May 24, 2013 | Volume 2, Issue 19

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Oklahoma: Reaching Out to the People of Moore

Our hearts have been moved by the news stories of loss and courage as the people of Moore, Oklahoma, begin to recover from the tremendous devastation caused by Monday’s tornado. Employees of KentuckyOne have asked how they can help. 

We suggest making any contributions directly to aid agencies involved in the recovery effort. This enables them to buy supplies and other resources based on their direct on-site needs assessment. Click "Read More" below for some specific ways you can help.   

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Memorial Day 5K Kicks Off New KentuckyOne Four De Lis Classic Series 

The KentuckyOne Health Four De Lis Classic Series kicks off this Memorial Day, May 27, at Waterfront Park in Louisville. The Memorial Day 5K, the first of the new runs in the series, will be held at 8 a.m. just before the Mayor's Healthy Hometown Subway Hike, Bike & Paddle.

Other races this year include the Labor Day 10K on Sept. 2, the Fall Trail Run 5K on Oct. 19 and the Run Run Rudolph 5K on Nov. 29. Each event also includes a 1 mile fun run/walk and kids runs. Learn more and register at

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KentuckyOne Physician, Outreach Program Receive Medistar Award 

KentuckyOne Health boasts two winners in this year’s MediStar Awards held on May 21. KentuckyOne Health Telehealth Primary Care Clinics were honored with the Governor’s “Dignity of Humanity” Award for extending access to care for Kentucky’s most underserved communities in Powell and Wolfe counties.  

Dr. Goetz Kloecker, of the James Graham Brown Cancer Center, and patient Nancy Alvey were honored with the Seven Counties Services Health Care Advocacy Award for establishing a cancer screening program at the University of Louisville Hospital as a model for other local and regional hospitals.   

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National Diabetes Prevention Program Now Offered in Central Kentucky 

Saint Joseph Diabetes and Nutrition Center is bringing the CDC’s National Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) to central Kentucky through funding provided by the American Association of Diabetes Educators. The National DPP will meet regularly for 16 weeks on Tuesdays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. beginning on May 28 at Saint Joseph East. More sessions are expected to follow based on interest level. 

To qualify for the National DPP, a person must be at high risk for developing diabetes, or have been diagnosed by a physician as someone with prediabetes. CLICK HERE to take a quick assessment to see if you are at risk. 

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No Diversion Policy at Jewish Hospital for JPG Providers  

Effective May 26, Jewish Hospital has instituted a no-diversion policy for patients of Jewish Physician Group. To admit a patient, call our dedicated JPG patient access phone line at 502.333.8144. JPG office managers have submitted preference cards for physicians which give hospitalist preference, intensivist preference and floor preference if any.  

This policy is in addition to our no-diversion policy for cardiac and hand patients. If you encounter any problems admitting patients, contact Charles Peck, MD, interim president of Jewish Hospital, directly at: 502.587.4317 (office) or 502.438.0991 (mobile).  

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CHI News Update 

KentuckyOne This Week will include the Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) publication e in each issue. CHI is a sponsor of KentuckyOne and will be sharing news of interest to all employees. 

May 23, 2013 

Please note that some employees who are not yet connected to the CHI Connect program may not be able to access all of the links in this issue. This problem will diminish as more employees are connected to Inside CHI. We apologize for any inconvenience. 

New Video on Recycling
Action: View the video
CHI's Green Team, dedicated to providing employees with information about the environmental stewardship efforts that are integral to the system’s identity, produced a short video that details "dos and don'ts" of recycling, including what to recycle and how. The video is designed to help employees across CHI understand and appreciate the importance of recycling as part of a shared commitment to reverence for and stewardship of the environment. 

Tips for Online Security Awareness
For Information
Connecting online via emails and messaging using computers, laptops, tablets or smartphones has become an everyday reality for most of us. During May and June, CHI Information Technology Services (ITS) Security is focusing on basic online security information that everyone can use. Topics include:

• Browsing the Internet Securely
• Securing Your Mobile Devices
• Using Email Safely
• WiFi Security 

Visit the CHI Security Tips page on Inside CHI for tips and more information about these topics. The information will be updated regularly, so check back for new details. For more information, contact

CHI Spinal Hardware Vendor Contracting in Effect
For Information
In early March 2013, CHI announced its intent to save more than $4.6 million annually through a fixed pricing contracting strategy for all metal hardware and manufactured components used in spine surgery. CHI and Centura Health collectively spend $53 million annually on spine surgery hardware and implants. In addition to significant savings, the strategy was designed to be a favorable physician and vendor strategy with physicians having access to one or more best-in-class vendors and vendors having the option to participate. With more than 45 vendors across the system invited to participate, contracting negotiations were very successful with annual savings of $6.6 million or 12 percent reached by the May 15 deadline. 

As CHI’s first systemwide fixed pricing, all vendor contracting strategy, this approach will expand over time. Since March, supply chain leaders and market executive sponsors have moved through an intentional process of vendor negotiations and surgeon engagement in preparation for the May 15 deadline. 

Vendors that satisfied CHI’s pricing and contractual guidelines and have agreements in place and are now considered “Best Value” vendors. Seven of CHI’s top-tier vendors are included. They offer the best pricing and savings for markets. Vendors include: 

• Top Tier: Medtronic, Depuy, Synthes, Stryker, K2M,
   Globus, Lanx
• Additional Vendors: Aesculap, Alphatec, Alphatec Spine,
   Amendia, Amedica, Biomet, Cardinal Spine, Core Link,
   Custom Spine, Gold Standard Orthopaedics, Integra,
   LifeSpine, Osteomed, Phyogen, Pioneer Surgical, Sea
   Spine, Spinal Elements, Spine Frontier, Spineology,
   Spine Source, Spine Smith Partners, Theken Spine,
   Thompson MIS, X-Spine, VTI 

Vendors with contracts that did not meet CHI's pricing guidelines are considered “Participating” vendors. Savings with these vendors are not optimal. Procedure costs will be higher for surgeons using Participating vendor products than for surgeons using Best Value vendor products. Participating vendors will not be allowed to expand their products beyond current CHI hospitals, add additional or new products to current facilities or seek local or divisional pricing options. These vendors and their markets include: 

• Nuvasive: Tacoma and Federal Way, WA; Kearney and 
  Lincoln, NE; Des Moines, IA; Reading, PA; Little Rock, AR
• LDR Spine: Tacoma and Federal Way, WA;
  Chattanooga, TN
• Orthofix: Tacoma and Federal Way, WA; Des Moines, IA;
  Chattanooga, TN
• Ulrich Spine: Federal Way, WA
• Inion Spine: Kearney, NE
• Innovasis: Tacoma, WA
• Trans S1: Lexington, KY
• Wenzel Spine: Little Rock, AR
• Spinewave: Federal Way, WA; Little Rock, AR 

Vendors who chose not to participate or submit a contract are considered “Non-participating” vendors and now have $0.00 (zero) entered into the Lawson catalogue for each of their items. This means that any items brought into a CHI facility will be treated as a donation starting as soon as next week. Corporate offices for Non-participating vendors have been notified of this via certified mail. These vendors and their markets include:  

• Chattanooga, TN: Allez Spine, Biostructures and Spinal
• Lexington, KY: SI Bone, Paradigm Spine
• Kearney, NE: Centinel Spine 

CHI Urges CMS to Remove Restrictions on
Medicare Rebilling Proposal
For Information
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a proposed rule that would allow hospitals to rebill under Medicare Part B those medically necessary claims denied by Recovery Audit Contractors under Medicare Part A. CHI supports the ability to rebill Part A denied claims under Part B, but the proposed rule does not go far enough and is overly restrictive. The proposal would limit rebilling to a one-year window, significantly curtail the role of Administrative Law Judges, and add other unnecessary complication to an already confusing process. CHI is asking CMS to remove the one-year window and all unnecessary restrictions on rebilling. For more information, contact Marcia Desmond or Rachel Tanner

Clinical Leadership Council Provides Oversight
for Clinical Strategies
For Information
As CHI moves into the Next Era of Healthy Communities, health reform and market forces are driving a change to payment and incentives based not on volume, but on on value delivered: health, high-quality care, improved care coordination and lower cost. As CHI embraces these changes, the Clinical Leadership Council (CLC) is the governing body with oversight for CHI’s strategic clinical initiatives that lead toward the achievement of CHI’s vision and quality destination metrics.  

CLC membership was recently updated to be more multidisciplinary, with representation that covers the continuum of integrated care across populations and communities served by CHI's markets. During FY2014, the CLC will provide oversight for clinical strategies that will include: 

• Clinical and Process Excellence
• National Clinical Service Lines
• SafetyFirst
• Evidence-based Practice
• OneCare Clinical Practice
• Clinical Leadership Formation
• Quality Across the Care Continuum, e.g. readmission
   reduction with care transitions and primary care
• Clinical Supply Chain Initiatives
• Clinical Technologies, e.g. smart pump optimization and
   barcoded medication administration 

The CLC is working with clinical initiative business owners to identify goals and metrics, and is developing an overall Quality Dashboard to be shared, along with progress updates. Submit questions, issues and requests for decisions regarding identified clinical initiatives to any member of the CLC. 

Managers Encouraged to Attend
Self-Service Training via Live Meeting
For Information
“Introduction to HR/Payroll Connection Manager Self Service,” one of CHI’s Core Management Skills courses, will be offered via live meeting five times in late May and June. For CHI managers, the course will take the guesswork out of transactions; plus, participants will learn how to make changes in the system with just a few clicks of a mouse. This 90-minute, interactive course will familiarize managers with HR/Payroll Connection’s Manager Zone, saving valuable time in the future.  

Introduction to HR/Payroll Connection Manager Self Service
May 29, 2-3:30 p.m. ET
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June 10, 10-11:30 a.m. ET
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June 12, 2-3:30 p.m. ET
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June 14, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. ET
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June 24, 2-3:30 p.m. ET
Join the Meeting 

To register, log into LEARN from Inside CHI and search the catalog for Manager Self Service. Select the course to show the class schedule, then register for the class of your choice. There is a maximum of 20 participants per class. 

People on the Move
National Staff
Karyn Gonzales
to national director, clinically integrated network operations for CHI Physician Services, from senior director of network development and provider contracting, Kaiser Permanente, effective May 13. 

Sandy Schuck to interim clinical senior director from director, ambulatory services.

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