KHC News

Health Care Leaders: Bill or No Bill, We Still Have Work to Do

Health Care Leaders: Bill or No Bill, We Still Have Work to Do. 

Click here for the full article from Catalyst NEJM Leadership article by Rick Foster, MD, Tammy Alvarez, MSN, RN, CCRN, Richard Feifer, MD, MPH, Stephen A. Mette, MD, John B. Chessare, MD, MPH and James Bassford, MD, MHA, MS.

Like many of you, we closely follow everything in the media about health care — especially over the past few months. Frankly, health care news has been hard to avoid. Headlines about the Affordable Care Act (ACA), insurance coverage, Medicaid, and contentious town meetings jump out from every corner of the Internet into our complex worlds as health care leaders around the country.

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The efficiency of electronically-filed death certificates is an aid to grieving family members

Electronic filing of death certificates is now required in Kansas. The expediency of the new regulation is not only a benefit to record keeping, but also to families. Claudia Ellerman, Wichita, sadly lost two family members within five months. Through that experience, she noted the benefit of a quickly accessible death certificate.

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Early Elective Delivery poster presentation

IMG 7600KHC executive director Kendra Tinsley presented a scientific poster in Orlando in May at the 2017 Patient Safety Congress of the National Patient Safety Foundation. The poster, titled, “Progress in Kansas hospitals achieving and sustaining benchmark rates in early elective delivery (EED),” presented updated results as well as findings from KHC’s October-November 2016 statewide survey of Kansas birthing hospitals.

KHC recently completed analysis of the 2016 Kansas EED survey to inform strategies for future EED prevention efforts.  KHC also partnered with KHA and KDHE in the March of Dimes Banner Recognition program for Kansas birthing hospitals.  By the end of February, 25 hospitals had applied for this recognition.