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By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, February 27, 2017 10:31 AM

In response to the growing cyber threats in health care, the American Hospital Association (AHA) will offer a series of regional, in-person trainings for hospital and health system CEOs in April. Registration will be limited to hospital or health system CEOs, accompanied by their lead cyber security staff person.

If you have any questions about the upcoming event, please contact Chantal Worzala at AHA (202-626-2313 or vial email at

By Ginger - Site Admin on Friday, February 24, 2017 9:34 AM
The Centers for Disease Control's (CDC) National Center for Health Statistics conducts the National Health Care Surveys, which include the National Hospital Care Survey (NHCS), National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NHAMCS) and the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NAMCS). These nationally representative surveys provide data and information used by Congress, health care services researchers and others to shape health care policy and the future of health care in the United States.

The National Center for Health Statistics is accepting registration from eligible professionals (EPs), eligible hospitals (EHs) or Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) of their intent to submit data to the National Health Care Surveys as part of the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs (Meaningful Use). Providers may attest...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 9:25 AM
Adverse drug events fell by 67,000 between 2010 and 2013 as the result of the federal “meaningful use” program that offered financial incentives to hospitals for using certified electronic health records (EHRs), according to a new Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) study. Adverse drug events are harms experienced by a patient as a result of exposure to a medication. They affect nearly 5 percent of hospitalized patients and can be deadly. To minimize such harms, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) initiated the meaningful use program in 2010, awarding financial incentives to hospitals and physicians who adopted specific information technology (IT) capabilities, such as computerized prescriber order entry. The new AHRQ study in Journal of the American Informatics Association (JAMIA)...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, February 20, 2017 11:24 AM

The AHA Annual Meeting will be held in Washington, DC, May 7-10. Special sessions created specifically for trustees offer take-home strategies for effective governance and insights into policy and politics featuring the speakers below. Plus, enjoy a Monday reception just for trustees. Sessions include:

  •  Whither the soul of trusteeship? Effective governance in a time of challenge and change
  • Leading and engaging boards in improving community health
  • Trustee Leadership Breakfast: National political update
  • Creating a culture of innovation and safety: from the boardroom to the bedside

Online registration is now available.

By Ginger - Site Admin on Thursday, February 16, 2017 1:11 PM
On February 15, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a proposed rule designed to stabilize the health insurance marketplace for 2018. The proposed rule would verify eligibility of individuals who newly enroll through special enrollment periods, which has been a concern of insurers with respect to individuals waiting until they need coverage to enroll. It will also allow an insurer to collect premiums for prior unpaid coverage before enrolling an individual in next year’s plan with the same insurer. This is designed to encourage patients to avoid coverage lapses. The rule would also move the assessment of network adequacy to states, and it would shorten the open enrollment for the 2018 coverage year to run from November 1, 2017, through December 15, 2017.

The proposed rule can be found at
By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 11:05 AM
The deadline for Eligible Professionals (EPs) to submit Reconsideration forms for the 2017 payment adjustment — based on the 2015 electronic health record (EHR) reporting period — is February 28, 2017. No applications will be accepted after the deadline.

Please visit the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) website to find the EP Reconsideration Application . Complete this application if you received a letter from CMS that stated you are subject to the 2017 Medicare EHR payment adjustment and you believe this payment adjustment is in error....
By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, February 07, 2017 9:15 AM
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has extended the attestation deadline for providers participating in the Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program to Monday, March 13, 2017, at 11:59 p.m. (PT).

Providers participating in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program must attest to the 2016 program requirements by March 13, 2017, to avoid a 2018 payment adjustment.

If you are participating in the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program, please refer to
By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, February 06, 2017 10:04 AM

KHA is now accepting applications for the Annual KHA Quality Awards. Please see the application for the full details. Applications are due on April 7. Awards will be presented at the KHA Annual Convention Awards Luncheon in May in Lexington.

More details on the award, and details on past recipients is available in the Safety and Quality section of the KHA website,

If you have any questions, please contact Elizabeth Cobb at KHA (

By Ginger - Site Admin on Friday, February 03, 2017 11:11 AM
KHA is urging all hospital administrators to take steps to assure your policy on treatment and evidence collection in cases of sexual assault are in compliance with state law and regulations. There have been recent reports to KHA that some patients presenting to hospital emergency rooms following sexual assault are not being provided evidence collection services and in some cases are being turned away for treatment.

There are resources on the Sexual Assault Response page of KHA’s website (located under the Services category) providing guidance to hospitals on the requirements of hospital emergency personnel to treat victims of sexual assault and to collect evidence with consent from the patient. All acute care hospitals providing emergency services are required to provide these services regardless of the availability of a sexual assault nurse examiner...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Friday, February 03, 2017 11:08 AM

The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) publishes an updated drug shortage list on its website. There is now a link from the Safety and Quality section of the KHA website,, to this resource for your convenience.

ASHP and its partners work to keep the public informed of the most current drug shortages. Shortages can adversely affect drug therapy, compromise or delay medical procedures and result in medication errors.

By Ginger - Site Admin on Thursday, February 02, 2017 10:06 AM

On January 30, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) officially withdrew the 340B “mega-guidance” released in August 2015, which would have changed which patients, drugs and providers qualify for the 340B discounts on prescriptions medicines.

The official regulatory notice can be found at

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...
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