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By Ginger - Site Admin on Thursday, January 26, 2017 10:09 AM
On March 16, KHA will host a one-day program, which will provide valuable information for those individuals who are responsible for creating the best possible Environment of Care, Emergency Management and Life Safety programs and must understand the Joint Commission survey methodology and recent changes to the standards.  Information will be provided so attendees will be able to implement a practical, continuously compliant program for health care facilities to achieve maximum performance while effectively preparing for unscheduled Joint Commission and CMS surveys. 

View the brochure for program details. Online registration is available for your convenience.

If you have any questions,...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Thursday, January 26, 2017 10:07 AM
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has revised online tutorials that help researchers and others use the agency’s Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP). HCUP, the nation’s most comprehensive source of hospital data, includes national and state data on inpatient care, ambulatory care and emergency department visits. The updated HCUP Overview Course provides information about the sources of HCUP data, features of the database, software tools and products. Additional tutorials instruct users on...
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 Wednesday, January 25, 2017 9:54 AM
The KHA Hospital Day at the Legislature will be held in conjunction with the KHA Legislative Committee meeting on Thursday, February 23 at the Frankfort Country Club, 101 Duntreath Street, in Frankfort. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. (ET) with breakfast starting at 8:00 a.m. The program will begin at 8:15 a.m. and will adjourn by 10:15 a.m. so members can go to the Capitol to meet with their legislators. (All members are asked to schedule their own appointments with their legislators.)

After the meetings with legislators, KHA will host a luncheon for all KHA members and legislators at the Capitol Annex from 12:00 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. KHA members are encouraged to contact their legislators and personally invite them to the luncheon.

The Legislature goes into session at 2:00 p.m.

If you need overnight hotel accommodations, please call one of the following hotels in Frankfort to make reservations: Fairfield Inn and Suites of Marriott Frankfort, (502) 695-8881; Best Western...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 10:20 AM
The UK Center of Excellence in Rural Health, the Kentucky Office of Rural Health (KORH) and the UK CCTS Community Engagement and Research Program are requesting applications for the 2017 Community Leadership Institute of Kentucky (CLIK). CLIK is a four-week intensive leadership development training program designed to enhance research and capacity-building competencies in community leaders, senior staff, directors and administrators.

In addition, each participant's organization will receive a $2,500 grant for their participation in this competitive program and completion of their proposed project over a 12-month period. The participant's organization must have 501c3 status or a designated lead fiscal agency (health agency or non-profit) to receive and manage the grant award.

Key Dates

Applications due: January 31, 2017 Applicants Notified: February 20, 2017 Save the Required Training Dates (tentative): March 20 March 21 March 28,...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 10:16 AM
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Registration and Attestation System is now open. Providers participating in the Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program must attest to the ...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, January 16, 2017 10:31 AM
The AHA's Hospitals Against Violence initiative and American Society for Healthcare Engineering will co-host a January 17 webinar on workplace violence prevention strategies and emergency response plans. The webinar will feature safety experts from the International Association for Healthcare Security and Safety Foundation, who will explore the unique risks in health care facilities, emergency rooms, mental health services, and other treatment facilities and address preparedness through operations and design. The session will cover ways that the external and internal environment can be used to mitigate risk, tools available to help, and standards and guidelines aimed at preventing violence. To register for the 3:00 p.m. (ET) webinar, visit http://hret.adobeconnect.com/aha0117/event/registration.html?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=NewsNow.  ...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, January 16, 2017 10:16 AM

KHA is sad to announce the passing of Joyce Dauenhauer, who worked with KHA for 16 years before her retirement in 2010. A service to celebrate Joyce's life is being held today at 1:00 pm in the Chapel of Arch L. Heady Funeral Home in Louisville, with burial to follow at Cave Hill.

Expressions of sympathy can be made to the Alzheimer's Foundation Louisville Chapter or The Parkinson's Foundation Louisville Chapter.

Condolences for the family can be left at www.archlheadywestport.com.

By Ginger - Site Admin on Friday, January 13, 2017 9:31 AM
CMS recently updated an FAQ to provide information about calculations for electronic health record (EHR) Incentive Programs objectives and measures requiring patient action.

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By Ginger - Site Admin on Thursday, January 12, 2017 10:52 AM

Registration is now open for the KHA District Meetings in March at http://www.kyha.com/CM/Events/Evts_List.aspx. A detailed agenda will be available soon. A printable registration form and save the date flyer are available online now at https://www.kyha.com/docs/EventBrochures/2017/DistrictMeetings0317.pdf.

KHA members should mark their calendars and plan to attend. All meetings will begin at 9:45 a.m. local time and conclude following lunch at 12:30 p.m.

By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, January 09, 2017 10:30 AM

Administrators of Kentucky's small, rural and critical access hospitals are invited to join KHA staff on Wednesday, January 25 at 2:00 p.m. (ET) for the first Forum meeting of 2017. Topics of discussion will focus on legislative activities at both the federal and state levels.

This meeting will be held via webinar. Please contact Elizabeth Cobb at KHA (ecobb@kyha.com) to register and receive login information.

By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, January 04, 2017 10:47 AM

Kaiser State Health Facts just released average costs per inpatient day in 2014, organized by hospital ownership type, in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The data includes all operating and nonoperating expenses for registered U.S. community hospitals, defined as public, nonfederal, short-term general and other special hospitals. They are an estimate of expenses incurred in a day of inpatient care and are adjusted higher to include an estimate of the volume of outpatient services. Kentucky’s inpatient cost per day continues to rank below the average for the nation:

Ownership 
United States 
Kentucky 
 State/Local Government Hospitals  $ 1,974  $ 1,922
 Nonprofit hospitals  $ 2,346  $ 1,793
 For-profit hospitals  $ 1,798  $ 1,487
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