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By Ginger - Site Admin on Thursday, August 30, 2018 11:44 AM
From AHA: Hospitals wishing to qualify for the payment adjustment for low-volume hospitals in fiscal year 2019 must make a written request for low-volume status to their Medicare Administrative Contractor no later than Sept. 1, 2018, per the instructions outlined in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' inpatient prospective payment system final rule for FY 2019. See page 16 of the AHA Advisory for more information. In addition, applications for hospital reclassifications for FY 2020 are due by Sept. 4, 2018. This also is the deadline for canceling a previous wage index reclassification withdrawal, or termination. See pages 18 and 19 of the ...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, August 28, 2018 8:51 AM
Arnett Carbiss Toothman LogoKHA is grateful for the support of its Annual Sponsors! Through their generous donations, KHA is better able to support its members and provide a wide array of services. Please join KHA in thanking Bronze Sponsor Arnett Carbis Toothman!

Arnett Carbis Toothman (ACT) provides forward-thinking companies and businesses an array of class-leading services, supported by nearly three quarters of a century of accounting and consulting experience. ACT team leaders and associates are well regarded in their fields and adept at pinpointing and executing the most efficient and cost effective services necessary to maintain the rhythm of your business.

For more information, visit the ACT website at https://www.actcpas.com/....
By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, August 28, 2018 8:49 AM
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Today’s specialized workforce shortage is one of the most critical challenges facing health care leaders across the country. To help combat this issue, KHA Solutions Group's new Affinity Partner offers Kentucky health care organizations the ability to take advantage of the health care industry’s most cost-effective recruitment network and platform: HospitalCareers.com.

HospitalCareers.com is the health care industry's leading hospital jobs site that connects health care candidates and hospitals to find their perfect match. Through their network of twenty-four state hospital associations and integration with advanced online recruitment...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Friday, August 24, 2018 9:46 AM
KHA will host member meetings in each of the four districts throughout the state in September. Online registration is now open! Use the corresponding links below to reserve your seat for your district's meeting. This is a great opportunity to be involved with the Association and network with your peers.

September 7 Cumberland District Registration Hazard ARH Regional Medical Center   September 11 Blue Grass District Registration...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Thursday, August 23, 2018 8:15 AM

The KHA Trustee Conference will be held September 21 at Churchill Downs in Louisville. Join your colleagues from across the state for this timely event designed specifically for hospital trustees. Conference speaker Karma Bass, MPH, FACHE explains details about the agenda in the video below.

By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, August 21, 2018 9:53 AM
As part of the HRET Hospital Improvement Innovation Network (HIIN), hospital quality, patient safety and clinical leaders are offered the opportunity to participate in the “Foundations for Change” and the “Accelerating Improvement” Fellowships.

These Fellowships are a partnership between HRET, the state hospital association, and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, and were conducted from January through July of this year. The Fellowships consisted of interactive webinars and online courses on key topics in quality improvement and patient safety, designed to build capacity and “bench strength” in Kentucky to drive ongoing reduction in health care-associated harm.

KHA salutes the new Kentucky Fellows from the following hospitals successfully completed the Fellowships:

Baptist Health Madisonville (Angela Giffin-Walls) Bourbon Community Hospital (Johnya Earlywine) Clark Regional Medical Center (Angie Leach, Deanna Wells, Kelly Stratton, ...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, August 21, 2018 9:41 AM
The Kentucky Chapter of ACHE is offering 1.5 hours of ACHE credits in Owensboro on Thursday, September 20 in conjunction with the Healthcare Coalition Conference (HCC).

This is the chapter’s first time teaming up with the hospital facility engineers, material managers, safety and security and emergency management officers.

The Kentucky ACHE is offering a panel discussion on Aligning Evidence-Based Design and Evidenced-Based Medicine to Design a More Efficient and High Quality Patient-Centered Health Care Delivery Model.

For ACHE, the Healthcare Coalition Conference has created a special one-day rate of $175. You can attend the ACHE session from 9:15 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. (CT) and if your schedule allows, you can stay for the full day of education.Highlights include:

Breakfast (with live music) State of the State – Mike Rust, KHA President at 8:00 a.m. (CT) HCC “Lightning Round” – five 5-minute presentations (the BEST of the...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, August 20, 2018 9:23 AM
Boehringer Ingelheim LogoKHA is grateful for the support of its Annual Sponsors! Through their generous donations, KHA is better able to support its members and provide a wide array of services. Please join KHA in thanking Bronze Sponsor Boehringer Ingelheim!

Family owned since 1885, Boehringer Ingelheim is one of the pharmaceutical industry’s top 20 companies. Improving health and quality of life for patients is the goal of this research-driven pharmaceutical company.

For more information, visit the Boehringer Ingelheim website at https://www.boehringer-ingelheim.com/.

To become a sponsor, contact Claire Arant...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Friday, August 17, 2018 8:38 AM
Kentucky hospitals were were recognized in U.S. News and World Report's latest rankings of the best hospitals in the country. Six hospitals in Kentucky were recognized as nationally ranked or high performing in different specialties (according to the magazine's methodology):

UK Chandler Medical Center, Lexington Nationally ranked in four specialties: Cancer, Diabetes & Endocrinology; Ear, Nose & Throat; and Orthopedics High Performing in 5 Specialty Procedures/Conditions   Baptist Health Lexington High Performing in 8 Specialty Procedures/Conditions   Baptist Health Louisville High Performing in 7 Specialty Procedures/Conditions   Norton Hospital, Louisville High Performing in 6 Specialty Procedures/Conditions   St. Elizabeth Healthcare, Edgewood-Covington High Performing in 6 Specialty Procedures/Conditions   Jewish Hospital, Louisville High Performing in 3 Specialty Procedures/Condition Visit the magazine's...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Thursday, August 16, 2018 9:18 AM
IKORCC LogoKHA is grateful for the support of its Annual Sponsors! Through their generous donations, KHA is better able to support its members and provide a wide array of services. Please join KHA in thanking Diamond Sponsor the Indiana/Kentucky/Ohio Regional Council of Carpenters!

The Indiana/Kentucky/Ohio Regional Council of Carpenters (IKORCC) represents more than 32,000 professional tradespeople in 33 locals in Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky and parts of West Virginia and Tennessee. A proud affiliate of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters, which has a century-plus tradition of representing the best of the building trades, the council works in partnership with more than 30,000 contractors, helping them find the best possible talent for their projects.

For more information,...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Thursday, August 16, 2018 8:41 AM

KHA is pleased to release the Utilization Trend Report, updated with data from First Quarter 2014 through First Quarter 2018.

A copy of the report is available on the KHA website's Data Center, under Utilization.

If you have any questions, please contact Chuck Warnick at KHA (cwarnick@kyha.com).

By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, August 13, 2018 8:23 AM

KHA recently updated its member database software. As the Association uses this software to send out group emails, some hospitals may be blocking those messages thinking they are spam.

In order to ensure you receive communications from KHA, please make sure you add kyha@memberclicks-mail.net to your list of approved senders. You might also want to alert your IT team to this change.

By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, August 01, 2018 8:30 AM
The Kentucky Association for Healthcare Recruitment (KAHCR), affiliated with the National Association for Healthcare Recruitment (NAHCR), is welcoming new members! The KAHCR chapter membership includes health care recruitment professionals across the State of Kentucky and Southern Indiana. The chapter's mission is to provide a forum for those professionals engaged in the recruitment of health care personnel for their institutions, through which programs may be developed for the promotion of Kentucky and Southern Indiana.

The group also provides educational programs and engages subject matter experts  on various topics. The chapter meets bi-monthly (see below for details on the next meeting).

If you would like more information about KAHCR, would like to attend a scheduled meeting at no charge or would like to know how to join, please contact KAHCR President Casey Richeson (casey.richeson@owensborohealth.org) or KAHCR Treasurer Chera Cummings...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, July 30, 2018 10:11 AM

GRW LogoKHA is grateful for the support of its Annual Sponsors! Through their generous donations, KHA is better able to support its members and provide a wide array of services. Please join KHA in thanking Corporate Sponsor GRW!

GRW’s in-house architectural and engineering design professionals offer you exceptional service and experience to solve a wide range of design challenges.

For more information, visit the GRW website at http://www.grwinc.com/.

To become a sponsor, contact Claire Arant at KHA (carant@kyha.com).

By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, July 30, 2018 10:01 AM

Two of KHA's biggest annual events are scheduled — the Health Care Leadership Conference and Annual Convention — so mark your calendar now and plan to attend! Additional information will be available in the coming months.

KHA Health Care Leadership Conference
November 9
Marriott East
Louisville

KHA 90th Annual Convention
May 8-10, 2019
Lexington Convention Center/Hyatt Regency Lexington

By Ginger - Site Admin on Friday, July 27, 2018 8:35 AM

The Kentucky Trustee is a quarterly newsletter 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 summer edition of the Kentucky Trustee is available at https://www.kyha.com/assets/docs/Publications/KT/KTSummer2018.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 Ginger Dreyer at KHA (502-426-6220 or 800-945-4542 or via e-mail at gdreyer@kyha.com).

By Ginger - Site Admin on Friday, July 27, 2018 8:12 AM
Churchill Downs PhotoThe KHA Trustee Conference will be held September 21 at Churchill Downs in Louisville. Join your colleagues from across the state for this timely event designed specifically for hospital trustees. This conference is built on networking, education and idea exchange. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to talk with your peers about similar challenges and discover new skills to overcome them.

View the brochure for Conference details. Online registration...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Thursday, July 26, 2018 9:06 AM
KHA is urging the Kentucky congressional delegation to sign a bipartisan Dear Colleague Letter that is being circulated in Congress by the House Ways and Means Committee. The letter deals with CMS’ proposal to make major changes to the system under which patients are functionally assessed and classified under Medicare. This impacts the Medicare patients that need inpatient rehabilitation care and the seven freestanding and 11 hospital-based rehabilitation units (IRFs) in Kentucky’s hospitals who care for and rehabilitate patients who have experienced major medical events such as traumatic brain injuries, strokes and spinal cord injuries.

The letter asks important questions of CMS and highlights concerns with this proposal. KHA has asked all of Kentucky's Congressmen to sign onto the letter, which expresses concerns about this CMS proposal and encourages the agency...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Thursday, July 26, 2018 8:17 AM

If a CMS surveyor showed up at your hospital tomorrow, would you know what to do? Two upcoming KHA seminars will cover the 2018 changes in the CMS Hospital Conditions of Participation (CoPs). Hospitals have seen a significant increase in survey activity by CMS, so this is a great way to educate everyone in your hospital on all the sections in the CMS hospital manual especially ones that apply to their department.

By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 9:36 AM
On July 13, the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) filed changes to the State Health Plan – the guiding methodology for formal review under the Certificate of Need (CON) program. These changes were filed in two regulations – ordinary and emergency. The E-reg deletes the Post Acute Transitional Care pilot project (passage of SB 123) and an Ordinary Regulation combines required changes from the passage of HB 444 as well as other recommendations received during the pre-comment period. (Click the bill numbers above for full text of the regulations.) KHA's summary of the changes identifies if these were KHA-supported or...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 9:24 AM

The Health Resources and Services Administration's Workplace Partnership for Life Hospital Organ Donation Campaign recently recognized more than 1,200 hospitals and transplant centers nationwide, including 314 small and rural hospitals, for outstanding efforts to promote organ donation awareness and registration.

The 17 Kentucky hospitals below reached platinum, gold, silver and bronze recognition levels for their organ, eye, and tissue donation and registration efforts between October 1, 2017, and April 30, 2018.

By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, July 24, 2018 3:05 PM

As this year's Kentucky Hospitals' Circle of Friends political action committee (PAC) campaign continues, many hospitals' local campaigns have seen great success! Each Kentucky hospital has a goal each year for their Circle of Friends campaign. The following 27 hospitals have already met their goals this year!

By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, July 24, 2018 8:19 AM

Work Plan Cover ImageA copy of the 2018-2019 KHA Work Plan is now available online.

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 2018 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 2019.

By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, July 24, 2018 8:07 AM

AMN Healthcare LogoKHA is grateful for the support of its Annual Sponsors! Through their generous donations, KHA is better able to support its members and provide a wide array of services. Please join KHA in thanking Silver Sponsor AMN Healthcare!

AMN is a leader and innovator in health care workforce solutions and staffing services to health care facilities nationwide.

For more information, visit the AMN website at http://www.AMNHealthcare.com.

To become a sponsor, contact Claire Arant at KHA (carant@kyha.com).

By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, July 24, 2018 7:56 AM

If you are new to KHA, or if you just need a refresher about what the Association does for you, there is a new tool to help! Visit the new KHA Membership Guide online at https://www.kyha.com/membership-guide.

The guide provides a short overview of KHA's governance and services as well as where to find more details on the website. The Staff section of the guide also provides a listing of staff members to contact based on different topics/issues you may wish to discuss.

If you have any questions, the KHA staff is here to serve you.

By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, July 23, 2018 8:13 AM

TEG LogoKHA is grateful for the support of its Annual Sponsors! Through their generous donations, KHA is better able to support its members and provide a wide array of services. Please join KHA in thanking this year's first Diamond Sponsor, TEG!

TEG is a national architecture, planning, interior design and visualization firm specialized in developing comprehensive solutions for complex health care facilities.

For more information, visit the TEG website at http://www.teg123.com.

To become a sponsor, contact Claire Arant at KHA (carant@kyha.com).

By Ginger - Site Admin on Friday, July 20, 2018 9:21 AM
Yesterday, the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) released the following statement on Kentucky HEALTH:

We had hoped for a quick federal re-approval that would allow the transformative Kentucky HEALTH program to start August 1, avoiding delayed access to services for beneficiaries and costly system changes. We have been working with CMS on the details of the re-approval process, including the status of dental and vision benefits, and have now received updated guidance that CMS will hold a 30-day federal comment and evaluation period, making it clear that the program will not begin as soon as we hoped.

Under Kentucky HEALTH, some beneficiaries would have been able to use their My Rewards Accounts to pay for routine vision and dental services. Due to the delay in implementation of the My Rewards program, there was no legal authority to pay for these services out of the My Rewards account. In order to mitigate the consequences of the judge’s ruling, and avoid a prolonged...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Thursday, July 19, 2018 8:53 AM
Did you, or someone you know, make it a professional goal to sit for the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) Board of Governors (BOG) Exam? If so,  the Kentucky Chapter of ACHE is sponsoring a FREE day-long BOG Prep Course to help you become board certified.

Kentucky is fortunate to have many health care leaders and ACHE fellows who have agreed to teach on the material you will be tested on in the ten knowledge areas. All you need to do is to let KY ACHE know you plan to attend and then show up ready to learn.

When: Friday, August 17 Time: All day (details are in the survey monkey link below for registering) Where: Harshaw Trane at 12700 Plantside Drive, Louisville, KY 40299 (502-499-7000) Cost: Free to all members and anyone interested in joining ACHE

To register, go to

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ACHE2018BOGprep

Below is a link to information on Advancing to Fellow:...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Thursday, July 19, 2018 8:18 AM
KHA will host member meetings in each of the four districts throughout the state in September. Please, mark your calendar now. This is a great opportunity to be involved with the Association and network with your peers.

September 7 Cumberland District Hazard ARH Regional Medical Center   September 11 Blue Grass District HealthSouth Cardinal Hill Rehabilitation Hospital September 27 Twin Lakes District The Medical Center Bowling Green   September 28 Ohio Valley District KHA Headquarters Louisville   Please see the Save the Date Flyer...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 12:52 PM
The Health Resources and Services Administration's (HRSA's) Office of Pharmacy Affairs will host a webinar on August 8 to assist covered entities with the recertification process for the 340B drug savings program.

Hospitals can join the webinar, which takes place from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. (ET), by visiting https://hrsaseminar.adobeconnect.com/dpp_340b_pepi/.

The conference number is 800-967-7154 and participant passcode is 847321.

All 340B hospitals are required to recertify with HRSA to ensure they continue to meet the 340B hospital eligibility requirements. The hospital recertification process runs from August 15 to September 12. HRSA recently stated it may request additional information from covered entities during the registration process. These additional program integrity requests are specific to hospital eligibility documentation and contract pharmacy agreements of all covered entities...
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