Weekly News Updates

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​IHA Weekly News - June 19, 2024

​​patient safety.jpg IHA Awarded Indiana Trauma System Development Grant

The Indiana Hospital Association staff is pleased to announce that the Association has been awarded an Indiana Trauma System Development Grant by the Indiana Department of Health's Division of Trauma and Injury Prevention. This funding is made available through IDOH's request for applications and is part of the State's budget allocation to support quality improvement projects, education, and the ongoing development of the statewide trauma system.

IHA's project will focus on increasing access and coordination to appropriate trauma care facilities by improving and maintaining the infrastructure of the trauma system. One strategy to achieve this effort is to create three Trauma Regional Advisory Committees (TRACs) in Indiana, focusing on the geographic areas of northern, central, and southern Indiana with the purpose to organize, connect, and work collaboratively with other healthcare partners to develop a fully integrated regional system. 

Another component of IHA's project will be to support education and training through webinars and on-site education. This education includes IHA coordinating an annual Indiana Statewide Trauma and Emergency Medicine Symposium. The IHA team is asking that everyone save the date for Dec. 4 – 5 for the first annual Indiana Trauma Symposium.

IHA's Madeline Wilson will serve as the grant's Trauma System Development Manager and serve as the project lead under IHA's quality and safety department.  Please watch for additional information soon from Madeline and others at IHA about this project. In the meantime, reach to out Madeline at mwilson@IHAconnect.org​ for more information. 

doctors_2.jpgUpdated Emergency Detention Application
House Enrolled Act (HEA) 1006 from the 2023 legislative session implemented a standardized state form for Emergency Detention Applications starting July 1, 2023. HEA 1216 from the 2024 legislative session made minor changes to the emergency detention law, which will go into effect on July 1, 2024. Specifically, an attestation signed by a physician that there is probable cause to believe that the individual is mentally ill and either dangerous or gravely disabled, and the individual requires continuing involuntary detention to receive care and treatment, can be based on:
  • An examination by a physician, advanced practice registered nurse, or physician assistant; OR
  • Information given to a physician, advanced practice registered nurse, or physician assistant.
HEA 1006 (2023) required an examination to occur, but HEA 1216 (2024) reinstates the ability for an Emergency Detention Application to be based on information given to a physician, advanced practiced registered nurse, or physician assistant, without an examination being conducted. As such, information from a family member or neighbor, for example, can serve as the basis of the application, but the information provided will need to be sufficient for the physician to attest on the application. The Indiana Office of Court Services has updated the standardized state form to include this change in the second paragraph in Section 4. The separate applicant section has also been removed, as the physician's attestation needs to serve as the basis of the application, but accompanying information can be provided with the form. The updated Emergency Detention Application has been posted on the following website​, and the updated form can be found HERE

HEA 1216 also updated the provisions related to Medicaid reimbursement for individuals detained under an emergency detention order (EDO). The Indiana Health Coverage Programs released the following Bulletin​ specifying, "Medical services, regardless of medical necessity criteria, will be provided for a period not to exceed 14 days (excluding Saturdays, Sundays and legal holidays), or until the date of a final hearing, whichever occurs first. Upon the member's release from the EDO, the administrative approval for Medicaid services will end. Continuation of the services will need to follow the normal prior authorization (PA) submission process."

​​ 1116_circleoflifeawards-1.jpgApply for AHA's 2025 Circle of Life Award Recognizing End-of-Life and Hospice Care Providers

Applications are open through July 24, 2024, for AHA's 2025 Circle of Life Award, which recognizes hospitals and health systems that advance end-of-life and hospice care that is safe, timely, efficient, effective, and equitable. There will be up to three recipients of the award, and Citations of Honor may also be presented to other noteworthy programs. The awards will be presented at the 2025 AHA Leadership Summit in Nashville, Tenn. Learn more here.

​​ survey.jpgAHA Annual Survey Deadline Extended to July 31

Members, we ask that you please participate in the AHA Annual Survey, which is now online. As you know, the AHA Annual Survey is an important source of provider data and the source for AHA Guide®, Hospital Statistics™ and U.S. News & World Report's Directory of America's Hospitals (www.usnews.com). It is vitally important to collect accurate and updated information about your organization each year, and your response ensures that your hospital's information will be represented in these field-defining resources. 

Health care leaders, policymakers, and researchers use the AHA Annual Survey to better describe and understand the operations of U.S. hospitals. The data and insights drawn from the survey also support several important AHA actions, including strong advocacy on behalf of hospitals and health systems. The AHA uses these data to assess the impact of legislative and regulatory policy changes and educate policymakers about the realities that face America's hospital and health system leaders as they care for their patients and communities. 

Over the last year, the AHA has been working to update their survey platform to provide you with a better survey experience. This year's survey is being launched on a fully refreshed survey platform. Our hope is that these changes will make the survey more user friendly and easier to complete. 

Important resources:​

  • Link to the survey is: https://ahasurvey.org
  • A helpful walkthrough document is saved here.
  • The email assigned as survey administrator for logging on was sent to you previously. If you cannot locate the instructional email, please reach out to Laura Gilbert.  
  • If you have questions or need assistance completing the survey, please call 800-530-9092 or email surveysupport@aha.org.  ​Survey responses are due July 31. ​