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By Ginger - Site Admin on Friday, October 06, 2017 8:32 AM

On October 3, KHA participated in the annual state hospital association meeting with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Region IV Office in Atlanta. Associations heard updates from CMS regarding enforcement of the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act (EMTALA), post payment audits by Medicare Advantage plans, pilot programs to reduce hospital readmissions of nursing home residents and more. A specific report on EMTALA violations being seen in Region 4 will be sent to members.

If you have any questions, please contact Nancy Galvagni at KHA (ngalvagni@kyha.com).

By Ginger - Site Admin on Thursday, October 05, 2017 8:57 AM

Registration is now open for the Fall KHA District meetings. Make your plans now to attend! View the flyer for agenda details. Online registration is available for your convenience.

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

By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, September 05, 2017 9:06 AM
HCLC Brochure Cover ImageThe 2018 KHA Legislative Platform will be presented to the Association membership for approval at the annual KHA Health Care Leadership Conference (HCLC) on November 3 at the Embassy Suites Lexington.

As government leaders at the state and federal level are continuing to debate changes to the Affordable Care Act, it is an ideal time for the KHA Health Care Leadership Conference. Kentucky health care leaders can learn how President Trump’s administration will change health care as they join their peers and learn from Kentucky’s Senate and House leaders as well as state and national political experts. The Conference also gives attendees the opportunity to keep Kentucky's elected officials...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, August 21, 2017 10:49 AM


Nurse Leaders across Kentucky are invited to attend the 13th Annual KONL Fall Leadership Conference, “Navigating Climate Change: Future of Healthcare and Nursing in an Ever-Changing Environment,” September 21-22 in Louisville!  

The opening speaker is Jo Ann Webb, the Vice President of Federal Affairs from the American Organization of Nurse Executives, in Washington, DC. Other topics include APRN Roles, Excitement and Innovation from Nursing’s C-suite, Behavioral Change with Performance Improvement and more. 

Attendees will learn together and network with nursing leadership peers from across the state. In addition, CNOs are invited to a networking breakfast during the Conference to discuss hot topics for nursing senior leaders.  

Registration and agenda details are available online at http://www.cvent.com/events/konl-13th-annual-leadership-development-conference-navigating-climate-change-future-of-healthcare-an/event-summary-f25098ae21404135838c469c03734e59.aspx.

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By Ginger - Site Admin on Friday, August 04, 2017 8:38 AM
As hospitals and their staffs work to assure that Medicaid patients get the care they need, those efforts often involve challenging managed care organization (MCO) medical necessity denials. New federal behavioral health parity rules are taking effect this fall to help assure that patients are not shortchanged in obtaining psychiatric and substance use disorder treatment. Under the new rules, MCOs are required to provide coverage for behavioral health services as generously as for physical health. For example, MCOs cannot impose treatment limitations on access to behavioral health services which do not apply to physical health. 

KHA is sponsoring a conference on August 18 in Lexington on Behavioral Health Parity, to explain the new rules and help hospitals and their staffs be able to identify potential parity violations. 

The Kentucky MCOs and the Department for Medicaid Services will be attending this conference – therefore, hospitals should be in attendance to have the same understanding of the new rules. The conference will feature national and state experts....
By Ginger - Site Admin on Friday, August 04, 2017 8:34 AM
Registration is now available for the KHA Fall Conference on September 19 in Louisville. The KHA Committee on Volunteers is excited to offer this program to the auxiliary officers, auxiliary members, volunteers, directors of volunteers and gift shop managers.

Registration includes a continental breakfast, lunch buffet, private showing of “The Greatest Race” movie played in their 360 theater and a self-guided tour of the Derby Museum.

Don’t forget to be thinking about the silent auction items to bring with you. Each item should be valued at $10 or more. The more items you bring, the more who can participate. 

View the brochure for details, to register and to sign up for the silent auction.

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

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By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, August 01, 2017 8:22 AM

The KHA District Meetings for Fall 2017 are scheduled. Please mark your calendar and save the date for these important events. NOTE THE DATE CHANGES BELOW. Registration will start at 9:45 a.m. local time, the meetings will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. local time and lunch will be provided. Additional details will be available soon.

October 13 
Ohio Valley 
KHA Headquarters
Louisville
                    October 19 
Blue Grass District 
Saint Joseph Hospital
Lexington 
     
October 20
Cumberland District 
Baptist Health Richmond
 
October 30
Twin Lakes District 
Owensboro Health Regional Hospital

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

By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 8:41 AM
Owensboro Story BoardKHA staff members and representatives from two Kentucky hospitals — Owensboro Regional Health and Spring View Hospital — are attending the HRET national meeting, "2017 The Journey Ahead: Advancing Health in America" in San Diego this week. Additionally, Owensboro Regional Health presented a story board at the meeting.

K-HIIN was able to sponsor two representatives from two hospitals to this combined meeting of HRET, the Institute for Diversity, and the Physician Leadership Forum. The goal of the event is to co-create a new direction, engage in robust discussions about the future of health care, and share ideas with colleagues from across the country. Specific topics covered include quality and patient safety, high reliability, equity, patient and family engagement, physician inclusion, population health...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, July 10, 2017 8:03 AM
The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA) has been law since 2008. MHPAEA provided that health plans could not limit mental health or substance use disorder benefits in any way that was more restrictive than how medical/surgical benefits were limited. This sounds simple enough…but why do so many people still have limited access to behavioral health care? The Conference on Behavioral Health Parity: What Is It and How Can We Make It Work? will explore this question, and give attendees the opportunity to hear from experts on how to work within the parity law, to better understand it and to benefit from it.

Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) will be aviailable for Social Work, LPCC, Psychology, CADC, LMFT and Nursing.

For program details, view the brochure. Registration is open online...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, July 05, 2017 8:40 AM

The 2017 Healthcare Coalition Conference is September 26-28 at the Hyatt Regency Lexington and the Lexington Conference Center. The Conference is designed to meet the educational needs of health care engineers, professionals involved in managing safety & security in health care facilities, as well as professionals in health care supply chain and materials management. 

The Healthcare Coalition Conference will include top-notch educational content, hours of continuing education credits, as well as ongoing opportunities to discuss emerging issues and best practices with colleagues, vendors and consultants. 

Registration is available online at http://kshe.org/event/2017HCCRegistration.

By Ginger - Site Admin on Friday, June 30, 2017 8:11 AM

The KHA Small, Rural and Critical Access Hospital (CAH) Forum will meet on July 27 at KHA Headquarters in Louisville. All small, rural and CAH CEOs, CFOs and COOs are invited to attend.

This meeting will include a CAH swing bed cost reporting workshop, an update from KHA on the Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) distribution model, MACRA resources for rural hospitals and a KHA Swing Bed Workgroup planning session.

Registration is due by July 20 at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/rural717.

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

By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 8:20 AM
The Kentucky Hospital Association (KHA) presented awards to four hospital volunteer groups during the Association’s Auxiliary/Volunteer Luncheon on May 18, at the 88th Annual KHA Convention in Lexington. The HANDS Awards (Helping Accomplish Noteworthy Duties Successfully) recognize outstanding volunteer/auxiliary programs in hospitals across the state. This year’s recipients are:

Baptist Health La Grange Ephraim McDowell Fort Logan Hospital Hardin Memorial Health UK HealthCare Baptist La Grange 2017 HANDS AwardBaptist Health La Grange volunteers created a library project for their facility. The Little Free Library Project began in 2015 after one of the hospital’s volunteers, Dede McIntyre, saw an article describing the Little Free Libraries, a non-profit organization with...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, May 24, 2017 7:53 AM
The Kentucky Hospital Association (KHA) held its yearly Awards Luncheon on May 19, as part of the 88th Annual KHA Convention in Lexington. During the event, six hospitals from across the state were recognized with KHA Quality Awards. This award is presented to honor hospital leadership and innovation in quality, safety and commitment in patient care.

This year’s recipients were:

Marcum and Wallace Memorial Hospital , in Irvine, for their work in LEAN Management and Rapid Improvement Events; Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center , in Leitchfield, for their use of a patient safety partner in implementing a discharge follow-up call system to collect data and prevent unnecessary readmissions; Frankfort Regional Medical Center , in Frankfort, for using an innovative approach in managing COPD patients across the continuum of care; Norton Women’s & Children’s Hospital , in Louisville, for studying...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Friday, May 12, 2017 7:45 AM
The KHA 88th Annual Convention in Lexington is less than a week away. The event includes a track especially designed for nurse leaders. Some outstanding Kentucky Nursing Research will be highlighted and the Kentucky Organization of Nurse Leaders (KONL) will hold a business meeting.

Review the nursing track agenda for presentation details, and visit the KHA Convention website to register today.

If you have any questions, please contact Carol Walters at KHA (cwalters@kyha.com).

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By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 9:59 AM

The KHA 88th Annual Convention is May 18-19 in Lexington. There is a track especially designed for hospital attorneys. Topics will include credentialing, social media & ethics, cyber threats, Section 603 and a legislative update. The Kentucky Academy of Hospital Attorneys (KAHA) will also hold a business meeting during the Convention.

Review the legal track agenda for presentation details, and visit the KHA Convention website to register today.

If you have any questions, please contact Carol Walters at KHA (cwalters@kyha.com).

By Ginger - Site Admin on Thursday, May 04, 2017 8:48 AM

The KHA 88th Annual Convention is May 18-19 in Lexington. There is a track especially designed for hospital financial officers, which includes ACHE face-to-face credits.

Review the financial track agenda for presentation details, and visit the KHA Convention website to register today.

If you have any questions, please contact Carol Walters at KHA (cwalters@kyha.com).

By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, May 02, 2017 8:27 AM
Laura Adams Photo Few would dispute that health care systems across the globe are not performing up to their potential. The problems are highly complex and no one entity can solve them by acting alone. The greatest opportunity to deliver on the promise may lie in involving “unusual suspects” in communities, guided by a new definition of health, new ways to tell the truth about providers’ performance and a recognition that the patient/consumer is already in control of their health. When these principles guide design, hospitals can create a health care system worthy of the trust of those who depend on it literally for their lives.

During the KHA Convention, May 18-19 in Lexington,  Laura Adams will present “Connecting...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Thursday, April 27, 2017 8:28 AM
Keni Thomas PortraitA book signing to raise awareness and funds for the Special Operations Warrior Foundation will immediately follow Keni Thomas's keynote presentation. His book, Get It On! What It Means to Lead the Way, will be available for purchase at the event for $20.

As a former United States Army Ranger who served in the now famed “Blackhawk Down” mission, Keni Thomas will share his story of courage and leadership from the battlefield and beyond at the KHA Annual Convention, May 18-19 in Lexington. Nineteen Americans gave their lives and 78 were wounded in the worst urban combat seen by U.S. troops since World War II. His firsthand account of how extraordinary soldiers fought to bring each other home...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, April 24, 2017 9:38 AM

The KHA 88th Annual Convention is May 18-19 in Lexington. There is a track especially designed for chief medical officers and physicians, which will provide the opportunity for continuing medical education (CME) credits.

Review the physician track agenda for presentation and CME details, and visit the KHA Convention website to register today.

If you have any questions, please contact Carol Walters at KHA (cwalters@kyha.com).

By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 7:59 AM

There will be three ACHE sessions at this year's KHA Annual Convention in Lexington on May 18-19. Thursday will feature two sessions with Jake Poore, president and chief experience officer of Integrated Loyalty Systems in Orlando. Each of these sessions are eligible for 3.0 ACHE Face-to-Face education credits.

On Friday, May 19, there will be a panel presentation and discussion about accountability and transformation with hospital leaders from around the state. This session is eligible for 1.5 ACHE Face-to-Face education credits.

For more information about these and other sessions available at this year's Convention, visit http://www.kyha.com/CM/Events/KHA_Convention/KHA_Convention.aspx.

If you have any questions, please contact Carol Walters at KHA (cwalters@kyha.com).

By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, April 12, 2017 8:17 AM

Keni Thomas Portrait As a former United States Army Ranger who served in the now famed “Blackhawk Down” mission, Keni Thomas will share his story of courage and leadership from the battlefield and beyond at the KHA Annual Convention, May 18-19 in Lexington. Nineteen Americans gave their lives and 78 were wounded in the worst urban combat seen by U.S. troops since World War II. His firsthand account of how extraordinary soldiers fought to bring each other home illustrates the power of leading by example at all levels, regardless of rank or station.

By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, April 03, 2017 9:33 AM

KHA 2017 Convention Logo

Details are now available online for the KHA 88th Annual Convention, May 18-19 in Lexington. Physical programs were mailed to hospital executives last week.

Take time now to make your plans to attend. Find information and links online for hotel reservation information, programs and speakers as well as easy online registration.

Visit the site at https://www.kyha.com/CM/Events/KHA_Convention/KHA_Convention.aspx.

If you have any questions, please contact Carol Walters at KHA (cwalters@kyha.com).

By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, March 29, 2017 9:41 AM
Alan Coppock at Post Acute Care ForumThe Kentucky Hospital Association’s Post Acute Care (PAC) Forum met on March 24. The PAC Forum consists of long-term acute care hospitals, physical rehabilitation hospitals, swing bed hospitals, skilled nursing facilities, hospice, home health agencies and psychiatric hospitals.

The forum met for a day-long exercise on bundled payments with a goal of determining how to manage a patient through the post acute care continuum to provide the best level of care.

The bundled payment exercise took several months of planning with a key group of PAC providers and KHA staff. The providers selected pneumonia as the primary and secondary diagnosis related group (DRG) as the bundle. The key missing piece to find was the actual costs to the provider. Participants could determine the average...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Thursday, March 23, 2017 8:46 AM

The KHA 88th Annual Convention will be held May 18-19 at the Lexington Convention Center. Make your plans now to attend. This year's program will be in the mail by tomorrow so expect to receive it next week.

The Hyatt Lexington will be the host hotel, and the program will have details on how to book your room at the group rate.

If you have any questions, please contact Carol Walters at KHA (cwalters@kyha.com).

By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, March 21, 2017 8:10 AM

The American Hospital Association will hold its annual meeting in Washington, DC, May 7-10. KHA has booked a block of rooms at The Washington Marriott Wardman Park for KHA members planning to attend. If you wish to stay at the KHA host hotel, the Marriott Wardman Park, please complete the AHA Hotel Reservation Form and return to Carol Walters at KHA (cwalters@kyha.com) by Friday, March 31. The reservations will be submitted to the hotel by KHA.

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

By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, March 01, 2017 10:52 AM

Administrators of Kentucky's small, rural and critical access hospitals are invited to join KHA staff on March 23 at KHA Headquarters in Louisville for a formal presentation on timely and critical policy issues.

A complete agenda along with registration information is available in the brochure. Topics include:

  • ACA Update
  • Upper Payment Limit (UPL) Project Update
  • Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) Methodology
  • Swing Bed Strategey
  • Pre-Conference Seminar for CAH CEOs on Cost Reporting Issues
  • Other Hot Topics

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

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 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 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 Thursday, October 13, 2016 8:50 AM
The final meetings of the KHA Summer Series of Congressional Meetings will be held October 17 and November 3 in the fourth and fifth congressional districts.

Each meeting in the Series is held in the congressmen’s districts to provide KHA members the opportunity to stay in contact locally with the Kentucky congressional delegation and discuss important legislative and regulatory issues currently before the U.S. Congress that are critical to Kentucky’s hospitals. With the nation’s health care system in transformation to delivery systems that are driven by new payment models, hospitals must stay in contact with their Congressman to let him know how these changes will impact your hospital, and this meeting provides you with the opportunity to discuss your issues and concerns.

Make plans now to attend the meeting in your congressional district.

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By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, October 10, 2016 8:18 AM
HCLC CoverThe 2017 KHA Legislative Platform will be presented to the Association membership for approval at the annual KHA Health Care Leadership Conference (HCLC) on November 11 at the Louisville Marriott East.

The November general elections will have a huge impact on health care, and this year's Conference is being held three days later, an ideal time for you and other Kentucky hospital leaders to learn how the new President and his/her administration will change health care. State and national political experts will discuss the balance of power of who controls Congress and the Kentucky legislature, and how that will impact the future of health care and impending federal and state health care legislative and regulatory issues.

Attendees...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, September 12, 2016 10:04 AM
All KHA members are invited to attend the KHA Legislative Committee meeting on September 14, from 10:00 a.m. (ET) through a working lunch, at KHA Headquarters in Louisville.

The meeting will begin with guest speaker Medicaid Commissioner Steve Miller updating attendees on the 1115 Medicaid Waiver.  You will have an opportunity to ask him any questions that you may have about the waiver. 

Members will discuss state issues and take positions on legislation to recommend for inclusion on the KHA Legislative Platform. 

Representative Joni Jenkins (D-44), the House Appropriations and Revenue Human Resources Subcommittee chair, will be the luncheon speaker to discuss the state budget and Medicaid funding.  Since there may be legislation to change the Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) program payment this session, this is a great opportunity to educate Representative Jenkins on the need for keeping the Medicaid DSH payments at the highest level allowed by federal law.

If you...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, August 30, 2016 8:07 AM
The next meeting of the KHA Summer Series of Congressional Meetings will be held September 9 in the first congressional district.

Each meeting in the Series is held in the congressmen’s districts to provide KHA members the opportunity to stay in contact locally with the Kentucky congressional delegation and discuss important legislative and regulatory issues currently before the U.S. Congress that are critical to Kentucky’s hospitals. With the nation’s health care system in transformation to delivery systems that are driven by new payment models, hospitals must stay in contact with their Congressman to let him know how these changes will impact your hospital, and this meeting provides you with the opportunity to discuss your issues and concerns.

Make plans now to attend the meeting in your congressional district.



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By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, August 24, 2016 8:38 AM
Registration is now open for the KHA District Meetings in October 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 http://www.kyha.com/docs/EventBrochures/DistrictMeetingsOctober2016.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.

October 12 9:45 a.m. (CT) Twin Lakes District Baptist Health Madisonville Loman Trover Conference Center 8th Floor Madisonville     October 14 9:45 a.m. (ET) Ohio Valley District KHA Headquarters 2501 Nelson Miller Parkway Louisville October 17 9:45 a.m. (ET) Cumberland...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Friday, August 12, 2016 11:39 AM
On August 10, Kentucky’s Second District Congressman Brett Guthrie met with hospital executives at the Hardin Memorial Hospital in Elizabethtown as part of KHA’s Summer Series of Congressional Meetings. Congressman Guthrie is a member of the U. S. House Energy and Commerce Committee, Vice Chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee’s Health Subcommittee and chairs the Medicaid Task Force, an independent task force on the Energy and Commerce Committee specifically looking at the Medicaid program and ways to make the program more flexible for states and better for beneficiaries.

Congressman Guthrie stated that the task force is working to understand the current process and looking for ways to make the Medicaid program and the waiver process better for states to be able to be more creative and flexible. He noted that Medicaid as it is an open-ended budget requirement for governments, and that Kentucky is seeking a waiver from CMS is to implement a sustainable program for the expansion population, as he...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Thursday, August 11, 2016 8:47 AM

The Kentucky Hospital Research and Education Foundation (KHREF) is partnering with Blue and Co. to provide a summer series of webinars and a face-to-face conference for critical access hospital (CAH) CEOs and CFOs along with other financial leaders in the CAH setting. These programs are provided to Kentucky CAHs through support by the Rural Hospital Flexibility Program (Flex Grant) and the Kentucky Office of Rural Health.

Webinars will be held August 16 and 25, and an in-person workshop is planned for September 15 in Louisville.

View the brochure for program details and registration information.

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

By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, August 09, 2016 9:52 AM
The KHA Summer Series of Congressional Meetings continued with a meeting yesterday with Congressman John Yarmuth at Jewish Hospital in Louisville. There was a great turn out of hospital leaders at the event, which featured a lively discussion of both state and federal legislative issues. Congressman Yarmuth spoke about Kentucky’s proposed Medicaid Waiver program and the upcoming presidential election. A meeting with Congressman Andy Barr was held in Lexington on June 6.

Each meeting in the Series is held in the congressmen’s districts to provide KHA members the opportunity to stay in contact locally with the Kentucky congressional delegation and discuss important legislative and regulatory issues currently before the U.S. Congress that are critical to Kentucky’s hospitals. With the nation’s health care system in transformation to delivery systems that are driven by new payment models, hospitals must stay in contact with their Congressman to let him know how these changes will impact your hospital,...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, July 26, 2016 8:37 AM
KHA is hosting its Summer Series of Congressional Meetings in the congressmen’s districts to provide members the opportunity to stay in contact locally with the Kentucky congressional delegation and discuss important legislative and regulatory issues currently before the U.S. Congress that are critical to Kentucky’s hospitals. With the nation’s health care system in transformation to delivery systems that are driven by new payment models, hospitals must stay in contact with their Congressman to let him know how these changes will impact your hospital, and this meeting provides you with the opportunity to discuss your issues and concerns.

Third District Congressman John Yarmuth:

DATE: Monday, August 8, 2016 TIME: 12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. (ET) (Lunch will be served) LOCATION: Conference Center, 16th Floor Jewish Hospital Rudd Heart & Lung Building 201 Abraham Flexner Way Louisville Participation Form...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, June 20, 2016 8:07 AM
Representatives from all Kentucky hospitals are invited to attend a Town Hall meeting on Hepatitis C, infectious disease and substance abuse.

The Kentucky Department for Public Health and Shaping Our Appalachian Region (SOAR) are hosting national, state and local experts in Hazard on Thursday, July 28 – World Hepatitis Day. The Event will be held from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. (ET) at Hazard Community and Technical College. Details and registration information are available at http://www.soar-ky.org/townhall.

The goals of the Town Hall Meeting are to increase community awareness; provide best practice recommendations on the prevention, detection and treatment of Hepatitis C and HIV and substance abuse; and engage multi-sector community, state and national stakeholders to organize resources and enhance engagement. The event’s featured Speaker will be Dr. John Ward, CDC Director of the Division of Viral Hepatitis.

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By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, June 06, 2016 8:10 AM

The 2016 KHA Small Rural and Critical Access Hospital Conference is Wednesday, June 8. The conference is designed to help small rural hospital leaders understand changes to the health care delivery system and think strategically about how to best position their hospital for top performance.

View the brochure for more details, and register online in the Events section of www.kyha.com.

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

By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, May 11, 2016 10:13 AM
The KHA 87th Annual Convention is tomorrow and Friday in Lexington! This year, KHA is going mobile by providing you with a mobile app for the event.

Download the KHA Mobile App, powered by Interapt, and enjoy the convenience of having Convention session details, speaker information, maps and sponsors all on your phone.

After the Convention, keep the app to stay connected with important hospital news! Soon, the new KHA app will be your one stop for the membership directory, events and much more. To create a true multi-media experience with the upcoming changes, hospital and system C-Suite executives are encouraged to visit the Interapt booth during the Convention for a quick photo, which will be included in the Directory.

Instructions and a download link are available at http://kha.interapt.com/download.

If you have not registered for the Convention, registration is available on site. Don't miss this opportunity to learn and network with your colleagues from across the state....
By Ginger - Site Admin on Friday, May 06, 2016 8:28 AM

KHA's Annual Convention is less than a week away! If you have not already registered, take this opportunity to sign up. Visit the Convention website for all the information you need, including session details, schedules and visitor information.

In addition to the General Sessions, there are tracks this year for financial professionals, your legal team, nurse executives, medical officers/physicians and a day of programs just for your volunteers, directors of volunteers, gift shop managers.

If you have any questions, please contact Carol Walters at KHA (cwalters@kyha.com).

By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, May 03, 2016 8:59 AM
The roots of medical practice in the U.S. goes from colonial times to today’s medical profession with its 200 certified specialties. During KHA's Annual Convention, May 12-13 in Lexington, one session will examine the current and historical physician supply and demand trends, training, compensation patterns and practice types. It will also project how health care reform and related changes will reshape the way physicians practice and are paid, with a look at value-based compensation, the team-based approach to care, medical homes, “complexivists,” concierge practice and more.

Speaker Kurt Mosley serves as Vice President of Strategic Alliances for Merritt Hawkins, the nation’s leading physician search and consulting firm, and a company of AMN Healthcare, the largest health care staffing organization in the United States. With over 20 years of health care industry experience, Mosley is one of the nation’s leading authorities on the evolving health care system, particularly the way physician supply, demand...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Thursday, April 28, 2016 8:30 AM
Don't forget! The last day for Early Bird Registration for the KHA Annual Convention is tomorrow, April 29. The discounted rate is $200. After tomorrow, the regular rate of $225 will be in effect.

This year's meeting, May 12-13 in Lexington provides a great opportunity to learn from prominent speakers from around the country, network with your colleagues and earn ACHE face-to-face credits or CEUs.

Make your plans now to attend! Details and registration information are available on the Convention website at http://convention.kyha.com. You can also go directly to the registration page to register today.

If you have any Convention-related questions, please contact Carol Walters at KHA (cwalters@kyha.com).

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By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, April 27, 2016 8:58 AM
During the KHA Annual Convention, May 12-13 in Lexington, Lars Enstrom and James Callanan of Alvarez & Marsal (A&M) Healthcare Industry Group will discuss, “How Alternative Payment Methods (APMs) Influence Health Care Delivery Patient Flow, Cost and Quality.”

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has set a goal of tying 50 percent of fee-for-service Medicare payments to quality or value through APMs, such as Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) or bundled payment arrangements by the end of 2018. As payers investigate alternative ways to transfer financial risk and quality accountability to providers, providers need to develop approaches that break down the historic “silo” nature of treatment patterns and develop pathways that respond to the particular pressures of each type of APM while improving the outcomes for patients.  

At the end of this presentation, attendees will be able to:

Learn from early experiences about the necessary activities required to be successful...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Thursday, April 21, 2016 9:00 AM

During the KHA Annual Convention, May 12-13 in Lexington, the Studer Group's Craig Deao will help attendees close the "Knowing-Doing Gap in Health Care." In 2000, Jeffery Pfeffer and Robert I. Sutton published a book called The Knowing-Doing Gap. It pinpoints a challenge faced by organizations in all industries, including health care. "We work really hard to figure out what we need to do, yet we fail to implement what we learn in the process."

At the end of this presentation, attendees will be able to:

  • Describe the “Knowing-Doing Gap” in health care
  •  Implement three evidence-based strategic objectives in your health care organization

Make your plans now to attend! Details and registration information are available on the Convention website at http://convention.kyha.com. You can also go directly to the registration page to register today.

By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 8:41 AM
At this year's KHA Convention, May 12-13 in Lexington, there will be three ACHE sessions available for you to earn face-to-face credits. This is a great opportunity to earn credits while networking with your peers from around the state.

On Thursday, May 12, Michael E. Frisina, PhD will present  “Behavior Smarts: Increasing Health Care Leadership Performance” and “Leading for Success: Creating a Committed Workforce.” Thursday's events will also feature the annual ACHE Luncheon.

On Friday, May 13, there will be a panel discussion on “Making Sense of Performance Transformation Methodologies.”

Make your plans now to attend! Details and registration information are available on the Convention website at http://convention.kyha.com. You can also go directly to the registration page to register today.

If you have any Convention-related questions, please contact Carol Walters at KHA (cwalters@kyha.com).

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By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, April 04, 2016 10:16 AM
Scott Burrows, this year's keynote speaker, will discuss Taking Responsibility: Using Vision, Mindset and Grit to Achieve Success at the KHA 87th Annual Convention, May 12-13 in Lexington.

Burrows is living proof your life can change in an instant. By the age of 19, he was playing college football at Florida State University as a wide receiver and a top-ranked kick-boxing champion, with his last fight broadcast by ESPN.

On November 3, 1984, Scott’s life took a dramatic and irreversible turn. He was involved in a serious automobile accident that left him paralyzed from the chest down and diagnosed a quadriplegic.

Despite his grim diagnosis, Scott refused to be sidelined. He made the decision to take action, to focus on the positives of the experience as opposed to dwelling on the obvious and overwhelming negatives.

With the tremendous clarity provided by his singular focus, Scott resolved to thrive in his life by using three principles:

Vision helped him see complete success in his mind’s eye first.

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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 Monday, February 15, 2016 11:00 AM
The KHA Hospital Day at the Legislature will be held on Thursday, February 25 at the Frankfort Country Club, 101 Duntreath Street, in Frankfort. Registration will begin at 7:30 AM ET, with breakfast starting at 8:00 AM, ET. Confirmed speakers include Cabinet for Health and Family Services Secretary Vickie Yates Brown Glisson and Senator Dr. Ralph Alvarado, the sponsor of SB 20, the MCO appeals process legislation. The program will begin at 8:15 AM, ET and will adjourn by 10:15 AM, ET so members can go to the Capitol to meet with their legislators. All members are asked to schedule their own appointments with their legislators.

There will be a luncheon for KHA members and legislators at the Capitol Annex, in Room 149, from 12:00 PM to 1:45 PM, ET. KHA members are encouraged to contact their legislators and personally invite them to the luncheon. The Legislature will go into session at 2:00 PM, ET. A registration form is available at

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By Ginger - Site Admin on Thursday, February 11, 2016 9:18 AM
Kentucky Hospital Association is pleased to partner with other infection prevention stakeholders in offering the fourth Statewide Infection Prevention Boot Camp on March 8 and 9 in Lexington. The sessions are designed for both experienced IPs and those new to the field. All hospital IP professionals should plan to attend as topics will include emerging pathogens, outbreaks and compliance with newly implemented regulations.

On March 9 and 10, KHA is hosting its Annual Quality and Hospital Engagement Network Conference. All hospital chief nursing officers and quality leaders are encouraged to attend. Education will center on patient safety culture, physician accountability, information technology and building successful improvement systems. There is no cost for the Quality Conference as HEN funds are supporting the event.

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By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, January 19, 2016 9:30 AM

The program and registration information for the KHA District Meetings in March are available at http://www.new-kyha.com/Portals/5/EventBrochures/DistrictMeetingsMarch2016.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.

March 2
9:45 a.m. (CT)
Twin Lakes District
The Medical Center - WKU Health Sciences Complex
700 1st Avenue
Bowling Green
 
  March 9
9:45 a.m. (ET)
Ohio Valley District
KHA Headquarters
2501 Nelson Miller Parkway
Louisville
March 11
9:45 a.m. (ET)
Cumberland District
Baptist Health Richmond
801 Eastern Bypass
Richmond
  March 24
9:45 a.m. (ET)
Blue Grass District
UK HealthCare
Charles T. Wethington Jr. Bldg., Rm. 127
900 South Limestone
Lexington
  

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

By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, November 16, 2015 10:01 AM
Joe Koch Introduces Charlie Cook at KHA 2015 HCLCOn November 13, the KHA Health Care Leadership Conference brought Kentucky’s political leaders together with hospital leaders from throughout the state to learn about the issues that will affect hospitals in 2016. Members heard from the Republican and Democratic state party leaders about upcoming legislation and plans for the new administration. The media panel provided an interesting and informative analysis of the recent elections, which provided great insight into the political climate of the commonwealth.

KHA members also approved the Association’s legislative priorities for the upcoming session of the Kentucky General Assembly.

Thank you to all the members who participated in the Conference. KHA looks forward to advocating...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Thursday, November 05, 2015 9:33 AM
The results of the Kentucky General Election are in and, with Governor-Elect Matt Bevin carrying 106 counties, there will be change and a new agenda in Frankfort. It is even more important than ever that you participate in the 2015 KHA Health Care Leadership Conference on November 13, 2015, from 8:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (ET), at the Louisville Marriott East. Details and registration information are available at http://www.new-kyha.com/Portals/5/EventBrochures/HCLC2015.pdf.

There is a distinguished lineup of speakers for the conference and after the Republican sweep statewide, there is much to learn. Attendees will hear from the Republican and Democrat state party leaders the plans for the new Administration. House and Senate Leadership and members along with a panel comprised of well-known members of the media will discuss what to expect from the new Bevin Administration and priorities for the 2016...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, November 02, 2015 10:25 AM
KHA staff hopes you can participate in the 2015 KHA Health Care Leadership Conference on November 13 from 8:15 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (ET) at the Louisville Marriott East. Details and registration information are available at http://www.new-kyha.com/Portals/5/EventBrochures/HCLC2015.pdf.

There is a distinguished lineup of speakers for the conference and with this being held the week after the election, there will be much to discuss. Attendees will learn from the state party leaders, House and Senate members and leadership and from  well-known members of the media who will educate members on what to expect from the next Administration and the 2016 Kentucky General Assembly. Political Reporter and Columnist Charlie Cook, one of Washington’s most trusted and accurate political prognosticators in Washington, will present his sharpest political handicapping for the upcoming 2016 presidential and congressional...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Thursday, October 08, 2015 8:35 AM
The Kentucky Governor and constitutional officers’ election is less than a month away and the new administration will be taking up the reins soon thereafter. The November elections will have a large impact on the future direction of health care in the commonwealth. It is timely that this year’s KHA Health Care Leadership Conference is being held one week after the election on Friday, November 13, at the Louisville Marriott East from 8:15 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. (ET) with registration beginning at 7:30 AM. This will be an ideal time for Kentucky health care leaders to learn how the new state administration and other elected officials will affect the state’s health care legislative and regulatory issues. Members can join their peers and learn from Kentucky’s Senate and House leaders as well as state and national political experts. The Conference also gives attendees the opportunity to keep Kentucky’s elected officials informed about the impact of these changes on the state’s hospitals and health care safety net. The...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, September 14, 2015 8:15 AM
The KHA Health Care Leadership Conference will be held November 13 at the Marriott Louisville East. The agenda and registration information will be available soon, so mark your calendar now and plan to attend.

The event will feature Kentucky House and Senate leaders who will discuss the state's new administration and important legislative issues. A media panel will highlight the results of the November elections, and Charlie Cook, editor and publisher of the Cook Political Report and columnist for the National Journal, will headline the luncheon.

The Conference is a great way for hospital chief executive officers, board chairmen, trustees, other hospital administrators, government relations staff and medical staff members to stay informed of legislation that may affect their facilities.    

If you have any questions, please contact Sarah S. Nicholson at KHA (snicholson@kyha.com).

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By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, July 15, 2015 9:00 AM

The most recent Kentucky State Improvement Model (SIM) July Stakeholder Meeting was held last Wednesday, July 8, in Frankfort. The final presentation from this meeting can be found on the Kentucky SIM website: http://chfs.ky.gov/ohp/sim/.

As previously noted, the July workgroups scheduled for July 21 – July 23, have a different schedule and format than previous months. Please note that the Payment Reform, Integrated & Coordinated Care and Quality workgroups will be combined into a single, full-day panel format with presentations by Kentucky stakeholders. Please see below for the July workgroup schedule.

Workgroup 
Date
 Time    Location Agenda Topics 
By Ginger - Site Admin on Thursday, June 11, 2015 7:57 AM

The next meeting of the Medicaid Oversight and Advisory Committee will be on Wednesday, June 17 at 10:00 a.m. in Room 131 of the Capitol Annex in Frankfort.

The agenda includes a Medicaid overview and update from Cabinet for Health and Family Services Secretary Audrey Haynes and Department for Medicaid Services Commissioner Lisa Lee, who will also give an overview of the Medicaid Waiver Program.

By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, June 08, 2015 8:42 AM
As the State Innovations Model (SIM) grant process continues through the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, please be aware there are changes in the meeting schedule for face-to-face meetings on SIM in Frankfort and for KHA’s prep and debriefing calls. Especially note that KHA will hold a planning call from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. (ET) on Friday, June 12 instead of Monday, June 15. Moving forward, KHA will host one monthly prep call prior to workgroup meetings and one debriefing call following workgroup meetings.

An updated schedule is now available on the SIM information page of the KHA website in the Members Only section: http://www.kyha.com/members/state-innovation-model-sim-information/.

The next full stakeholder meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, June 9 from 1:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. (ET) at the Kentucky Historical Society, 100 W. Broadway Street, Frankfort, Kentucky 40601. No advance registration is required.

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By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, May 13, 2015 8:44 AM
On Friday, May 15, the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) will host a forum on the role of Kentucky's rural hospitals in the State Innovation Model (SIM) health system transformation project that is underway in Kentucky. It will be held from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (ET) at the Department of Public Health Conference Suites in Frankfort. The meeting will explore health system transformation models that have proven effective for smaller and rural hospitals in other states, and the potential relevance of the models to Kentucky.

To help navigate this complex and important conversation, CHFS is bringing in the global research, consulting and technology firm, The Advisory Board Company.

On December 16, 2014, CHFS received a $2 million SIM planning grant from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). The SIM initiative is meant to support states’ efforts toward population health improvement and sustainable health system transformation...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, May 04, 2015 9:05 AM

The KHA Annual Convention will be held tomorrow, May 7, and Friday, May 8, in Lexington!

Visit the KHA Convention website at http://convention.kyha.com for program details and more. Registration is available on site on Thursday and Friday.

By Ginger - Site Admin on Thursday, April 30, 2015 8:14 AM

The KHA Annual Convention, May 7-8 in Lexington, is offering two ACHE sessions for members. You can earn up to six face-to-face credit hours next week!

Kevin E. O'Conner, CSP will present both sessions — Confidence: Leading Your Team through Difficult Times and Understanding and Portraying an Executive Presence.

Visit the KHA Convention website at http://convention.kyha.com for program details, registration information and more. Make your plans to attend and register today! You can also visit the registration site directly at https://secure.kyha.com/meetingregistration.asp.

By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, April 27, 2015 9:28 AM

This KHA Annual Convention, May 7-8 in Lexington, offers hospital executives a great opportunity to network with their peers and have access to a wide variety of educational sessions.

This year's General Sessions will address such topics as Section 501(r) requirements for charitable hospitals, operational assessments for community hospitals and the resurgence of narrow networks.

Visit the KHA Convention website at http://convention.kyha.com for program details, registration information and more. Make your plans to attend and register today! You can also visit the registration site directly at https://secure.kyha.com/meetingregistration.asp.

By Ginger - Site Admin on Friday, April 24, 2015 7:41 AM
Today, April 24, is the last day to register for the KHA Annual Convention at the discounted early bird rate. The registration fee includes ALL Education Sessions, the Opening Session/Breakfast and Awards Luncheon, reception and refreshment breaks for the May 7-8 event. Visit http://convention.kyha.com/HowtoRegister.aspx for registration details or visit the online registration page directly at https://secure.kyha.com/meetingregistration.asp.
By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, April 22, 2015 8:15 AM
The KHA Annual Convention, May 7-8 in Lexington, will provide an array of programs to appeal to all members of hospitals' senior staffs. In addition to the informative General Sessions, there will be tracks for finance, medical officers, nursing leaders and hospital attorneys.

In addition to the Kentucky Association of Hospital Attorneys Annual Meeting, the Legal Track will feature a number of presentations specifically for hospital and health care system legal professionals. Speakers will discuss lawyers' professional responsibility when representing corporate health care clients, Section 501(r) requirements for charitable organizations, a legislative update and a case law update.

Visit the KHA Convention website at http://convention.kyha.com for program details, registration information and more. Visit the "Affiliate Tracks" page for different program opportunities....
By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, April 20, 2015 9:57 AM
The KHA Annual Convention, May 7-8 in Lexington, will provide an array of programs to appeal to all members of hospitals' senior staffs. In addition to the informative General Sessions, there will be tracks for finance, medical officers, nursing leaders and hospital attorneys.

This year's Nursing Track will feature a presentation from Catholic Charities Human Trafficking Program Manager Marissa Castellanos on Kentucky's Children's Justice Act in addition to a discussion on outstanding Kentucky nursing research.

Visit the KHA Convention website at http://convention.kyha.com for program details, registration information and more. Visit the "Affiliate Tracks" page for different program opportunities. Make your plans to attend and register today! You can also visit the registration site directly at https://secure.kyha.com/meetingregistration.asp.

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By Ginger - Site Admin on Friday, April 17, 2015 8:04 AM
The KHA Annual Convention, May 7-8 in Lexington, will provide an array of programs to appeal to all members of hospitals' senior staffs. In addition to the informative General Sessions, there will be tracks for finance, medical officers, nursing leaders and hospital attorneys.

This year's Finacial Track will feature a discussion on next generation risk management strategies for physician compensation compliance. The session will be presented by Randy A. Biernat, CPA, ABV, the director of BKD LLP in Indianapolis.

Visit the KHA Convention website at http://convention.kyha.com for program details, registration information and more. Visit the "Affiliate Tracks" page for different program opportunities. Make your plans to attend and register today! You can also visit the registration site directly at https://secure.kyha.com/meetingregistration.asp.

If you have additional questions, please contact Carol Walters at KHA (502-426-6220 or 800-945-4542 or via email at cwalters@kyha.com).

By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 8:45 AM
The cut-off date for hotel reservations for the KHA Annual Convention is tomorrow, April 16. A block of rooms has been reserved at the Hyatt Regency Lexington. Please make your reservations by tomorrow to assure that you will receive the convention rate.

Reservations requests after the cutoff date will be confirmed on an availability basis. Attendees are responsible for making their own reservations. When making your reservations, remember to mention the Kentucky Hospital Association Annual Meeting. You may also make reservations online at https://resweb.passkey.com/go/kyhospital. Hyatt Regency Lexington 401 West High Street Lexington, Kentucky 40507

Phone: (859) 253-1234 Fax: (859) 254-7430 Reservations: (800) 233-1234

Rates: $151 single/double

Visit the KHA Convention website at http://convention.kyha.com...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 8:13 AM
The KHA Annual Convention, May 7-8 in Lexington, will provide an array of programs to appeal to all members of hospitals' senior staffs. In addition to the informative General Sessions, there will be tracks for finance, medical officers, nursing leaders and hospital attorneys.

This year's Medical Track will feature discussions and presentations on employed physician networks and choosing the right hospitalist model to meet your performance objectives.

Visit the KHA Convention website at http://convention.kyha.com for program details, registration information and more. Visit the "Affiliate Tracks" page for different program opportunities. Make your plans to attend and register today! You can also visit the registration site directly at https://secure.kyha.com/meetingregistration.asp.

If you have additional questions,...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Friday, April 10, 2015 8:47 AM
Health care’s transition to a new business model will occur fast and furiously as disruptors emerge during the next decade. At the KHA Annual Convention, May 7-8 in Lexington, Kenneth Kaufman will address the key forces behind the current transformation, the reorganization of health and health care services under a population-health management construct and the new competitors that are emerging as health care transitions from an inpatient-centric model to an ambulatory/ virtual model. The session will explore implications for hospitals and health systems and the critical questions executives should be discussing.

Visit the KHA Convention website at http://convention.kyha.com for program details, registration information and more. Make your plans to attend and register today! You can also visit the registration site directly at https://secure.kyha.com/meetingregistration.asp....
By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, April 07, 2015 8:25 AM
The opening speaker for the KHA Annual Convention (May 7-8 in Lexington) will be Dr. Ronan Tynan whose inspirational session will take you through the story of his amazing life; describing the obstacles he faced, and how he used those challenges to build some unbelievable successes. Tynan's triumphs include becoming an MD, a championship athlete and an accomplished recording artist who has delighted international audiences as a member of the Irish Tenors.

Visit the KHA Convention website at http://convention.kyha.com for program details, registration information and more. Make your plans to attend and register today! You can also visit the registration site directly at https://secure.kyha.com/meetingregistration.asp.

If you have additional questions, please contact Carol Walters at KHA (502-426-6220 or 800-945-4542 or via email at cwalters@kyha.com).

By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, April 01, 2015 8:09 AM

Programs for KHA's 86th Annual Convention, May 7-8 in Lexington, were mailed to members last week. The convention website, http://convention.kyha.com, provides online registration, program details, a hotel reservation link,  a personalized scheduler and a link to the printable program.

Online registration is also available directly at https://secure.kyha.com/meetingregistration.asp.

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 Wednesday, February 25, 2015 11:03 AM
KHA is hosting two separate opportunities for Kentucky hospitals (those who have participated in K-HEN in the past, or who might be interested in participating in future HEN activities with KHA) to hear about the next phase of the Centers for Medicare & medicaid Services (CMS) Hospital Engagement Network (HEN) program.  KHA will be continuing its partnership with the Hospital Research and Education Trust (HRET), its national partner. 

The webinars will provide more information about the CMS timeline, clinical focus areas both required and optional, requirements of participating hospitals and KHA/K-HEN resources to support hospitals participating with us.

KHA asks that all hospitals interested in continuing HEN work with KHA, or those interested in participating in KHA/K-HEN for the first time, participate in one of the two webinar options:

Friday, February 27 from 2:00 – 3:00 PM ET  Tuesday, March 3 from 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM ET   Dial in               1-877-594-8353

Access...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, February 23, 2015 11:25 AM
About CON Modernization  The Office of Health Policy (OHP), the department of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services which oversees Certificate of Need (CON), will be hosting two listening sessions to take comments from providers and other stakeholders on how to modernize the CON program. The OHP published a memo in October 2014 (see Special Memorandum CON Modernization: http://www.kyha.com/members/) requesting comments on how to modernize the CON program to meet goals to transform healthcare delivery systems in Kentucky to promote value-based care delivery and the ability to better manage the continuum of care of patients. 

KHA conducted a thorough study of the CON program with the help of a consultant and submitted a report and comments to the OHP demonstrating that the Kentucky CON program is key to ensuring stability in the health care delivery market to allow for innovative models to promote health care delivery transformation....
By Ginger - Site Admin on Friday, February 06, 2015 10:45 AM
The Kentucky Institute for Patient Safety and Quality (KIPSQ) Annual Membership Meeting will be held March 19 at the Crowne Plaza Louisville Airport (one day following the KHA Quality Conference). The KIPSQ conference updates participants on national patient safety trends.  The meeting will focus on Safe Tables, Root Cause Analysis and current legal cases.  You MUST be a member of the KIPSQ Patient Safety Organization (PSO) in order to attend. Please view the brochure for the KIPSQ Annual Membership Meeting conference details and registration information.  You can also refer to the KIPSQ website for more information. If you have...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, February 04, 2015 11:05 AM

The KHA District Meetings will be held at various locations around the state in early March.  All hospital chief executive officers are encouraged to register and attend the meeting in their district.  If another date and location are more convenient, please feel free to attend a different district meeting.  If you are unable to attend, KHA asks you to send your designee in your stead.

Please view the agenda for district meeting details and registration information.

If you have any questions, please contact Pam Kirchem at KHA (502-426-6220 or 800-945-4542 or via email at pkirchem@kyha.com).

By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, January 14, 2015 2:27 PM
All Kentucky hospital chief executive officers, chief administrators, hospital board chairs and hospital board members are invited to join Governor Beshear for the Cabinet for Health & Family Services (CHFS)/Kentucky Hospital Association Leadership Summit on January 29 in Frankfort at the Capitol Plaza.

Seating is limited to 150 attendees, and as of today, capacity is at 65 percent. Therefore, please do not delay registering. To attend, you must register using the the CHFS online registration link that was provided in an e-mail from Pam Kirchem of KHA and recently sent to all Kentucky hospital presidents, chief executive officers and chief administrators.  Unless you register using the CHFS link, you are not registered.  

Click the following hyperlinks for a copy of the Partnering on the Pathway to a Healthier Kentucky: Successfully Transforming our System of Care Leadership Summit Agenda and lineup of speakers.

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By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, December 24, 2014 10:38 AM
KHA members should mark their calendars and plan to attend their district meeting which will be held in March, 2015. All meetings will begin at 9:45 a.m. local time and conclude following lunch at 12:30 p.m.  An agenda and registration form will be forthcoming.
By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, December 02, 2014 3:31 PM
KHA has received an advance copy of this notice that is being sent to all providers from MHNet (Coventry's behavioral health care vendor) announcing MHNet will be changing their Medical Necessity Criteria (MNC) to the criteria used by Aetna for adult and child/adolescent behavioral health services.  The change will be effective on January 1, 2015.  The notice has links to the new criteria.  

KHA has asked MHNet to discuss the changes in criteria at the next meeting with Medicaid managed care organizations (MCOs) on December 19 at KHA.  Hospitals with behavioral health services should review the criteria and either attend, or conference call into the meeting on December 19 with any specific questions about the criteria, or how it will be applied.  The meeting will be held at 10:15 a.m. (EST) at the KHA office, or your staff may...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, November 18, 2014 10:34 AM
As health care experts, you are the best voices to educate decision-makers on the solutions available to improve Kentucky's poor health status.  Join KHA for a training that will delve into how health advocates raise the level of awareness on important issues such as smoke-free policies.

The free training will be held at KHA on Thursday, December 4 at 12:30 p.m. (ET). Then stay and learn the KHA Legislative Priorities for the 2015 Kentucky General Assembly.  The meeting will conclude with a press conference to communicate Kentucky hospitals' support for a statewide law to restrict indoor smoking in public places and work places like restaurants and bars.  

The training will explore the problem of smoking and secondhand smoke in Kentucky, as well as how a smoke-free law is part of the solution.  KHA supports a statewide smoke-free law...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, October 22, 2014 2:38 PM
The Kentucky Hospital Engagement Network (K-HEN) team will be traveling around the state to review the progress made in the past three years related to the program.  

Kentucky hospitals are encouraged to send a representative to one of the three regional meetings to accept an award. The locations and registration information are below:

Monday, October 27 at Baptist Health Madisonville Tuesday, October 28 at Highlands Regional Medical Center in Prestonsburg Wednesday, October 29 at Jewish Hospital Shelbyville Register online or return the registration form by October 24 to Sharon Perkins at KHA via fax 502-426-6226.

If you have any questions, please contact Melanie Moch or Sharon Perkins at KHA (502-426-6220 or 800-945-4542 or via email at mmoch@kyha.com...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, October 20, 2014 12:24 PM


Make plans to attend the KHA Fall Series meeting with Congressman Ed Whitfield on Wednesday.  This meeting provides KHA members the opportunity to stay in contact with Congressman Whitfield locally and discuss important legislative and regulatory issues currently before the U.S. Congress that are critical to Kentucky’s hospitals.  

Congressman Whitfield is a senior member on the House Energy and Commerce Committee that has jurisdiction over programs authorized under the Social Security Act including Medicaid, Medicare Part B, child health, long term care and peer review.  The committee also oversees programs authorized under the Public Health Service Act including hospital construction, biomedical research, allied health and nurse training, mental health research, drug abuse, alcoholism and HMOs.  It is vital to make sure Congressman Whitfield understands the impact of these programs on the hospitals in his district.  

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By Ginger - Site Admin on Friday, October 10, 2014 8:44 AM
In recent months, KHA staff has had many requests to host meetings of hospital quality data users, using common Health Information Technology (HIT) systems.  KHA will host a pilot meeting on October 23 for quality data users from Kentucky hospitals using McKesson as their HIT/EHR vendor.  

The meeting will allow quality leaders, quality data extractors and reporters, and other staff working in IT the opportunity to discuss challenges and solutions and share both standard and customized reports with the goal to:

Promote streamlining data access; Improve compliance with reporting requirements for quality improvement programs; and  Provide better data for hospital leaders to take informed steps on performance improvement.   Please share the Health IT Quality Data User Meeting sign-up sheet with appropriate people in your office....
By Ginger - Site Admin on Thursday, October 09, 2014 10:15 AM
The KHA Health Care Leadership Conference will be held on Friday, November 14 at the Marriott Louisville East.  The Health Care Leadership Conference is a great way for hospital chief executive officers, board chairmen, trustees, other hospital administrators, government relations staff and medical staff members to stay informed of legislation that may affect their facilities.   The conference will present the latest in state and federal legislative issues and regulatory concerns from the Kentucky General Assembly.  Additionally, State Auditor Adam Edelen will give a preliminary report on the stability of rural hospitals from the 14 public hearings that were held around the state.  

Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services Secretary Audrey Haynes will discuss Medicaid managed care, Medicaid expansion, kynect, Certificate of Need and the 2015 health care priorities of the Administration.  

Register now for the conference and luncheon, featuring David Frum, political speech writer, author,...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, September 24, 2014 9:36 AM
KHA is hosting its Fall Series of Congressional meetings to provide members the opportunity to stay in contact with the Kentucky Congressional Delegation and discuss important legislative and regulatory issues currently before the U.S. Congress that are critical to Kentucky’s hospitals.  

The nation’s health care system in the midst of change with the Accountable Care Act (ACA).  Hospitals are working tirelessly to deliver quality care as they work to improve community health, patient quality and satisfaction, all while reducing costs. This meeting will provide members the opportunity to discuss issues and concerns with Congressman Ed Whitfield.

A meeting with First District Congressman Ed Whitfield is scheduled as follows: DATE: Wednesday, October 22

TIME: 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. (CT) (Lunch will be provided)

PLACE: Loman Trover Conference Room, 8th Floor Baptist Health Medical Associates Building 200 Clinic Drive Madisonville

For your...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 2:16 PM

The Kentucky Hospital Association hosted a meeting on September 16 with James R. Comer, the Kentucky commissioner of agriculture, at the KHA headquarters.  Comer, a native of Tompkinsville, is a supporter of small, rural hospitals and was interested in learning from the hospital administrators present, how hospitals and administration can work more closely to improve the health status of the citizens of Kentucky.

By Ginger - Site Admin on Tuesday, August 26, 2014 8:58 AM
On September 17, KHA is kicking off a collaborative improvement project focusing on improving care and outcomes (including reducing readmissions) for pneumonia patients. This is a particularly tough challenge for small and rural hospitals as pneumonia patients often have comorbidities and other barriers to follow up care. The September 17 conference will be presented by Mary Guyot with Stroudwater Associates. Guyot is a long-time faculty for KHA Swing Bed programs and other quality education. She has 40 years of experience in nursing care and hospital leadership.The brochure, available at http://www.kyha.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/PneumoniaCollaborative.pdf, includes program details and registration information. The conference is open to all small and rural hospitals.

On September 18, KHA will host a conference for Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs). The program will assist...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Thursday, July 31, 2014 3:18 PM

The program and registration information for the KHA District Meetings in October are available at http://www.new-kyha.com/Portals/5/EventBrochures/DistrictMeetingsOctober2014.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.

October 1
9:45 a.m. (CT)
Twin Lakes District
Baptist Health Madisonville
Loman Trover Conference Center – 8th Floor
200 Clinic Drive
Madisonville
  October 7
9:45 a.m. (ET)
Bluegrass District
Baptist Health Lexington
1740 Nicholasville Road
Lexington
October 17
9:45 a.m. (ET)
Cumberland District
Ephraim McDowell Regional Medical Center
McDowell Room
217 South Third Street
Danville
  October 30
9:45 a.m. (ET)
Ohio Valley District
KHA Headquarters
2501 Nelson Miller Parkway
Louisville
By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, July 16, 2014 8:35 AM
Last year, Governor Steve Beshear directed the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) to initiate enhanced educational efforts to improve the continued implementation of Medicaid managed care. CHFS, in partnership with the managed care organizations (MCOs), is sponsoring the second round of these forums across Kentucky in August and September. These forums are designed to allow any and all health care providers who have contracts with MCOs and serve Medicaid consumers to meet face-to-face and discuss concerns about proper billing, prior authorizations, prompt pay, appeals processes or any other specific issues related to managed care.

In attendance will be senior level staff from each MCO, senior staff from the Department of Insurance (DOI), Office of the Inspector General, Department for Medicaid Services, Department for Public Health, Department for Behavioral Health, Developmental and Intellectual Disabilities and the Office of the Secretary.

Pre-registration (at least five days in advance...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, July 14, 2014 9:08 AM
The Kentucky Department for Public Health (KDPH) has been reviewing the state regulation on requirements for health care worker tuberculosis (TB) testing. The Department has circulated language that would require annual TB testing for all hospital employees. KHA has gathered comments and input from hospitals and submitted comments on this issue to KDPH and the Office of the Inspector General (OIG).

KDPH has requested a meeting with hospital infection preventionists (IPs), employee health nurses and other relevant hospital staff to discuss the concerns hospitals have communicated as well as offer dialogue about the increased incidence of TB and related public health concerns. KDPH and the OIG hope that the discussion will bring about a consensus on the most practical and effective policy to meet everyone's needs.

KHA will host a meeting on July 29 at its headquarters in Louisville from 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. (ET). There is room for 30 to attend in person and others may participate via conference...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, July 09, 2014 8:08 AM
Kentucky Auditor Adam Edelen will host a series of public hearings across the commonwealth this summer to talk about the fiscal health of rural hospitals. The 10 hearings kick off a study by the Auditor’s office that seeks to understand the challenges facing small, community hospitals that provide health care to 45 percent of Kentuckians and are key economic drivers in those communities.

“Rural hospitals are teetering on the edge of survival in many Kentucky communities,” Auditor Edelen stated. “This is an effort to understand the degree to which our hospitals are in crisis and what might be done to save them.”

The Auditor’s office is currently soliciting the financial records of some 66 public, non-profit and for-profit hospitals in rural western and eastern Kentucky. A survey asking key questions about their fiscal health will then be conducted. The Auditor’s office plans to issue a report this fall.

Hospital administrators and staff, local elected officials, other health care providers...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Thursday, June 12, 2014 7:49 AM

On Wednesday, June 18, the Interim Joint Committee on Health and Welfare will meet in Frankfort at 10:00 a.m. (ET). The agenda includes:

  • Cabinet for Health and Family Services Budget Overview
  • Impact Plus Program Changes
  • Medical Marijuana Legislation
  • Consideration of Referred Administrative Regulations

KHA staff will be in attendance at the meeting. For further information, contact Sarah S. Nicholson at KHA (502-426-6220 or 800-945-4542 or via email at snicholson@kyha.com).

By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, June 02, 2014 10:01 AM
KHA will host its annual Small Rural and Critical Access Hospital (CAH) Conference June 5-6 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Louisville. The conference is designed to help small, rural hospital leaders understand changes to the health care delivery system and think strategically about how to best position your hospital for top performance. Small, rural and CAH hospital chief executive officers, chief nursing officers, chief financial officers, other senior leaders and trustees are encouraged to attend.

A flier with details, an agenda and registration information is available at http://www.kyha.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/StrengtheningKentuckyRuralHospitalPerformance.pdf.

For further information, please contact Elizabeth Cobb at KHA (502-426-6220 or 800-945-4542 or via email at ecobb@kyha.com).

By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, June 02, 2014 9:55 AM

The Kentucky Institute for Patient Safety and Quality (KIPSQ), KHA's patient safety organization (PSO), will host its Annual Membership Meeting on June 25. This meeting is open only to members of KIPSQ.

To register or for more information, please contact Sharon Perkins at KHA (502-426-6220 or 800-945-4542 or via e-mail at sperkins@kyha.com). 

By Ginger - Site Admin on Friday, May 30, 2014 7:38 AM

Two KHA Forums will hold meetings in early June. The KHA Psychiatric/Chemical Dependency Hospital Forum will meet on June 10, and the KHA Rehabilitation Hospital Forum will meet on June 12. Both meetings will be held at KHA Headquarters in Louisville at 11:30 a.m. (ET) on their respective days.

If you would like to attend, please contact Sharon Perkins at KHA (502-426-6220 or 800-945-4542 or via e-mail at sperkins@kyha.com).

By Ginger - Site Admin on Friday, May 23, 2014 7:38 AM
KHA has created a new Post Acute Care (PAC) Leaders Forum in light of the many post acute care reform proposals put forth by the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC), the Obama Administration and the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) — all of which have various implication on the post acute care delivery system. Proposals have included Site Neutral Payment, Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility (IRF) 75% Rule, Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Readmission Penalty and Bundled Payment.

As outlined in Article VII of the KHA Bylaws concerning forums, the new Post Acute Care Leaders Forum will convene for the purpose of providing opportunities to collaborate, network and educate on related issues and make recommendations to the KHA Board of Trustees on Policy issues impacting services related to post acute care.

Post acute care providers play an important role in the continuum of care for patients, providing important services to those recovering from an acute hospital stay. Post acute care includes...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, January 13, 2014 10:40 AM
KHA MEMBERS ONLY EVENT!

KHA will host District Meetings in February and March as listed below. An agenda and registration form are available at http://www.new-kyha.com/Portals/5/NewsDocs/DistrictMeetingsFebruary2014.pdf. Make your plans to attend and register today.

February 19 9:45 a.m. (CT) Twin Lakes District Baptist Health Madisonville Lowman Trover Conference Center – 8th Floor 200 Clinic Drive Madisonville    February 21 9:45 a.m. (ET) Cumberland District Baptist Health Corbin One Trillium Way Corbin March 4 9:45 AM (ET)...
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