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By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 8:58 AM
On May 31, KHA will host a webinar on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' (CMS) Hospital Improvement Act Proposed Changes presented by Sue Dill Calloway.

CMS has proposed some significant changes to the hospital conditions of participation (CoPs) that every hospital should know including critical access hospitals. This includes changes to nursing, medical records, infection control, QAPI, patient rights and restraint and seclusion. It will also require all hospitals to have an antibiotic stewardship program and what the program should include. It will include a prohibition on discrimination which must be given to patients in writing.

View the flyer for details and register online...
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 http://www.new-kyha.com/Portals/5/EventBrochures/SunRxWebinar.pdf.

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 (dtrent@kyha.com).

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 http://hret.adobeconnect.com/aha0117/event/registration.html?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=NewsNow.  ...
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 (ecobb@kyha.com) to register and receive login information.

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 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.

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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 www.kymmis.com 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 http://www.kymmis.com/workshop/default.aspx and follow the link to register....
By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, September 07, 2016 9:14 AM
SANE Webinar Cover ImageOn September 15, KHA, along with the Kentucky Office of Inspector General and the Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs, will host a webinar on the SANE-Ready Hospital: What it Means and How to Achieve It.

The Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence (SAFE) Act passed in the 2016 General Assembly. This is a comprehensive measure which seeks to address a number of barriers to providing both health care services and justice for victims of sexual assault. Key to hospitals, the SAFE Act seeks to improve the quality of care sexual assault victims receive by the establishment of the SANE-ready designation for acute care hospitals. SANE stands for Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner. In order to qualify for the designations, hospitals must certify they have a SANE nurse on call 24/7.

For program details, view the brochure....
By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, August 31, 2016 9:54 AM

The Kentucky Hospital Association, in partnership with the American Heart Association, is providing a webinar series for small and rural hospitals with the goal to provide rural hospitals with a clinical update on improving recognition, treatment and sometimes transfer of stroke patients in a timely manner. Rural hospital emergency department staff and other nurses and physicians involved in the care of potential stroke patients are invited to attend.

View the brochure for program details and registration information.

By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, August 24, 2016 9:01 AM
Sue Dill Calloway PortraitOn September 15, KHA will host a webinar on Legal and Risk Management Issues in the Emergency Department (ED).

With the emergency department (ED) being a high-risk area of liability for the hospital, the presentation will focus on legal and risk management issues that health care providers face while caring for patients in this high-risk environment.

During this session, Sue Dill Calloway will explain how to comply with selected Centers for Medicare Medicaid Services (CMS) hospital CoPs and Joint Commission standards that are problematic for emergency department staff and include how the visitation law affects the ED and the CMS anesthesia standards on the use of deep or moderate sedation in the ED. Calloway will further discuss the impact of the new CMS worksheets along with...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, August 24, 2016 8:45 AM
PBR Webinar Cover ImageOn September 13, KHA will host a a webinar on the Provider-Based Rules Update for 2016.

Hospitals are increasingly establishing provider-based clinics of all types. While hospitals can enjoy increased revenues from provider-based clinics, compliance with all the rules and regulations is challenging. The provider-based rule (PBR) is complex and there are definite ambiguities. Recent changes in the supervisory requirements for provider-based operations have created confusion and new compliance challenges.

During this workshop, Duane Abbey, PhD,CFP, will describe the overall purpose and function of the provider-based rule and address critical information concerning physician supervisory changes, as well as discuss the future of provider-based clinics.

Details can be found in the brochure, and registration is now open online.

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By Ginger - Site Admin on Friday, August 19, 2016 8:29 AM
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will host two webinars in August that highlight how to participate successfully in the Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs in 2016 based on the criteria outlined in the October 2015 final rule. The first webinar will discuss criteria for eligible professionals (EPs) and the second will highlight requirements for eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals (CAHs). Please use the links below to register.

2016 EHR Incentive...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, August 15, 2016 10:53 AM
On September 13, KHREF will host a webinar to help health providers prepare to meet their obligations under Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

On May 18, 2016, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Office for Civil Rights (OCR) issued the implementing regulation for Section 1557 of the ACA. The regulation builds upon longstanding nondiscrimination regulations and provides important new protections, including prohibitions against sex discrimination in health programs and activities and nondiscrimination requirements for health insurance programs and activities. By eliminating barriers that are based on discrimination, Section 1557 is important to achieving the Affordable Care Act’s goals of expanding access to health care and coverage, eliminating barriers, and reducing health disparities.

View the brochure for details and register today...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Thursday, August 11, 2016 8:47 AM

The Kentucky Hospital Research and Education Foundation (KHREF) is partnering with Blue and Co. to provide a summer series of webinars and a face-to-face conference for critical access hospital (CAH) CEOs and CFOs along with other financial leaders in the CAH setting. These programs are provided to Kentucky CAHs through support by the Rural Hospital Flexibility Program (Flex Grant) and the Kentucky Office of Rural Health.

Webinars will be held August 16 and 25, and an in-person workshop is planned for September 15 in Louisville.

View the brochure for program details and registration information.

If you have any questions, please contact Elizabeth Cobb at KHA (ecobb@kyha.com).

By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, July 20, 2016 9:41 AM

LanguageLine (Pacific Interpreters) is hosting a free webinar on Tuesday, August 2 for health care providers to learn about essential consumers’ rights under Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and guidance on how to meet your obligations to protect the civil rights of Limited English Proficient and Deaf and Hard of Hearing populations.

The 60-minute webinar includes:

  • An overview of the new requirements
  • „Helpful tips for organizations seeking to comply „„
  • Northeast Georgia Health System’s experience developing and implementing a language access plan

To register, visit https://engage.vevent.com/rt/languagelineservicesinc~080216.

By Ginger - Site Admin on Friday, July 01, 2016 9:14 AM

On July 21, KHA will host a webinar on succeeding during the age of MACRA. David Schulke, president of Health Quality Strategies, will help participants understand upcoming major trends in the health care market, emergency Medicare policies and how partners within the health care community can align for mutually beneficial objectives.

View the event brochure for program details and visit the KHA Events page to register today.

If you have any questions, please contact Carol Walters at KHA (cwalters@kyha.com).

By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, May 17, 2016 6:46 AM
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is hosting listening sessions this week to share more information about the recently released Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM).

Overview of the MACRA NPRM

Date: Tuesday, May 17 Time: 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. (ET) Details: The Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA)...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Friday, May 06, 2016 7:58 AM
Don’t forget to register for the May 10 MLN Connects® National Provider Call, MACRA Listening Session: Quality Payment Program Proposed Rule. This call will be an opportunity for stakeholders, specifically Part B Fee-For-Service clinicians, and state and national associations that represent health care providers, to provide the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) with early feedback on the proposed policy for the Quality Payment Program. To participate, visit the MLN Connects Event Registration page. Space may be limited, so please register early.

CMS also encourages you to register for:

The...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, April 25, 2016 10:30 AM
KHA will host a webinar on May 3 to help you learn how the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act (MACRA) will impact reimbursement for your organization.

In April 2015, Congress passed MACRA, which made the news for eliminating the dysfunctional Sustainable Growth Rate formula. At the same time, it introduced significant changes in the Medicare Part B reimbursement model, involving the expansion of existing value-based incentives (PQRS, Meaningful Use and the Value-Based Modifier) as well as the introduction of entirely new incentive programs.

For webinar details and a registration form, view the brochure or register online today.

If you have any questions, contact Carol Walters...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Thursday, April 07, 2016 7:57 AM
KHA will sponsor a free webinar, "Ransomware for Health Care Providers; How it Works & How to Defend Against It," on Monday, April 11, 2016 from 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM (ET). Ransomware attacks have been on the rise for the past 18 months and lately they have become a major security and operational issue for health care providers. Webinar participants will learn more about how these attacks work and what health care organizations can do to protect themselves.

Jason Riddle, partner in Managed Security Services for LBMC Information Security, will present the program. Riddle has 15 years’ experience in the information technology and security field with particular emphasis on enterprise security and compliance. He currently serves as a Partner in the Managed Security Services division of LBMC Information Security, a leading provider of network and enterprise security monitoring, incident response and computer forensics services. 

To register, please visit https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5067297622450933762

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By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, April 05, 2016 8:18 AM
KHA is hosting a two-part educational webinar program on CMS Quality Based Payment Reform Programs for acute hospitals with content provided by KHA data analytics partner, DataGen. In order to participate in the webinars, you must register in advance using the links below.

Tuesday April 12 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. (ET) DataGen Review of Medicare’s Value-Based Purchasing Program for Kentucky Hospitals https://datagen.webex.com/datagen/onstage/g.php?MTID=ec1dae3260357942e49e688b7b7ed22cb Tuesday April 26 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. (ET) DataGen Review of Medicare’s Readmission Reduction & HAC Programs for Kentucky Hospitals https://datagen.webex.com/datagen/onstage/g.php?MTID=ea3de65d771dfe6dce2ae3e4329f020f0...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Thursday, February 18, 2016 10:44 AM

KHREF will host a webinar on Telemedicine Coding, Billing and Compliance on March 8 at 1:30 p.m. (ET). Telemedicine services continue to grow both in volume and breadth of coverage, and much of the guidance for telemedicine or telehealth services comes from the Medicare program. However, program changes occur almost every year, so it can be a challenge to make sure your staff is faithfully following the latest Medicare guidelines and regulations. This webinar will help your team decipher the rules and regulations to ensure your hospital stays in compliance.

View the brochure for program details and registration information.

By Ginger - Site Admin on Thursday, January 28, 2016 9:35 AM
Answers to many of the questions submitted by participants during the Long-Term Care Hospital (LTCH) Quality Reporting Program (QRP) Provider Training offered in Baltimore, Maryland, in November have been posted and are available on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) website at https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/LTCH-Quality-Reporting/LTCH-Quality-Reporting-Training.html, under ‘Downloads’.

Additionally, CMS will host a follow-up webinar on February 3. The primary focus will be on Sections GG (Functional Abilities and Goals) and M (Skin Conditions) of the LTCH Continuity Assessment Record and Evaluation (CARE) Data Set V 3.0. Information about Section O (Special Treatments, Procedures and Programs) and where to find additional assistance...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, December 28, 2015 9:51 AM
The Kentucky Regional Extension Center's (REC) January 7 Transitions of Care (ToC) webinar will kick off the new year with an in-depth review of the Modified Stage 2 objective, Health Information Exchange and look ahead at what to expect in 2016. Direct Messaging will be discussed in further detail along with the benefits of being a member of the Community of Practice.The webinar will be the first of a series on what Direct Messaging is and how to implement it.

You may register for all of the ToC webinars or individual webinars by visiting the Transitions of Care Community of Practice Program...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, December 09, 2015 9:22 AM
On January 6, KHREF will host a the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement Model webinar. Details and registration are available on the KHA website, www.kyha.com, under Events.

Rapidly following on the heels of its oncology bundles announcement earlier this year, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced on July 9 a new proposed mandate for a 90-day retrospective bundled payment model. The proposed rule became final on November 16, 2015, and incorporated several program changes as a result of national feedback. This model impacts Medicare beneficiaries receiving lower extremity joint replacement or reattachment of lower extremity procedures in acute care hospitals located in 67 mandated geographic areas across the country. Modeled after the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement program and evidenced by the Acute Care Episode demonstration project, the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement model aims to improve cost efficiencies, patient outcomes and collaboration among various types...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 8:59 AM

The KHA Small Rural and Critical Access Hospital Forum will meet via webinar tomorrow, November 11, at 2:00 p.m. (ET).  Administrators who have not received the call in information should contact Elizabeth Cobb at KHA (ecobb@kyha.com).

Agenda topics will include a Certificate of Need (CON)/State Health Plan update, hospital requirements for sexual assault response, preserving emergency care in rural areas and more.

By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, October 06, 2015 10:23 AM

KHREF is offering a webinar-based training series to support hospital improvement in the patient satisfaction survey, HCAHPS. The sebinar series includes 12 training sessions which focus on each of the domains of care covered in the HCAHPS survey. The fee for participation in the webinar series along with access to webinar replays and other tools is only $200 for KHA members. KHA member critical access hospitals (CAHs) are eligible for a registration scholarship through the Flex Grant.

Please see the brochure for additional details.

If you have any questions, please contact Carol Walters at KHA (cwalters@kyha.com).

By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, September 28, 2015 8:23 AM
On September 24, HRET (the American Hospital Association’s Health Research and Education Trust) executed a contract with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for the Hospital Engagement Network (HEN) 2.0 Project.

Two kickoff webinars will be held this week to get the project started. Both events will cover the same topic (details on how to join the AHA/HRET HEN 2.0 initiative):

AHA/HRET HEN 2.0 Hospital Kick Off Webinar September 29 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. (CT) Register at https://hret.adobeconnect.com/hospitalkickoff/event/registration.html.

October 1 (Repeat Webinar) 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. (CT) Register at https://hret.adobeconnect.com/hospitalkickoff/event/registration.html.

The Kentucky face-to-face...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Friday, September 25, 2015 8:22 AM
Important changes will go into effect on October 1, 2015, regarding the Two-Midnight Rule. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is changing its approach with regard to educating providers and enforcing Two-Midnight Short-Stay reviews. Specifically, CMS has decided to use Beneficiary and Family-Centered Care Quality Improvement Organizations (BFCC-QIOs), rather than Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) or Recovery Auditors, to conduct the first line medical reviews of providers who submit claims for inpatient admissions.

Kentucky’s BFCC-QIO is KEPRO, which has more information on the changes and action hospitals should take on its website. KEPRO is hosting an informational webinar for hospitals on Wednesday, September 30 at 3:00 p.m. (ET). Each hospital should identify at least one person to participate. There are a limited number of lines available so please register TODAY!...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, September 08, 2015 9:09 AM
On Wednesday, September 9, the Kentucky Public Health Preparedness Branch's quarterly Health and Medical Preparedness Advisory Committee (HMPAC), and the HPP Leadership Meeting will feature a webinar presentation on Human Trafficking in Health Care by Dr. Wendy Macias-Konstantopoulos, MD, MPH, from the Department of Emergency Medicine, Division of Global Health & Human Rights, at Massachusetts General Hospital and the Harvard Medical School.

This presentation has been coordinated by Joe Magana, Baptist Health's System Director for Safety, Security and Emergency Preparedness. Magana first encountered this problem while in a similar role at Baptist Health Louisville, and has come to find that human trafficking is a major problem in Kentucky, especially around the Kentucky Derby and other special events.

KentuckyOne Health shared in a recent article the human trafficking...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, August 12, 2015 7:50 AM
Reminder for all rural hospitals participating in the 340B Drug Pricing Program: The recertification period began August 5 and ends September 9. Participating hospitals have until September 9 to ensure program compliance and recertify in the 340B database maintained by the Office of Pharmacy Affairs. Each participating hospital or covered entity should have already received an email with the username and password necessary to complete recertification. An informational webinar and user guide on recertification are available for more information.

If questions arise, please direct them to Apexus, the 340B Prime Vendor Program (888-340-2787 or via email at ApexusAnswers@340bpvp.com)....
By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, July 27, 2015 8:00 AM

On August 12, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (ET), KHA will host a webinar for the Small Rural and Critical Access Hospital Forum. Attendees will hear a state and federal policy update along with a special presentation by Pete Lawson, of Raymond James, on rural hospital financing in the post-ACA world.

Administrators should have received an e-mail with webinar access information on Friday. If you did not, or you have additional questions, please contact Elizabeth Cobb at KHA (ecobb@kyha.com).

By Ginger - Site Admin on Thursday, July 16, 2015 7:38 AM
KEPRO is the Beneficiary and Family Centered Care Quality Improvement Organization (BFCC-QIO) for more than 30 states, including Kentucky. On July 28 from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. (ET), KEPRO will host a webinar for Kentucky hospitals to discuss their role and answer any questions.

KEPRO will also briefly discuss the recent Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Outpatient Proposed Rule which would expand their role on the Two-Midnight Rule policy. Specifically, CMS has decided to use QIOs, rather than Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) or Recovery Auditors, to conduct the first-line medical reviews of providers who submit claims for inpatient admissions.

For instructions on how to register, visit http://www.new-kyha.com/Portals/5/NewsDocs/KEPROMeetingRegistration.pdf.

If you have any questions, please contact Elizabeth Cobb at KHA (ecobb@kyha.com)....
By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, July 15, 2015 8:52 AM
On July 22 at 2:30 p.m. (ET), KHA will host a webinar on the new Fair Labor Standards Act rules. Nearly every employer in the nation will be affected by the U.S. Department of Labor’s (DOL) proposed revisions of the FLSA overtime exemptions. Their impact will touch not only how employers classify their exempt and non-exempt employees, but also organizations’ bottom line profits. Employee claims for unpaid overtime continue to be the most significant employment liability risk for employers. The revised overtime regulations coming out of Washington will mean even more liability and confusion for employers across the country. With these being some of the most significant changes to the workforce in nearly 50 years, this education will be of vital importance to hospitals.

This webinar will be led by Tammy McCutchen, former DOL Wage and Hour Administrator. She is now an attorney at the Littler Workplace Policy Institute® in Washington, DC, but previously was the principal at DOL who drafted the FLSA while...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, July 14, 2015 9:32 AM
What percentage of your newborn screening specimens get to the state lab within 96 hours? On July 29 at 9:30 a.m. (ET), KHA, in partnership with the Kentucky Department for Public Health’s Division of Laboratory Services, will host a webinar on best practices to improve turnaround times for newborn screening specimens. The goal, as a state, is for all birthing hospitals to have 95 percent of their specimens to the state lab within 96 hours, by July 1, 2016.

This informational webinar will feature background and best practices information from state lab representatives, along with speakers from Taylor Regional Hospital and Baptist Health Lexington who will share their secrets for success.

The webinar will be repeated on August 18 at 2:00 p.m. (ET). To register for either session, please visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/KS9XD5R.

For more information, contact Donna Meador...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, July 14, 2015 7:45 AM

KEPRO is the Beneficiary and Family Centered Care Quality Improvement Organization (BFCC-QIO) for more than 30 states, including Kentucky. On July 28 from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. (ET), KEPRO will host a webinar for Kentucky hospitals to discuss their role and answer any questions.

KEPRO will also briefly discuss the recent Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Outpatient Proposed Rule which would expand their role on the Two-Midnight Rule policy. Specifically, CMS has decided to use QIOs, rather than Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) or Recovery Auditors, to conduct the first-line medical reviews of providers who submit claims for inpatient admissions.

KHA will share dial-in information as soon as it becomes available. Please save the date.

If you have any questions, please contact Elizabeth Cobb at KHA (ecobb@kyha.com).

By Ginger - Site Admin on Thursday, July 09, 2015 7:55 AM
On Tuesday, July 14, KHA will host a two-hour Members Only Webinar from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (ET) to present the results of a year-long project involving analysis of Medicaid claims data across all sites of service. As part of the Association's Medicaid Reform Strategy, KHA engaged the national consulting firms of Dobson/DaVanzo and Milliman to obtain Kentucky’s Medicaid claims data from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and perform this analysis to assist the membership as they consider new risk-based approaches to Medicaid payment. The analysis and an accompanying chartbook, which will later be made available to the membership, can be used as hospitals work to improve efficiencies in care delivery and negotiate with the MCOs.

Al Dobson of Dobson/DaVanzo and Rebecca Johnson of Milliman will conduct the webinar. Below is an overview of the presentation. Please make note of the presentation of data on episodic payments, which is something being considered by the Cabinet for...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Thursday, June 04, 2015 8:17 AM
DataGen will host a 1-hour webinar on Medicare Quality Based Programs on Monday, June 15 at 3:00 p.m. (ET). This webinar was suggested at the DataGen Annual meeting as a means to ensure hospitals understand these evolving programs. Registration is required and available at https://datagen.webex.com/datagen/j.php?RGID=r3d6bf7e541221b27a726eb35ff707839. After your request has been approved, you will receive instructions for joining the meeting.
By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, March 25, 2015 8:14 AM
KHA co-hosted a webinar on March 19 with the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) to address proposed changes to the regulations requiring tuberculosis (TB) testing for health care workers and in long-term care facilities. During the webinar, the DPH reviewed the proposed changes in policies requiring annual testing for employees of health care facilities and of physicians working in those facilities.

KHA recorded the webinar and has archived the recording along with the proposed TB regulation changes, the webinar PowerPoint slides and other information. You can review this at http://www.kyha.com/efforts-to-update-health-care-worker-tb-testing-requirements/.

DPH hopes to publish the proposed rule in April. A formal comment period will follow providing an opportunity to submit additional comments regarding the changes/additions to the regulation. The regulation could be in effect as early as October 2015.

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By Ginger - Site Admin on Friday, December 19, 2014 3:05 PM
On January 22, 2015, there will be a webinar offered on Management of Human Resources Update: Complying with CMS and The Joint Commission Standards. Details on the program's topics, objectives, registration fees and intended target audience are available at the following link. http://www.kyha.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/HumanResStandards.pdf.

On January 27, 2015 there will be a webinar offered on Updating Your Chargemaster for 2015. Details on the program's topics, objectives, registration fees and intended target audience are available at the following link.  http://www.kyha.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/ChargemasterUpdate.pdf.

On February 5, 2015 there will be a webinar offered on Medical Staff Bylaws Update.  Details on the program's topics, objectives, registration fees and intended target audience are available at the following...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, September 29, 2014 9:58 AM
The stakes are increasing for hospitals under the growing Medicare quality reporting and incentive programs. Hospitals that only felt a “pinch” in payment cuts may now feel a true “bite.” This webinar series will take hospital leaders through the “nuts and bolts” of the federal incentive programs and provide guidance on understanding impact modeling reports distributed by KHA on each of the programs.

Information will also be provided on how to use performance knowledge and hospital resources to improve results in the CMS incentive programs. During the webinar, you will hear case studies from hospitals on initiatives and activities used to reverse poor performance trends.

Webinar 1: Value Based Purchasing: Understanding Your Performance and How the Program is Evolving - October 8 at 11:00 a.m. (ET)/10:00 (CT) Webinar 2: Hospital Readmission Penalty Program: Impact to Your Hospital and Avoiding Common Mistakes in Achieving Improvement - October 15 at 11:30 a.m. (ET)/10:30 (CT) Webinar...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, September 08, 2014 8:54 AM
Below are several important pieces of information regarding AHA's data collection of hospitals’ experience with Recovery Audit Contractors (RACs).

Standalone RAC administrative burden survey Hospital chief executive officers have been sent a link to an AHA survey that attempts to gain greater insight into the resources – both financial and staff time – that hospitals are utilizing to comply with RAC audits. These hidden expenses, beyond the value of recoupments, are important to measure in order to illustrate the total cost of RAC audits to hospitals. This survey is separate from the RACTrac survey. The deadline for the survey to be completed is September 19.  

RACTrac update to be launched in October reporting period AHA has undertaken a substantial revision of the RACTrac survey in order to gain important information on key advocacy areas, including rebilling and appeals. In support of this effort, the AHA’s claim level tracking tool has been updated for hospitals to...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Friday, September 05, 2014 9:48 AM

The Kentucky Hospital Research and Education Foundation (KHREF) is hosting a workshop on October 21 to focus on the new Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) two-midnight rule. While full implementation of this new rule has been delayed by Congress, some form of this rule will be implemented. The main objective of this new rule is to address the challenge of proper inpatient admissions versus placing the patient into outpatient observation.

The target audience for the webinar includes chief executive officers, chief financial officers, chief operating officers, chief medical officers, chief nursing officers, Chargemaster coordinators, coding staff, billing and claims personnel.

For a complete overview of the workshop and a registration form, please view the brochure.

  

By Ginger - Site Admin on Thursday, August 14, 2014 8:30 AM
The Kentucky Hospital Research and Education Foundation (KHREF) will host three webinars in September regarding topics related to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' (CMS) Conditions of Participation (CoP):

CMS’s New Hospital CoP MedicationAdministration and Safe Opioid Use - September 3 CMS Quality Assessment and Performance Improvement (QAPI) Hospital CoP Standards and CMS QAPI Worksheet - September 17 CMS Hospital CoPs: The Final 2014 Regulations for Hospitals - September 24 Visit the corresponding links above from program details and registration information.

If you have any further questions, contact Carol Walters at KHA (502-426-6220 or 800-945-4542 or via email...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Friday, July 25, 2014 8:15 AM

On July 23, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) conducted a webinar to explain changes in the Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) program, as KHA briefly outlined (see article). Many hospitals were unable to join the webinar, so the slides are available at http://www.new-kyha.com/Portals/5/NewsDocs/ProviderCallSlides%2007232014.pdf for your information.

CMS plans to conduct additional webinars/conference calls to repeat the information. KHA will notify you when they are scheduled.

By Ginger - Site Admin on Thursday, May 22, 2014 7:40 AM
KHA’s Washington-based Medicare consultant, Larry Goldberg, will present a webinar on the 2015 Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) Proposed Rule released on Wednesday, April 30. The webinar is scheduled for THURSDAY, MAY 29, starting at 2:00 p.m. (ET).

Goldberg has over 40 years of health care experience and is a well-known and respected expert in Medicare and health care financial legislation and regulations. He will focus on the payment update factors as well as the impact of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' (CMS’) proposal on hospital-acquired conditions, hospital readmissions and value-based purchasing. His presentation will last 90 minutes including time for questions and answers. Dial-in information is below.

If you have any questions, contact Steve Miller at KHA (502-426-6220 or 800-945-4542 or via email at smiller@kyha.com).

Web link: http://www.infiniteconferencing.com/join...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Thursday, May 15, 2014 7:49 AM

On Thursday, May 29, KHA will host a webinar for members on the 2015 Proposed Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) Rule. The program will be presented by KHA's Washington Liaison Larry Goldberg, and will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. (ET).

Dial-in information will be distributed later.

If you have any questions, please contact Debbie Bonn at KHA (502-426-6220 or 800-945-4542 or via e-mail at dbonn@kyha.com).

By Ginger - Site Admin on Thursday, May 01, 2014 8:06 AM

Kosair Children's Hospital, the University of Kentucky College of Pharmacy and UK HealthCare Kentucky Children's Hospital will host a free webinar on May 20 at 2:00 p.m. on Medication Safety for Children in the Acute Care Setting.

The 50-minute program will address medication safety issues for children in the hospital setting. Information from this webinar will help each hospital evaluate its ability to deliver medication in a safe manner to children from the entry point in the acute care setting.

The flier contains details on the program, CME, CPE and CNE information and links to participate.

By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, March 10, 2014 8:24 AM
KHA will host three educational webinars in early April:

Pharmacy Drug Coding: Getting it Right - April 3, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. (ET)

Meeting the Physician Supervision Challenge for Provider-Based Clinics - April 8, 9:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. (ET)

Value-Based Reimbursement: The Movement from Volume to Value - How Do We Get There? - April 8, 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. (ET)

 Online registration for these webinars is available at https://secure.kyha.com/meetingregistration.asp....
By Ginger - Site Admin on Thursday, January 23, 2014 10:34 AM
The Kentucky Department for Medicaid Services (DMS) has announced expanded services that are covered under Presumptive Eligibility (PE) as part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Qualified hospitals will be allowed to determine eligibility for temporary coverage for those who do not have insurance coverage.

HP Enterprises will conduct webinars, in conjunction with DMS, for hospitals to become qualified in determining temporary eligibility under the PE program. The webinar is designed to offer instruction and assistance to providers in determining who is eligible for temporary coverage and how to submit a PE request. Your registration and completion of this training constitutes your election to make PE determinations.

Hospital chief executive officers are encouraged to forward this information to the appropriate staff members in their facility who will be screening for Medicaid eligibility. Please read the final regulation for additional details on PE.

Choose one of the three sessions below...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, January 14, 2014 8:31 AM

The Kentucky Hospital Research and Education Foundation (KHREF) will host two webinars in February for KHA members.

Inpatient versus Outpatient and Part B Inpatient Billing will be held February 11 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. (ET). This program will help participants sort out the confusion surrounding when a patient is an inpatient vs. being an outpatient specific to billing and coding.

Physician Compensation in a Value-Based World will be held February 27 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. (ET). As health care reimbursement transitions from volume to value based, it becomes essential for physician compensation plans to evolve in order to ensure success under changing financial incentives. The objectives of this program are to:

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