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By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, March 28, 2017 8:16 AM
KHA will host two Swing Bed Management programs — one for prospective payment system (PPS) hospitals and one for critical access hospitals (CAHs) — in June. These programs are intended to assist hospitals with training for their staff to improve the quality of their swing bed program, optimize patient outcome and increase utilization and revenue while preventing denials for their swing bed services.

Program and registration details are available in the corresponding brochures below. Online registration will be available soon.

PPS Hospital Program June 6-7 CAH Program June 8-9 If you have any questions, please contact Elizabeth Cobb at KHA (ecobb@kyha.com).

By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, January 25, 2017 10:03 AM
If a CMS surveyor showed up at your hospital tomorrow, would you know what to do? Two upcoming KHA seminars will cover a record breaking year of changes in the CMS Hospital Conditions of Participation (CoPs) This is a must-attend program for anyone with direct patient care in the hospital. This program will cover the entire CMS hospital manual to ensure you are in compliance.

Seminar on CMS Conditions of Participation for PPS Hospitals March 1-2 Brochure



Seminar on CMS Conditions of Participation for CAHs March 2-3 Brochure



The seminars will be conducted by Sue Dill Calloway, a well-known speaker on CoP.



If you have any questions, please contact Carol Walters at KHA (502-426-6220 or 800-945-4542 or via email at...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, February 15, 2016 11:17 AM

KHA will host two Swing Bed Seminars for Prospective Payment System (PPS) hospitals and critical access hospitals (CAHs) at KHA Headquarters in Louisville as follows:

PPS Hospitals

- April 11-12

CAHs

- April 13-14

Follow the corresponding links above for program details and registration information.

Mary Guyot with Stroudwater Associates will instruct both courses. The seminar is supported by the Rural Hospital Flexibility Program in an effort to keep costs as low as possible for rural hospitals.

If you have any questions, please contact Elizabeth Cobb at KHA (502-426-6220 or 800-945-4542 or via email at ecobb@kyha.com).
By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, January 18, 2016 12:08 PM
The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) unanimously approved seven recommendations on payment systems last week. The recommendations approved were:

Recommendation 1: Physicians and other health professionals The Congress should increase payment rates for physician and other health professional services by the amount specified in current law for calendar year 2017.

Recommendation 2: Ambulatory Surgical Centers The Congress should eliminate the update to the payment rates for ambulatory surgical centers for 2017. The Congress should also require ambulatory surgical centers to submit cost data.

Recommendation 3: Dialysis Facilities The Congress should increase the outpatient dialysis payment rate by the update specified in current law for calendar year 2017.

Recommendation 4: Skilled Nursing Facilities The Congress should eliminate the market basket for 2017 and 2018 and direct the Secretary to revise the prospective payment system (PPS) for skilled...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Thursday, June 25, 2015 9:00 AM
Last week, KHA expressed serious concern with certain aspects of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) proposal for implementing a site-neutral payment component to the Long-Term Care Hospital (LTCH) Prospective Payment System (PPS) for cost reporting periods beginning on or after October 1, 2015.

“KHA supports many of CMS’s proposals, such as the proposal to use a specific 15 Medicare-severity-LTC-diagnosis-related groups to identify the psychiatric and rehabilitation conditions that would be paid a site-neutral rate versus a standard LTCH PPS rate, and KHA supports the proposal to use the previously finalized pressure ulcer measure to meet IMPACT Act requirements,” wrote KHA Membership Services Director Pam Kirchem, commenting on LTCH provisions of the proposed inpatient and LTCH PPS rule for fiscal year 2016. “However, we believe that the proposed two outlier-related budget neutrality adjustments are unwarranted and result in inappropriately lower LTCH payments. We recommend CMS calculate...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Thursday, August 07, 2014 9:26 AM
KHA will host two Swing Bed Seminars for Prospective Payment System (PPS) hospitals and critical access hospitals (CAHs) at the Hilton Garden Inn Northeast in Louisville as follows:

PPS Hospitals - October 7-8

CAHs - October 9-10

Follow the corresponding links above for program details and registration information.

Mary Guyot with Stroudwater Associates will instruct both courses. The seminar is supported by the Rural Hospital Flexibility Program in an effort to keep costs as low as possible for rural hospitals.

If you have any questions, please contact Elizabeth Cobb at KHA (502-426-6220 or 800-945-4542 or via email at ecobb@kyha.com).

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By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, July 09, 2014 10:56 AM
In addition to submitting comments regarding the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed rule for the long-term acute care hospital (LTACH) prospective payment system (PPS) (as mentioned yesterday in the KHA News Blog), KHA has submitted comments on how the proposed rule affects both inpatient and rehabilitation PPS.

A copy of KHA's comments regarding inpatient PPS is available at http://www.new-kyha.com/Portals/5/NewsDocs/CMSCommentLtrIPPS063014.pdf.

A copy of KHA's comments regarding rehabilitation PPS is available at http://www.new-kyha.com/Portals/5/NewsDocs/CMSCommentLetterIRFPPS063014.pdf.

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By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, July 08, 2014 7:48 AM
Last week, KHA submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on the fiscal year (FY) 2015 proposed rule for long-term acute care hospital (LTACH) prospective payment systems (PPS).  The comments focused on:

Proposed changes to the greater than three-day interrupted stay policy; Elimination of the five percent readmission rule that pertains to interrupted stays in co-located LTACHs; Proposed changes to the long-term acute care quality reporting (LTACHQR) program; and FY 2018 Measurement Proposals. A copy of the comments is available at http://www.new-kyha.com/Portals/5/NewsDocs/KHACommentsIPPSLTACH.pdf.

If you have any questions, please contact Pam Mullaney at KHA (502-426-6220 or 800-945-4542 or via email at pmullaney@kyha.com).

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By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, June 16, 2014 7:41 AM

On Thursday, June 12, CMS released a notice regarding changes to the Low Volume Hospital (LVH) and Medicare Dependent Hospital (MDH) exception payments for the last 6 months of FY 2014.

This document addresses payment for these programs only for the second half of fiscal year (FY) 2014 (April 1, 2014, through September 30, 2014). CMS proposed to implement the statutory changes for the first half of FY 2015 (October 1, 2014, through March 31, 2015) in the FY 2015 Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS)/Long-Term Care Hospital (LTCH) PPS proposed rule that appeared in the May 15, 2014 Federal Register.

KHA's Washington Liaison Larry Goldberg has provided an analysis of the announcement for KHA members. It can be found at http://www.new-kyha.com/Portals/5/NewsDocs/12Jun2014LVH-MDH.pdf.

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