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By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, April 22, 2014 10:10 AM
All American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) members are invited to the Annual Kentucky ACHE Luncheon on Thursday, May 8, in conjunction with the KHA 85th Annual Convention. A separate registration fee is required for this special event, so be sure to mark your desire to attend when registering for Convention.

Following the luncheon, there will be an ACHE educational session,  which is approved for 3 hours of ACHE Qualified Face-to-Face Education Credit. This session is included in the General Registration Fee for Convention attendees (open to employees of Kentucky hospitals or KHA sponsors). However, if you are attending this session only and not the rest of the convention, the fee is $100.

The program, “Journey to Excellence: How High-Performing Health Care Leaders Achieve Organizational Success,” will address how to anticipate and respond to today’s changing environment with agility, innovation and results.

Rapid and dramatic changes in health care — growing payor and consumer...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Thursday, April 17, 2014 7:51 AM

The cutoff date for the Convention rate on hotel rooms for KHA's 85th Annual Convention, May 8-9, has been extended until Friday, April 25. A block of rooms has been reserved at the Hyatt Regency Lexington. Reservations requests after the cutoff date will be confirmed on an availability basis. Attendees are responsible for making their own reservations.

When making your reservations, remember to mention the Kentucky Hospital Association Convention using the KHA Group Code, G-KHOS. The Convention rate is $149.

You may make reservations online at http://lexington.hyatt.com/content/propertywebsites/hotels/regency/lexrl/en/group-booking/lexrlkhos2014.html or call the hotel's reservation line at (800) 233-1234.

By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, April 16, 2014 8:07 AM

Scott Burton, an award-winning comic and world champion juggler, will present “Being Afraid of Life Is the Real Disease…and that One Is Curable” at the Annual KHA Awards Luncheon on May 9. Burton was diagnosed with a high-grade osteo sarcoma in 1992 and has blended his worlds of comedy, juggling and an uplifting cancer story to provide a potent message combined with nationally recognized entertainment.

The Awards Luncheon will be held during the KHA 85th Annual Convention, May 8-9 in Lexington. More information on the event and registration details are available at http://convention.kyha.com.

Register today at https://secure.kyha.com/meetingregistration.asp — early bird registration rates are in effect until April 25.

By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 8:09 AM
On Monday, April 7, Myers and Stauffer, the contractor conducting the Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) Audits for Kentucky Medicaid, distributed to hospitals by mail the fee for service (FFS) crossover and managed care organization (MCO) paid claims listing needed to complete the data submission required for the Medicaid DSH Surveys. The revised due date for the DSH survey is now April 25.

Hospitals are encouraged to submit the most complete and accurate data possible, keeping in mind the definition of uncompensated care. The 2011 audit year is the first year that hospitals may be subject to return a portion of their DSH payments if they are unable to document uncompensated care cost in excess of their Medicaid DSH payments received. In prior years since the findings were informational and hospitals were not subject to recoupments, many hospitals may not have filed all uncompensated care cost. Instead, they just filed enough cost to “cover” the amount of Medicaid DSH received.

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By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 7:35 AM
KHA Solutions Group, the Safety Net Hospitals for Pharmaceutical Access (SNHPA) and the Kentucky Chapter of the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) invite you to a complimentary forum covering critical issues relating to the federal 340B drug discount program. The program will be held on Friday, May 16, from 8:30 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. (ET) at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine in Lexington.

This event, which is exclusively for Kentucky 340B hospitals and health systems, will provide a closer look at the ongoing debate in Congress about hospitals’ use of the 340B program. As you know, the program faces growing criticism from powerful interest groups and influential lawmakers.

The forum will address these issues as well as cover operational and compliance aspects of 340B. In addition to an in-depth 340B briefing, attendees will hear about the latest developments in Washington that affect the Kentucky hospital community.

SPECIAL GUEST: Kentucky's Sixth District...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, April 14, 2014 10:47 AM

National Hospital Week (NHW) is May 11-17, and many hospitals will be celebrating their employees, volunteers and other supporters. For those planning events or other activities, NHW-branded products, giveaways and awards are still available for order online and can be personalized with your hospital's name.

NHW is also a great opportunity to promote the good works of hospitals nationwide. Promotional tools, including NHW graphics, social media posts and draft web copy are available to help hospitals spread the word in their communities. Find out more at www.aha.org/hospitalweek.

By Ginger - Site Admin on Friday, April 11, 2014 1:10 PM
KHA has received a grant from the Anthem Foundation to support the “Improving Patient Safety for Mom and Baby” initiative. The project kicks off March 28 with a webinar at 10:00 a.m. (ET).

KHA encourages all Kentucky birthing hospitals to participate in this worthwhile project. Please see the commitment form, due April 15, for more details.If you need more time, please contact one of the staff members below as soon as possible.

Kentucky hospitals that offer birthing services already strive to provide the best and safest care for moms and babies, and want Kentucky to show the best possible outcomes, both short term and long term. Unfortunately the commonwealth still has lower rankings in several areas:

Kentucky's most recent six-month rate of Early Elective Deliveries is 10.9 percent, which is still significantly higher than...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, April 09, 2014 7:45 AM
This year, KHA is excited to announce a Physician Track at the 85th Annual Convention, May 8-9 in Lexington. As more and more physicians practices integrate with hospitals across the state and processes related to quality, safety and patient-centered care move to the forefront, the KHA Board of Trustees recognized the need to provide topics of interest to physician partners.

This year’s new Physician track will cover Crisis Standards of Care: What Happens When Disaster Strikes, an offering inspired by Katrina health care tragedies and their analysis. It also will offer a session on Managing Risk through Collaboration: The Value of Integrating Service Lines discussing Emergency Physician and Anesthesia shared processes. Ron Teague will lead a presentation on Building the Integrated Delivery Platform: Hospitals and Physicians Working Together for Community Health. In addition, the educational activity is designated for a maximum of 3.50 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits.

More information on the event...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, April 08, 2014 8:01 AM

The Kentucky Society for Healthcare Public Relations and Marketing (KSHPRM) will hold its Spring Conference on April 30 at My Old Kentucky Home in Bardstown.

The agenda includes sessions on marketing research, improving physician/marketing relationships, social media and employee communications.

To register, submit the registration form, or register online at http://www.kyha.com/kentucky-society-for-healthcare-public-relations-and-marketing/.

By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, April 07, 2014 8:47 AM
For the Medicare Fee-for-Service (FFS) program, claims with dates-of-service or dates-of-discharge on or after April 1, 2013, will continue to incur a 2 percent reduction in Medicare payment through March 31, 2015, due to "Sequestration." Claims for durable medical equipment (DME), prosthetics, orthotics and supplies, including claims under the DME Competitive Bidding Program, will continue to be reduced by 2 percent based upon whether the date-of-service, or the start date for rental equipment or multi-day supplies, is on or after April 1, 2013.

The claims payment adjustment will continue to be applied to all claims after determining coinsurance, any applicable deductible and any applicable Medicare Secondary Payment adjustments. Though beneficiary payments for deductibles and coinsurance are not subject to the 2 percent payment reduction, Medicare’s payment to beneficiaries for unassigned claims is subject to the 2 percent reduction. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is encouraging...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Thursday, April 03, 2014 7:49 AM
Ron Galloway, a highly regarded speaker nationally, will open the KHA 85th Annual Convention on May 9.  In his presentation, “Ambient Intelligence:  What Is It and How Will It Change Hospitals?”, Galloway will discuss trends in data technology specific to hospitals and how they will integrate and ultimately enhance each other to the benefit of the patient.  Technology advancements are already making it possible to monitor patients remotely and, together with information from the patient’s electronic medical record, it will be possible to determine protocols to be followed when data indicates a change in the patient’s condition. 

Register NOW for KHA’s 85th Annual Convention, May 8-9 in Lexington.  Online registration is available at https://secure.kyha.com/imispublic/. Additional information is available at http://convention.kyha.com.

By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, April 02, 2014 8:45 AM
The 2014 KHA Health Care Salary eSurvey results are now available! KHA is pleased to provide this service for free to its members and asks that every hospital review the following Notice to Members prior to accessing the survey results. The notice is available online at http://www.kyha.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/04/notice-to-members-on-antitrust-compliance.pdf.

2014 Participant List Included Job Titles (Alphabetically) Included Job Titles (By Job Family) Job Titles Not Appearing in 2014 The online results allow you to create custom reports and perform database queries. You also have the ability to run custom peer group reports by selecting specific hospitals...
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