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By Ginger - Site Admin on Thursday, March 02, 2017 9:36 AM
Medical malpractice lawsuits can now be filed in Kentucky at any time, but under a bill passed narrowly yesterday by the Kentucky House, peer review of malpractice cases would be required before they could go to court.

“Medical review panels” proposed under Senate Bill 4, sponsored by Senator Ralph Alvarado (R-Winchester) would be required to review any malpractice complaint against a health provider before a case based on that complaint could be filed in court. Representative Robert Benvenuti (R-Lexington) stated SB 4 “provides a balanced, unbiased and thoughtful approach for both patients and health care providers” when he presented the bill to the House on March 1.

SB 4, which passed the House 51-45, would provide mediation on the “front end” of the medical malpractice process to expedite the process and balance it out, Benvenuti noted.

The current medical malpractice process “is not a fast process,” Benvenuti stated. “It drags on for years and years and years. It...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, April 11, 2016 9:40 AM
SB 20 SignaturesAs the 2016 Kentucky General Assembly session is coming to a close, KHA is excited to share the news that Governor Matt Bevin has signed SB 20 into law. This was KHA’s top priority during this legislative session and its passage is a huge victory for Kentucky’s hospitals. This legislative session could not have been a success without the hard work of all the Association's membership. Your advocacy was invaluable.

Additionally, KHA extends special thanks to KHA Legislative Committee Chair Joe Koch and the Association's diligent lobbying team – Sarah S. Nicholson, Ronny Pryor, Renee Craddock and Gene McClean. KHA is also grateful to Senate President Robert Stivers and House Speaker Greg Stumbo for their work on this issue. Finally, the Association is extremely appreciative of Dr. Ralph Alvarado for sponsoring...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Wednesday, April 29, 2015 8:45 AM
KHA has published its final report on the 2015 Kentucky General Assembly Session. The report was sent to hospital chief executive officers this week. With the close of the 2015 Session, few issues that are important to Kentucky’s health community received passage. However, many important priorities were protected and maintained – certificate of need and the Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) program were maintained and there was no increase in the hospital provider tax.

Comprehensive legislation to deal with the heroin problem in Kentucky passed this session. It includes more treatment options for addicts seeking help, including more services to be delivered by hospitals. SB 192 passed the General Assembly just hours before adjournment of the 2015 Session, was signed into law by Governor Steve Beshear later that morning and became effective immediately as it included an emergency clause.

All legislation passed during the 2015 Session becomes effective on June 25, 2015, except...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Thursday, January 22, 2015 10:09 AM
The KHA Hospital Day at the Legislature has been scheduled for Thursday, February 26, beginning with registration and breakfast at 7:30 a.m., ET at the Frankfort Country Club, 101 Duntreath St., in Frankfort.  Governor Steve Beshear has confirmed that he will speak that morning.

Additionally at the meeting, Kentucky State Auditor Adam Edelen will present his report on rural hospitals.  Also confirmed to speak is Senator Ralph Alvarado, sponsor of key legislation for hospitals.

The program will begin at 8:15 a.m. and adjourn by 10:15 a.m. at which time members are asked to go to the Capitol and meet with their legislators.  Please click this link and complete the registration form to attend.  

All members are asked to schedule their own appointments with their legislators. 

KHA will host a luncheon for all legislators and KHA members.  The luncheon will begin at 12:00 p.m. in Room 125 of the Capitol Annex.  All KHA members are invited and are encouraged to ask their legislators to...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, September 22, 2014 9:32 AM
The 2015 Regular Session of the Kentucky General Assembly is scheduled to begin on January 6, 2015 and will last 30 legislative days.

As usual, during an odd-numbered year, in which sessions are half as long as in even-numbered years, the session will have two parts. The first four days of the session – January 6 to January 9 – will focus on organizational work, such as electing legislative leaders, adopting rules of procedure and organizing committees. The introduction and consideration of legislation can also begin during this time.

The second part of the session begins on February 3, 2015 with final adjournment scheduled for March 24, 2015.

Legislators will not meet in session on February 16, 2015 in observance of Presidents’ Day.

The veto recess – the period of time when lawmakers commonly return to their home districts while the governor considers possible vetoes – begins on March 10, 2015. Lawmakers will return to the Capitol on March 23 and 24, 2015 for the final two days of the session.

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By Ginger - Site Admin on Monday, August 11, 2014 8:06 AM
The Interim Joint Committee on Health and Welfare met in Frankfort on August 4. During the meeting, Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) Executive Director of Policy and Budget Beth Jurek discussed the July 1 Executive Order to reorganize CHFS and the administration of Medicaid. She stated the Cabinet is restructuring the department to reflect the change to managed care from fee for service in order to ensure managed care organizations (MCOs) are meeting the requirements of the contracts and monitor the way that clients are receiving services. CHFS is reducing the number of divisions from eight to six, which according to Jurek, will be a net decrease, with no increase in the agency. CHFS is also consolidating information technology services.

The Committee also discussed and approved the Executive Order to reorganize the Health Benefit Exchange. Under the plan, the Office of Health Information Exchange will be included in the newly established Kentucky Office of Health Benefit and Health...
By Ginger - Site Admin on Friday, June 20, 2014 10:21 AM
The Interim Joint Committee on Health and Welfare met in its first interim meeting on June 18 in Frankfort.

Commissioner Mary Begley, Dr. Alan Brenzel, Lisa Lee and staff from the Department for Behavioral Health, Development and Intellectual Disabilities (DBHDID) testified on the closing of the IMPACT Plus Program in Kentucky. IMPACT Plus was created as a Title V “funding stream” for additional behavioral health services with additional providers outside the 14 Community Mental Health Centers in 1997. IMPACT Plus was designed to serve children with high intensity behavioral health needs, who were in or at risk of out-of-home placement, after being required to meet eligibility criteria.

The DBHDID determined that, in current practice, the program is duplicative of the Medicaid managed care organizations (MCOs), which creates inefficiency in program administration and increases cost.

On January 1, 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) authorized a Medicaid State...
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