IHA Weekly News - Feb. 28, 2024
Cyberattack on Change Healthcare
In response to the cyberattack on Change Healthcare, the AHA issued the following letter
to HHS on Feb. 26, requesting HHS offer guidance to providers about how they may request Medicare advanced and accelerated payments, that HHS alert surveyors to the impact on hospitals, and more. AHA is also in communication with Change Healthcare, requesting an anticipated timeline for resolution and support for temporary access to advanced payments to help providers weather the period while normal claims processing functions are down. IHA will keep membership updated.
In Memory of Jon Ford
We are saddened to learn of the passing of longtime Reid Health Board trustee, Jon Ford. Jon was a former IHA Board member and our 2010 Award of Merit recipient. A stalwart supporter of IHA and community hospitals, Jon played an active role in IHA's Council on Government Relations for many years.
Upon his graduation from Hanover College in 1958, John launched a career with Ralston Purina that spanned four decades until his retirement in 1998. In addition to his service on the Reid Hospital Board of Directors, he was a titan in his community, holding board positions with Ivy Tech Richmond, Richmond Chamber of Commerce, United Way, Wayne County Foundation, Starr Gennett Foundation, Hanover College Alumni, the YMCA, and as an Elder at Christ Presbyterian Church.
As we celebrate Jon's legacy, our hearts go out to Jon's family and Reid Health colleagues. We are grateful for Jon's leadership and support of the Indiana Hospital Association throughout his career.
IPLA Licensing Reports
As a result of IHA's priority bill
House Enrolled Act 1003 from the 2022 legislative session, the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency (IPLA) has issued its first set of annual reports providing:
- The number of new licenses and certificates issued in the preceding calendar year (linked
- The average wait time for new licenses and certificates that were issued after submission of a completed application in the preceding calendar year (linked
- The number of licenses and certificates renewed in the preceding calendar year (linked
The Annual State of Indiana's Health Workforce Report can also be found
here, and IPLA's resources webpage with these documents can be found
here. IHA will be meeting with IPLA regarding additional modernization efforts on Apr. 1 and will keep membership updated accordingly.
Measles Case Confirmed in Indiana
Indiana Department of Health (IDOH) has confirmed a case of measles in a Lake County resident. Clinicians should be vigilant for additional cases of measles and immediately report suspected cases of measles to the IDOH.
Measles is a highly contagious viral illness. About one in five unvaccinated people in the United States who get measles is hospitalized, and 90 percent of unvaccinated people who are exposed to measles will become sick. Exposed individuals who do not have evidence of immunity to measles should be encouraged to be vaccinated and should quarantine and monitor for signs and symptoms for 21 days after exposure. Appropriate infection control practices should be implemented in healthcare facilities when caring for patients suspected of having measles.
Details on measles reporting, laboratory testing, infection control, clinical guidance and additional resources are included in the Indiana Health Alert Notification
2024 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 health care 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: Extended to March 15, 2024
Compensation Submission Deadline: April 12, 2024
- Go to the online benefits questionnaire for your organization
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.
Download the compensation questionnaire and populate it with your organization's information. Complete instructions are included on the first tab of the worksheet.
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.