INDIANA COMMISSION ON EXCELLENCE IN HEALTH CARE
The Indiana Commission on Excellence in Health Care 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
(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.
(13) Develop a framework for organizations that license, accredit, or credential health
care professionals and health care providers to more quickly and effectively identify
unsafe providers and professionals and to take action necessary to remove an unsafe
provider or professional from practice or operation until the professional or provider has
proven safe to practice or operate.
(14) Recommend procedures for development of a curriculum on patient safety and
methods of incorporating the curriculum into training, licensure, and certification
(15) Develop a framework for regulatory bodies to disseminate information on patient
safety to health care professionals, health care providers, and consumers through
conferences, journal articles and editorials, newsletters, publications, and Internet
(16) Recommend procedures to incorporate recognized patient safety considerations into
practice guidelines and into standards related to the introduction and diffusion of new
technologies, therapies, and drugs.
(17) Recommend a framework for development of community based collaborative
initiatives for error reporting and analysis and implementation of patient safety
(18) Evaluate the role of advertising in promoting or adversely affecting patient safety.
(19) Evaluate and make recommendations regarding the need for licensure of additional
persons who participate in the delivery of health care to Indiana residents.
(20) Evaluate the benefits and problems of the current disciplinary systems and make
recommendations regarding alternatives and improvements.
(21) Study and make recommendations concerning the long term care system, including
self-directed care plans and the regulation and reimbursement of public and private
facilities that provide long term care.
(22) Study any other topic required by the chairperson.