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By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, February 27, 2017 10:31 AM

In response to the growing cyber threats in health care, the American Hospital Association (AHA) will offer a series of regional, in-person trainings for hospital and health system CEOs in April. Registration will be limited to hospital or health system CEOs, accompanied by their lead cyber security staff person.

If you have any questions about the upcoming event, please contact Chantal Worzala at AHA (202-626-2313 or vial email at cowrzala@aha.org).

By Ginger - Site Admin on Friday, February 24, 2017 9:34 AM
The Centers for Disease Control's (CDC) National Center for Health Statistics conducts the National Health Care Surveys, which include the National Hospital Care Survey (NHCS), National Hospital Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NHAMCS) and the National Ambulatory Medical Care Survey (NAMCS). These nationally representative surveys provide data and information used by Congress, health care services researchers and others to shape health care policy and the future of health care in the United States.

The National Center for Health Statistics is accepting registration from eligible professionals (EPs), eligible hospitals (EHs) or Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) of their intent to submit data to the National Health Care Surveys as part of the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive Programs (Meaningful Use). Providers may attest...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, February 22, 2017 9:25 AM
Adverse drug events fell by 67,000 between 2010 and 2013 as the result of the federal “meaningful use” program that offered financial incentives to hospitals for using certified electronic health records (EHRs), according to a new Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) study. Adverse drug events are harms experienced by a patient as a result of exposure to a medication. They affect nearly 5 percent of hospitalized patients and can be deadly. To minimize such harms, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) initiated the meaningful use program in 2010, awarding financial incentives to hospitals and physicians who adopted specific information technology (IT) capabilities, such as computerized prescriber order entry. The new AHRQ study in Journal of the American Informatics Association (JAMIA)...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, February 20, 2017 11:24 AM

The AHA Annual Meeting will be held in Washington, DC, May 7-10. Special sessions created specifically for trustees offer take-home strategies for effective governance and insights into policy and politics featuring the speakers below. Plus, enjoy a Monday reception just for trustees. Sessions include:

  •  Whither the soul of trusteeship? Effective governance in a time of challenge and change
  • Leading and engaging boards in improving community health
  • Trustee Leadership Breakfast: National political update
  • Creating a culture of innovation and safety: from the boardroom to the bedside

Online registration is now available.

By Ginger - Site Admin on Thursday, February 16, 2017 1:11 PM
On February 15, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a proposed rule designed to stabilize the health insurance marketplace for 2018. The proposed rule would verify eligibility of individuals who newly enroll through special enrollment periods, which has been a concern of insurers with respect to individuals waiting until they need coverage to enroll. It will also allow an insurer to collect premiums for prior unpaid coverage before enrolling an individual in next year’s plan with the same insurer. This is designed to encourage patients to avoid coverage lapses. The rule would also move the assessment of network adequacy to states, and it would shorten the open enrollment for the 2018 coverage year to run from November 1, 2017, through December 15, 2017.

The proposed rule can be found at https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/02/17/2017-03027/patient-protection-and-affordable-care-act-market-stabilization...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, February 14, 2017 11:05 AM
The deadline for Eligible Professionals (EPs) to submit Reconsideration forms for the 2017 payment adjustment — based on the 2015 electronic health record (EHR) reporting period — is February 28, 2017. No applications will be accepted after the deadline.

Please visit the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) website to find the EP Reconsideration Application . Complete this application if you received a letter from CMS that stated you are subject to the 2017 Medicare EHR payment adjustment and you believe this payment adjustment is in error....
By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, February 07, 2017 9:15 AM
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has extended the attestation deadline for providers participating in the Medicare Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Program to Monday, March 13, 2017, at 11:59 p.m. (PT).

Providers participating in the Medicare EHR Incentive Program must attest to the 2016 program requirements by March 13, 2017, to avoid a 2018 payment adjustment.

If you are participating in the Medicaid EHR Incentive Program, please refer to http://chfs.ky.gov/dms/EHR.htm...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, February 06, 2017 10:04 AM

KHA is now accepting applications for the Annual KHA Quality Awards. Please see the application for the full details. Applications are due on April 7. Awards will be presented at the KHA Annual Convention Awards Luncheon in May in Lexington.

More details on the award, and details on past recipients is available in the Safety and Quality section of the KHA website, www.kyha.com.

If you have any questions, please contact Elizabeth Cobb at KHA (ecobb@kyha.com).

By Ginger - Site Admin on Friday, February 03, 2017 11:11 AM
KHA is urging all hospital administrators to take steps to assure your policy on treatment and evidence collection in cases of sexual assault are in compliance with state law and regulations. There have been recent reports to KHA that some patients presenting to hospital emergency rooms following sexual assault are not being provided evidence collection services and in some cases are being turned away for treatment.

There are resources on the Sexual Assault Response page of KHA’s website (located under the Services category) providing guidance to hospitals on the requirements of hospital emergency personnel to treat victims of sexual assault and to collect evidence with consent from the patient. All acute care hospitals providing emergency services are required to provide these services regardless of the availability of a sexual assault nurse examiner...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Friday, February 03, 2017 11:08 AM

The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP) publishes an updated drug shortage list on its website. There is now a link from the Safety and Quality section of the KHA website, www.kyha.com, to this resource for your convenience.

ASHP and its partners work to keep the public informed of the most current drug shortages. Shortages can adversely affect drug therapy, compromise or delay medical procedures and result in medication errors.

By Ginger - Site Admin on Thursday, February 02, 2017 10:06 AM

On January 30, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) officially withdrew the 340B “mega-guidance” released in August 2015, which would have changed which patients, drugs and providers qualify for the 340B discounts on prescriptions medicines.

The official regulatory notice can be found at https://www.reginfo.gov/public/do/eoDetails?rrid=126712.

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