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There are a number of products and services available to hospitals that assist them in doing business. KHSC recognizes that at times, it is beneficial for hospitals to come together in joint efforts to purchase these services. The result is a high-quality product at a lower price than can be received on the open market.

BoardEffect: Board Portal System

KHSC has recently announced a new endorsed partner: BoardEffect. BoardEffect offers its HIPAA compliant healthcare board portal solution to more than 500 healthcare organizations, 3,000 boards and more than 120,000 users. KHSC has negotiated preferred rates and one-on-one consultation. Click here to sign up for additional information or to receive a no-obligation quote at the KHSC discounted pricing.

For questions, contact Alexandra Ahlfield, director of partnerships, BoardEffect at aahlfield@boardeffect.com or (443) 388-6938.

Chubb Insurance - Property Insurance Endorsement

As a KHA member, you have access to Chubb's world-class property, business income and machinery breakdown insurance; plus, member-only loss-control seminars. You can even customize your level of business insurance protection with optional coverage for emergency patient evacuation and loss or damage to your nuclear medicine facilities from radioactive contamination.

For decades, Chubb has provided specialized insurance solutions to help protect health care organizations from financial loss. With years of experience, financial stability, capacity, and unparalleled loss prevention and claim services, Chubb offers KHA members a multitude of tailored solutions:

  • Up to $250 million property limit capacity with broad "all-risk" property/income perils such as water damage or change in temperature or humidity;
  • Business income insurance automatically includes Ordinance or Law and Loss of Utilities;
  • Machinery breakdown insurance included automatically in the property policy helps protect against mechanical breakdown, electric arcing and steam boiler explosion. This insurance helps protect most types of equipment including diagnostic, refrigeration, electrical systems, and heating and air conditioning systems;
  • Health care specialized endorsements such as Emergency Patient Evacuation and Radioactive Contamination for loss or damage to the hospital nuclear medicine facility; and
  • Specialized loss control seminars with topics selected by and geared toward KHA members.

Find out how Chubb can help your hospital by contacting Conrade Insurance at (888) 283-0096, another Chubb agency, or visit them online at www.chubb.com.

Class Action Capital

KHSC Has collaborated with Class Action Capital, a leading settlement claims management company, to help KHA members recover refunds from specific Class Action Settlements. There are a number of upcoming settlement opportunities. Sign up is easy, and it only takes a couple of minutes - just go to http://www.classactioncapital.com/kha.html.

  1. Optical Disc Drive Settlement ($174,500,000): This settlement, with a closing deadline of Aug. 1, 2017, will reimburse any company in an eligible state (one of which is Kansas) who purchased computers or laptops, for internal use and not resale, inclusive of an Optical Disc Drive between January 2003 and December 2008.
  2. Lithium Ion Battery Settlement ($64,500,000): This settlement, similar to the ODD settlement, will reimburse any company located in the United States who purchased products inclusive of a lithium ion battery including laptops, cell phones, tablet devices and power tools for internal use between January 2000 and May 2011.
  3. Natural Gas Settlement ($57,925,000): This settlement will reimburse all industrial and commercial direct purchasers of natural gas for their own use or consumption during the period from Jan. 1, 2000, through Oct. 31, 2002, and which gas was used or consumed by them in Kansas. The defendants include American Electric Power Company, Inc. ("AEP"), CMS Energy Corporation ("CMS"), Coral Energy Resources, L.P. ("Coral"), Duke Energy Carolinas, LLC ("Duke"), El Paso Merchant Energy, L.P. ("El Paso"), and ONEOK, Inc. ("ONEOK").
  4. IV Saline Solution Litigation: The IV Saline Solution litigation will reimburse all persons or entities in the United States that have purchased IV Saline Solution directly from the Defendants since 2013. The Defendants are Baxter International Inc., Baxter Healthcare Corporation, Hospira Inc. and Hospira Worldwide Inc.
  5. Sanofi Pasteur, Inc. (Menactra) Settlement ($61,500,000): The Sanofi Pasteur, Inc. (Menactra) Settlement will reimburse any entity who purchased Menactra directly from Sanofi Pasteur Inc. or any of its divisions, subsidiaries, predecessors or affiliates (such as VaxServe, Inc.) anytime between March 1, 2010, through and including Dec. 31, 2014.
  6. Blood Reagents Antitrust Settlement ($22,000,000): The Blood Reagents Antitrust Settlement will reimburse persons and entities that purchased Traditional Blood Reagents in the United States directly from either of the Defendants, Ortho-Clinical Diagnostics, Inc. or Immucor, Inc. during the period from Nov. 4, 2000, through Oct. 19, 2015.

Class Action Capital's pricing model is simple in that they work on a commission basis whereby they receive 25 percent of the client's financial recovery. If you have questions, please feel free to call Andrew Mirabile (914) 200-0006 or email him at Andrew@ClassActionCapital.com.

DISCLAIMER: The Second Circuit Court of Appeals reversed approval of the settlement and returned the case to the District Court on June 30, 2016. Litigation is ongoing. No claim forms are available at this time, and no claim-filing deadline exists. If another settlement is reached, no-cost assistance will be available from the Class Administrator and Class Counsel during any claims-filing period. No one is required to sign up with any third-party service in order to participate in any settlement. For additional information regarding the status of the litigation, interested persons may visit www.paymentcardsettlement.com, the Court-approved website for this case.

EmployeeTalk - Employee Engagement Tool

As the CEO of KHSC, I am pleased to announce we have endorsed EmployeeTalk for the next three years as our employee engagement provider to all KHA members. This will allow you to acquire EmployeeTalk and collaborate with other KHA members as we build a consistent statewide employee engagement strategy.

EmployeeTalk empowers hospitals to focus on areas of success and areas for improvement as identified through an innovative framework of ©21 Initiatives developed by EmployeeTalk after years of research. These ©21 Initiatives addressed through easy-to-administer ©Pulse Surveys will help hospitals quickly identify operational challenges, opportunities and employee suggested solutions in which to take immediate action. This simple and cost effective communication engine will help measure and improve operational performance enabling employee empowerment, commitment and accountability to your self-consulting success.

Hospitals can get started for as low as $225 for one month of unlimited surveys. Special discounts are available for extended services. For more information, contact Paul Ewing, vice president, at paul@employeetalk.us or (513) 850-3084.

Etactics Offers Patient Pay Billing Services

Etactics is leading the way to improved revenue cycle results for KHA members. KHSC endorses the Etactics solution for patient-friendly statements and related patient-payment services. Etactics and its local Kansas affiliate, Kalos, Inc., can work with hospitals to improve the receivable stream for their patient responsible accounts and balances. Many members have seen a significant increase in these balances over the past few years, especially over the past few months. Old and ineffective methods for collecting these amounts are no longer acceptable to many of the administrators and CFOs who have spoken to us. Etactics has proven solutions that can improve collections.

Recently, Etactics has announced three new services for improving the health care revenue cycle. Clients are now able to send out an electronically delivered and presented statement at a fraction of the cost of a mailed statement. They also have announced an upfront point-of-service solution. This easy-to-use and affordable solution verifies eligibility at the time of service and estimates a patient responsibility payment and acknowledgment and payment plan for that patient prior to their leaving the facility. When combined with their latest online address correction service, it is an unmatched suite of services for KHA member hospitals to improve patient payments and collections as early in the process as possible. For more information, please contact Steve Poage, KHSC at (785) 233-7436; Mark Schonberg (local Kansas affiliate of Etactics) at (800) 264-0068; Ray Dalessandro at (888) 342-0568; or visit the Etactics Web site at www.etacticsinc.com.

INAalert

INAalert bring the advantages of social media technology to the workplace. Through texts and emails, facilities instantly communicate their message. Research shows that 90 percent of texts are read in the first 3 minutes, and 98 percent in the first hour. The uses of INAalert are driven by a facility's communications needs but may include sending out open shifts, HR and event reminders, and building and grounds notices. The software is Web based, so there are no IT costs associated with it.

Benefits of using INAalert include:

  • Cohesive, satisfied staff
  • Consistent staffing with less agency use
  • More time available for staff and patients

Features of INAalert include Message Board, Shift Board and Scheduling.

To learn more, call Monty Strecker at (620) 617-2896. He would be happy to provide a quick, online demo at your convenience. The fees are only $0.50/person per month, with a 5 percent discount available when you mention this KHSC endorsement. Visit INAalert on the Web at http://inaalert.com/auth/login.

Language Interpretation Services

The challenge of providing quality care increases in difficulty when your patient speaks a language other than English. Over-the-phone interpreting is the most cost effective and confidential method for communicating critical care information with limited English proficiency patients in more than 150 foreign languages.

This service will bridge the language and cultural barrier for limited English proficiency patients and will help people with diverse backgrounds communicate during important health care encounters. Propio will partner with you to deliver consistent health care and ensure patient safety. Propio has been delivering on-demand interpreting at the point of care since 1998. The interpreters are internally certified and receive ongoing specialized training for the challenging and critical task of facilitating understanding in health care settings.

When you call the toll-free Propio number, you will be connected to a skilled interpreter in 30 seconds or less. There is no need to make an appointment, and you will only be billed for actual minutes used. There is no set-up charge or monthly service fees. To learn more or to begin using the service, go to http://propio-ls.com/private or call Propio at (888) 528-6692. Be sure to mention KHSC when you call in order to get the discounted pricing.

Legal Shield

Legal Shield is an industry-leading organization that provides solutions for two areas of concern that hospital employees may face in their daily lives: identity theft and access to basic legal services. Legal Shield's Identity Theft program includes 24/7 credit monitoring and monitoring of your driver's license number, pass port number, medical ID number, court records, the dark web, as well as up to 10 credit cards and 10 bank accounts for you and your family. If an identity theft does occur, Legal Shield will fix the issue for you, not simply assist you.

The Legal Service program provides employees with a Kansas law firm to prepare their will, living will, medical directive, durable power of attorney, medical power of attorney, and a trust for minor children. There also are many other personal legal services, including assistance with traffic tickets and basic document review.

Finally, by working through Dennis Siegling and Midwest Benefits Solutions, Kansas hospitals can provide the best available rates to their employees. To learn more about Legal Shield, contact Dennis Siegling at (507) 525-0502 or by email at siegling@bevcomm.net.

LifeSolutionz - Alternative Compensation Program

Many hospitals are facing similar challenges: Recruiting and retaining key physicians and executives, long-term cash concerns, limited tax-advantaged savings opportunities and Form 990 compensation disclosures. LifeSolutionz offers an alternative compensation arrangement that will help address the issues that Kansas hospitals face while delivering exceptional tax and financial benefits for the executives, physicians and hospitals. This unique solution provides significant reduction in personal income tax liability, unlimited pre-tax contributions, tax-deferred account value growth and many other key components. Best of all, there is no cost to the hospital for administering this program.

To learn more about this strategy for compensation at your hospital, contact Jason Boccardi at (866) 234-9728.

Merchant Services: Part of the Small Business Growth Alliance (SBGA) - Credit Card and Electronic Payment Processing

Merchant Services is one of the newest endorsed vendors of the Kansas Health Service Corporation. Merchant Services was chosen as the preferred provider for credit card and other electronic processing options after meeting a strict due diligent process. Some of the key features of Merchant Services include:

  • Best processing rates available with significant savings available
  • Local customer service
  • Broad range of services available

Merchant Services is part of SBGA, which brings together multiple partners to provide access to products, services and educational resources at discounted rates to help its members address their most essential business needs. By leveraging the buying power of tens of thousands of members, SBGA works hard to bring members the best business solutions from the best industry providers by offering Alliance Partner Programs such as:

  • Discounted Shipping: Immediately qualify for up to 26 percent on inbound and outbound shipping through FedEx and over 70 percent on Freight (LTC) shipments from nationally recognized carriers - an exclusive member benefit!
  • Electronic Payments: Eighty-six percent of business owners are not aware of the eight-16 potential overcharges on their electronic processing statement. We'll show you where they're hiding.
  • Accounting and Payroll Services also are available

SBGA's Alliance Partner Programs work in tandem to provide hospitals with more opportunities to increase their profitability by cutting their costs. To take advantage of a complimentary Association consultation, please contact Travis Crawford at (316) 640-7650.

For more information, you also may visit www.SBGA.com. You handle your business, we'll handle the rest.

REMI - OEM Service Contact Alternative

KHSC understands that most hospitals invest a considerable amount of operating funds into keeping their diagnositic, clinical and mechanical equipment maintained and in working order. But hospitals don't have to overpay in order to receive top-quality service. KHSC believes we have found a way to significantly reduce these costs.

KHSC is partnered with Remi. Remis is a cost savings alternative to Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) Service Contracts. Remi also can extend the life of equipment by providing heavily discounted service options for "older" dependable equipment, long after the OEM deems the equipment obsolete. KHSC has negotiated a minimum guaranteed savings of at least 15 percent on eligible equipment, and that guarantee will grow as more hospitals utilize the services of Remi.

Service Contracts are often an overlooked or avoided area of expense. When all service contracts are considered, this is easily a Top 10 expense. The KHSC Partnership with Remi is an efficient and instant way to reduce the expense of Service Contracts for older or new equipment.

By simply "changing the economics" of how service is purchased through Remi, your organization can cut your Service Contract spend by 15-22 percent. And, you can still have the option to use the same service representatives that you have been accustomed to in the past. 

Best of all ... GETTING STARTED IS EASY!! Simply email your OEM Service Contracts to: KHA@theremigroup.com for a no-obligation contract evaluation. Please include all Terms & Conditions and pricing. This will help Remi to match service levels and provide your guaranteed savings. Or feel free to contact or email our Senior Partnership Advisor: Tom Neathamer at (615) 260-4237 or tom.neathamer@theremigroup.com.

RabbitTrax

RabbitTRax is a software and mobile application that is specifically designed to enhance compliance control, save time and reduce waste by transitioning all compliance and organizational checklists from paper into an electronic process. For more information, visit www.rabbittrax.net or contact Kyle Wilson at kyle.wilson@select1solution.com.

Watch this video to see how RabbitTrax works: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtBADtsdipbD3OJSvBw8vQw.

Scott HR LLC - Human Resource Consulting

Scott HR LLC, a Topeka-based human resource consulting firm, is the endorsed provider of HR consulting services to Kansas hospitals. Scott HR has extensive experience working with and in health care organizations to meet the ever growing challenges of employees, performance management, legal compliance, executive-level coaching, strategic facilitations to set vision, goals, facilitate physician credentialing, HR best practices (hiring, firing, counseling, retention, onboarding, benefit management, investigations, quality improvement initiatives and much more.

Recent client projects include:

  • HR audits
  • Employee handbooks
  • Performance appraisal systems
  • Compliance review and meetings
  • Investigations
  • Management consulting
  • Hiring process improvements
  • On-boarding systems
  • Project management
  • Organizational charts

The Scott HR service philosophy is to build long-term relationships with clients by providing solid recommendations and business practices balanced with compliance, employee engagement and budgetary considerations. Scott HR customizes strategies to improve bottom-line dollars and employee productivity, while teaching managers how to lead and motivate staff.

Clients find value in outsourcing HR services because this frees up time for clients to focus on building the business, increasing profits and looking to the future. By partnering with HR professionals that are current on HR trends and legal complexities, your business will move to the next level in developing employees, retention and performance.

Select1 Solution, Inc.

Select1 Solution Inc., is a software development company that focuses on creating solutions to increase productivity and eliminate waste. For more information on Select1 Solution, visit www.select1solution.com or contact Kyle Wilson at kyle.wilson@select1solution.com.

SunRx - 340b Drug Program

KHSC, along with Associated Purchasing Services, has entered into an agreement with SunRx/Medimpact to assist 340b-eligible hospitals establish and operate a 340b contract and in-house pharmacy arrangements through consulting, processes and software services. SunRx will support hospitals in evaluating, planning and implementing a 340b program for their entity.

Eligible hospitals include non-profit Critical Access Hospitals, as well as Regional Referral Centers and Sole Community Hospitals with Disproportionate Share Hospital levels above a certain threshold. Eligible hospitals must register with HRSA's Office of Pharmacy Affairs. The registration Web site is located at: http://opanet.hrsa.gov/opa/CERegister.aspx?isnew=true.

To learn more about the SunRx 340b program, please contact Steve Poage at KHSC at (785) 233-7436; or Matthew Bobo with SunRx at (210) 646-1885 or (512) 788-1371 (cell).

District Meetings are held for the purpose of facilitating the work and objectives of the Association and discussing issues relevant to the business purposes of the district community hospital members. For more information, contact the KHA Education Department at (785) 233-7436.
District Meetings are held for the purpose of facilitating the work and objectives of the Association and discussing issues relevant to the business purposes of the district community hospital members. For more information, contact the KHA Education Department at (785) 233-7436.
District Meetings are held for the purpose of facilitating the work and objectives of the Association and discussing issues relevant to the business purposes of the district community hospital members. For more information, contact the KHA Education Department at (785) 233-7436.
This workshop will provide an opportunity to accentuate personal skills and abilities needed to facilitate positive change and innovation in Kansas hospitals.
For more information regarding this program, contact Lorri Dean or Deborah Stern at (785) 233-7436.