IHA Daily Briefing: March 13

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

RSVP for Hospital Advocacy Day on April 18
IHA Letter Raises Concerns Over Deposition Change
IHA Quality Advocacy Showcase: Thank You Members
Updated Medicare Quality Programs Impact Reports

RSVP for Hospital Advocacy Day on April 18
As part of our ongoing advocacy efforts, IHA will hold a special Hospital Advocacy Day in Springfield on Wednesday, April 18. Hospital Advocacy Day is a great opportunity to meet face-to-face with your legislators at a time when the Illinois General Assembly will be focusing on the state budget, Medicaid and other critical issues for hospitals in the midst of a charged political environment. How these issues will be resolved hinges on our collective effectiveness in reaching legislators with our key messages and our strong, unified voice.

All IHA members are strongly encouraged to attend. Please RSVP by April 6 so IHA can arrange meetings with your legislators. For scheduling purposes, please indicate in the RSVP form which state legislators you would like to meet with and the order of your preference.

IHA will hold a briefing for hospital CEOs and other hospital leaders at 8 a.m. on April 18 at The Inn at 835 (835 S. 2nd St., Springfield). IHA will prepare a series of briefing papers and talking points for members to use when meeting with legislators that day. For more information, see IHA’s memo.

IHA Letter Raises Concerns over Deposition Change
Yesterday, IHA submitted a letter to the Illinois Supreme Court Rules Committee opposing a proposed change to Supreme Court rules governing depositions in civil lawsuits – which would include medical malpractice lawsuits. Currently in Illinois, there are two types of depositions: discovery depositions, which are usually not admissible at trial; and evidence depositions, which are admissible at trial. Because defense attorneys are typically prohibited from interviewing treating physicians under the Petrillo Doctrine, the discovery deposition is a critical tool for learning physicians’ opinions and preparing for an evidence deposition or for trial.

The proposed rule change would merge the two types of depositions and essentially permit only a single deposition of a physician. This would force a defense attorney to both hear a physician’s opinion for the first time and effectively cross-examine the physician in the same deposition. IHA’s letter to the Supreme Court Rules Committee explains that this could diminish the ability of defense counsel to adequately prepare for trial.

The Rules Committee will hold a public hearing on the proposed rule change on March 26. In addition to IHA, objections were also filed by the Illinois State Medical Society and the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel.

IHA Quality Advocacy Showcase: Thank You Members
With submissions closed for IHA's third annual Quality Advocacy Showcase, we would like to thank our members for their participation and partnership in this important advocacy event. Hospital leaders from 92 hospitals and health systems submitted a quality improvement project for the showcase on Thursday, April 12.

This robust response outpaces last year's turnout of 87 projects. IHA is now working to produce posters for all projects submitted. We appreciate your cooperation in providing additional project information as needed.

The showcase is designed to highlight the role of Illinois hospitals and health systems in advancing care while reducing costs. Our goal was to fill the rotunda with posters of projects from across the state and create opportunities for you to engage with several legislators. We are confident we'll achieve both thanks to your collective efforts.

The showcase will be from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the State Capitol Rotunda. A member pre-event briefing with IHA's government relations staff will be at 10 a.m. at the Illinois State Library. Participating members will be contacted with more information about the event in the coming weeks.

Updated Medicare Quality Programs Impact Reports
Yesterday, IHA made available to member hospital CEOs and CFOs, via the C-Suite, updated Medicare financial impact reports (including report descriptions) for the following programs:

  • Value-Based Purchasing;
  • Hospital-Acquired Conditions;
  • Readmissions Reduction; and
  • Medicare Spending Per Beneficiary.

The reports are based on the most recent information posted by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on its Hospital Compare website. IHA is in the process of sending members’ chief quality officers (or their designate) those same reports electronically.