Citations Affected: Noncode.
Synopsis: Health care excellence commission. Changes the final report
date of the commission on excellence in health care.
Effective: July 1, 2003.
January 7, 2003, read first time and referred to Committee on Public Health.
January 16, 2003, reported _ Do Pass.
January 21, 2003, read second time, ordered engrossed. Engrossed.
January 27, 2003, read third time, passed. Yeas 89, nays 6.
A BILL FOR AN ACT concerning health.
(2) of the members appointed under this subdivision may be
members of the same political party.
(2) Four (4) members appointed from the senate by the president pro tempore of the senate. Not more than two (2) of the members appointed under this subdivision may be members of the same political party.
(3) The governor or the governor's designee.
(4) The state health commissioner appointed under IC 16-19-4-2 or the commissioner's designee.
(5) One (1) member appointed by the governor who is a former dean or former faculty member of the Indiana University School of Medicine.
(6) One (1) member appointed by the governor who is a former dean or former faculty member of an Indiana school of nursing.
(7) One (1) member appointed by the governor who is a health care provider or a representative for individuals who have both a mental illness and a developmental disability.
(f) The commission shall operate under the rules of the legislative council. The commission shall meet upon the call of the chairperson.
(g) The affirmative votes of at least seven (7) voting members of the commission are required for the commission to take any action, including the approval of a final report.
(h) The speaker of the house of representatives shall appoint the chairperson of the commission during odd-numbered years beginning January 1. The president pro tempore of the senate shall appoint the chairperson of the commission during even-numbered years beginning January 1.
(i) Each member of the commission who is not a state employee is entitled to the minimum salary per diem provided by IC 4-10-11-2.1 (b). The member is also entitled to reimbursement for traveling expenses as provided under IC 4-13-1-4 and other expenses actually incurred in connection with the member's duties as provided in the state policies and procedures established by the Indiana department of administration and approved by the budget agency.
(j) Each member of the commission who is a state employee but who is not a member of the general assembly is entitled to reimbursement for traveling expenses as provided under IC 4-13-1-4 and other expenses actually incurred in connection with the member's duties as provided in the state policies and procedures established by the Indiana department of administration and approved by the budget agency.
(k) Each member of the commission who is a member of the general
assembly is entitled to receive the same per diem, mileage, and travel
allowances paid to members of the general assembly serving on interim
study committees established by the legislative council.
(l) The legislative services agency shall provide staff to support the commission. The legislative services agency is not required to provide staff assistance to the subcommittees of the commission except to the extent the subcommittees require copying services.
(m) The expenses of the commission shall be paid from funds appropriated to the legislative services agency.
(n) The commission shall study the quality of health care, including mental health, and develop a comprehensive statewide strategy for improving the health care delivery system. The commission shall do the following:
(1) Identify existing data sources that evaluate quality of health care in Indiana and collect, analyze, and evaluate this data.
(2) Establish guidelines for data sharing and coordination.
(3) Identify core sets of quality measures for standardized reporting by appropriate components of the health care continuum.
(4) Recommend a framework for quality measurement and outcome reporting.
(5) Develop quality measures that enhance and improve the ability to evaluate and improve care.
(6) Make recommendations regarding research and development needed to advance quality measurement and reporting.
(7) Evaluate regulatory issues relating to the pharmacy profession and recommend changes necessary to optimize patient safety.
(8) Facilitate open discussion of a process to ensure that comparative information on health care quality is valid, reliable, comprehensive, understandable, and widely available in the public domain.
(9) Sponsor public hearings to share information and expertise, identify best practices, and recommend methods to promote their acceptance.
(10) Evaluate current regulatory programs to determine what changes, if any, need to be made to facilitate patient safety.
(11) Review public and private health care purchasing systems to determine if there are sufficient mandates and incentives to facilitate continuous improvement in patient safety.
(12) Analyze how effective existing regulatory systems are in ensuring continuous competence and knowledge of effective safety practices.
commission. The chairperson shall select from the topics listed under
subsection (n) the topics to be studied by the commission and
subcommittees each year. The chairperson shall appoint persons to act
as chairperson and secretary of each subcommittee. The commission
shall by majority vote appoint initial members to each subcommittee.
Each subcommittee may by a majority vote of the members appointed
to the subcommittee make a recommendation to the commission to
appoint additional members to the subcommittee. The commission may
by a majority vote of the members appointed to the commission appoint
or remove members of a subcommittee. A member of a subcommittee,
including a commission member while serving on a subcommittee, is
not entitled to per diem, mileage, or travel allowances.
(p) The commission shall submit:
(1) interim reports not later than October 1, 2001, and October 1, 2002; and
(2) a final report not later than October
1, 2003; 31, 2004;
to the governor, members of the health finance commission, and the legislative council. With the consent of the chairperson of the commission and the chairperson of the health finance commission, the commission and the health finance commission may conduct joint meetings.
(q) This SECTION expires
July November 1, 2004.