will begin on January 1, 2016. Medicare-eligible professionals can avoid the 2016 payment adjustment by taking action by July 1 and applying for a 2016 hardship exception.

The hardship exception applications and instructions for an individual...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, June 08, 2015 8:42 AM
As the State Innovations Model (SIM) grant process continues through the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, please be aware there are changes in the meeting schedule for face-to-face meetings on SIM in Frankfort and for KHA’s prep and debriefing calls. Especially note that KHA will hold a planning call from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. (ET) on Friday, June 12 instead of Monday, June 15. Moving forward, KHA will host one monthly prep call prior to workgroup meetings and one debriefing call following workgroup meetings.

An updated schedule is now available on the SIM information page of the KHA website in the Members Only section:

The next full stakeholder meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, June 9 from 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. (ET) at the Kentucky Historical Society, 100 W. Broadway Street, Frankfort, Kentucky 40601. No advance registration is required.

By Ginger - Site Admin on Thursday, June 04, 2015 8:17 AM
DataGen will host a 1-hour webinar on Medicare Quality Based Programs on Monday, June 15 at 3:00 p.m. (ET). This webinar was suggested at the DataGen Annual meeting as a means to ensure hospitals understand these evolving programs. Registration is required and available at After your request has been approved, you will receive instructions for joining the meeting.
By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, June 02, 2015 8:30 AM

Charles LovellCharles Lovell, Jr., FACHE, chief executive officer of Caldwell Medical Center in Princeton, is participating in a walk to bring attention to rural hospitals that are under threat of closure. Last year, the mayor of a small North Carolina town walked to Washington, DC to highlight the struggles his town faced after the closure of its hospital. This year, representatives from across the country will join him on the 283-mile walk (one mile for each of the rural hospitals the organizers say are under threat of closure because of federal policy).

On the morning of June 15, the walkers will arrive at the Capitol, where they will hold a rally and speak with legislators.

By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, June 01, 2015 9:16 AM
Active Shooter Guidance CoverThe updated "Active Shooter Planning and Response in a Healthcare Setting" guidance document, produced by the Healthcare and Public Health Sector Coordinating Council, has been approved and is posted to the FBI Active Shooter resource site:

KHA extends its thanks to Scott...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Friday, May 29, 2015 8:38 AM

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued major revisions to the Conditions of Participation (CoP) manual for both prospective payment system (PPS) hospitals and critical access hospitals (CAHs) this month. For CAHs, more than one-third of the manual has been revised. To help hospitals understand how the latest changes will affect them, KHREF will host two seminars in July:

Seminar on CMS Conditions of Participation for PPS Hospitals
July 8-9

Seminar on CMS Conditions of Participation for CAHs
July 9-10

By Ginger - Site Admin on Friday, May 29, 2015 8:09 AM
KHA is extending the deadline for the AHA Annual Survey for your fiscal year 2014.  Kentucky hospitals will have until June 19 to complete the AHA Survey.

It is vitally important to collect accurate and updated information about your institution each year. Health care leaders, policy makers and researchers use the AHA Annual Survey to better describe and understand the operations of U.S. hospitals.

The AHA Annual Survey is an important source of provider data and is the origin of AHA Guide®, Hospital Statistics™ and U.S. News & World Report’s Directory of America’s Hospitals ( Your response to the survey assures that your hospital’s information will be represented in these resources and available to individuals nationwide.

The 2014 survey is available online at  The web-based collection tool is easy, efficient and secure. Entering the data online allows you to:

By Ginger - Site Admin on Thursday, May 28, 2015 8:28 AM

Along with the Greater Ohio Healthcare Leaders' Forum, the Kentucky Chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) will host an outing to a Cincinnati Reds baseball game on June 18 at The Great American Ball Park.

The groups will have a private area perfect for socializing and eating before and during the game. This is a great opportunity to have fun while networking with your colleagues from Kentucky and Ohio.

$30 per person (Members & one guest)
$50 per person (Non-Members)
$20 per person (Students)

Reserve your spot now by contacting Taylor McHale (via email at

By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 8:22 AM

The May 2015 edition of the careLearning Newsletter is now available. This edition of careNews highlights the common orientation program for clinical students and a new classroom template that is available to users.

If you would like more information on how careLearning can help your facility, please contact Pam Kirchem at KHA (502-426-6220 or 800-945-4542 or via email at

By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, May 27, 2015 8:07 AM
On Tuesday, May 26, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a proposed rule that would update Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) managed care regulations to better align them with existing commercial, Marketplace and Medicare Advantage regulations. The proposed rule, which is the first major update to Medicaid and CHIP managed care regulations in more than a decade, includes updates to managed care provider networks, quality measures, external quality review, and beneficiary rights and protections.

KHA staff is analyzing the rule for comments, which are due to CMS by July 27. KHA also submitted issues to CMS via AHA for their consideration in drafting the proposed rule to address problems experienced with managed care in Kentucky.

The regulation proposes a minimum medical loss ratio (MLR) of 85 percent beginning in 2017, standards around actuarial soundness of capitation rates, contracting standards and consumer protections. To read the entire rule, see...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Friday, May 22, 2015 8:21 AM

KHA will host an advocacy trip to Washington, DC, on July 16 -17 for Kentucky hospital leaders. Participants will meet with the Kentucky congressional delegation at their Capitol Hill offices on Thursday, July 16 and will host a luncheon meeting and briefing for the health aides on Friday, July 17.

This is an excellent opportunity to meet with your federal legislators to share the challenges Kentucky hospitals are facing.

If you are interested in attending, or want more information, please contact Sarah S. Nicholson at KHA (502-426-6220 or 800-945-4542 or via email at

By Ginger - Site Admin on Friday, May 22, 2015 8:15 AM
The KHA Quality Award, honoring leadership and innovation in patient care quality, safety, and commitment, was created in 2006 to honor and spotlight those hospitals excelling in patient safety and quality efforts.

In order to help other hospitals learn from this year's winners (listed below), KHA has posted the winning award applications on its website at

Critical Access Hospital – St. Elizabeth Grant in Williamstown Under 100 beds – Rockcastle Regional Hospital in Mount Vernon 100 to 250 beds – Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center in Danville Over 250 beds – Owensboro Health in Owensboro Psychiatric Care – Eastern State Hospital in Lexington Post Acute Care – Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital in Lexington ...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Friday, May 22, 2015 8:02 AM

Earl Feezor, longtime administrator of Western Baptist Hospital in Paducah and former Chair of the KHA Board of Trustees, passed away this week at his home. Earl's dedication to health care in the commonwealth leaves a lasting legacy for the people of Paducah and beyond.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be made to Wounded Warrior Project, Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675 or

By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 7:09 AM
On May 14, the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) released proposed changes to the State Health Plan (SHP). There are significant and comprehensive changes included and many of them are of concern to Kentucky hospitals. Of particular concern are changes to the Ambulatory Surgery Center (ASC) criteria.

Please review KHA's high-level summary of the changes, and the red-lined version of the SHP for information on the proposed changes.

KHA will be analyzing the proposal in much more detail and looks forward to hearing comments from members.

If you wish to share comments, please contact Elizabeth Cobb at KHA (502-426-6220 or 800-945-4542 or via email at before the June 10 Certificate of Need Committee meeting.

By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 9:26 AM

The KHA HANDS (Helping Accomplish Noteworthy Duties Successfully) Awards are presented annually at the KHA Convention in honor of hospital volunteer and auxiliary groups that are conducting outstanding projects and services in Kentucky. Five hospitals were recognized this year in three categories.

In-Service Hospital Program

  • Under 100 Beds - Baptist Health La Grange
  • Over 100 Beds - Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital in Lexington

Community Outreach/Collaboration

  • Under 100 Beds - Russell County Hospital in Russell Springs
  • Over 100 Beds - St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas


  • Over 100 Beds - UK HealthCare in Lexington

By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 8:52 AM
Kevin Halter Taking Oath of Office with Dennis JohnsonThe Kentucky Hospital Association (KHA) presented several awards during the Association’s Awards Luncheon on May 8, at the 86th Annual KHA Convention in Lexington. The highlight of the luncheon was the installment of the 2015-2016 Chair of the KHA Board of Trustees, Kevin Halter, system chief executive officer of Bon Secours Kentucky Health System, which includes Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital in Ashland. Halter will begin his tenure as Chair on July 1.

KHA’s highest honor, the Distinguished Service Award, was bestowed upon J. Milton Brooks Receiving the KHA Distinguished Service AwardMilton...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 8:44 AM
On Friday, May 15, the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) will host a forum on the role of Kentucky's rural hospitals in the State Innovation Model (SIM) health system transformation project that is underway in Kentucky. It will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (ET) at the Department of Public Health Conference Suites in Frankfort. The meeting will explore health system transformation models that have proven effective for smaller and rural hospitals in other states, and the potential relevance of the models to Kentucky.

To help navigate this complex and important conversation, CHFS is bringing in the global research, consulting and technology firm, The Advisory Board Company.

On December 16, 2014, CHFS received a $2 million SIM planning grant from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The SIM initiative is meant to support states’ efforts toward population health improvement and sustainable health system transformation...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 8:05 AM
KSHPRM Conference LogoThe Kentucky Society for Healthcare Public Relations and Marketing (KSHPRM) will hold its annual Spring Conference on Thursday, May 21 at The Zoo in Louisville.

Learn from great presenters like Kirsten Lecky from WriterGirl who will discuss how to engage consumers with effective physician bios and other tools; and Jeremi Griggs from BOHAN Advertising who will share a hospital campaign that will leave you speechless! Plus, hear from many of your KSHPRM peers about some of the activities going on at facilities across the state.

An $85 fee (payable by check at the event) includes KSHPRM 2015 membership along with Zoo admission, parking, lunch and activities. Print the registration form and reserve your spot today.

If you have any questions, please contact Pam Kirchem at KHA (502-426-6220 or 800-945-4542 or...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, May 12, 2015 7:58 AM
During the week of July 20 through 24, a final 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. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is accepting additional July volunteers from May 11 through 22. This is an excellent opportunity to participate in end-to-end testing with Medicare prior to the October 1, 2015, implementation date.

Approximately 850 volunteer submitters will be selected to participate in the July end-to-end testing. This nationwide sample will yield meaningful results, since 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...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, May 11, 2015 10:19 AM
On Friday, May 8, KHA hosted a press conference to announce the publication of a new report outlining the changes Kentucky hospitals are facing in the wake of the nearly $7 billion in federal cuts they will suffer through 2024.

The report details an analysis, by the national consulting firm of Dobson/DaVanzo, of the impact these payment cuts will have on the financial bottom line of Kentucky hospitals. The analysis found Kentucky hospitals will lose more money than they gain in new revenue from expanded health insurance coverage. KHA supports the governor’s decision to expand Medicaid and the significant revenue it generates; however, the new expansion revenue is less than the cuts Kentucky hospitals will experience in order to finance the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

KHA also released the results of a survey...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, May 11, 2015 10:12 AM
In less than two weeks, U.S. News & World Report will issue its new Best Hospitals for Common Care rating system. U.S. News & World Report will portray data on more than 4,500 hospitals. The system evaluates how well hospitals perform for common conditions and procedures such as heart bypass surgery, hip replacement, knee replacement, heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Hospitals and health systems have an opportunity to review their data in advance of its publication by logging into the U.S. News Best Hospital Dashboard. Hospitals are strongly encouraged to review the data. If you do not have a login to the dashboard, you can request one at the login screen. For more information on the new rating system, please see the AHA Quality Advisory, Hospital Compare Star Ratings and Other New Hospital Rankings Coming Soon,...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, May 06, 2015 8:54 AM
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) are inviting the public to submit comments on the recently released notices of proposed rulemaking (NPRMs).

Due May 29:

Stage 3 of Meaningful Use NPRM – Specifies the Stage 3 requirements for eligible professionals, eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals in the electronic health records...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, May 04, 2015 9:05 AM

The KHA Annual Convention will be held tomorrow, May 7, and Friday, May 8, in Lexington!

Visit the KHA Convention website at for program details and more. Registration is available on site on Thursday and Friday.

By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, May 04, 2015 8:46 AM
Through the Rural Hospital Flexibility Grant Program Funded by the Health Reseources and Services Administration's (HRSA’s) Office of Rural Health Policy (ORHP) in partnership with the Kentucky Hospital Association and the Kentucky Office of Rural Health (KORH), a one-time grant opportunity is available for networks/coalitions across rural Kentucky. For grant guidance and additional information, visit

The purpose of the Kentucky Flex Program Quality Improvement Grant (KYFP-QIG) is to initiate multi-organizational quality improvement efforts in rural communities, where at least one critical access hospital (CAH) serves as an active member in the defined network. KYFP-QIG grantees do not have to be a currently formalized network, but it is encouraged that new networks from the KYFP-QIG would pursue formalization through...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Friday, May 01, 2015 8:26 AM

On April 30, KHA submitted comments to the Kentucky Office of Legal Services regarding 907 KAR 10:830 on the proposed diagnosis-related group (DRG) reimbursement methodology for the Medicaid fee-for-service population. The Association's comments addressed a long-standing concern and request by the Medicaid Hospital Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) for providing a transition period to new rates and retaining the existing rate appeal process. KHA also requested changes to maintain budget neutrality in updating rates and clarification on several other aspects of the proposed new methodology.

A copy of the comments is available on the Policy page of the Members Only section of

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

By Ginger - Site Admin on Thursday, April 30, 2015 8:14 AM

The KHA Annual Convention, May 7-8 in Lexington, is offering two ACHE sessions for members. You can earn up to six face-to-face credit hours next week!

Kevin E. O'Conner, CSP will present both sessions — Confidence: Leading Your Team through Difficult Times and Understanding and Portraying an Executive Presence.

Visit the KHA Convention website at for program details, registration information and more. Make your plans to attend and register today! You can also visit the registration site directly at

By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 9:03 AM

The Leapfrog Group has issued its newest Hospital Safety Scores, which assign A, B, C, D and F grades to more than 2,500 U.S. hospitals based on their ability to prevent errors, injuries, accidents and infections. For the first time, the Hospital Safety Score website offers an enhanced feature, allowing users to view a hospital’s current score alongside its previous scores over the past three years, so that consumers can evaluate whether the hospital has maintained consistently strong performance or shown a pattern of improvement.

Visit to review your facility's scores. If you would like talking points for discussing your score with the media, please contact Pam Kirchem at KHA (502-426-6220 or 800-945-4542 or via email at

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