By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 9:51 AM
SB 20, KHA’s priority legislation, passed the House yesterday by a unanimous vote. The legislation gives Kentucky’s medical providers a pathway to external, independent appeals of denied Medicaid managed-care claims. The bill is now on its way to Governor Matt Bevin for his signature. Please, take a moment to contact your legislator personally and thank him or her for their support. 

SB 20, sponsored by Senator Ralph Alvarado (R-Winchester) would allow medical providers to receive an independent third-party review of claims denied by Medicaid managed care organizations (MCOs). The decision of the third-party reviewer could then be appealed to the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, where the decision of an administrative hearing tribunal would be the last step before judicial review. This includes situations when a provider has continued to render care after a denial because, in their medical judgment, continued care was in the patient’s best interest. The process is needed to assure patients get...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 9:00 AM

Programs for KHA's 87th Annual Convention, May 12-13 in Lexington, were mailed to members this week. The convention website, http://convention.kyha.com, provides online registration, program details, a hotel reservation link and a link to the printable program.

Online registration is also available directly at http://www.kyha.com/Shared_Content/Events/Event_Dashboard.aspx?EventKey=16ANNCONV&WebsiteKey=1ca3c419-a7df-41b7-937a-f6c6437b12fe&Event_Dashboard=1#Event_Dashboard.

For further information, contact Carol Walters at KHA (502-426-6220 or 800-945-4542 or via e-mail at cwalters@kyha.com).

By Ginger - Site Admin on Thursday, March 24, 2016 9:37 AM
KHA Silver Sponsor PHI Air Medical, Inc. has many services available for Kentucky hospitals:

PHI Patient Navigation is a natural extension of PHI Air Medical’s core values to always provide the right care at the right time to their patients. While transfer center services everywhere are providing one-step, quick solutions to hospitals’ transfer needs, Patient Navigation provides so much more beyond just one phone call.

PHI has developed high-level solutions to ensure optimal patient care, clinical outcomes and patient satisfaction. PHI Patient Navigation offers four unique services for their customers’ patient navigation needs:

SwiftAdmit, - A solution that streamlines admissions and facilitates transfers, cutting the typical admit-and-transfer time in half. PHI’s experienced clinicians answer the phone as representatives of the customers’ hospital — 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. DischargeDirect - With DischargeDirect, PHI Patient Navigation facilitates...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, March 15, 2016 12:50 PM

The Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) has agreed to withdraw the Kentucky National Fingerprint Background Check Program. Former Governor Steve Beshear signed the emergency regulation in November 2015 to require fingerprint background checks on all new employees of long-term care facilities.

This regulation affected hospitals with home health agencies and hospice not located on the hospital's campus.

By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, March 15, 2016 12:29 PM

KHA will again promote and provide front-line support for Kentucky hospitals to complete the AHA Annual Survey for your fiscal year 2015. It is vitally important to collect accurate and updated information about your institution each year. Health care leaders, policy makers and researchers use the AHA Annual Survey to better describe and understand the operations of U.S. hospitals. The 2015 survey is being offered ONLINE at www.ahasurvey.org.

If you have any questions, please contact Melanie Moch at KHA (mmoch@kyha.com).

By Ginger - Site Admin on Friday, March 11, 2016 9:28 AM
Reading copies of new regulations about tuberculosis (TB) testing in long-term care settings and for health care workers, in both Word and PDF formats, are now available. These two regulations became effective on Friday, March 4. Facilities have 180 days (i.e., by August 31, 2016) to become compliant with these new regulations. CDC guidelines are the foundation of these new regulations.

TB Testing for Residents in Long-Term Care Settings - Word - PDF   TB Testing for Health Care Workers - Word - PDF The final formatting of these regulations is in transition and will be posted online in about a month. These reading copies have a larger font and have line numbers but have the same text as the marked up versions that are online: http://www.lrc.ky.gov/kar/frntpage.htm.

If you have additional questions or comments about either of these regulations, please contact Dr. Robert Brawley, chief of the Infectious Disease Branch of the Kentucky Department for Public Health (Robert.Brawley@ky.gov) and cite the page number and line number of the relevant attached files. Your questions and comments will be used to develop responses to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). FAQs will be distributed as part on DPH educational programs about these two regulations....
By Ginger - Site Admin on Friday, March 11, 2016 8:53 AM
The Kentucky Department for Energy Development and Independence (DEDI) and the Kentucky Pollution Prevention Center (KPPC) are co-sponsoring a workshop for facility managers, engineers and anyone who is concerned with the efficient use of energy at their location. The Kentucky Energy Workshops are part of a series of events that will provide strategies and resources for sound energy management that can help Kentucky companies realize significant cost savings while improving their environmental performance.

This workshop will be presented at two different locations in Kentucky:

March 31 Toyota Motor Manufacturing Visitors Center-Camry Hall Georgetown

April 6 Western Kentucky University Downing Student Union-President's Hall Bowling Green

Session topics include:

Fundamental concepts of energy efficiency along with tools and techniques Current lighting technologies Monitoring energy consumption, controls, building automation systems Tour at host facility...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, March 09, 2016 9:33 AM
From the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) - Key skills may be lacking among many nurses who treat patients with urinary catheters, according to a recent AHRQ-funded study. The researchers found that recommended procedures to test for catheter-associated urinary tract infection (CAUTI), a common hospital-associated infection, are not followed in many cases. Collecting specimens for urine culture is a key part of testing for CAUTI, requiring proper procedures for arriving at accurate results and keeping patients safe. Of 394 nurses studied, 76 percent reported receiving education on CAUTI risk reduction within the last 12 months. Almost half of the nurses did not believe that their peers comply with urine sample collection standards. This research indicates the importance of addressing both nursing competencies for obtaining urine cultures and nurses’ knowledge as to when the culture is indicated. The researchers concluded that nurses are not commonly evaluated on the skills of placing and maintaining...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, March 08, 2016 9:23 AM
Eligible professionals, eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals (CAHs) participating in the Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program must attest using the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Program Registration and Attestation System no later than Friday, March 11 at 11:59 p.m. (ET).

Medicaid EHR Incentive Program participants should refer to their respective ...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Friday, March 04, 2016 9:12 AM
Eligible professionals, eligible hospitals and critical access hospitals (CAHs) participating in the Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program must attest using the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Program Registration and Attestation System by Friday, March 11 at 11:59 p.m. ET.

Medicaid EHR Incentive Program participants should refer to their respective ...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Friday, March 04, 2016 9:07 AM
On Thursday, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) issued an alert to payroll and human resources professionals to beware of an emerging phishing email scheme that purports to be from company executives and requests personal information on employees.

The IRS has learned this scheme – part of the surge in phishing emails seen this year – already has claimed several victims as payroll and human resources offices mistakenly email payroll data including W-2 forms that contain Social Security numbers and other personally identifiable information to cybercriminals posing as company executives.

This phishing variation is known as a “spoofing” email. It will contain, for example, the actual name of the company chief executive officer. In this variation, the “CEO” sends an email to a company payroll office employee and requests a list of employees and information including SSNs. The following are some of the details contained in the e-mails:

Kindly send me the individual 2015...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Thursday, March 03, 2016 9:51 AM

The American Hospital Association will hold its annual meeting in Washington, DC, May 1-4. KHA has booked a block of rooms at The Hotel Palomar for KHA members planning to attend. If you wish to stay at the Hotel Palomar, please complete the AHA Hotel Reservation Form and return to Carol Walters at KHA (cwalters@kyha.com) by Friday, March 4. The reservations will be submitted to the hotel on Monday, March 7.

Please, register online at www.aha.org to attend the conference. 

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