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Posted by Tim Kerr on February 2nd, 2017 in Careers


Succeeding with HRSA 340B Audits: 4 Things you can do to Ensure Success

The HRSA audit process for 340B seems to be a mysterious process, where a lot of fear and anxiety reside. Having led Covered Entities through the HRSA 340B audit process, I thought I would give a little insight from these experiences as too what might help you to be successful.

 

1. Assess your Program, Create a Work Plan

You need to gather some baseline information about your program, prior to creating a plan to keep compliant with 340B. Many will point to free resources, such as Apexus tools and resources as a guide. Others rely heavily on software vendors. While these are tremendous resources, there is not a “one-size fits all” solution and the material takes a significant amount of time to navigate.

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Posted by Tim Kerr on May 27th, 2016 in Pharmacy Services


Business Risk

The cost of how you make choices

There are several definitions of business risk on the web. Some of the business risks that hospitals face today are unavoidable components of the healthcare business. These components include ever changing government rules and regulations, reimbursement realities, uncertain volumes, and market forces. Our work starts with the choices you make. We work hard to mitigate business risk when and wherever we can. We provide the best guidance we can and work to operate in a data driven environment, using experts both from our staff, partners and vendors. 

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Posted by Aaron Miller on December 30th, 2015 in GPHA Hospitals, Healthcare Improvement


GPHA and Cerner Announce Partnership

GREAT PLAINS HEALTH ALLIANCE TO TRANSITION AFFILIATED HOSPITALS TO NEW DIGITAL PATIENT RECORD

PHILLIPSBURG, Kan. — Nov. 10, 2015 — Great Plains Health Alliance (GPHA) announced that it has selected Cerner, a global leader in health care technology, to implement an integrated electronic health record (EHR) across the alliance’s 25 affiliated critical access hospitals. Dozens of populations across Nebraska and Kansas counties will be transitioned onto the Cerner system.

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Posted by Aaron Miller on November 9th, 2015 in GPHA Events, GPHA Hospitals, Healthcare Improvement


340B Mega Guidance: A Tough Pill to Swallow for Some

HHS published its much anticipated Omnibus guidance (“Mega Reg”) on August 28, 2015. The full document, which includes 90 pages of information is located here. http://federalregister.gov/a/2015-21246

Upon reading of this document, discussion with colleagues in the 340B space, and reading of multiple blog posts, I thought I would take a stab at summarizing some of what is included in the guidance.

Perhaps the biggest change, which is always good water cooler discussion in the 340B community, is further clarification, or in this writer’s opinion “narrowing” of the “Definition of a Patient”. The existing definition of a patient is found here on the OPA website. Sparing you the details of the existing definition, let’s jump right into what the proposed new definition of a patient is, and how it might change your program.

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Posted by Aaron Miller on September 15th, 2015 in Healthcare Improvement, Pharmacy Services


Eldon Schumacher to Receive KHA Advocacy Award

eldon schumacher khaIf you have followed the recipients of the Kansas Hospital Association Distinguished Health Care Advocate Award in the past, you know that the honor has usually been reserved for elected officials like Sen. Jerry Moran or Sen. Pat Roberts. This year, however, the KHA Executive Committee took a slightly different view of the award, deciding to look beyond public officials to others who might have a strong record of advocacy on behalf of Kansas hospitals.

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Posted by Aaron Miller on August 25th, 2015 in Healthcare Improvement, Our People


ACA Form 1094-C

Navigating the Affordable Care Act – 1094-C

Welcome back to the exciting and highly anticipated second installment of our “Navigating the Affordable Care Act” series. Today we are going to provide line-by-line instruction on how to properly fill out the ACA Form 1094-C, which as you may or may not remember from last week, as a company-wide information dump, similar to the W-3 forms.

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Posted by Aaron Miller on May 4th, 2015 in Affordable Care Act, Human Resources and Personnel Management


Navigating the Affordable Care Act

Meet the Forms

In 2016, most employers will be required for the first time to report their employee health care participation. Regardless of whether or not you’ve opted to “pay or play” there is still work to be done within your HR department. This is the first installment in a series of articles intended to provide a simple explanation as to how these forms work, their function within the parameters of the law itself, and how they all work together to ensure you aren’t (or are, depending on your business plan) being penalized; and that your employees are either receiving the proper coverage, or are provided with the assistance they have been promised under the law.

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Posted by Aaron Miller on April 20th, 2015 in Affordable Care Act, Human Resources and Personnel Management


Health Reform

It’s Your Choice.

It seems that everyone eats and everyone has some notions about what is good and what isn’t.  It also seems that a lot of people can cook and so have some ideas about the best way to prepare different dishes.  Some people believe some plants are not intended as food and so should never be cooked.  One of my friends would fall into this category with respect to Brussels sprouts.

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Posted by Aaron Miller on March 3rd, 2015 in Healthcare Improvement


Building Maintenance under a Lease Contract

We recently got an excellent question from a community member where we operate a leased hospital.  The question was, “Why isn’t GPHA responsible for the cost of keeping the building up if they are leasing the hospital?” 

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Posted by Aaron Miller on January 22nd, 2015 in GPHA Hospitals, Healthcare Improvement