Indiana Hospital Association

An interim public health committee met for the first time to discuss the high cost of health care in the state.

A new report highlights moves Indiana has made to address the opioid epidemic. A reduction of opioid prescriptions tops the list.

Health leaders at a roundtable discussion agreed Medicaid programs are benefitting the state. The meeting Friday focused on ways the different programs help nearly one in five Hoosiers.

This week the Center for Medicaid and Medicare Service (CMS), the federal agency that runs the programs, called for hospitals to provide more information about prices.  

But the Indiana Hospital Association, IHA, already provides Hoosiers with information about billing and medical services around the state.  

Mycareinsight launched in 2015 and displays general charges, comparisons and rankings about the 100 most common inpatient services.

While Indiana’s health ranking ticked up on a recent annual report, health leaders say there’s more work to be done. A new data tool that highlights specific issues may provide some insight into focus areas. The tool from the Alliance for a Healthier Indiana breaks down top health priorities by county.

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Indiana health officials are endorsing a new set of guidelines for emergency departments prescribing opioids for acute pain.

The Governor’s Task Force on Drug Enforcement, Treatment and Prevention voted Tuesday to help the Indiana State Medical Association and the Indiana Hospital Association — which wrote the guidelines — distribute the information to the state’s emergency rooms.

Guidance includes when an emergency room doctor should prescribe a painkiller, to whom a doctor should give the medicine and how large a prescription is appropriate.

New Website Helps Hoosiers Compare Medical Costs

Jan 12, 2015
http://mycareinsight.org/

The Indiana Hospital Association has created a new consumer website.

IHA President Douglas Leonard says mycareINsight.org helps Hoosiers compare hospital charges and quality ratings.

He says the goal is to help folks better understand hospital billing and what they might ask before deciding on treatment options.

"There's been a lot of interest, obviously, in hospital prices and the difficulty of understanding process and charges," says Leonard. "So we made a decision over a year ago to pursue a site that will help."