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By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, October 26, 2015 10:00 AM
The new KHA website is now live. The address is still www.kyha.com, but you will notice many changes on your next visit. The site has been completely reorganized for a more user friendly experience. For an overview of where to find your favorite content, please check out the informational page at http://www.kyha.com/kyha/CM/About_KHA/Welcome/CM/Welcome.aspx.

A new feature is there is one single login for each individual user! You no longer need a login for event registration and a separate login for members only content. If you have had an event registration login in the past, your login will remain the same. If you have not, but are already in our database, your user name will be your email address. When you sign in for the first time,  indicate that you have forgotten your password to receive one.

As is common with...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Thursday, October 15, 2015 11:05 AM
To maximize your time in traveling to the KHA Health Care Leadership Conference on November 13 in Louisville, the Kentucky Chapter of the American College of Health Care Executives (KY ACHE) will be offering a three hour, face to face (formerly known as Category 1) educational program directly following the KHA Health Care Leadership Conference Luncheon.

The KY ACHE educational program, "Strategic Planning From Formulation to Action," starts at 2:00 p.m. (ET) and adjourns at 5:00 p.m. (ET).  Alan Zuckerman, leading health care strategist, will teach new approaches for developing an effective strategic plan.  This seminar will teach attendees how to apply tools to assess competitiveness and critical issues organizations face.  

Please click on the above link to view a copy of the KY ACHE promotional postcard and learn more about the program's key objectives.

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By Ginger - Site Admin on Thursday, October 08, 2015 8:35 AM
The Kentucky Governor and constitutional officers’ election is less than a month away and the new administration will be taking up the reins soon thereafter. The November elections will have a large impact on the future direction of health care in the commonwealth. It is timely that this year’s KHA Health Care Leadership Conference is being held one week after the election on Friday, November 13, at the Louisville Marriott East from 8:15 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. (ET) with registration beginning at 7:30 AM. This will be an ideal time for Kentucky health care leaders to learn how the new state administration and other elected officials will affect the state’s health care legislative and regulatory issues. Members can join their peers and learn from Kentucky’s Senate and House leaders as well as state and national political experts. The Conference also gives attendees the opportunity to keep Kentucky’s elected officials informed about the impact of these changes on the state’s hospitals and health care safety net. The...
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 Friday, October 02, 2015 11:07 AM

On Monday, October 26, the Kentucky Chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives (ACHE) and the Kentucky Chapter of the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) will host Living on Medicare Rates: a Senior Leader Margin Improvement Planning Program at the University of Louisville Shelby Campus.

Chip Caldwell, Jr., chairman of Caldwell Butler and Associations LLC, will discuss how to implement plans to successfully manage reimbursement declines. Attendees will earn six ACHE face-to-fact credits.

View the flyer for additional information. To register, visit https://hfmaky.starchapter.com/meet-reg1.php?id=107.

By Ginger - Site Admin on Friday, October 02, 2015 10:57 AM

Hospital chief executive officers should receive their 2015-2016 KHA Membership Directory in the mail shortly.  

For any changes needed to your hospital’s listing throughout the year, please contact Donna Skinner at KHA (dskinner@kyha.com).  KHA distributes updates at least semi-annually.

By Ginger - Site Admin on Friday, October 02, 2015 10:47 AM
KHREF will host a workshop to ensure hospitals meet all the requirements for the IRS 501(r) regulations. The event will be held twice on November 11 — in the morning at the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky in Louisville and in the afternoon at the Marriott Griffin Gate Resort in Lexington.

All hospitals have charity care policies. What some may have missed is that these are now called “financial assistance policies.” What some may also have missed is that these policies are now regulated by mandatory and highly prescriptive IRS rules that go to the very heart of a charitable hospital’s exempt status. Having a compliant financial assistance policy is only a part of the challenge. Adhering to the new Section 501(r) rules requires a true team effort involving key hospital personnel, including finance, compliance,registration, billing, marketing, collection and other departments, as well as the hospital’s board of directors. Under the new law (which already is in effect), a hospital’s website must...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Friday, October 02, 2015 10:32 AM
Gene Dodaro, Comptroller General of the United States at the Government Accountability Office (GAO), testified before the Senate Finance Committee on Thursday during a hearing on improper payments in federal programs. He stated that the improper payment estimate, attributable to 124 programs across 22 agencies in fiscal year 2014 was $124.7 billion, up from $105.8 billion in fiscal year 2013. Dodaro continued that the almost $19 billion increase was primarily due to the Medicare, Medicaid and Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) programs, which account for over 75 percent of the government-wide improper payment estimate. (Medicare accounted for $60 billion, and Medicaid for $17.5 billion in 2014.) The Department of Defense does not report improper payments however, as Senator Tom Carper (D-Delaware) pointed out, so these statistics are actually higher.

Improper payments are defined in statute by Congress. They include any payment that should not have been made or that was made in an incorrect amount (including...
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