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By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 8:54 AM

The Kentucky Trustee is a quarterly newsletter KHA produces for the benefit of hospital boards. The goal is to provide your trustees with information they need to lead your hospital forward in today’s rapidly changing environment. The fall edition of the Kentucky Trustee is available at https://www.kyha.com/assets/docs/Publications/KT/KTFall18.pdf.

KHA mails the Kentucky Trustee newsletter to all trustees for which the Association has contact information. This is a good time to ensure KHA has your current board members’ addresses.

If you have suggestions for future issues of the Kentucky Trustee, please contact Ginger Dreyer at KHA (502-426-6220 or 800-945-4542 or via e-mail at gdreyer@kyha.com).

By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, October 24, 2018 8:15 AM
KHA will host an important program on Health Care Executives and the Opioid Epidemic immediately following the KHA Health Care Leadership Conference on November 9 in Louisville.

Topics for DiscussionThe Kentucky Chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives will offer 1.5 hours of Face-to-Face Education Credits for this panel discussion.

View the brochure for details. Online registration...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Friday, October 19, 2018 8:27 AM
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The Kentucky Chapter of the American College of Healthcare Executives will offer 1.5 hours of Face-to-Face Education Credits for this panel discussion on the Health Care Executive's Role with the Opioid Crisis immediately following the KHA Health Care Leadership Conference on November 9 in Louisville.

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

If you have any questions, please contact Pam Kirchem at KHA (pkirchem@kyha.com).

By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, October 17, 2018 9:11 AM

The KHA Small Rural and CAH Forum will meet via webinar on October 25 at 3:00 p.m. (ET). The session's guest speaker/presenter is Brock Slabach, vice president of the National Rural Health Association. Slabach will provide a federal policy update. Additionally, Chris Neville with Collective Medical will discuss the special emergency department (ED) program being expanded in Kentucky.

If you have additional topics you would like covered, or need participation information, please contact Elizabeth Cobb at KHA (ecobb@kyha.com).

By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, October 17, 2018 8:25 AM
The Ridge Behavioral Health System, the Kentucky Hospital Association,and the Advocacy Action Network will host the Suicide: Across All Ages and Stages Conference on December 7 in Lexington. This conference will address many of the causes of suicide as well as prediction and prevention. The keynote presentation will discuss the intersection of opioid misuse and suicide.

Suicide takes life without regard to age, income, education, social standing, race, or gender. Overall, suicide is the 10th leading cause of death for all Americans, the 2nd leading cause of death for adults ages 25-34, and the 3rd leading cause of death for youth ages 15- 24. In Kentucky, suicide is the 11th leading cause of death. On average, one person dies by suicide every 12 hours in Kentucky.

View the brochure for Conference details. Online registration...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, October 16, 2018 8:36 AM
FairCode LogoKHA Solutions Group Affinity Partner FairCode bridges the gap between your attending physicians and hospital coders. The result? Patient acuity and Case Mix Index is more accurately captured; your reimbursement adjusts accordingly. Physician-conducted medical chart reviews happen in real time, significantly impacting quality and bottom line results. From clinical chart reviews to payor denial defense, FairCode's physicians are a part of your team! Add them to your existing CDI initiatives, and see the difference.

FairCode Associates, LLC was founded in 2001 by a team of physicians and nurses to improve coding documentation and compliance in hospitals. We are dedicated to the correct documentation of patient acuity, and to ensuring that our clients receive full and fair compensation for the care they render.

To learn more about how FairCode can help...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, October 15, 2018 11:28 AM
Norton Children's Hospital and the University of Louisville Physicians - Pediatrics will host the Seventh Annual Pediatric and Behavioral Mental Health Symposium on Friday, November 16 at the University of Louisville Shelby Campus in Louisville.

This symposium will address pediatric mental health concerns that often are experienced by individuals secondary to racial bias, immigration status, developmental status, chronic medical conditions and sexual orientation. Providers will gain insight into best practices for mental health screening within diverse populations, treatment options and existing community resources for children and adolescents with gender dysphoria, children of immigrant status with mental health concerns and children displaying behavioral problems as a result of chronic medical conditions or developmental disabilities. Additionally, providers will learn strategies to identify at-risk individuals and engage patients and families in developing mutually acceptable plans for utilizing...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, October 15, 2018 11:17 AM

In recognition of the hard work of health care professionals, which has caused health care-associated infections to decline, while acknowledging the importance of the continued vigilance of professionals and the public to use best practices in preventing infections, Governor Matthew Bevin proclaimed October 14-20, 2018, as Kentucky Infection Prevention Week.

View the Governor's full proclamation for all the details. For more information on Infection Prevention week, visit http://professionals.site.apic.org/.

By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, October 08, 2018 8:06 AM

CMTA LogoKHA is grateful for the support of its Annual Sponsors! Through their generous donations, KHA is better able to support its members and provide a wide array of services. Please join KHA in thanking Corporate Sponsor CMTA!

CMTA is a multi-specialty firm that specializes in cost effective, energy efficient buildings. They are true partners vested in your long-term success.

For more information, visit the CMTA website at https://www.cmta.com/.

To become a sponsor, contact Claire Arant at KHA (carant@kyha.com).

By Ginger - Site Admin on Friday, October 05, 2018 9:30 AM
Patient Safety Hero Awardees Plummer and OsborneKHA and the K-HIIN group recently recognized Christopher Plummer, mental health technician, and Jerry Osborne, security officer, at Our Lady of Peace (OLOP) as the latest Patient Safety Hero Awardees. They were both nominated by Jason Underwood, Assessment and Referral Center supervisor at OLOP, for their response to a life-threatening situation.

A patient arrived to the Our Lady of Peace Assessment and Referral Center to be assessed. While sitting in the waiting area, it was discovered that the patient was not breathing. A Code Blue was called and Plummer immediately lowered the patient to the floor and began CPR. He began chest compressions while Osborne was positioned to start rescue breathing. After Plummer administered 20 chest compressions, the patient began...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, October 03, 2018 9:55 AM
Volunteer Conference Program CoverThere are only 8 days left until the KHA 2018 Fall Volunteer Conference. Join volunteers, directors of volunteers and gift shop managers from across Kentucky at the Fall Volunteer Conference. Enjoy a day of excellent programming, a silent auction, lunch and a tour of the historic Fasig-Tipton thoroughbred auction company.

This year's event will be held at the historic Fasig-Tipton Thoroughbred Auction Company

View the brochure for a full agenda and program details. Online registration...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, October 03, 2018 9:23 AM
LabCorp LogoKHA is grateful for the support of its Annual Sponsors! Through their generous donations, KHA is better able to support its members and provide a wide array of services. Please join KHA in thanking Bronze Sponsor Laboratory Corporation of America (LabCorp)!

LabCorp is a leading global life sciences company that is deeply integrated in guiding patient care through its comprehensive clinical laboratory and end-to-end drug development services. Employing nearly 60,000 employees worldwide, the company’s mission is to improve health and improve lives by delivering world-class diagnostic solutions, bringing innovative medicines to patients faster and using technology to improve the delivery of care.

For more information, visit the LabCorp website at https://www.labcorp.com/....
By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, October 03, 2018 9:14 AM
King’s Daughters Medical Center neurologist Enawgaw Mehari, M.D., has practiced in the U.S. for several years, but he has never forgotten his home country of Ethiopia. Since 1999, Dr. Mehari has spearheaded an organization called People to People (P2P) to, in his words, “facilitate the transfer of knowledge and technology to Africa with special emphasis in Ethiopia.”

Dr. Mehari has taken King’s Daughters physicians with him to Ethiopia— oncologist/hematologist Galena Salem, M.D., traveled there with Dr. Mehari in 2017— to teach medical professionals and care for patients. The organization alternates between visits to Ethiopia with medical professionals, and a U.S.-based medical conference for those with connections to Ethiopia. This year, People to People is hosting a worldwide conference in Washington, D.C.

This year marks the conference’s 10th anniversary with several firsts: an in-person and online conference focusing on “the growing burden of cardiovascular diseases in Ethiopia.”...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, October 03, 2018 9:07 AM
From the Somerset Commonwealth Journal:

UK HealthCare/The Norton Healthcare Stroke Care Network has recognized Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital with the “Innovation Award” for its work in improving stroke care for its patients.

At the Network’s annual Summit in Lexington on August 16, Dr. Michael Dobbs, MHCM, director of the Stroke Care Network, praised Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital for their dedication to excellence in stroke care.

“Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital’s commitment to quality improvement and coordination of resources to provide their patients with the highest quality stroke care is to be commended,” Dr. Dobbs said. “Everyone’s goal is to provide the best care for stroke patients as close to home as possible and Lake Cumberland’s efforts embody that principle.”

The “Innovation Award” is given to those who demonstrate remarkable innovation with implementing a leading edge approach to stroke care.

Lisa Bellamy,...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, October 02, 2018 8:56 AM
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The 2018 A Day for Infection Preventionists will be held November 13 in Louisville. This educational event is aimed at supporting Kentucky infection prevention professionals in their daily work to reduce health care associated infections and provide quality patient care. The one-day conference builds on foundational skills provided in previous educational offerings and explores topics with emerging importance. The target audience includes infection preventionists, chief nursing officers, risk managers, quality improvement and patient safety personnel in the hospital.

CEUs are available for attendees.

For agenda details, view the brochure. To reserve your place, use the convenient online registration.

If you have any questions, please contact Sharon Perkins at KHA (sperkins@kyha.com).

By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, October 02, 2018 8:40 AM
Are you a Hospital Recruiter looking to network with other hospital recruiters around the state? If so, KAHCR invites you to their next meeting at KHA Headquarters in Louisville on October 16.

The Kentucky Association for Healthcare Recruitment (KAHCR), affiliated with the National Association for Healthcare Recruitment (NAHCR), is welcoming new members! The KAHCR chapter membership includes health care recruitment professionals across the State of Kentucky and Southern Indiana. The chapter's mission is to provide a forum for those professionals engaged in the recruitment of health care personnel for their institutions, through which programs may be developed for the promotion of Kentucky and Southern Indiana.

The group also provides educational programs and engages subject matter experts  on various topics. The chapter meets bi-monthly (see below for details on the next meeting).

If you would like to learn more, please attend this meeting as the organization's guest. RSVP to Kayla Williams by October 11 (Kayla.Williams@bhsi.com).

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