(Sept. 10, 2021) – In a normal year, the Kansas Hospital Association Board of Directors has its September Board meeting in conjunction with the KHA Annual Convention and Trade Show. To no one’s surprise, this year has been anything but typical. While the KHA Convention has transitioned to a LIVE (yet virtual) two-day event Oct. 12 and 27, the KHA Board held its meeting virtually this week. There have been numerous activities occurring over recent weeks. Besides regular monitoring of the COVID-19 Delta variant and its impact within communities, KHA has been engaged in several other key initiatives. Below are highlights of the September board meeting.
- Approval of several new membership applications including: Mercy Specialty Hospital SEK (specialty hospital member); Access Physicians and Eagle Telemedicine (health care organization members); and the following associate memberships: ABILITY Network Inc., Authority Rx LLC, Butterfly Network Inc., CareSource Management Services, Commercial Laundry Sales and Service, Electronic Contracting Company, Evident, Health Facilities Group, IMA Financial Group, PARIC Corporation, Interior Landscapes, Readiness Rounds, Registry Partners, Silver Creek RCM, STL Communications, Inc., , Survey Solutions by ICAHN, and TeamHealth.
- Discussion on the latest COVID-19 activities in Kansas. KHA staff has been closely working with the SPARK committee to support hospital frontline workers. KHA continues its partnership with the Kansas Medical Society, Kansas Farm Bureau and the Kansas Chamber of Commerce on public awareness on the importance of COVID-19 mitigation efforts and vaccination. The board approved moving forward with a new public education campaign highlighting the need for Kansans to take action to limit the spread of COVID-19.
- The slate of officers and directors for the 2022 KHA Board were presented. The full KHA membership will take action on the slate of candidates during the annual business meeting on Oct. 12.
- Federal and state advocacy efforts were discussed. KHA reported on the latest efforts to extend the Provider Relief Funds, the latest developments on the Congressional budget process, and the status of the hospital provider assessment program. The KHA Board approved joining the American Hospital Association’s amicus brief on the 340B lawsuit. An update was provided on the state legislative activities, including the 2022 state issue preparation and upcoming legislative events.
- A draft of the 2022-2024 KHA strategic plan was presented. This draft plan will be shared with the membership during the upcoming KHA District Meetings.
KHA staff discussed efforts related to promoting health care careers, collaborating with physician colleagues, supporting the KHA-PAC and submitting recommendations on the rural emergency hospital program.
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