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News from the Kentucky Hospital Association
By Ginger - Site Admin on Thursday, April 28, 2016 8:30 AM
Don't forget! The last day for Early Bird Registration for the KHA Annual Convention is tomorrow, April 29. The discounted rate is $200. After tomorrow, the regular rate of $225 will be in effect.

This year's meeting, May 12-13 in Lexington provides a great opportunity to learn from prominent speakers from around the country, network with your colleagues and earn ACHE face-to-face credits or CEUs.

Make your plans now to attend! Details and registration information are available on the Convention website at You can also go directly to the registration page to register today.

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

By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, April 27, 2016 10:07 AM
CareChex has released its listing of America's Top Quality Providers for 2016, and Kentucky hospitals have been ranked among the best in the nation. CareChex is a division of Comparion Medical Analytics — a Quantros health care information services company. CareChex provides clinical, financial and patient satisfaction findings to consumers, providers and purchasers of U.S. medical care. The rankings provide a composite evaluation of all components of medical quality including process of care, outcomes of care and patient experiences.

The following lists Kentucky hospitals that were ranked in the top 10% nationwide in several different categories (number shows overall ranking):

Overall Hospital Care

46. King's Daughters Medical Center, Ashland

146. Owensboro Health Regional Medical Center

Overall Medical Care

20. King's Daughters Medical Center, Ashland

205. St. Elizabeth Fort Thomas

218. Norton Hospitals, Louisville

Overall Surgical Care

By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, April 27, 2016 8:58 AM
During the KHA Annual Convention, May 12-13 in Lexington, Lars Enstrom and James Callanan of Alvarez & Marsal (A&M) Healthcare Industry Group will discuss, “How Alternative Payment Methods (APMs) Influence Health Care Delivery Patient Flow, Cost and Quality.”

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has set a goal of tying 50 percent of fee-for-service Medicare payments to quality or value through APMs, such as Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) or bundled payment arrangements by the end of 2018. As payers investigate alternative ways to transfer financial risk and quality accountability to providers, providers need to develop approaches that break down the historic “silo” nature of treatment patterns and develop pathways that respond to the particular pressures of each type of APM while improving the outcomes for patients.  

At the end of this presentation, attendees will be able to:

Learn from early experiences about the necessary activities required to be successful...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, April 27, 2016 8:49 AM
A risk prediction model designed to forecast hospital readmissions based on patients’ electronic health records (EHR) for entire hospital stays was only modestly better than a model based on EHR data for just the day of admission, according to a new AHRQ-funded study. The study on predicting 30-day, all-cause hospital readmissions was based on data from nearly 33,000 hospital stays at six Dallas-Fort Worth hospitals from 2009 to 2010.

The authors stated their model was the first to use comprehensive EHR data from entire hospital stays. That model was shown to be only modestly better at predicting risk of readmission despite including many additional clinically relevant prognostic factors. The authors noted customized models that are disease-specific may be more effective in predicting readmission compared with the common multi-condition, readmission risk prediction model.

The study “Predicting All-Cause Readmissions Using Electronic Health Record Data From the Entire Hospitalization: Model Development...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 9:14 AM

Republic Bank, KHA's Platinum Sponsor, headquartered in Louisville, with 40 banking centers across five states and $3.7 billion in assets, is one of the largest locally owned community banks. And as a locally owned bank, Republic truly understands the needs of Kentucky hospitals.

With a full range of commercial account products, from commercial lending and leasing, analysis checking and treasury management services to payroll processing, merchant services, business credit card and online banking services, Republic can provide whatever your facility needs to succeed.

For further information, go to or visit with their representatives at the KHA Convention, May 12-13 in Lexington.

By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, April 25, 2016 10:30 AM
KHA will host a webinar on May 3 to help you learn how the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) will impact reimbursement for your organization.

In April 2015, Congress passed MACRA, which made the news for eliminating the dysfunctional Sustainable Growth Rate formula. At the same time, it introduced significant changes in the Medicare Part B reimbursement model, involving the expansion of existing value-based incentives (PQRS, Meaningful Use and the Value-Based Modifier) as well as the introduction of entirely new incentive programs.

For webinar details and a registration form, view the brochure or register online today.

If you have any questions, contact Carol Walters...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Friday, April 22, 2016 9:33 AM
Seven Kentucky hospitals and one health system are among the winners in the 12th annual Best Places to Work in Kentucky. The awards ceremony recognized 100 large-, medium- and small-sized companies for their employee engagement and business success.

The Kentucky Society for Human Resource Management and Kentucky Chamber of Commerce hosts the initiative. The selection process was managed by Best Companies Group, which uses an assessment of employee policies and procedures and the results of an internal employee survey. 

Hospital honorees include (number signifies the company's rank on the statewide lists by company size):

Small Companies

3. Saint Joseph Martin

Medium Companies

3. Harrison Memorial Hospital, Cynthiana

29. Clark Regional Medical Center, Winchester

Large Companies

5. Frankfort Regional Medical Center

15. Baptist Health Kentucky

19. Our Lady of Peace, Louisville

21. Our Lady of Bellefonte, Ashland

26. Rockcastle...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Thursday, April 21, 2016 9:00 AM

During the KHA Annual Convention, May 12-13 in Lexington, the Studer Group's Craig Deao will help attendees close the "Knowing-Doing Gap in Health Care." In 2000, Jeffery Pfeffer and Robert I. Sutton published a book called The Knowing-Doing Gap. It pinpoints a challenge faced by organizations in all industries, including health care. "We work really hard to figure out what we need to do, yet we fail to implement what we learn in the process."

At the end of this presentation, attendees will be able to:

  • Describe the “Knowing-Doing Gap” in health care
  •  Implement three evidence-based strategic objectives in your health care organization

Make your plans now to attend! Details and registration information are available on the Convention website at You can also go directly to the registration page to register today.

By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 9:13 AM

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently participated in the 2016 Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Annual Conference and Exhibition in Las Vegas. CMS' education session presentations from this year’s conference are now available online.

Visit the Events page for the EHR Incentive program to view all five presentations from the Exhibition.

By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, April 20, 2016 9:06 AM
The Kentucky Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program began accepting program year 2015 meaningful use attestations on Thursday, April 7. Please keep in mind all attestations must be submitted for program year 2015 by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on May 31, 2016.
By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 8:41 AM
At this year's KHA Convention, May 12-13 in Lexington, there will be three ACHE sessions available for you to earn face-to-face credits. This is a great opportunity to earn credits while networking with your peers from around the state.

On Thursday, May 12, Michael E. Frisina, PhD will present  “Behavior Smarts: Increasing Health Care Leadership Performance” and “Leading for Success: Creating a Committed Workforce.” Thursday's events will also feature the annual ACHE Luncheon.

On Friday, May 13, there will be a panel discussion on “Making Sense of Performance Transformation Methodologies.”

Make your plans now to attend! Details and registration information are available on the Convention website at You can also go directly to the registration page to register today.

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

By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, April 13, 2016 8:44 AM
An estimated 70% of all decisions regarding a patient’s diagnosis, treatment, hospital admission and discharge are based on laboratory test results.

LabCorp believes a true Laboratory partner should provide more than reference testing services. In the face of declining reimbursement rates and increasing focus on patient outcomes, LabCorp offers partnership models that go beyond the traditional reference testing arrangements.

LabCorp provides non-traditional laboratory partnerships with a focus on cost savings and/or revenue generation for the hospital system. Examples include:

Revenue generation through a Cooperative Testing Arrangement or Outreach Acquisition Cost reduction through a Technical Support Arrangement or Laboratory Outsource Arrangement Revenue generation and cost reduction through a Joint Equity Venture Arrangement Population health management through ACO/ACE/CIN Exclusive and Preferred Provider Arrangements Declining...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, April 13, 2016 8:07 AM
To help eligible professionals, eligible hospitals, and critical access hospitals (CAHs) successfully participate in the Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs in 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has posted new resources on the CMS EHR Incentive Programs website .

These resources include:

By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, April 11, 2016 9:40 AM
SB 20 SignaturesAs the 2016 Kentucky General Assembly session is coming to a close, KHA is excited to share the news that Governor Matt Bevin has signed SB 20 into law. This was KHA’s top priority during this legislative session and its passage is a huge victory for Kentucky’s hospitals. This legislative session could not have been a success without the hard work of all the Association's membership. Your advocacy was invaluable.

Additionally, KHA extends special thanks to KHA Legislative Committee Chair Joe Koch and the Association's diligent lobbying team – Sarah S. Nicholson, Ronny Pryor, Renee Craddock and Gene McClean. KHA is also grateful to Senate President Robert Stivers and House Speaker Greg Stumbo for their work on this issue. Finally, the Association is extremely appreciative of Dr. Ralph Alvarado for sponsoring...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Thursday, April 07, 2016 7:57 AM
KHA will sponsor a free webinar, "Ransomware for Health Care Providers; How it Works & How to Defend Against It," on Monday, April 11, 2016 from 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM (ET). Ransomware attacks have been on the rise for the past 18 months and lately they have become a major security and operational issue for health care providers. Webinar participants will learn more about how these attacks work and what health care organizations can do to protect themselves.

Jason Riddle, partner in Managed Security Services for LBMC Information Security, will present the program. Riddle has 15 years’ experience in the information technology and security field with particular emphasis on enterprise security and compliance. He currently serves as a Partner in the Managed Security Services division of LBMC Information Security, a leading provider of network and enterprise security monitoring, incident response and computer forensics services. 

To register, please visit

By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, April 05, 2016 8:18 AM
KHA is hosting a two-part educational webinar program on CMS Quality Based Payment Reform Programs for acute hospitals with content provided by KHA data analytics partner, DataGen. In order to participate in the webinars, you must register in advance using the links below.

Tuesday April 12 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. (ET) DataGen Review of Medicare’s Value-Based Purchasing Program for Kentucky Hospitals Tuesday April 26 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. (ET) DataGen Review of Medicare’s Readmission Reduction & HAC Programs for Kentucky Hospitals
By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, April 04, 2016 10:16 AM
Scott Burrows, this year's keynote speaker, will discuss Taking Responsibility: Using Vision, Mindset and Grit to Achieve Success at the KHA 87th Annual Convention, May 12-13 in Lexington.

Burrows is living proof your life can change in an instant. By the age of 19, he was playing college football at Florida State University as a wide receiver and a top-ranked kick-boxing champion, with his last fight broadcast by ESPN.

On November 3, 1984, Scott’s life took a dramatic and irreversible turn. He was involved in a serious automobile accident that left him paralyzed from the chest down and diagnosed a quadriplegic.

Despite his grim diagnosis, Scott refused to be sidelined. He made the decision to take action, to focus on the positives of the experience as opposed to dwelling on the obvious and overwhelming negatives.

With the tremendous clarity provided by his singular focus, Scott resolved to thrive in his life by using three principles:

Vision helped him see complete success in his mind’s eye first.

By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 9:51 AM
SB 20, KHA’s priority legislation, passed the House yesterday by a unanimous vote. The legislation gives Kentucky’s medical providers a pathway to external, independent appeals of denied Medicaid managed-care claims. The bill is now on its way to Governor Matt Bevin for his signature. Please, take a moment to contact your legislator personally and thank him or her for their support. 

SB 20, sponsored by Senator Ralph Alvarado (R-Winchester) would allow medical providers to receive an independent third-party review of claims denied by Medicaid managed care organizations (MCOs). The decision of the third-party reviewer could then be appealed to the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, where the decision of an administrative hearing tribunal would be the last step before judicial review. This includes situations when a provider has continued to render care after a denial because, in their medical judgment, continued care was in the patient’s best interest. The process is needed to assure patients get...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 9:00 AM

Programs for KHA's 87th Annual Convention, May 12-13 in Lexington, were mailed to members this week. The convention website,, provides online registration, program details, a hotel reservation link and a link to the printable program.

Online registration is also available directly at

For further information, contact Carol Walters at KHA (502-426-6220 or 800-945-4542 or via e-mail at

By Ginger - Site Admin on Thursday, March 24, 2016 9:37 AM
KHA Silver Sponsor PHI Air Medical, Inc. has many services available for Kentucky hospitals:

PHI Patient Navigation is a natural extension of PHI Air Medical’s core values to always provide the right care at the right time to their patients. While transfer center services everywhere are providing one-step, quick solutions to hospitals’ transfer needs, Patient Navigation provides so much more beyond just one phone call.

PHI has developed high-level solutions to ensure optimal patient care, clinical outcomes and patient satisfaction. PHI Patient Navigation offers four unique services for their customers’ patient navigation needs:

SwiftAdmit, - A solution that streamlines admissions and facilitates transfers, cutting the typical admit-and-transfer time in half. PHI’s experienced clinicians answer the phone as representatives of the customers’ hospital — 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. DischargeDirect - With DischargeDirect, PHI Patient Navigation facilitates...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, March 15, 2016 12:50 PM

The Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) has agreed to withdraw the Kentucky National Fingerprint Background Check Program. Former Governor Steve Beshear signed the emergency regulation in November 2015 to require fingerprint background checks on all new employees of long-term care facilities.

This regulation affected hospitals with home health agencies and hospice not located on the hospital's campus.

By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, March 15, 2016 12:29 PM

KHA will again promote and provide front-line support for Kentucky hospitals to complete the AHA Annual Survey for your fiscal year 2015. 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 2015 survey is being offered ONLINE at

If you have any questions, please contact Melanie Moch at KHA (

By Ginger - Site Admin on Friday, March 11, 2016 9:28 AM
Reading copies of new regulations about tuberculosis (TB) testing in long-term care settings and for health care workers, in both Word and PDF formats, are now available. These two regulations became effective on Friday, March 4. Facilities have 180 days (i.e., by August 31, 2016) to become compliant with these new regulations. CDC guidelines are the foundation of these new regulations.

TB Testing for Residents in Long-Term Care Settings - Word - PDF   TB Testing for Health Care Workers - Word - PDF The final formatting of these regulations is in transition and will be posted online in about a month. These reading copies have a larger font and have line numbers but have the same text as the marked up versions that are online:

If you have additional questions or comments about either of these regulations, please contact Dr. Robert Brawley, chief of the Infectious Disease Branch of the Kentucky Department for Public Health ( and cite the page number and line number of the relevant attached files. Your questions and comments will be used to develop responses to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). FAQs will be distributed as part on DPH educational programs about these two regulations....
By Ginger - Site Admin on Friday, March 11, 2016 8:53 AM
The Kentucky Department for Energy Development and Independence (DEDI) and the Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center (KPPC) are co-sponsoring a workshop for facility managers, engineers and anyone who is concerned with the efficient use of energy at their location. The Kentucky Energy Workshops are part of a series of events that will provide strategies and resources for sound energy management that can help Kentucky companies realize significant cost savings while improving their environmental performance.

This workshop will be presented at two different locations in Kentucky:

March 31 Toyota Motor Manufacturing Visitors Center-Camry Hall Georgetown

April 6 Western Kentucky University Downing Student Union-President's Hall Bowling Green

Session topics include:

Fundamental concepts of energy efficiency along with tools and techniques Current lighting technologies Monitoring energy consumption, controls, building automation systems Tour at host facility...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, March 09, 2016 9:33 AM
From the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) - Key skills may be lacking among many nurses who treat patients with urinary catheters, according to a recent AHRQ-funded study. The researchers found that recommended procedures to test for catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI), a common hospital-associated infection, are not followed in many cases. Collecting specimens for urine culture is a key part of testing for CAUTI, requiring proper procedures for arriving at accurate results and keeping patients safe. Of 394 nurses studied, 76 percent reported receiving education on CAUTI risk reduction within the last 12 months. Almost half of the nurses did not believe that their peers comply with urine sample collection standards. This research indicates the importance of addressing both nursing competencies for obtaining urine cultures and nurses’ knowledge as to when the culture is indicated. The researchers concluded that nurses are not commonly evaluated on the skills of placing and maintaining...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, March 08, 2016 9:23 AM
Eligible professionals, eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals (CAHs) participating in the Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program must attest using the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Program Registration and Attestation System no later than Friday, March 11 at 11:59 p.m. (ET).

Medicaid EHR Incentive Program participants should refer to their respective ...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Friday, March 04, 2016 9:12 AM
Eligible professionals, eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals (CAHs) participating in the Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program must attest using the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Program Registration and Attestation System by Friday, March 11 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Medicaid EHR Incentive Program participants should refer to their respective ...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Friday, March 04, 2016 9:07 AM
On Thursday, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued an alert to payroll and human resources professionals to beware of an emerging phishing email scheme that purports to be from company executives and requests personal information on employees.

The IRS has learned this scheme – part of the surge in phishing emails seen this year – already has claimed several victims as payroll and human resources offices mistakenly email payroll data including W-2 forms that contain Social Security numbers and other personally identifiable information to cybercriminals posing as company executives.

This phishing variation is known as a “spoofing” email. It will contain, for example, the actual name of the company chief executive officer. In this variation, the “CEO” sends an email to a company payroll office employee and requests a list of employees and information including SSNs. The following are some of the details contained in the e-mails:

Kindly send me the individual 2015...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Thursday, March 03, 2016 9:51 AM

The American Hospital Association will hold its annual meeting in Washington, DC, May 1-4. KHA has booked a block of rooms at The Hotel Palomar for KHA members planning to attend. If you wish to stay at the Hotel Palomar, please complete the AHA Hotel Reservation Form and return to Carol Walters at KHA ( by Friday, March 4. The reservations will be submitted to the hotel on Monday, March 7.

Please, register online at to attend the conference. 

By Ginger - Site Admin on Friday, February 26, 2016 8:09 AM
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has submitted a 653-page finalized rule governing Medicaid managed care to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review, according to Modern Healthcare. Reports indicate that the rule will take a step to reduce the institution for mental diseases (IMD) prohibition on treating adult Medicaid patients in freestanding psychiatric hospitals by permitting states to pay managed care organizations (MCOs) for behavioral care to beneficiaries who stay 15 days or less in an IMD. Additionally, the rule is reported to contain a medical loss ratio of at least 85%, which would allow 15% to be paid to MCOs for administration, marketing and profit. The rule also contains requirements for improving network adequacy through time and distance standards for certain types of providers, including hospitals and physicians.

OMB can take up to 90 days to review the rule, therefore, it could be published sometime in May. KHA’s comments were among the 900 comment letters CMS received on proposed rule....
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