By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 1:19 PM

Stryker LogoKHA is grateful for the support of its event sponsors! Through their generous donations, KHA is better able to support its members and provide a wide array of events like A Day for Infection Preventionists. Please join KHA in thanking event sponsor Sage Products.

Sage is a division of Stryker Medical specializing in evidence-based infection prevention interventions that lead to improved outcomes.

For more information, visit the Sage Products page on the Stryker website at https://www.stryker.com/us/en/sage.html.

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

By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, October 28, 2019 2:32 PM
Magnolia Medical Technologies LogoKHA is grateful for the support of its event sponsors! Through their generous donations, KHA is better able to support its members and provide a wide array of events like A Day for Infection Preventionists. Please join KHA in thanking event sponsor Magnolia Medical Technologies.

Magnolia Medical Technologies has developed the technology clinically demonstrated to reduce blood culture contamination and false-positive results for sepsis.

For more information, visit the Magnolia Medical Technologies website at https://magnolia-medical.com/....
By Ginger - Site Admin on Friday, October 25, 2019 1:12 PM
On November 12, KHA and Collective Medical will host a webinar on Predicting and Preventing Workplace Violence Through Better Care Coordination.

In 2016, workplace violence cost hospitals and health systems over $1.5 billion, spent on security, training, staff turnover, medical care and absenteeism. Additionally, over 77 percent of emergency physicians believe that violence in the emergency department (ED) has harmed patient care through decreased productivity, emotional trauma and increased wait times.

Addressing workplace violence can help reduce costs and increase productivity. In 2018, health care leaders were asked for their best practices for addressing violence in health care. ...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Thursday, October 24, 2019 11:42 AM

Kersia LogoKHA is grateful for the support of its event sponsors! Through their generous donations, KHA is better able to support its members and provide a wide array of events like A Day for Infection Preventionists. Please join KHA in thanking event sponsor Kersia.

Kersia manufactures dissolving and disinfecting NaDCC tablets — that eliminate C.diff and MRSA — and biofilm that is safer than bleach.

For more information, visit the Kersia website at http://www.kersia-group.com.

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

By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, October 23, 2019 1:32 PM

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 2019 edition of the Kentucky Trustee is available at http://www.kyha.com/assets/docs/Publications/KT/KTSummer2019.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’ names and addresses.

If you have suggestions for future issues of the Kentucky Trustee, please contact Ginger Dreyer at KHA (gdreyer@kyha.com).

By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, October 21, 2019 3:11 PM
Data Center Logo Twenty Kentucky hospitals have already utilized the KHA Board Self-Assessment Survey and found it provides tremendous feedback to the CEO and opportunities to enhance their board. Learn how it can help your hospital or system!

The Board Self-Assessment Survey is an online survey that can be distributed to your board in order to identify where its strengths lie as well as where improvement may be needed.

There are two sections of the Self-Assessment survey – the board assessment and the personal evaluation. The board assessment allows each board member to answer a set of standard questions and up to three customizable questions about the board as a whole. 

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By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, October 21, 2019 2:49 PM

Cepheid LogoKHA is grateful for the support of its event sponsors! Through their generous donations, KHA is better able to support its members and provide a wide array of events like A Day for Infection Preventionists. Please join KHA in thanking event sponsor Cepheid.

Cepheid is a manufacturer of infectious disease molecular diagnostic tests and the gen-expert system.

For more information, visit the Cepheid website at https://www.cepheid.com.

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

By Ginger - Site Admin on Friday, October 18, 2019 1:51 PM

BD LogoKHA is grateful for the support of its event sponsors! Through their generous donations, KHA is better able to support its members and provide a wide array of events like A Day for Infection Preventionists. Please join KHA in thanking event sponsor Becton Dickinson.

Becton Dickinson (BD) manufactures a vast array of infection prevention products ranging from needleless connectors to vascular access care.

For more information, visit the Becton Dickinson website at https://www.bd.com.

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

By Ginger - Site Admin on Friday, October 18, 2019 1:02 PM
Henderson KHA's Pharmacy Consultant Emily Henderson, PharmD was recently elected as a first-time member of the University of Kentucky Alumni Association Board of Directors.

Henderson attended UK from 1994 to 2001, when she received her doctorate of pharmacy degree, summa cum laude, from the UK College of Pharmacy. She was a member of Chi Omega sorority and the Rho Chi pharmacy honor society. From 2001 to 2016, Henderson was employed by Kroger as a staff pharmacist. She now works with the Kentucky Hospital Improvement and Innovation Network (K-HIIN) to promote quality improvement and patient safety in hospitals across the Commonwealth and as the project lead for the Kentucky Statewide Opioid Stewardship (KY SOS). She is a member of the Kentucky Pharmacists Association and the Kentucky Society of Health-System Pharmacists....
By Ginger - Site Admin on Thursday, October 17, 2019 2:38 PM
KHA LogoKHA is currently recruiting applicants for one position — Vice President of Health Policy.

The Vice President of Health Policy will provide policy analysis and research on a wide variety of issues to support the representation and advocacy functions of the Association. Nature of work will also include data analysis, preparation of reports and position papers on legislative, regulatory or public policy issues, advising on certificate of need matters, and updating and tracking accomplishment of the KHA Strategic Plan. View the job description for more details.

To apply for either position, or if you have questions, please contact Sharon Perkins at KHA (sperkins@kyha.com).

By Ginger - Site Admin on Thursday, October 17, 2019 2:32 PM
KHIE LogoKHA is grateful for the support of its event sponsors! Through their generous donations, KHA is better able to support its members and provide a wide array of events like A Day for Infection Preventionists. Please join KHA in thanking the event's break sponsor the Kentucky Health Information Exchange (KHIE).

KHIE is a secure, interoperable electronic network that supports the statewide exchange of patient health information among health care providers across the commonwealth.

For more information, visit the KHIE website at https://khie.ky.gov.

To become a sponsor, contact Claire Arant at KHA (carant@kyha.com)....
By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, October 16, 2019 2:00 PM

Nozin LogoKHA is grateful for the support of its event sponsors! Through their generous donations, KHA is better able to support its members and provide a wide array of events like A Day for Infection Preventionists. Please join KHA in thanking the event's lunch sponsor Nozin.

Backed years of research and development, supported by NIH grants and successful clinical trials, Nozin products are directed at growing health maintenance and disease prevention markets.

For more information, visit the Nozin website at https://www.nozin.com/.

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

By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, October 14, 2019 9:35 AM

ProAssurance 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 ProAssurance.

ProAssurance's health care professional liability solutions make insurance simpler. Get coverage that fits and a pledge of fair treatment. ProAssurance Group is A.M. Best A+ (Superior).

For more information, visit the ProAssurance website at https://www.proassurance.com/.

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

By Ginger - Site Admin on Thursday, October 10, 2019 1:48 PM
Unified Technologies 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 this year's first Diamond Sponsor, Unified Technologies!

Unified Technologies is a technology firm committed to connecting and protecting their clients through various voice and communication platform needs such as carrier services, phone systems, collaboration tools and contact center applications, as well as integrated security solutions.

For more information, visit the Unified Technologies website at https://unified-team.com/....
By Ginger - Site Admin on Thursday, October 10, 2019 1:25 PM
On October 9, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule to modernize and clarify the regulations that interpret the Medicare physician self-referral law (often called the “Stark Law”), which has not been significantly updated since it was enacted in 1989. The proposed rule supports the CMS “Patients over Paperwork” initiative by reducing unnecessary regulatory burden on physicians and other health care providers while reinforcing the Stark Law’s goal of protecting patients from unnecessary services and being steered to less convenient, lower quality or more expensive services because of a physician’s financial self-interest.

Through the Patients over Paperwork initiative, the proposed rule opens additional avenues for physicians and other health care providers to coordinate the care of the patients they serve – allowing providers across different health care settings to work together to ensure patients receive the highest quality of care.

For More information:...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, October 09, 2019 12:56 PM
Registration is now open for the 2019 Day for Infection Preventionists, November 12. The event is aimed at supporting Kentucky infection prevention professionals in their daily work to reduce health care associated infection 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.

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

If you have any questions, please contact Melanie Moch...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, October 08, 2019 2:17 PM

TEG 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, TEG!

TEG is a national architecture, planning, interior design and visualization firm specialized in developing comprehensive solutions for complex health care facilities.

For more information, visit the TEG website at http://www.teg123.com.

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

By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, October 07, 2019 12:12 PM
A Day for Infection Prevention - 2019 is set to take place on November 12 at Indiana/Kentucky/Ohio Regional Council of Carpenters (IKORCC) headquarters. This 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 of emerging importance. The audience you can expect to network with includes infection preventionists, chief nursing officers, risk managers, quality improvement and patient safety personnel in the hospital.

Please view the Conference Sponsorship Brochure for levels and benefits. The deadline to sponsor this event in October 11.

Please contact Claire Arant at KHA (carant@kyha.com)...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Friday, October 04, 2019 2:30 PM
After attending the KHA Health Care Leadership Conference on November 8 in Lexington, stay to earn 1.5 ACHE Face-to-face credits at the ACHE event: Sustaining a Financially Vibrant Health Care Organization.

Today’s health care executives face many challenges such as workforce shortages, updating technology, making facility infrastructure improvements and providing safe high-quality patient care. Each of these initiatives make financial challenges extraordinarily complex. In addition, health care leaders face ever-increasing regulatory demands and diminishing financial rewards. What organizational strategies are available to health care executives to affect their organization‘s bottom line? How can leaders use meaningful metrics to examine such areas as product lines and supply chain costs and revenues? What are the critical links that exist between financial and non-financial managers (or clinical and nonclinical managers) that can impact the financial health of departments and the organization...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Friday, October 04, 2019 1:36 PM

Two KHA staff members are retiring after successful careers — Donna Meador and Brad Learn. Join us in celebrating their careers and wishing them well.

Donna Meador Brad Learn

By Ginger - Site Admin on Thursday, October 03, 2019 3:12 PM

Earlier today, KHA submitted comments to the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) Department of Medicaid Services (DMS) on the proposed changes to the 340B Policy and Procedures Manual.

KHA's comments outline how the proposed changes would impose additional and substantial burdens upon Kentucky hospitals without any corresponding benefit. Kentucky hospitals are in full support of assuring program integrity and expanded access to lower cost drugs to Covered Entities and their patients; however, the proposed changes, as written, should be delayed until clarified and improved

A full copy of the comment letter is available to members on the Policy page on the Advocacy section of KHA's website, www.kyha.com.

By Ginger - Site Admin on Thursday, October 03, 2019 3:05 PM
As reported last week in the KHA News blog (article 1, article 2), the United States Pharmacopeia (USP) notified stakeholders that it is postponing the official effective dates of several new and revised standards pertaining to pharmaceutical handling until further notice while it reviews appeals to the standards. KHA urged the USP to delay this implementation and has also urged the Kentucky Board of Pharmacy not to adopt the new USP standards at this time.

The Joint Commission has released an official statement regarding the USP delays:

The Joint Commission is aware of the United States Pharmacopeia (USP) statement released on September 23 regarding the delay of implementation...
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