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By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, July 26, 2016 8:37 AM
KHA is hosting its Summer Series of Congressional Meetings in the congressmen’s districts to provide members the opportunity to stay in contact locally with the Kentucky congressional delegation and discuss important legislative and regulatory issues currently before the U.S. Congress that are critical to Kentucky’s hospitals. With the nation’s health care system in transformation to delivery systems that are driven by new payment models, hospitals must stay in contact with their Congressman to let him know how these changes will impact your hospital, and this meeting provides you with the opportunity to discuss your issues and concerns.

Third District Congressman John Yarmuth:

DATE: Monday, August 8, 2016 TIME: 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. (ET) (Lunch will be served) LOCATION: Conference Center, 16th Floor Jewish Hospital Rudd Heart & Lung Building 201 Abraham Flexner Way Louisville Participation Form...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, July 20, 2016 10:18 AM

Hospitals participating in K-HEN 2.0 are invited to attend the Kentucky Sepsis Summit: Facing the Sepsis Challenge on August 24 at the Paroquet Springs Conference Center in Shepherdsville.

This conference will present comprehensive information on the clinical problem of sepsis and collecting data on both process and outcome measures associated with sepsis and severe sepsis. In addition, helpful tips on care improvement will be provided by national subject matter experts and hospital practitioners with experience in this topic.

View the brochure for details and register online to reserve your seat today.

By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, July 20, 2016 9:41 AM

LanguageLine (Pacific Interpreters) is hosting a free webinar on Tuesday, August 2 for health care providers to learn about essential consumers’ rights under Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and guidance on how to meet your obligations to protect the civil rights of Limited English Proficient and Deaf and Hard of Hearing populations.

The 60-minute webinar includes:

  • An overview of the new requirements
  • „Helpful tips for organizations seeking to comply „„
  • Northeast Georgia Health System’s experience developing and implementing a language access plan

To register, visit https://engage.vevent.com/rt/languagelineservicesinc~080216.

By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, July 18, 2016 11:34 AM

CAUTI CLABSI Program Cover ImageThe Kentucky Hospital Association is hosting a oneday program addressing critical topics for quality leaders to strengthen your QI program and improve your CAUTI/ CLABSI measures. The event will be held at the Paroquet Springs Conference Centre in Shepherdsville on August 23.

For program details, view the brochure. Online registration is open so reserve your seat today.

By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, July 18, 2016 11:29 AM

CAH Boot Camp CoverKHA, through support from the Rural Hospital Flexibility Program, will host a Critical Access Hospital (CAH) Quality Leader Boot Camp on August 23,. This one-day program addresses critical topics for CAH quality leaders including strengthening your QI program with effective planning and benchmarking, preparing for changes in Conditions of Participation (CoP) and other important clinical topics.

View the brochure for program details and register today to reserve your seat.

By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, July 18, 2016 11:22 AM

Work Plan CoverA copy of the 2016-2017 KHA Work Plan is now available online at http://www.kyha.com/docs/PolicyDocs/WorkPlan2016.pdf. 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 2017.

By Ginger - Site Admin on Friday, July 08, 2016 8:04 AM

Recently, the Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General (HHS OIG) released its mid-year update to its fiscal year (FY) 2016 work plan. New initiatives are indicated in the following list of Medicaid-related work:

By Ginger - Site Admin on Thursday, July 07, 2016 8:41 AM
KHA will host a members only seminar on July 28 at the Louisville Marriott East regarding the newly proposed Medicaid waiver program. This program will feature presentations from key architects of the proposed demonstration project, which is part of an overall initiative to transform the Kentucky Medicaid program. Speakers will address eligibility, benefits, costs, incentives and delivery system reforms.

In addition, the program will feature presenters familiar with the revamped Indiana Medicaid program, which has been underway since 2013 and has many features similar to those proposed in Kentucky HEALTH. Indiana hospital representatives will share insight on the effect the Indiana program has had on hospital and other health services from a practical standpoint of implementation and compliance.

View the brochure for details and register today...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Friday, July 01, 2016 9:14 AM

On July 21, KHA will host a webinar on succeeding during the age of MACRA. David Schulke, president of Health Quality Strategies, will help participants understand upcoming major trends in the health care market, emergency Medicare policies and how partners within the health care community can align for mutually beneficial objectives.

View the event brochure for program details and visit the KHA Events page to register today.

If you have any questions, please contact Carol Walters at KHA (cwalters@kyha.com).

By Ginger - Site Admin on Friday, July 01, 2016 9:09 AM

Today, the 2016-2017 KHA Board of Trustees officially takes office. Susan Starling, president/chief executive officer of Marcum and Wallace Memorial Hospital in Irvine, will serve as Chair of the Board for the new fiscal year. Jerry Penner, chief executive officer of Murray-Calloway County Hospital in Murray, will serve as Chair-Elect.

A complete listing of the Board is available at http://www.new-kyha.com/Portals/5/NewsDocs/KHABoard2016.pdf.

By Ginger - Site Admin on Thursday, June 30, 2016 9:07 AM

SB 20 Ceremonial Signing

On Tuesday, June 28, Spring View Hospital in Lebanon hosted a ceremonial signing for SB 20, KHA's top priority for the 2016 legislative session. KHA is grateful for Governor Matt Bevin's insight into the issues facing hospitals and is pleased to have this new Medicaid managed care organization appeals process in place.

KHA President Mike Rust represented the Association at the event and was joined by Lieutenant Governor Jenean Hampton and Senator Jimmy Higdon as the Governor signed this important legislation.

By Ginger - Site Admin on Thursday, June 30, 2016 9:02 AM

The Kentucky Hospitals' Circle of Friends (KHA's Political Action Committee) has a new commercial explaining the PAC and why you should join the Circle of Friends.

This year's campaign is underway. Please visit https://www.kyha.com/CM/Advocacy/Circle_of_Friends.aspx to join the campaign and support hospitals today.

By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, June 29, 2016 8:37 AM
Nearly 8 million hospital patients in 2013 were discharged for postacute care in another setting such as a skilled nursing facility or home-based care, according to newly released data from AHRQ. Those patients represented 22 percent of all hospital discharges that year. AHRQ’s analysis of such care is the first based on a nationally representative all-payer dataset, the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project 2013 National Inpatient Sample. According to the analysis, Statistical Brief #205: An All-Payer View of Hospital Discharge to Postacute Care, 2013,...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, June 28, 2016 8:58 AM
The Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program 2017 hardship exception instructions and ...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Thursday, June 23, 2016 9:29 AM
Have you used Lean to improve processes in your hospital? Whether you have used internal resources or a consulting group, it can be easy to get started and hard to sustain. What are some of the things that are part of an effective Lean improvement initiative?

You have developed a formal linkage between your strategic goals and your improvement program. Your executive team receives periodic reports from your Lean leader(s) about activities and accomplishments. You have an effective “pipeline” set up for improvement project requests. You have incorporated improvement goals into your leaders’ performance evaluation criteria. You have a plan in place for continuing to develop process improvement capability within your current leadership team. If you do not have these basic elements in place, it can be difficult to maintain momentum for your process improvement initiative.

Take a closer look at a couple of the most important items:

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By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, June 22, 2016 3:21 PM

The Kentucky Trustee is a quarterly newsletter that KHA produces for the benefit of hospital boards. The goal is to provide your trustees with information they need to lead your hospital forward in today’s rapidly changing environment. The spring edition of the Kentucky Trustee is available at http://www.kyha.com/docs/Publications/Trustee/KTSpring2016.pdf.

KHA mails the Kentucky Trustee newsletter to all trustees for which the Association has contact information. This is a good time to ensure KHA has your current board members’ addresses.

If you have suggestions for future issues of the Kentucky Trustee, please contact Pam Kirchem at KHA (502-426-6220 or 800-945-4542 or via e-mail at pkirchem@kyha.com).

By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, June 22, 2016 3:13 PM
Governor Matt Bevin held a news conference Wednesday morning to announce his plan to replace Kentucky's expanded Medicaid program.

Bevin would like to launch a program called “Helping to Engage and Achieve Long Term Health” (HEALTH). It would be a waiver application process for people wanting Medicaid coverage. This plan is a 1115 waiver from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for a demonstration project designed to "provide dignity to individuals as they move towards self-reliability, accountability and ultimately independence from public assistance." It is only for the Medicaid expansion population — those between 100-138% of the Federal Poverty Level (FP)L. Governor Bevin stressed that this program is for able-bodied participants, and not the frail or elderly.

“This proposal is modeled after the very same health plan offered to Kentucky state employees including incentives to promote healthy lifestyles. This plan offers common sense strategies to help our citizens...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, June 20, 2016 8:07 AM
Representatives from all Kentucky hospitals are invited to attend a Town Hall meeting on Hepatitis C, infectious disease and substance abuse.

The Kentucky Department for Public Health and Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR) are hosting national, state and local experts in Hazard on Thursday, July 28 – World Hepatitis Day. The Event will be held from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (ET) at Hazard Community and Technical College. Details and registration information are available at http://www.soar-ky.org/townhall.

The goals of the Town Hall Meeting are to increase community awareness; provide best practice recommendations on the prevention, detection and treatment of Hepatitis C and HIV and substance abuse; and engage multi-sector community, state and national stakeholders to organize resources and enhance engagement. The event’s featured Speaker will be Dr. John Ward, CDC Director of the Division of Viral Hepatitis.

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By Ginger - Site Admin on Thursday, June 16, 2016 1:44 PM
An emergency amendment to a regulation to make Zika Virus Disease reportable in Kentucky has been signed by Governor Matt Bevin. The approved emergency amendment to the Reportable Disease Surveillance regulation (902 KAR 2:020) was then filed on June 15 with the Legislative Research Commission. The emergency amendment was effective as of the date filed with the LRC.

Thus, Zika Virus Disease is now reportable in Kentucky. Notification shall be considered priority and shall be made within one (1) business day.

For Priority Reporting, a report made within one (1) business day shall be:

 Submitted electronically, by fax, or by telephone to the local health department serving the county in which the patient resides; and If submitted by telephone, followed up by electronic or fax submission of a report to the local health department serving the county in which the patient resides within one (1) business day. A report submitted by fax shall be made with...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, June 15, 2016 7:39 AM
A report yesterday from the Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy underscores the dangers of fentanyl, an extremely potent opioid that is leading to more overdose deaths, often because dealers mix it with heroin and sell the lethal blend to unwitting addicts.

Fentanyl-related deaths have been on the rise across the country over the past year, and experts say many addicts are not aware they are consuming the drug. It is 30 to 50 times more potent than heroin and can prove deadly at very low levels, according to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

In Kentucky, fentanyl was a factor in 420 fatal overdoses in 2015, up from 121 in the previous year. The drug contributed to 34 percent of all overdose deaths in the state, frequently in combination with heroin or other drugs.

Overall, fatal overdoses totaled 1,248 last year, compared to 1,071 in 2014. Heroin was detected in 28 percent of cases, consistent with the previous year. However, as a total, heroin-related deaths...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, June 15, 2016 7:35 AM
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services yesterday awarded $32 million in grants to find and enroll eligible children in Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program. The University of Kentucky Research Foundation is one of 38 recipients that include states, school districts and community organizations in 27 states who will target eligible populations that are less likely to be enrolled.

University of Kentucky Research Foundation, a first-time participant in the Connecting Kids to Coverage Outreach and Enrollment Program, will focus on enrolling uninsured children and parents from 40 counties in the rural mountainous Appalachian region of the state. The strategies include using an existing network of Community Health Workers to work with local community-based partners providing application and renewal assistance to enroll and retain eligible uninsured children and parents in Medicaid and CHIP. The targeted outreach approaches for these hard-to-reach individuals will be to go where they “work,...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, June 15, 2016 7:27 AM

Kim Dees will be leaving the KHA staff at the end of June upon mutual agreement with KHA President Mike Rust. Dees has served for nine years as KHA’s Vice President for Health Professions. The loss of anticipated grant funding from an American Apprenticeship Initiative earlier in the year and dissolution of the Workforce Consortium last year eliminated funding support for the position. At the same time, Dees was investigating other opportunities she hopes to pursue that may continue to offer her the opportunity to interact with KHA members and nursing leadership, both in hospitals and universities.

Various responsibilities previously undertaken by Dees will be assigned to other staff.

By Ginger - Site Admin on Friday, June 10, 2016 7:39 AM
All Providers Must Take Action by July 1, 2016 to Avoid Payment Adjustments

Hardship exception applications are due by July 1 for eligible professionals (EPs), eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals (CAHs).

The Medicare EHR Incentive Program 2017 hardship exception instructions and ...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, June 06, 2016 8:10 AM

The 2016 KHA Small Rural and Critical Access Hospital Conference is Wednesday, June 8. 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.

View the brochure for more details, and register online in the Events section of www.kyha.com.

If you have questions, contact Elizabeth Cobb at KHA (ecobb@kyha.com).

By Ginger - Site Admin on Friday, June 03, 2016 9:54 AM
The U.S. Department of Labor has issued its long-awaited Final Rule to the White Collar Overtime Exemptions. Amongst other changes, the Final Rule increases the minimum salary level to qualify for exemption status to $47,476 per year for most occupations. For hospitals, this will mean that many of their employees will no longer be exempt from the overtime requirements. On June 7, KHREF will host a webinar to walk health care employers through the Final Rule, and provide insight on the short-term and long-term effects of the new provisions. Through scenarios and other practical illustrations, this session will also explore the options available to employers to lawfully reduce their overtime compensation exposure.

For more information, view the program's brochure. Online registration is available at www.kyha.com...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Thursday, May 26, 2016 7:09 AM

Kentucky insurance companies have filed their rate premiums with the Public Protection Cabinet for 2017. This information represents the planned change, and in these cases, increase, to the base rate. Projected medical and administrative costs are used by actuaries to develop the proposed premiums. Other factors such as the increased costs of medical services and prescription drugs also affect these rates.

Company Name

Market
Segment

% Change
Requested

% Change
Approved

Effective
Date

Golden Rule Insurance Company

Individual               

65.11                   

Pending                

1/1/2017

Humana Health Plan, Inc.

Individual

33.7

Pending

1/1/2017

Humana Health Plan, Inc.

Small Group

10.06

Pending

1/1/2017

Aetna Life Insurance Company

Small Group

9.6

Pending

1/1/2017

Aetna Health Inc. (PA)

Small Group

9.8

Pending

1/1/2017

Aetna Health Inc. (PA)

Individual

7.6

Pending

1/1/2017

Baptist Health Plan, Inc.

Individual

26.68

Pending

1/1/2017

Baptist Health Plan, Inc.

Small Group

12.57

Pending

1/1/2017

UnitedHealthcare Insurance Company       

Small Group

6.95

Pending

1/1/2017

UnitedHealthcare of Kentucky, Ltd.

Small Group

7.72

Pending

1/1/2017

UnitedHealthcare of Ohio, Inc.

Small Group

7.86

Pending

1/1/2017

CareSource Kentucky Co.

Individual

20.55

Pending

1/1/2017

Anthem Health Plans of Kentucky, Inc.

Small Group

9.1

Pending

1/1/2017

Anthem Health Plans of Kentucky, Inc.

Individual

22.9

Pending

1/1/2017

By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, May 18, 2016 8:48 AM

The Kentucky Hospital Association (KHA) held its yearly Awards Luncheon on May 13, at the 87th Annual KHA Convention in Lexington. During the event, six hospitals from across the state were recognized with KHA Quality Awards. This award is presented to honor hospital leadership and innovation in quality, safety and commitment in patient care.

This year’s recipients were:

  • Marcum and Wallace Memorial Hospital , in Irvine, for their “Network Community Lung Cancer Screening Program”;
  • Rockcastle Memorial Hospital , in Mount Vernon, for their “I am the Patient Experience” project;
  • Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center , in Leitchfield, for “Creating a High Reliability Organization”;
  • Kosair Children’s Hospital , in Louisville, for their “Reduction of Central Line Associated Bloodstream Infections” program;
  • Central State Hospital , in Louisville, for “Improving Patient Safety in Environment”; and
  • Continuing Care Hospital , in Lexington, for their Medication Reconciliation” program.
By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 7:51 AM
Susan Starling accepting Gavel from Kevin HalterThe Kentucky Hospital Association (KHA) presented several awards during the Association’s Awards Luncheon on May 13, at the 87 th Annual KHA Convention in Lexington.

The highlight of the luncheon was the installment of the 2016-2017 Chair of the KHA Board of Trustees, Susan Starling, chief executive officer of Marcum and Wallace Memorial Hospital, in Irvine. Starling will begin her tenure as Chair on July 1.

KHA’s Award of Excellence was presented to Senator Ralph Alvarado. The Senator has devoted his career to unselfishly serving the health care needs of Kentucky’s citizens and with his “servant” attitude, took this a step further and sought public office, being elected to the Kentucky Senate serving the 29th district covering Clark, Fayette...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 6:46 AM
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is hosting listening sessions this week to share more information about the recently released Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM).

Overview of the MACRA NPRM

Date: Tuesday, May 17 Time: 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. (ET) Details: The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA)...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 6:40 AM
Kentucky’s Insurance Commissioner filed a lawsuit on May 13 in Franklin Circuit Court against the company originally hired to process and pay claims for the now-defunct Kentucky Health Cooperative (Co-op). The suit contends that CGI Technologies and Solutions, Inc. was grossly negligent in processing and paying claims and that it breached the contract it had with the Co-op.

The Co-op was created in 2012 under provisions of the Affordable Care Act to provide health insurance coverage to Kentuckians. After suffering severe financial losses, the Co-op was placed in rehabilitation in 2015 and, after further investigation, was placed into liquidation early this year when it was determined that the Co-op would never recover from its deep deficit.

Insurance Commissioner Brian Maynard filed the lawsuit in his capacity as the Co-op’s court-appointed liquidator. “We have a duty to investigate the causes of the Co-op’s collapse and to hold responsible those individuals who caused the collapse,” Maynard...
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