Kentucky Association of Health Care Facilities
Kentucky Association of Health Care Facilities

Becoming a Member

The Kentucky Association of Health Care Facilities has been the leading voice for long term care in Kentucky since 1954. KAHCF represents proprietary and nonproprietary long term care providers and provides its members with timely, accurate, and reliable information on a variety of issues. KAHCF is proud to represent Kentucky's finest long term care professionals – a highly skilled group whose dedication to providing quality care to their residents is always a first priority.

Long term care professionals continue to face many challenges. KAHCF staff, which cumulatively represent over 100 years of professional long term care experience, are committed to responding to these challenges. KAHCF offers an array of services to help its members achieve their goals and objectives, which ultimately benefits long term care services to consumers.

Some of the essential services offered by KAHCF include:

Comprehensive Legislative & Public Policy Representation

One of the most beneficial services provided by KAHCF is shaping public policy through well-planned, coordinated legislative efforts. Various KAHCF committees and task forces provide members an opportunity to develop and guide the association’s public policy agenda in Frankfort.

KAHCF’s government relations staff monitors legislation and regulatory issues for their potential impact upon long term care. Staff is committed to keeping all members notified of the latest developments in the legislative and regulatory process, and generating grassroots activities. Our national affiliate, the American Health Care Association, provides similar services at the federal level, representing long term care’s interests before the U.S. Congress and various federal government agencies.

KAHCF's Political Action Committee (KAHCF-PAC) encourages members to be politically involved and provides opportunities for members to discuss long term care issues with state legislators. The KAHCF-PAC monitors the state's political climate and raises funds to support candidates for public office who value long term care residents and the profession dedicated to providing quality long term care services.

Reimbursement Expertise

In this era of constrained federal and state resources, ensuring that long term care providers are afforded the resources necessary to deliver the highest level of quality care that their residents deserve is a top priority for KAHCF. Through collaborative efforts between the state and long-term care profession, the development of a price-based system ensures payment equity among long term care providers. KAHCF’s reimbursement strategies are designed to promote fairness to all long term care providers during these challenging economic times.

Regulatory Networking

Maintaining a thorough understanding of the latest issues within an exhaustive regulatory environment is also a main priority. KAHCF continues to work collaboratively with Kentucky’s Office of the Inspector General to ensure that regulatory, survey, and enforcement concerns are addressed. In addition, KAHCF meets with officials of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services to discuss emerging issues, intra-agency concerns, and policy development. Developing and maintaining these relationships allows KAHCF to work in partnership with government and its membership to achieve a high level of quality care and quality of life for residents.

Professional Development

In addition to the varied professional development offerings at KAHCF’s Annual Meeting and Spring Training, KAHCF also offers numerous educational programs throughout the year. Some of these programs are offered on an annual basis, such as Long Term Care Administrators Training, Comprehensive MDS 3.0 Training, State Training Course for Activity Coordinators, Nurse Aide Training “Method of Instruction” Course, and Basic and Advanced Social Services training. In addition to these annual training programs, KAHCF provides free-standing educational trainings throughout the year to address timely topics relating to long term care. A few of these free-standing trainings include programs addressing dietary issues, Life Safety Code, and Health Care Reform.

Vital Information Exchange

The KAHCF web-site, located at www.kahcf.org, provides members with instant and easy access to critical information. The site contains extensive information, including current association communications, a calendar of educational offerings and association meetings, and valuable links to relevant resources.

KAHCF also publishes the most up-to-date information to guide you through the evolving long term care profession. Members Only is a bi-weekly electronic newsletter informing you about state and national trends, regulatory news, legislative and reimbursement updates, and other relevant pieces of information to keep members updated on issues. Other KAHCF publications include CareLink, a bi-annual magazine that reaches over 1,500 individuals throughout Kentucky to educate them about the challenges facing long term care providers. KAHCF’s Heroes of Long Term Care is a newsletter that provides positive profiles of the residents, staff, volunteers, families and facilities throughout this Commonwealth. The Legislative Wrap-Up is provided to members at the end of each legislative session each year to share the status of the long term care issues considered by the Kentucky General Assembly.

National Presence

KAHCF is also an active participant with its national affiliate, the American Health Care Association (AHCA). Numerous and comprehensive resources are made available to KAHCF’s membership through the AHCA. KAHCF’s participation in AHCA’s committee meetings, conference calls, and educational opportunities provides critical information to KAHCF members.

Vendor Membership Opportunities

Platinum, Gold and Silver Members are valued members of the Kentucky Association of Health Care Facilities. These three categories of membership are designed to provide special benefits to vendors of long term care products and services. Association members are encouraged to patronize these special vendor members. For more information, please click here.

Annual Convention and Trade Show

KAHCF holds the largest convention and trade show in Kentucky for the long term care professional. The event includes over 30 educational sessions covering the spectrum of long term care topics. Continuing education credits are offered for administrators, social workers, registered nurses, activity directors, certified dietary managers, registered dietitians, and other long term care providers. Social and entertainment events are scheduled for fun and networking. KAHCF also recognizes the state's top long term care volunteers, administrators, other staff members, and facilities through its annual quality awards competition. In addition, the KAHCF trade show features over 100 exhibitors showcasing the latest technology, services, and products available to long term care professionals.

Quality Initiatives

KAHCF embraces quality initiatives, such as the Kentucky Coalition of Person Centered Care, Advancing Excellence, Quality First, and Health Care Excel’s Partners Promoting Quality. KAHCF also encourages the utilization of a third-party measurement program to assess the quality of care provided in Kentucky’s long term care facilities. This program is designed to measure levels of customer and family satisfaction with the quality of care provided in long term care facilities. One major quality initiative in long term care relates to culture change. “Culture Change” is the common name given to the national movement for the transformation of aging services. This movement is based on person-directed values and practices where the voices of elders and those working with them are considered and respected. Person-directed care values choice, dignity, respect, self-determination, and purposeful living. KAHCF has sponsored nationally recognized speakers for training sessions to long term care professionals and public policy makers on ways to transform the culture in long term care from the traditional institutional care delivery system into a “person-centered care” delivery system, while at the same time maintaining compliance with rigid state and federal laws.

Participate and Lead!

KAHCF encourages its members to take an active role in making a difference in long term care. KAHCF’s successes are a result of the collaborative efforts of its membership over the years. These successes will continue to be realized as long as the long term care profession participates toward leading KAHCF’s efforts. Help KAHCF help you!