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The Kansas Hospital Association addresses key issues identified by the KHA Board of Directors and our membership. Our core purpose is to help community hospitals accomplish their individual missions, improve their services, and remain viable, thriving organizations.

 

 

ealth Reform
Kansas hospitals support a health system that provides coverage for everyone; focuses on wellness and prevention; provides high-quality, affordable care; and harnesses the power of information technology to make care more efficient
ealth Information Technology
The electronic health record and the ultimate exchange of health information will change the face of access, quality and the cost of health care delivered in Kansas.
inance and Reimbursement
Reductions or leveling in reimbursements, coupled with increasing numbers of uninsured and underinsured, create a difficult environment in which to meet the public's need for adequate, yet affordable health care.
anCare
KanCare: Reinventing Medicaid for Kansas...the vision is to serve Kansans in need with a transformed, fiscally sustainable Medicaid program that provides high-quality, holistic care and promotes personal responsibility.
conomic Impact of Hospitals
The importance of the health care sector, and hospitals specifically, to the Kansas Economy.
ommunity Benefit
Defining the community benefits hospitals provides to the community has become more than just a mission of community hospitals. It is also a legal obligation. Many reporting requirements exist including the new Internal Revenue Service 990 Schedule H.
ritical Access Hospitals
The Critical Access Hospital program is part of a larger federal program, the Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility (FLEX) program. The FLEX program is administered by the Kansas Rural Health Options Project (KRHOP).
ural Issues
Rural hospitals provide essential health care services. Yet because of their small size, modest assets and financial reserves, and higher percentage of Medicare patients, they face great pressures as government payments decline.
uality - Kansas Healthcare Collaborative
In this section of the Web site, you can find up-to-date information and reference materials to enhance the quality of care our patients receive, as well as information regarding the Kansas Healthcare Collaborative (KHC).
atient Safety
Patient- and family-centered care is associated with improved clinical outcomes, increased market share and patient loyalty, increased patient safety, and higher employee satisfaction.
mergency Preparedness
Hospitals play a key role in emergency readiness throughout Kansas. As vital community resources, hospitals must be among the best prepared, alongside police, fire, rescue, and other public safety services.

egal Issues
There are many laws that govern health care as we know it today. Information regarding those legal issues can be found in this section.
orkforce
Hospital care, at its core, is about people caring for people. Yet combined pressures - a shrinking workforce, an aging population, financial concerns, increased demand and other stresses - have translated into a severe personnel deficit.
MTALA
The Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act is a federal law that regulates the transfer of patients between hospitals and the discharge of patients from hospital emergency rooms.
IPAA
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 is a federal law that made many changes in employer-sponsored health plans.
obacco-Free
Tobacco use in and around hospitals poses health and safety risks for patients, employees and visitors. Kansas has a statute banning smoking in medical care facilities and many hospitals have expanded that ban to hospital property.
ealth Insurance Marketplace
The Affordable Care Act includes a variety of provisions designed to promote accountability, affordability, quality and accessibility in the health care system, including health insurance marketplaces that provide millions of Americans and small businesses with access to affordable coverage.
oncealed Carry
Tools and resources for Kansas hospitals on the new Kansas law that will exempt governmental medical facilities and adult care homes from permitting concealed carry in their buildings for a period of four (4) years.
he Bridge to a Healthy Kansas
Kansas hospitals support expanding KanCare because we know that lack of insurance keeps people from receiving regular care. Kansas should opt for a new Kansas solution to the uninsured; one that builds upon the KanCare program.
ealthy Kansas Hospitals
Helping hospitals make healthy options the routine and easy choice.

For more information on the KHSC Board Meeting, contact Steve Poage (spoage@kha-net.org) or Vicky Nelson (vnelson@kha-net.org) at (785) 233-7436.
For more information on the KHA Board Retreat, contact Amy Fluke at afluke@kha-net.org or (785) 233-7436.
For more information or to participate, contact Jan Fenwick at jfenwick@kha-net.org or (785) 233-7436.
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