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By Ginger - Site Admin on Thursday, May 24, 2018 8:52 AM
KHA will host a 340B Compliance Workshop on June 21 in Louisville. The program offers 1.5 ACHE Face-to-Face credits.

Safety net hospitals struggle to stretch scarce resources to provide crucial services to their pa tients. The 340B program is essential in ensuring that hospitals in Kentucky and nationwide are able to continue to provide pharmacy care to its most vulnerable patients.

The subject matter experts at this interactive workshop will present valuable insights on how safety net hospitals can effectively navigate the 340B program so they can improve patient outcomes and help low-income and rural patients access essential pharmacy services.

View the brochure for program details. Online registration...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 9:23 AM

The 2017 and 2018 KHA Patient Origin Reports are now available online in the Data Center section of the KHA website, Just click on the Utilization Data page of the Data Center to find them or visit for a direct link.

To review the reports, you must obtain a special password from Chuck Warnick at KHA (

By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, May 22, 2018 9:06 AM

The CDC considers this the third wave of overdose deaths in the growing epidemic, characterized by a surge in synthetic opioid overdoses, following prescription opioid deaths (first wave) and heroin deaths (second wave). The death rate for synthetic opioids doubled to 6.2 per 100,000 people in 2016.

Because fentanyl, a highly potent synthetic opioid, is increasingly mixed with other opioid and benzodiazepine pills, heroin and cocaine, the CDC suspects fentanyl is also contributing to rising death rates among those substances.

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By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, May 21, 2018 9:13 AM
The CAH Swing Bed Management Training with Supplemental Review of the UMRHRC PI/QI Measures from the Pilot Project will be held June 6-7 at KHA Headquarters in Louisville.The program is intended to assist small rural CAH hospitals with training for their staff to improve the quality of their swing bed program.

It will optimize the patient outcome, increase utilization and revenue while preventing denials for their swing bed services. Given the longer training program, more time than in the past will be spent on discussing day-to-day operations.

For details, visit the event page. You can register online to secure your place in this training event.

By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, May 21, 2018 8:42 AM
Russell County Hospital, located in South Central Kentucky, in the beautiful Lake Cumberland area is in search of a Chief Executive Officer (CEO). The facility is looking for someone to provide the leadership, strategic guidance and management direction to all aspects of the hospital operations, while ensuring compliance with the hospital’s mission, vision, values, goals, strategic direction and applicable laws and regulations.

The CEO is accountable for safe and quality patient care, developing and managing a financially sound annual operation budget and long-term capital expenditure plan. He or she must maintain effective relationships with the Board of Directors, medical staff, patients, employees and the community.

Minimum Education:

Master’s Degree in a health care related field such as MHA/MBA preferred, or a BS/BA in a health care related with a business related masters, or the equivalent in education and experience. Minimum Experience...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Thursday, May 17, 2018 10:55 AM
The University of Kentucky School of Law will host the 2018 Kentucky Health Law Institute September 13 and 14 in Lexington.

Tentative Topics Include:

Lessons Learned From Leasing: A Blueprint for Aligning Physician Practices with Health Systems Anatomy of a False Claim- Version 2.0 30 Years in the Trenches: A False Claims Act Litigator's Unique Perspectives Executive Compensation in Healthcare: Tips and Traps Moral Dilemmas and Legal Ethics for the Healthcare Attorney A Rock and a Hard Place: Payer Reimbursement for ED Visits Kentucky's Independent Licensure Boards: Antitrust, KRS 13B and Due Process Pings that Go Bump in the Night: A Discussion of Health Care Cybersecurity Threats, Prevention Tips, and Mitigation Tactics Aligning Patient and Provider: Can Kentucky Be an Innovator in Liability Reform? Medicaid...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, May 15, 2018 8:53 AM
Jane Wheatley and Jerry PennerThe Kentucky Hospital Association (KHA) presented several awards during the Association’s Awards Luncheon on May 11 at the 89th Annual KHA Convention in Lexington.

The highlight of the luncheon was the installment of the 2018-2019 Chair of the KHA Board of Trustees Jane Wheatley, chief executive officer of Taylor Regional Hospital in Campbellsville. Wheatley will begin her tenure as Chair on July 1.

KHA’s Award of Excellence was presented to Sally Davenport, president and chief executive offer of Ephraim McDowell Health in Danville. This is a prestigious KHA award bestowed upon individuals who have made significant contributions to health care in Kentucky.

Davenport has an extensive background in clinical nursing and served in nurse executive roles at Ephraim McDowell...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, May 09, 2018 8:29 AM

Don't forget, the KHA 89th Annual Convention starts tomorrow, May 10 and runs through Friday, May 11 at the Hyatt Regency and Lexington Convention Center. There will be no daily news email during Convention.

If you have not registered, on site registration is available with credit card payments. 

Remember to download the Kentucky Hospital Association app to your mobile device for schedules, maps and presentations. The presentations are also available for download on the Convention web page,

By Ginger - Site Admin on Friday, May 04, 2018 8:53 AM
KHA App ScreenshotKHA's mobile app is great resource for Convention and beyond! The app not only provides all the details, maps, schedules and presentations for Convention, but also includes information members can use year round!

The app includes:

Hospital Directory; KHA Staff Directory; Events Calendar; Advocacy Information; Sponsors; and More As The App Evolves. If you downloaded the Convention app last year, you can simply update the app on your mobile device. Sometimes after an app update, rebooting your device can be helpful.

App Store ScreenshotFor new app users, visit the App Store...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Thursday, May 03, 2018 9:05 AM

There is only one week left until KHA's 89th Annual Convention at the Lexington Convention Center. The event will include two days of educational programs and excellent opportunities to network with your colleagues from around the state.

KHA's Convention registration is available on KHA's brand new website, If you have not visited and set up your account, now is the perfect opportunity to do so. If you've registered on the old site in the past, you should already have an account in the new system. Your user name will be your email address, and you just need to reset your account with a new password.

View the Convention website or Convention program...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, May 01, 2018 8:54 AM
The Kentucky Hospital Association (KHA) invites your facility to take advantage of, a statewide ​recruitment ​platform called .

This online resource ​offer​s​ a cost-effective recruitment solution to help combat workforce shortages, reduce third-party agencies, replace ineffective forms of advertising​ and provide a direct link to quality health care professionals. By utilizing HospitalCareers, ​hospitals can make the most of limited budgets while saving valuable time attracting candidates directly into their applicant tracking systems.

Benefits for Kentucky Hospitals: ​

Exposure through National Network ...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Thursday, April 26, 2018 10:40 AM

During KHA's 89th Annual Convention, May 10-11 in Lexington, the keynote speaker Ben Nemtin will challenge attendees to dream bigger and achieve more. He energizes people to unbury the life they want in a high-energy message that will motivate you to shake off mediocrity and live up to your greatness. Nemtin’s poignant, inspirational and often hilarious presentation weaves the compelling story of how “The Buried Life” started with 100 impossible dreams scribbled down on a piece of paper in a dorm room and grew into a global movement of millions, connecting his story to the fabric of our daily lives. Nemtin also will share six signature steps to crossing anything off your list. He will leave you inspired and equipped to tackle any goal, knowing it’s never too late to start your list!

KHA's Convention registration is available on KHA's brand new website,
By Ginger - Site Admin on Thursday, April 26, 2018 10:34 AM

The 2018 Kentucky Hospitals' Circle of Friends political action committee campaign (PAC) is in full swing! Now, it's even easier to join the Circle with an online contribution form.

The form is available in the Advocacy section of

For more information, contact Pam Kirchem at KHA (

By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 9:02 AM
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KHA Solutions Group Affinity Partner SUNRx provides comprehensive, auditable technology solutions and high-touch customer service with a hands-on approach to program implementation, contract pharmacy setup and ongoing program management. They offer:

User-Friendly Covered Entity & Contract Pharmacy Interface

Dashboard reporting, claim trends, utilization by pharmacy Cloud-based virtual inventory management solution Extensive Network of More Than 22,000 Contracted 340B Pharmacies

National and regional chains Independent pharmacies In-house hospital pharmacies Customer Service

Seamless implementation High-touch program management Dedicated account executive to each covered entity Dedicated account manager to each contract pharmacy For more information on how SUNRx can help your facility, contact Pam Kirchem...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Friday, April 20, 2018 10:17 AM

There are now Kentucky Medicaid Waiver resources for hospitals available on the KHA website, You must be signed in to view the page, which you can reach directly at or via the Advocacy page of the website.

If you have any questions, please contact Nancy Galvagni at KHA.

By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, April 18, 2018 8:54 AM

KHA is excited to bring two new tracks to this year's Convention, May 10-11 in Lexington. In addition to the Nurse Leaders, Health Care Attorneys and Physician Tracks, this year's event will feature Tracks for Hospital Trustees and Foundation Directors.

Trustees can participate in a two-part session on Governing in Today's Health Care World.

Foundation Directors will learn Lessons for Charities from the 2017 Tax Reform, explore how to Create, Enhance and Elevate a Culture of Philanthropy in Health Care.

KHA's Convention registration is available on KHA's brand new website, If you have not visited and set up your account, now is the perfect opportunity to do so. If you've registered on the old site in the past, you should already have an account in the new system. Your user name will be your email address, and you just need to reset...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 8:56 AM
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While hospitals prefer to avoid temporary staffing, the use of travelers remains a viable solution when more traditional approaches are not successful.

Qualivis is a national provider of health care workforce solutions, specializing in supplemental staffing, but able to fill a broad spectrum of clinical and non-clinical positions through its nationwide network of more than 100 staffing agencies.

Qualivis simplifies the staffing process by offering one contract and one point of contact at no cost to the health care employer.

Qualivis is a Managed Service Provider (MSP), wholly owned by the South Carolina Hospital Association (SCHA). For 15 years, they have been helping state hospital associations provide supplemental staffing for every clinical and non-clinical department.

Benefits include:...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, April 09, 2018 3:57 PM

The room block for KHA's 89th Annual Convention, May 10-11 in Lexington is only available until April 18. Please make your reservations by April 18 to assure that you will receive the convention rate ($159/night). Reservations requests after the cutoff date will be confirmed on an availability basis.

Hyatt Regency Lexington Reservations: (800) 233-1234 Online Reservations:

KHA's Convention registration is available on KHA's brand new website, If you have not visited and set up your account, now is the perfect opportunity to do so. If you've registered on the old site in the past, you should already have an account in the new system. Your user name will be your email address,...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Thursday, April 05, 2018 10:01 AM
Safety Net Hospitals struggle to stretch scarce resources to provide crucial services to their patients while meeting their bottom line. It doesn’t have to be this way. When managed compliantly, the 340B program does what it was intended to do: secure the financial future of safety net organizations who serve the nation’s vulnerable population. The 340B program can have a significantly positive impact for hospitals, their patients, and their communities if hospitals know how to administer and manage the program effectively.

By utilizing KHA Solution Group's Affinity Partner SUNRx as their 340B Administrator, safety net hospitals have the ability to tap into the benefits the 340B program can provide:

Increasing financial support that enables hospitals to provide better care

Improving patient outcomes

Helping the indigent/uninsured gain access to the discounted medications they need.

SUNRx’s uninsured discount prescription card program provides a conduit for safety...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Thursday, March 29, 2018 8:30 AM

Registration is now open for KHA's 89th Annual Convention, May 10-11 in Lexington. Join your colleagues from across the state for two days of engaging presentations, continuing education credits, ACHE face-to-face credits and excellent opportunities for networking.

Online registration is available on KHA's brand new website, If you have not visited and set up your account, now is the perfect opportunity to do so. If you've registered on the old site in the past, you should already have an account in the new system. Your user name will be your email address, and you just need to reset your account with a new password.

View the Convention program for agenda and location details.

If you have any questions,...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 9:01 AM
The American Hospital Association (AHA) will hold its annual meeting in Washington D.C., May 6-9. The AHA Luncheon starts on Sunday, May 6 at noon.

KHA has booked a block of rooms at Kimpton Hotel Palomar for KHA members planning to attend. If you wish to stay at the KHA host hotel, at your expense, please complete the AHA Hotel Reservation Form and return to Claire Arant at KHA ( by Friday, March 30. The reservations will be submitted to the hotel by KHA.

The KHA Legislative Committee will meet on Tuesday, May 7, and participants will meet with their U.S. legislators during Capitol Hill appointments on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 7 and 8.

Please, register online at to attend the conference.

By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, March 06, 2018 12:05 PM
KHA is pleased to announce the 3rd Quarter 2017 Hospital CEO Dashboard Report. KHA has sent the reports via email to all hospital CEOs. The CEO Dashboard contains: 

Hospital Utilization Data  Hospital Physician Data (Attending and Surgical)  Hospital Product Line Distribution  Financial Data (Payer Information)  Quality Data  Workforce Data **KHA will collect Referring Physician data as of October 1, 2017, and future reports will contain Referring and Surgical Physician data.

The data sources for this report includes KHA InfoSuite, Kentucky Quality Counts (K-HIIN) data, Hospital Compare and KHA Annual Workforce Survey data.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding the data, please contact Chuck Warnick ( or Melanie Moch (

By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, March 06, 2018 9:35 AM
The AHA Annual Survey for fiscal year 2017 is now open. KHA will again provide front-line support for Kentucky hospitals. KHA's goal is to reach 80% participation by the state's hospitals. Please, complete the survey by May 18, 2018.

It is vitally important to collect accurate and updated information about all institutions 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 2017 survey is being offered ONLINE at If you have not done so before, you are encouraged to 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...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, March 05, 2018 9:43 AM
By Ginger - Site Admin on Friday, March 02, 2018 9:45 AM
KHA held its first of  four spring district meetings today. Please, register now for the 3 remaining districts. This is a great opportunity to be involved with the Association and network with your peers.

TODAY  Cumberland District Saint Joseph London        March 16  Blue Grass District  Gateway Rehabilitation Hospital Florence     March 22  Twin Lakes District Baptist Health Madisonville     March 23  Ohio Valley District  KHA Headquarters Louisville See the brochure for more details on the agenda and registration. If you have any questions, please contact Pam...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 9:18 AM
The long-awaited revised home health conditions of participation were effective January 13. The importance of knowing the content and expectations for accreditation surveys is imperative whether your agency has deemed status through an accreditation organization or a survey by your state agency. On March 1, KHA will host a 90-minute webinar to provide a review of key aspects of the final version of the interpretive guidelines for the home health conditions of participation (HH CoP), the first changes in HH COP since 1996.

View the brochure for agenda details. Online registration is open for you convenience.

If you have any questions, please contact Sharon Perkins at...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, February 27, 2018 9:12 AM
On March 6, KHA will host a webinar s devoted to reviewing the current status of Recovery Audit Contractor (RAC) activities along with due consideration to the new contracts, scope of works, and various RAC approved issues.

Included in this program will be recent events surrounding the RACs and the backlog of appeals at the Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) and Medicare Appeals Council (MAC) level. OMHA has proposed several different ways to address their enormous backlog of appeals including statistical extrapolation, settlement conferences, and administrative agreements. One of the main issues is that of medical necessity for inpatient admissions. The inpatient issues have sparked the development of the ‘Over 2-Midnights’ rule. CMS has also proposed changes to the appeals process in order to expedite the resolution of the backlog of appeals. The expansion of the RACs to the Medicare Advantage Programs is still in the works with the Risk Adjustment Data Validation (RADV) with a concentration on both comprehensive...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Friday, February 23, 2018 9:58 AM

The Medicare EHR Incentive Program attestation deadline for eligible hospitals and CAHs has been changed from Wednesday, February 28, 2018, to Friday, March 16, 2018, at 11:59 p.m. (PT). Similarly, the attestation deadline for the Hospital IQR Program electronic clinical quality measure (eCQM) data submission for the Calendar Year (CY) 2017 reporting period has been changed from Wednesday, February 28, 2018, to Friday, March 16, 2018, at 11:59 p.m. (PT).

CMS states that some hospitals and their health information technology (IT) vendors need additional time to submit their eCQM data and attest for Medicare EHR Incentive Program requirements.

By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, February 20, 2018 9:42 AM
The deadline is fast approaching for providers to submit data for the 2017 Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) performance period to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Eligible clinicians must submit before March 31 to avoid the negative payment adjustment for each claim beginning January 1, 2019.

You are strongly encouraged to submit your data prior to the deadline to avoid a 4% decrease in Medicare reimbursement in 2019. 

MIPS Test Data Submission is easy, free and you have access to free assistance from the atom Alliance Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) and Qsource.

To determine if you are required to participate in the MIPS, use the MIPS Eligibility Tool at and enter your NPI. 

View the Clinician Advisory...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Thursday, February 08, 2018 9:52 AM
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) Annual Call for Measures for Eligible Hospitals and Critical Access Hospitals participating in the Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program is now open. Submit a measure proposal ...
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