Current Report Articles
(Sept. 18, 2020) – KHA is pleased to announce that the KHA Virtual Convention and Trade Show will be Oct. 21-23. We hope you will join us in this unique opportunity to recharge and connect with your peers.
(Sept. 25, 2020) – This webinar is open to anyone at your facility who is interested in learning about spending, financial wellness and improving financial security.
(Sept. 25, 2020) – This webinar will provide practical knowledge of how the careLearning system will help you organize and manage your education.
(Sept. 25, 2020) – KHA is seeking candidates to fill the position of director of communications. Ideally, the chosen candidate will be on board late in November 2020.
(Sept. 25, 2020) – KHA, KHI and KSDE hosted a discussion about the interplay between education and health; innovative partnerships between schools, hospitals and other sectors; and strategies to leverage the County Health Rankings data.
(Sept. 25, 2020) – Registration is now open for the KHA Virtual Convention and Trade Show. Mark your calendars and plan to attend this year's Virtual Convention and Trade Show, Oct. 21-23.
(Sept. 25, 2020) – In early May, the American Academy of Pediatrics issued a statement urging childhood vaccination as rates dropped due to the pandemic.
(Sept. 25, 2020) – Based on EO 20-64, the Kansas Board of Nursing has provided updated guidance on nursing license expiration dates.
(Sept. 25, 2020) – HHS sent a letter to drug manufacturer Eli Lilly, which calls into question recent actions that would limit 340B covered entities and their use of 340B contract pharmacy arrangements.
(Sept. 25, 2020) – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment Newborn Screening Program launched the first annual newborn screening recognition awards.
(Sept. 25, 2020) – KHA has been advocating against the proposed actions by drug manufacturers adversely affecting the 340B program. Please complete this short survey by Oct. 2 about the impact these changes may have.
(Sept. 25, 2020) – Analytic Advantage Plus was recently updated with the third quarter of FY 2020 data and now contains October 2014 – June 30 inpatient and outpatient discharges.
(Sept. 25, 2020) – Interior Landscapes is a comprehensive health care furniture solution that remains committed to delivering optimal product and planning services to provider organizations throughout the Midwest.
(Sept. 25, 2020) – Want to know the ins and outs of grant writing? Grants are a great way to get funds for your community, and experts at K-State's Research and Extension will teach you the best ways to get them!
(Sept. 25, 2020) – Kansas hospitals and health systems were recently recognized for excellence in public relations and marketing efforts by the KAHCC through its Emerald Award competition.
(Sept. 25, 2020) – The final rule reflects the annual updates to the Medicare fee-for-service inpatient payment rates and policies.
(Sept. 25, 2020) – The New England Journal of Medicine Knowledge Center offers free continuing medical education on current guidelines and clinical best practices related to pain management and opioids.
(Sept. 25, 2020) – The Calendar of Health Observances & Recognition Days was developed by SHSMD of AHA. It is intended to provide accurate and authoritative information in regard to the subject matter covered. Special thanks to KHSC for their sponsorship of this calendar.
(Sept. 25, 2020) – MLN Connects Provider eNews, Ambulance Program Integrity Payment Model, Rural Post-Acute Care Report, TJC Performance Measurement Reporting Requirements Webinar, ESRD and Radiation Oncology Innovation Payment Models, eCQM 2020 Change Review Process, TJC Specifications Manual Version 2020B3, HHS Awards $25 Million to Combat Rural Opioid Crisis, NCHS Finds Heavy Drinking Among U.S. Adults,
(Sept. 11, 2020) – Earlier this week, the Kansas Hospital Association Board of Directors virtually held its September board meeting.
(Sept. 18, 2020) – KHA Board of Directors is asking for input and opinions about KHA from our member hospital and system CEOs and administrators.
(Sept. 18, 2020) – This webinar is open to anyone at the facility who is interested in learning about spending, financial wellness and improving financial security.
(Sept. 18, 2020) – A report describes one tactic that name-brand drug manufacturers used to circumvent generic competition by tweaking product formulations, costing the U.S. health system an estimated $4.7 billion annually for just five products.
(Sept. 18, 2020) – White House Releases Drug Pricing Executive Order
(Sept. 18, 2020) – This position will serve KHA members through policy, advocacy and leadership, as well as overseeing state legislative efforts to ensure proper implementation and understanding of KHA's member needs.
(Sept. 18, 2020) – This program is available at no cost. An application has been filed with the American Academy of Family Physicians to offer continuing medical education credits.
(Sept. 18, 2020) – During this AHA webinar, Leaders from Henry Ford Health System, the MetroHealth System and St. Barnabas Hospital Health System will share their experiences with addressing health and social needs during COVID-19.
(Sept. 18, 2020) – Congratulations to the following Kansas birth centers for achieving the Center of Excellence in Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome Education Designation.
(Sept. 18, 2020) – This award celebrates organizations that demonstrate high achievement in advancing diversity, health equity, and equitable health care as evidenced through data, leadership, cultural awareness and partnerships.
(Sept. 18, 2020) – The Essential Worker Health Care Fund will reimburse medical expenses directly attributable to COVID-19 testing and treatment between March 12 and Dec. 30, 2020, or until funds are no longer available.
(Sept. 18, 2020) – The brief outlines currently available evidence on patient and family engagement strategies that have been used to help people manage chronic conditions.
(Sept. 18, 2020) – This program is designed for office and hospital staff in healthcare and community organizations that interact with pregnant and delivering patients, their newborn infants (including NICU infants), and their families.
(Sept. 25, 2020) – Conference sponsors include DCCCA, KDADS, KDHE and the Kansas Prescription Drug and Opioid Advisory Committee.
(Sept. 18, 2020) – Cost to U.S. of PhRMA Strategies to Circumvent Generic Competition Report, HCAHPS Submission Deadline, CMS Withdraws Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Rule, ACO Investment Model Report, NOFO for CHART Model, 2022 MA Advance Notice, OQR CY 2022 Validation, TJC Specifications Manual Version 2020B2, MLN Connects Provider eNews, 2020 Scorecard on State Health System Performance, and UnitedHealthcare Announces Laboratory Test Registry Protocol.
(Sept. 11, 2020) – Earlier this month, KHA made several staff changes, as well as the recruitment of several new positions. We are pleased to announce the following personnel changes that became effective Sept. 1.
(Sept. 11, 2020) – Don't pack your bags, we're going virtual! Mark your calendars and plan to attend this year's KHA Virtual Convention and Trade Show, Oct. 21-23 online.
(Sept. 11, 2020) – KHA will be announcing the winners of our HealthCare Worker of the Year Award and our Trustee of the Year Award during the virtual convention and trade show on Oct. 21-23.
(Sept. 4, 2020) – While it is widely understood that a successful association must have supportive members and staff, it is equally important to have an effective leader paving the way. To many, Tom Bell was a mentor and confidant who was always willing to listen and share his wisdom.
(Sept. 11, 2020) – The October Quality Corner Call will focus on how some Kansas CAHs have developed quality programs in their facilities, as well as added value to the patient experience through the sharing of best practices and lessons learned.
(Sept. 11, 2020) – The 2021 Blue Cross Blue Shield of Kansas Quality-Based Reimbursement Program measure set and reports are now available in QHi.
(Sept. 11, 2020) – Attendees will hear discussion about the interplay between education and health; innovative partnerships between schools, hospitals and other sectors; and strategies to leverage the County Health Rankings data.
(Sept. 25, 2020) – During this webinar, lawmakers, hospital stakeholders, patients and cancer care providers will explore the ways in which COVID-19 has impacted the ability to access and afford timely cancer prevention and treatment.
(Sept. 11, 2020) – Care Compare combines eight existing tools previously available on Medicare.gov into one tool including hospitals, doctors, nursing homes and other health care services.
(Sept. 11, 2020) – APS invites you to participate in an informative 340B Developments webinar to learn about AuthorityRx, a vendor specializing in 340B compliance.
(Sept. 11, 2020) – DJA Distribution has partnered with TrustThinkProducts, based in De Soto, Kansas, for the distribution of ThermoVu™, a non-contact temperature measuring instrument that measures temperature via the wrist.
(Sept. 11, 2020) – HHS Amends PREP Act to Expand Access to COVID-19 Vaccines, New CPT Codes Related to COVID-19, MLN Connects Provider eNews, OQR Specifications Manuals, Upcoming Change in HQR Reports Format, Rural Action Plan, Guidance on Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome, Peer Recovery Coach Training Available to Serve Pregnant Women and Parenting Families, USDA, HHS, FCC Team Up for Rural Health Initiative
(Sept. 4, 2020) – On Aug. 3, CMS issued a proposed rule that would update the physician fee schedule payments for calendar year 2021. Included in this article are two webinar opportunities to learn more about the proposed changes.
(Sept. 4, 2020) – Did you know, this year all 165 members of the House and Senate are up for election? Please donate to the KHA-PAC so we can support candidates who support our issues.
(Sept. 4, 2020) – Don't Pack Your Bags, We're going virtual! Mark your calendars and plan to attend the 2020 Kansas Hospital Association Annual Convention and Trade Show, Oct. 21-23, 2020.
(Sept. 4, 2020) – This week, we will begin periodically recognizing our hospital members who have reached out to candidates and legislators at both the state and federal level to make the voice of Kansas hospitals heard.
(Sept. 11, 2020) – The Rural Health Education and Services office with the University of Kansas Medical Center is accepting entries for the 15th Annual Rural Kansas Photo Contest now until Oct. 19.
(Sept. 4, 2020) – The HRSA recertification period for hospitals began Aug. 17 and runs until Sept. 14, 2020. As of Sept. 1, only 65 percent of CAHs have recertified.
(Sept. 4, 2020) – CMS released the final FY 2021 payment and policy updates for the Medicare inpatient and long-term care hospital prospective payment systems.
(Sept. 4, 2020) – KHA has received communication from 340B administrator SUNRx related to the numerous pharmaceutical manufacturers’ data requests.
(Sept. 4, 2020) – CMS issued an interim final rule that, among other provisions, makes collecting and reporting COVID-19-data a condition of participation for hospitals that participate in Medicare.
(Sept. 4, 2020) – The Kansas COVID Workgroup for Kids has created recommendations for school reopening with the input of regional family medicine and pediatric physicians, child psychologists and school nurses.
(Sept. 4, 2020) – KHSC invites you to participate in a free information webinar focused on understanding the requirements and PARA's readily available price transparency solutions.
(Sept. 4, 2020) – This week, hospitals paid under the Medicare OPPS received an impact analysis demonstrating how their Medicare outpatient fee-for-service payments will change from CY 2020 to 2021.
(Sept. 4, 2020) – Handouts are available from the Aug. 26 KHC webinar entitled, Preparing for CMS Appropriate Use Criteria Program: The Basics and Beyond.
(Sept. 4, 2020) – KDHE is asking for hospitals, public health departments and post-acute care facility, in completing this survey by no later than 5 p.m. on Sept. 16, 2020.
(Sept. 11, 2020) – The site includes video tutorials, along with a number of prescribing and dispensing resources related to controlled substance prescriptions and substance use disorders.
(Sept. 11, 2020) – The website's goal is to introduce and educate Kansans on palliative care and to allow information-based browsing on different areas of focus.
(Sept. 4, 2020) – Medical Staff Office Coordinator, Newton Medical Center, Newton
(Sept. 4, 2020) – MLN Connects Provider eNews, TJC, NQF Seek Nominations for Awards, CMS Issues Proposed Rule Regarding Coverage of Innovation Technology, Definition of Reasonable and Necessary, AHA Releases 2021 Health Care Talent Scan, and HHS Releases $1.5 Billion to Combat Opioid Epidemic
(Sept 18, 2020) – The KHA Fall District Meeting webinars help KHA learn from our members, as well as are great informational and networking opportunities.
(Aug. 28, 2020) – I could write my last column as president and CEO of the Kansas Hospital Association in two words: Thank you!
(Aug. 28, 2020) – The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act provided for a 20 percent add-on to the inpatient prospective payment system diagnosis-related group rate for patients diagnosed with COVID-19 for the duration of the public health emergency.
(Aug. 28, 2020) – Each week, KHA will recognize hospitals who reached out to candidates and legislators at both the state and federal level to make their voice heard.
(Aug. 28, 2020) – On Aug. 26, CMS released an updated FAQs to Medicare providers regarding the HHS Provider Relief Fund and the Small Business Administration's Paycheck Protection Program payments and the impact on the Medicare Cost Report.
(Aug. 28, 2020) – Executive Order 20-49 extends the date of nursing licenses in "good standing" that were to expire in March, April, May and June 2020 to Sept. 15, 2020.
(Aug. 28, 2020) – September is newborn screening awareness month.
(Aug. 28, 2020) – The fourth Annual Kansas Opioid Conference is going virtual and is currently accepting presentation proposals online through Aug. 31, 2020.
(Aug. 28, 2020) – DCCCA has received funding from the Kansas Department of Aging and Disability Services to provide free training and naloxone kits to individuals and organizations in Kansas.
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(Aug. 28, 2020) – MLN Connects Provider eNews, Availability of CART Inpatient Version 4.25.1, Updated eCQM Educational Resources, Funding Opportunity for Rural Health Network Development Planning Program, HHS Awards $35 Million to Support Rural Health Initiatives, CDC Releases Flu Vaccination Recommendations, HHS Expands Access to Childhood Vaccines
(Aug. 21, 2020) – Leadership is one of those words that has been tossed around so often that its meaning has become almost indefinable.
(Aug. 21, 2020) – KDHE's Overdose Prevention Program is requesting proposals from organizations to apply for funding to support projects that address prevention of the opioid overdose crisis in Kansas.
(Aug. 21, 2020) – These webinars will be focused on information and sharing appropriate for CEOs, trustees and senior staff.
(Aug. 21, 2020) – KHA continues to monitor the situation with the 340B Prescription Drug Program and requests from pharmaceutical manufacturers for data related to this program.
(Aug. 21, 2020) – The Kansas Healthcare Collaborative has announced the topic for its monthly webinar to be from 10 to 11 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 26.
(Aug. 21, 2020) – The KHERF Founcation has created a consortium to enable members to access subsidies as a group. At this webinar, learn about program changes and timelines for the 2021 funding window.
(Aug. 21, 2020) – The Nurse Licensure Compact allows a nurse to have one multi-state license with the ability to practice in the home state and other compact states.
(Aug. 21, 2020) – This week, WPS distributed a notice indicating CMS is further extending the deadline from Aug. 3, 2020, to Sept. 3, 2020, for submission of the occupational mix surveys.
(Aug. 21, 2020) – This free learning event is for individuals and communities who are working in the western part of Kansas to address the opioid epidemic.
(Aug. 21, 2020) – Thank you for your continued help to make sure every person living in Kansas is counted. We have until Sept. 30 to get the job done.
(Aug. 21, 2020) – This position represents and advocates on behalf of KHA in local, state and national venues on issues related to health care reimbursement.
(Aug. 21, 2020) – KAHCC encourages members to join us for a webinar on Sept. 10 for Crisis Communications in the Digital Age and for the 'virtual' Emerald Awards presentation on Sept. 11.
(Aug. 21, 2020) – This virtual workshop will include presentations from Day Egusquiza and Irene Hoheusle.
(Aug. 21, 2020) – CFO, Phillips County Health Systems, Phillipsburg
(Aug. 21, 2020) – HRSA Announces New Funding Opportunity For Rural Network Planning, FDA Releases Drug Safety Communication, OIG Publishes Data Brief on Opioid Use, MLN Connects Provider eNews, Congress Recesses Until September, ​CMS Develops A CHART Model Fact Sheet, RWJF Offers Healthy Eating Research Grants, CMS Announces IPFQR Program Webinar
(Aug. 14, 2020) – This week, I had the opportunity to join Steve Stites, MD, and Dana Hawkinson, MD, with the University of Kansas Health System, during their daily Facebook live briefing.
(Aug. 14, 2020) – CMS released guidelines on their much-anticipated pilot program for new Medicare payment models for rural health care providers.
(Aug. 14, 2020) – The final session of the 2020 340B Education Series sponsored by KHA/KHSC/APS and SUNRx will be at 1 p.m. CDT on Tuesday, Sept. 8.
(Aug. 7, 2020) – I wanted to take an opportunity to share with you the news that Tish Hollingsworth is planning to retire from KHA in Jan. 2021.
(Aug. 14, 2020) – KAMMCO invites you to join them for pointers and risk management tips to successfully defend your arena like a champion.
(Aug. 14, 2020) – The Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 established the Appropriate Use Criteria to ensure that appropriate advanced diagnostic imaging services were being provided to the Medicare beneficiaries.
(Aug. 14, 2020) – Over the last year, the Kansas Legislature has approved changes to the Medicaid Provider Assessment Program, first through the 2019 budget bill and later through 2020 House Bill 2168.
(Aug. 14, 2020) – At noon on Sept. 22 and Sept. 24, the American Hospital Association will provide one-hour webinars on 2021 updates to IC10-CM codes.
(Aug. 14, 2020) – Many of you may be focused on addressing the federal price transparency requirements that go into effect Jan. 1, 2021.
(Aug. 14, 2020) – There are a host of resources available to assist health care providers with preventing or reducing opioid misuse.
(Aug. 14, 2020) – CDC Campaign Aims to Reduce Maternal Mortality, MLN Connects Provider eNews, SNF Provider Preview Reports, New FDA Guidance on In-Use Times, Telehealth for Pediatric SUD Treatment, Coverage Standards for Artificial Hearts and Ventricular Technology, HRRP Program Review and Correction Period, Rural Placemaking Innovation Challenge Grants, Tools Compare Severe Pregnancy Complications Across Hospitals, Rural-Urban, Racial Health Disparities Persist for Mortality Rates,
(July 31, 2020) – We encourage hospitals to elevate their advocacy efforts leading up to the Aug. 4 primary election.
(Aug. 7, 2020) – Thanks to Dr. Jennifer Koontz, a practicing physician with Newton Orthopedics and Sports Medicine, in helping bring clarity with her COVID updates on Facebook.
(Aug. 7, 2020) – During this webinar, participants will learn about Age-Friendly Health System's aim, the 4Ms, and hear from a CAH about their experiences working to achieve the Age-Friendly Health System designation.
(Aug. 7, 2020) – Significant changes could be ahead for the Kansas legislature as this week's primary saw more than a dozen incumbent state Representatives and Senators lose their races, according to the unofficial election results from the Kansas Secretary of State’s website.
(Aug. 7, 2020) – On Aug. 4, CMS released the calendar year 2021 Outpatient Prospective Payment System/Ambulatory Surgical Center proposed rule.
(Aug. 7, 2020) – This series will focus on hot topics for HR professionals. It's approved for 4.5 SHRM CEUs; 2 HRCI General CEUs; 1 HRCI Business CEU.
(Aug. 7, 2020) – These drug manufacturers have taken actions to limit the distribution of 340B drugs or require 340B covered entities to provide data for investigatory purposes if the entity uses a contract pharmacy arrangement.
(Aug. 7, 2020) – CMS requires all eligible hospitals use 2015 edition certified electronic health record technology to meet the requirements of the Promoting Interoperability Programs.
(Aug. 7, 2020) – APS is excited to share information about a new partner, phas3, that provides a clinically-validated digital health management platform for remote monitoring of cardiac patients.
(Aug. 7, 2020) – The Kansas State Fire Marshal's office recently notified KHA of a recall on the Edwards 280 Series Mechanical Heat Detector due to failure to alert to fire.
(Aug. 7, 2020) – Executive Order on Rural Health Care, Medicare FY 2021 IRF Final Payment and Policy Updates, CY 2021 Proposed Physician Fee Schedule Payment and Policy Updates, Medicare FY 2021 Final Rule for Hospice, SNF and IPF, MLN Connects Provider eNews, Defining Rural Population Health and Health Equity, Identifying, Removing Health Barriers
(July 31, 2020) – In partnership with KHA and the Kansas Midwives Alliance, KDHE is recognizing hospitals, facilities and midwives who administer newborn screening services.
(July 31, 2020) – Due to continued COVID-related concerns, CMS is extending the deadline to Sept. 3, 2020.
(July 31, 2020) – AHRQ is sponsoring a challenge competition to improve postpartum mental health care for rural American families.
(July 31, 2020) – The generic drug supply for heparin sodium has been expanded, and heparin sodium has also been added to FDA List of Extended Use Dates.
(July 31, 2020) – Participation in the 2020 Census ensures your community is represented fairly and receives their share in the distribution of more than $6 billion in federal funds to Kansas annually.
(July 31, 2020) – KHSC and APS have received an update from SUNRx, our strategic 340B partner, on the claim information request from Sanofi and Merck & Company.
(July 31, 2020) – The Kansas Criminal Justice Information System has asked KHA to share the following information with Kansas health care sector CIO’s and IT Directors.
(July 31, 2020) – Chief Executive Officer, Coffey Health System, Burlington
(July 24, 2020) – This was a busy week for the Strengthen People and Revitalizing Kansas task force
(July 31, 2020) – MLN Connects Provider eNews Available, CMS Offers Recording on Use of the Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources Standard, CORH Releases Vulnerable Rural Hospital Assistance Program Application And FAQs, HHS Extends Public Health Emergency, Trump Issues Executive Orders on Prescription Drugs, July 2020 Hospital Compare Data Updates Now Available, and more.
(July 24, 2020) – BCBSKS announced it has selected 24 communities in Kansas as grantees for its second phase of Pathways to a Healthy Kansas initiative.
(July 24, 2020) – Substantial changes to the coding and billing for office and other outpatient services for the Medicare program are expected in 2021.
(July 24, 2020) – The Kansas Newborn Screening Program will soon be launching the first Annual Kansas Newborn Screening Facility Recognitions to celebrate Kansas' success in improving NBS performance metrics.
(Aug. 7, 2020) – The Calendar of Health Observances & Recognition Days was developed by SHSMD of AHA. It is intended to provide accurate and authoritative information in regard to the subject matter covered. Special thanks to KHSC for their sponsorship of this calendar.
(July 24, 2020) – Executive Order No 20-39 that extended the expiration date of nursing licenses expired on June 30, 2020.
(July 24, 2020) – AHA has updated its COVID-19 resource on ways hospitals and health systems are caring for mothers and babies during the pandemic.
(July 24, 2020) – The IRS announced it is expanding the July 15 extension of time for tax-exempt hospitals to meet their community health needs assessment (CHNA) obligations.
(July 24, 2020) – In a trial comparing possible treatments for COVID-19, patients were randomly assigned to receive oral or intravenous Dexamethasone or to receive usual care alone.
(July 24, 2020) – The National Institutes of Health updated COVID-19 treatment guidelines on July 17.
(July 24, 2020) – Experts will review literature and debate the use of steroids for treatment of COVID-19; and the infectious diseases pharmacists will debate the use of antivirals.
(July 24, 2020) – The Kansas Board of Pharmacy and K-TRACS encourage you to take a brief survey to provide feedback on process improvements and the creation of new resources.
(July 24, 2020) – CKF Addiction Treatment plans to celebrate Recovery Month with a Sept. 11 virtual kick-off showcasing Mark Lundholm!
(July 24, 2020) – CMS To Resume Audits, Claims Detail Reports for Certain Measures Canceled, Revised Privacy Protections for Americans Seeking SUD Treatment, MLN Connects Provider eNews, Telemedicine Hack TeleECHO sessions, eCQM Education Session, HSRs for FY 2021 HAC Reduction Program, Drug Overdose Deaths Increased in 2019, and Preview Period for October 2020 Hospital Compare Data.
(July 17, 2020) – Earlier this week, we announced that the Kansas Hospital Association Board has made the difficult decision to not hold an in-person convention and trade show in 2020.
(July 17, 2020) – We CARE We VOTE is a statewide initiative to empower and educate health care workers about what is at stake for health care in Kansas.
(July 17, 2020) – We wanted to share the sad news of the recent passing of C. Duane Dauner, who died earlier this week in a car accident.
(July 17, 2020) – In an interim analysis published in the New England Journal of Medicine July 14, Moderna published the preliminary results of its COVID-19 vaccine (mRNA-1273).
(July 10, 2020) – Even though we are barely into July, I'm sure I am as sick of political advertisements as anyone.
(July 17, 2020) – As of March 18, 2020, Optum began administering Department of Veterans Community Care Network urgent care benefits allowing eligible Veterans to seek urgent care services from an urgent care or retail clinic contracted for VA CCN through their UnitedHealthcare agreement.
(July 17, 2020) – Last week, AHA and the AMA urged CMS to delay the Jan. 1, 2021, implementation of the appropriate use criteria for advanced diagnostic imaging services.
(July 17, 2020) – IRS Extends Deadline for Completing CHNA, Final Rule on Confidentiality of Substance Abuse Records Issued, CDC Begins Preparations for New Swine Flu Viruses, Hospitals Selected for eCQM Validation, HHS Announces More Than $4 Billion in Relief Payments, NRHA Launches COVID-19 Technical Assistance Center, MLN Connects Provider eNews,
(July 10, 2020) – We have only raised nearly $17,500 toward this year's goal of $75,000. We need your help.
(July 10, 2020) – KHA has created a set of new resources for candidates running for the U.S. Congress and the Kansas Legislature.
(July 3, 2020) – The subject of the masks we wear used to be just an abstract discussion considered by poets and philosophers. Recently, though, it has become a very concrete, current issue on the minds of many.
(July 10, 2020) – The CDC has launched a Long-Term Care Frontline Staff Training Webinar Series for staff who care for vulnerable residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities.
(July 10, 2020) – This week, KHA received a Healthcare Release from the Kansas State Fire Marshal's office regarding a question they received on oxygen used in the kitchen.
(July 10, 2020) – On July 6, HHS announced on July 6 an agreement to secure large supplies of the drug Remdesivir for the U.S. from Gilead Sciences through September.
(July 10, 2020) – AHA has developed an Opioid Stewardship Measurement Implementation Guide as a companion piece to the Stem the Tide: Addressing the Opioid Epidemic toolkit.
(July 10, 2020) – CY 2021 ESRD PPS Proposed Payment and Policy Updates, IQR and Promoting Interoperability Program Education Session, Rural Behavioral Health and IPFQR Manual Version 6.0.
(July 3, 2020) – The CDC conducted a multistate telephone survey of 350 adult inpatients and outpatients who tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 infection, and only 46 percent reported recent contact with a COVID-19 patient.
(June 26, 2020) – Earlier this week, Kansas Hospital Association hosted an exclusive webinar for KHA members featuring Ian Morrison.
(July 3, 2020) – As hospital employees working long shifts or odd hours, it can be challenging to arrive at the voting booth before the polls close on election days. Fortunately, Kansas allows absentee voting and "no-excuse" early voting.
(July 3, 2020) – This week, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced hospitals must report into TeleTracks to qualify for the latest Remdesivir distributions.
(July 3, 2020) – KHA's Health Care Worker of the Year Award highlights hospital employees who have made a significant contribution to the betterment of their hospital.
(July 3, 2020) – The CDC has launched a Long-Term Care Frontline Staff Training Webinar Series for staff who care for vulnerable residents of nursing homes and assisted living facilities.
(July 3, 2020) – Three of the five most effective cloth face coverings tested by the National Institute of Standards and Technology were 100 percent cotton and had a visible raised fiber or nap, such as found on flannels, the agency announced this week.
(July 3, 2020) – The Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority has announced that Regeneron, a BARDA partner, has begun the first clinical trials of REGN-COV2, its therapeutic two-antibody “cocktail” for COVID-19 patients.
(July 10, 2020) – VitalTech can help APS members ensure that at-risk patients continue to receive the care they need from home during the COVID-19 pandemic.
(July 3, 2020) – CEO, Lincoln County Hospital, Lincoln
(July 3, 2020) – HHS Partners with Morehouse, Opioid and CNS Depressant Medications Webinars, AAMC Projects Significant Physicians Shortage, CMS Suspends Nursing Home Waiver on Staffing Data, CY 2021 Payment and Policy Updates for Home Health Agencies, MLN Connects Provider eNews, and Specifications Manual for National Hospital Inpatient Quality Measures Version 5.9.
(June 26, 2020) – The Kansas University Medical Center is hosting a new Project ECHO –Substance Use Disorders 2020: Assessment, Treatment and Kansas Resources.
(June 26, 2020) – Please join us from 11 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, July 14, for a review of the Kansas hospital inpatient and outpatient data submission process.
(June 26, 2020) – Twenty-five experts have been named to the independent Coronavirus Commision for Safety and Quality in Nursing Homes.
(June 26, 2020) – The KHA Board of Directors is looking for qualified nominees to fill vacancies on the 2021 KHA Board of Directors.
(June 26, 2020) – As Congress considers additional COVID-19 relief actions, hospitals will need to make sure our priorities are at the top of the list.
(Sept. 4, 2020) – KHA's Health Care Worker of the Year Award highlights hospital employees who have made a significant contribution to the betterment of their hospital. These individuals have been nominated for this award because they routinely go above and beyond the call of duty.
(Sept. 4, 2020) – KHA's Health Care Worker of the Year Award highlights hospital employees who have made a significant contribution to the betterment of their hospital. These individuals have been nominated for this award because they routinely go above and beyond the call of duty.
(Aug. 28, 2020) – KHA's Health Care Worker of the Year Award highlights hospital employees who have made a significant contribution to the betterment of their hospital. These individuals have been nominated for this award because they routinely go above and beyond the call of duty.
(Sept. 25, 2020) – KHA's Health Care Worker of the Year Award highlights hospital employees who have made a significant contribution to the betterment of their hospital. These individuals have been nominated for this award because they routinely go above and beyond the call of duty.
(Sept. 18, 2020) – KHA's Health Care Worker of the Year Award highlights hospital employees who have made a significant contribution to the betterment of their hospital. These individuals have been nominated for this award because they routinely go above and beyond the call of duty.
(Sept. 11, 2020) – KHA's Health Care Worker of the Year Award highlights hospital employees who have made a significant contribution to the betterment of their hospital. These individuals have been nominated for this award because they routinely go above and beyond the call of duty.
(Sept. 4, 2020) – KHA's Health Care Worker of the Year Award highlights hospital employees who have made a significant contribution to the betterment of their hospital. These individuals have been nominated for this award because they routinely go above and beyond the call of duty.
(Aug. 28, 2020) – KHA's Health Care Worker of the Year Award highlights hospital employees who have made a significant contribution to the betterment of their hospital. These individuals have been nominated for this award because they routinely go above and beyond the call of duty.
(Aug. 21, 2020) – KHA's Health Care Worker of the Year Award highlights hospital employees who have made a significant contribution to the betterment of their hospital. These individuals have been nominated for this award because they routinely go above and beyond the call of duty.
(Aug. 14, 2020) – KHA's Health Care Worker of the Year Award highlights hospital employees who have made a significant contribution to the betterment of their hospital. These individuals have been nominated for this award because they routinely go above and beyond the call of duty.
(July 24, 2020) – KHA's Health Care Worker of the Year Award highlights hospital employees who have made a significant contribution to the betterment of their hospital. These individuals have been nominated for this award because they routinely go above and beyond the call of duty.
(Aug. 7, 2020) – KHA's Health Care Worker of the Year Award highlights hospital employees who have made a significant contribution to the betterment of their hospital. These individuals have been nominated for this award because they routinely go above and beyond the call of duty.
(July 17, 2020) – KHA's Health Care Worker of the Year Award highlights hospital employees who have made a significant contribution to the betterment of their hospital. These individuals have been nominated for this award because they routinely go above and beyond the call of duty.
(July 10, 2020) – KHA's Health Care Worker of the Year Award highlights hospital employees who have made a significant contribution to the betterment of their hospital. These individuals have been nominated for this award because they routinely go above and beyond the call of duty.
(June 26, 2020) – The Alliance for a Healthy Kansas is a statewide coalition encouraging people and organizations to promote policies that ensure everyone has the opportunity to attain their highest level of health.
(June 26, 2020) – On Tuesday, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled against the AHA's legal challenge requiring hospitals to disclose rates negotiated with insurance companies.
(June 26, 2020) – On June 23, KMAP Bulletin 20071 was updated outlining the temporary CMS approved waivers of federal Medicaid requirements during the public health emergency.
(June 26, 2020) – A new leadership podcast series for mid-level managers has been developed through the Small Rural Hospital Transition Project.
(June 26, 2020) – KHA's Health Care Worker of the Year Award highlights hospital employees who have made a significant contribution to the betterment of their hospital. These individuals have been nominated for this award because they routinely go above and beyond the call of duty.
(June 26, 2020) – In the 10 weeks following declaration of the COVID-19 national emergency, emergency department visits nationwide declined according to a report issued by the CDC.
(June 26, 2020) – KHA would like to inform you of the latest member hospital administrator changes since our last hospital list printout in May.
(June 26, 2020) – The Calendar of Health Observances & Recognition Days was developed by SHSMD of AHA. It is intended to provide accurate and authoritative information in regard to the subject matter covered. Special thanks to KHSC for their sponsorship of this calendar.
(June 26, 2020) – During this free webinar, we will walk through the live site demonstrating how to run customized and pre-built reports.
(June 26, 2020) – Podcast Series for Mid-Level Managers, Federal Guidance Restricts Insurance Coverage of COVID-19 Testing, Federal Judge Denies Efforts to Stop CMS Price Transparency Rule, Creation of the Office of Burden Reduction and Health Informatics, CMS Releases HSRs for 2020 DRA HAC Measures, Executive Order Blocks New Employment-Based Visas, Complimentary NLC Webinars, Webinar Promotes "Touchless" Naloxone Delivery in Rural Communities,
(June 19, 2020) – It has been easy to forget that the road to the 2020 elections is narrowing. As Kansas voters begin to think about candidates, who will work to protect the health of Kansans and the hospitals that serve them will take on an even more crucial role.
(June 19, 2020) – This week, Gallagher distributed results of the 2020 KHA Benefits Survey.
(June 19, 2020) – HRSA's Federal Office of Rural Health Policy released a Notice of Funding Opportunity for the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program-Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome.
(June 19, 2020) – CMS is accepting recommendations for consideration for future years of the Merit-based Incentive Payment System quality performance category and promoting interoperability and activities for the improvement activities performance category.
(June 19, 2020) – The COVID pandemic has illuminated disparities in health outcomes. AHA has developed resources for hospital trustees regarding social determinants of health.
(June 19, 2020) – The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy will conduct a virtual launch of the Rural Community Toolbox website, a new resource for rural communities impacted by addiction.
(June 19, 2020) – HHS recently published an updated FAQ on the CARES Act Provider Relief Fund web page regarding the reporting requirements for receipt of funding from the Provider Relief Fund.
(June 19, 2020) – This week, KDHE notified KHA they will rely on data reported through the National Healthcare Safety Network for COVID-19 reporting.
(June 19, 2020) – It's time to make Kansas count! The week of June 22-28, 2020, is designated as a time to "Call for the Count."
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(June 19, 2020) – ACA Discrimination Prohibitions, Outpatient Prior Authorization Process, New Funding Opportunity to Address NAS in Rural Areas, MLN Connects Provider eNews, Sustainable Care Coordination Guide and Workbook for Rural Organizations, and New File Submission Process.
(June 12, 2020) – You may be aware that Deborah Frye Stern, RN, Esq, has announced that she will be retiring on July 3 after 18 years with KHA.
(June 12, 2020) – KDHE shared an updated remdesivir distribution plan this week.
(June 12, 2020) – KHA would like to recognize individuals who are making a difference.
(June 12, 2020) – Recently, hospital-specific impact analyses were distributed to member hospitals paid under the Medicare Prospective Payment System.
(June 12, 2020) – DCCCA, in partnership with the Kansas Department for Aging and Disability Services, is collecting information regarding Naloxone availability in Kansas.
(June 12, 2020) – Since 2009, CKF Addiction Treatment has been imbedding substance use disorder services into hospital settings.
(June 12, 2020) – CMS Selects Targeted Sample for IQR Program Validation, CMS Posts 2021 eCQM Resources, MLN Connects Provider eNews Available
(June 5, 2020) – I've been reflecting a lot this week, which I guess is what you do when you are approaching retirement.
(June 5, 2020) – This six-part webinar series will discuss factors to take as you consider re-opening and planning for the future during the COVID-19 pandemic.
(June 19, 2020) – This forum will provide a review key trends affecting politics, policy, economics and the strategic response of national health care stakeholders to the COVID-19 crisis.
(June 5, 2020) – KDHE is sponsoring a free online learning series on implementing Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment.
(June 5, 2020) – HHS recently updated their FAQs on the CARES Act Provider Relief Fund to include information on expenses or lost revenues that are considered eligible for reimbursement.
(June 5, 2020) – This week, CMS provided clarification on the use of modifier CR and/or condition code DR when submitting claims to Medicare.
(June 5, 2020) – The Mid-America Addiction Technology Transfer Center is offering another series on Enhancing Workforce Capacity to Provide Clinical Supervision for Substance Use Disorders.
(June 5, 2020) – Thank you to our many members who submitted images and videos for use in our statewide PSAs. We have created three different versions.
(June 5, 2020) – The Kansas chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics sent out a news release May 22 "encouraging families to maintain routine pediatric appointments during the COVID-19 pandemic."
(June 5, 2020) – The 2020 Kansas Hospital Association Membership Directory has been mailed to the CEOs of all of our members.
(June 5, 2020) – HHS recently announced the next deadline for submitting data to inform the agency's distribution of its supply of remdesivir is June 8.
(June 5, 2020) – Learn how the Medicare cost report works, what items affect the settlement and best practices for your organization to consider when evaluating Medicare reimbursements affected by the cost report.
(June 5, 2020) – The Lawrence Journal World recently shared a story of an insured Kansas couple that received a $49,000 bill from an air ambulance company for a short ride to a nearby hospital.
(June 5, 2020) – CMS Releases Risk Adjustment Data Validation Program Proposed Rule, AHA Submits Rural Maternal Health Policy Recommendations to CMS, and MLN Connects Provider eNews.
(May 29, 2020) – If you are confused about what happened during the end of the legislative session last week, combined with Gov. Kelly's subsequent actions, you shouldn't feel bad.
(May 29, 2020) – This forum will provide a review key trends affecting politics, policy, economics and the strategic response of national health care stakeholders to the COVID-19 crisis.
(May 29, 2020) – APS invites members to participate in a 15-minute discussion of new products on the market to make cleaning efficient and effictive for all of your infection control needs.
(May 29, 2020) – HHS has extended the deadline for health care providers to attest to receipt of payments from the Public Health and Social Services Emergency Fund and accept the terms and conditions.
(May 29, 2020) – We know your teams are making a huge difference. KHA would like to recognize all of our members who have rallied through this current environment.
(May 22, 2020) – Earlier this week, we reported that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services provided $225 million to rural health clinics across the country.
(May 29, 2020) – In March, KHA emailed hospitals materials necessary to complete the 2019 AHA Annual Survey. The survey completion deadline has been extended to June 30.
(May 29, 2020) – More than 100 Kansas hospitals are being recognized by KHC for work to accelerate and sustain momentum toward improved quality and patient safety.
(May 29, 2020) – KFMC is offering Kansas providers practice transformation services tailored to each individual practice needs.
(May 29, 2020) – AHA has released a new resource that provides clinical teams with a plan, scripts and tips on what matters most to each patient and honors the preferences of the patient and family.
(May 29, 2020) – This award recognizes HR professionals who provide an exemplary contribution and commitment to either their organization or to KHHRA.
(May 29, 2020) – Available now to APS members is a remote cybersecurity managed detection and response solution that can rapidly identify breach threats and potential security incidents inside your network.
(May 29, 2020) – The Calendar of Health Observances & Recognition Days was developed by SHSMD of AHA. It is intended to provide accurate and authoritative information in regard to the subject matter covered. Special thanks to KHSC for their sponsorship of this calendar.
(May 29, 2020) – Out of Pocket Insulin Costs through the Part D Senior Savings Model Lowered, 2021 Medicare Advantage and Part D Final Rule, HRSA Announces Telehealth Grant Application Window Closing, MLN Connects Provider eNews and Children's Hospitals Graduate Medical Education Payment Program Announced.
(May 22, 2020) – This Noon Briefing will review the potential implications on the Medicare Cost Report and receipt of federal funding, as well as the Medicare Accelerated Payment Program.
(May 22, 2020) – ASHP guidelines on managing medications in short supply call for the development of an interprofessional resource allocation committee to oversee allocation of scarce medications and resources. During this webinar, attendees will hear from leaders who have operationalized committees like this to make these important decisions in their institutions.
(May 22, 2020) – Please join Kansas Hospital Association staff at noon on June 3 for an overview of the HealthCare Associates Credit Union and a presentation on the Psychology of Spending.
(May 22, 2020) – KDHE is seeking volunteers to supplement the efforts of local, public health departments whose communities have been disproportionately affected by COVID 19.
(May 22, 2020) – CMS is accepting measure proposals for the Medicare Promoting Interoperability Program through July 1, 2020.
(May 22, 2020) –The FDA seeking your participation in a survey that will help to monitor the supply chain and address or mitigate potential drug shortages.
(May 22, 2020) – The Rural Hospital Leadership Team Award honors the team that guided their hospital and community through transformational change to health care reform.
(May 22, 2020) – This five-session TeleECHO series will focus on best practices for pain assessment, management and treatment, as well as utilization of K-TRACS to deter substance use disorders.
(May 22, 2020) – SunRx is offering KHA members the opportunity to participate in a webinar on June 9 that will share 340B insights for you to better understand uninsured patients.
(May 22, 2020) – Vice President | Chief Nursing Officer, Clara Barton Hospital, Hoisington
(May 22, 2020) – FCC Authorizes Over $7.5 Million for Rural Broadband Projects, Resource for Proactive Care Planning, MLN Connects Provider eNews, Rural Residency Planning and Development Program
(May 15, 2020) – Amidst all the uncertainties in the current healthcare environment, one thing remains definite: your teams across the state are making a huge difference.
(May 15, 2020) –The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has announced grants of up to $800,000 to support suicide prevention during the COVID-19 pandemic.
(May 15, 2020) – The Health Resources and Services Administration has announced a new opioid response program funding opportunity for rural communities.
(May 15, 2020) – The 2021 Inpatient Prospective Payment System Proposed Rule released on May 11 adds another transparency requirement for providers.
(May 15, 2020) – KHA wants members to be aware of this guidance from OSHA related to the recording of employee screening results.
(May 15, 2020) – The Sound Physicians' Anesthesia program is able to work with you through responsive staffing and pay for performance modeling. We align with your volumes as needed with highly-skilled, flexible providers and effective CRNA utilization.
(May 15, 2020) – The Kansas Prescription Drug and Opioid Advisory Committee requests your feedback on the second year of implementation of the Kansas Prescription Drug and Opioid Misuse and Overdose Strategic Plan 2018-2022.
(May 15, 2020) – CMS has posted the electronic clinical quality measure specifications for the 2021 reporting period for eligible hospitals and CAHs, as well as the 2021 performance period for eligible professionals and eligible clinicians.
(May 15, 2020) – KHA has been alerted to the possibility of foreign attacks to U.S. cyber security. Technical guidance is provided to help alleviate known vulnerabilities exploited by sophisticated foreign cyber actors.
(May 15, 2020) – Count the Kicks is a stillbirth prevention campaign that the Kansas Department of Health and Environment has utilized since August 2018 to educate expectant parents about the importance of tracking baby's movements during the third trimester.
(May 15, 2020) – A new AHA resource provides information on ways hospitals and health systems are caring for mothers and babies during the COVID-19 pandemic.
(May 15, 2020) – Many Kansas hospitals have signed up for a class action settlement on Cathode Ray Tubes through the Kansas Health Services Corporation and Class Action Capital.
(May 15, 2020) – NIHCM Highlights Increase in Mortality Rates Involving Stimulants, Medicare IPPS and LTCH Proposed Rules, MLN Connects Provider eNews, Study Highlights Importance of Hospital-Initiated Interventions for Mitigating Suicide Risk, Maternal Mental Health Awareness Screening Tools
(May 8, 2020) – KHA knows many individuals are instrumental in making a difference for hospitals in Kansas and the health care they provide to our communities. Please help identify those individuals that deserve recognition.
(May 8, 2020) – In all my years at the Kansas Hospital Association, I don't think there has ever been a more important or appropriate time to honor our hospitals and the people who work there every hour of every day.
(May 8, 2020) – CMS has established a new Level II HCPCS code for billing Medicare under the Outpatient Prospective Payment System, to identify and pay for specimen collection for COVID-19 testing.
(May 8, 2020) – A concerted effort led by AHA continues to urge CMS to withdraw the 340B hospital survey launched last month to collect actual acquisition costs for specified covered outpatient drugs.
(May 8, 2020) – The National Institute of Mental Health is seeking information from primary care providers to better understand the opportunities and barriers in caring for individuals with suicide risk.
(May 8, 2020) – On May 1, the Food and Drug Administration issued an emergency use authorization for remdesivir for the treatment of hospitalized 2019 coronavirus disease patients.
(May 8, 2020) – The CDC's National Healthcare Safety Network has introduced a new COVID-19 Module for Long Term Care Facilities in the NHSN's LTCF Component.
(May 8, 2020) – CMS requires all eligible hospitals and Critical Access Hospitals to use 2015 Edition certified electronic health record technology to meet the requirements of the Promoting Interoperability Programs.
(May 8, 2020) – A state-of-the-art disinfectant system now available to APS members can kill the most dangerous pathogens, including COVID-19, while greatly improving application efficacy and accelerating terminal clean turnaround times.
(May 8, 2020) – Mirror, a state-wide behavioral health provider, is inviting rural hospitals in Kansas to join in a project to expand treatment for substance use disorder cases.
(May 8, 2020) – Redivus Health, an Olathe-based startup, is offering health care personnel free access to one of their decision support modules during the COVID-19 outbreak.
(May 8, 2020) – APS has partnered with phas3 for a new home-based cardiac rehab solution that can increase patient engagement, improve outcomes, and dramatically reduce out-of-pocket patient costs.
(May 8, 2020) – KHA, along with the Missouri Hospital Association, is proud to share a new initiative from the Kansas City Healthcare Communicators Society called KC Loves Healthcare.
(May 8, 2020) – Policy for Manufacturers to Prevent Medical Device Shortages, Preview Period for July 2020 Publicly Reported Data, AHA Resource Supports Patient and Provider Communication, Changes Issued to Support COVID-19 Response, Medications for Opioid Use Disorder, Maternal Mental Health Awareness Week, and MLN Connects Provider eNews.
(May 1, 2020) – I was struck recently by two stories, within days of each other, that show how the COVID pandemic has exposed the best and the worst in us.
(May 1, 2020) – KDHE and its Health Facilities Program have begun conducting remote COVID-19 focused infection prevention survey calls with acute care hospitals and long-term care facilities.
(May 1, 2020) – The Kansas Newborn Screening Program has prepared a survey to gather information about how COVID-19 is impacting newborn screening processes at facilities across the state.
(May 1, 2020) – The Kansas Health Institute highlighted social isolation in the time of COVID-19 in their recent edition of A Kansas Twist.
(May 1, 2020) – Despite strong objections from AHA, CMS has decided to move forward with its survey of hospitals that participate in the 340B Drug Pricing Program in order to collect actual acquisition costs for specified covered outpatient drugs.
(May 1, 2020) – The Quality-Based Reimbursement Program Period 2 data, derived from discharges between July 1, 2019 - Dec. 31, 2019 is due to Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas by May 5, 2020.
(May 1, 2020) – The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration published an issue brief that presents recent data on prevalence of opioid misuse and death rates in the Black/AA population.
(May 1, 2020) – KHA would like to inform you of the latest member hospital administrator changes since our last hospital list printout in March.
(May 1, 2020) – Effective April 1, 2020, the CDC's National Center for Health Statistics implemented a new diagnosis code, U07.1, COVID-19, into ICD-10-CM.
(May 1, 2020) – The National Healthcare Safety Network has introduced a new Long-Term Care Facility COVID-19 Module in NHSN's LTCF Component.
(May 1, 2020) – Flex Monitoring Team Issues Best Practices for CAH Executives, 2020 Medicare Trustee Report Projects Trust Fund to Deplete in 2026, MLN Connects Provider eNews, Research Published on Coronary Artery Disease Disparities Among Women in Rural Areas
(June 19, 2020) – Chief Financial Officer, Smith County Memorial Hospital, Smith Center