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In This Edition:

  • KHC Announcement
  • KHC Blog Posts, Industry News​, In the Community
  • KHC Member Spotlight - Reita Jones, RN

KHC Selected for National Opioid Stewardship Action Team


Kentuckiana Health Collaborative is pleased to announce that our organization has been selected to serve on National Quality Forum’s Opioid Stewardship Action Team. KHC’s Stephanie Clouser will join 39 other organizations from across the country to identify strategies and tactics for opioid addiction prevention and collaborate to accelerate and amplify current efforts going on across the country.

Blog post: KHC Selected for National Opioid Stewardship Action Team
Website: National Quality Partners Opioid Stewardship Action Team


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KHC Joins Forces with other Healthcare Stakeholders in Measurement Alignment Initiative

At last week’s Kentucky Medical Group Management Association fall conference, the Kentucky Department for Medicaid Services (KDMS) unveiled Medicaid’s newly created set of quality measures with 23 measures that meet the quality reporting standards for MIPS...more


Movie Screening Illustrates Need for Mental Health Resources

KHC was honored to attend and be a part of a screening of the award-winning true story narrative feature Holden On. As the mom of a senior in high school, I could see this boy as my son’s friend, my nephew, my neighbor, or worst yet, even my own son...more


The Potential and Value of Worksite Clinics

Employers continue to face health care benefit costs that outstrip the inflation rate, while quality, access and satisfaction with the health system is declining...more

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Mental Health Integration: the Focus of 2018 Annual KHC Conference

In planning our 2018 annual conference, the KHC Executive Committee quickly identified mental and physical health integration as the focus, a clear indication that mental health has become the priority for many our key healthcare stakeholders...more



Reita Jones, RN

Diabetes Community Health Coordinator, Kentucky Department for Public Health

KHC Member:
More than 10 years

KHC Participation:
Conference Planning Committee, Executive Committee, Public Reporting Committee, Measurement Strategy Team, various other committees.

Through my work with the Kentucky Department for Public Health, I help facilitate, monitor and evaluate population-focused initiatives implemented by a network of state, regional and local public health professions who work with public, private, non-profit and professional entities across the Commonwealth to implement quality evidence-based programs, practices, policies and systems related to diabetes prevention (type 2) and control.
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?
I am working with partners on a diabetes and hyperension quality improvement toolkit for priamary care provider offices. Application of the toolkit concepts and ideas can help drive improvement for practices focused on optimizing diabetes or hypertension management and have chosen related measures for submission in Medicare's Quality Payment Program.

Lowering cost is one of the three main priorities of the Triple Aim. What are the best strategies for addressing cost in our community?
I believe the community can move down the road to higher value as well as better health and better care by routinely incorporating certified diabetes educatios (CDEs) on the health care team by way of community linkages or in the office part time. For a relatively low cost, CDEs are generally very skilled in patient engagement, self management education/support, goal setting, and empowering patients with the knowledge/skills to better manage their diabetes and prevent costly complications. CDEs also make great care managers.

​​Why do you and your organization belong to the KHC? What do you find most valuable as a member?
I value the opportunity to network with and learn from local health care leaders as well as regional and national experts and innovators. I also appreciate opportunities for collaborative efforts to impact the Triple Aim in the community and the state particularly in the areas of diabetes and chronic disease.

Why do you think a multi-stakeholder coalition like the KHC is needed in the community?

The current weaknesses of our healthcare system and many health issues are quite complex. A multi-stakeholder coalition can serve as an important convener for communication, trust development, coordination, collaboration, and pooling of resources, knowledge, and skills to address some of our common issues and significantly increase the likelihood of positive achievement.

​​What do you do in your spare time? Provide a fun fact about yourself.
I like to volunteer with faith-based ministries or do something active outside. I especially enjoy spending time with family and friends hiking, paddling a kayak, white water rafting, gardening or cycling.

What is your favorite quote?
"There are two ways of spreading light: be the candle or the mirror that reflects it." -Edith Wharton

To view this member spotlight online, click here.


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

Behavioral Health Receives $10 million Grant to Integrate Care

CHFS Unveils Quality Measures to Better Align Reporting, Improve Outcomes

With Deadline Fast Approaching for Doctors to Participate in MIPS, AMA's President, David O. Barbe, Offers Advice

U of L's $2.55 million effort to improve the health care workforce


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Dec 5, 2017
Health Benefit Literacy- December Forum
Register here.

March 14, 2018
KHC Annual Conference
Connecting Mental and Physical Health: Successful Models of Integrated Care


The KHC brings together healthcare purchasers, providers, payers, and consumers to solve complex healthcare issues facing our community. 

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Catalyst for Payment Reform
Virtual Summit: The Future Evolution of High Deductible Health Plans and Consumer Incentives in Benefit Design. October 12, 2017, 1:00-3:30 p.m...more

Data! Fostering Health Innovation in Kentucky and Ohio
Monday, October 23, 2017, 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m...more

2017 Annual Depression Conference: Searching for Solutions: Advances in the Treatment of Mood and Personality Disorders - November 10, 2017...more

National Alliance of Healthcare Purchaser Coalitions 2017 Annual Conference
November 13-15, 2017...more


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