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By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, June 08, 2015 8:42 AM
As the State Innovations Model (SIM) grant process continues through the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, please be aware there are changes in the meeting schedule for face-to-face meetings on SIM in Frankfort and for KHA’s prep and debriefing calls. Especially note that KHA will hold a planning call from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. (ET) on Friday, June 12 instead of Monday, June 15. Moving forward, KHA will host one monthly prep call prior to workgroup meetings and one debriefing call following workgroup meetings.

An updated schedule is now available on the SIM information page of the KHA website in the Members Only section: http://www.kyha.com/members/state-innovation-model-sim-information/.

The next full stakeholder meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, June 9 from 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. (ET) at the Kentucky Historical Society, 100 W. Broadway Street, Frankfort, Kentucky 40601. No advance registration is required.

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By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, June 02, 2015 8:30 AM

Charles LovellCharles Lovell, Jr., FACHE, chief executive officer of Caldwell Medical Center in Princeton, is participating in a walk to bring attention to rural hospitals that are under threat of closure. Last year, the mayor of a small North Carolina town walked to Washington, DC to highlight the struggles his town faced after the closure of its hospital. This year, representatives from across the country will join him on the 283-mile walk (one mile for each of the rural hospitals the organizers say are under threat of closure because of federal policy).

On the morning of June 15, the walkers will arrive at the Capitol, where they will hold a rally and speak with legislators.

By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 8:44 AM
On Friday, May 15, the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) will host a forum on the role of Kentucky's rural hospitals in the State Innovation Model (SIM) health system transformation project that is underway in Kentucky. It will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (ET) at the Department of Public Health Conference Suites in Frankfort. The meeting will explore health system transformation models that have proven effective for smaller and rural hospitals in other states, and the potential relevance of the models to Kentucky.

To help navigate this complex and important conversation, CHFS is bringing in the global research, consulting and technology firm, The Advisory Board Company.

On December 16, 2014, CHFS received a $2 million SIM planning grant from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The SIM initiative is meant to support states’ efforts toward population health improvement and sustainable health system transformation...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 8:58 AM
On September 17, KHA is kicking off a collaborative improvement project focusing on improving care and outcomes (including reducing readmissions) for pneumonia patients. This is a particularly tough challenge for small and rural hospitals as pneumonia patients often have comorbidities and other barriers to follow up care. The September 17 conference will be presented by Mary Guyot with Stroudwater Associates. Guyot is a long-time faculty for KHA Swing Bed programs and other quality education. She has 40 years of experience in nursing care and hospital leadership.The brochure, available at http://www.kyha.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/PneumoniaCollaborative.pdf, includes program details and registration information. The conference is open to all small and rural hospitals.

On September 18, KHA will host a conference for Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs). The program will assist...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, July 23, 2014 10:00 AM
There are several events scheduled to assist small and rural hospitals in the coming months.

On August 19, a kickoff meeting will be held for a new collaborative. KHA and the American Heart Association (AHA) have partnered to create a rural hospital-focused collaborative improvement project with the goal to improve heart failure care delivery and outcomes for rural Kentuckians. KHA and AHA recognize that rural hospitals care for populations with unique challenges related to overall health status, health care access, poverty and transportation. National data indicates that heart failure outcomes for rural hospitals lag behind outcomes when compared to those in urban areas. This collaborative improvement project will tailor resources to meet the unique challenges rural providers face and work to ensure rual Kentuckians receive evidence-based health care. The event will be held at Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill in Harrodsburg. Details and information are available at http://www.kyha.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/07/HeartFailureCollaborative.pdf.

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By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, July 09, 2014 8:08 AM
Kentucky Auditor Adam Edelen will host a series of public hearings across the commonwealth this summer to talk about the fiscal health of rural hospitals. The 10 hearings kick off a study by the Auditor’s office that seeks to understand the challenges facing small, community hospitals that provide health care to 45 percent of Kentuckians and are key economic drivers in those communities.

“Rural hospitals are teetering on the edge of survival in many Kentucky communities,” Auditor Edelen stated. “This is an effort to understand the degree to which our hospitals are in crisis and what might be done to save them.”

The Auditor’s office is currently soliciting the financial records of some 66 public, non-profit and for-profit hospitals in rural western and eastern Kentucky. A survey asking key questions about their fiscal health will then be conducted. The Auditor’s office plans to issue a report this fall.

Hospital administrators and staff, local elected officials, other health care providers...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, June 02, 2014 10:01 AM
KHA will host its annual Small Rural and Critical Access Hospital (CAH) Conference June 5-6 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Louisville. The conference is designed to help small, rural hospital leaders understand changes to the health care delivery system and think strategically about how to best position your hospital for top performance. Small, rural and CAH hospital chief executive officers, chief nursing officers, chief financial officers, other senior leaders and trustees are encouraged to attend.

A flier with details, an agenda and registration information is available at http://www.kyha.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/StrengtheningKentuckyRuralHospitalPerformance.pdf.

For further information, please contact Elizabeth Cobb at KHA (502-426-6220 or 800-945-4542 or via email at ecobb@kyha.com).

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