Weekly News Updates

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​​ IN statehouse.jpgIHA to Announce Health First Indiana Pledge on Public Health Day at the Statehouse ​

On Thursday Feb. 22, the State of Indiana will host Public Health Day at the Statehouse to celebrate its $225 million investment in public health through the Health First Indiana initiative. Steve Holman, IHA Board Chair and CEO of Union Health, will speak at the event to announce Indiana hospitals' Pledge to Act to improve Hoosiers' public health outcomes within the counties they serve. The announcement will be made alongside the Indiana Department of Health (IDOH), local health departments, Hoosier business leaders, and community partners. 

The event will take place from 11 a.m - 2 p.m. ET in the North Atrium of the Statehouse and all IHA members are invited to attend. We encourage each of our member hospitals to join us in pledging their support by signing the pledge and returning to Andy VanZee, IHA's Vice President of Regulatory and Hospital Operations, at avanzee@ihaconnect.org. More information about the event can be found here​.

​​ shutterstock_139886506.jpg2024 Patient's Compensation Fund Surcharges 

On Feb. 13, 2024, the Indiana Department of Insurance published Bulletin 273 outlining the surcharges for physicians and hospitals for the Patient's Compensation Fund effective July 1, 2024.  Bulletin 273 specifies that the surcharge for physicians will increase by 4.2%, and the surcharge for hospitals will increase by 2%. A more detailed memo on Bulletin 273 can be found here​

CMS Issues FAQ on Medicare Advantage Final Rulemed.jpg 

On Feb. 6, CMS issued a FAQ on the agency's final rule which included requirements and clarifications relating to Medicare Advantage (MA) coverage criteria for basic benefits, use of prior authorization, and the annual review of utilization management tools. The full FAQ can be found here and includes important clarification about how CMS expects MA plans to comply with the final rule. 

shutterstock_2223337377.jpgAHA Launches 2024 DEI Benchmark Survey

The AHA's Institute for Diversity and Health Equity (IFDHE) recently launched their 2024 Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Survey. We are kindly asking for hospitals and health systems to participate in this biennial survey, which provides a snapshot of hospitals' and health systems' efforts, successes and challenges in diversity, equity and inclusion. To ensure the survey captures these critical variations and provides actionable insights, the AHA is asking that each hospital within your system completes the survey independently. This approach will allow them to understand the specific challenges and successes of DEI initiatives as they occur on the ground. You should have received a link to the survey on Jan. 31 from surveysupport@aha.org. The survey will be open until March 29, 2024. If you have any questions, please reach out to institute@aha.org
Please note: The 2024 Health Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Survey differs from the Health Equity Transformation Assessment (HETA), an electronic tool within the Health Equity Roadmap​ initiative aimed at improving health care outcomes and advancing health equity, diversity, and inclusion. HETA assesses hospitals' progress on their health equity journey.​​

​​ shutterstock_1753066367.jpgCMS Issues QSO 24-05 on Texting Patient Information 

On Feb. 8, CMS issued QSO 24-05 outlining that while computerized provider order entry continues to be the preferred method of order entry by a provider, texting patient information and the texting of patient orders among members of the health care team is permissible if accomplished through a HIPAA compliant secure texting platform and in compliance with the Conditions of Participation. 

​​ shutterstock_164722412.jpgGuidelines for Child Sexual Assault Patients

An updated version of the Indiana Guidelines for Medical Forensic Examination of Pediatric Sexual Abuse Patients (2024) is now available. The guidelines aim to establish the best practices for trained pediatric medical forensic providers, but they are also a valuable resource for all service providers. The document provides comprehensive guidance on the role of service providers, necessary steps to take when a disclosure of sexual violence/abuse is made, essential care and treatment for pediatric survivors of sexual abuse, as well as Indiana statute regarding mandated reporting. We highly recommend that all healthcare and non-clinical pediatric service providers familiarize themselves with these guidelines to ensure they can better protect and care for children in Indiana. 2024 UPDAT​E_Indiana Pediatric Guidelines for Child SA Patients.pdf

​​ survey-1.jpg2024 IHA Compensation and Benefits Survey

The Indiana Hospital Association and Gallagher Surveys invite you to participate in the 2024 Indiana Healthcare Compensation and Benefits Survey. The survey is the premier source of compensation and benefits data for healthcare organizations across the state. Your organization's participation will grant you access to an indispensable planning tool while also helping build a resource used by your peers.

The reporting process for 2024 consists of 2 easy steps. The first step involves going online and completing the benefits section of the survey. The second step is to complete the compensation data spreadsheet and upload a copy to Gallagher's secure server.

Effective Date: Jan. 1, 2024
Benefits Submission Deadline: Feb. 29, 2024 
Compensation Submission Deadline: April 12, 2024

To participate: 
  1. Go to the online benefits questionnaire for ​your organization
  2. Complete the benefits questionnaire. The online form does not need to be completed in one session and you may return at any time to continue your submission. 
  3. Download the compensation questionnaire and populate it with your organization's information.  Complete instructions are included on the first tab of the worksheet.
  4. Upload​ your completed compensation spreadsheet to Gallagher's secure server.

Important: If you are reporting for multiple hospitals/locations, you may include all of them on one compensation submission and only need to complete the online benefits section once for the whole system.   

The survey staff at Gallagher Surveys will be available to respond to any questions. Please contact Thomas Cummins or Dillon Kenny with any questions or concerns.

Dillon Kenny | Survey Analyst | 617-531-7768 | Dillon_Kenny@ajg.com
Thomas Cummins, CCP | Managing Director | 617-531-7758 | Thomas_Cummins@ajg.com​