(Sept. 11, 2020) – Earlier this week, the Kansas Hospital Association Board of Directors held its September board meeting virtually. The meeting covered several current and important topics such as KHA's response to the COVID-19 pandemic, updates to the KHA by-laws and several state and federal advocacy initiatives. Nonetheless, the ambience of the meeting was slightly different, as the September board meeting is generally abuzz with excitement and energy in anticipation for the annual convention activities. Highlights of the September board meeting are bulleted below:
- For 2020, in place of the Charles S. Billings Award and the Donald A. Wilson Visionary Award, KHA will recognize ALL Kansas hospital and health care providers for their work during the COVID-19 pandemic. The remaining KHA award winners will be announced during the 2020 KHA Virtual Convention and Trade Show.
- The slate of officers and directors for the 2021 KHA Board were presented. The full KHA membership will take action on the slate of candidates during the KHA Annual Business Meeting, which will be held in conjunction with the KHA Virtual Convention and Trade Show.
- Advocacy initiatives continue to take precedence on both the state and federal level. Besides COVID-19 related policies, KHA staff continues to focus on initiatives such as 340B, transparency, Medicare and Medicaid regulations, and the hospital provider assessment program.
- With the elections around the corner, candidate contribution requests continue to be made to the KHA Political Action Committee. As always, if you haven't had the chance to donate, Cindy Samuelson will gladly accept your PAC contribution by check, cash or credit.
- Be sure to watch for the semi-annual KHA membership satisfaction survey that will be released later this month. The survey has an additional question to gather the membership's feedback on KHA's response efforts to the COVID-19 pandemic.
- A draft of the 2021 KHA strategic plan was presented, which also will be shared during the upcoming KHA District Meetings.
- Several new tools and resources have been made available to the membership, including human trafficking resources and the Age Friendly Health System initiative.
While the appropriate decision was made earlier this summer to cancel the in-person KHA convention, KHA staff, as you would expect, continues to explore creative and innovate ideas to incorporate into the upcoming 2020 KHA Virtual Convention and Trade Show Oct. 21-23. Stay tuned for additional details on this event.
As always, please don't hesitate to let us know if you should have questions, or need assistance on any matters that are affecting your hospital.