Current Report Articles
(April 19, 2024) – KHA published its Kansas Health Care Workforce Report and shared it with members during district meetings. The report utilizes data gathered from various sources to illustrate the current pulse on health care workforce challenges in Kansas.
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(April 19, 2024) – Help KHA identify individuals who have gone above and beyond the call of duty. We encourage health care organizations to enter a nomination for the KHA awards.
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(April 19, 2024) – For National Hospital Week, May 12-18, AHA is providing hospitals with new, ready-to-use tools that give hospitals quick access to creative content and makes it easy to engage in the important work of telling the hospital story.
(April 19, 2024) – On April 4, CMS released its final Policy and Technical Changes to the Medicare Advantage and Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit Program, Medicare Cost Plan Program and Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly and HIT Standards for contract year CY 2025.
(April 19, 2024) – On Wednesday, CMS issued its FY 2025 IPPS proposed rule. The comment period is open until June 10, 2024. View the CMS fact sheet.
(April 19, 2024) – This rule proposes to update IRF payments and modify the IRF Quality Reporting Program measures and reporting requirements.
(April 19, 2024) – The Region 7 Disaster Health Response Ecosystem is hosting a complimentary webinar at 11 a.m. Monday, April 29, with Angela Hewlett, MD, MS, the director of the Nebraska Biocontainment Unit, on the current situation of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza H5N1.
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(April 19, 2024) – CMS Releases Proposed Mandatory TEAM Model and MLN Connects Provider eNews, Before You Go.
(April 12, 2024) – For the past two weeks, KHA has had the opportunity to host Kansas hospital leaders at our Spring District Meetings. It has been a great opportunity to meet with members and discuss timely information about your top issues.
(April 12, 2024) – Thank you, KHA-PAC donors, for your contributions in 2024. Learn more about the exciting ways you can get involved in the KHA-PAC coming up throughout 2024!
(April 12, 2024) – Utilize QHi's financial benchmarking tool effectively by walking through the tool, learning the easy-upload process, reviewing QHi financial measures available, and watching a demonstration of how to run and schedule reports.
(April 12, 2024) – Learn more about the careLearning education management solution, a web-based, online educational tool for member hospitals.
(April 12, 2024)—The Kansas Medical Assistance Program has resumed provider revalidations, and every KanCare provider must complete one to remain enrolled in the Kansas Medicaid program.
(April 12, 2024) – April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. The Kansas Sexual Assault Response Advisory Committee Awareness and Education subcommittee has created a social media toolkit to easily share messages and graphics related to sexual assault statistics and resources.
(April 12, 2024) – Connect and collaborate with IKC partners in your community! Learn about IKC engagement opportunities, hear updates from KDHE on vaccine-related statutes and requirements, and understand how we can increase community immunity.
(April 12, 2024) – This webinar will provide an overview of the model, share updates on the implementation, highlight technical assistance available and discuss the suitability of the REH for your community.
(April 12, 2024) – This session will provide a comprehensive understanding of the recommended vaccine schedule for adolescents and young adults. Participants will gain the knowledge and skills necessary to navigate the complexities of vaccination in this age group.
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(April 12, 2024) – Join us from noon to 1:00 p.m. on Friday, May 3, to hear how hospitals and communities are partnering to increase access to substance use disorder treatment and harm reduction.
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(April 12, 2024) – CDC Issues Health Alert for Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Virus, Many Medicaid Enrollees Were Unaware of Continuous Coverage, New National Survey on the State of the Nursing Workforce, Final CY 2025 Medicare Advantage and Part D Final Rule, MLN Connects Provider eNews and Before You Go
(April 5, 2024) – KHA wants to honor those who have gone above and beyond the call of duty and needs your assistance in identifying them.
(April 5, 2024) – The 2024 KHA Leadership Institute recognizes hospital employees who display outstanding leadership abilities and provides them with additional leadership training to enhance their skills.
(April 5, 2024) – The KHA Annual Convention and Trade Show is Sept. 5-6 in Overland Park. We are thrilled to announce the convention theme Champions of Change.
(April 19, 2024) – Subject experts will provide updates impacting adult pneumococcal vaccine recommendations for adult and pediatric patients, respectively, and discuss navigating these updates from a clinical perspective.
(April 5, 2024) – KHA is pleased to announce Summer Fangman, administrative professional, has joined the KHA staff team.
(April 19, 2024) – The academy is designed to engage and grow current and future preceptors with key education tools and strategies to foster a strong preceptor/orientee relationship.
(April 5, 2024)—After a brief program update, participants will walk through the basics of adding measures, adding users, entering and uploading data, and running and scheduling reports.
(April 5, 2024) – The Kansas Birth Equity Network is hosting the third annual Black Maternal Health Week event, a conversation centering on mental health during pregnancy, birthing and parenting.
(April 5, 2024) – The U.S. Department of Agriculture Kansas Rural Development has two funding programs available to assist very low-income individuals with repairing health and safety hazards to their homes.
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(April 5, 2024) – Final CY 2025 Medicare Advantage Capitation Rates and Part D Payment Policies, Marketplace Benefit and Parameters Final Rule for CY 2025, Additional Guidance on Informed Consent, Special Enrollment Period for Individuals Losing Medicaid Coverage Extended, FFY 2025 Medicare Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility PPS Proposed Rule, FFY 2025 Medicare Hospice, Psychiatric and SNF PPS Proposed Rule, CMS FFY 2025 Medicare Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility PPS Proposed Rule
(Mar. 29, 2024) – Earlier this week, the Kansas Hospital Association's Board of Directors met in Topeka to discuss business related to the association and those pertinent topics facing Kansas hospitals, including the latest advocacy issues on the state and federal level.
(Mar. 29, 2024) – This webinar will provide updates impacting adult pneumococcal vaccine recommendations for adult and pediatric patients and discuss navigating these updates from a clinical perspective.
(Mar. 29, 2024) – It is not too late to register for the District Meetings. Come prepared for an interactive meeting focused on the critical issues you are facing. CEOs, CFOs, HR executives, trustees and senior staff are encouraged to join us.
(Mar. 28, 2024) – Register for the KONL 2024 Spring Conference – Fostering Excellence through Resourcefulness and join us for education, networking, and fun! Topics include Legislative Updates, Conflict without Casualties keynote, the Kansas Nursing Workforce Center, and more!
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(Mar. 28, 2024) – CMS published Health-Related Social Needs FAQs about four services in the calendar year 2024 Physician Fee Schedule final rule.
(Mar. 28, 2024) – IKC Community Health Specialists are hosting Vaccination Community Navigator Trainings during March and April. Each training features a different module, highlighting key concepts to enhance vaccine knowledge and confidence among community members.
(Mar. 28, 2024) – Does your organization improve community health and well-being through leadership and community partnerships? We invite you to apply for the American Hospital Association's 2025 Foster G. McGaw Prize!
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(Mar. 28, 2024) – Congress Enacts Second Appropriations Package, MLN Connects Provider eNews Available
(Mar. 22, 2024) – Last week, I had the opportunity to attend AHA's Regional Policy Board meeting for Region Six in Kansas City. RPB Six includes Kansas, Iowa, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota.
(Mar. 22, 2024) – Join KAMMCO staff from noon to 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 26, as they explore the Kansas Health Care Stabilization Fund and how it affects Kansas hospitals and the overall health care climate in Kansas.
(Mar. 22, 2024) – KHA Sends Letter to Delegates Urging Them to Help Hospitals Impacted by Change Healthcare Cyberattack
(Mar. 22, 2024) – careLearning is a web-based, cost-effective, educational tool for member hospitals to utilize ensuring employees have required regulatory training and access to hundreds of health care related courses.
(Mar. 22, 2024) – The health care preceptor academy is designed to engage and grow current and future preceptors with key education tools and strategies to foster a strong preceptor/orientee relationship.
(Mar. 22, 2024) – The latest Plains Spoken episode dives into the federal budget process, thoughts on whether a government shutdown is looming and more.
(Mar. 22, 2024) – KHA is excited the meeting is in Kansas City, and we have the opportunity to partner with AHA and our colleagues at MHA and KCMHC to make this the best Health Equity Conference yet.
(Mar. 22, 2024) – The Pittsburg State University Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Grant Program is offering many free training classes this spring. PSU and the Kansas Coalition for Sexual and Domestic Violence have collaborated in providing free didactic courses.
(Mar. 22, 2024) – KSHCPS, an organization available to persons working in the central service and/or sterile processing field, is hosting an educational workshop at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 6, at the Nichols Education Center, in Abilene.
(Mar. 22, 2024) – The Medicare Learning Network guidance on health equity services, covered under the 2024 physician fee schedule, is now available.
(Mar. 22, 2024) – Attendees will learn about the federal grant application process, where to find diverse funding opportunities, strategies for creating a successful application and resources to support their grant writing efforts.
(Mar. 22, 2024) – This week, the CDC issued a Health Advisory informing clinicians and public health officials of an increase in global and U.S. measles cases and to provide guidance on measles prevention.
(Mar. 22, 2024) – The NHSC Scholarship Program provides scholarships to students pursuing primary care health professions training in return for a commitment to provide primary health services in a Health Professional Shortage Area.
(Mar. 22, 2024) – The Rural Utilities Service at the U.S. Department of Agriculture will begin accepting applications on March 22 for the Reconnect Loan and Grant Program.
(Mar. 22, 2024) – This week, select hospital-specific reports, pulled from HIDIs Advantage Optics, were distributed to participating KHA hospitals.
(Mar. 22, 2024) – This week, the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps Annual Data was released.
(Mar. 22, 2024) – CMS Announces ACO Primary Care Flex Model, KCMHC and Real World Learning to Host Career Fair April 4, Change Healthcare Cyberattack Updates Available – AHA Survey Results | Medicaid Advanced Payments, MedPAC Report to Congress, MACPAC Recommends More Transparency and Oversight of Medicaid Managed Care Denials, MLN Connects Provider eNews, Before You Go
(Mar. 15, 2024) – KHA has launched a statewide campaign to improve the public perception of health care in Kansas. A toolkit of resources for KHA members is now available.
(Mar. 15, 2024) – As they say "the early birds of spring are the ones that get the worm." In this case, the early Kansas Hospital Association Political Advocacy Committee donors have come through in a big way, and we commend them for their commitment to the KHA-PAC!
(Mar. 15, 2024) – KHA staff has captured take-away videos and created board discussion guides from our speakers at the Critical Issues Summit in Wichita. These resources are an excellent way for KHA members to bring governance education into their boardrooms.
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(Mar. 15, 2024) – SunRx is hosting a webinar at 1:00 p.m. on Apr. 17, offering valuable insights to aid decision-making, enabling your entity to uphold compliance and optimize its 340B pharmacy program.
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(Mar. 15, 2024) – APS Partner, TruBridge, announcement from their senior leadership in supporting our members in trying times. Read More ...
(Mar. 15, 2024) – President Proposes FY 2025 Budget, 8th Circuit Upholds Arkansas 340B Protections, NHSC Scholarship Program Accepting Applications, Medicaid DSH Payment Cut Delays and Medicare Extenders Enacted, CMS Statement About Change Healthcare Cybersecurity Attack, Revised Guidelines for CMHCs, Final Guidance on Medicare Prescription Payment Plan, MLN Connects Provider eNews, Before You Go
(Mar. 8, 2024) – Since 1969, KHA's foundation, Healthworks, has played an important role in supporting its mission and vision, "Optimal Health for Kansans."
(Mar. 15, 2024) – Join us for a noon briefing to learn about the Drug Supply Chain Security Act implications for hospitals and what you need to know to comply.
(Mar. 15, 2024) – This conference will help prepare health care professionals to be facilitators and resources for the surveillance, prevention and control of infections. Attendees will discover proven strategies for implementing infection prevention programs.
(Mar. 15, 2024) – The KHA Membership Directory is an indispensable tool for members. We strive to assist members in communicating with peers, and we need your help to ensure the information is current.
(Mar. 8, 2024) – Registration is open for a four-part webinar series presented by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, in collaboration with the Rural Health Information Hub, to support access to safe, high-quality maternity care in rural communities.
(Mar. 8, 2024) – The April 16-17 spring conference at the Hilton Garden Inn & Convention Center in Salina is an in-person-only event. See the agenda and event summary for more details.
(Mar. 8, 2024) – The National Emerging Special Pathogens Training and Education Center is offering a free webinar, Introduction to the 2024 Joint Commission Standards for Infection Control, at noon on Mar. 15.
(Mar. 8, 2024) – The agenda has been set for KHA District Meetings. Join us for networking with your peers and KHA staff. Meeting times will be from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. with lunch provided. Attend any location that best fits your schedule.
(Mar. 8, 2024) – The American Hospital Association Physician Alliance partnered with the Collaborative for Healing and Renewal in Medicine to develop a resource for Building a Well-Being Program.
(Mar. 8, 2024) – This recognition encourages everyone to learn about health care safety and serves as a time for growing awareness and recognizing the work hospitals and health systems do every day to prioritize patient safety.
(Mar. 8, 2024) – Continuing the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program is making 16 awards under RCORP-Impact to improve access to treatment and recovery services for substance use disorder, including opioid use disorder, in rural areas.
(Mar. 8, 2024) – Kansas Connecting Communities is a federally funded behavioral health workforce development program administered by KDHE.
(Mar. 8, 2024) – In the calendar year 2024 Physician Fee Schedule rule, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services finalized several new services addressing health equity.
(Mar. 8, 2024) – Updated COVID-19 Vaccine Available for Older Adults, Cyberattack on Change Healthcare, LTCF Minimum Staffing Rule, Respiratory Viral Illness Guidance Information, Funding Assistance Available to Those Impacted by Change Healthcare Cyberattack, Medicare Prescription Payment Plan Final Guidance, Isolation Period for COVID-19 Shortened, TJC CY 2023 Reporting Deadlines, Cyberattack on Change Healthcare, MLN Connects Provider eNews, and Before You Go.
(Mar. 1, 2024) – Maternal health is a strategic priority of the Kansas Hospital Association and our members. The KHA staff represents the membership on a variety of committees and initiatives seeking to improve maternal health in Kansas.
(Mar. 1, 2024) – KHA Spring District Meeting dates and locations have been set. Join us at 9:30 a.m. for networking. Meeting times will be from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. with lunch provided.
(Mar. 1, 2024) – Advantage Optics is where your KHA hospital-level data resides. The site was recently updated with the first quarter of the fiscal year 2024 data and now contains October 2018 – December 2023 inpatient, outpatient and emergency department discharges.
(Mar. 1, 2024) – The Alliance for a Healthy Kansas and other Medicaid expansion advocacy groups are hosting a rally at the Kansas Statehouse from 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Mar. 6 in the second-floor rotunda of the Capitol.
(Mar. 1, 2024) – A new poll released last week by the Sunflower Foundation re-affirms previous polls from the last several years that Kansans widely support Medicaid expansion and highlights most Kansans value the economic benefits expansion brings.
(Mar. 1, 2024) – On Feb. 8, CMS issued QSO-24-05-Hospital/CAH allowing texting patient information and the texting of patient orders among members of the health care team permissible, if accomplished through a HIPAA-compliant secure texting platform and is in compliance with the COP.
(Mar. 1, 2024) – CMS recently released the final disproportionate share hospital third-party payer rule, addressing recent legislative changes that govern the hospital-specific limit on Medicaid DSH payments.
(Mar. 1, 2024) – The Office of Burden Reduction & Health Informatics is hosting a virtual education session from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m., on March 26, 2024, on the CMS Interoperability and Prior Authorization final rule released on Jan. 17, 2024.
(Mar. 1, 2024) – Beginning in 2024, reporting to the National Healthcare Safety Network Antimicrobial Use and Resistance Module is required under the Public Health and Clinical Data Exchange objective of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Promoting Interoperability Program.
(Mar. 1, 2024) – This session delves into the crucial aspect of safeguarding public health through accessible vaccination programs by exploring ways to ensure that every adult, regardless of insurance status, can access essential vaccinations for a healthier future.
(Mar. 1, 2024) – KHA would like to inform our members of the latest member hospital administrator changes since our last hospital list in January.
(Mar. 1, 2024) – Neosho County Community College – Ottawa Campus, 900 E. Logan St., Ottawa, KS 66067 has a position available for a diagnostic medical sonography clinician.
(Mar. 1, 2024) – CMS Releases CART IPFQR Version 2.3.2
(Feb. 23, 2024) –The KHA's new report on The Importance of the Health Care Sector to the Kansas Economy was performed by the Institute for Policy & Social Research at the University of Kansas.
(Feb. 23, 2024) – The scholarship application window is closing at midnight on Feb. 28, so apply today for a Healthworks Health Care Scholarship.
(Feb. 23, 2024) – This conference prepares health care professionals to be facilitators and resources for the surveillance, prevention and control of infections. Attendees will discover proven strategies for implementing infection prevention programs.
(Feb. 23, 2024) – KHA is pleased to provide hospitals with the third Healthy Kansas Hospitals toolkit. This toolkit was created to further assist and support you as you nurture strategies for a healthy culture in your hospital and beyond.
(Feb. 23, 2024) – Health care marketing and communications professionals are encouraged to join KAHCC, submit an entry for the KAHCC Emerald Awards and to plan to attend the KAHCC Spring Conference, Apr. 25-26.
(Feb. 23, 2024) – Last month, a new Nurse Licensure Compact rule went into effect stating nurses relocating to another compact state have 60 days from the time they move to apply for a new license by endorsement in a new primary state of residence.
(Feb. 23, 2024) – Electronic prescribing, originally intended to deter prescription fraud and abuse, is now the target of bad actors sending fraudulent prescriptions to pharmacies. The DEA is sounding the alarm on the rise of e-prescribing fraud.
(Feb. 23, 2024) – HRSA is offering the Rural Kansas Health Workforce Conference, Mar. 27 at the Colby Community College and a grants workshop pre-session on Mar. 26.
(Feb. 23, 2024) – This week, KDHE issued an alert regarding an increased concentration of hepatitis A virus detected at the Lawrence Kansas River Wastewater Treatment Facility indicating possible transmission within the Lawrence community.
(Feb. 23, 2024) – Proposals are currently being requested for innovative solutions that strengthen and diversify the nursing workforce, expand recruitment and retention of nurses and create and sustain healthy work environments.
(Feb. 23, 2024) – Koch Filter is a world-class manufacturer of air filtration products recognized globally for its premier brand of high-efficiency air filtration products and the industry's broadest range of air filters for any application.
(Feb. 23, 2024) – Discover invaluable insights on how Breez Health, LLC, affects the current state of hospital financial assistance and presents strategies for improving the patient financial experience and protecting your hospital.
(Feb. 23, 2024) – Supporting KHA's vision, "Optimal Health for Kansans," KHA is sharing SHSMD's health observance calendar as a tool for planning your health events, internal and external communications and social media campaigns.
(Feb. 23, 2024) – CMS Releases IPFQR Specifications Manual Version 1.2a, Children’s Mercy Compiles Resources to Help Families Navigate Tragedy, CMS issued updates to MLN Connects Provider eNews.
(Feb. 16, 2024) –KHA Spring District Meeting dates and locations have been set. These meetings are a great informational and networking opportunity for all CEOs, trustees and senior staff.
(Feb. 16, 2024) – As KHA attends board meetings across the state, it is obvious many governance best practices are being utilized. KHA encourages members to recognize board members for their dedication and service.
(Feb. 16, 2024) – The Kansas State Board of Healing Arts has provided an update on health care professional licensure and information that can impact licensing timelines as well as suggested best practices to avoid licensing delays.
(Feb. 16, 2024) –CMS revised guidance on the texting of physician orders; syphilis infections during pregnancy triple; recommended reading to support CAHs and rural hospitals
(Feb. 16, 2024) – Plan to attend this year's Critical Issues Summit for Hospital Boards on February 29 – March 1, at the Hyatt Regency Wichita, Wichita, KS.
(Feb. 16, 2024) –This week, I had the opportunity to join health care leaders from across the country to discuss the current rural health care environment and the innovative solutions that are being explored by communities to ensure access to quality health care.
(Feb. 9, 2024) – KHA continues to add resources for hospital boards of directors. Whether in the areas of education, resources or recognition programs, we strive to have many options available for our members.
(Feb. 9, 2024) – After a brief program update, participants will walk through the basics of adding measures, adding users, entering/uploading data and running/scheduling reports.
(Feb. 9, 2024) – KHA has received an important clarification related to reimbursement to hospitals for round-the-clock patient observation and transportation costs for patient admissions to state mental hospitals.
(Feb. 9, 2024) – Beginning in 2024, reporting to the NHSN Antimicrobial Use and Resistance Module is required under the Public Health and Clinical Data Exchange objective of the CMS Promoting Interoperability Program.
(Feb. 9, 2024) – On the latest episode, we dive into the pending federal issues. These include decisions around budget, debt ceiling, disproportionate share hospital payment cuts and site-neutral payments.
(Feb. 9, 2024) – The Kansas Health Foundation is creating an advisory "think tank" to spur critical thinking, innovation and creativity.
(Feb. 9, 2024) – CMS requires all hospitals to comply with reporting on health equity commitment and social determinants of health screenings.
(Feb. 9, 2024) – Manhattan Area Technical College is hosting a health care career fair from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, Mar. 26, in Manhattan.
(Feb. 9, 2024) – Your hospital is encouraged to consider having your environmental and linen services staff join or renew membership in the Kansas Healthcare Environmental and Linen Services Association.
(Feb. 9, 2024) – The final rule updating certain provisions of regulations related to Opioid Treatment Program accreditation, certification and standards for the treatment of Opioid Use Disorder with Medications for Opioid Use Disorder in OTPs was released Jan. 31 by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.
(Feb. 9, 2024) – CY 2024 OPPS and ASC Correction Notice, CMS Refreshes Care Compare, Provider Data Catalog Data, Guidance for Organ Procurement Organizations, IPFQR Specifications Manual Version 1.1c, Targeted Hospitals for FY 2026 Validation, 2024 Medicare Advantage Program and Part D Payment Policies, eCQM Reporting Deadlines, MLN Connects Provider eNews
(Feb. 2, 2024) – What an exciting and fulfilling week we had hosting our second Kansas Health Care Virtual Career Day and launching our new website.
(Feb. 2, 2024) – The Critical Issues Summit, Feb. 29-Mar. 1 in Wichita, brings together hospital leadership and trustees from across the state to promote the importance of good governance practices.
(Feb. 16, 2024) – The Kansas Insurance Commissioner's Office is hosting a hybrid Industry Insight event to educate both insurers and providers on key issues within the department.
(Feb. 2, 2024) – Join FORVIS for a complimentary as they discuss best practices to prevent denials and the risk they pose to financial performance and patient care.
(Feb. 9, 2024) – The health care preceptor academy is designed to engage and grow current and future preceptors with key education tools and strategies to foster a strong preceptor/orientee relationship.
(Feb. 2, 2024) – This conference helps prepare health care professionals to be facilitators and resources for surveillance, prevention and control of infections.
(Feb. 2, 2024) – The U.S. Drug Supply Chain Security Act requirements went into effect Nov. 27, 2023, for "authorized trading partners," including dispensing pharmacies. While the original act was enacted in 2013, final guidance was issued late in 2023.
(Feb. 2, 2024) – The CDC issued an alert last week regarding confirmed U.S. cases of measles.
(Feb. 2, 2024) – The deadline to complete the 2024 KHA Annual Workforce Questionnaire is Feb. 9. The survey collects valuable information on vacancies and turnover for key health care positions.
(Feb. 2, 2024) – The focus of this program is to expand the RT and RN workforce capacity in Kansas HPSA and MUAs, focusing on building skills to engage in population health and treat persons with long-term COVID and other respiratory diseases.
(Feb. 2, 2024) – KDHE is requesting feedback on the user experience of the KDHE Overdose Data Dashboard. The survey should take less than 10 minutes. Responses will be used for continual improvement of the dashboard.
(Feb. 9, 2024) – Save the date, April 23, and plan to attend the Cybersecurity Risks and Prevention Strategies for Hospitals and Health Systems, in the Health Education Building at K.U. Medical Center in Kansas City.
(Feb. 9, 2024) – KHA is pleased to provide hospitals with this second toolkit to help hospitals create change inside of the facility. We appreciate the opportunity to provide leadership, shared knowledge and innovative approaches to improve health and wellness.
(Feb. 9, 2024) – The Nurse Corps Loan Repayment Program is now accepting applications for 2024.
(Feb. 2, 2024) – RFI Released about MA Data Collection and Reporting, April 2024 Public Reporting Hospital Data for Preview Released, eCQM Reporting Deadlines,CART-Outpatient Version 1.24.0 Released, MLN Connects Provider eNews, Before You Go.
(Jan. 26, 2024) – This week, we had the privilege to host the Kansas Hospital Association's New CEO Orientation. This is a semi-annual gathering of CEOs who have recently taken on their position in a Kansas hospital.
(Jan. 26, 2024) – A panel of PYA experts, including Lori Foley, Valerie Rock, Angie Caldwell and Martie Ross, will discuss the requirements for this new code and its financial impact on physician practices from 11:00 a.m. to noon on Feb. 7.
(Jan. 26, 2024) – At this webinar, the latest changes to Kansas HPSA designations, what their office is doing in response to these changes and how the changes may impact Kansas health care organizations will be discussed.
(Jan. 26, 2024) – This week, HHS announced they will work with CMS to provide new education and resources to help hospitals comply with the Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act.
(Jan. 26, 2024) – The Kansas Information Security Office has launched the Kansas Cybersecurity Web Page Security Grant Program and is preparing to accept fiscal year 2022 Kansas SLCGP grant applications.
(Jan. 26, 2024) – Listen to AHA's Advancing Health podcast to hear a discussion on the critical role a hospital’s peer support program plays in employee mental health and the impact of building infrastructure focused on staff well-being.
(Jan. 26, 2024) – The Kansas Breastfeeding Coalition, in partnership with High 5 for Mom & Baby and the KDHE, is hosting four regional lactation skills fairs April 2-11 across Kansas.
(Jan. 26, 2024) – The 2024 recommended immunization schedules for U.S. children, adolescents and adults are now available.
(Jan. 26, 2024) – United to Transform is a targeted statewide project intended to identify means of reducing the enormous toll of substance use disorders in the lives of Kansans.
(Jan. 26, 2024) – Discover inspiration and a network of professional expertise when you join the Kansas Association of Health Care Communicators.
(Jan. 26, 2024) – The Office of the State Fire Marshal has received numerous phone calls and inquiries regarding the temporary use of space heaters to help regulate temperatures within the living spaces of nursing homes and other health care facilities.
(Jan. 26, 2024) – This week, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment issued a KS-HAN alert that the agency and the Shawnee County Health Department are responding to an outbreak of syphilis in Shawnee County.
(Jan. 26, 2024) – A new APS vendor, Arthur Marshall, Inc., specializes in recruiting for rural health care organizations.
(Feb. 23, 2024) – Supporting KHA's vision, "Optimal Health for Kansans," KHA is sharing SHSMD's health observance calendar as a tool for planning your health events, internal and external communications and social media campaigns.
(Jan. 26, 2024) – Interoperability and Prior Authorization Final Rule, MACPAC Releases 2024 Data Book on Medicare/Medicaid Dual Eligibles, CY 2024 OQR Payment Determination Lists, Congress Enacts Another Continuing Resolution, MLN Connects Provider eNews Available
(Jan. 19, 2024) – Earlier this week, hospital leaders and advocates from across the state braved the cold temperatures, traveling to Topeka, to participate in Kansas Hospital Association's Advocacy Day.
(Jan. 19, 2024) – The summit brings hospital leadership and trustees together to promote the importance of good governance practices. It provides top-notch speakers, educational sessions and discussions on critical topics facing hospitals.
(Jan. 19, 2024) – How did other Kansas hospitals and practices use Chronic Care Management in 2023? How do providers plan to use CCM in 2024? Learn the answers during a free webinar at noon on Thursday, Feb. 8 to learn the answers.
(Jan. 19, 2024) – Kansas HOSA is seeking interested health care organizations to have an expo table or break-out session to speak to students at the upcoming Kansas HOSA Spring Leadership Conference, March 27-28, at Kansas State University in Manhattan.
(Jan. 19, 2024) – The webinar will provide education on the clinician level eCQM changes and recommend resources located on the eCQI Resource Center.
(Jan. 19, 2024) – E&M Consulting, Inc., is contacting associate members about the advertising opportunities available in the KHA Membership Directory. We appreciate their assistance in helping KHA with the print and digital directory.
(Jan. 19, 2024) – The Kansas Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society 2024 conference is April 18-19 at the Drury Plaza Hotel Broadview in Wichita.
(Jan. 19, 2024) – This week, CMS released a final rule requiring Medicare Advantage, Medicaid and federally facilitated Marketplace plans to streamline their prior authorization processes.
(Jan. 19, 2024) – The Midwest High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area Investigative Support Center and the Midwest HIDTA Overdose Response Strategy teams are requesting assistance from health care providers and stakeholders in completing a survey.
(Jan. 19, 2024) – Please join the Kansas Perinatal Quality Collaborative January Learning Forum at noon on Jan. 23 for OB in the ED, High Stakes Outcomes featuring Abbie Weatherly, Jenna McClain, and Kimberlee Dick.
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(Jan. 19, 2024) – MLN Connects Provider eNews Available and Before You Go.
(Jan. 12, 2024) – Last night, Gov. Laura Kelly presented her annual State of the State Address. The highly anticipated occasion is attended by legislative members and allows the governor to share her legislative priorities for the year.
(Jan. 12, 2024) – This webinar is the first in a series of quarterly health equity focused webinars, each to be co-hosted with a different health equity partner.
(Jan. 12, 2024) – CMS recently revised the Price Transparency regulations. It is crucial for all health care providers to ensure compliance with these changes.
(Jan. 12, 2024) – The KDHE Health Facilities quarterly webinar, originally scheduled for Dec. 21, 2023, is rescheduled from noon to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 18.
(Jan. 12, 2024) – The Healthcare Institute for Innovations in Quality at UMKC is offering Training in Implementation: Actionable Research Approaches, a short-course on integrating traditional quality improvement with tested and proven implementation science methods.
(Jan. 12, 2024) – This series is designed to provide primary care providers, pediatricians, community health care workers, and public health professionals with the knowledge and skills needed to effectively engage families and educate them about the critical risks associated with lead poisoning.
(Jan. 12, 2024) – CMS opened data submission for Merit-based Incentive Payment System eligible clinicians who participated in the 2023 performance year of the Quality Payment Program.
(Jan. 12, 2024) – Opioid use disorder screenings, performed by physicians and non-physician practitioners, are paid for by Medicare.
(Jan. 12, 2024) – KONZA National Network was recently designated as one of five Qualified Health Information Networks to facilitate the exchange of health data on a nationwide scale.
(Jan. 12, 2024) – KHA reminds members of the benefits of having your employees participate in one of KHA's 24 allied organizations.
(Jan. 12, 2024) – CMS Invites Input on Hospital Quality Reporting System, IQR Specifications Manual Version 5.16, Policy Brief on Partnerships to Address Rural Community Needs, CMS Updates HQR for Reporting CY 2023 OQR Web-based Measures, OQR Specifications Manual Addendum 17.0a, MLN Connects Provider eNews, Before You Go
(Jan. 5, 2024) – This week, legislators from across the state started arriving in Topeka for the commencement of the 2024 Kansas legislative session. While the session doesn't officially start until Monday, Jan. 8, legislators are using this week to move into their living quarters and legislative offices.
(Jan. 5, 2024) – KHA is excited to announce that Jaron Caffrey, formerly the program manager of workforce strategies, has been promoted to director of workforce and health care policy.
(Jan. 5, 2024) – The Administration for Strategic Preparedness and Response COVID-19 Hospital Association Grant has funds still available for the grant period Apr. 9, 2023 - Feb. 28, 2024.
(Jan. 5, 2024) – As the primary source of health care in many communities, hospitals have the opportunity to establish norms and influence health decisions for patients, employees and the communities they serve.
(Jan. 5, 2024) – This training session will include a quick program update, walk through the QHi site, and demonstration of the basics of selecting measures, adding users, entering/uploading data and running/scheduling reports. All QHi participants are invited to attend this free webinar.
(Jan. 5, 2024) – KHA would like to inform our members of the latest member hospital administrator changes since our last hospital list in November.
(Jan. 5, 2024) – Licensed Specialist Clinical Social Worker and Physical Therapists, Mitchell County Hospital Health Systems in Beloit.
(Jan. 5, 2024) – CMS Proposes Appeal Rights for Certain Changes in Patient Status, CMS Finalizes CLIA Fees, Histocompatibility, Personnel and Alternative Sanctions for Certificate of Waiver Laboratories, ACMT, AACT Release Statement on Nalmefene, HRSA Announces Funding Opportunity for PCTE-PARB, MLN Connects Provider eNews
(Dec. 22, 2023) – Greetings from your friends at the Kansas Hospital Association! Turn up your volume and enjoy our e-card with the warmest of wishes for a joyous holiday season.
(Jan. 5, 2024) – As we prepare for the 2024 state legislative session, slated to start on Jan. 8, KHA encourages you to attend our Advocacy Day events on Jan. 16, in Topeka.
(Dec. 22, 2023) – New Rural Emergency Hospital resources have been added to the Kansas Hospital Association's website. Items include a new informational video, recently released quality measures, links to external resources and more.
(Dec. 22, 2023) – In this webinar, PYA will provide a detailed examination of 2024 changes to the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System and the Medicare Shared Savings Program, as well as new Medicare reimbursement to address social determinants of health.
(Dec. 22, 2023) – This week, KDHE provided KHA and hospital risk managers with an update focusing on new forms implemented in September, trends revealed from RM surveys and an annual RM plan submission reminder.
(Dec. 22, 2023) – Clinicians: Are you interested in joining a project for the HPV vaccine? This project has been proven to increase vaccination rates, improve clinician self-efficacy and reduce clinician time in patient conversations.
(Dec. 22, 2023) – Chief Executive Officer, Kearny County Hospital in Lakin and Psychiatric Mental Health Nurse Practitioner, Mitchell County Hospital Health System sin Beloit
(Dec. 22, 2023) – Unless special circumstances occur, Current Report will not be published next week. The next issue will be published on Jan. 5, 2024.
(Dec. 22, 2023) – CMS Releases Federal Independent Dispute Resolution Final Rule, CMS Releases Inpatient CART 4.32.0, Urgent Need to Increase Immunizations Against Respiratory Viral Illnesses, National Health Expenditure and Insurance Coverage Highlights for 2022, Revised Guidance for the Medicare Prescription Drug Inflation Rebate Program, 2023 MACStats Data Book, MLN Connects Provider eNews, Before You Go
(Dec. 15, 2023) – This week, I traveled to Washington, DC, with executive committee members of the Kansas Hospital Association's Board of Directors. We visited with members of our Congressional delegation on our federal legislative priorities.
(Dec. 15, 2023) – State and federal governments pay more than half of Kansas hospital care and regulate 100 percent of our activities. Those are the main reasons why the work of the KHA and its political action committee, KHA-PAC, is so important.
(Dec. 15, 2023) – By now, all hospitals should have received their 2024 Kansas Hospital Association membership renewal packet, including the dues statement. KHA appreciates your past participation and looks forward to your hospital joining us again in 2024.
(Dec. 15, 2023) – The FDOD program is a unique opportunity for physicians and health administrators to get directly involved in serving our community and supporting legislators at the Statehouse.
(Dec. 15, 2023) – Advantage Optics was recently updated with the 4th quarter of Fiscal Year 2023 data and now contains October 2017 – September 2023 inpatient, outpatient and emergency department discharges.
(Dec. 15, 2023) – The Patient Quality of Life Coalition is looking for palliative care champions from Kansas and a handful of other states to set up targeted meetings about support for the Palliative Care and Hospice Education and Training Act.
(Jan. 7, 2024) – The Kansas Chapter for the Healthcare Sterile Processing Association provides support and education for individuals responsible for performing sterile processing in all types of facilities.
(Dec. 15, 2023) – Q3 2023 IQR, OQR Submission Deadlines, Specifications Manual Addendum 5.15a, Mpox Health Advisory, MLN Connects Provider eNews, and Before You Go
(Dec. 8, 2023) – As we reflect on 2023, we are grateful for our members and the work they do for their patients and communities. As we head into the new year, we continue to hear about financial and workforce challenges facing our industry.
(Dec. 8, 2023) – Nearly 25 years ago, when the Chiefs didn't make the playoffs every season, KHA saw an opportunity to enhance member value and collaborated with MHA in the Kansas City bi-state region by forming the Kansas City Metropolitan Healthcare Council.
(Jan. 5, 2024) – Mark your calendar for this year's Critical Issues Summit for Hospital Boards, Feb. 29 and March 1, in Wichita. This event provides top-notch speakers, educational sessions and discussions on critical topics facing hospitals today.
(Dec. 8, 2023) – This week, the Protecting Rural Seniors' Access to Care Act was introduced. The legislation would prohibit the HHS Secretary from finalizing a proposed nursing home staffing rule that would hurt facilities across Kansas and could force many to close.
(Dec. 8, 2023) – KHA is excited that the meeting is in Kansas City this year and the opportunity to partner with the AHA and our colleagues at the Missouri Hospital Association and Kansas City Metropolitan Healthcare Council to make this the best Health Equity Conference yet.
(Dec. 8, 2023) – AHA is launching a national patient safety initiative for AHA member hospitals. The focus includes: 1. Fostering a culture of safety from the board room to the bedside; 2. Identifying and addressing inequities in safety; and 3. Enhancing workforce safety.
(Dec. 8, 2023) – The CRNA Exemption allows rural hospitals and CAHs to qualify for reasonable cost-based reimbursement of anesthesia services performed by a qualified non-physician anesthetist. All hospitals requesting the CRNA exemption must submit a written request to WPS by Jan. 1.
(Dec. 8, 2023) – The University of Kansas is hosting Tobacco Treatment Specialist Training for providers who want to integrate tobacco treatment into their practices and become tobacco prevention and treatment advocates.
(Dec. 8, 2023) – Nirsevimab, approved by FDA to prevent RSV in neonates, infants and children up to 24 months of age, is experiencing ongoing supply challenges, which the manufacturer attributes to demand exceeding supply.
(Dec. 8, 2023) – Slides and resources from the November Kansas Perinatal Quality Collaborative November Learning Forum, which featured immunization updates, are available on the KPQC website.
(Dec. 8, 2023) – Director of Financial Services, Smith County Memorial Hospital, Smith Center
(Dec. 8, 2023) – Health Care-Associated Infections Are Declining and MLN Connects Provider eNews
(Dec. 1, 2023) – This week was eventful at KHA, with diverse member education, launching new resources and member committee meetings.
(Dec. 1, 2023) – KHA was thrilled to host the American Hospital Association's chief physician executive, Chris DeRienzo, MD, during his recent trip to Kansas to speak about hospital physician leadership and highlight innovative work at Kansas hospitals.
(Dec. 1, 2023) – After a quick program update, we will walk through the QHi site, demonstrating the basics of selecting measures, adding users, entering/uploading data and running/scheduling reports.
(Dec. 1, 2023) – CMS is hosting a CY 2024 Medicare Promoting Interoperability Program Overview webinar to discuss program requirements at noon on Wednesday, Dec. 6.
(Dec. 1, 2023) – This event will focus on understanding vaccinations recommended for older adults, how the immune system changes with age and the role vaccines can play in maintaining health.
(Dec. 1, 2023) – New Nurse Licensure Compact Rules take effect Jan. 2, including one requiring nurses moving from one compact state to another compact state to apply for licensure in their new Primary State of Residence within 60 days.
(Dec. 1, 2023) – There are specific regulations regarding the use of holiday decorations in health care facilities. The Office of the State Fire Marshal is providing guidance on the topic.
(Jan. 12, 2024) – APS is hosting an introductory webinar for a new vendor, Bio-Electronics. Bio-Electronics provides maintenance and repair for a wide range of medical devices, including general biomed, respiratory, radiology and lab equipment.
(Dec. 1, 2023) – Swing Bed Coordinator / MDS Coordinator, Pratt Regional Medical Center, Pratt
(Dec. 1, 2023) – DEA Extends Telemedicine Flexibilities, CDC Issues Health Advisory on Recalled Cinnamon Applesauce Pouches, MLN Connects Provider eNews, Before You Go.
(Nov. 22, 2023) – As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, I find myself deeply grateful for the unwavering dedication and tireless efforts Kansas hospital teams put forth every day.
(Nov. 22, 2023) – What motivates career choices in students? KHA is interested in what messages resonate with young Kansans in hopes we can use those messages to better position career opportunities within Kansas communities.
(Nov. 22, 2023) – The Kansas Children's Cabinet & Trust Fund is currently accepting applications for capital projects that increase childcare capacity. Applications will be accepted until Dec. 18.
(Nov. 22, 2023) – Join Thrive Kansas and the United Methodist Health Ministry Fund at one of five regional rallies featuring Kansas health resources and conversations on the future of health care in our communities.
(Nov. 22, 2023) – Earlier this month, CMS began displaying the Birthing-Friendly Designation on its Care Compare Tool.
(Nov. 22, 2023) – AHA's three-part Beyond Birth podcast series explores how hospitals and health systems can support the social and emotional needs of pregnant people and new parents.
(Nov. 22, 2023) – Network Systems Support Specialist, Clara Barton Medical Center, Hoisington
(Nov. 22, 2023) – HHS Hosts Region 7 Open Office Hours, 2024 Health Care Workforce Scan, Nurse Faculty Loan Program Funding Opportunity
(Nov. 17, 2023) – Prior Authorization reform is an important policy priority for KHA and our members. It creates an administrative burden and can impact patient care by causing unnecessary delays in care.
(Nov. 17, 2023) – The KHA-PAC is made up of contributors like you. We want to thank everyone who has donated in 2023 and highlight a few of our top donors this fall.
(Nov. 17, 2023) – The Kansas Department of Health and Environment – Division of Health Care Finance scheduled a training session for Understanding Medicaid Annual Reviews from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 13.
(Nov. 17, 2023) – As part of National Rural Health Day, a number of Kansas rural hospitals have been honored by The Chartis Center of Rural Health as Performance Leadership Award winners.
(Nov. 17, 2023) – AHA released an implementation guide to help hospitals understand the new changes Medicare Advantage plans must abide by on Jan. 1, 2024.
(Nov. 17, 2023) – APS is happy to announce they have added two new providers offering services to Kansas hospitals. The addition of these two new providers will enhance the range and quality of services available to Kansas hospitals.
(Dec. 1, 2023) – Over the next couple of weeks, KHA is scheduled for server and software upgrades. If you email a KHA staff member, you may get a delayed response to your message.
(Nov. 17, 2023) – Chief Financial Officer, Graham County Hospital, Hill City
(Nov. 17, 2023) – Final Rule Regarding Disclosure of Ownership for SN, LTC Facilities, Final CY 2024 Medicare PFS Payment and Policy Updates, CY 2025 Technical Changes to MA, Prescription Drug Program and All-Inclusive Care, Birthing-Friendly" Designation Now Available on Care Compare, MLN Connects Provider eNews, Before You Go
(Nov. 10, 2023) – Last week, the KHA Board met to hear a presentation from AHA's Chief Physician Executive Chris DeRienzo, MD, who highlighted AHA's latest initiative to improve the health care workforce and image of the nation's hospitals.
(Nov. 10, 2023) – Rural health care providers are constantly faced with new challenges and fewer resources. This event provides attendees with the skills, ideas and information necessary to survive the rapidly changing world of rural health.
(Nov. 22, 2023) – Join KHA staff for an educational webinar to learn best practices and resources on how to create a sustainable wellness committee in your facility.
(Nov. 10, 2023) – This week, CMS proposed changes to the Medicare Advantage and prescription drug programs for the contract year 2025.
(Nov. 10, 2023) – CY 2025 Technical Changes to MA, Prescription Drug Program and All-Inclusive Care, Final CY 2024 Medicare Outpatient PPS Payment and Policy Updates, Hospital Outpatient PPS Remedy for 340B-Acquired Drug Payments, Final CY 2024 Medicare PFS Payment and Policy Updates, New CAHMPAS Financial Data for CAHs, MLN Connects Provider eNews, and Before You Go.
(Nov. 3, 2023) – Celebrate the "Power of Rural" by honoring rural health care providers, communities, organizations, State Offices of Rural Health and other stakeholders dedicated to addressing the unique health care needs of rural America.
(Nov. 3, 2023) – The purpose of this summit is to develop a vision for what community paramedicine may look like for rural hospitals and federally qualified health centers in Kansas.
(Nov. 3, 2023) – On Sept. 6, 2023, CMS published its proposed minimum staffing standards in the Federal Register.
(Nov. 3, 2023) – The Sunflower (Kansas) Chapter of HFMA and KHA invite you to attend the All Payers Workshop on Dec. 7 and 8, at the Hampton Inn & Suites and Kansas Star Casino in Mulvane.
(Nov. 3, 2023) – On Oct. 27, at its annual Health Equity Summit, KFMC Health Improvement Partners presented its Health Equity Innovation Award to LMH Health in Lawrence.
(Nov. 3, 2023) – KDHE is working to address process challenges found during testing and prepare a comprehensive strategy. In the interim, please continue to update your contact information with the Kansas Medical Assistance Program
(Nov. 3, 2023) – KDHE's Office of Primary Care and Rural Health is preparing for the second cycle for Rural Hospital Innovation Grant applicants.
(Nov. 3, 2023) – The Health Resources and Services Administration is reinstating a requirement for hospitals in the 340B Drug Pricing Program to register their off-site outpatient departments, known as child sites, with the 340B Office of Pharmacy Affairs to access 340B pricing.
(Nov. 3, 2023) – This week, HHS notified COVID-19 therapeutics manufacturers, distributors, pharmacies and the health care payer community that the commercialization transition process for Paxlovid and Lagevrio begins Nov. 1.
(Nov. 3, 2023) – Patient Registration Supervisor, Smith County Memorial Hospital, Smith Center
(Nov. 3, 2023) – HHS Proposes Rule to Establish Disincentives for Providers Who Information Block, CMS Releases CY 2024 Medicare ESRD PPS Final Payment and Policy Updates, Agencies Release Proposed Rules to Improve the Surprise Billing Payment Dispute Process, FMT Releases MBQIP Quality Measures Annual Report, ACA Marketplace Open Enrollment Begins Nov. 1, MLN Connects Provider eNews Available
(Oct. 27, 2023) – Join KHA as we travel across the state meeting with elected officials and hospital leaders to discuss our legislative priorities including an innovative and creative approach to discussing hospital finances.

(Oct. 27, 2023) – The Kansas Rural Health Association serves Kansas through interdisciplinary collaboration to provide innovative ways to promote healthy rural communities to survive and thrive in the future through education and advocacy.
(Oct. 27, 2023) – KHA would like to inform our members of the latest member hospital administrator changes since our last hospital list in September.
(Oct. 27, 2023) – Supporting KHA's vision, "Optimal Health for Kansans," KHA is sharing SHSMD's health observance calendar as a tool for planning your health events, internal and external communications and social media campaigns.
(Oct. 27, 2023) – CDC Issues Health Advisory on Limited Availability of Nirsevimab, Policy Brief Highlights CAH Hospice Services, CMS Releases January 2024 Public Reporting Hospital Data for Preview, MLN Connects Provider eNews Available and Before You Go.
(Oct. 20, 2023) – KHA and KHA's foundation, Healthworks, partnered this summer with the Kansas Health Institute and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment to survey Kansas hospitals on population health efforts across the state.