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In this edition, read our latest blogs, check out our member spotlight of Don Lovasz, President and CEO of KentuckyOne Health Partners (KHP), and our upcoming events.



S. Clouser

Measure Reduction an Integral Part of Quality Measurement
A common saying is that more information is better information, but that is not necessarily the case in healthcare quality measurement. Too many measures can create noise that hides what the key measures are telling us, measures that are “topped out” don’t provide meaningful information about variation between sources of care, and the cost in time and money for measures that aren’t very helpful are not worth that cost...MORE


Local Employers Discuss Impact of Depression on the Workplace 
Greater Louisville area employers gathered last Thursday, April 20, to discuss how to decrease stigma and increase help-seeking behaviors for employees with depression. Marcus Miles from Employers Health and Clare Miller from American Psychiatric Foundation’s Workplace Mental Health shared how depression manifests itself in the workplace and ways employers can address this growing issue...MORE


2017 County Health Ranking Now Available
Last week, Robert Wood Johnson’s 2017 County Health Rankings Report was released. The report, which provides data about population health at a county level, summarizes key national findings, as well as state and county trends. Users can explore the data using the interactive online tool or even download spreadsheets of data for their own use...MORE 



Here are some of the top news stories that the KHC has been following: 

 IN THE COMMUNITY                      

  • Louisville neighborhood Smoketown, the oldest African-American neighborhood in the city and directly adjacent to the highest concentration of health, hospital and physician services in the state of Kentucky has been chosen as a pilot site for Project HEAL. Project HEAL (Health Equity Art Learning) is a transdisciplinary approach to the commitment of health in the community, activating voices to create, support and sustain health in all community development policies is a primary goal of Project HEAL. Project HEAL uses arts and culture as a form of discovery and language - creating a feedback loop between policy makers and those most impacted by policy decisions. For updates and more information, click HERE.
  • Louisville Metro Council is currently seeking to revise the language of the 2008 Smoke-Free ordinance to include hookahs and e-cigarettes. Expanding the Smoke-Free Ordinance to include electronic cigarettes and hookah will align with the Healthy Louisville 2020 goals of reducing and eliminating exposure to smoking related health hazards and reducing exposure to environmental health hazards. The revised Smoke-Free Ordinance, without any exemptions, would promote clean and smoke-free environments in all public indoor settings and protect Louisville Metro’s clean air standards, reduce exposure to indoor air pollutants, protect non-users and employees against exposure to harmful chemicals, and assist with enforcement of the Smoke-Free Ordinance. To learn more information, click HERE.
  • Call to Action:  Implement an Antibiotic Stewardship Program in Your Organization.

Qsource, an atom Alliance partner, is working under contract with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) as the Quality Improvement Network (QIN) to assist Kentucky outpatient providers in developing antibiotic stewardship programs and improving patient outcomes. They are currently accepting partnerships to receive: expert advice, useful education, and high quality resources on this issue.Antibiotics are among the most commonly prescribed drugs and save millions of lives each year. However, widespread, long-term use has led to an alarming rise in antibiotic-resistant bacteria that, in the U.S. alone, cause 2 million illnesses and 23,000 deaths each year.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization have declared antibiotic resistance to be one of the  most serious national and global health problems (PAC). For more information on partnering with Qsource click HERE.

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All Member Meeting
May 9, 2017
Open to all members of KHC.
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June Community Forum:
June 6, 2017 
To Register, click here. 
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September Community Forum:
Sept 12, 2017
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Michele Ganote at
  KHC Annual Conference
 March 18, 2018
Save the date for our fourth annual conference. For more information email: 


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Don Lovasz is the President and CEO of KentuckyOne Health Partners and has been a member of the KHC for three years. In 2017, Don was appointed to the KHC Executive Committee. Members of the KHC most notably know Don for his expertise and passion for value-based healthcare
Bryan Lovasz1                  

What are you currently working on that you are most excited about? How do you think it will drive improvements to health and healthcare in the community

"KHP has just become a Next Generation Accountable Care Organization. We are very excited about how this shift in structure will help to engage providers in addressing health disparities through a number of priority metrics. As a Next Gen ACO, individual Medicare beneficiaries will be able to self-select the services of KHP next year and take advantage of health coaching and other support services."

Improving health is one of the three main priorities of the Triple Aim. What are the best strategies for improving health in our community? 

"At KHP, we encourage our beneficiaries to start the year with an Annual Wellness Exam with their primary care provider. This exam gives patients and provider an opportunity to put together a wellness plan for the year, ensuring that patients get the important preventative screenings needed that ideally keep patients well and costs low."

How can the KHC best coordinate and align action to change health and the healthcare system?


"Healthcare is the same as any industry sector, we respond to what the market asks of us. Ambulatory centers, extended hours, accountable care organizations are in place today because our clients demanded it. KHC members represent government agencies and regional businesses who provide or manage the healthcare insurance for thousands of individuals. KHC has the unique ability to educate its members and shape health plan contracts to encourage their ‘covered lives’, the physicians and the hospitals to change behavior.

Our state faces significant health challenges, and no one will succeed if we attempt to “boil the ocean.” As KHC remains keenly focused on the critical few metrics that will drive the largest improvements, they can educate KHC member organizations on how to contract incentives and penalties. As before, the physicians and hospitals will respond once consumers clearly indicate the outcomes they need."

 What is your favorite app or social media outlet?

"I'm a pretty basic social media consumer, so texting and Pandora (music) are what I use the most "



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