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By Ginger - Site Admin on Thursday, January 26, 2017 10:09 AM
On March 16, KHA will host a one-day program, which will provide valuable information for those individuals who are responsible for creating the best possible Environment of Care, Emergency Management and Life Safety programs and must understand the Joint Commission survey methodology and recent changes to the standards.  Information will be provided so attendees will be able to implement a practical, continuously compliant program for health care facilities to achieve maximum performance while effectively preparing for unscheduled Joint Commission and CMS surveys. 

View the brochure for program details. Online registration is available for your convenience.

If you have any questions,...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Thursday, January 26, 2017 10:07 AM
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has revised online tutorials that help researchers and others use the agency’s Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP). HCUP, the nation’s most comprehensive source of hospital data, includes national and state data on inpatient care, ambulatory care and emergency department visits. The updated HCUP Overview Course provides information about the sources of HCUP data, features of the database, software tools and products. Additional tutorials instruct users on...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 10:03 AM
If a CMS surveyor showed up at your hospital tomorrow, would you know what to do? Two upcoming KHA seminars will cover a record breaking year of changes in the CMS Hospital Conditions of Participation (CoPs) This is a must-attend program for anyone with direct patient care in the hospital. This program will cover the entire CMS hospital manual to ensure you are in compliance.

Seminar on CMS Conditions of Participation for PPS Hospitals March 1-2 Brochure

Seminar on CMS Conditions of Participation for CAHs March 2-3 Brochure

The seminars will be conducted by Sue Dill Calloway, a well-known speaker on CoP.

If you have any questions, please contact Carol Walters at KHA (502-426-6220 or 800-945-4542 or via email at...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 9:54 AM
The KHA Hospital Day at the Legislature will be held in conjunction with the KHA Legislative Committee meeting on Thursday, February 23 at the Frankfort Country Club, 101 Duntreath Street, in Frankfort. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. (ET) with breakfast starting at 8:00 a.m. The program will begin at 8:15 a.m. and will adjourn by 10:15 a.m. so members can go to the Capitol to meet with their legislators. (All members are asked to schedule their own appointments with their legislators.)

After the meetings with legislators, KHA will host a luncheon for all KHA members and legislators at the Capitol Annex from 12:00 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. KHA members are encouraged to contact their legislators and personally invite them to the luncheon.

The Legislature goes into session at 2:00 p.m.

If you need overnight hotel accommodations, please call one of the following hotels in Frankfort to make reservations: Fairfield Inn and Suites of Marriott Frankfort, (502) 695-8881; Best Western...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 10:20 AM
The UK Center of Excellence in Rural Health, the Kentucky Office of Rural Health (KORH) and the UK CCTS Community Engagement and Research Program are requesting applications for the 2017 Community Leadership Institute of Kentucky (CLIK). CLIK is a four-week intensive leadership development training program designed to enhance research and capacity-building competencies in community leaders, senior staff, directors and administrators.

In addition, each participant's organization will receive a $2,500 grant for their participation in this competitive program and completion of their proposed project over a 12-month period. The participant's organization must have 501c3 status or a designated lead fiscal agency (health agency or non-profit) to receive and manage the grant award.

Key Dates

Applications due: January 31, 2017 Applicants Notified: February 20, 2017 Save the Required Training Dates (tentative): March 20 March 21 March 28,...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 10:16 AM
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Registration and Attestation System is now open. Providers participating in the Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program must attest to the ...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, January 16, 2017 10:31 AM
The AHA's Hospitals Against Violence initiative and American Society for Healthcare Engineering will co-host a January 17 webinar on workplace violence prevention strategies and emergency response plans. The webinar will feature safety experts from the International Association for Healthcare Security and Safety Foundation, who will explore the unique risks in health care facilities, emergency rooms, mental health services, and other treatment facilities and address preparedness through operations and design. The session will cover ways that the external and internal environment can be used to mitigate risk, tools available to help, and standards and guidelines aimed at preventing violence. To register for the 3:00 p.m. (ET) webinar, visit  ...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, January 16, 2017 10:16 AM

KHA is sad to announce the passing of Joyce Dauenhauer, who worked with KHA for 16 years before her retirement in 2010. A service to celebrate Joyce's life is being held today at 1:00 pm in the Chapel of Arch L. Heady Funeral Home in Louisville, with burial to follow at Cave Hill.

Expressions of sympathy can be made to the Alzheimer's Foundation Louisville Chapter or The Parkinson's Foundation Louisville Chapter.

Condolences for the family can be left at

By Ginger - Site Admin on Friday, January 13, 2017 9:31 AM
CMS recently updated an FAQ to provide information about calculations for electronic health record (EHR) Incentive Programs objectives and measures requiring patient action.

By Ginger - Site Admin on Thursday, January 12, 2017 10:52 AM

Registration is now open for the KHA District Meetings in March at A detailed agenda will be available soon. A printable registration form and save the date flyer are available online now at

KHA members should mark their calendars and plan to attend. All meetings will begin at 9:45 a.m. local time and conclude following lunch at 12:30 p.m.

By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, January 09, 2017 10:30 AM

Administrators of Kentucky's small, rural and critical access hospitals are invited to join KHA staff on Wednesday, January 25 at 2:00 p.m. (ET) for the first Forum meeting of 2017. Topics of discussion will focus on legislative activities at both the federal and state levels.

This meeting will be held via webinar. Please contact Elizabeth Cobb at KHA ( to register and receive login information.

By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, January 04, 2017 10:47 AM

Kaiser State Health Facts just released average costs per inpatient day in 2014, organized by hospital ownership type, in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The data includes all operating and nonoperating expenses for registered U.S. community hospitals, defined as public, nonfederal, short-term general and other special hospitals. They are an estimate of expenses incurred in a day of inpatient care and are adjusted higher to include an estimate of the volume of outpatient services. Kentucky’s inpatient cost per day continues to rank below the average for the nation:

United States 
 State/Local Government Hospitals  $ 1,974  $ 1,922
 Nonprofit hospitals  $ 2,346  $ 1,793
 For-profit hospitals  $ 1,798  $ 1,487
By Ginger - Site Admin on Friday, December 16, 2016 12:33 PM

On Thursday, the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) released a fact sheet on carbon monoxide precautions. "As temperatures drop and the risk for carbon monoxide poisoning increases, Kentuckians are urged to be aware of the dangers of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning due to improper use of heating or cooking devices."

This information can be shared with patients and the general public to prevent dangerous situations.

By Ginger - Site Admin on Thursday, December 15, 2016 9:31 AM

Kentucky is the 45th healthiest state in the U.S., according to a recent report analyzing the health of the nation. The report, America’s Health Rankings, attributes Kentucky’s low marks to, among other issues, a high prevalence of smoking, obesity, a high rate of cancer deaths, and a high rate of drug deaths.

The report was produced by United Health Foundation, a nonprofit focused on the health and the well-being of communities.

Kentucky ranked 44th last year.

By Ginger - Site Admin on Friday, December 02, 2016 11:06 AM

East Tennessee, specifically Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge, was devastated by the recent wildfires. Several employees of LeConte Medical Center, located in nearby Sevierville, lost their primary and secondary homes. None of the hospital’s employees perished in the fires, but other community members have lost their lives and many are others still are unaccounted for.

As in the past, when natural disasters occur, the hospital community is coming together to help one another. If you would like to help, donations can be sent directly to LeConte Medical Center. Please send any checks to:

LMC Employee Assistance Fund
c/o Dr. Robert F. Thomas Foundation
LeConte Medical Center
744 Middle Creek Road, Suite #206
Sevierville, Tennessee 37862

If you wish to send a letter of support and encouragement, please send it to Jenny Hanson, President and CAO, at the above address.

By Ginger - Site Admin on Friday, November 11, 2016 8:36 AM

November 14-20, 2016, will be Get Smart about Antibiotics Week in Kentucky thanks to a proclamation by Governor Matt Bevin.

Antibiotic use is the single most important contributing factor to antibiotic resistance, and up to one-third to one-half of antibiotic use in humans is either unnecessary or inappropriate. Each year in the United States, 47 million unnecessary antibiotic prescriptions are written in doctor's offices, emergency rooms, and hospital-based clinics, which makes improving antibiotic prescribing and use a national priority. To combat antibiotic resistance and avoid adverse drug reactions, we have to use antibiotics appropriately. This means using antibiotics only when needed and, if needed, using them correctly.

Next week is a great opportunity to review appropriate use and prescribing of antibiotics with hospital staff and with patients.

By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, November 07, 2016 10:41 AM
On Wednesday, November 9, AHA will host a webinar on Strategies for Addressing Violence in Post-Acute Care Environments. This webinar is free for AHA members.

Health care providers in various settings, including post-acute care, are taking a more active role with community partners to combat violence and to address the impact of violence on their patients and staff. In addition to needing care for physical recovery, patients in post-acute care as a result of violently acquired injuries need appropriate care to instill trust and address socioeconomic challenges. Other patients in post-acute care may become combative due to being confused as a result of dementia, other cognitive impairments and/or psychosocial factors. The American Hospital Association (AHA) Section for Long-Term Care and Rehabilitation invites you to join two of your colleagues on a webinar highlighting their successful approaches to addressing violence in post-acute care environments.

Schwab Rehabilitation Hospital is an inner...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Thursday, November 03, 2016 9:50 AM
The United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Kentucky, together with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and the University of Louisville School of Medicine invites you to attend its Heroin and Opioid Response Summit on Thursday, December 1 in Louisville. The Summit will bring together stakeholders and professionals working in treatment, recovery, health care, law enforcement, emergency response, prevention and education to discuss current efforts and strategies with a specific focus on Louisville, Kentucky. Attendees can explore ideas for more effective responses to this crisis.

Seating is limited so register today at

If you have any questions, please contact Wendy McCormick at the U.S. Attorney's Office (

By Ginger - Site Admin on Friday, October 28, 2016 7:59 AM
The Kentucky Department for Public Health recognized its eighteenth trauma center on October 26 when Kentucky Public Health Commissioner Hiram Polk, MD, designated Harlan ARH Hospital as a Level IV Trauma Center at a ceremony during the 2016 Kentucky Trauma and Emergency Medicine Symposium in Lexington.

"Our medical staff, employees and first responders in Harlan County all went above and beyond in their preparations for this achievement and we are very proud of the effort taken to improve the level of emergency service we are able to provide to our community,” stated Donnie Fields, Community CEO of Harlan ARH Hospital. "It has truly been a team effort and a great learning experience for everyone involved with the drills and preparation work required to achieve this status and allows us to provide a higher level of care for our patients."

Since the Kentucky Trauma Care System law was passed in 2008, the number of facilities has grown from about five American College of Surgeons Committee on...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, October 26, 2016 8:40 AM

Kentucky's U.S. Congressmen Andy Barr, Thomas Massie and Hal Rogers signed the House of Representatives Dear Colleague letter and Senator Mitch McConnell wrote his own personal letter to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) urging the importance of flexibility during the proposal to implement part of the Bipartisan Budget Act (BiBA) of 2015 concerning the treatment of off-campus outpatient departments.

The letters expressed concern that implementation of the rule could seriously impact rural states, such as Kentucky, and would limit access to care in already underserved areas.

Please take the time to thank the Senator and your Congressman for their support of hospitals in Kentucky.

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

By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, October 25, 2016 7:59 AM
The K-HIIN Kick-Off Meeting will provide insight into how the Kentucky Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (K-HIIN) will use the successes of the Hospital Engagement Network (HEN) to launch the next phase of this national initiative for quality and outcomes improvement in hospitals. Attendees will learn about the goals and requirements of the HIIN and how the innovations, virtual learning opportunities and hospital-level techniques of the program will take your improvement work to the next level.

View the brochure for agenda details, and register online today to reserve your seat for this important meeting.

If you have any questions, please contact Sharon Perkins at KHA (

By Ginger - Site Admin on Thursday, October 20, 2016 8:35 AM
On Wednesday, September 21, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) announced Louisville as the fourth city in America to take part in a comprehensive law enforcement and prevention “360 Degree Strategy” to assist cities dealing with the heroin and prescription drug abuse epidemic. As part of this strategy and in conjunction the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Kentucky, the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids and the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks you are cordially invited to attend a DEA 360 Strategy Drug Prevention “Train-the-Trainer” briefing held at one of two locations on November 1 and 2.

The training, designed by the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids, is intended to:

Teach those in your organization and other stakeholders in the community how to conduct a drug prevention presentation Provide instruction on how to train others within your agency or organization to give a drug prevention presentation Provide a Powerpoint slide...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 8:39 AM
On November 1, KHA will host a webinar to assist hospital staff learn more about the regulations and laws that surround The Joint Commission (TJC) Standard 01.07.01, and help make sure they are in compliance. TJC Leadership Standard 01.07.01 requires the board, senior managers and leaders of the medical staff to have knowledge of various health care laws and regulations.

Because of the health care reform federal law changes, this program will cover the important laws that every hospital should be aware of. It will provide information on how to locate a copy of the laws and the importance of updating policies and procedures to be compliant with these federal laws. This session will also discuss some of the many changes in federal regulations and interpretive guidelines by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding the hospital conditions of participation (CoPs) which must be followed by every hospital that accepts Medicare or Medicaid.

View the program brochure...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Friday, October 14, 2016 9:23 AM
The Kentucky Department for Medicaid Services, in conjunction with Hewlett Packard Enterprise will host a 2016 Fall Webinar for Medicaid Providers on the following dates:

Monday, November 14 Wednesday, November 16 Friday, November 18 Monday, November 28 Each workshop is exactly the same and is for all provider types. There will be two sessions on each date - 10:00 a.m. or 3:00 p.m. (ET).

Attendees are encouraged to print or download the webinar materials for reference during the webinar. The materials will be available prior to the workshop at under the Provider Relations/Provider Workshop heading.

You MUST REGISTER in order to attend the workshop. Find the date and time you would like to attend at and follow the link to register....
By Ginger - Site Admin on Thursday, October 13, 2016 8:50 AM
The final meetings of the KHA Summer Series of Congressional Meetings will be held October 17 and November 3 in the fourth and fifth congressional districts.

Each meeting in the Series is held in the congressmen’s districts to provide KHA 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.

Make plans now to attend the meeting in your congressional district.

By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, October 10, 2016 8:18 AM
HCLC CoverThe 2017 KHA Legislative Platform will be presented to the Association membership for approval at the annual KHA Health Care Leadership Conference (HCLC) on November 11 at the Louisville Marriott East.

The November general elections will have a huge impact on health care, and this year's Conference is being held three days later, an ideal time for you and other Kentucky hospital leaders to learn how the new President and his/her administration will change health care. State and national political experts will discuss the balance of power of who controls Congress and the Kentucky legislature, and how that will impact the future of health care and impending federal and state health care legislative and regulatory issues.

By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, October 04, 2016 7:48 AM


On Friday, November 11, from 2:00-5:00 p.m. (ET), the Kentucky Chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) will host an opportunity for a 3.0 hour face-to-face ACHE educational program in Louisville. This program is only $75 for ACHE members and $25 for students.

The ACHE program immediately follows the Kentucky Hospital Association Health Care Leadership Conference* and luncheon. (*Open to KHA Members)

Registration will be open soon. For details, view the event brochure.

Please save November 11 and plan to attend.

By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, October 03, 2016 9:33 AM
The Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) has issued an emergency regulation, 900 KAR 5:020E, to reverse changes made to Certificate of Need (CON) criteria for ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) in the 2015 update to the State Health Plan. KHA counts this as a major victory and commends Governor Matt Bevin and CHFS Secretary Vickie Yates Brown Glisson for their leadership on this issue.

In 2015, significant and problematic changes were made to the State Health Plan under the Beshear administration, which created numerous exceptions to the ASC criteria. These exceptions allowed for the unnecessary proliferation of ASCs regardless of existing capacity available in ASCs and hospital outpatient surgery departments or need for new services identified in the population. KHA expressed grave concern about those changes in 2015 to the Beshear administration and before the Administrative...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Friday, September 23, 2016 8:01 AM
KHA has partnered with the Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs and the Office of Inspector General to encourage hospitals to become more knowledgeable about caring for victims of sexual assault and to work toward becoming a designated SANE-Ready Hospital. State law requires all Kentucky hospitals to:

Treat victims of sexual assault who present to their emergency room regardless of the certifications and experience of staff in the emergency department; Perform a medical forensic exam on the individual if consent is given; and Contact the local Rape Crisis Center. The Kentucky General Assembly established the “SANE-Ready Hospital” program through legislation in the 2016 General Assembly. Hospitals demonstrating they have Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners available to treat patients presenting to the emergency room can apply for this designation. KHA encourages all Kentucky hospitals with emergency departments to work towards achieving this designation. For more information on becoming a SANE-Ready Hospital, review...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Thursday, September 22, 2016 9:12 AM
After a request from KHA and its members, three U.S. Congressmen from Kentucky (Andy Barr, Thomas Massie and Hal Rogers) have signed onto the Tiberi-Kind “Dear Colleague” letter pertaining to CMS policies on alternative payment models (APMs). KHA is grateful for their support.

The Chairman Pat Tiberi and Congressman Kind Dear Colleague letter urges the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to provide health care providers more regulatory relief and flexibility under APMs like bundling, the “CJR” program for joint replacement, accountable care organizations and other models intended to move health care delivery away from site-specific, fee-for-service reimbursement. CMS has the authority to waive numerous rules and statutory provisions in these alternative care delivery and reimbursement models, yet with few exceptions it has not done so.

More waivers around site-specific acute and post-acute regulations are needed that were originally implemented for a purely fee-for-service reimbursement...
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