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By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 8:15 AM

Quorum Health Resources is hosting a Bootcamp for Quality Directors (and others who may need an update) in May in Brentwood, Tennessee.  With the hospital’s financial performance and viability increasingly tied to quality, patient safety and patient satisfaction, the role of the Quality Director has become critical to the hospital’s success.

This hands-on basic training session focuses on teaching the core skills that every Quality Director must have to be successful in today’s turbulent health care times. 

For details and registration information, visit

By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, April 24, 2017 9:38 AM

The KHA 88th Annual Convention is May 18-19 in Lexington. There is a track especially designed for chief medical officers and physicians, which will provide the opportunity for continuing medical education (CME) credits.

Review the physician track agenda for presentation and CME details, and visit the KHA Convention website to register today.

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

By Ginger - Site Admin on Friday, April 21, 2017 8:35 AM

A few months ago, KHA Diamond Sponsor Hospice of the Bluegrass announced they would change their name to reflect a broader scope of services. They found that the hospice-anchored name is often perceived as a barrier to referring to their care and services beyond hospice.

In fact, many health care partners and the community at large are surprised to learn that in addition to hospice care, they provide private pay medical and non-medical home care, transitional care, palliative care and community grief services.

The company's new name is Bluegrass Care Navigators. It reflects their expanding scope of services as well as expertise in guiding or providing the right care at the right time in the right setting. Think of them as a continuum of care for the seriously ill and connect with them to begin assistance to your patients and their families. They are available 24/7, 365 days a year, for your referral call, at 855-492-0812.

By Ginger - Site Admin on Friday, April 21, 2017 8:33 AM
AHA is asking hospitals, local and state auxiliary organizations, state DVS groups and volunteer departments to support the American Hospital Association on June 9 for #HAVhope Friday: A National Day of Awareness.

The AHA Board of Trustees launched an association-wide initiative “Hospitals Against Violence” to focus on addressing violence within the hospital walls and in their communities. To that end, June 9 is designated as #HAVhope Friday : A National Day of Awareness to unite hospitals, health systems, volunteers, nurses, doctors and other professionals from across the country, as well the local andstate organizations they work with, to focus national attention on ending violence through a digital media campaign.

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By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 8:26 AM

The cutoff date for reservations at the group rate for the KHA Annual Convention is one week from today — April 26.

A block of rooms is reserved at the Hyatt Regency Lexington. Reservations requests after the cutoff date will be confirmed on an availability basis. When making your reservations by phone (800-233-1234), remember to mention the Kentucky Hospital Association Annual Meeting. To make a reservation online, please use the custom link:

By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 7:59 AM

There will be three ACHE sessions at this year's KHA Annual Convention in Lexington on May 18-19. Thursday will feature two sessions with Jake Poore, president and chief experience officer of Integrated Loyalty Systems in Orlando. Each of these sessions are eligible for 3.0 ACHE Face-to-Face education credits.

On Friday, May 19, there will be a panel presentation and discussion about accountability and transformation with hospital leaders from around the state. This session is eligible for 1.5 ACHE Face-to-Face education credits.

For more information about these and other sessions available at this year's Convention, visit

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

By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, April 17, 2017 7:47 AM

Thanks to those chief executive officers who have submitted contact information for the staff that will be responsible for completing this year’s survey. If you have not sent your contact information, please do so before the end of this week. Notices to contact staff will be sent next week and the survey will be opened for completion. 

Send your contact information or questions to Chuck Warnick at KHA (

By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 8:17 AM

Keni Thomas Portrait As a former United States Army Ranger who served in the now famed “Blackhawk Down” mission, Keni Thomas will share his story of courage and leadership from the battlefield and beyond at the KHA Annual Convention, May 18-19 in Lexington. Nineteen Americans gave their lives and 78 were wounded in the worst urban combat seen by U.S. troops since World War II. His firsthand account of how extraordinary soldiers fought to bring each other home illustrates the power of leading by example at all levels, regardless of rank or station.

By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, April 03, 2017 9:33 AM

KHA 2017 Convention Logo

Details are now available online for the KHA 88th Annual Convention, May 18-19 in Lexington. Physical programs were mailed to hospital executives last week.

Take time now to make your plans to attend. Find information and links online for hotel reservation information, programs and speakers as well as easy online registration.

Visit the site at

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

By Ginger - Site Admin on Friday, March 31, 2017 9:09 AM

The Kentucky Institute for Patient Safety and Quality (KIPSQ) will hold two Safe Table meetings in April on Disinfection and Cleaning Reusable Items. Gail Horvath of the ECRI Institute will present, and 2.4 hours of nursing CEUs are available.  

April 12 
Registration deadline: April 10 
1:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m. (ET)
Hardin Memorial Hospital 
            April 19 
Registration deadline: April 17 
10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. (ET) 
Saint Joseph East-Women’s Hospital
By Ginger - Site Admin on Thursday, March 30, 2017 10:32 AM
The AHA Annual Survey is underway, and hospital data is due by April 7. The 2016 survey is being offered ONLINE at If you have not done so before, please take advantage of the online data collection. More than 4,000 of your colleagues completed their survey electronically last year. The web-based collection tool is easy, efficient and secure. Entering the data online allows you to:

Receive real-time reports, enabling you to confirm the accuracy of your entry before submission and provide you with valuable benchmarks and analysis tools. Give access to the online survey to multiple users within your hospital. Provide historical reference data as well as instant data verification as information is entered. You will receive a separate email with your Log In and Password information. If you have questions, please contact Melanie Moch at KHA (
By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 9:41 AM
Alan Coppock at Post Acute Care ForumThe Kentucky Hospital Association’s Post Acute Care (PAC) Forum met on March 24. The PAC Forum consists of long-term acute care hospitals, physical rehabilitation hospitals, swing bed hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, hospice, home health agencies and psychiatric hospitals.

The forum met for a day-long exercise on bundled payments with a goal of determining how to manage a patient through the post acute care continuum to provide the best level of care.

The bundled payment exercise took several months of planning with a key group of PAC providers and KHA staff. The providers selected pneumonia as the primary and secondary diagnosis related group (DRG) as the bundle. The key missing piece to find was the actual costs to the provider. Participants could determine the average...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 8:16 AM
KHA is pleased to offer the 2017 Swing Bed Conference series for both critical access hospitals (CAHs) and prospective payment system (PPS) hospitals. Mary Guyot, a nurse consultant with Stroudwater Associates and the leading expert in Swing Bed management will present. The PPS conference will take place on June 6-7 and the CAH conference will take place June 8-9.

Program and registration details are available below:

PPS Hospital Program June 6-7 Brochure Online Registration   CAH Program June 8-9 Brochure...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Friday, March 24, 2017 7:56 AM

The KHA Workforce Survey will begin in April. The entire survey has been revamped and improved based on member input.

In order to obtain the most complete picture of the hospital workforce in Kentucky, KHA needs input from every hospital. If you have not already done so this year, please provide the name and email address for the person who will complete the survey in your organization.

To submit your information or if you have any questions, please contact Chuck Warnick at KHA (

By Ginger - Site Admin on Friday, March 24, 2017 7:36 AM

The Kentucky Hospitals' Circle of Friends (KHA's Political Action Committee) 2017 campaign is in full swing. Why should you join Circle of Friends?

The online contribution form is temporarily unavailable, but you can use the printable form to make your contribution today.

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

By Ginger - Site Admin on Thursday, March 23, 2017 8:46 AM

The KHA 88th Annual Convention will be held May 18-19 at the Lexington Convention Center. Make your plans now to attend. This year's program will be in the mail by tomorrow so expect to receive it next week.

The Hyatt Lexington will be the host hotel, and the program will have details on how to book your room at the group rate.

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

By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 9:28 AM
As part of KHA's mission to support its member hospitals by assuring there is an adequate, well-trained and qualified health care professional workforce for the future, the Kentucky Hospital Research and Education Foundation (KHREF) recently made a donation to support nurse education in Eastern Kentucky.

Last month, Appalachian Regional Healthcare (ARH) and Galen College of Nursing announced a partnership to offer an associate degree in nursing program at a new location based in the ARH System Center building in Hazard. In response to the continued and growing nursing shortage in the region, Galen College and ARH have joined together to offer additional nursing education opportunity, in support of both the local nursing workforce, and the need throughout Eastern Kentucky.

“The need for nurses is great in Hazard and across the region,” said Joe Grossman,...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 8:12 AM
This week the House is expected to vote on the American Health Care Act (AHCA) — legislation to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA). After working on policies to further improve AHCA, Energy & Commerce Committee Chairman Greg Walden (R-Oregon) and Ways & Means Committee Chairman Kevin Brady (R-Texas) introduced technical and policy amendments to the legislation:

Allow states to opt out of the per capita Medicaid allotment baseline and instead receive federal funds through a block grant. The grant would only apply to traditional adult and children Medicaid populations. Allow states the flexibility to implement reasonable work requirements for able-bodied adults without dependents. Modeled after work requirements in the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program with funding for elderly and disabled populations calculated through a per capita allotment. Freeze and unwind the ACA's Medicaid expansion. Help low- and middle-income individuals and families who do not receive...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 8:10 AM

The American Hospital Association will hold its annual meeting in Washington, DC, May 7-10. KHA has booked a block of rooms at The Washington Marriott Wardman Park for KHA members planning to attend. If you wish to stay at the KHA host hotel, the Marriott Wardman Park, please complete the AHA Hotel Reservation Form and return to Carol Walters at KHA ( by Friday, March 31. The reservations will be submitted to the hotel by KHA.

Please, register online at to attend the conference.

By Ginger - Site Admin on Thursday, March 16, 2017 11:03 AM

On Tuesday, April 11, KHA Solutions Group Affinity Partner SunRX will host a free webinar on 340B Trends and Drivers. SUNRx is excited to provide eligible entities with access to this 340B Industry Update. This exclusive webinar will provide the latest updates in 340B including the impact of the Trump Administration.

Speaker details and login information are available at

If you have any questions about the webinar or about how SunRx can help with your 340B program, please contact Darrell Trent at KHA Solutions Group (

By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 12:27 PM
Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility (IRF) and Long-term Care Hospital (LTCH) Quality Reporting Program (QRP) Provider Preview Reports are now available.  The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) encourages providers to review their performance data on each quality measure based on Third Quarter 2015 to Second Quarter  2016 data prior to the June 2017 LTCH Compare refresh, during which this data will be publicly displayed. Providers have until the end of the 30-day preview period (March 30, 2017) to review their data. Corrections to the underlying data will not be permitted during this time. However, providers can request a CMS review during the preview period if they believe their data is inaccurate.

For more information:

By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, March 15, 2017 7:35 AM
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is collaborating with the National Patient Safety Foundation (NPSF), which will merge with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement in May, to celebrate Patient Safety Awareness Week (March 12-18) through a series of activities recognizing the importance of keeping patients safe in all health care settings:

An ...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, March 13, 2017 9:23 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, March 13, 2017 9:17 AM

CMS has posted frequently asked questions concerning the Medicare Outpatient Observation Notice (MOON). The “MOON FAQs” are available on the CMS website at

As a reminder, the requirement for Hospitals and critical access hospitals (CAHs) to use MOON began on March 8, 2017.

By Ginger - Site Admin on Thursday, March 09, 2017 9:20 AM
Don’t miss out on the March 14 KIPSQ Safe Table on Health IT Safe Practices at the Crowne Plaza Louisville Airport. This event will be held in conjunction with the KHA Quality Symposium, March 14-15.

The safe table will begin at 9:00 a.m. (ET) with speakers from ECRI Institute and end with lunch speaker Wes Butler. Please plan to attend this exciting event and learn more about the risk of copy and paste. This is a free event for KIPSQ members, and CEU hours are provided.

Event Links Quality Symposium Brochure Symposium Registration Safe Table Agenda...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Thursday, March 09, 2017 9:10 AM
The Kentucky Center for Smoke-free Policy (KCSP) will host its 2017 Spring Conference, Smoke-free Partnerships: Past. Present. Future at DoubleTree Suites in Lexington on Tuesday, April 18.

This year's conference will feature the Centers for Disease Control's (CDC) Dr. Brian King, who was a contributing author to the 50th Anniversary Surgeon General’s Report on Smoking and Health; the lead author of the CDC’s 2014 update to the evidence-based state guide, “Best Practices for Comprehensive Tobacco Control Programs;" and one of the editors of the Surgeon General's 2016 report, E-cigarette Use Among Youth and Young Adults.There will also be continuing education (CE) credits again this year through CHES, CME and KBN. To register, visit The conference is free to attend, and registration will be open until...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, March 08, 2017 9:32 AM
The Medicare Outpatient Observation Notice (MOON) requirements went into effect February 20.The following information and resources will help hospitals ensure they are meeting the requirements correctly.

On August 6, 2015, Congress enacted the Notice of Observation Treatment and Implication for Care Eligibility Act (NOTICE Act) which requires hospitals, including critical access hospitals (CAHs), to provide written and oral explanation to individuals who receive observation services as outpatients for more than 24 hours. The process for delivery of this notice, the Medicare Outpatient Observation Notice (MOON), was addressed in rulemaking, and the resulting regulations are located at 42 CFR Part 489.20(y).

The MOON must be delivered to beneficiaries in Original Medicare (fee-for-service) and Medicare Advantage enrollees who receive observation services as outpatients for more than 24 hours....
By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, March 08, 2017 9:28 AM
Electronic prescribing (e-prescribing), which is intended to ensure that accurate, error-free and understandable prescriptions are sent directly to pharmacies, was found to lower the risks among diabetes patients of experiencing adverse drug events (ADEs) that required emergency department visits or hospitalizations. In an AHRQ-supported article, researchers examined 2011–2013 data for 3.1 million Medicare Part D beneficiaries who were 66 or older and had taken antidiabetes medications for at least 90 days.

Their analysis, published in Medical Care, showed 21 ADEs per 1,000 beneficiaries who had at least 75 percent of their medications e-prescribed. Beneficiaries with less e-prescribing, meanwhile, had more adverse drug events — with the highest rate, 44 events per 1,000 diabetes patients, occurring for those patients who had 0.1 percent to 24.9 percent of their prescriptions handled electronically.

Access the abstract...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Friday, March 03, 2017 11:13 AM
KHREF will host a Credentialing Boot Camp on April 11 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Louisville. This program provides a practical, in-depth review of aspects of credentialing, re-credentialing and privileging including primary source verification, applying criteria for appointment, reviewing the application for completeness, identifying "red flags," roles in the review and approval process, meeting management, credentialing telemedicine and allied health professionals, coordinating the peer review process and understanding negligence in credentialing.

Details are available in the brochure. You can register online to secure your seat today.

If you...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Thursday, March 02, 2017 9:36 AM
Medical malpractice lawsuits can now be filed in Kentucky at any time, but under a bill passed narrowly yesterday by the Kentucky House, peer review of malpractice cases would be required before they could go to court.

“Medical review panels” proposed under Senate Bill 4, sponsored by Senator Ralph Alvarado (R-Winchester) would be required to review any malpractice complaint against a health provider before a case based on that complaint could be filed in court. Representative Robert Benvenuti (R-Lexington) stated SB 4 “provides a balanced, unbiased and thoughtful approach for both patients and health care providers” when he presented the bill to the House on March 1.

SB 4, which passed the House 51-45, would provide mediation on the “front end” of the medical malpractice process to expedite the process and balance it out, Benvenuti noted.

The current medical malpractice process “is not a fast process,” Benvenuti stated. “It drags on for years and years and years. It...
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