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News from the Kentucky Hospital Association
By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, October 26, 2015 10:00 AM
The new KHA website is now live. The address is still, but you will notice many changes on your next visit. The site has been completely reorganized for a more user friendly experience. For an overview of where to find your favorite content, please check out the informational page at

A new feature is there is one single login for each individual user! You no longer need a login for event registration and a separate login for members only content. If you have had an event registration login in the past, your login will remain the same. If you have not, but are already in our database, your user name will be your email address. When you sign in for the first time,  indicate that you have forgotten your password to receive one.

As is common with...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Thursday, October 15, 2015 11:05 AM
To maximize your time in traveling to the KHA Health Care Leadership Conference on November 13 in Louisville, the Kentucky Chapter of the American College of Health Care Executives (KY ACHE) will be offering a three hour, face to face (formerly known as Category 1) educational program directly following the KHA Health Care Leadership Conference Luncheon.

The KY ACHE educational program, "Strategic Planning From Formulation to Action," starts at 2:00 p.m. (ET) and adjourns at 5:00 p.m. (ET).  Alan Zuckerman, leading health care strategist, will teach new approaches for developing an effective strategic plan.  This seminar will teach attendees how to apply tools to assess competitiveness and critical issues organizations face.  

Please click on the above link to view a copy of the KY ACHE promotional postcard and learn more about the program's key objectives.

By Ginger - Site Admin on Thursday, October 08, 2015 8:35 AM
The Kentucky Governor and constitutional officers’ election is less than a month away and the new administration will be taking up the reins soon thereafter. The November elections will have a large impact on the future direction of health care in the commonwealth. It is timely that this year’s KHA Health Care Leadership Conference is being held one week after the election on Friday, November 13, at the Louisville Marriott East from 8:15 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. (ET) with registration beginning at 7:30 AM. This will be an ideal time for Kentucky health care leaders to learn how the new state administration and other elected officials will affect the state’s health care legislative and regulatory issues. Members can join their peers and learn from Kentucky’s Senate and House leaders as well as state and national political experts. The Conference also gives attendees the opportunity to keep Kentucky’s elected officials informed about the impact of these changes on the state’s hospitals and health care safety net. The...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, October 06, 2015 10:23 AM

KHREF is offering a webinar-based training series to support hospital improvement in the patient satisfaction survey, HCAHPS. The sebinar series includes 12 training sessions which focus on each of the domains of care covered in the HCAHPS survey. The fee for participation in the webinar series along with access to webinar replays and other tools is only $200 for KHA members. KHA member critical access hospitals (CAHs) are eligible for a registration scholarship through the Flex Grant.

Please see the brochure for additional details.

If you have any questions, please contact Carol Walters at KHA (

By Ginger - Site Admin on Friday, October 02, 2015 11:07 AM

On Monday, October 26, the Kentucky Chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and the Kentucky Chapter of the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) will host Living on Medicare Rates: a Senior Leader Margin Improvement Planning Program at the University of Louisville Shelby Campus.

Chip Caldwell, Jr., chairman of Caldwell Butler and Associations LLC, will discuss how to implement plans to successfully manage reimbursement declines. Attendees will earn six ACHE face-to-fact credits.

View the flyer for additional information. To register, visit

By Ginger - Site Admin on Friday, October 02, 2015 10:57 AM

Hospital chief executive officers should receive their 2015-2016 KHA Membership Directory in the mail shortly.  

For any changes needed to your hospital’s listing throughout the year, please contact Donna Skinner at KHA (  KHA distributes updates at least semi-annually.

By Ginger - Site Admin on Friday, October 02, 2015 10:47 AM
KHREF will host a workshop to ensure hospitals meet all the requirements for the IRS 501(r) regulations. The event will be held twice on November 11 — in the morning at the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky in Louisville and in the afternoon at the Marriott Griffin Gate Resort in Lexington.

All hospitals have charity care policies. What some may have missed is that these are now called “financial assistance policies.” What some may also have missed is that these policies are now regulated by mandatory and highly prescriptive IRS rules that go to the very heart of a charitable hospital’s exempt status. Having a compliant financial assistance policy is only a part of the challenge. Adhering to the new Section 501(r) rules requires a true team effort involving key hospital personnel, including finance, compliance,registration, billing, marketing, collection and other departments, as well as the hospital’s board of directors. Under the new law (which already is in effect), a hospital’s website must...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Friday, October 02, 2015 10:32 AM
Gene Dodaro, Comptroller General of the United States at the Government Accountability Office (GAO), testified before the Senate Finance Committee on Thursday during a hearing on improper payments in federal programs. He stated that the improper payment estimate, attributable to 124 programs across 22 agencies in fiscal year 2014 was $124.7 billion, up from $105.8 billion in fiscal year 2013. Dodaro continued that the almost $19 billion increase was primarily due to the Medicare, Medicaid and Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) programs, which account for over 75 percent of the government-wide improper payment estimate. (Medicare accounted for $60 billion, and Medicaid for $17.5 billion in 2014.) The Department of Defense does not report improper payments however, as Senator Tom Carper (D-Delaware) pointed out, so these statistics are actually higher.

Improper payments are defined in statute by Congress. They include any payment that should not have been made or that was made in an incorrect amount (including...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, September 29, 2015 8:13 AM
The American Hospital Association (AHA) published a Member Advisory on September 28 providing guidance to hospitals on Thursday's transition to ICD-10:

Beginning October 1, health care claims must include ICD-10 codes for medical diagnoses and inpatient hospital procedures, marking a major change to billing transactions. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will continue to pay claims and implement ICD-10 even if there is a government shutdown and Congress fails to act by October 1 on legislation to fund the government into fiscal year 2016.

Given the major changes that will occur with the move to ICD-10, hospital leaders are urged to pay close attention to their billing processes to ensure they identify issues quickly. AHA has distributed a chart, which outlines steps to monitor the transition and actions to address problems that could arise.

CMS has indicated...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, September 28, 2015 9:26 AM
KHA will host a Joint Commission Update seminar on October 19 at the Hilton Garden Inn Louisville Northeast. The Joint Commission and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) focus on some specific standards that continue to be problematic. These standards make it necessary and timely to present a program of this nature.This program will provide a comprehensive review of key standards focusing on such problematic topics as National Patient Safety Goals, elements of a Highly Reliable Organization, Condition Level Deficiencies, Immediate Threat to Life and others. Attendees will leave with a better understanding of how the Joint Commission and CMS are interrelated, where the problematic areas are and how to have a flawless survey through proper front-end preparation.

For more details, review the program brochure. Please note, that as the KHA website transitions...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, September 28, 2015 9:12 AM
The Kentucky Center for Nursing (KCN) began as the Kentucky Nurses Capacity Consortium (KNCC) in 2008 with a group of volunteers interested in advancing nursing. Representation has included members from each of the various colleges and universities, major health care systems, Kentucky Board of Nursing, Kentucky Hospital Association, Kentucky Organization of Nurse Leaders, Kentucky Nurses’ Association, governmental workforce agencies and more. The KCN is especially focused on increasing the education level of nurses, providing residency training for new nurses and fellowship programs for advanced practice nurses, removing barriers to practice and care, developing leaders and leadership opportunities for nurses, increasing the racial, ethnic and gender diversity of the nursing workforce, and designing new models of community-based care.

The KCN brings together many of the state’s strongest leaders in improving health care quality, access, and affordability. To learn more about the KCN’s organizational...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, September 28, 2015 8:51 AM
If nurses continue to enter the workforce at the current rate, the U.S. would have about 4% fewer registered nurses than needed by 2025, according to a study in the October issue of Medical Care. That’s a “remarkable turnaround” compared with the nearly 30% shortage predicted a decade ago, the authors said. “We still project the nation will have a shortage of around 130,000 nurses by 2025, which is by no means a small number, but not the overwhelming shortage that we had once anticipated,” said co-author Peter Buerhaus, director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Health Workforce Studies at...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, September 28, 2015 8:48 AM
On September 25, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule that would revise the Medicare payment system for clinical diagnostic laboratory tests and implement other changes required by section 216 of the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014. Under the proposed rule, certain “applicable” laboratories would be required to report private payer rate and volume data if they receive at least $50,000 in Medicare revenues from laboratory services and more than 50% of their Medicare revenues from laboratory and physician services. Laboratories would collect private payer data from July 1, 2015 through Dec. 31, 2015 and report it to CMS by March 31, 2016. CMS would post the new Medicare rates by Nov. 1, 2016 for lab tests beginning Jan. 1, 2017. In a factsheet...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, September 28, 2015 8:37 AM

This week, KHA is updating its main website, This will include a complete upgrade with a number of new features for members. During the transition, the website will be down and inaccessible. KHA staff will work to make sure this causes as little inconvenience as possible; however, the outage could last 24-48 hours.

As soon as the change is complete, there will be information in KHA Health e-News about the new features and how to access your individual site account.

If you have any questions about the site, please contact Ginger Dreyer at KHA (

By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, September 28, 2015 8:23 AM
On September 24, HRET (the American Hospital Association’s Health Research and Education Trust) executed a contract with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for the Hospital Engagement Network (HEN) 2.0 Project.

Two kickoff webinars will be held this week to get the project started. Both events will cover the same topic (details on how to join the AHA/HRET HEN 2.0 initiative):

AHA/HRET HEN 2.0 Hospital Kick Off Webinar September 29 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. (CT) Register at

October 1 (Repeat Webinar) 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. (CT) Register at

The Kentucky face-to-face...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Friday, September 25, 2015 8:22 AM
Important changes will go into effect on October 1, 2015, regarding the Two-Midnight Rule. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is changing its approach with regard to educating providers and enforcing Two-Midnight Short-Stay reviews. Specifically, CMS has decided to use Beneficiary and Family-Centered Care Quality Improvement Organizations (BFCC-QIOs), rather than Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) or Recovery Auditors, to conduct the first line medical reviews of providers who submit claims for inpatient admissions.

Kentucky’s BFCC-QIO is KEPRO, which has more information on the changes and action hospitals should take on its website. KEPRO is hosting an informational webinar for hospitals on Wednesday, September 30 at 3:00 p.m. (ET). Each hospital should identify at least one person to participate. There are a limited number of lines available so please register TODAY!...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, September 23, 2015 8:49 AM
Improving organ and tissue donation has been a point of focus for many health care organizations over the last several years. The Joint Commission, Department of Health and Human Services, organ procurement organizations such as the Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates (KODA), along with hospitals have taken steps to implement effective donation policies and practices. A number of facilities were recognized by KODA at its annual awards dinner on September 15 in Louisville for achieving remarkable results in organ and tissue donation.

Those hospitals receiving the Organ Donation Performance Award were:

Baptist Health Lexington Jewish Hospital - Louisville Kosair Children's Hospital - Louisville Saint Joseph Hospital- Lexington UK HealthCare - Lexington University of Louisville Hospital Those facilities receiving the Tissue Donation Performance Award were:

Baptist Health Richmond Breckinridge Memorial Hospital - Hardinsburg Caldwell Medical Center...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, September 23, 2015 8:01 AM
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has posted a new Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program fact sheet on the 2016 payment adjustments for Medicare eligible hospitals.

Visit the Payment Adjustments & Hardship Exceptions...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, September 15, 2015 8:37 AM
You are invited to learn about KHA’s endorsed Internet-based education management solution on Thursday, October 1 at KHA Headquarters in Louisville.

careLearning is an Internet-based education management solution. Its sole purpose is to develop and deliver a range of just-in-time training and education for health care providers and to provide the ability to manage and track employee, physician and non-employee records. careLearning is a nonprofit organization operated by more than 40 state hospital associations and the American Hospital Association.

Whether your hospital needs mandatory education, which includes a set of Health & Safety Compliance courses with complete recordkeeping and reporting functions; continuing education toward licensure; or various types of certification including self-paced, interactive and cost-effective continuing education anytime, on any computer with Internet access, careLearning offers something for every Kentucky hospital and their employees.

On Thursday,...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, September 14, 2015 8:15 AM
The KHA Health Care Leadership Conference will be held November 13 at the Marriott Louisville East. The agenda and registration information will be available soon, so mark your calendar now and plan to attend.

The event will feature Kentucky House and Senate leaders who will discuss the state's new administration and important legislative issues. A media panel will highlight the results of the November elections, and Charlie Cook, editor and publisher of the Cook Political Report and columnist for the National Journal, will headline the luncheon.

The Conference is a great way for hospital chief executive officers, board chairmen, trustees, other hospital administrators, government relations staff and medical staff members to stay informed of legislation that may affect their facilities.    

If you have any questions, please contact Sarah S. Nicholson at KHA (

By Ginger - Site Admin on Friday, September 11, 2015 8:16 AM

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 summer edition of the Kentucky Trustee is available at

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

By Ginger - Site Admin on Thursday, September 10, 2015 7:44 AM
Pink Glove Dance LogoThree Kentucky hospitals are competing in the annual Pink Glove Dance video competition sponsored by the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. and Medline. Baptist Health Paducah is currently in second place for the large bed hospital category. The videos are meant to bring awareness to breast cancer and take some of the fear out of being screened. Medline introduced the first pink exam gloves and created the Pink Glove Dance campaign to honor healthcare workers and the patients they care for.

The winning videos based on public votes will receive a donation from Medline in their name to a breast cancer charity of their choice. First place in each category will receive $10,000 for their charity, second place will win $5,000 for their charity and third place will win $2,500 for their charity. The overall winner will also receive an additional $5,000 for their charity.

By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, September 08, 2015 9:09 AM
On Wednesday, September 9, the Kentucky Public Health Preparedness Branch's quarterly Health and Medical Preparedness Advisory Committee (HMPAC), and the HPP Leadership Meeting will feature a webinar presentation on Human Trafficking in Health Care by Dr. Wendy Macias-Konstantopoulos, MD, MPH, from the Department of Emergency Medicine, Division of Global Health & Human Rights, at Massachusetts General Hospital and the Harvard Medical School.

This presentation has been coordinated by Joe Magana, Baptist Health's System Director for Safety, Security and Emergency Preparedness. Magana first encountered this problem while in a similar role at Baptist Health Louisville, and has come to find that human trafficking is a major problem in Kentucky, especially around the Kentucky Derby and other special events.

KentuckyOne Health shared in a recent article the human trafficking...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Thursday, September 03, 2015 8:04 AM

Hospitals are invited to participate in a stakeholder call with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to discuss an important update as it relates to the Affordable Care Act. The speaker will be Jocelyn Samuels, director of the Office for Civil Rights. There will also be the opportunity for questions and answers.

Thursday, September 3
2:15 p.m. (ET)
By Ginger - Site Admin on Friday, August 21, 2015 8:12 AM

Registration information and a program agenda for the KHA District Meetings in October are now available at

By Ginger - Site Admin on Thursday, August 20, 2015 8:16 AM

KHA will co-host a Kentucky Rural Health Association event where attendees can meet with this year's gubernatorial candidates. The Kentucky Candidate Forum will be held September 18 from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the WKU Knicely Conference Center in Bowling Green. Both Matt Bevin and Jack Conway are invited to speak at the event and field questions from the attendees.

The event includes a free luncheon for registered attendees. For information on the agenda and registration, please visit

By Ginger - Site Admin on Thursday, August 20, 2015 8:09 AM
On August 18, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) held an Open Door Forum to discuss hospitals and hospital quality. During the forum, CMS addressed short stay policies.

Officials noted that, in conjunction with proposals in the calendar year (CY) 2016 Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) Proposed Rule, the Agency has extended its probe and educate review period through December 31.Beginning October 1, quality improvement organizations (QIOs) will take over initial reviews of claims for patient status based on current policies. As of January 1, QIOs and recovery audit contractors (RACs) will carry out reviews based on any policies adopted through the OPPS final rule.

CMS said QIOs will conduct reviews and education sessions in a collaborative manner with providers and will only refer cases to recovery audit contractors (RACs) for further review if there is evidence of a pattern of high levels of short stay claims denials, if a hospital does not respond to educational outreach or if there is some potential of fraud or abuse. The Agency acknowledged that there are questions about parameters for review and how referrals will be made and said more information will be forthcoming.

By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, August 18, 2015 8:32 AM

On the August 17 episode of Kentucky Tonight on KET, guests discussed the state of health care in Kentucky. Guests included Cabinet for Health and Family Services Secretary Audrey Tayse Haynes; John Garen, a University of Kentucky economics professor; Dr. Monalisa Tailor, an internist and an assistant professor of medicine at the University of Louisville; and Dr. Neal Moser, a pulmonary/critical care physician in Edgewood.

By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, August 18, 2015 8:26 AM

KHA will host its annal Fall Volunteer Conference on September 16 at the Lake Cumberland State Resort Park in Jamestown. Hospital auxiliary officers, legislative chairpersons, auxiliary members, volunteers, directors of volunteers and gift shop managers are invited to attend.

Registration is $55 per person, which includes handouts, continental breakfast, lunch and breaks. See the brochure for agenda and registration details.

If you have any questions, please contact Carol Walters at KHA (

By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, August 17, 2015 10:04 AM
A copy of the 2015-2016 KHA Work Plan is now available online at Each year, KHA’s Strategic Planning Committee meets to review the accomplishments of the previous year and discuss initiatives for the upcoming year. The Committee then prioritizes those activities and develops a list of recommendations to be presented to the KHA Board of Trustees. The list of initiatives included in this Work Plan was approved by the KHA Board at its June 2015 meeting. New state and federal issues may arise that take priority over those listed; however, this plan identifies the major initiatives the KHA staff will be undertaking before June 2016.
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