Q&A: Dave Schreiner Answers Your Questions

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Dave Schreiner, President/CEO Q: How do you think our hospital will be affected by the proposed 28% Medicare cuts? (Destiny Gomez) A: The reimbursement cuts we expect from governmental as well as private payors will be a challenge for KSB. We are confident in our strategic plan and the emphasis on bending the cost curve and looking for operational improvements that maintain quality along with patient and employee satisfaction at the same time we remove steps and minimize disposable costs.  It will take all of us to harvest creative ideas and have the courage to implement them. Q: Have we … Read More

Q&A: Kevin Marx Answers Your Questions

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Kevin Marx, VP/Chief Practice Officer Q: With Dr. Khan’s passing I assumed that a new physician would be recruited to take over his practice, but have not heard anything about this. I don’t believe anyone could fill Dr. Khan’s place in the same way he did but still are there plans to replace him? Are the other doctors there simply taking on ALL of his patients? And are there any plans to change the signage at Edwards? I believe the signs still have Dr. Khan’s name on them. (Laura Ross) A: Dr. Khan’s passing was a great loss to his … Read More

Q&A: Deb Didier Answers Your Questions

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Q: What is being done to ensure physician orders are in accordance with new reimbursement rates and requirements? A: KSB is finding that physician documentation is the true foundation for evidencing patient care and today’s reimbursement model is more tied to that evidence. Physician documentation must demonstrate the intensity of service and treatment to each patient because this ensures that a corresponding ICD-9 code be appropriately included on the bill. Coding is the direct link to reimbursement and since mandated coding guidelines state that coding only be derived from physician documentation, physician documentation equates to reimbursement. The HIMS director has … Read More

Q&A: Linda Clemen Answers Your Questions

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Q: What is going on with the Cath lab? Why don’t we have coverage when Drs. Hanif and ElBzour areon call. It is frustrating to have coverage when you leave in the morning only to find out at 1900 there is no cath lab. (Kathy Keller) A: There is now 24/7 coverage for the Lab whenever Elbzour or Hanif are on call. If it is Iyer’s week to be on call there is no Stemi coverage after hours as an “Interventional Cardiologist” is not on call. It is no longer an issue of not having “staff” to cover, just the … Read More

Q&A: Julie Mann Answers Your Questions

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Q: With all of the talk of budget cuts, how does that affect our current construction and renovation plans? (Trese McNinch)  A: We understand that we need to make sure our facilities and equipment are in good working order so that we can continue to be the best place for our patients to receive care. As a result, Administration continues to review those projects and take appropriate action. As mentioned at the Employee Meetings, we are working with our Architects to develop a Master Site Plan in order to make the location of services patient centered. Q: Are we getting … Read More

Q&A: Tim Broos Answers Your Questions

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As promised, the questions you asked on The Pulse prior to the Employee Meetings have been answered by members of the administrative team. Below is the first in a series of answers to your important questions. Tim Broos, VP/Chief Information Officer Q: The commerce towers lab has had some excitement over this last month with patients passing out we have been talking with the supervisors about getting a panic button. At times there may be only one of us in there in the event this happens what is the suggestion for the techs as we certainly can not leave our … Read More

100,000 Visits!

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The Pulse launched on August 4, 2010 with the goal of improving communication between administration and employees from every department. Today we welcomed the 100,000th visitor! We’ll announce the winner of our contest soon. In the meantime, take a moment to look back on all the great stories from patients about What’s Right at KSB–or what makes KSB the Best Place to Work–or all the Questions & Answers we’ve discussed–or a few of the laughs we’ve shared. Thank you for all the work you do to make KSB Hospital the community’s first choice for health services! – Dave

Q&A: Linda Clemen, CNO

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Linda Clemen and the nursing division directors compiled answers to your questions in another edition of Employee Meeting Q&A. Check out their responses below. – Dave Would you ever consider opening Peds for employees kids that are sick so they can come to work? Several years ago Pediatrics provided a service called Kid Kare for employees and the community which allowed parents to bring sick children to be cared for by the nurses in the unit. We encountered several issues, including sick children who were frightened to leave their parents, difficulty managing time with both patients and employees’ children on … Read More

Q&A: Julie Mann on PDL

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In another edition of the Employee Meeting Q&A, Julie Mann provides clarification on the Paid Days Leave policy. To best communicate the details of the PDL program with you, this Q&A topic also appears in today’s issue of The Connection. – Dave Julie Mann, Chief Administrative Officer Based on the latest Employee Survey comments, there seems to be some misunderstandings related to the hospital’s Paid Days Leave (PDL) program. This article addresses the following comments: “Holiday time off should be separate from your PDL.” “PDLs should not be used for short term illness ie-flu if a staff calls off for … Read More

Q&A: Julie Mann, CAO

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In another edition of the Employee Meeting Q&A, Julie Mann answers several questions pertaining to departments in her division. – Dave Julie Mann, Chief Administrative Officer With all the construction and remodeling we have done and are continuing to do is their any thought to maybe having some sort of development committee with people from various departments being on it to bounce feedback off of? The construction people do great work and the architect does nice designing it, but sometimes things get overlooked and its especially noticeable to the people who are in that specific area everyday, not the architect … Read More