Kentucky Office of Rural Health
Top Flex Activities
CAH Quality Improvement
The Kentucky Flex Program will be working on the following quality improvement activities:
- Provide internal quality improvement training and resources through a sub-contract with Cynosure. Two in-person meetings will also be held throughout the year as well as web-based training opportunities.
- Provide critical access hospitals (CAHs) Medicare Beneficiary Quality Improvement Project (MBQIP) technical assistance on an as-needed basis
- Provide Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) training and stroke education
CAH Operational and Financial Improvement
The Kentucky Flex Program will be working on the following financial improvement activities:
- Annual on-site hospital visits
- Provide personalized financial technical assistance through a sub-contract with Blue and Company, where hospitals will be able to choose from a training menu that includes but is not limited to swing bed analysis and education, clinical documentation improvement (CDI) review and education, 340B Drug Pricing Program revenue maximization and education, revenue cycle walkthrough, Chargemaster reviews, and bad debt compliance.
- Provide support to CAH and rural health clinics (RHC) networks. Meetings are scheduled regularly throughout the year.
- Provide scholarship support to hospitals looking to attend educational events related to the overall objectives of the Flex program.
- Host the 2020 Kentucky Telehealth Summit and RHC Summits.
- Provide two CAH security risk analyses to ensure Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) compliance.
CAH Population Health Improvement
The Kentucky Flex Program will:
- Provide board training to the state's 27 CAHs.
- Involvement with three rural health networks not facilitated by the KORH, and attending and supporting those networks as needed.
Rural Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Improvement
The Kentucky Flex Program will be working on the following EMS related activities:
- 2020 EMS-specific grant writing workshop
- Hosting a compliance and finance workshop for EMS providers and leaders
- Up to 4 mental health first aid trainings to CAH communities across the state
- Hosting a training institute for future EMS leaders in Kentucky
- Provide multiple statewide EMS listening sessions in early 2020 to create an action to plan addressing identified issues
If your Flex Program was funded for one of the eight competitive Flex EMS awards, please describe your project, your partners, and intended long-term outcomes.
Their project focuses on improving out-of-hospital sudden cardiac arrest survival rates among rural counties served by one of Kentucky’s 27 designated rural CAHs by way of a phased rollout of Cardiac Arrest Registry to Enhance Survival (CARES) along with an emphasis on increasing bystander CPR training at the community level and automated external defibrillator (AED) registry promotion throughout the targeted communities.
They are partnering closely with the Kentucky Board of EMS as well as other vested partners across the state.
Please provide information about network activities in your state to support Flex Program activities.
The Kentucky Flex Program and KORH as a whole are very involved in a variety of rural health networks across the state. They personally host and facilitate the South Central Hospital Network meeting as well as the Western and Southeastern Rural Health Clinic Network meetings. They are also at the table for a variety of other networks across the state, many of those involving community-based division grantees.
|Type of Organization||University|
|Number of CAHs||27|