President’s Letter

We’re listening to what you have to say and improving the ways we serve you.

doug2As your association, we are always looking for better ways to serve you. In the spring, we asked you to complete a survey about IHA and its services so we could understand what we’re doing well, and what we can do to improve. On the opposite page, you’ll see some of the results.

Among other things, we learned that our members are looking to the association for more data, both national and state-specific, that can be used to highlight the practices of other health care facilities, and how it is impacting their patients. One of the main takeaways from the survey is that a broader portion of the membership would like to be more involved. We are pleased to hear that, and encourage our member hospital leaders to share IHA communications and promote upcoming conferences and meetings with colleagues to increase involvement with your association. We also learned that our members are confident in reaching out to IHA leaders to provide insight and guidance, and for that we are truly grateful. Thank you for your thoughtful responses. We continually strive to improve. If you have not completed the survey, but would like to make your voice heard, there is a link to the survey on IHAconnect.org.

Looking Forward to the Annual Membership Meeting

Every year I look forward to the Annual Membership Meeting where hospital leaders across the state come together to share ideas, listen to inspiring speakers, network and learn from one another. As we approach the 2015 meeting, Nov. 10-12, we’re excited once again to host innovative health care leaders. This year attendees will hear from Marty Makary, a medical commentator for CNN and Fox News as well as professor and surgeon at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, and Dr. David Nash, dean of the Jefferson School of Public Health. The meeting always leaves me feeling excited about the future of Hoosier health care. Stay tuned to IHA’s weekly e-newsletter for more information about this year’s Annual Membership Meeting.

David Wiesman’s Retirement

As you have probably heard by now, David Wiesman, IHA vice president of finance, has announced his plan to retire in January 2016. During his 30 years at the association, David has served as the staff liaison for the IHA Council on Finance as well as for six IHA districts. He will be dearly missed by myself and IHA’s staff, as well as all the members who worked closely with him throughout the years.

2015 Legislative Issues

It has already been a busy year for health care policy, both nationally and within our state. In the last issue of Harmony, we celebrated the approval of HIP 2.0, and as we write this issue, the Supreme Court of the United States has ruled in favor of Burwell in the case that threatened to strip the eligibility for tax credits and subsidies in federal marketplace states under the Affordable Care Act. These programs allow more Hoosiers than ever to access health care coverage, which is not only a victory for hospitals, but more importantly, our patients.

For the second half of 2015 and beyond, time will tell what issues we may face—but we must be ready. It is imperative for us as an association and an industry to pull together and be united with one voice. To ensure that our voices are heard, I ask that each member hospital consider contributing to the Friends of Indiana Hospitals PAC. We appreciate your contribution and value your willingness to work together so we are prepared for the challenges that threaten the health of Hoosiers and have the resources necessary to face these challenges head on. By taking action now in grassroots advocacy, we can improve the health of our state, our communities and our patients for generations to come.

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Doug Leonard
IHA President