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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.

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. This section contains information on payment reform, delivery reform and insurance reform.
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.
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.
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.
The importance of the health care sector, and hospitals specifically, to the Kansas Economy.
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.
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).
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.
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).
Patient- and family-centered care is associated with improved clinical outcomes, increased market share and patient loyalty, increased patient safety, and higher employee satisfaction.
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.
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.
There are many laws that govern health care as we know it today. Information regarding those legal issues can be found in this section.
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.
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 is a federal law that made many changes in employer-sponsored health plans.
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.
The Affordable Care Act includes a variety of provisions designed to promote accountability, affordability, quality and accessibility in the health care system. The Affordable Care Act creates new competitive private health insurance marketplaces called the Affordable Insurance Exchanges that will provide millions of Americans and small businesses with access to affordable coverage.
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.
Kansas hospitals support expanding the state Medicaid program because we know that lack of insurance keeps people from receiving regular care. Kansas should opt for a truly Kansas solution to the uninsured; one that builds upon the KanCare program which focuses on providing the right care, in the right amount, in the right setting and at the right time.
Helping hospitals make healthy options the routine and easy choice.
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For more information regarding this event, contact Michele Clark at mclark@khconline.org or (785) 235-0763.
The Kansas Hospital Association in cooperation with the Wisconsin Hospital Association is a hosting a four-part webinar series to help hospitals prepare. Hospital coders, coding supervisors and managers, and internal ICD-10 team leaders and members are encouraged to participate in this series as a team.
Join the Kansas Healthcare Communicators Society on Oct. 29, 2014 for their fall education conference. Download the brochure today for more information. Contact Jan Fenwick at (785) 233-7436 or jfenwick@kha-net.org for more info.
Improved coordination of care and sharing of public health data are two important requirements in Stage 2 Meaningful Use. Join KHA on Wed., Oct. 29 for a webinar from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
The Kansas Hospital Association in cooperation with the Nebraska Hospital Association will be hosting a webinar on Oct. 29 that will cover the challenges facing Critical Access Hospitals as a result of the Affordable Care Act. Paul Baumert, CPA, FHFMA and Julianne Kipple, CPA, CHFP with the Lutz Healthcare Practice Group will identify opportunities for cost savings, improvements in revenue cycle management and shifts in reimbursement.