Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Medicaid – 2022 Kentucky Health Information Exchange Grant

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Medicaid – 2022 Kentucky Health Information Exchange Grant

  Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Medicaid – 2022 Kentucky Health Information Exchange Grant

In collaboration with the Kentucky Health Information Exchange (KHIE), Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Medicaid (Anthem) is offering participating Anthem providers the opportunity to apply for a grant to help offset the costs associated with connecting to KHIE.

Applicants must be:

  • Located in the state of Kentucky
  • Have an active Kentucky Medicaid ID number
  • Have a signed Participation Agreement with KHIE
  • Be a participating provider with Anthem

If approved, providers may be awarded up to $5,000, and hospitals may be awarded up to $10,000. Grants will be awarded on a first come first serve basis until all grant funds up to $200,000 are depleted. Incomplete applications will not be considered, and only one grant will be awarded per tax identification number and/or business entity.

If interested, please complete the application in its entirety, attach a completed W9 Form, and email both documents to with Anthem 2022 KHIE Grant Application in the subject line.

Applications will be accepted through December 30, 2022.

If you need any assistance completing this application, please contact your Provider Experience consultant at 800-205-5870, option 3 or email

The application can be found HERE.

Contact us at Kentucky REC with your questions. We’re here to help and are available at 859-323-3090.

Major Changes to NCQA PCMH and PCSP Programs

NCQA has recently evaluated their Patient Centered Medical Home and Specialty Practice recognition programs. After the review, they are making some significant changes to both programs, as shared below:

  • Beginning in 2024, PCMH and PCSP practices will be required to use an electronic health record (EHR).
  • Beginning in 2024, standardized measures will be required for PCMH (reporting period 1.1.23 – 12.31.23).
  • Some standardized measures may pose challenges to some, so NCQA will allow organizations to submit a request for custom measure(s).
  • Organizations will also be allowed to submit a request for exceptions to calendar year reporting on a case-by-case basis.

Contact us at Kentucky REC with your questions about practice transformation. Our team of experts is here to help: 859-323-3090.

Free Mental Health First Aid Training – Sign Up Today!

As part of the Healthy Kentucky Behavioral Health Community of Practice, multiple sessions of Mental Health First Aid training will be offered for free with dates from January through April 2023.


Adult MHFA Flier


HERE is a flyer about Mental Health First Aid.

HERE is a flyer focused on Mental Health First Aid for Adults.

Interested in joining the Healthy Kentucky Behavioral Health Community of Practice? HERE is the Resource Page.

Questions about Mental Health First Aid or the Behavioral Health Community of Practice? Contact us at Kentucky REC or 859-323-3090.

Dec 8! Kentucky REC Annual Conference – Sign Up Today

2022 Annual meeting website
Hybrid Event with Special Guest Speaker – In Person and Virtual

Lexington Kentucky, Malone’s Prime Events Center 

We are pleased to be hosting our Annual Conference as a HYBRID event to give our participants the option to attend either in person* or virtually.

This year, for the first time, registrants will have access to additional content videos on our event website and app.

Kentucky REC Annual Conference Agenda

Thursday, December 8

8:30 —Registration
9:00 — Welcome
9:10 — Quality Improvement - Kentucky REC Quality Experts

Managing Change in Healthcare: From Theory to Reality – Jessica Elliott & Kelly Fountain, Kentucky REC

10:10 — Behavioral Health

Strategies to Address the Behavioral Health Crisis – Trudi Matthews, Senior Director of Quality and Value Strategy, and Ginny Gottschalk, MD – UK Healthcare

11:10 — Break/Networking
11:25 — Kentucky Health Information Technology in 2023
Andrew Bledsoe, Deputy Executive Director, KHIE
11:45 — Lunch/Networking
12:45 — Special Guest Speaker Coach Colene, Be More Consulting

Emerging on the Other Side

2:15 — Break/Networking
2:30 — Medicare Promoting Interoperability for Hospitals

Robin Curnel, Kentucky REC

3:00 — HIPAA Security: Proper Safeguards are the Key to Passing an Audit
Amy Daley, Kentucky REC
4:00 — Wrap-up

Questions? Contact us at Kentucky REC or call us at 859-323-3090.

*Kentucky REC will follow current UK HealthCare COVID guidelines for our in person event.

Sign Up Today for Nov 3 – Mental Health Screening Tools

Webinars and Resources

Behavioral Health Community of Practice

The Behavioral Health Community of Practice, organized by UK HealthCare & Kentucky REC, connects primary care providers, specialists and organizations through learning sessions where behavioral health experts will present best practices, tools and resources to optimize care.

The format of the Community of Practice is monthly one-hour webinars October 2022 through May 2023 from noon – 1 pm. The webinars will include educational sessions, best practice overviews, interactive trainings on tools and resources, and group discussions.

Meet the Speakers

Facilitator  – Trudi Matthews, Senior Director of Quality and Value Strategy, UKHC

Trudi Matthews serves as Senior Director of Quality and Value Strategy in the Office of the Executive Vice President for Health Affairs at UK HealthCare, the health system of the University of Kentucky (UK). In this role, Trudi works with UK HealthCare’s executive team and ambulatory leadership to ensure success in value-based programs for Medicare, Medicaid, and commercial insurers. Trudi also serves as government affairs and policy lead for UK HealthCare overseeing a team responsible for reviewing and analyzing state and federal government policy initiatives.

The pandemic has worsened the behavioral health challenges Kentuckians face, and more solutions are needed to address this mounting problem. It’s more important now than ever to share knowledge and best practices among providers along the behavioral health care continuum. In order to address this demand, UK HealthCare and community-based organizations are working together to improve behavioral health in the commonwealth.

The purpose of the Behavioral Health Community of Practice is to:
• Leverage UK HealthCare and community experts to help fill care gaps
• Support primary care providers
• Create a venue for conversation around local needs
• Allow for bi-directional problem solving

Meet the Speakers

Speaker – LINDSEY JASINSKI, PHD, MHA – Chief Administrative Officer Eastern State Hospital/UK HEALTHCARE

Dr. Jasinski is a licensed clinical psychologist and has been with UK Healthcare since 2010, serving in various clinical and leadership roles in the Department of Psychiatry and Eastern State Hospital. Prior to her current role, she served as the Director of Psychology Services and Program Director for Acquired Brain Injury services at Eastern State Hospital, Director of Substance Abuse Treatment Services in the Department of Psychiatry and Associate Professor of Psychiatry engaging in clinical work, research, and teaching. She completed a PhD in Clinical Psychology in 2010 and Master’s in Health Administration in 2021, both from the University of Kentucky. She has significant experience with program development, directing clinical operations, and integration of research and clinical practice to improve outcomes. She is a member of the American Psychological Association and American College of Healthcare Executives.

Co – Presentation (with Marc Woods): Best Practices in Mental Health Screening

Dr. Jasinski and Dr. Woods will provide a high level overview of commonly used, evidence-based screening tools for mental health concerns, including suicide risk. They will also discuss effective utilization of an EHR to facilitate screening and responses for mental health concerns.

Meet the Speakers

Speaker – MARc Woods, DNP, MSN, RN, NEA-BC, Chief Nursing Officer, UK Healthcare-Behavioral Health

Dr. Marc Woods is a nurse executive with more than 29 years of progressive leadership in behavioral health with an emphasis on suicide prevention strategies, safe workplace strategies, and seclusion and restraint reduction efforts. Dr. Woods is currently the Chief Nursing Officer of Behavioral Health at UK HealthCare and Eastern State Hospital, and he has directed several patient and nurse safety strategies including interventions to reduce nurse suicide.

Dr. Woods serves as a board member for the Office of Homelessness Prevention and Intervention for the city of Lexington, Kentucky, and serves on the mayor’s Substance Use Advisory Council. He received his master’s degree in nursing administration from Eastern Kentucky University and his doctorate in nursing practice from the University of Kentucky, in addition to holding an Executive-Advanced ANCC certification.

Co-Presentation (with Lindsey Jasinski): Best Practices in Mental Health Screening

Dr. Jasinski and Dr. Woods will provide a high level overview of commonly used, evidence-based screening tools for mental health concerns, including suicide risk. They will also discuss effective utilization of an EHR to facilitate screening and responses for mental health concerns.

Meet the Speakers

Speaker – Julie Gosky, M.Ed., LPCC, Regional Director, CCBHC Health Initiatives, New Vista

Julie Gosky is a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC). She earned her Master’s degree in Community Agency Counseling from Cleveland State University and her BS in Psychology from Bowling Green State University in Ohio. She became passionate about working in the mental health field while volunteering as an undergraduate on a crisis line.

Julie has been with New Vista since 2011, though she had a 2-year break where she served as Clinical Director for an FQHC in Columbus, Ohio. She has worked in a variety of roles at New Vista including Utilization Management, Training and Professional Development, Quality Improvement, and now as Director of CCBHC Health Initiatives. Clinically, Julie has expertise in crisis counseling, assessment, diagnosis, person-centered recovery planning, trauma-informed care, and integrated healthcare. The opportunity to bring whole-person care to central Kentucky is both challenging and amazing!

Presentation: Behavioral Health Screening Options for Primary Care Providers

Ms. Gosky will share tools available to screen for mental health disorders in a primary care setting. She will focus on tools that allow a primary care provider to determine when additional mental health assessments are needed, and how to address those screenings. Discussion will focus on symptoms commonly reported to primary care providers, the evidence-based screening tools available for use, implementation in primary care settings, and actions providers can take to ensure that ensure patients can access mental health care to receive further assessment and treatment.

Meet the Speakers

Speaker – Patty Hughes, Chief Nursing Officer, UK HealthCare Ambulatory Services

Patty Hughes, DNP, RN, NE-BC is the chief nursing officer for ambulatory at UKHC. She has overall clinical responsibility for nursing care provided in the ambulatory care settings. As a clinical leader, she has an interest in staff growth and professional development as well as patient and staff satisfaction. Patty has over 39 years of nursing experience, 34 of that at UKHC. She has a Doctorate of Nursing Practice and holds the ANCC nurse executive-board certification credential.

Presentation: UK HealthCare Depression Screening and Response

During this presentation we will discuss the journey UK Healthcare has taken across their Ambulatory Clinics in utilizing the Depression Screening tool PHQ-9 in their Electronic Health Record(s) and the corresponding Clinic Quality Measure (Screening for Clinical Depression and Follow Up Plan). Two years ago UK HealthCare implemented a new focused approach for depression screening as part of their quality strategy to improve patient care. This process for screening was recently revised based on survey feedback through The Joint Commission to provide a more comprehensive risk assessment for every patient treated at UK HealthCare. One challenge that was raised during this journey is how to address the needs of patients who screen positive, “Once a patient screens positive for suicide, what is the process for getting them the assistance they need?” We’ll discuss UK Healthcare’s method for following through, and things we’ve learned along the way.


Session 2 – Thursday Nov. 3rd
Noon — 1:00 pm ET

Mental Health Screening Tools

  • Current Best Practices
  • How to Use EHR to assess and provide care to improve patient’s mental health
  • Panel Discussion: Addressing Positive Screenings in Your Practice

Visit HERE for more information and to register for the November and December webinars.

To learn more, visit THIS UK HealthCare web page.

QUESTIONS? Contact us at Kentucky REC or call us: 859-323-3090.

Join Prediabetes or Diabetes Learning Collaboratives to Improve Patient Outcomes

Kentucky REC, in partnership with the Kentucky Department of Public Health, is working with practices statewide on improving health and outcomes for patients with prediabetes or diabetes.
JANUARY 1, 2023 — DEC 31, 2023
  • Receive monthly technical assistance, group monthly calls and quarterly webinars, with monthly reporting
  • Educate patients on diabetes prevention, refer interested patients to National Diabetes Prevention Program classes
  • Conduct small tests of change using quality improvement methodology
  • Financial Support: Receive $1500 quarterly practice payments
JANUARY 1, 2023 — DEC 31, 2023
  • Open to any practices, FQHCs or RHCs and Healthy Living with Diabetes teams
  • Attend three learning sessions, and monthly educational webinars
  • Do small tests of change (PDSA cycles) to improve outcomes for adult patients diagnosed with diabetes
  • Report monthly, attend summative congress
  • Receive 4 practice payments of $1,500

HERE is a flyer with all the grant opportunities listed.

HERE is the application for the Prediabetes Learning Collaborative.

HERE is the application for the Diabetes Learning Collaborative.

Contact us at Kentucky REC or 859-323-3090 to learn more.