With the recent approval of HIP 2.0 as a means to expand coverage for more Hoosiers, hospitals across the state are working to sign up newly eligible members of our communities. The entire health care system is grateful for this, as 350,000 Hoosiers will no longer be caught in the coverage gap.
I am thankful for the leadership, staff and members of the Indiana Hospital Association for all of their efforts on this historical accomplishment. In addition, I want to thank Mike Packnett, president and CEO of Parkview Health, for his role in 2014 as IHA’s Chairman of the Board. Mike led IHA through this initiative and I learned much from him during the year. We also appreciate the efforts of our partners, Hall Render and Blue and Co., who worked diligently toward the ultimate approval of HIP 2.0. Lastly, we want to thank Governor Pence for his patience and persistence in sticking to his objectives and working with IHA to make sure the best interests of Hoosiers were kept at the forefront of the HIP 2.0 plan.
Now on to 2015—health care is changing rapidly and we all have much to do.
careINsight – We are proud to announce the launch of www.mycareINsight.org, which will bring much needed insight into a complex system of hospital pricing by enabling Hoosiers to compare and review hospital quality ratings and average charges for the 100 most common Indiana inpatient services. Transparency has always been of utmost importance to our hospitals, and I am proud that the IHA Price Transparency Task Force was able to accomplish this solution.
Labor of Love – The Governor and First Lady Karen Pence are placing an emphasis on Indiana’s high rate of infant mortality by partnering with the Indiana State Department of Health to launch Labor of Love, a public awareness campaign to help Indiana reduce infant deaths. As hospital leaders, we must support these efforts, as it is through our work in our communities that we can improve the health of Indiana’s mothers and babies. Protecting Indiana’s newborns is a priority, and a program to provide grants to address various contributing factors on a collaborative and regional basis are part of the Governor’s recommended budget.
Medical Residency Funding – With expanded coverage through HIP 2.0, there will be a greater need to ensure there are enough providers in the state. To accomplish this, it is critical that funding for medical residency expansion be established. The IHA Task Force on Residency Expansion is chaired by Dennis Murphy, COO of Indiana University Health in Indianapolis, and Bryan Mills, IHA chairman-elect and network president and CEO of Community Health Network in Indianapolis. This team is evaluating different models to determine the best way to ensure sufficient medical resident training takes place in Indiana, and that Indiana does not become a net exporter of medical students.
Malpractice Act – Indiana’s malpractice act is a model for the nation, representing careful balance between the needs of physicians, hospitals and patients. The discussion between IHA, the Indiana State Medical Association, the State Department of Insurance and the Trial Lawyers Association is critical to the continuation of the act as we know it. Significant harm to the act would have a detrimental impact on the already acute shortage of medical practitioners around the state.
These are just a few of the health care changes coming in the year ahead of us. I’d like to thank IHA President Doug Leonard and the entire IHA staff for representing hospitals so well, and I look forward to a challenging, but successful, 2015.
President and CEO
Clark Memorial Hospital