KHC Update — July 2021

Webinar series: KHC Office Hours for Compass HQIC
Begins July 28, 10 – 11 a.m.
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Kansas hospital leaders and staff participating in the Compass HQIC are encouraged to join us for KHC Office Hours.  The monthly series will take place from 10 to 11 a.m., the fourth Wednesday of each month. This series will allow Kansas hospitals to keep abreast of program updates and learn from subject matter experts and peers on priority topics pertinent to the scope of the Compass HQIC hospital patient safety initiative. Each session will be recorded and available on the KHC website at

Webinar: Learn how to deploy eCR to reduce reporting burden on health care staff
KHC and KDHE—in collaboration with the CDC—are teaming up to help providers learn more about Electronic Case Reporting (eCR), learn how to easily implement it, and ultimately to help make Kansas a leader in electronic case reporting.

Electronic Case Reporting 101
Noon - 1p.m., August 4
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eCR helps providers fulfill their disease and case reporting requirements and has many benefits to providers, including:

  • Eliminates the need for manual data entry, faxing, or responding to calls from public health agencies.
  • Transfers critical clinical information from providers to public health agencies for disease tracking, case management, and contact tracing.
  • Provides more timely and complete data than manual case reporting.
  • Reduces burden on physicians and staff.
  • Automates case reporting by using data in your electronic health record.
  • The bidirectional exchange of information from public health to providers is much faster and more comprehensive.
  • Supports public health emergency responses.
  • Meets Promoting Interoperability requirements.

Find more information on eCR here.

AHA webinar recording: Addressing COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy
Individuals may be reluctant to get the COVID-19 vaccine for many reasons. One way hospitals and health systems can increase vaccination rates for their patients, employees and communities is to focus on why people are hesitant. Understanding the roots of vaccine hesitancy allows health care organizations to tailor their vaccine communication strategies to their specific communities.  To that end, the AHA recently held a webinar to discuss finding in a new report by Kaiser Permanente and the California Testing Task Force, which examined what drives attitudes toward vaccines and describes archetypes of vaccine-hesitant individuals. Watch the recording here: and download the report here.

Here are additional resources for addressing vaccine hesitancy:

KHA webinar recording: Briefing on OSHA Health Care Emergency Temporary Standard for COVID-19
KHA recently hosted a briefing on the new OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) for COVID-19. Presenting an in-depth look at OSHA’s COVID-19 ETS published in June were Jeffrey Bushong (PYA health care consulting principle) and Andrew Brought, (partner at Spencer Fane LLP). You can watch the recording at:

KMS/KHA webinar recording: Physician Leaders Forum
The Physician Leaders Forum—cosponsored by the Kansas Medical Society (KMS) and the Kansas Hospital Association (KHA)—was a no-cost virtual event to bring together Kansas physician leaders and foster discussion regarding critical issues impacting health and health care in Kansas. The focus of this virtual event was physician resilience and wellbeing in a post-COVID environment. You can watch the recording at:

No-cost HPV and Flu vaccine training available for CME and CNE
The Immunize Kansas Coalition is offering no-cost training to help improve vaccination among young people: one module for HPV vaccination (approx. 30 min.) and one module for influenza vaccination (approx. 15 min.). The training modules are intended for medical and nursing staff members and teams addressing vaccine hesitancy and providing a strong recommendation for vaccination. There is no cost, and CME and CNE are available.

Limited time remaining: Summit on Quality 2021
If you haven’t yet participated in KHC’s Summit on Quality, you may still do so. All three one-hour sessions premiered in May, but access to the sessions will remain available for several weeks. This year's summit is designed to equip Kansas’ health care professionals to thrive in our "new normal." The programming is tailored to physicians, hospital leaders, quality improvement professionals, clinic managers, risk managers, infection preventionists, long-term care providers, and other interested health care professionals practicing in both urban and rural settings throughout the state. Register for access to the videos at no cost at:

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